For people of a certain age, seven-inch 45 rpm vinyl records are what music was, and is, all about. They just can’t think of Elvis without picturing that signature yellow Sun record label, or The Beatles without recalling the label on all those Capitol 45s, with their trademark orange-and-yellow swirl.
Also known as singles because each side had a playing time of less than five minutes, 45s were first marketed in the United States by RCA in 1949. The format made its way to the U.K. in 1950. The hole in the center of a 45 was larger than the one for a 78 or LP, which allowed them to be stacked on spindles and dropped, one at a time, for continuous play. Immediately embraced by consumers, 45s were a big hit with jukebox manufacturers and operators, too, who liked the way the space-saving 45s allowed them to quadruple (compared to 78s) the number of songs they could offer customers.
Early adopters of the 45 included Fats Domino, whose 1949 single, “Fat Man,” is one of the most collectible 45s by any artist. Ray Charles released “I Got a Woman,” the Drifters cut “Save the Last Dance For Me,” and James Brown rocked the house with “Please, Please, Please.”
Of course, some of the most prized 45s around are those Elvis Sun singles. The first was "That’s All Right," which was recorded live in the studio in 1954. The single’s B-side was a Bill Monroe bluegrass tune from the 1940s called "Blue Moon of Kentucky." Two more Sun singles followed that year, with another pair in 1955, for a total of five Elvis Sun singles containing 10 songs.
Other 1950s acts to score big with 45s include Chuck Berry (“Johnny B. Goode”), Bill Haley (“Ten Little Indians”), Little Richard (“Long Tall Sally”), and Carl Perkins (he recorded his tune “Blue Suede Shoes” a year before The King laid down his version for Sun).
On the other side of the Atlantic, the first U.K. Beatles single was "Love Me Do," which was released in 1962 by Parlophone, whose red label was augmented by blue, yellow, purple, and red horizontal stripes on the 45’s sleeve. Other collectible U.K. Beatles singles are the title tracks from the films “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help!”
In the United States, before Capitol Records signed the band in 1964, Vee-Jay Records released several Beatles 45s. One famous Vee-Jay typo was on the 1963 single of "Please Plea...
Late-1960s album-oriented-rock artists are generally not known for their 45s, but The Doors were a notable exception. In particular, its hit song “Light My Fire” got lots of airplay, thanks in no small part to the hot-selling, and shortened, single.
Northern Soul 45s are also in high demand. Those are the discs that were spun from the late-1960s though the 1970s by DJs at northern England dance clubs such as The Twisted Wheel and Wigan Casino. Gloria Jones, Jackie Wilson, and the Imperials were all popular artists associated with that scene. Finally, later in the 1970s, disco, dominated the charts. Disco fever, as it was called, owed a huge debt to 45s by the Bee-Gees (“Stayin’ Alive”), Gloria Gayner (“I Will Survive”), and the Village People (“YMCA”), to name but a few.
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Patricia Susan EdwardsHavana Herald, November 21st
Known as 'Pat' or 'Patsy' by her family, she was born in Quincy, Florida, February 18, 1953, to Hershel and Lela Edwards. She attended Gadsden County Public Schools through eleventh grade and received her high school diploma from Robert F. Munroe ...Read more
LEGO Record Player: BrickophoneTechnabob (blog), November 21st
This one made by Brickinside member Hayarobi is much better, because it can play at 33 1/3 rpm and 45 rpm. lego record player by hayarobi 620x465 magnify. It's made out of 2,405 LEGO pieces and uses the Power Functions 8878 battery and the Power ...Read more
Opinion: Just 'wing' itMonroe Courier, November 20th
Love problems seem to encourage compulsive behavior. When I got dumped in high school, I played a 45 rpm of Positively Fourth Street by Bob Dylan for so long that the song was so embedded in my brain that I couldn't sleep. You've heard the line, “You...Read more
Inside the vinyl revival: Facts, fiction and rock 'n' rollThe Oregonian - OregonLive.com, November 19th
While modern formats, from MP3 to FLAC, come from the tech world, it was Columbia Records that debuted the 12-inch, "long-playing" 33 1/3-rpm record, or LP, in 1948 — an advance quickly followed by the 7-inch, 45-rpm record developed by rival RCA ...Read more
DJ Shadow On the Historic Renegades of Rhythm TourSF Weekly, November 18th
With creative partnership that dates back 15 years, to the 1999 release of their celebrated 7-inch single mix Brainfreeze, turntable maestros DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist [aka Josh Davis and Lucas MacFadden] have helped raise the bar and push the ...Read more
As I See It: Recording preserves veteran's voicejacksonprogress-argus, November 17th
Feet or miles matters not, since I still had to pack everything, and in so doing uncovered a box of 45-rpm singles that I picked up at a yard sale somewhere up north, many years ago. The fact that I bought a box full of records and didn't check them...Read more
Love of music leads to vast knowledgeJacksonville Journal Courier, November 15th
“I was only 3 years old when my brother brought home 45 (rpm) records of 'See You Later Alligator' by Bill Haley and the Comets and 'The Great Pretender' by The Platters, and I fell in love with both of them,” Darnell said. “Soon after that came Elvis...Read more