Falling Through the Cracks: Classic Hits That Weren’t

“Would – be” classic hits that have somehow managed to fall through the cracks

By Donnie Thompson

Melody Hill was the Circle Sky Records official magazine while we were open between 2002 and 2010. Donnie recollected “The yellow submarine is made by Corgi. The Monkeemobile and Partridge Bus are from Johnny Lightning. The band figures are the Monkees from the Monkees Tour Van/Monkeemobile set from Johnny Lightning. The building is the backside of the Hot Wheels Pop Up Drive & Eat [because we wanted to back the Monkeemobile into the garage]. We set it up on plain white pieces of Coroplast. One underneath and I think one behind.”

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Alison Krauss & Union Station

The voice of an angel

by Doyle Tatum

Melody Hill was the Circle Sky Records official magazine while we were open between 2002 and 2010. This is the color cover of issue number 3. The photo was taken by me before Circle Sky even opened. We were at my house painting the LP, CD, and 45 stands for the new store. I had some primer left in the spray gun and while cleaning it out I painted Circle Sky on the side of my shed. I thought it would be funny to make it look like Donnie Thompson and Richard Golden had gotten in trouble for this and were being made clean it off!

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What’s a Vogue Picture Record?

In 1946 the picture disc reemerged, when Tom Saffady’s Sav-Way Industries began issuing Vogue Records

Melody Hill was the Circle Sky Records official magazine while we were open between 2002 and 2010. This cover is our second issue (the color version). Donnie had some small versions of the Partridge Family Bus, Monkeemobile, Yellow Submarine, The Monkees, and a garage. We set it all up, right there in the store on a piece of cardboard with a backdrop. I took many photographs and then we photoshopped in the foreground and background images, the “Circle Sky” name, and the album covers in the windows and along the top-front of the building.

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Abba’s Dark Song Cycle

Abba offering up their darkly beautiful swan song

by Donnie Thompson

Melody Hill was the Circle Sky Records official magazine while we were open between 2002 and 2010. The cover shown here is a reprint because we handed out all the original copies and decided to print this “Premiere Issue Collectors Edition”. Donnie Thompson came up with the ‘zine name. It was a song, written by Barkan and Adams, and was the B-side to The Archies “Sugar, Sugar” 45. Sang by Ron Dante and about a boy and girl going up Melody Hill where everything is beautiful to “kiss away the hours”.

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“Shocking You” With The Shocking Blue

All in all, they would have about 50 hits in Holland!

Melody Hill was the Circle Sky Records official magazine while we were open between 2002 and 2010. We published a new issue as often as we could and had a total of fifteen. The following article was written by me and was published in the Premiere Issue of Melody Hill. The smoking cat is mine and is an incense burner with a cone inside. The artwork on the pumpkin, that I bought at Michaels, was drawn by Donnie Thompson and carved out by Richard Golden. The psychedelic font we used is called MAMA and the groovy girl photo I just found on the internet. Enjoy!

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