Category: music

Thaddeus Cahill’s 1897 patent for the Telharmonium’s tonewheel mechanism, one of the earliest musical instruments to generate sound by means of electricity.

Thaddeus Cahill’s 1897 patent for the Telharmonium’s tonewheel mechanism, one of the earliest musical instruments to generate sound by means of electricity.


Elton John? Neil Sedaka? ABBA? Mind blown!

K-Tel’s “Mindbender” – 22 original hits by 22 original stars, $5.99 album or $6.99 cassette,1976. And what’s truly mindbending is that KISS and Neil Sedaka are on this album. Also, that’s actually 22 hits by 21 artists, none of which were Barry Manilow like you found on Ronco collections of the time.

A1 –Neil Sedaka: Bad Blood
A2 –Hot Chocolate: You Sexy Thing
A3 –KISS: Rock And Roll All Night
A4 –Labelle: Lady Marmalade
A5 –Spinners: They Just Can’t Stop It (The Games People Play)
A6 –Salsoul Orchestra: Tangerine
A7 –Jigsaw: Love Fire
A8 –War: Low Rider
A9 –10 CC: I’m Not In Love
A10 –Ozark Mountain Daredevils: If You Wanna Get To Heaven
A11 –George Baker Selection: Una Paloma Blanca

B1 –Ohio Players: Love Rollercoaster
B2 –Rhythm Heritage: Theme From “S.W.A.T.”
B3 –Elton John: Rocket Man
B4 –Stampeders: Hit The Road Jack
B5 –K.C. & The Sunshine Band: That’s The Way (I Like It)
B6 –Blue Magic What’s Come Over Me
B8 –War: Ballero
B9 –Ace: How Long
B10 –The Amazing Rhythm Aces: Third Rate Romance
B11 –C.W. McCall: Convoy

Two cut-out flexidisks from Mickey Mouse… 78rpm paper records of Goofy “It’s Fun To Whistle” and Chip & Dale “The Laughing Song”.


Walt Disney’s Mouseketeer records cut out from the 1956 Wheaties cereal boxes.
General Mills of Minneapolis Minnesota (USA) was one of the sponsors
of the Mickey Mouse Club Television show. As a promotional vehicle in
1956 they included playable records on the back of their Wheaties Cereal
Boxes along with a mail-in coupon for a real record of Mouseketeer
There were 8 different single 5″ cardboard records and 4 more 7″ records from the mail-in offer.

The available paper tracks:

Chip ‘N Dale – Ten Little Indians
Chip ‘N Dale – The Laughing Song
Goofy – It’s Fun To Whistle
Goofy – Fire Fighting Fellow
Mickey Mouse – Happy Mouse
Mickey Mouse – The Gadget Tree
Donald Duck – Donald Duck’s Song
Mickey, Donald & Goofy – I’d Rather Be I

Discogs doesn’t make it apparent what the “4 more 7-inch records from the mail-in offer” were and they may not have been on the Rainbo label; here’s a Wheaties box with the offer, and the track list from a different box:

Here, have some 8-tracks in a Smith-Victor media case.

Today’s instance of a recording of “Ten Little Indians” – on 10″ vinyl, this one by Toni Waiman & The 4 Cricketones, 1953, on the Cricket (Pickwick) label.

45rpm: Elvis covering the 1966 Dusty Springfield hit “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me”, 1970, in his increasingly lounge-y style.

Also, grange hall nearby: if the content is 95% craft bazaar stuff and about 2% people’s household junk, don’t call the event a “two-story indoor yardsale.” Yardsales are at least 75% people’s household junk, crafts optional.

The undisputed king of trucker music, Red Sovine, and his biggest hit, “Teddy Bear”, 1976. The cover is a whole lot happier than the song itself.

A set of 45rpms for the soundtrack to An American In Paris (1951).

Okay, here’s my sob story:

I found this album at a thrift and thought “awesome!” – but then I pulled the record out of the sleeve and it’s not the right one. This thrift has a serious problem with records not being in the right sleeves, I have no idea what the deal there is but out of six or seven I looked in only one matched up. (And I was able to fix one of the switches, having seen the cover a minute earlier.)

I will see if I can hunt up this recording. But this record here… sigh, is a fail.