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Roger Kettle:
What was the first record you ever bought? I was down at the pub earlier for my usual Thursday night "two beers and sort out the world's problems" when this topic came up. I'm not sure but I think mine was an awful dirge called "Tom Dooley". I certainly remember owning a couple of songs by The Chipmunks but I think my parents bought them for me. (Whatever happened to them? Did Alvin hit the drugs and leave the band for musical reasons?) In my teens, I tended to buy comedy LPs by the likes of Spike Milligan and Bob Newhart before jumping on anything by The Who. Some of the answers from my friends tonight included "Sylvia's Mother" by Doctor Hook and "19th Nervous Breakdown" by The Stones. Anyway, what was your first record?

Diane CBPFC:
I got singles - my Mum worked in a shop that sold records so I got treated to a few each month when I hit my teens.

First were Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty and Fernando - ABBA

My first record at the age of 7 was not my choice.
I wanted a Cliff Richard song, can't recall the title and asked my pal's grown up sister to buy it with my pocket money.
Sadly Cliff never made it to my house, instead she returned with James Darren "Goodbye cruel world (I'm off to join the circus)."

Ive hated the damned song ever since.

First LP was Monty Python's Flying Circus in 1971, it might still be in the loft with all the other LPs, sadly too old and fat to go and find out.

Tarquin Thunderthighs lll:
First record player was a wind-up gramophone with wooden 'needles' that my ftaher brought home from whatever the equivalent of a car boot sale was back then (chariot sale?). It played 78rpm records and he managed to get hold of a few of those too. I can still reel off almost every word of 'You Were Meant For Me' and 'The Broadway Melody' to this day.

A year or two later, he bought us a 'proper' electric record player, with a stacking arm and everything! He also decided what the first records for me and my two brothers should be, and they arrived with the record player. My older brother got 'The Songs Of Burl Ives', whilst my younger brother was treated to 'Songs From The Carry On Team' ('You Need Feet' by Bernard Bresslaw was a particular favourite, along with Kenneth Williams 'Cordwangle Song'). I got the pick of the bunch though, in 'Songs Of Danny Kaye'. My old man enjoyed comedy songs!

First LP I actually bought for myself was one called 'Songs Of Eurovision', and was one of those "Not Original Artists" recordings by session musicians. Most of the tracks (I thought) were better than the original versions. I can't actually remember what my first single was, but I do recall once buying one by accident. Or negligence perhaps, rushing out the shops in haste with my pocket money, forgetting that they didn't update the new charts for a day or two after they were announced, and asking for the "Number 1 please!" instead of the song by title and artist. Only when I completed the run home did I realise my expensive error (pocket money was thin on the ground back then). But I learned to love 'Son Of My Father' by Chicory Tip over time. I can remember the record I intended to buy, but I'm way too embarrassed to say what it was. I'll leave that to the sleuths out there to find out.

Diane CBPFC:
We really have things made these days will all the instant and free entertainments on the WWW

I don't know about the rest of you but I feel bad for Tarqs picking up the wrong record back then, probably had to walk a fair distance to buy it too?


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