Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales

Week Ending 03/01/2008

1) LP - Queen "The Works" Columbia Red Vinyl - $4,999.99

2) LP - Michele Auclair Schubert: "Complete Works For Violin And Piano" Erato STE 50136 - $3,000.00

3) 45 - The Five Tinos "Sitting My Window" / "Don Do That" SUN 222 - $2,851.89

4) 45 - Ernie Johnson "I Can't Stop The Pain" / "These Very Tender Moments" Artco - $2,094.69

5) LP - The Velvet Underground & Nico Mono w/ Torso Cover - $2,025.00


Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales

Week Ending 02/23/2008

1) 45 - Bruce Springsteen "Spirit In The Night" / "For You" Columbia - $5,100.00

2) LP - Phafner "Overdrive" Dragon - $5,000.00

3) 45 - The Squires "The Sultan" / "Aurora" V - $4,161.00

4) 45 - U2 "All I Want Is You" Purple Vinyl - $4,058.00

5) LP - Beatles "Please, Please Me" Parlophone - $3,850.00

In the Chicago area?

This year's Record Fair, now known as the "CHIRP Record Fair" to benefit the Chicago Indie Radio Project, is coming up April 12 and 13th. Check out the website for more details, or read on below:

Formerly the WLUW Record Fair, this annual vinyl extravaganza brings you two days of shopping for quality rare and used records from a slew of Midwestern vendors. The 6th annual version of this can't-miss event for Chicagoans in the know and vinyl enthusiasts from around the country takes place at Pulaski Park Fieldhouse on April 12th and 13th. In addition to even more great dealers and a wider range of entertainment, this year's fair will benefit the Chicago Independent Radio Project, working to bring a brand new community radio station to Chicago.

The CHIRP Record Fair dealers range from genre specialists with tons of rarities to generalists with something for everyone. The music selection isn't limited to vinyl – CDs, DVDs, even 8-tracks abound, and the dealer lineup is rounded out nicely by a select batch of poster artists, crafters, and independent publications. This year's expanded entertainment lineup will range from live bands and DJs to dancers and circus performers. Food, games, and general revelry make this an action packed weekend for everyone, not just vinyl collectors.

The CHIRP Record Fair & Other Delights runs Saturday, April 12th from 10AM-6PM and Sunday, April 13th from 10AM-5PM. Admission is $7, or $5 with an ad or flyer. A special $25 pre-admission session from 8-10AM on Saturday allows collectors early access to the dealers, and offers unlimited access all weekend long. Pulaski Park Fieldhouse is located at 1419 W. Blackhawk.

This Day In Music History- April 1

In 1961, "Runaway," Del Shannon's first single, hits #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K.

In 1962, Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein meets George Martin to play him a demo tape by the Liverpool group. George Martin signs the Beatles to EMI.

The Beatles held the top five positions in Billboard's singles chart in 1964 and the top two positions on the album chart.

The first Ramones album, entitled Ramones, was released in 1976. Recorded for only $6,000.00, it contained 14 songs, none over two minutes long.

In 1979, "Heart of Glass," by Blondie, becomes the first New Wave song to reach #1 in America.

Rudolph Isley of the Isley Brothers ("It's Your Thing") turns 69.

Happy birthday to Debbie Reynolds ("Tammy") who is 76 today.

Phil Margo of the Tokens ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight") is 65.

In 1984, Marvin Gaye ("I Heard It Through The Grapevine") was shot to death by his father, following an argument. Remarkably, Gaye's father received only probation after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

The "Woodstock" movie premiered in Hollywood in 1970.

In 1971, Led Zeppelin performed a concert for the BBC Radio program Rock Hour at London's Paris Theater. Featuring a bevy of material from their forthcoming fourth album, the concert becomes one of their most-bootlegged performances.

In 1957, the Everly Brothers released their second single, "Bye Bye Love," which later went to No. 2 on the pop chart. Amazingly, more than 30 labels had turned down the song.

Arthur Smith, whose name was so boring most people called him "Guitar Boogie," was born in Clinton, S.C. in 1921. His instrumental work on tunes like "Feudin' Banjos" (later renamed "Duelin' Banjos" for Deliverance) marked him as one of country music's greatest guitarists.

Ronnie Lane, Small Faces and Faces bass player was born in 1946.

The Beatles began a three-month stand at the Top Ten club in Hamburg, Germany in 1961. They play extended sets every night.

The Troggs used 45 minutes of spare studio time to record "Wild Thing" at Regent Sound Studio in London in 1966. The raw, simple little tune would climb to #2 in the UK and #1 in the US, selling over a million copies by the following June.

Stairway To Heaven” is on the radio for the first time in 1971. The Led Zeppelin song is part of a London concert recording that is played on the BBC’s John Peel Rock Hour. Over the ensuing decades, “Stairway To Heaven” becomes the most played song on the radio.

Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) walked away (actually jumped a six foot wall) from a rehab center in Marina del Rey in 1994 and returned to Seattle. He kills himself four days later.

In 1877, Thomas Edison devised a telephone design that becomes the basis for his later claim to the invention of the microphone.

In 1924, the first gramophone to change records automatically goes on sale in the US.

Only Ringo Starr was present at the final Beatles recording session in 1970, where he overdubs percussion tracks for "The Long and Winding Road,” "Across The Universe" and "I Me Mine.”