Happy 81st birthday to one of my very favorite musicians of all time… Little Richard!!!
Here’s Little Richard, 1957 on Specialty Records
When I was 5 years old I had a Little Richard 45, that I think was given to my parents by a family friend who’s son had moved away, leaving all of his records behind. One of these was “Rip It Up”, which I used to play on my little kiddie record player as loud as possible while I spun around super fast until I got dizzy and became sick.
Thank you Little Richard!!
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the death of a true musical genius, the legendary Frank Zappa (Dec 21, 1940 to December 4, 1993).
Above, Apostrophe, 1974 on Discreet (Mark Aalyson photography)
Taking a break from vinyl this morning to highlight the lost art of cassette tape spine art. Check out the article over on Boing Boing.
I recently unearthed a box of my old tapes (in search of some very rare concert recordings) and rediscovered many of the tapes I used to “art up” in the 1980’s to fit the mood of the music. Fun stuff!
John Kennedy on Flickr.
A Memorial Album — His Most Famous Speeches
Including comments by Barry Golwater, Adlai Stevenson, Lyndon Johnson, Sir Alec Home, and Pope Paul VI.
Released on Diplomat Records
A Memorial Album — John Fitzgerald Kennedy on Flickr.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy — May 29, 1917 to November 22, 1963
This memorial album products by Premier Albums
Since Abe Lincoln predates the invention of the phonograph by several decades, enjoy this video by art superstar Mark Ryden to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
Music by Bing Crosby!
Sid Sings — Sid Vicious, 1979 on Virgin
"Safety First: Keep… away from babies and children"
Courtesy of our friends at Hymie’s Vintage Records in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Check ‘em out, they have a great blog!