Stacks of 45’s – Georgy Girl/When the Stars Begin to Fall

Swingin’ down the street so fancy-free

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.

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What was the first album you became infatuated with and changed the way you listened to music?

What is your album choice?

– Windy

Melody Hill was the Circle Sky Records official magazine while we were open between 2002 and 2010.

Greetings From Windy (Melody Hill Executive Editor)

Hello Melody Hill readers. This issue is all about that wonderful musical invention called a record. Vinyl collectors and fans have a culture that is all their own. So if your universe spins at 33 or 45 this issue is dedicated to you. For this issue, we decided to ask the Circle Sky Staff to name the first album that changed their musical world. We then asked some of our musician friends to do the same and the results are
spread out among these pages. Happy reading!

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Johnny Cash – Doyle’s Space: Music Hall of Fame

“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.

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Batman TV Series

POW! THWAPP! CRASH! KAPOW! ZZZZZWAP! BAM!

Batman aired on ABC beginning January 12, 1966 and ran for 120 episodes over 3 seasons. The last episode aired on March 14, 1968. I never missed an episode. It was intentionally humorous, simplistic morality that included championing the importance of using seat belts, doing homework, eating vegetables, and drinking milk.

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Anita Mann

Anita Mann has been honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as one of America’s top five contemporary choreographers. She is also the recipient of five Emmy Awards and accolades from every corner of the industry.

Anita Mann is an American choreographer, dancer, and actress born October 21, 1946, in Detroit, Michigan. She was one of David Winter’s (English-American actor, dancer, choreographer, producer, distributor, director, and screenwriter) dancers on shows such as Shindig!, The T.A.M.I. Show and Monte Carlo: C’est La Rose, a Grace Kelly documentary special.

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Making the Melody Hill Issue 2 Cover Photo

Behind the scenes with our Circle Sky artwork

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.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Glen Campbell checks all the boxes as a talented, influential musician who sold a lot of records and was revered by his peers. He’s also an underrated guitar player and one of the most gifted artists whose reputation in Nashville is stellar.

I’m not a fan. The building is cool. I’ve been there, it was nice. The exhibits were spectacular and I highly recommend that you visit if you’re in Cleveland, Ohio. Do I think they are doing a good job with the inductees? No.

I agree with Black Sabbath superstar Ozzy Osborne who said…

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Felix Silla Dies

Felix Silla was born in Roccacasale, Abruzzo, Italy on January 11, 1937. He trained as a circus performer and came to the United States in 1955 with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He was a bareback horse rider, trapeze artist and tumbler which led him becoming a Hollywood stuntman in 1962. He played a leprechaun on an episode of Bonanza (1963), Baron Munchkin on Petticoat Junction (1965), Cousin Itt on 17 episodes of The Addams Family (1965-66),

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The Undead (1957)

I watched the 1957 American International Pictures “The Undead” fantasy/horror movie on Svengoolie. A beautiful woman, Diana Love/Helene, is sent back in time, via hypnosis, where she is suspected of being a witch. Quintus, the psychic researcher responsible now needs to go back to that same place in time to save her. The film is based on the 1950’s book “The Search for Bridey Murphy”(a case where a housewife claims to be in a past life) by Morey Berstein (businessman that pursued an amateur interest in hypnotism all the way back to 19th-century Ireland as he coaxed a young mother into recounting a previous life as a woman named Bridey Murphy). The Undead was originally titled “The Trance of Diana Love” and was filmed in a converted grocery store in 10 days. The movie was produced and directed by Roger Corman (“The Pope of Pop Cinema”, Attack of the Crab Monsters, The Brain Eaters, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Wild Angels, Death Race 2000, Forbidden World, The Fantastic Four, Pit and the Pendulum).

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