The First Record I Ever Bought

The year was 1956 and my family lived in West Chester, Pennsylvania. I was 12 years old, officially a teenager, and very cool, or so I thought. I wore my hair in a pony tail, had a poodle skirt (worn with lotza starched crinolines), a cardigan sweater set, several pairs of Keds and the bobby socks to go with them.


So, on some wonderful Saturday in 1956 I went downtown to the jewelry store, and bought my first record. (That’s where you got records in those days.)

My first glorious purchase was “SIXTEEN TONS” by Tennessee Ernie Ford. It was a 7″ vinyl, in 45 rpm format produced by Capital Records. I wish I could remember how much I paid for it then, but that figure escapes my memory now. TEF had recorded the song originally in 1955, so I was almost a year behind. Song popularity lasted a loooong time in the “old days.”

I played it over and over and over again. Of course we knew all the words and belted them out lustily. It was a really fun time. My second record was “The Great Pretender” by The Platters, but that’s another blog.



2 responses to this post.

  1. I used to buy singles on 45’s, until they switched them all over to cassette tapes. I can’t remember the first one I bought myself, but I do remember the first album that was ever given to me was the Footloose soundtrack for my 12th birthday. I think I wore it out, I played it so much. And I never even saw the movie, until it came on TV one day when I was twenty something…go figure. And how cute to think of you all dolled up in your poodle skirt, crinolines, sweater set and a ponytail!


  2. Posted by Diana Grant on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Yes, my first one was Elvis Presley – Heartbreak Hotel. I’ve also written a blog on Squidoo, called Favorites of the 1950’s – it brings back all the old memories. I still have a huge record collection, taking up vast cupboard space, but hard to let go!


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