Old is new: Put those records on

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Last fall we cleaned out our basement and in the process I discovered a real treasure among the keepsakes was a large collection of old 33 1/2 LP records. I didn’t realize they had made quite a comeback. The children all remembered how many musicals we had and how we came to get so many specials like “Camelot” with Robert Goulet and Julie Andrews.

Start at the beginning

I’ll have to begin at the beginning which was how and why I decided to keep all those records.

Way back in the 1960s or ‘70s we had purchased a new record player. I remember we bought it at Lefty’s Appliance in Aurora and I think it cost about $600. The reason it was so expensive was because it was in a chest of drawers made by Magnavox and of mahogany wood.

About the time records became obsolete, replaced by stereo, the record part of this lovely piece of furniture quit working. The whole collection was put in a basement cabinet and not thought about until we came across it and decided to take a look at the 100-plus records.

My girls immediately started remembering how their parents (Bob and I) went downtown for many, many musicals and would then purchase the record. Our oldest daughter gave me a little note the other day telling me how she came to love those musicals which we played over and over.

Because of this renewed interest I decided to try and get the phonograph to work. I called up our excellent handyman, Tom, and he came up to take a look. Sure enough, before long he had it turning at the proper speed and the lovely recording of Camelot came on filling the air with my favorite musical. And of course it had relevancy when Jackie Onassis proclaimed the Kennedy era as “Camelot” that “one shining moment” in that short period of time in 1963.

Still have yours?

Now I have to ask you if you still have a stereo in a lovely wood cabinet somewhere and do you have the records? If you do, you may discover a real treasure.

Here’s some of my collection:

Fiddler on the Roof

Man of La Mancha

My Fair Lady

Irma La Douce

Unsinkable Molly Brown

Fiorello

West Side Story

Brigadoon

South Pacific

Music Man

Oklahoma

Now if your set still works and you need to buy used records you get can them at used record stores.

I can’t tell you how much I am enjoying playing these new found gems. It brings forth a flood of wonderful memories when we still went to dances and danced in the kitchen whenever a favorite song was playing. And I still cry when Camelot is played. Maybe, just maybe, you still have a working phonograph and lots of good records. I still have the chest in our living room and it’s still lovely.

P.S. How could I forget to mention Marty Robbins as my favorite country singer and singing “Don’t Let me Touch You.” What a shame that he died of a heart problem in his 50’s.

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