Vinyl Records

June 3, 2021

In 1930, RCA Victor launched the first commercially available vinyl long-playing record delighted listeners have enjoyed them ever since. Today, there is a National Vinyl Record Day on Aug. 12th; it provides a great way to celebrate the oldies.

My granddaughter Ana recently got an old fashion turntable record player. She’s always had a love for music, especially the rock-and-roll of the 50s. How does a teenager associate with music sixty years ago?

Some music is timeless and embraces people of all ages. The music of Elvis, Little Richard, Johnny Cash, and the Platters doesn’t resonate with the ever-developing brain but speaks to the unchanging heart.

While my wife and I go through our things and cull out unessential items to downsize, I came across some recordings my granddaughter will want. Besides the records previously mentioned, I have recordings by Eddie Arnold and Tennessee Ernie Ford. I don’t have any Led Zeppelin, Nirvana or, David Bowie records or CDs.

Ana will prize the original recordings of the old-time radio shows of Superman, Sky King, Sergeant Preston of Yukon, Red Rider and Little Beaver, Hopalong Cassidy, and The Shadow. These are not CDs; they are songs and adventure stories recorded on vinyl.

 If you don’t know what vinyl records are, I won’t explain carbon paper or rotary phones.