The Andantes was among the least known girl-groups from Motown. They sang back-up for such Motown stars as the Temptations, the Four Tops, and Marvin Gaye. Andantes member, Marlen Barrow, even filled in for Florence Ballard in many Supremes concerts. The Andantes single “(Like a) Nightmare,” released on Motown’s V.I.P record label in 1964 is a huge collectible. And it was Ann Bogan of the Marvelettes singing lead. An original copy of the 45 on V.I.P. Records is worth up to $4,000.00 today.
David Clayton-Thomas is best known as the lead singer for the Rock band Blood, Sweat & Tears with such hits as “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” “And When I Die,” and “Spinning Wheel.” Their 1969 “Blood, Sweat & Tears” album, released on Columbia records, is worth up to $25.00. However, before his long run with Blood, Sweat & Tears, David Clayton-Thomas fronted a band called the Shays. Their album “David Clayton-Thomas & the Shays a Go-Go,” released on Roman records in 1967, can get you $300.00 today.
Albums featuring various songs by various recording artists can be quite valuable. In 1956 Aladdin records released “Party After Hours,” a 10-inch album featuring Wynonie Harris, Amos Milburn, Velma Nelson, and Crown Prince Waterford. A black vinyl copy is worth up to $1,000. Find one on red vinyl and the value jumps up to $3,000.00. Find the value for all albums with various hits by various recording artists on the Mighty John Compilation Album Price Guide on CD in Microsoft Word, available in the left hand column on this page.
On this day July 14, 1989 Judge Judy, then on the New York Family Court, orders Tom Jones to pay child support to Katherine Berkerly. His 1965 album “It’s Not Unusual” on Parrot Records could help him recoup some payments. Copies showing Tom outdoors can sell for $25.00 but covers of the same album showing Tom with his band can go for $100.00 today.
Without a doubt, Northern Soul is among the most collectible genres of vinyl records. Those obscure Soul records from the 1960’s and 1970’s continue to fetch big bucks. In 1976 Look-Out Records released the 45 “She’s Gone” by the Hamilton Movement. An original copy can get you $4,000.00 today. Margaret Little’s “Love Will Find a Way,” released on Genebro Records in 1960, is now worth up to $8,000.00.
Rolling Stone lists “My Generation” by the Who at #11 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song is an anthem for the break from Peter Townsend’s stodgier elders and a claim on his own time and the “me” generation. The most famous line from the song is “I Hope I Die Before I get Too Old.” The single, released on Decca records in 1965, is worth up to $30.00 but the “My Generation” album can get you $100.00 today.
Everybody’s favorite talking-horse is Mr. Ed. The TV show ran for 5 years from 1961-1966. Mr. Ed was played by a horse whose real name was Bamboo Harvester. In 1962 Golden records released “Straight From the Horse’s Mouth.” It’s worth no more than $25.00, but that same year Colpix records issued the “Mr. Ed” soundtrack featuring skits and dialogue from the show. A copy can get you $250.00 today. “Mister Ed” is just one of the 10,000 soundtracks listed on our Soundtracks CD in Microsoft Word, covering movies, TV shows, and Broadway shows. It’s available in the left hand column.
Alabama, one of Country music’s most popular bands of all time, formed in 1969 with Randy Owens and Terry Gentry. In the 1980’s they had over two dozen # 1 hits on the Country charts including “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band.” They were the only strictly-Country band to appear on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand.” They released their first album “Alabama Band No.3” in 1978 on both Alabama and MDJ Records. Either can sell for $400.00 today.
“Holy Rock N Roll, Batman!” Did he really sing while protecting Gotham City from the Penguin, the Riddler, and the Joker? Well, let the batlight shine on a single from 1966 called “Miranda.” It wasn’t a hit. Even the radio stations in Gotham City wouldn’t play it. It was the only single for Adam West. He probably hid in the Batcave after that. Nonetheless, the 45 of “Miranda,” released on 20th Century Fox Records in 1966, is worth up to $250.00. Add up to $1,500.00 for the picture sleeve.
In 1978 Bon Scott of AC/DC proclaimed in song his love for a woman named Rosie who he described as a Tasmanian devil weighing 350 pounds. She apparently bragged to Scott that she had been with 28 famous people in a month. Bon Scott woke up with her the next morning and whispered, “29.” The single “Whole Lotta Rosie” by AC/DC, released on Atlantic records, can get you $100.00 today.