We didn't have stereo sound or CD players but what we never had we never missed. My first record player came in a small case with a handle, it was portable so I could easily carry it to my friends house to listen to our records.After I started working and was able to save I bought a bigger one, still in a case and still portable but much heavier with better sound .
The first record I bought was, Those Were The Days by Mary Hopkins (opportunity knocks) and the first album (LP) was a Top Of The Pops one containing songs from all different groups, The few I remember are, The World Is A Great Big Onion, Something, Knock Three Times. Records could be broken and had to be put back in their sleeves to avoid getting them scratched.
Small single records always had a B side which was a lesser known song by the same artist. They had to be played at 45 rmp and LPs at 33rmp. If there were any old long players of our parents they were played at 78rmp.
He didn't grab my attention until he left the group in the seventies.This album was his first solo one and I fell in love with it. I still have the album today and also have it o my ipod. I would play it over and over again.
Some of the songs I loved were,
Giving it all Away
One Man Band
It's a Hard Life
The Way of the World.
I loved his curly hair, it just wasn't the same when he cut it short.
He has appeared in over thirty films and starred in the film,"Tommy" at rock musical written by The Who.
Roger Daltry is still singing and performing today although, hopefully not wrecking any more hotel rooms.
Rod Stewart. has sold over 100 million records worldwide. He has been singing for over fifty years. First with The Jeff Beck Group and then The Faces.
Reason to Believe
Do You Think I'm Sexy
Baby Jane and so many more hits.
Since 2002 Rod has been recording songs from the 1930's and 40's and releasing them in his,"Great American Songbooks" This has seen him return to our pop charts again.
The awards Rod Stewart has been given over the years are too numerous to mention but he now has his name on a star on the Hollywood walk of Fame.
I nearly finished this post without writing about Cliff Richard. He is one of the pop stars from my teenage days who I have been to see in concert many times. None of my friends liked him but when I started working I met a fan of his, Helen and we started going to his concerts together. Cliff has been singing since the fifties and will be seventy two this year. His hits included,
Living Doll, Congratulations, Miss You Nights, The Minute You're Gone, Suddenly.
He starred in the musicals Time and Heathcliff which weren't a flop as the media like to say. I didn't get to see them myself but I love the music from Heathcliff. The last concert I saw was a few years ago to celebrate his fifty years in the business. My daughter came with me and even she said that she enjoyed the show and Cliff was a really good entertainer. I had such a good evening that night as Cliff sang as many of his songs as he could ,so thank you Karen for sharing it with me. All I have left to say is he may be like marmite to some but
Please let me knowing by commenting if I have brought any memories back for you.
If your era was more the fifties and sixties or if you would like to know what we were all doing then you might like to read Rosalind Adams blog Writing in the Rain