In 1974 RCA released the David Bowie single “Rock N Roll with Me.” The song, written by Bowie and Warren Peace, was from the Bowie concept album “Diamond Dogs,” which was the most successful of his albums up to that time reaching # 5 on the album charts. “Rock N Roll with Me” was not a big success but find a copy of the 45 today and you’ve found up to $2,500.00.
With David Ruffin at the front mike, the Temptations had some of their biggest hits like “My Girl” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg.” Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, David Ruffin has his first solo single in 1961. “I’m in Love,” released on Anna Records, is worth up to $100.00. As a member of the Temptations, he made his first single with them also in 1961 with “Oh Mother of Mine” on Miracle Records. That, too, is worth up to $100.00 today.
A former Mouseketeer, Johnny Crawford is best known for playing Mark McCain, son of Lucas, on TV’s “The Rifleman” from 1958-1963. His recording career produced 5 top-40 hits including the top-10 smash “Cindy’s Birthday.” Released on Del Fi Records in 1962, the single with picture sleeve is worth up to $25.00. However, his last 45 with picture sleeve “Everyone Should Own a Dream,” released in 1968 on Sidewalk Records, can get you $150.00 today.
Chubby Checker will always be the king of the Twist. But just as much credit should be given to Hank Ballard, the man who wrote “The Twist.” Ballard’s version was slower and grittier. His version, released on King Records as a 78, is worth up to $250.00. That same year, 1959, King Records released Hank Ballard’s album “Singin’ and Swingin’ the Twist.” A copy can sell for $350.00 today.
It was Will Rogers who discovered Gene Autry. Known as “the singing cowboy,” he is the only entertainer to have 5 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He wrote more than 300 of the 640 songs he recorded. Among his biggest hits is “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Released on Columbia Records in 1949, the 78 is worth up to $40.00. The big money for Gene Autry records are from the early part of his career like “In the Shadows of the Pine.” Released on Supertone Records in 1929, a copy of that 78 is worth up to $2,500.00 today.
Among the teen idols of the early Rock N Roll era was Jimmy Clanton. His first hit “Just a Dream” went top-10 and sold a million copies in 1958. Like other teen idols such as Fabian and Frankie Avalon, Clanton crossed over to the silver screen in films like “Teenage Millionaire” and “Go Johnny Go.” His 1959 EP “Just a Dream” with title on cover is worth up to $40.00. However, if the cover reads “From the Hal Roach production Go Johnny Go Starring Jimmy Clanton,” then that same EP, released on ACE records, can sell for $125.00 today.
The Shirelles was one of the most popular and successful girl-groups of the 1950’s and 60’s with smash hits like “Soldier Boy,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” and “Dedicated to the One I Love.” Their rise to fame and fortune began in 1957 with “I Met Him On a Sunday.” On Decca records the 45 is worth no more than $20.00 but an original on Tiara records can fetch $600.00 today.
One of the most unusual record collectibles is by none other than the world famous Boston Pops; first formed way back in 1885. The version of the Boston Pops that is best known is the one led by Arthur Fiedler. Under Fiedler, the Boston Pops sold over 50 million dollars’ worth of records. In 1954 RCA released the EP “Latin Rhythm” by the Boston Pops. But what makes it worth up to $600.00 today is the fact that the cover art is by Andy Warhol.
Albums with various songs by various recording artists can also be collectible. In 1961 Tamla and Motown released the album “Tamla/Motown Special #1.” It contained some of the labels’ biggest and earliest hits like “Shop Around” by the Miracles, “Money” by Barrett Strong, and “Bye Bye Baby” by the first lady of Motown, Mary Wells. A copy of the album is worth up to $150.00 today. 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.
Just like Rock ‘N’ Roll, horror movies were a huge staple of the 1950’s and 60’s. And many times Rock ‘N’ Roll and horror were merged together. In 1960 poet Rod McKuen, recording under the name Bob McFadden, recorded the single “Dracula-Cha-Cha” on Coral Records. With picture sleeve, the 45 is worth up to $250.00 today. In 1964 Don Hinson recorded the album “Monster Dance Party” featuring the single “Riboflavin-Flavored, Non- Carbonated, Polyunsaturated Blood.” The album on Capitol Records can get you $200.00.