Saturday, December 6, 2008

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!

Monday, May 26, 2008

What You Won't Do For Love and Bobby Caldwell

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 12inch long play. My favorite song available on a 12inch.

Come to think of it, I need to go and search for that on ebay.

So that's where I was, Bobby. Thanks for puttin' on a great show.

I cannot wait to see that Big Band sound next year!

Friday, May 23, 2008

The B-52's in Seattle

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.

Give Me Back My Man

Planet Claire

Love Shack

Rock Lobster

Private Idaho

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Wedding Day Memories con el Mariachis

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 wanted to go record shopping at the local thrift shops, as well as buying every mexican style blanket she could find.

I, of course, am looking for 45's. At one thrift shop, I find two 45's that seem interesting, mostly because they are in spanish. I have no idea what type of music is on these records, but I don't care. My sister is bummed that I got to the records first. From then on, it's a race at every thrift shop & used record store.

When we get back home, I'm going through what I hope will be subjects for this blogsite. There's one that catches my eye. . . The label seems like it might be from a small company. . . "Estrella" it says at the top. Reading the side. . . hmmm. . . WOW!! Palm Springs!! What the heck!!

The artist, "Santana Lerma" I don't recognize. So, I have to call my dad, who because of his experience in the restaurant business, knows alot of the musicians in the Palm Springs area. Palm Springs is a small town, everybody knows everybody.

I tell my dad about the record I found here in Seattle. He doesn't recognize the name of the artist, either. I tell him the 45 is from 1980. And on the right side of the record it says, "Mariachi Estrella de Abel Garcia."

My dad says, "m'ija, dozz (those) are da (the) mariachis that played at joo (your)weddding! Dey (they) are friends to mine." (accent and grammar usage is important here to get the full flavor).

Well I am surprised to say the least. And impressed. The songs are good!!! And as far as my wedding day, I was not able to enjoy Mariachi Estrella's wonderful performance. This is one of my regrets, aside from being an hour and half late to my own wedding, but that's a story for another day.

I know you will enjoy these songs.

Monday, May 12, 2008

"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 Rolling Stones, The Hollies, The Who and most recently by Robert Plant and Alison Krause on their "Raising Sand" release.

Enjoy and Get'cho Groove On!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Looking for a needle for your record player or turntable?

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


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 what he says is the only business on the West Coast devoted to repairing electric-powered phonographs and selling needles and record-cleaning supplies.

Goff does the repairs on site, charging a flat $45 plus parts. If parts aren't available, he'll try to make them, and if the phonograph can't be restored to perfect condition, he'll at least try to make it usable. Estimates are free.

Some of the best customers are disc jockeys who use turntables to provide the scratching sounds common in hip-hop and rap.

Others are seniors such as Elmer Johnson, 88, who visited the store earlier this week.

He'd driven over from West Seattle to get his record player repaired. Goff found that it wasn't actually broken (no charge), and he sold Johnson a sapphire needle to get a better sound out of his beloved 78 rpm records ($21.76 with tax).

"I play mostly 78s -- Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, Rudy Vallee," Johnson said. "I've been coming here for 15 years. I think he's got something here, for older people."

Needles range from $11 to $230, and Goff said he can find a needle for nearly every turntable, excluding those by Bang & Olufsen because the company no longer makes them widely available.

Sharron is responsible for the store's decor: pale green walls covered from floor to ceiling with old and obscure but never-played 33-rpm records.

It's fairly easy to find used versions of many of those records, but new copies are harder to come by.

Many are so-called picture discs from the 1970s and 1980s, which bear a large photographic image of the artist.

They're fun period pieces, particularly because the spindle hole always seems to occur in the worst possible place. One of Barbra Streisand, for example, appears to have a third nostril.

The selection leans heavily toward soundtracks, though there's a range of esoteric titles including advertising jingles (Choo Choo Charlie singing for Good & Plenty, the "stronger than dirt" Ajax Laundry Detergent song) and three volumes of TV show theme songs.

Prices range from $10 (soundtrack to "Hearts of Fire" or "Flying Down to Rio") to $175 (a picture disc of Elvis Costello).

All of the store's records are left over from inventory the Goffs bought from Kay and Millard Smith, whose Standard Records store occupied that space for 56 years, until 1987.

The stock is 80 percent gone, and when it's sold off, "Well, we'll worry about that when the time comes," Goff said.

Goff started working for the Smiths in 1955, stocking shelves and opening mail in the record store. One day he started tinkering around with a turntable someone had brought in for repair and found he had a knack for it.

"I've been interested in that ever since," he said.

A significant percentage of the company's business is done by mail order. None of it is done on the Internet, as the Goffs don't own a computer and don't know how to use one.

They also don't own a fax machine, and they don't accept credit cards.

"I'm in the time warp of vinyl, and it works for me," Goff said.

1028 N.E. 65th St., Seattle

HOURS: Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday

CONTACT: 206-524-2933

Cash or checks only

UPDATE April 18, 2012
I found a great place to have my old panasonic 8 Track Stereo repaired.
Northwest Audio Svc

The comments about this place are great!!

It's definitely a mom and pop shop!! Mostly Pop!! Proprietor, John Ledbetter really knows his stuff.
Northwest Audio
(206) 728-0369
7614 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103


Tuesday, February 5, 2008

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"

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

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

Thursday, January 31, 2008

"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!!!!


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

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 thrills me to have these in my possession.

As someone recently said to me. . ."chido. . . un tesoro". . .they are a real treasure.

These are the rancheras I love. This is the sound that takes me back!


"De un Rancho A Otro" de Los Tigres Del Norte

"Morena de San Francisco" de Los Tigres del Norte

"El Cheque" de Los Tigres del Norte

"Juana La Traicionera" de Los Tigres del Norte


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

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?

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 keep these to myself. I had to share them with those who feel the same way about their 45's and about music, all together.

So my friend, sit back, while I stack 'em up and let the 45's play!