Monthly Archives: December 2016

December 31, 2016 Records of the Day

Before Neil Diamond had his first # 1 with “Cracklin Rose” in 1970 he wrote two major hits for the Monkees, “I’m a Believer” and “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You.” In 2011 he was inducted not only … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 Records of the Day

Barbara Mason was inspired by the Major Lance hit “Monkey Time” to write and record her biggest hit. In “Monkey Time” Lance sings, as part of the lyrics, “Are you ready?” In 10 minutes Barbara wrote her smash hit of … Continue reading

December 29, 2016 Record of the Day

The first record from the 1990s super band, Green Day, was “1,000 Hours.” Green Day was known as Sweet Children at the time and despite the objections from the record company, the band led by lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong … Continue reading

December 28, 2016 Record of the Day

Due to the overwhelming success of the Elvis Presley movie “Blue Hawaii ” in 1961, Elvis returned to the islands in 1962 to film “Girls! Girls! Girls!” The big hit from the movie was “Return To Sender.” An original copy … Continue reading

December 27, 2016 Records of the Day

Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen influenced many guitar players to follow but who influenced Hendrix and Van Halen? That would be Dick Dale, the king of the Surf guitar. As a surfer he was interested in putting to music what … Continue reading

December 26, 2016 Record of the Day

Billie Holiday was perhaps the greatest female Jazz singer of all time. Born in Baltimore, she began singing for tips but would soon be fronting bands such as Count Basie’s and Artie Shaw’s. Among her greatest and most noteworthy recordings is … Continue reading

December 25, 2016 Record of the Day

Merry Christmas! If you have a black vinyl copy of the original “Elvis Christmas Album” from 1957 its worth up to $1000.00. BUT if the vinyl is red, as seen here, the value jumps up to $15,000.00. Ho Ho Ho!

December 24, 2016 Record of the Day

The third album by the Monkees was “Headquarters.” It’s noteworthy because, unlike their first two albums, the Monkees actually played their own instruments instead of using session musicians. They also wrote much of their own material on “Headquarters.” It took … Continue reading

December 23, 2016 Records of the Day

Those old Doo Wop records continue to be among the biggest collectibles. Here are two more to look for. in 1953 Sabre records released the 45 “Lonely Mood” by the Five Echoes. A black vinyl copy can get you $500.00 … Continue reading

December 22, 2016 Record of the Day

In 1970 Reprise records released Joni Mitchell’s “Ladies of the Canyon.” The album gets its title from Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles. The album contains many of Joni Mitchell’s best known songs including “Big Yellow Taxi” and “The Circle Game,” on … Continue reading