I grew up in the time of the vinyl records.

My mom tells the story of me sitting in a corner of the room spinning 45’s on a coke bottle when I was about 3.

I have been a music collector since my dad bought me my first 45 RPM when I was about 4 years old, it was ‘Mr Bass Man’ by Johnny Cymbal, I remember he also bought me Puff The Magic Dragon, soon I was asking for other songs I heard on the radio and eventually buying my own at record stores.

I remember going to I think it was Woolworths or maybe the Family Bargain Center on Chenango St and buying a bundle of 45’s, they were in a brown box and you couldn’t see what you got unil you opened up the package.

Wow! 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘Simon Says’ …The Fifth Dimension’s ‘Up Up and Away’. I had a case that I kept them in and had quite the collection by the time I was 9 or 10. Whenever I hear an older song from those days I can actually see the 45 with the record label logo spinning around on the turntable.

AND one more thing! Anyone who grew up in the record era has had certain 45’s or LP’s that skipped in parts of them, to this day whenever I hear those songs I can still hear the skips, I call them ‘Phantom Skips’ Does that ever happen to you?