In 1967 Strawberry Alarm Clock hit # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Incense and Peppermint.” It stayed on the charts for 4 months. The band went through continuous changes in sound and personnel and in 1971 they released the appropriately titled album “Changes” on Vocalion records. The cover is a painted version of their picture on their “Incense and Peppermint” album. Both are shown here for comparison. Each can get you over $150.00 today.
“Let It Be” is the final studio album released by the Beatles. The title single was released on Apple records in 1969 featuring Paul McCartney singing lead and playing bass and the maracas. He had written the song in memory of his mother, Mary. The album is worth no more than $30.00 but the “Let It Be” single with picture sleeve can sell for $100.00 today.
Fans of the TV western “Rawhide” know Sheb Wooley as Pete Nolan who starred along with Clint Eastwood and Eric Fleming. Eastwood also gave Sheb Wooley a roll in his 1976 movie “The Outlaw Josey Wales.” But the Rock N Roll audience knows him best for his 1958 novelty classic “The Purple People Eater.” The 45, released on M-G-M is no more than $20.00 but the 78 rpm version is worth up to $100.00 today. Both are shown here.
On this day July 28, 1956 Capitol records’ version of Elvis Presley makes his first appearance on national TV on the Perry Como Show. His name is Gene Vincent. He sings “Be-Bop-A-Lula.” The flip side of the single is called “Woman Love” and it might have hurt sales (or maybe helped) as it reportedly contains the “F” word. But the hit side is a true rock and roll classic. The 45 can fetch $40.00. The 78 version can sell over $100.00 and a white label promo copy of the 45 is worth up to $350.00.
In the early days of Motown the company wanted to promote 12-year-old Stevie Wonder as the next Ray Charles. His first single was “I Call It Pretty Music but the Old People Call It the Blues.” The record isn’t a Blues record at all but putting the word in the lyrics was meant to further the Ray Charles connection. The picture sleeve shows Stevie looking and posing like Ray. The 45 can get you $125.00 today with that Ray Charles-looking picture sleeve.
When it comes to the blues you won’t have them if you find some of those old Blues 78s. In 1930 Columbia records released “Big Rock Jail” by Barefoot Bill. A copy is now worth up to $2,000.00. In 1928 Blind Willie McTell recorded “Loving Talking Blues” for Victor records. A copy can get you $3,500.00 today.
The Beach Boys’ only EP “Four by the Beach Boys” was released in 1966 on Capitol records. In 1964 Capitol released the EP “Four by the Beatles.” In this battle of the Beatles vs. the Beach Boys who wins when it comes to value? Well, in this case, it’s a tie. Either of these EPs can sell for $450.00 today.
Without a doubt Chubby Checker is the king of the Twist. But that dance craze is also associated with the Mavelettes and “Twistin’ Postman,” with Gary U.S. Bonds and the “Dear Lady Twist,” and with Joey Dee and the Starliters and the “Peppermint Twist.” But do you think of Rock and Blues artist Johnny Winter with this popular dance of the early 60s? In 1962 Frolic records released “Voo Doo Twist” by the now legendary Johnny Winter. A copy is worth up to $125.00 today.
Tony Bennett is truly a legend who had his first hit in 1951 with “Because of You” followed by “Rags to Riches.” In 1962 he recorded the song that became his signature song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” But if you want to go from rags to riches, forget about Tony Bennett’s signature record. It’s worth no more than $10.00. Instead seek out his 1949 single of “Fascinating Rhythm.” Recording under the name Joe Bari on Leslie Records, that 78 can get you $2,000.00 today.
In 1969 the Winstons hit big with the top-10 smash “Color Him Father.” The song is about a young boy honoring the man “with the big wide grin” who took in and married a widow with 7 children. The single, released on Metromedia records, is worth up to $30.00 while the “Color Him Father” album can get you $100.00 today.