Tonight I came across a box of about 150 old 45 RPM records that I had not listened to for a very long time. I ended out picking out several that were songs I listened to in my early teen years – pre-Beatles – from the summers of 1960 to 1962.
They reminded me of warm summer nights at our cottage at Bluewater Beach on the outskirts of Goderich, Ontario. My friends and I would gather in the evening on a piece of dirt behind the Nothof family cottage and set a record player in the window so we could hear. We would dance to the same few records over and over. And over.
There was a restaurant on the highway that had a Juke Box and every month some guy would come and change the records. We would find out when he was coming and ride our bikes out to the restaurant and he would sell us the records he was replacing for a quarter. Treasures.
Tonight when I listened to Elvis singing I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You I could close my eyes and sway and sing the words and re-live dancing huddled over Ruth Ann Nothof. Where is she now?
The music brought back such vivid memories. Almost sixty years ago and the recollection is as clear as a bell. I still know all the words and even know where each little scratch is on the record. Several of the records have little pieces of adhesive tape with my name written on them. My writing has not changed that much in all those years.
What a treat (on the eve of my 71st birthday) to spend an hour or two with this music. And to remember these moments from my youth. Could be yesterday.
Here are just a few of the songs I listened to. Do you remember any of these?
Check them out below.
Roy Orbison – Crying – July 1961
Elvis Presley – I Can’t Help Falling In Love with You – October 1961
Freddy Cannon – Palisades Park – April 1962
Don Gibson – Sea of Heartbreak – July 1961
Beach Boys – Surfin’ Safari – October 1962
Ricky Nelson – Today’s Teardrops – March 1962
Everly Brothers – Til I Kissed You – January 1960
Del Shannon – Runaway – January 1962