Greetings from Asheville were good music is always on the turntable. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had a couple of opportunities to do a little “digging”, so to speak. So, without further ado, here’s our latest thrift shop finds.
A couple of weeks ago, my daughter and I spent part of a rainy Saturday afternoon in downtown Asheville, where there’s an antique store I like to visit on Lexington Avenue. There’s a booth that for a long time, at least a year, has had a “sale” on 45’s at 50 cents each. The only thing is, most of them are quite dirty, so you have to look closely at them to determine whether they’re scratched up or just need a good cleaning. Luckily, I’ve gotten pretty good at that.
Here’s the rundown of what I found:
Billie Jo Spears “Stay Away from The Apple Tree”
Leona Williams “Happy Anniversary, Baby”
Bob Kuban & The In-Men “The Cheater”
Perry Como “Wanted”
Lloyd David Foster “I’m Gonna Love You Right Out of The Blues”
Johnny Paycheck “The Outlaw’s Prayer”
Tom T. Hall “The All New Me”
Kitty Wells “Easily Persuaded”
Loverboy “Hot Girls in Love”
OC Smith “The Son of Hickory Holler’s Tramp”
Les Baxter “Wake the Town & Tell the People”
Shirley Collie & Willie Nelson “Willingly”
Bobby Darin “Mack The Knife” (original Atco record)
Tony Bennett “The Good Life”
Jimi Hendrix Experience “Purple Haze”
Red Lane “It Always Rains on Tuesday”
Judy Collins “Someday Soon”
Jonathon Edwards “Sunshine” (replaces a worn-out copy)
Tony Bennett “Smile”
The Tony Bennett “Smile” record is one of Columbia’s short-lived 7” 33 1/3 rpm stereo singles from the early 1960’s.
This past weekend, we took a road trip to Concord, North Carolina, where we visited The Depot at Gibson Mill. Billed as the largest antique store in the south, it is big, no doubt. I saw many records, there, but didn’t buy a large amount. I did finally find a copy of the album The Midnight Jamboree, one of those fake “live” albums, where announcing and audience sounds are mixed in with studio recordings to sound like a concert, or in this case, “The Midnight Jamboree” radio show.
In addition, I found…
Johnny Horton “Sink the Bismark”
Patsy Cline “I Fall to Pieces” (original Decca 45)
Loretta Lynn “If You’re Not Gone Too Long”
Ssgt. Barry Sadler “The A Team” (w/picture sleeve)
Nat King Cole “Dear Lonely Heart” (w/picture sleeve)
The Monkees “D. W. Washburn”
Some fun finds, the past couple of times out. I’ll keep you informed as I continue making treks in order to “save vinyl, one record at a time”.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mike the Country Musicologist is a lifelong music and radio fanatic, model railroader, lover of vintage agriculture, and big sports fan, including the Colts, Reds, Hurricanes, Pacers, Purdue & Butler Universities. He has collected records since childhood, focusing on classic country and top 40 oldies music. He convinced Vincennes University to give him an Associate’s Degree in broadcasting. He’s worked for several stations in Indiana and North Carolina. Be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.