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(TV) Early Musical Memories

My first toddler musical memory was of my vinyl (16 rpm) yellow copy of "A Tisket A Tasket, A Green And Yellow Basket" that somehow managed to get black radiator paint on it and stopped playing (beginning of my love / hate relationship with vinyl).  

First pop music purchases:  45s by Bruce Channel ("Hey Baby")", Roy Orbison 's "Sweet Dream Baby" a-side+ b-side "The Actress" (on Monument records).

I also remember hearing Gene Pitney's "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" and the Isley Brothers "Twist and Shout" on a juke box on Cape Cod [around 1960?], and liking them a great deal.  First LP bought was the Beach Boys "Pet Sounds" .  

My younger brother and I rebelled against the early success of the Beatles' on Ed Sullivan, i.e., "I Wanna Hold You're Hand",  which we thought was maudlin and so started a 'hate the Beatles' club' (I later came to my senses).

This unhappiness with early Beatle sweetness must have also had something to do with my 1960's obsession for the Rolling Stones-----the first real rock song that probably changed me permanently was "Satisfaction".  Around early 1970s Richard Meltzer or Lester Bangs (or someone in Fusion Magazine) mentioned in a piece of criticism about ".... the Sisyphean rise and fall of K. Richards' guitar being a perfect match for the lyrics' futility..."  when I read that I knew rock music could be taken just as seriously as classical or jazz.  

Finally-----I also remember playing the Yardbirds' "Heart Full of Soul" as loud as my parent's stereo would go and my father screaming at me to turn it down. 


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