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A Most Beautiful Tribute to Mr. Roby Duke

This was put together by his family. So beautiful and precious.
Somehow, my face is placed towards the end of this pictoral tribute to this "one of a kind" man.

Roby Duke / "Seasons of Change" / "Closer to You"

A treasure has been uploaded to YouTube.
For Roby Duke fans, this is something to behold!

What You Won't Do For Love and Bobby Caldwell

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Okay, okay, I realize this site is to showcase 45's and the love of 45's.

But what better 45 to showcase than Bobby Caldwell's "What You Won't Do For Love?"

Only I'm not going to show the 45 playing, but the video of Bobby singing this live at Jazz Alley recently.

I've seen him and his amazing band several times and I never tire of hearing him perform one of my most favorite songs of all time. . . and yours. . . I know it!!!

Before he sings, he always asks the audience to think back at where they were when they heard this song.

Well I'll tell you, Bobby.

1979. . . I was in Palm Springs. . . a senior at Palm Springs High. . . a LOUSY student and a HOPELESS romantic.

This song did not help in stirring those feelings of love and infatuation. . . for who? I don't know. THIS I do know. . . I am not alone in this . . . Do I hear a "Yes, Yes?"

I also remember hearing it being played at a school dance, dj'd by a guy named Kip, who had the …

The B-52's in Seattle

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My friend and neighbor Guy, was so nice to invite me to go with him to see the B-52s at the Showbow Seattle May 6.
What a treat!! They were amazing!!
Here are my pictures and videos. I would have taped more songs, but I got busted by security. Perhaps I should have tried to get closer to the front.
Oh well.
Enjoy!

















Give Me Back My Man




Planet Claire




Love Shack




Rock Lobster




Private Idaho

Wedding Day Memories con el Mariachis

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Pictured are L.A.'s famous "Mariachi Los Camperos."

Growing up in a Latin American family, it is the tradition that you have a Mariachi Band perform at your wedding reception. If you don't know what a Mariachi Band is, you can go to wikipedia to find out.
My wedding was no exception. We had the Mariachis playing poolside at a Palm Springs area hotel where my reception took place. They played beautifully, from what I was told, since I felt like I was in Mars that day. So I don't remember too much from that day.



My wedding day, 1985 If you've ever seen the movie "Mi Familia" with Edward James Elmos, Jimmy Smit, Esai Morales and Jennifer Lopez, you will recognize the similarities of this photo... Father wearing a tux. . . mother wearing taffeta. Even my husband, when watching the movie's reception scene, says, "Wow, honey, look! It's your parents!!"

Recently, here in Washington, my sister, who had been visiting from California had wante…

"Look-Ka Py Py" The Meters

"The Meters were an American funk band based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Meters performed and recorded their music from the late 1960s until 1977. While the band never enjoyed huge popular success, they are considered one of the progenitors of funk.

Art Neville, the group's frontman, launched a solo career around the New Orleans area in the mid-1950s, while still in high school. The Meters formed in 1965, with a line-up that included keyboardist and vocalist Aaron Neville, guitarist Leo Nocentelli, bassist George Porter Jr. and drummer Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste later joined by percussionist/vocalist Cyril Neville. They became the house band for Allen Toussaint and his record label, Sansu Enterprises." wikipedia

This song has such a cool guitar riff. Man, 70's funk was so cool!

For us who love trivia, Allen Toussaint, who is also on here, you might know under the pseudonym, Naomi Neville. . . famous for writing "Fortune Teller," covered by The…

Looking for a needle for your record player or turntable?

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UPDATE: THIS WONDERFUL PLACE HAS CLOSED!!! But you can still read the article. Scroll to the bottom of this article for another wonderful place to have your stereo repaired.

This is where I go to for that hard to find needle or cartridge. You'll feel at home when you walk into this "Mom n Pop" shop and begin talking with owners, Jim & Sharon.


JNS Phonograph quietly fills niche
Time turns a little more slowly here

Last updated April 13, 2007 8:50 p.m. PT

By DAN RICHMAN
P-I REPORTER

Many Seattle residents were born after phonographs had faded from common use. But even some of those whippersnappers find their way to JNS Phonograph Needles, according to Jim Goff, who has owned the Roosevelt District shop for 20 years.

"We get people of all ages, from pregnant mothers who want to play music for their unborn children to older people who still want to hear their records, and everyone in between," said Goff, declining to give his own age.


With his wife, Sharron, Goff runs …

Rick Springfield "Take A Hand"

A very catchy tune. You can tell I played this alot when I was 15.



Shirley Ellis "The Nitty Gritty"

Can't say too much about this, except. . .Ah-ooo-weee. . .Let's get down to the real nitty gritty.

Al Wilson's "The Snake"

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Unfortunately, I don't know too much about this talented singer. I only know I loved this song as a kid and when "Show & Tell" came out in the mid 70's, I loved that, too. This is my 45 from when I was a kid. It's not about the sound quality. It's about this is all we had back in the day and snap, crackles and pops were what we had when we overplayed our favorite tunes! This here is about memories.

The Spiral Starecase

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This group was definitely talented and I loved watching them whenever they were on t.v.
My mom met them at a club somewhere in the L.A. area, probably around El Monte, which is where they lived. It was Harvey Kaye (Kaplan), my mom new best. This 45,"No One for Me to Turn To" was going to be their latest single and he gave this copy to her.
Years later while I was a teen, my mom and I ran into Pat Upton in Palm Springs. . . a very nice man.

A Side "No One for Me to Turn To"



B Side "Sweet Little Thing

"Time Keeps Ticking By"
by Robert Taylor 1975

So this 45 I haven't seen since high school. Some neighbor girls I was friends with had a brother who played bass on this record. They loaned this 45 to me. Unfortunately I never returned it. I met their brother a few years later, while working at the phone company. He was still playing bass and asked me to join his band.

Recently found a copy on ebay. . . selling for 144.00. . . WOW!!!!

Ranchera Norteños

Because I am Mexican-American, my early childhood is filled with the memories of corridos norteños, rancheras, cumbias, boleros and the like. They are very dear to my heart, esp these old 45's I have.

The next four I am posting are considered to be Ranchera.
"The word ranchera was derived from the word rancho because the songs originated on the ranches and in the countryside of rural Mexico." wikipedia


These "rancheras" I have posted are "norteños" or "conjuntos," meaning that what you'll hear most of is the accordian and the bajo sexto, which if you don't know what that is, it's a kind of classical 12 string guitar, "fused" with a bass sound to it.

These 45's are by Los Tigres Del Norte, recorded in 1970. Their first album was on the "Discos FAMA Records" located in San Jose, CA, I believe, now out of print.

Mi tia, my auntie, who lived in San Jose, sang and recorded with them in those early days and it thril…

"Por La Carretera" de
La Comparsa Universitaria De 'La Laguna'

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Hearing this for the first time recently, brought me back to 1972, 11 years old with a passion for music. I'd never forgotten the basic premise of the tune, but could never convey how it truly went, only knowing that I had to have it. . . begging my mom to let me look and my sister to search for it whenever she would visit them.
My dream came true and now I'll never forget!
The quality is horrible!! It's been played and overplayed.
But isn't that what my blog is all about?
iSalud!


My place to share my 45's with you!

So, recently, my sister, in visiting my mom and my dad's house, began going through a closet where they kept all the records Lps, 78's 45's, 8 track tapes and cassettes. Some of these records have been in my family for 40, 50 years & longer. There was ONE I had been searching for since around the 1980's. But even if I had ever found it, my mom would never let me have it.

But my sister, well my sister has a way. . .
And she began going through all the 45's, convincing my mom that I should have them, because I could "record them onto the computer," speaking as so to help my mom understand what "digitizing" meant. So my mom let her have them. And onto me. . . they arrived.

What a blast I had in going through and reliving my childhood with these treasures. Holding some I hadn't seen since I was 5, 6 years old. Remembering them as they spun around and around on the stereo, the labels and the smell of the vinyl.

So. . . I knew I couldn't ke…