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
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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