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The First Record You Bought?

Do you remember the first time you went into a record store and bought a record?  We talked about this a few years ago when our friend Kent Kotal did a feature on his Forgotten Hits site.  It is an interesting subject and it would be fun to hear a few local stories on the subject.   If you would like to tell your story, you can drop us a comment.  We might even play a few on a future episode of Those Were The Days. 


I had a lot of 45's to play before I ever bought one.  My uncle Ed owned a supper club and my sister and I got the jukebox throw aways.  My cousins gave us a few old 33's including the first Rolling Stones Greatest Hits album.  I bought 'Have You Seen Her' by the Chi-Lites in late 1971 and as I recall that was my first of thousands!  In the next few months I purchased the latest Donny Osmond,  Neil Diamond, Carpenters,  Raspberries,  Looking Glass,  and Gallery records.  It is fun to recall those days of seeing all of the latest albums on display behind the washers and dryers at Saffells in Richland Center!  


I hope to hear your stories.  Thanks again for listening to Those Were The Days Saturday nights on WRCO FM 100.9.



Phil Nee hosts WRCO FM's Those Were the Days every Saturday night from 6-12M. Phil is also heard weekday mornings on WRCO FM 100.9 in Richland Center, WI.


  • Guest
    Cindy Rasmussen Saturday, 02 November 2013


    Yes, that is exactly how it went for me too.

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    Phil Nee Friday, 01 November 2013

    Record Clubs

    I recall joining those record clubs. It was always very tempting because they would offer 12 selections for one penny! You just taped a coin on the reply card and sent it away. It was exciting to get all of those records or tapes in the mailbox, however, it was too good to be true. You had to buy somewhere between 4 and 6 selections in the next year at regular club prices. The prices were higher than in the store and the worst part was that they socked you for shipping and handling. A $9.00 record was more like $20.00. You also had to mail back the reply card every month and if you didn't , they would automatically ship you a record. I got burned several times. You could refuse it and have it shipped back. If you opened it, you would have to pay for the shipping back to the club. That is how I got a few that I really did not want or duplicates. I lived and learned.


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    Cindy Rasmussen Thursday, 31 October 2013


    I had the benefit of five older siblings who bought records, so I got to listen to theirs for free. The first music I bought was an album from a record club, either Air Supply, Dave and Sugar, Styx, or Foreigner. I don't remember which I bought first, but I added more to my collection, including some country lie Alabama and Ronnie Milsap. Eventually, I bought only cassettes and then dropped out of the club, but I still have a lot of my albums.

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    Phil Nee Wednesday, 23 October 2013

    Mine Was

    I bought Battle Of New Orleans by Johnny Horton. I still have it somewhere.

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    Mike Tuesday, 22 October 2013

    I Love Rock and Roll

    When I heard Joan Jett sing I Love Rock and Roll, I had to have the record. I scraped up a couple of dollars and went to Ben Franklin to buy it and play it on my parents stereo. Good memories.

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    Paul Tuesday, 22 October 2013

    Spring of 69

    I bought the Troggs 'Love Is All Around' in 1969 after hearing a local band play the song. It was the first of many records that I bought over the next 10 years.

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    Beth Tuesday, 22 October 2013

    I bought one back in '76

    I purchased the 45 of Beth by Kiss because of my name. It was the only Kiss record I ever bought. I still like the song today.

  • Guest
    Mark Monday, 21 October 2013

    My First

    I bought the first Beatles 45 "I Want To Hold Your Hand" after seeing them on the Ed Sullivan show.

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