Play That Record!

When Thomas Edison found out how to record sound and how to reproduce it, the world changed dramatically. However the first rolls had a quite poor sound quality, the fact that the human voice or a complete orchestra could be reproduced in big numbers was a true gift to the world. The first phonograph came in 1895, but the first relevant phonographic machines came around 1910. In 1912 the famous Thomas Edison Discs came on the market with improved sound quality. And this was only the beginning. In the 1950’s the record producing industry already made millions of them and the gramophone became a more sophisticated thing. They entered the living room as a not to be missed piece of modernist design. Album sleeves became the business cards of the artists and the companies behind them. Is not strange that this image of people around record players became a regular theme.

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Blackfoot indian chief being recorded on a phonograph in 1916

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Miss Europa (looks like Louise Brooks) with her record player

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Marilyn Monroe and her record player

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Various – One More Record Please (Bear Family BCD 16788 AR) 2006

  1. Billy Walker – The Record
  2. Margie Singleton – Old Records
  3. Sandie Selsie – Gonna Get Some Records
  4. Jimmy Strickland – Gonna Buy Me A Record That Cries
  5. Betty Cody – Phonograph Record
  6. Bob Denton – I’m Sending You This Record
  7. Charlie Monroe – It’s Only A Phonograph Record
  8. Mac Wiseman – 45s And 8×10
  9. Tom Tall – Stack-A-Records
  10. Tommy Collins – Ernest Tubb 78s
  11. Charles Senns – Dig Me A Crazy Record
  12. Bruce Culver – Square Record
  13. Kenny Loran – One More Record Please
  14. Willie Nelson – Mr Record Man
  15. Merle Haggard – Please Mr DJ
  16. Carol Jarvis – Dee Jay With A Broken Heart
  17. Floyd Tillman – The Record Goes Round And Round
  18. George Morgan – Lonesome Record
  19. Joyce Moore – Don’t Play Number Ten On The Juke-Box Tonight
  20. Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper – Don’t Play That Song On The Juke Box Tonight
  21. Vernon Oxford – Turn The Record Over
  22. Carson Robison – Making A Record, Parts 1 & 2
  23. Jon and Sondra Steele – They All Recorded To Beat The Ban
  24. Art Gibson – No More Records
  25. Skeets Yaney – Play That Old Song Again

 

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A Fantastica Orquestra De Studio De Cipo – Aqui Comeca O Mundo Maravilhoso Da Music (…) 195.

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Gene Mayl’s Dixieland Rhythm Kings – The Hi-Fi Jazz Band Ball (Riverside RLP-12-259) 1958

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Poster for the Edison Home Phonograph

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Various – Bailable Odeon Mercury (Odeon …) 195.

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Alberto Closas – same (Discos Calesita CLP-601) 195.

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Alberto Closas Con La Orquesta Calesita – same (Eco ECO-No.21) 195.

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Billy May & His Orchestra – Join The Band (Capitol H-237) 1951

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George Wein – Sings … Wein, Women & Song (Atlantic 1221) 1955

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Victor Santos Eu Su Conjunto De Ritmo – same (Rapsodia PEP-1012) 195.

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Sammy Kaye & His Orchestra – Sucessos En Desfile (Columbia LPGB-26061) 195.

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Ouvindo – Sulino E Marrueiro (Chantecler CH-3063) 195.

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Jose Luciano, Seu Piano E Seu Ritmo (Copacabana …) 195.

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Nozinho E Sua Musica – Para O Seu Prazer … (Copacabana …) 195.

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Walter Wanderley E Seu Conjunto – Festa Dancante (…) 195.

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Rene Cabel – Acurrucadita (Gema LPG-11-41) 195.

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Polly E Sue Orchestra – Um Cavaquinho Em Hifi (Columbia LPCB-35039) 195.

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David Farnon & His Orchestra / Jim Backus – Magoo In Hi-Fi (RCA  LPM-1362) 1956

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Richard Hayman & His Orchestra – Music For Listening (Mercury MG-20103) 1956

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Mantovani & His Orchestra – Waltzes Of Irving Berlin (London LL-1452) 1956

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Stanley Black & His Orchestra – Red Velvet London LL-1592) 1956

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Miss Ella Fitzgerald And Mr. Gordon Jenkins Invite You To Listen (Decca DL-8696) 1958

 

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The Mills Brothers – Singin’ And Swingin’ (Decca DL-8209) 1956

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Russ Garcia & His Orchestra – Hi-Fi Music For Children From 2 To 92 (RCA LRP-3065) 1957

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Various – 12 Top Hits (Tops 1510-R) 1957

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Don Cornell – For Teenagers Only (Coral CRL-57133) 1957

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Barney Kessel – Music To Listen To … By (Contemporary SCA-5002) 1957

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Michael Lanner & His Orchestra – Come Dance With Me (Polydor 46 049 LPHM) 1957

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Fritz Schulz-Reichel – Fur Die Hausbar (Polydor 7″ EP 20 302 EPH) 195.

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Various Artists – Schlager Magazin (Polydor LP 45.175) 195.

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Billy Taylor – Cross Section (Prestige LP-7001) 1956

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Various – San Francisco Record Tid Bits (San Francisco M-33012) 1957

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Elsa Popping & Her Pixieland Orchestra – Delirium In Hifi (Columbia Adventures In Sound WL-106) 1958

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Elsa Popping & Her Pixieland Orchestra – Delirium In Hifi (Fontana 680201 reissue) 196?

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Various – Compendium Of Jazz #1 (Verve MGV-8194) 1957

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Various – We Like Girls (Coral CRL-57227) 1958

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Various – We Like Guys (Coral CRL-57228) 1958

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Various – We Like Bands (Coral CRL-57229) 1959

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Various Artists – J’Aime Danser Sur Le Jazz (Disques Vogue LD-433.30) 195.

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Buddy Morrow – Let’s Have A Dance Part (RCA Camden CAL-381) 1958

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Werner Muller & His Orchestra – Teenager Party (Polydor 7″ EP 20 403 EPH) 1958

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Various – Teenager Party (Polydor 10″ LP LPH 45181) 1958

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The Four Roses Society – Sing With The … (RCA Victor K8OP-6582 / 3) 1958

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The Four Roses Society, Volume II: Join The … Song Fest (RCA Victor L9OP-9557) 1959

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Various – I Love Music; The Preview Of The January Albums From Capitol (Capitol PRO-443/446) 1958

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Harry Arnold And His Orchestra – Let’s Listen (Mercury MG20100) 195.

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Various – Teen-Age Rock (Capitol T-1009) 1958

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Thip Taylor – Miss You (Ember ELP-300) 1958

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Various Artists – A Taste Of The Best Of World Pacific; 20 Specially Prepared Performances For The Radio And Television Industry (World Pacific WP-…) 195.

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Various – Black Slacks And Bobby Socks (His Master’s Voice CLP-1167) 1957

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Hugo And Luigi, with Their Family Singers – Let’s All Sing By The Fireside (Mercury – Wing 7″ EP MG- 10031) 195.

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Allan McGill – Sings In Hifi (Sacred LP-8016) 1958

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Bob & Ray – Throw Stereo Spectacular (RCA Victor LSP-1773) 1958

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Charlie Palmieri – Easy Does It (Gone G-5007) 1959

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Elliot Lawrence And His Orchestra – Music For Trapping (Tender, That Is) (Top Rank RM-304) 1959

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Wendell Tracy & His Orchestra – Let’s Swing (Concert Disc CS-39) 1959

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Various – Oldies In Hi-Fi (Chess LP-1439) 1959

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Various – Stereo For The Joy Of It; Pop Music Of Today In The Sound Of Tomorrow  (RCA) 1959

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Various – Stereo For The Joy Of It; Classical Music Of Today In The Sound Of Tomorrow  (RCA) 1959

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Various – Songs For Children (Pye Golden Guinea GGL-0021) 1959

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Ruth Wallis – Salty Songs For Underwater Listening (Wallis WLP-16) 1958

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Technique Spatio-Dynamic: Plus Pres De la Verite … (Teppaz 7″ER-6) 1959

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Jos Cleber & His Orchestra – Music Captain, Please … (KLM 10″ LP DR-99223) 1959

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Peter Sellers – Songs For Swingin’ Sellers (Parlophone PMC-1111) 1959

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Various – Das Grosse Schlager-Picknick (Polydor BLE-14125P) 1959

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Les Scarlet – Donne Moi Ma Chance (Panorama MH-131) 195.

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Various – Hifi Variety (HIFI R-1000) 1959

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Various – Music To Live By (Mercury PJC-1) 195.

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unknown artist (Chinese 1950’s or 1960’s  record)

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Ed Sullivan’s Peter And The Wolf (Little & Ives Co. …) 195.

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Stenodisc – Actual Business Letters (Keane LP-401) 195.

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Various – Top Tune Time 4; Disc Jockey Favorites  (Top Tune SP-106) 195.

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Various – Top Tune Time; Disk Jocky Favorites (Top Tune SP 107) 195.

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Flamenco Rock; The Millionaire (7″ …) 196.

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Pat O’Day – When Your Lover Has Gone (Golden Crest CR-3009) 195.

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Various Artists – As You Like It (Decca LF-1298) 196.

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Romance Hitparade (7″ EP H-60108) 196.

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Why Hi-Fi?; Narrative Adventure Through High Fidelity (…) 196.

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I Hear Music; Fourteen Favorite Songs By Sacred’s Leadin Artists (Sacred LPS-4021) 196.

 

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Ptunit (7″ …) 196.

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Various – Merveilles De L’Enfance (Panorama 3001) 196.

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Mit 17 Fangt Das Leben Erst An (… GC-738) 196.

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Various – Music For Relaxing, Vol. 1 (Belter 50.075) 196.

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Los Incognitos – Boleros Para Ti, Vol. II (Discos Fuentes STF-200333) 196.

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Frida – Lo Que Mas Le Gusta A, Vol. 1 (Odeon LDM-8203) 196.

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Orquestra Rio De Janeiro – Velhas Ideas Novas; 30 Anos De Samba (Plaza …) 196.

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Various – Records Galore (A-Bet LP-401) 196.

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The Aqua String Band – Dedicated To My Mother (Sure SM-D-Vol.6) 196.

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Ramona Gerhard Sutton – Relax With … (Soma MG-1213) 196.

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Besser Wohnen Mit Einett (German Commercial 7″) 196.

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Unknown – Apres Le Twist (Victory 7″ VEP07080) 196.

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Mayada – Tamoure (Brotherphone 7″ EP BP-146) 196.

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… – Pachanga En La Luna (Peerless LD-617) 196.

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Various Artists – America’s Top Pops (Gala 7″ EP 45-XP-1048) 196.

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Philips Ellingtonia EP series (Philips) 196.

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Various – EP (Philips SP-EP 3) 196.

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Raymond Guiot Et Son Orchestre – Boum Bomo (Bomo 7″ EP DW 7501) 196.

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Various – La Petite Surprise Party (Barclay 72252/3/5/6) 196.

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Les Disques Lespeau (back cover in various colors)

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Melina Mercouri – Sonntags … Nie (Heliodor 463201) 196.

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Melina Mercouri / O.S.T. Les Enfats Du Piree (Palladium 7″ EP 1005M) 196.

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Philips LP Series Musik … (Philips) 196.

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Various – Sound Off … Softly (CLP-244)

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Les Baxter & His Orchestra – Young Pops (Capitol T-1399) 1960

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Spike Jones – Go Crazy With … (World Record Club T-409) 1960

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The Ruby Braff – Marshall Brown Sextet – same (United Artists UAL-4093) 1960

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Various – Music From Monitor (Alcoa) 1960

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Inger Berggren – Sol Och Var (His Master’s Voice 7″ EP 7 EGS 235) 1962

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Bobby Rydell – All Hits (Cameo C-1019) 1962

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De Ska Va’ Gamla Latar (F.S. / Farber-Sid) 197.

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David Ketchum – The Long Playing Tongue Of … (Sheraton 1001) 1962

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Hans Wahlgren & Orchestra – Borja Dagen Med Schlager (His Master’s Voice SCLP-1012) 1962

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Anita Lindblom – So Charmant Ist Nur Er (Fontana 7″ EP 271 205 TF) 1963

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Debbie Drake – Feel Good! Look Great!; Exercise Along With … (Epic BN-26034) 1963

A Special edition Thorens player with record changer from 1963

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Carl Dobkins Jr. / Brenda Lee (Decca 7″ EP DFE-7019) 196.

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Paul Evans – Happy-Go-Lucky Me (Decca 7″ EP DFE-7023) 196.

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W. W. & Florence Marvyne Bauer Explaining Sex To Your Little Girl; The Common Sense Guide On Growing Up (…) 1966

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Unknown 45 from around 1967

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Lester Lanin – Thoroughly Modern (Audio Fidelity AFSD-6180) 1967

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The Soulful Strings – Another Exposure (Cadet LPS-805) 1968

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Jeanne Ewing – Love Like … (Audio Fidelity AFSD-6215) 1968

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Various – Ritmos Cubanas Para Bailar (Panart …) 196.

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Unknown Artist – Lord Knocka Rocka Is The … Selecta (Fosinc Music …) 197.

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Various – Rockin’ Christmas The 1950’s (Rhino RNLP-066) 1984

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Various – Rockin’ Christmas The 1960’s (Rhino RNLP-067) 1984

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Mamie Van Doren – The Girl Who Invented Rock’n’Roll (Rhino RNLP-70819) 1986

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The Cramps – Blues Fix (Big Beat CD EP CDNST 136 / 10″BLUE-1) 1992

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Various – If I Were A Carpenter (A&M CD 31454 0258 2 / 7″ Box 31454 0704 7) 1994

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Various – Munsterama (Munster MRCD-118) 1996

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Kim Lez & The Jaguars – The One And Only (Hightone HCD-8108) 1999

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The Legendary Tigerman – Big Black Rusty Pussyboat (Munster 7″ 7181) 2002

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The Fratellis – Costello Music (Fall Out CD FALLOUTCD11) 2006

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The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger (Fall Out CD Single FALLOUTCD12) 2006

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The Hi-Risers – Once (Rock’n’Roll Inc. R&R INC 027 LP) 2008

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Various – Instro Poker Of Aces (El Toro 7″ EP ET-15-025) 2013

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Hank Angel – Loud Fast And Out Of Control!! (HACD-04) 2014

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Various – Shake-O-Rama (Jukebox Music Factory LP+CD VID-02) 2016

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Various – Beach-O-Rama (Jukebox Music Foctory LP+CD) 2016

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Erotic Biljan & His Heretics – The Devil Stole My Record (Dancing Bear DBLP 371) 2016

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Eddie Angel & The Neanderthals – Caveman Jamboree (Sleazy SR-10-16) 2016

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Edie Adams – Music To Listen To Records By; … Sings (MGM SE-3751) 1959

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Dick Clark  of American Bandstand with record player in 1956

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