Look What Turned 60 Years Old

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A younger friend was amazed at the number of albums I had.  And the fact I still played them.  I think vinyl has a warmer, and richer sound than a CD, and I also love the memories associated with them when I put them on on the turntable for music.  It just came to my attention that one of the vinyl wonders celebrated a birthday…..the 60th one!

The 45 rpm record officially turned 60 years old on March 31, 2009. British trade journals are reporting that single song 45rpm records are now outselling their CD counterparts and many American bands are now releasing music via this historic audio medium.

The 45rpm record was initially introduced in 1949 by RCA Records as a smaller, more durable replacement for the heavy 78 shellac-based records of the time. The 45 was created by RCA as a competitive move against one their rival record companies, Columbia, which had just introduced the new microgroove 33 1/3 rpm LP. The number 45 came from taking 78 and subtracting Columbia’s new 33 to equal the 45. Record companies and consumers alike faced an uncertain future as to which format would survive the 78rpm or the 45rpm; in what was known as the “War of the Speeds.” In 1949 Capitol and Decca started issuing the new LP format and RCA relented and issued its first LP in January 1950. But the 45 rpm was gaining in popularity and Columbia issued its first 45s in February 1951. Soon other record companies saw the mass consumer appeal the new format allowed and by 1954 more than 200 million 45s had been sold.

On March 31, 1949, RCA Victor released “Texarkana Baby” b/w “Bouquet of Roses” by Eddy Arnold. The first 45 to hit the Billboard charts was “A — You’re Adorable” by Perry Como, listed on the charts on May 7, 1949. The next week, the year’s biggest hit appeared on the Billboard charts — “Riders In The Sky (A Cowboy Legend)” by Vaughn Monroe. The first 45rpm records were monaural and as stereo sound became more prevalent and popular in the 1960s, almost all 45rpm records were manufactured in stereo.

Video: David Letterman Responds With Humor To Sarah Palin About Her Daughter…”Here Now Are The Jokes They Are Upset About”

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Is Sarah Palin’s 14-Year-Old Daughter Also Having Sex?

The comments by Sarah Palin seems to suggest she is.  If so, then the Palin home is truly a troubling place for children to live, and strongly suggests Palin might need to stay home a bit more and be a mother.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) put out a scathing statement blasting David Letterman who jokedabout her visit to Yankee stadium and said Palin’s daughter got “knocked up” by Alex Rodriguez.

Said Palin: “Laughter incited by sexually-perverted comments made by a 62-year-old male celebrity aimed at a 14-year-old girl is not only disgusting, but it reminds us some Hollywood/NY entertainers have a long way to go in understanding what the rest of America understands — that acceptance of inappropriate sexual comments about an underage girl, who could be anyone’s daughter, contributes to the atrociously high rate of sexual exploitation of minors by older men who use and abuse others.”

It’s interesting that Palin’s statement assumes Letterman was referring to the governor’s 14-year-old and not her older unmarried daughter who recently gave birth to a son.

Photo: Phil Spector Without Hair As Strange As With Hair

No one should have any pity for Phil Spector, a convicted killer.  The two pictures below show the man at his mug shot, and also the many hairstyles he donned at his trials.  Sometimes one just needs to accept baldness and move on.

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A prison photograph of Phil Spector has offered a rare view of the jailed music producer without one of his many wigs.

The mug shot, taken on 5 June, shows a gaunt, bald-pated man with long stringy hair on the sides of his head.

Spector, 69, was sentenced last month to 19 years to life for killing actress Lana Clarkson at his home in 2003.

Over the course of two trials the “Wall of Sound” pioneer turned heads with his flamboyant hairpieces – forbidden in US prisons unless medically necessary.

“They took my husband’s freedom and dignity. So why not his hair?” said Spector’s wife Rachelle.  (Boo-Hoo)