Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo

What sort of music was played in your house when you were growing up? What effect, (if any) did it have on your musical tastes?

When I was growing up, my mother would mainly listen to two people – Demis Roussos and Julio Iglesias – father of Enrique Iglesias. My father would listen to the music of the Black Watch or the Coldstream Guards.

Jim Reeves was another singer that she would have on. Sometimes we would grab her 45’s and put them on 78 as they sounded better then. More funny was when we took her 33’s and played them on 78. Dad had a couple of big band 16’s. Now they made us laugh so hard our sides hurt when we played them on 78. Don Williams was a Country and Western singer, and I liked listening to one particular track of his.

The effect it had on me was that I vowed I would never listen to Julio Iglesias or Demis Roussos ever again. Even the thought of Begin the Beguine or Forever and Ever makes me want to run for the hills screaming. I tend to listen to anything I like rather than that. When I was a teenager though, I would play Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and AC/DC to try and blot out what my mother was listening – and trying to sing – to. There was always a message on the bottom of the albums, it said “Home taping is killing music” as people would get the albums and record them onto cassette tapes. One band, Venom, had their own version of it:

Home taping is
killing music.
So is Venom

16/33/45/78 are all speeds on a record player – a machine for playing music on large vinyl disks. Very old disks would run on 16 rpm [revolutions per minute] and 78 rpm. Later, full albums would be on 12″ vinyl that played at 33 rpm, and singles would be 7″ and play at 45 rpm. They all had two sides – ‘A’ side which was the main track and ‘B’ side which was a bonus track. Sometimes, there would be two tracks that were in the charts at the same time from the same single, so that would be ‘A’ side and ‘AA’ (double A) side. Sometimes you would get specials which were Picture Disks, or at an odd shape.

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39 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo

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  2. I grew up hearing a little bit of everything. It is probably the reason I like a little bit of everything now with 2 exceptions…Rap and Opera. I prefer Classic Rock though. It is my first love. However I appreciate many types of music if the musician enjoys and loves what they are singing/playing. I can watch anything from the Symphony to Bluegrass. I thoroughly enjoy watching talented musicians play! I appreciate talent and I think the ability to play an instrument is sexy as hell! 😀

  3. my Pops played classical piano so well he almost became a professional pianist rather than a physicist. but then he got a “B’ grade, and that was that. Dad had to have A’s…

    we listened to Debussy, Haydn, Liszt, Brahms, Gershwin, Beethoven, Mozart,…

    here is a lovely melody called Clouds by Debussy…

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  5. I grew up listening to records, mostly Hooked on Classics. I loved messing with the speed settings to, putting it down to 16, then up 78. Kids these days have no idea. 🙂

    • They don’t. A Rick Astley 33 played on 45 sounds like Kylie Minogue and a Kylie minogue 45 played on 33 sounds like Rick Astley 😀 I miss doing things like that

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    • Haha So true. I remember when HMV meant His Master’s Voice and the logo was a Jack Russell looking down the cone of a gramophone 😀

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  10. wow … you’re bringing back memories! I still have a bunch of 45s and 78s from my childhood and ALL my LP’s (Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel ….. ). I keep promising to do something with that pile in the basement!!

    • I looked at a record player the other day and contemplated it, but I need to find out if you can still get needles for them anymore.

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  13. As I was reading this I was thinking same one young won’t know what putting music on 78 would mean then you explained. Whew!!! We use to get hit records free off some cereal boxes. I remember Sugar Bears had one once that was read then they started making them out of cardboard. The good old, old days. 🙂

    • Yeah we used to as well. We also had “centres” so we could play the old 45’s from jukeboxes. What was your first single you brought? Mine was … ahem … coughcoughlikeavirgincoughcough hehe

      • I think mine was the same one. Really it was probably a Jackson 5. My first record player I got for Christmas and mom brought me a bunch of Aretha Franklin Albums so I kind of became an instant fan of hers. 🙂

        • Cool 🙂 I brought Robin Beck – First Time and after buying Total Eclipse of the Heart on 45, I was hooked on Bonnie Tyler which led me to Meatloaf

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