“I wear black for the poor and the beaten down
Living in the hopeless, hungry side of town
I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime…
I’d love to wear a rainbow every day
And tell the world that everything’s OK
But I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back
Till things are brighter, I’m the Man In Black.”
Inductee number 10 and my second in the country genre is Johnny Cash. He was born February 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Arkansas, and died September 12, 2003, at age 71 just four months after the death of his wife, June Carter Cash. His mother wanted to name him John and his daddy wanted Ray so at birth they named him J. R. Cash.
When I was young before I had cassettes, the only good way of making a playlist of songs was to stack 45s on the turntable. I would arrange for them to play my favorite songs in my favorite order. These posts are about records I had in my stacks.
Franklin Music was my first encounter with a full-line record store.
During the spring of 1977, I was 13, and my father had turned me loose in Perimeter Mall, with a time set to meet back up with him after he shopped in whatever store he was headed to. Somehow, I stumbled upon Franklin Music.
I believed that all song lyrics were true-life stories being recounted by the singer in the form of a song.
Like many children in my age group, my first exposure to recorded music was through one of the many mass-produced, simple record players that were designed for the entertainment of children (often referred to as “kiddie record players”). The first one entered my life around the age of three.
Postponed, because of Covid, from 2020 to September 12, 2021 to finally February 1, 2022.
I saw the Alan Parsons Live Project: Turn of a Friendly Card Tour at Symphony Hall in Atlanta, Georgia on February 1, 2022. It was one of the best-sounding shows I have ever attended, loud but didn’t hurt your ears at all.
With over 60 years making toys, the best is yet to come for Colorforms!
It all started in the 1950s when Harry and Patricia Kislevitz began experimenting with a flexible vinyl material. They had bought rolls of different colored vinyl and simply cut out shapes that they would place on their bathroom walls. They left the vinyl and scissors available so guests could add their own touch. Their friends were intrigued and they knew they were on to something.
Melody Hill was the Circle Sky Records official magazine while we were open between 2002 and 2010. We took a series of pictures of items strategically placed on a white piece of Coroplast with another piece of Coroplast as the background. Coroplast is a chemically inert, extremely durable polypropylene copolymer, extruded twin-wall fluted plastic sheet. It is resistant to water and we used them all the time to make signs advertising the record store. All the items on display were from Donnie’s personal collection.
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!
William Everett Preston was born September 2, 1946 in Houston, Texas. He moved to Los Angeles with his mother, never had a music lesson and was considered a child prodigy. In 1962 he became Little Richard’s organist. met the Beatles and in 1967 joined Ray Charles Band.