Doo Wop and Rockabilly records have always been prized by record collectors and that trend continues. In 1953 Chance Records released “That’s My Desire” by the Flamingos, one of the best known groups of the day. A black vinyl copy is worth up to $500.00 but an original red vinyl single can get you $1,000.00 today. In 1957 Rockabilly singer Wayne Williams recorded “Red Hot Mama” for Sure records. A copy is now valued up to $2,000.00.
“Tequila” hit # 1 in 1958. The instrumental, recorded by the Champs, is a Rock N Roll classic, but Jazz versions have been recorded by people like Dizzy Gillespie and Wes Montgomery. The song has been featured in numerous movies such as “Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie” and “The Sandlot.” The original 45, released on Gene Autry’s Challenge label, is worth up to $20.00 while the “Tequila” EP can get you $400.00 today.
Many think the Heavy Metal Psychedelic band, Blue Cheer, took their name from the famous soap detergent, but it actually referred to a type of LSD. However, the Cascades were named for the dish-washing detergent of the same name. In 1963 they were all over top-40 radio with “(Listen to the) Rhythm of the (Falling) Rain.” Released on Valiant Records, a copy of the 45 is worth up to $20.00. But look for the Cascades’ single, “Cinderella.” Released on RCA in 1963, a copy with picture sleeve is worth up to $200.00 today.
In 1957 Patsy Cline appeared on “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts.” The audience fell in love with her immediately. She soon became part of the Grand Ole Opry, the high church of Country music. In 1963 she lost her life in a plane crash in Camden, Tennessee. After the success of “Walkin After Midnight,” her first big hit, Decca Records released her first album “Patsy Cline.” An original copy can sell for $250.00 today.
One of the greatest love songs of all time is one of Elvis Presley’s greatest hits. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” was featured in one of his most popular movies, “Blue Hawaii.” The 45, released by RCA in 1961, is worth up to $50.00 with its picture sleeve. However, RCA also released the single as a 7 inch 33, which is the size of a 45 but plays at the speed of an album. As seen here in the middle, it’s worth up to $8,000.00. The picture sleeve for the 7 inch 33, as seen here on the right, can get you an additional $8,000.00.
The Dovells, led by Len Barry, had their first big hit in 1961 with the million-selling “Bristol Stomp,” which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Two years later the group reached #3 with “You Can’t Sit Down,” which was a vocal version of the 1961 instrumental hit by Phil Upchurch. The Dovells’ 45, released on Parkway records in 1963, is worth up to $30.00 while their “You Can’t Sit Down” album can sell for $100.00 today.
“Bonanza” was one of TV’s most popular and successful series, running for 14 years. But the Cartwrights were also recording artists. Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene) hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964 with “Ringo,” a song about the outlaw Johnny Ringo. But the album on RCA is worth no more than $20.00. However, Hoss Cartwright (Dan Blocker) had an album in 1961 called “Tales for Young ‘Uns.” Released on Trey Records, its worth up to $100.00. And Little Joe (Michael Landon) put out the single “Gimme a Little Kiss” in 1962. Released on Fono Graf Records, the 45 with picture sleeve can sell for $125.00 today.
Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the top 100 guitarists ranks Eric Clapton at #2, Jimmy Page at #3, and Jeff Beck at #5. It’s amazing to think that at one time they were all together in the Yardbirds with 1960’s hits such as “For Your Love,” “Heart Full of Soul, “and “Over Under Sideways Down.” The “Over Under Sideways Down” album, released on Epic Records in 1966, is worth up to $40.00 in stereo and up to $100.00 in mono. However, the Canadian issue (as seen on the right) released in 1965 on Capitol Records can get you $500.00 today.
In 1965 the Byrds hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with the Bob Dylan song “Mr. Tambourine Man.” The 45 on Columbia Records is worth no more than $15.00. However, an early version of the Byrds, including members David Crosby, Gene Clark, and Jim McGuinn, was called the Beefeaters. They released a single in 1964 called “Please Let Me Love You.” Released on Elektra Records, a copy can get you $400.00 today.
The Angels had their biggest hit in 1963 with “My Boyfriend’s Back,” a song they originally recorded as a demo for the most popular girl-group of the day, the Shirelles. But the demo was so good by the Angels they got to release it. The Angels did have success prior to “My Boyfriends’ Back” with minor hits like “Til” and “Cry Baby Cry” (a $40.00 value) for Caprice Records. Those songs can be found on the Angel’s first album called “And the Angels Sing.” Released in 1962, a copy can get you $150.00 today.