I was born in 1952, so I wasn’t really old enough to go all “ga-ga” over Elvis, but I still remember my first crush on a musician. It was Peter from Herman’s Hermits! I was only about 12 years old, but I was in L.O.V.E. with him. I slept with the album cover under my pillow, and it pains me now to say that I was known to kiss that picture from time to time. Didn’t we ALL have a crush back then?
As I got into my teens, there were the Beatles, the Stones, the Yardbirds (You remember them, don’t you?), and the Who. All of those bands are the ones that play in my mind when I think of the oldies. I used to have a lot of 45 rpm records, you know those relics of oldies memorabilia, the singles. You had to put a little plastic disc in the hole in the record to play it on your record player. And yes, it was a record player, not a stereo.
I get nostalgic sometimes for the 8 track cassettes of my late teen years, too. My 1964 Impala Supersport SS didn’t come with a tape player built in, so I got a portable 8 track player and played Creedence Clearwater Revival on it as my girlfriends and I cruised around town. I cried a few tears when someone stole that out of my car! Oh, to be a teenager again! The only reason I would consider going back to that time is for the music!
I found a place online where I can find all my favorites, and download them to my phone or my iPad. They have every CCCR album they ever made! I could listen to them all day long. They even have some Zappa songs if you were a fan of Frank. And while I don’t care for the country music that is out there today, I had a secret love for Jim Reeves and his deep, sexy voice back when I was a young girl, and all his albums are there too. For more information click here.