(There's a bit of slipping on the audio)


…Record I bought sits out on a limb with other peoples’ – the common denominator to most of theirs being an “embarrassment” factor.

Take my mate Colin, for example.  He’s a retired fitter who spent donkey’s years working underground for the Coal Board.  As solid and upstanding a bloke as you could meet in a long day’s march.

But I suspect he may also have been a gawky and suggestible pubescent, possibly unsure of his sexuality for all I know, who confesses guiltily that his first record was the happily forgettable “Tom, Tom, Turnaround” by (-and I had to look this up-) the equally eminently forgettable New World.

And Colin’s not alone.  It seems everyone I know suffers the same affliction of having chosen to buy some shite that was destined to embarrass them in their more sober years.

Except me.  I have to say that I feel left out of this club, what with my first purchase from Frank Sisson’s, High Street, Hucknall, for the princely sum in 1963 of 4/11d (-I’m guessing that!-) was and still is a diamond.

Jet Harris and Tony Mehan’s “Diamonds”.




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John Coopey

Sat 5th Nov 2022 10:13

I think that qualifies, MC.
And thanks for the Like, Frederick.

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 5th Nov 2022 01:27

My own recall is "High Noon" (Do Not Forsake Me") by Frankie Lane - bought at Milsom's musical instrument and record store
in Bath when 45s were taking over from the ubiquitous 78rpm
discs, but you still had the choice. I wanted the Tex Ritter
version as sung on the soundtrack but Ritter hadn't seen its
wider appeal and no disc by that singer was available then.
He was to see his error and record it later. But it was the
deserved sucess of that "belter" of a Western theme song -
Frankie Laine -who grabbed the spoils from the hit it became.
He had a memorable career in that genre, with songs like "The
Hanging Tree", "The Gunfight at the OK Corral", "Rawhide"
and the Mel Brooks nod to a famous genre "Blazing Saddles"
among a long list of hits. I still have a CD somewhere with
them all listed. His recording of "Jezebel" was probably the
earliest pop vocal that I remember hearing that made an
impression before Rock'nRoll hit my generation. It's still
easily recalled and I can hear him in my mind..."Jezebel,,,it
was YOU...Could be better had I never known a lover such as you...." Happy 1950s post-war days of innocence....
PS if you're going for nonsense songs, how about Max Bygraves' "Your're a Pink Toothbrush" for starters?

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John Coopey

Fri 4th Nov 2022 17:40

That’s the ticket, Stephen.

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Stephen Gospage

Fri 4th Nov 2022 17:04

Would Tony Blackburn's Woodchop song do, John? We didn't buy it, but found it second-hand in someone's attic.

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John Coopey

Fri 4th Nov 2022 14:25

This is not at all what I was after, Graham! I was hoping for a cornucopia of tosh like Frankie Howerd’s “ Three Little Fishes” or Mike Sarne’s Come Outside”.

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Graham Sherwood

Fri 4th Nov 2022 13:34

Like a Rolling Stone by Sir Bob for me. My mother had to get it from the record shop next to her hairdressers as we didn't have one in our village. I had to write the title and artist down on a bit of paper for her, which she handed over at the counter.

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