The first CD I bought was Def Leppard … I think it was Hysteria. I bought my first CD player at the same time. The sales guy said I needed to buy the CD cleaning kit. I got home and sprayed the top side of the CD with the cleaning solution and wiped away … smudged all the ink on the CD. Duh!:doh2:
IIRC, my first was an LP, Jean Malo, a Quebec singer. My mother was a little peeved since I’d spent my babysitting money on an LP when we didn’t even have a record player. I used to take it to my friend’s house and listen there.
I had one, too! My first 45 was “Smokey the Bear” (Smokey, the bear/ Smokey, the bear/ Prowlin’ and a-growlin’ and s-sniffin’ the air/ He can spot a fire before it starts to flame/ and that’s why we call him Smokey, that was how he got his name.)
When we graduated to a “real” record player, my first album was “Fun Rock” by various artists… remember these songs? Yummy, Yummy, Yummy; Jingle, Jangle, Jingle; Purple People Eater; Winchester Cathedral; Sugar, Sugar; Ahab the Arab; Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini; etc.
The earliest music 78s (that I can remember) were “Sing a Song of Presidents” (which had a George Washington song on one side and a John F. Kennedy song on the other) and “Dominique” by the Singing Nun. We had some family albums (mostly Disney songs) but I think the first album that was actually MINE was “The Partridge Family Album”.
I no longer have those 78s but I still have the album. (But it’ s pretty scratched up.)
BlueRose that is too funny…my husband has that same 45 and made me listen to it!! We actually recorded it to use as background music to our school’s float in a local parade a few years ago, (our float theme was Smokey!!!).
My first album was Andy Williams “Canadian Sunset” … a Christmas gift along with the orange plastic record player. The first 45 I bought was “The Pied Piper” by Crispian St. Peters. Second was “Holiday” by the BeeGees.
Here’s something really funny… a friend of mine used to work at the Smokey Bear Museum in Capitan, NM and it used to irritate her to no end that people said “Smokey THE Bear”… She’d say, “It’s Smokey Bear, not Smokey THE Bear, you don’t say Bugs THE Bunny, Mickey THE Mouse, Santa THE Claus, etc.” We’d tell her to blame it on the song!
Other albums we “played to death” were “Sing Along with Mitch Miller and the Gang: Christmas”, Gene Autry’s “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” (which I found on CD last year, the original one with Gene’s commentary throughout the album!) and a Peter Nero album of (I think) movie theme songs. I’m sure my parents owned others, but those are the ones that stand out!