Vinyl Tap
Vinyl Tap
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In an era when the latest releases are downloaded digitally at the touch of a button, the idea of music recorded on to a groove in a piece of vinyl (as shown in this photo of an antique vinyl recorder I discovered recently in a Georgetown record shop) may seem archaic, but records were crucial in the development of pop music and popular culture through the new portable record players.


Sixty-five years ago this week, RCA Victor launched a small, round, plastic disc that we all fondly remember as the ‘single’ – and thus begun the people’s love affair with the 45rpm single. Everyone remembers buying their first single: mine was Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep by Middle of the Road back in 1971 – ah, Sally Carr and her really, really short & very tight hot pants!


For decades they have been thought as a dying breed – but the amazing thing is that vinyl has tapped into a new market and making a comeback, with its popularity last year boosting the fortunes of all those remaining independent record shops. And I heard the amusing story of a friend who got his young niece one of those small portable record player and an album last Christmas. She was tickled pink with her Crimbo pressie – so much so that all day she repeatedly played the A side of her first and only vinyl album. But after a few hours, her father asked why she didn’t turn it over to also listen to the B side. The puzzled teenager replied: “What do you mean ‘turn it over’?” – yes, correct, she didn’t realise you could do this with vinyl!


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