Saturday, 7 April 2012
Nostalgia...4. My first record player
I also remember the first record that I played on it. An older cousin who knew I was getting the record player for Christmas, bought me an EP. This was an extended play vinyl 45rpm record, which had 4 tracks on it.
It was Fats Domino. I can only remember two of the tracks...Blueberry Hill and Walking to New Orleans.
It was the only record I had for months, so it was played over and over again..much to the annoyance of my parents.
I had a newspaper round at the time, so I started to save my money and buy more records. The Beach Boys, The Animals, Georgie Fame, and a few years on, The Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
I also remember a boy who had moved in with the family next door. It was a very sad story. His name was Bobby and I think he was around 14 years old. He and his younger sister Janet were from Canada. Their parents had died in a car accident and the only relatives they had were the family next door to us in England. So they took them in. I felt so sorry for them. It must have been such an awful time for them, being removed from their life in Canada and shipped over to England to live with people they hadn't even met.
I befriended Bobby, and he developed a crush on me. He bought me a record....Bobby's Girl by Susan Maughan. I was too young to be interested in boys and was somewhat embarrassed by the gesture, and I'm afraid I detached myself from Bobby from then on. However, he did eventually start dating girls his own age, and he and his sister adapted to their new life quite happily.
I hadn't even thought about Bobby and his sister until I started typing this post about my record player. Isn't it odd how something triggers a memory from the past? I wonder where they are now?
I kept that record player until I left home. It had a great deal of use and I have wonderful memories of sitting up in my bedroom with the window wide open to let the sun in, playing my records at full blast. I bet the neighbours just loved me!