Sunday, December 7, 2008

Top 5 Vinyl Record eBay Sales

Week Ending 12/06/2008

1. 45rpm - David Bowie "The Prettiest Star" Japan 45 RPM EP - $5,100.00 Start: $3,899.99 Bids: 6

2. LP - Pink Floyd "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" Odeon Japan Red Vinyl - $4,828.00 Start: $3,999.00 Bids: 4

3. LP - Walter Strerath "Trio - Quartet - Quntet" Jazz Groove - $3,506.00 Start: $9.00 Bids: 20

4. 45rpm - Tamala Lewis "You Won't Say Nothing" / "If You Can Stand Me" Marton - $3,230.00 Start: $899.99 Bids: 22

5. LP - Elvis Presley "Aloha" Chicken Of The Sea Promo - $2,375.01 Start: $1,500 Bids: 14

Rock gods stomp all over the list this week, with a David Bowie 45 from Japan selling for $5.1k. A first press of the first Pink Floyd LP on red vinyl, also out of Japan, bids up over $4.8k.

In the #3 spot, a rare Jazz LP from Walter Strerath closes a little over $3.5k. A Northern Soul 45 from Tamala Lewis gets more than $3.2k.

And last, the Chicken Of The Sea promo Aloha record given to employees of the company sells for close to $2.4k.

As always, a special thank you to Brian over at for this great data!

Classic Rock Videos

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Album Cover Art

Let's continue our look at's list of the top 50 dirtiest and sexiest album cover art, this time #16 (Gigwise comments in quotes):

16. Roxy Music: 'Country Life' - "Widely regarded as one of their finest works, Roxy Music's 1974 album also featured the most iconic cover - one that has young lads flicking through their Dads' record collection still salivating to this day. Featuring models Constanze Karoli and Eveline Grunwald in their under garments, several countries including the US and (somewhat bizarrely) Holland banned it."

We have seen this album before on the Gigwise list, it also made their controversial list as well.

This Date In Music History-December 7


Bent Fabric ("Alley Cat") is 84.

Tom Waits (1949)

Psychedelic Furs bassist Tim Butler is born in 1958.

They Are Missed:

The late Harry Chapin was born in 1942.

The late Louis Prima was born in 1911.

Dee Clark ("Raindrops") died of a heart attack in 1990.

Richard Taylor of the R&B vocal group, The Manhattans, died at the age of 47 in 1987.


Eric Burdon disbanded the Animals for good in 1968.

The Rolling Stones auditioned bass players at the World's End pub in Chelsea, London in 1962. One candidate was Bill Wyman. He got the job partly because he had tons of cool equipment the band could use.

The Beatles second album 'With The Beatles' started a 21-week run at #1 on the UK album chart in 1963. Also today, all four Beatles appeared on BBC TV's 'Juke Box Dury'. Some of the songs The Beatles judged were “Kiss Me Quick” by Elvis Presley, “The Hippy Hippy Shake,” by the Swinging Blue Jeans and “Where Have You Been All My Life” by Gene Vincent, among others. The group voted Bobby Vinton's "There! I Said It Again" a miss. Ironically, in two months' time they would knock the record out of the #1 spot in the U.S.

"Dominique" by The Singing Nun was the #1 record in North America in 1963, edging out The Kingsmen's "Louie, Louie". The song would eventually sell over 1.5 million copies and win a Grammy Award for the year's best gospel song. Her given name was Jeanine Deckers and she would leave the convent in 1967 before taking her final vows, partly to pursue a recording career, but never repeated her earlier success. In 1985, the center for autistic children in Belgium that she helped to found had closed due to lack of funds. In despair over this failure, the 51 year old Deckers and her friend Annie Pescher committed suicide.

Brian Wilson has a nervous breakdown while on a flight from Los Angeles to Houston in 1964. He decides to stop touring with the Beach Boys.

Linda Ronstadt recorded "You're No Good" in 1974. The song became one of her signature hits, peaking at #1 the following year.

The Eagles held a press conference in 1999 to announce that their first “Greatest Hits” package had become America's best-selling album. Glenn Frey stated, "I hated popularity contests when I was in high school, and I hate them now." No word on if he hated the money he made from being in the band….

In 1967, Otis Redding went into the studio to record “(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay.” The song went on to be his biggest hit. Redding didn't see its release; he was killed three days later in a plane crash.

Carl Douglas started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart in 1974 with “Kung Fu Fighting.” The song was recorded in 10 minutes, started out as a B- side and sold 10 million. His follow-up, "Dance the Kung Fu", would be a total flop. Possibly the worst song in pop music history (or at least a tie with Rick Dees “Disco Duck”). Any more nominations for the worst #1 song in music history?

Inventor Dr Peter Carl Goldmark was killed in a car crash in 1977. Goldmark invented the long-playing microgroove record in 1945 that went on to revolutionize the way people listened to music.

In 1993 - Guns N' Roses announced they would keep the tune written by Charles Manson "Look At Your Game, Girl" on their album, "The Spaghetti Incident?" The decision to keep the song came when the band learned that the royalties would go to the son of one of Manson's victims.

In 2007, Yoko Ono issues a statement encouraging world peace on the eve of the 27th anniversary of husband John Lennon's murder. "Let's not waste the lives of those we have lost," writes Ono. "Let's, together, make the world a place of love and joy."