Monday, May 11, 2015

"This is the Post Office 'Dial-a-Disc' Service..."

The Dial-a-Disc service -- introduced in 1966 -- by which U.K. residents could phone in and hear songs recorded by engineers from 7" records onto continuous loop reel-to-reel. Music was played back to the caller by an EA9A machine originally designed to handle high call volume during cricket Test Matches and repurposed in the off-season months to share pop 45s by phone.

Photo: Dial-a-Disc Rack © 1977 John Lamble.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Record Store Day!

Harvey Pekar (and not R. Crumb as I originally said), via Kicks magazine.  Thanks to The In Crowd for setting me straight in the comments.

UPDATE: Third and final try...what we see here is R. Crumb's artwork, accompanying a story by Harvey Pekar.  Thanks to Matt Fiveash for illuminating me.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Lenny Kaye Discusses Nuggets

Lenny Kaye on the Nuggets LP, released 40 years ago:  "And of course the bottom line is that all of these are great songs. They're just not genre pieces. There has been a lot of archaeological dig in the world of garage since Nuggets. But to me, what made the album initially attractive beyond any musical philosophizing was the fact that every one of these songs were great songs beyond genre."

Hat tip: Allen Larmin.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Peggy Lee

Peggy Lee, as seen in LIFE magazine in 1948. Photo by Alan Grant.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Tennessee Ernie Ford, 1955

"Singer Tennessee Ernie Ford clad in business suit as he sports a miner's helmet while leaning on a shovel atop a large pile of coal as he reflects on the success of his latest recording Sixteen Tons."

Tennessee Ernie Ford, 1955

Tennessee Ernie Ford visits Los Angeles.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Via Flickr user Terr-bo.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Great for dens and playrooms.....