Buck Owens had not only a tiger but also the Country charts by the tail in the 1960s and 1970s with such hits like “Act Naturally” and “Waitin in Your Welfare Line.” In 1969 Buck Owens, along with Roy Clark, starred in a TV show that was a Country version of “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in.” The show, “Hee Haw,” went on to be one of television’s greatest success stories. In 1961 La Brea records released the debut album “Buck Owens.” A copy can get you $200.00 today.
Billy Lee Riley was perched on the brink of stardom in 1957 with “(My Gal is) Red Hot” when Sam Phillips, the man who discovered Elvis, switched his promotional money and input away from Billy Lee in favor of “Great Balls of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis, leaving Billy Lee Riley lost among the lesser-known singers on the Sun label. Still, Billy Lee is much admired by rockers everywhere. His two best known 45s, “Red Hot” and “Flyin Saucers Rock and Roll,” can each fetch $100.00 today.
“These Arms of Mine” was the first hit for the legendary Otis Redding who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. The single on Volt Records can now sell for $30.00. Redding was not only the soul singer’s soul singer, he was a family man who worked tirelessly to bring different races and cultures together. He was also a wise businessman, and unlike many of his contemporaries, he made sure he was paid all that was due him; not being ripped off like so many others in the business. His debut album containing “These Arms of Mine” was “Pain in My Heart.” Released on ATCO Records in 1962, a copy is worth up to $200.00 today.
Not too much is known about Diane Ray except for the fact that her one big hit “Please Don’t Talk to the Lifeguard” is one of those songs that once you hear it, and it gets into your head, it stays there and you find yourself singing it to yourself for a long time. The 45, released on Mercury records in 1963, is worth up to $50.00 with its picture sleeve. The album “The Exciting Years,” containing her hit, can get you $100.00 today.
On this day April 14, 1968 producer Phil Spector marries Ronnie Bennett of the Ronettes. Her mother attends. Her sister Estelle and cousin Nedra (the other members of the Ronettes) are not invited. Ronnie divorces Phil in 1972 citing several instances of alleged cruelty. He now sits in a prison cell, a convicted murderer. Prior to the marriage, Philles Records releases the Ronettes’ 45 “Is This What I Get For Loving You.” Maybe it should have been recorded after the marriage. With picture sleeve it can sell for $150.00 today.
Among the giants of Jazz was Gerry Mulligan, most noted for his saxophone and as a composer and arranger. He joined forces with Miles Davis in the late 40s as an arranger for many of the tracks on Davis’ “Birth of Cool.” Mulligan would go on to collaborate with other Jazz greats like Stan Kenton and Chet Baker. Among his own best received albums was “Mainstream of Jazz.” Released on Emacy records in 1955, a copy is worth up to $150.00 today.
Marvin Lee Aday is better known as Meat Loaf. His best known album, selling 34 million copies, is “Bat out of Hell,” containing the classics “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” and “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” The “Bat out of Hell” album, released on Epic records in 1977, is no more than $10.00, but in 1967 Meat Loaf was a member of a group called Popcorn Blizzard. Their 45 “Once Upon a Time,” released on Magenda records, can get you $350.00 today.
Among the one-hit-wonders of the early 1960’s was Randy and the Rainbows, started by brothers Mike and Sal Zero. In 1963 they had a top-10 Billboard hit with “Denise,” based on a real girl named Denise Lefrak. Their one and only hit was released by Rust records. A copy on a white label with rust and blue print is worth no more than $10.00, but a copy with a gold label can get you $100.00 today. Both versions are shown here.
Like the Grateful Dead, Phish has developed a massive following without much commercial airplay. With beginnings at the University of Vermont in the early 1980’s, Phish has sold almost 10 million records. Their concerts are continuously sold out and they often use audience participation. The original release in 1990 of their album “Lawn Boy” on A Go Go records can sell for $500.00 today.
Doo Wop and Rockabilly records are among the most collectible on the market. An original copy of the Rockabilly record “Gonna Rock And Roll Tonight” by Carl Mann, released on Jaxon records in 1957, is worth up to $1,500.00. In 1951 the Larks recorded the Doo Wop song “My Lost Love” on Apollo records. An original copy can get you $4,000.00 today.