“Moanin’ in the Moonlight” by Howlin Wolf was his first album. It featured some cuts recorded at the legendary Sun studios in Memphis. But it was the famous record producers Phil and Leonard Chess who bought the masters and released them on their own label. Rolling Stone magazine ranks “Moanin’ in the Moonlight” among the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. An original copy, released on Chess Records in 1958, can sell for $800.00 today.
In 1986 Dwight Yoakam became a star with the single “Honky Tonk Man” from his debut album “Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc.” His video of “Honky Tonk Man” is one of the most watched videos in Country music history. But the 45 is not yet a collectible at no more than $5.00. However, the original release of “Honky Tonk Man” was by Johnny Horton. His 1957 EP on Columbia Records is worth up to $250.00 today.
In 1964 Vee Jay Records, on the verge of losing the Beatles to Capitol Records, released “Jolly What! The Beatles and Frank Ifield on Stage.” The album, consisting of four previous released Beatles songs and eight by Frank Ifield, was considered a rip-off as these were not live recordings plus the Beatles and Frank Ifield never appeared on stage together. The album with a cover featuring a drawing of an “English gentleman” is worth up to $500.00. However, covers picturing the Beatles make the album worth up to $1,500.00 in mono and $8,000.00 in stereo. Both covers are shown here.
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Ronnie Hawkins, born 2 days after Elvis, started his musical career as a Rockabilly singer just like the king. Although from Arkansas, it was in Canada where he found his greatest success as an early pioneer of Rock N Roll. His band, the Hawks, eventually became the band known as the Band, one of Canada’s greatest contributors to Rock. Many of Ronnie Hawkins’ albums are collectible like “Mr. Dynamo.” Released on Roulette Records in 1960, a mono copy is worth up to $150.00, a stereo copy up to $250.00.
Genesis, a British rock band formed in 1967, has sold over 130 million albums throughout the world. Its most famous members are Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. “Selling England by the Pound” was their 5thstudio album. Released on Charisma Records in 1973, it’s worth no more than $10.00. However, the single “I Know What I Like” from the album can sell for $300.00 today.
The Chantays recorded an instrumental in 1962 that was originally called “Liberty’s Whip.” But, because of the Surf Music craze in the U.S.A at the time, the title was changed to “Pipeline” and a top-10 classic was born. The original 45 on Downey Records is worth up to $100.00. The “Pipeline” album, also on Downey Records, can sell for $200.00 today. Copies on the Dot record label are worth much less at up to $40.00.
Merle Haggard, inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996, grew up knowing the hard times of life and the poor side of town before bursting onto the Country scene with classics like “Mama Tried,” “If We Make it Through December,” and of course “Okie From Muskogee.” But at $10.00, that classic isn’t where the money is. His fabulous career all began with the 1963 single “Skidrow.” Released on the Tally record label, a copy is worth up to $600.00 today.
Biker films were a major part of the drive-in movie venues in the 60’s and early 70’s. In 1968 Tower Records released the “Hellcats” soundtrack, now worth up to $75.00. Also in 1968 Tower Records issued the soundtrack to the movie “Angels from Hell.” An original copy can sell for $200.00 today. In 1970 UNI Records put out the soundtrack album “Angels Die Hard,” which can also be a $200.00 collectible. All the motorcycle movie soundtracks are among the 10,000 soundtrack albums listed on our Soundtracks CD , covering movies, TV shows, and Broadway shows. It’s available in the left hand column.
The Chiffons was one of the most popular girl-groups of the 60’s. They first hit big in 1961 when “He’s So Fine” soared all the way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. In 1963 the Chiffons scored again with the single “One Fine Day.” That same year they had more success with “A Love So Fine.” Their last top-10 hit came in 1966 with “Sweet Talkin’ Guy.” The 45, released on Laurie records, is worth up to $40.00 but the “Sweet Talkin’ Guy” album can get you $100.00 today.
Bert Convy is best known as a TV game show host on “Tattletales,” “Win, Lose, or Draw,” and “Super Password.” As a actor he appeared on many shows like “Hawaii Five O,” and “Bewitched.” And in 1955 Convy was a member of a group called the Cheers who hit big with “Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots.” The 45 is worth up to $25.00 but the Cheers’ EP “Bazoom,” released on Capitol Records, can sell for $100.00 today.