What’s the first album you bought?

 

When I was 12 years old I got my first album. I still have it.  And I’m really glad I do.

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I thought about sharing this information when Robin Williams died but didn’t. I’m not sure why.

The album had a big sticker on it stating you had to be 18 years old to buy it.  I was not. And even putting on mascara and my best pair of Road Runners couldn’t convince anyone otherwise.

So Norm, my father, went to the store and bought it for me.

I take a strange sort of pride in the fact that my first album was a comedy album. It make sense for me really. You know. Because I’m funny. I mean, I’m not being particularly funny at this moment but …

 

I probably haven’t listened to this album since I was 16. I thought about listening to it when I, along with the rest of you, heard that Robin Williams had committed suicide. I will be listening to it this weekend. I have no idea if I’ll think it’s funny or sad or dated or timely. But I’m looking forward to finding out.

Now onto the first music album I bought.

I guess I’ve always had a thing for men that are sort of rough around the edges, and music that’s more small town than big city. I have no idea how we got there and definitely no idea why our parents let us, but I got my first music album on a trip to Buffalo with some highschool friends. You may notice I’ve spelled highschool as one word instead of the more socially acceptable two worded “high school”. That’s because it should be one word and I am rebelling against the two worded highschool spelling.

Anyhow, I had a certain amount of money to spend while I was in Buffalo and I’m sure if Betty had anything to do with it I was supposed to buy clothing, shoes or makeup. But I didn’t.

I bought this.

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John Cougar, as he was known then, is now John Mellencamp. I was lucky enough to interview him when I was an entertainment reporter. And he was just like I thought he would be. Relaxed, rough, with a smoker’s cough and a lot of swearing coming out of his mouth. Loved him.

You know what’s coming now. No. Not funny. Still no funny in this post. I don’t know what the hell. Meh. Sometimes it happens. No, what’s coming now is me asking you what YOUR first album was.

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to hear the answers.

Have a good weekend. And listen to something old.

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282 Comments

  1. Lesley Williamson says:

    Elton John “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy”

  2. Caroline says:

    My first album was Heart – Dreamboat Annie. Still in rotation!

  3. Caroline says:

    …and now I am singing…at work…

  4. Leesa b says:

    The footloose soundtrack. My best friend and I skipped school and went to see the movie! We flipped for it and drove straight to the mall and bought the album. Neither one of us had enough money to buy it on our own, so we split the cost and shared the album. A week at her house, a week at my house and so on. Have no idea where that album ended up but we adored it.

  5. Tracy Nanette says:

    Alice Cooper – Welcome to my Nightmare.
    And I made a point to also make that the first CD I bought as well!

  6. wendy lemont says:

    First wd have to be the Monkees…but I’m an old broad….best was when I turned 14…was given Moondance by
    Van Morrison…still my favorite 44 years later.

    • Su says:

      me too! love Van Morrison….. it’s what I listen to on spotify at work 🙂

    • Karen P says:

      I’m not *such* an old broad (40 something) but the Monkees was the first official purchase too. They were on TV after school and I thought I was the biggest fan. Never occurred to me then that I was watching reruns!

  7. chris aka monkey says:

    rickie lee jones chuckie’s in love album……love every song on it both sides, shecoulda been a contender xx

  8. Lindsay H says:

    My first album, which was actually a tape, was Poison “Unskinny Bop.” Followed closely by the Cocktail soundtrack. But the first album I remember listening to (which was owned by my parents) was the Miami Vice soundtrack. Lol.

  9. PoMo Mom says:

    Hmmm, I have an early childhood memory of The RineStone Cowboy by Glen Campbell, however I don’t think I bought that. In fact I was raised on Gordon Lightfoot and Janis Ian so not sure how that fits in.
    It was probably a tie between The Stray Cats, and Abba. So long ago in fact that I cant remember which was the first i bought, although I do remember my brother ran over my Stray Cats album with the vacuum cleaner. ON PURPOSE!

  10. Jeanne McNeil says:

    Alice Cooper-Billion Dollar Babies- 1973

  11. Maureen says:

    Janis Joplin, Pearl, bitches.

  12. Jamieson says:

    The first album I bought – with a $10 gift certificate to Records on Wheels in Newmarket Plaza – was Supertramp Breakfast in America. And I only discovered a couple of years ago that the cover art represents the Statue of Liberty! I hadn’t learned about symbolism yet in 1979, apparently.
    Goodbye, Stranger!

  13. Dorothy Gardner says:

    Another Elton John here… a twofer..”Tumbleweed Connection” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” were purchased on the same day

  14. JeannieB says:

    Probably something by Manovani or Johnny Mathis. And it’s probably still downstairs in the basement.

  15. Gale says:

    The Beach Boys – Surfer Girl (1962)

  16. Kat says:

    Mine was ‘With the Beatles’ back in 1963. I was just getting into music and fell in love with The Beatles like most of the teenage girls back then. I was 14. Paul was my favorite Beatle. 😉

  17. AbracaDebra says:

    The Barbra Streisand Album which was released on February 25, 1963. I bought it sometime in August 1969 finding it in a markdown bin. It will last forever I thought! Unfortunately our turntable didn’t and my first album was Freecycled with my entire Barbra collection!

  18. Twyla says:

    Elvis ‘Blue Hawaii’

  19. Kathy Hartzell says:

    The Beatles

    I listened to the radio, a clock radio, in my bedroom, and didn’t have my own record player. I bought the album and put it on my parents hi fi in the living room before they got home from work. My little sister snitched on me. I got a record player for Christmas that year.

  20. KarlawithaK says:

    Adam and the Ants – Dirk Wears White Sox. From Sam The Record Man of course!

  21. Serduszko says:

    Rick Springfield’s ‘Success hasn’t spoiled me yet’ album. Love that man! ..sigh!

  22. Corinne says:

    Oh, you are going to laugh when you read this. Very first album was Donny Osmond – Puppy Love! My sister and I played it so much we had to tape pennies to the arm of the record player to stop it from skipping. But my favourite album of all time was Meatloaf – Bat Out of Hell!! Had the 8 track too. And now own the CD. Still know all the words to every song. Oh, the memories!!

  23. Suzanne says:

    My first album was Elton John’s Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player. Wore that thing out.

  24. Well, this will date me, but Carole King – Tapestry. The definition of “literature” is that it is writing that lasts through the years. Carole King is the “literature” of the music industry!

    Lynn

  25. Catherine says:

    Carol King Tapestry, oh how I wanted to look like her and knew every song by heart on that album

    • Karol says:

      Also my first album! I still love Carole King! I also knew/know every song by heart and knew the order they were played. She’s incredible and looks amazzzzzzing!

  26. Wendi Miller says:

    I remember it was Shawn Cassidy, but I can’t remember the album title :op

  27. Mindy says:

    I wish I could remember! Highschool (I agree on the spelling) is a blur. Whitney Houston’s first? I remember the cassette had a photo of her with very short hair. I also remember rockin out to the Grease soundtrack and Debbie Gibson. I do clearly remember my very first concert. It was Huey Louis and The News. As for actual records, as a kid it was Michael Jackson, Culture Club, The Beatles, and Neil Diamond. OH! And I remember my parents had a record jacket that was pants that unzipped……crap….big lips….MICK JAGGER!!!!! Oh, the memories just hit me. Wow, I hadn’t thought of that in, well, never. Crazy.

  28. Sophie says:

    Looks like I’m the young ‘un here. Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette.

  29. OK, dating myself here, but WTH. Donny Osmond. Yep, I said it outloud (another two word combo that should be one) while I typed. I’ll say it again, just to remind myself and everyone in the world reading this blog that I was a dork who was crazy in puppy love for Donny Osmond. I saved all of my babysitting money and one fine Saturday, bought my very first album at the Rhein Main Air Force Base commissary in Fankfurt, Germany and it was a Donny Osmond album. I loved it (and him) so much, that I even had my best friend take a picture of me with my Kodak Instamatic camera. In the photo, I’m holding that album like I really thought I was holding Donny Osmond and trying to look glamorous and sexy. As sexy as a tomboy 10-year-old can be, anyway. Unlike you, Karen, I didn’t save my first album… It probably got sold in a yard sale in one of our many family moves, or maybe traded for a Heart or Eagles album in high school to make sure no one found out I was a big dork. But I do still have that photo and it makes me smile. Thanks for the trip down (dorky) memory lane.

    • Karen says:

      I also interviewed Donny Osmond. He was fantastically nice and gracious. One of the best interviews I’ve ever done and I’ve done a lot. Many, many. ~ karen!

      • Jody says:

        OMG you interviewed Donny Osmond!!!
        At first I didn’t want to admit that was my first album but reading though the comments I’ not the only one that was in love wit Donny.Yup my first album Donny Osmond or maybe it was the Osmond Brothers. Vague memory of buying it at Sam the Record Man on Yonge Street and couldn’t wait to get home to close my bedroom door and play it. LOUD.
        PS. I really like these Friday questions. Sort of like a period at the end of a sentence.

  30. Grace says:

    Roxette! Oh yeah, you fool, I love you… 🙂

  31. Cathy O says:

    The first album I bought was Minute by Minute by the Doobie Brothers. (1978)

  32. Patty Martin says:

    I don’t remember my first album because I don’t remember a lot of my childhood. It was probably a Beatles album. I loved the 60’s music and I only wished I had been a bit older in the 60’s, rather than grade school age so I could have more fully enjoyed that time. Your first albums are the coolest ever!!!!

  33. LuAnn Agustin says:

    The first album that I bought for myself was also by Donnie Osmond and his brothers – The Osmonds, and I never stopped. I do still have them all, too.
    Now, the first album I owned was by The Turtles – Happy Together which I somehow finagled out of my cousin when we visited him when I was around 10.
    Thanks for the trip sown Memory Lane!

  34. Kristin Ferguson says:

    Synchronicity by The Police.

  35. Larraine says:

    Album. Not 78 or 45, but album. An album is Big Time stuff. A real commitment. I’m pretty sure mine was Oklahoma. I’ve always had a thing for musicals.

  36. Kate says:

    Soundtrack to the Neil Diamond movie, The Jazz Singer. I actually bought it on cassette tape as I didn’t have a record player. Played that tape until it wore out! And, yes, I still listen to him, though now on my iPhone!

  37. Deby says:

    The monkees

  38. Cred says:

    Cheap Trick- In Color when I was 10. The big hit “I want you to want me” was played many times over.

  39. Michelle says:

    Tapestry by Carole King. I think I can still sing every verse to every song. xo Robin Williams xo

  40. glenda says:

    The B-52’s (self titled album, 1979). Still have it. Still love it. Listened to it just the other night, at an upstairs neighbours apartment as my turntable is in storage right now. We all laughed about dancing to Rock Lobster at school sock hops! And how long the song 606-0842 would get stuck in your head for. Sorry!

  41. gloria says:

    I’ve always been a day late and a few bucks short. Well more like 5 years late. My first album was Bob Dylan’s Freewheelin’, released in 1963. I figured if I was going to part with my hard-earned cash, I wanted an artist with some staying power. Guess I figured right. Still have it, still play it.

  42. Hazel says:

    I bought Ultravox ‘The Collection’ on tape. Still love Midge Ure…

    My husband’s and my song is on the American Fool album 🙂

  43. Andrea says:

    Reading the comments was a fun trip down memory lane! When I was young, we used to buy the singles that would release on 45’s. Donny Osmond had some, and there were a couple one hit wonders – I can hear the voices but can’t remember the names anymore. My first actual album may have been Neil Diamond. The album with ‘Coming to America’ and ‘Forever in Bluejeans’ on it. I recall playing it when my baby sister was cranky, and we’d dance and get her un-cranky. Or, my first album might have been Barry Manilow. Yep, I was pretty hardcore.

    • Denise says:

      Andrea – while I never had any Donny Osmond (I did watch him and Marie on TV) I also loved Neil Diamond and (am proud) that I had many Barry Manilow albums. Hardcore here too …

  44. karen cantwell says:

    The Band – Mardi Gras, my first album purchase at 12 years old.

  45. Tricia says:

    The Go-Go’s – Beauty & the Beat!

  46. Deb Fry says:

    1964…Meet the Beatles. Purchased with saved allowance(.50¢) a week. Twelve years old. I still have it.

  47. Elizabeth says:

    Roger Voisin on trumpet and E. Power Biggs at the organ, an album of baroque organ and trumpet.. I can sing all the trumpet parts. Used to lie on the floor with my head under my parents stereo to get the full effect. I was a nerd child, still a nerd sixty years later, and proud of it!

  48. Suzanne says:

    Bob Dylan The Times They Are A Changin. A friend lend me his guitar and I practiced those chords forever. Then It was Peter Paul and Mary, album 1700. I would spend all my babysitting money on albums. Those days I was paid 35 cents an hour to babysit 4 kids all under 5 . When it was past a half hour the lady was trying to divide 35 cents in two …Can you spot my halo?

  49. Dawn says:

    The first album (cassette) that I remember buying with my own money was Faster Than The Speed of Night by Bonnie Tyler in 1983. Loved that album.

  50. Stephanie says:

    First cassette I bought would have been New Kids on the Block (I’m probably a bit younger than most on here), first proper vinyl album would have been Bruce Springsteen Born in the USA. My tastes have changed a fair bit.

    On an unrelated note – I’d like to put in a request for a cat featuring post – its been a while since you’ve done one 🙂

  51. Ann says:

    Crosby, Stills and Nash…their first album in 1969. It was produced by all of them and Neil Young, (who was behind the screendoor on the front of the album)

    Still one of my favorites today…

  52. gabrielle says:

    Me ‘n little Heather Coyle used to scour comedy sections at record stores for early 60’s recordings of Bill Cosby doing his night old club routines. Giggles abounded. But my first music album was Hair performed at the Aquarius Theatre, fairly soon after I saw Hair at the Aquarius Theatre (no, I’m not quite that old; my parents took me when I was eleven, thinking I wouldn’t notice the naked people dancing on the back of the seats). Ahh I still remember all the lyrics (much to the confusion of anyone else old enough to be in university now!) e.g. “I would gratefully / appreciate it if you see him tell him / I’m in the park with my girlfriend, / and PLEASE… / Tell him Angela and I / don’t want the two dollars back, / juuust himmm…” (Frank Mills)

    i

  53. Holly says:

    Traffic – Low Spark of High Heeled Boys! and anything Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Still love today. We had a great fm station here in Phoenix that was so phenomenal. Played collages, we actually learned great music..introduced us to so many types of music..I remember a very obscure band .. something about Up in the Treetops..never been able to find since. I was also blessed to have a dad, who even though he (said) he really didn’t like my music, recorded all of it on his high quality equipment, and I would sit there listening to in with headphones! He was so cool. Miss you Daddy.

  54. Pam'a says:

    Always a child of excess, I bought two. One was the clear winner here: Carole King Tapestry. The other was Chicago Transit Authority.

  55. Gwennie says:

    Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops…. geez and to think I didn’t fit in at school!

  56. Court says:

    Believe mine was an REO Speedwagon record, but can’t recall which album.

  57. janni says:

    The Sonny Side of Cher ~ and I still have it! What a beautiful pic of Robin on that album cover, Karen. You have a real treasure there:)

  58. dana says:

    I posted a pic of myself on Facebook thrilled to death and wearing what I begged for for my birthday-Mork rainbow suspenders! It was during the Mork & Mindy days. Everyone at school had them. My first album that I paid for was Shanana. Lol! Loved Bowzer. My hubs first album was the one you are holding. We still call him Johnny Cougar. Hes from & lives in Bloomington, Indiana. Its about an hour south of Indy where we live. He was on Jimmy Fallon awhile back & hes cute imo as hes aging. 😉

  59. Milosav says:

    It was Madonna’s “Erotica”, back in 1992,and it was a tape…no problem buying it,eventhough I was 11 at the time

  60. Claire says:

    I inherited most of my albums, so I can’t actually remember which one was the first one I bought…. The two I listen to the most are Queen’s Greatest Hits and Glen Miller

  61. Judy D. says:

    I don’t remember the title of the album, but it was the RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS. I loved, loved, loved both of those guys. ♥

  62. Christina says:

    I got Shakin’ Stevens’ Greatest Hits for Christmas 1984 when I was 10. And, of course I still have it. I don’t think he made it in America or Canada but he sings Rock n Roll often covering old songs. Really love the music but didn’t like the jumping around he did on stage when he was younger. He’s still going!

  63. cbblue says:

    The Monkees. But I clearly remember my sister, brother and I; along with my cousins from next door re-creating The Archies album in my parents’ kitchen. I think it’s cute. Everyone else would be mortified at the recollection. Sadly three of the seven are gone and I’m the oldest at 57.

  64. Bees and Queues says:

    My first album was the Go-Go’s Beauty and the Beat. I got it at a locally owned record shop when I was about 11 or 12 with a gift certificate that was a prize for raising money for the community Kinsmen Club.I loved that album and the gold coloured 10-speed I rode in the cycle-a-thon.

    • catherine says:

      My first was also the Go-go’s! I can still hear the album in my head. My parents took me and a friend to their concert at Canada’s Wonderland. Spent the day on the rides and one roller coaster line was held up because Belinda Carlisle wanted a ride. I could see her in the car and thought she was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen. INXS was the opening act and I got a kiss on the cheek from Michael Hutchence before the concert. It was a great day until I found out that my parents had been sitting on the grass behind me and saw me dancing and flirting with boys. Mortifying!

  65. Vanessa says:

    Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions… Freshman year, UGA bookstore., 1974… Still have it!

  66. Sally A says:

    Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Still have it! I need to get a record player.
    I was in Boulder Colorado in the 70’s and we drove by the stadium and I saw Robin Williams having a photo shoot. I thought “Who is that guy in the rainbow suspenders?” I soon found out! I also remember making my mom buy me a pair and thought I was so cool!

    Karen, I would be interested to hear all of your brushes with fame! I would be interesting to hear everyone elses too!

    • Sally A says:

      P.S. Soon to follow my Elton John album was the Captain and Tennille and Sean Cassidy. I was in love with him and watched the Hardy Boys every week!

  67. magali says:

    um… Backstreet Boys cassette.
    I actually do buy records now and my taste has gotten a little more refined!

  68. jane says:

    Does this count? My first cassette was They Might Be Giant’s Lincoln.

    Actually saw them in concert. With my ex. After we were separated (long story). We were in the front row and my ex started to paw me. Couldn’t get him to remove his hands from my uh, front.

    John stopped the show long enough to point at him, shake his head and look angry, then wink at me, and play “Upside Down Frown”. My ex was livid, but it’s been one of my favourite memories.

  69. Sally A says:

    P.P.S. Is this a sneaky way to find out how old we are? Ha!

  70. Kathryn says:

    Styx – Crystal Ball. I remember loving how the sound went from one ear to the other with headphones on.

  71. Mare P. says:

    The first New York Dolls album! This is a fun post!

  72. Tracey says:

    This is fun!
    The first album I requested for Christmas at 10 was Paul McCartney “Band on the Run”
    At 11 was Elton John “captain fantastic and the brown dirt cowboy”.
    I still have them
    Growing up at our house we had one of those giant hi-if Stereo furniture pieces with speakers, a turntable and radio built in. My mother would turn the radio on at 7:30 while we were getting ready for school, and it stayed on until their bedtime at 11.
    That station played everything from the Beatles to led Zeppelin, Elton John to Neil Diamond. It was awesome. Even today my husband and I will be listening to some random song, and I’ll start singing the words, and he’ll say “what is this, and how do you know the words” easy….I had 19 years of awesome music of all types on our stereo from morning till night every day of the year. It was the only station in town. Weather and news and reports of “Snow Day”, and then a Bob Dylan song….

  73. Cathy says:

    My first album ever was The Young Rascals’ Greatest Hits. I am humming from it now…..’Groovin, on a Sunday afternoon….
    As I was the fourth out of six kids, we had quite a good collection of Beetles, Beach Boys and others. I wonder what happened to that White Album.

  74. Tracey says:

    I forgot….,we did get CBC Radio as well (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) which dad liked to listen to on Sunday’s. We all sat in the living room and read and listened to the various broadcasts on Sunday’s. Great memories!!
    Sorry I strayed a bit from “what was your first album?”

  75. jennifer says:

    Thriller – Michael Jackson- although “Off the Wall” has to be one of the best albums EVER!

  76. Shelagh says:

    Mudslide Slim by Janes Taylor. My friend bought Carol King’s Tapestry.
    We would argue which had the better version of “You’ve Got a Friend”.

  77. Rose says:

    Queen-a night at the Opera and Jesus Christ Superstar – Classics! from a garage sale on Upper James St.

  78. Kim C. says:

    Donny Osmond and my kids think that’s hilarious! I still have it too. 🙂

  79. Karen says:

    Mine was a collection of bubblegum music called – The Naked Truth. Think “Green Tamborine” and Yummy Yummy. I was about eight years old and my older brother gave it to me for Christmas. He was mortified that the record store owner thought he was buying for himself! I thought I was so cool and edgy because there was a naked baby on the album cover and I carried it to my friends house and showed it to her in front of her parents. I still have it and my tastes have evolved…

  80. Jan says:

    I don’t remember the first album, but the first 45 I bought was “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys. The album was probably something by The Monkees 🙂

  81. Jean says:

    I am loving reading everyone’s firsts, and trying to figure out how old that makes each of us. Mine was Donny Osmond’s Portrait of Donny. Those were I and my girlfriends all thought he was so dreamy!

  82. mary says:

    shaun cassidy , Born Late, and it came with a poster. He was my dream boyfriend and I love him so.

  83. Suanne says:

    MEET THE BEATLES ……… 1965. It was to define my adolesence. Got to see them in concert when I was in 7th grade. One of our friends’ mother drove us to the Indiana State Fair. We stood on wooden chairs in the infield of the track and threw “jelly-babies” (jellybeans) at the stage, because Paul had mentioned in an interview that it was his favorite. I still smile at the memory.

  84. Sarita says:

    My first cassette was An Innocent Man by Billy Joel, making me a fairly dorky six year old.

  85. Diane S says:

    Ahhh…Neil Diamond followed by The Beach Boys. Of course, I couldn’t normally afford albums and would spend hours looking over the 45’s! I would play them over and over and over. I still have all my albums!

  86. Shaun Cassidy….da doo ron ron ron, da doo ron ron. However, the 8 track was taking over at the time so I only ended up with a couple of records (my first 8 track tape was Rita Coolidge).

  87. Denise says:

    Glen Campbell’s Wichita Lineman was the first album I owned, although I grew up listening to Elvis who was my Mom’s fav. Many, many listed I owned or were favorites. Great topic Karen!

  88. Sue H says:

    Most likely something by the Carpenters. Don’t judge me. I later redeemed myself with Todd Rundgren’s Something/Anything and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.

  89. shawna says:

    Don Henley – Boys of Summer. I won it and had no clue who he was. But I played it over and over and loved it. I was 11.

  90. Kim Merry says:

    wow seeing everyone’s list sure brings back memories!! My first…. Bobby Sherman! soon followed by The Osmonds and Monkees. I was a kid.. what can I say!
    Kim

  91. Beckie says:

    How’s this for a combination?:

    Leif Garret, self titled

    Styx, The Grand Illusion

    Both bought at Music Fair.

    both 1977 (I was 10, btw)…I still have the Leif Garret vinyl but Styx has been converted to digital and now I am not sure if the vinyl still lives with me.

  92. Deb says:

    Donny Osmond- Deep Purple. Sigh…. Just bought the .99 cent electronic version this year. Strictly for nostalgia, you understand. And I also still own a pair of purple socks.

  93. Jack Ledger says:

    We had just bought a new cabinet stereo with TV, radio, and record player all included. I would guess it was around 1958 and one of the hottest shows on television at the time was “Sing Along with Mitch”. Stereo was the latest technology and “Sing Along with Mitch” was one of the first albums to incorporate stereo into its format. I had to have that album and so off to the local record store I went. In only four short years I went from Mitch Miller to The Beatles. What a transition! And by the way, I believe your sister, Pink Tool Belt, may still have that stereo system.

  94. cary says:

    the monkees headquarters. i bought it at a sewing store when my mom and i were buying fabric for a dress. i do not know why a sewing store would sell albums. i was 8 and it cost $1.97. funny the things you remember.

  95. Ann says:

    I don’t remember the 1st album I bought. I was pretty darned poor and my best friend was a bit better off so she bought and I listened.

    But a few years later on, I was dating her brother and for his birthday I was determined to find a quadraphonic 8 track tape he really wanted. Drove all over the city of Toledo to find Aerosmith’s Get Your Wings. I think it got me a proposal and here we are almost 40 years later and he still loves Aerosmith and I still hate them!!

  96. Susan S says:

    Blue Hawaii by Elvis. First 45 record (really dating myself) was Johnny Angel by Shelley Fabares and I split the cost with my best friend. We were 12 and couldn’t afford the $1.59 or whatever to pay the total cost. She played it for the first half of the month, me the last half. We totally wore out the record. And Blue Hawaii was totally worn out too. And I am not even an Elvis fan!

  97. Leisa Daly says:

    Mine was BTO’s Not Fragile” from Sam The Record man in Ottawa. Good times!

  98. Sally says:

    I just realized I am quite a bit younger than most of your readers….I got my first CD for Christmas and it was the Back Street Boys. *Insert sarcastic comment here* lol

    • Marion says:

      Sally as I was reading though all the comments my thought was “omgosh I’m the youngest reader here!” Glad to know there’s others around my age. My first album was actually the Spice Girls! HA! Total 90s kid over here…

      • Liz says:

        Me too guys.

      • Kate says:

        me too…. and I was born in 1982! My parents had a record player and records when I was little but I never had one.

        I suppose I do remember having one single album that was a free gift with purchase of a picture of me sitting on Santa’s lap at the mall. It was called “My name is Proomf.”

        my first cassette tapes were MC Hammer and Kylie Minogue

        my first CD’s were TLC and Salt-N-Peppa

  99. Heather says:

    Probably The Monkees. I think I owned almost everything on everyone else’s list, too. I do remember, without a doubt though, that my very first 45 was Petula Clark’s “Downtown”. It came with my record player (not fancy enough to be called a turntable.)

  100. Tris says:

    My first album was Debby Boone…remember when she stole “You Light Up My Life” from that other girl? The sound track for Xanadu came shortly after that. Speaking of hardcore…The Osmands (every single one of them, including little Jimmy) was my first concert.

  101. Mary Werner says:

    Shelly Berman – a comedy album. Then came Elvis. Every album (and 45) he put out for a few years. Then came The buttoned Down Mind of Bob Newhart. Next, Bill Cosby – all his comedy and they sound as funny today as way back then. Don’t have any of the Elvis as my hubby didn’t want me to “save all that junk” and put it at the curb for the garbage pickup. I am still mad at myself for listening to him. But I was 18. NO ONE should get married until at least 25! Fixty years later – still don’t know why I listened and the price they would bring now? WOW. I still have all the comedy albums and listen every 15 years or so. Scratchy and tinny and I sit in my chair, listen, and instantly I’m 60 years younger, sitting on the floor in my bedroom listening. Thanks for another sweet trip back in time.

    • Grammy says:

      Oh, wow! Shelly Berman (don’t remember the album name), The Button Down Mind of Bob Newhart were the best. We listened to Berman and Newhart in student council meetings after school when we were supposed to be doing something else. I still remember the routines. Later came Bill Cosby is a Very Funny Fellow Right! and we pretty much gave up on doing anything a teacher would be proud of and listened to comedy albums. I’m convinced we learned more and are better off than if we hadn’t.

      • Mary Werner says:

        I agree with you on teachers. My art teacher (back in the day when there was a smoking tree outside for students to use) gave us a drag of his cigarette then told us to blow out all the smoke and then breathe/huff hard on a piece of white paper. When I quit coughing, I huffed and saw the black tar stain – from one puff!!!!! I never ever began smoking thanks to him.

  102. Sandy B says:

    Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers. Great album.

  103. Danielle says:

    Mine was Olivia Newton John – Physical. I was six years old and as far as I was concerned, that song was about exercise.

  104. ~JackieVB says:

    Bruce Springsteen – the River
    First comedy album I listened to was George Carlin Class Clown – I know you didn’t ask about that,but another great comedian who’s no longer with us. Plus it’s funny as all get out – I’ll have to see if it’s on youtube or something so I can give it a listen this weekend.

  105. Phyllis Kraemer says:

    What a beautiful photo of you and your Robin Williams’ album…doesn’t surprise me at all that your first album was a “comedy” album…or that it was his. Hope you got to meet him when he was in town filming Man of the Year. He spent so much of his “break” time out on the street…talking, laughing and engaging with the crowds who had come to catch a glimpse of him..and who went home with so much more!…Thanks for sharing Karen.

  106. Dava says:

    The Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night. Prior to that I had a huge collection of 45’s. I bought those every week with my allowance. 45’s and candy. My mom later sold the 45’s in a garage sale. I still have not completely forgiven her for that. The only thing that makes it less bitter is that she sold them for use in a veterans home. They would have been songs from their youth. It’s hard to be too mad when they were going to entertain veterans.

  107. kelly says:

    I too started with a comedy album, Steve Martin’s “A Wild and Crazy Guy” and then that same year I bought “Steve Miller’s Band Greatest Hits” An album that was not appreciated by my older sister who said I was listening to satan’s music. But was liked so much by my brother he stole it and sold it to buy a bag of weed. Thanks for the memories!

  108. Sheri says:

    My first record was one of the Bay City Rollers, I can’t remember which one. I eventually had all of them, then my taste got better and it was Supertramp, KISS and John Cougar as well. This is a great list, brings back some great memories.

  109. Lea says:

    Shaun Cassidy – Born Late

  110. Wendy says:

    K-tel’s “22 Dynamite Hits”….I always was versatile when it came to music and still am! lol!

    • julie says:

      Wendy
      I wondered if someone would mention K-Tel. Pretty sure my first album was K-Tel, received a Christmas gift. Not sure what the greatest hits on it were though. Around the same time I also received a Monkees album as well. (we lived so far out of the way that we did not have a music store, so I didn’t have access to buy others)

  111. While on a highschool French club trip to New Orleans from SC I purchased Big Country by Big Country at a funky little record store in the French Quarter.

  112. Laura says:

    Shaun Cassidy Da Doo Ron Ron…. Yikes. I wish it were something more cool like John Cougar but alas…

  113. Patti says:

    My first album was actually a tape – New Kids on the Block, Hangin’ Tough.

    My second tape was some weird anti-drug rap tape that my dad (an RCMP officer) game me. It was weird and not as cool as I thought it was.

  114. Tami says:

    Meatloafs Bat out of Hell. Still play it and know every word. I’ve seen him in concert three times over the years and he is fantastic live.

  115. Ann says:

    Calypso! by Belafonte Yeah, I’m OLD and I still have a crush on him.

  116. Gretchen Sexton says:

    The Monkees–Headquarters. I think I was 10. (I think I still have at least half those songs memorized.)

  117. pat barford says:

    Help! Saved my allowance, took the bus downtown and had to decide weather to pay an extra buck for stereo rather than the cheaper mono version. Stereo = six bucks. Wow. Suddenly I feel really, really old. I went for stereo and still have the album.

  118. Ruth says:

    I have never had one of those, although my mom had tons of them. I should have gotten my own stash, because she threw hers out (along with the turntable) when Dad upped and left…… I have a suspicion he had some $$$ invested there somehow. -_-

    My first purchases were on original cassettes, followed by CDS…. none of which I still have. I do believe the very first was a Michael Bolton album… his first, my first.

  119. Valerie says:

    My first purchased album was by Jose Faliciano “Light my Fire” which when it began to skip I would put on the Beach Boys “Pet Sounds.” When it was time to clean up my apt. I would put on “The Overture to the Marriage of Figaro.” which continues to enervate me to do mundane household chores to this day.

  120. Kristen says:

    I really have no idea what my first album was. Although in reality it would have been a cassette tape. And I probably recorded it off the radio. I was a product of the eighties so it was most likely Bon Jovi or something. Also, I wanted to let you know that I also bought a comedy CD. It was Jerry Seinfeld’s I’m Telling You For The Last Time. I was in high school and I thought it was hilarious. My family took a train from rural MN to Portland when I was a junior or a senior and listened to that CD and Sheryl Crow CD the whole way there and back. Now I really want to dust them off and listen to the all again. Thanks for re-hashing some good memories.

  121. Ella says:

    It was either Megadeath’s Countdown to Extinction or Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits. I guess my taste is eclectic!

  122. LAURA GERBER says:

    Oh wow – what a delight to see this morning! Growing up we listed to actual records of Pure Prairie League, Alabama, John Cougar, and Bruce, but the first actual music that I owned was a cassette – Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet (followed by lots of Madonna). I’m in the states but I looove to listen to CBC Radio 3 (canadian indie pop). It sounds like the studio is in someone’s basement – it’s awesome! I am one of the few people left who prefers to buy a physical CD instead of a digital download if I want the whole album – I love reading the liner notes. Yes, I have earned my dork status and wear it proudly.

  123. Barb says:

    Great topic and brings back LOTS of great musical memories. I’m a Beatles fan, too, and Meet the Beatles was my first album as well. I was lucky enough to see them twice when I was a young teen.

  124. mia pratt says:

    My first album was not an album, it was a single. It was by a group I can’t name, but the song was called “Dawn” and the words went something like, “Don’t throw your sweet kiss away…save it for me!” I remember listening to it over and over again at maybe ten years old, on my tiny toy record player that folded up like a typewriter case (the sixties boom box). One night I fell asleep listening to it and had a dream about a boy named Patrick. He loved me and I fell in love with him in the dream, and when I woke up I started crying when I realized he wasn’t real! So my first crush was facilitated by a song on a record, with a boy that only existed in my dreams, who broke my heart. Hey, wait a minute….the first in a pattern of heartbreaks that would go on for many more years? Mwah!

  125. Irene says:

    Other than all the nursery rhyme type records my dad would buy me, my first ‘big girl’ album was ‘Saturday Night Fever’. 🙂
    The first album I bought fo myself, was bad-ass Toyah! (Wilcox).
    The perfect album for a pre-teen falling head first and at full speed into the whole rebel child thing.
    I mean come ON, those screaming lyrics, particularly from the following song…

    “I’m bo-ored.
    I DOwanna GO to SCHOOL!
    Dowanna be NObody’s FOOL!
    I wanna me mee-ee
    I wanne be free-eee
    I doWANNA be SWEET and NEAT
    I don’t want someone living my life for mee-ee
    I wanna be free-ee…
    I’m gonna TURN THIS WO-ORLD
    INSIDE! OUTSIDE!
    I’m gonna turn suburbia
    UPSIDE DOWN!”
    etc etc…
    😀 !
    Still have the album!
    Who else remembers her?

  126. Deneen Mueller says:

    the first album I ever owned was the soundtrack from Shaft. It came as a gift with purchase with my stereo. I was ten & had no idea who or what Shaft was. The first album I ever bought was The Bay City Rollers. I can actually remember the day that my dad took me to Sears to buy it. I felt like the coolest girl in the world.

  127. Luanne says:

    This *is* a fun post. 🙂

    The first full album I bought with my own money was Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

    I’d purchased 45’s earlier, though. The first two: Six Months In A Leaky Boat – Split Enz and Don’t You Want Me Baby – Human League.

  128. Karen E. says:

    KISS Double Platinum

  129. Jennifer says:

    Blondie’s “Eat To The Beat”…and I still have it.

  130. wendy says:

    I’m pretty sure the first album I bought with my own money, at Sam the Record Man, was Kate Bush “The Kick Inside.”

    I’m also pretty sure I owned other albums before that, given to me:
    Bay City Rollers (“S, S, S, Saturday Night”)
    ABBA (no idea)
    Carol King (“Really Rosie” — Really good!)
    “Xanadu” soundtrack
    Broadway musicals: “Bye, Bye Birdie;” “My Fair Lady;” “Oklahoma;” Guys and Dolls;” “Sound of Music;” and “Chorus Line.”

    Loved them all, but they didn’t get the teenage angst treatment that Kate Bush got.

  131. Marcia Milanoski says:

    The Byrds! Mr Tambourine Man…1965. I wish I’d kept all my old albums…I had so many great ones that are classic rock now…I did keep some and my son took them all…I bought albums throughout the 70’s and still love hearing the music from that decade

  132. Rebecca says:

    The Clash – Combat Rock.

    My adolescent years were definitely the CD era but my parents kept their record player out and I had a real interest with it. I would come home from school and play The Partridge Family, The Monkeys, and REO Speedwagon almost everyday. On a family trip(age 13), I happend upon a used record store where I picked up my first vinyl.

  133. Barbie says:

    The Beatles “Rubber Soul”

  134. Emily says:

    I have 2… the first one I became aware of and the first one I loved ! I don’t remember MY first album but I remember the first album that I found. I was at my neighbors house.. I was about 5 or 6 and she had a teenage son and I had a crush on him big time. Ok, that has nothing to do with your question…. but I found his KISS album. I thought I found something equal to finding your dads stack of dirty magazines!
    My first album that I played over and over was: Goofy Greats by Ktel. I loved Ahab the Arab, Rockin Robin, The Birds and Bees, and Alley Oop… I still have it also ! 🙂

  135. leslie says:

    Boy, if you really want to date yourself, telling people about your first album just might do it. Or just the fact that it WAS an album!
    Mine was HAIR. Then Melanie, Carol King (Tapestry), Stevie Wonder and Jesus Christ Superstar. Then the Spinners, Four Tops, Bread (ugh), etc.
    I did see Queen live at Madison Square Garden, Deep Purple at the Beacon Theater (on a date with a guy that wrote for Rolling Stone and I pretended to be British the whole night- then every time I ran into him I had to switch on my British accent. It was EXHAUSTING!) and Ray Charles and the B-52’s at the Ritz.

    Good times. Glad they’re over.

  136. LazySusan says:

    The Smothers Brothers at the Purple Onion! LOL

  137. kipper says:

    Can’t remember my first album purchase. However I do remember a highschool friend (in looking back, she always acted depressed-hope things got better for her and she is happy and healthy now). She would play Janis Ian and John Denver records over and over. One slumber party she played “I Learned the Truth at 17” about 15 times in a row. We all started to feel sad and morose. Then another friend told her to play something more uplifting. So then it was “Grandma’s Feather Bed” played for many times,

  138. Jan In Waterdown says:

    OK I just read through all the posts and I am the only person to buy Whipped Cream and Other Delights by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass . . . oy . . . I thought it was very racy, there was a naked girl on the album cover with whipped cream all over her!

  139. Michele says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha! Only because it’s you Karen am I sharing! I bought Helen Reddy’s Greatest Hits. I think I may have been 5. I Am Woman Hear Me Roar! Could not get enough of that sucker.

  140. Kristi says:

    Madonna Madonna. I played Borderline over a thousand times – I’m shocked I didn’t wear that record right out!!

  141. Darcy says:

    Lame as it may be, my first album was Donny Osmond, “Puppy Love”.
    He was so cute back then. Now he’s frightening!

  142. Dawn says:

    I have two –

    Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Kiss Animalize. Although before that I remember getting the Muppet Movie soundtrack on 8-track.

  143. Sarah says:

    Oh, gosh. My mom let me buy a few albums in the late 80s, and I remember playing them on our HUGE console record player. Who knows which came first: Roy Orbison, Los Lobos (their cover of “La Bamba”), and George Harrison. Before I was allowed to buy my own, I swooned over my brothers’ albums (mostly the hair bands/glam rockers from the 70s and 80s).

    My first cassette predates my first albums by a year or two: Madonna’s *True Blue*. My brother told my mom what “Papa Don’t Preach” was really about, and I was instructed to fast forward through that song whenever it came up. Funny thing is that I thought her “baby” was her boyfriend. I had no idea it was about pregnancy out of wedlock.

  144. Jennifer says:

    John Travolta’s self titled album. How embarrassing.

  145. Dagmar says:

    First album I bought myself was Alice Cooper -Constrictor. But I am quite sure that I remember getting a Stacey Q album called “2 of Hearts” and a Madonna “Like a Virgin” for my birthday purchased by others because that was in at the time.

  146. Nic says:

    The Sign by Ace of Base. I didn’t realize how many people outside of my age range are hanging out, here!

    (And !!!! to Wendy about Kate Bush. I didn’t buy it, but I definitely grew up with it!)

    • Karen says:

      I find I have the widest audience range EVER. From 25 to 85! I have NO idea what that says about me or my blog, lol. ~ karen

      • Grammy says:

        It says you’re really good.

      • Jan In Waterdown says:

        I was just singing your praises a few minutes ago at the bakery shop in downtown Waterdown, which btw has the best raisin cinnamon bread imho, and I mentioned that your blog does seem to attract all age ranges and interests. Maybe that makes you a rennaissance woman?

  147. Catherine says:

    Sigh….. it was a cassette – Dance Mix ’93 (the with “I like to Move it Move it!”).

    My dad was in the music store with me and he suggested The Tragically Hip instead, I figured since dad liked them that they wouldn’t be good, so I said in a snotty-girl way “More like the Tragically Un-hip, Pfffffffft!”.

    Years later the Tragically Hip would become one of my best concert experiences of all time.
    Thanks Dad!

  148. erica says:

    i think it was 1980, Hot Nights and City Lights; a multi- artist compilation of disco hits; Knock on Wood, was one of the songs……i think my mom might still have it!!!!!!

  149. Wendy W says:

    The Partridge Family!

  150. Barb says:

    My family was so financially challenged that we got our music from the radio only. But I was so emotionally moved by the JFK assassination that I went out and purchased an album of his speaches. I didn’t even have anything to play it on. And, yes, I got to hear it eventually. Guess I win the nerd catagory.

  151. Rondina says:

    I have no idea, but I can remember the entire experience of buying my first single. I had to choose between “Red Rubber Ball” by The Cyrcles and “Summer in the City” by the Lovin’ Spoonfuls. I only had money for one. In fact, I think it was the first thing I had ever bought in my life with my own money.

    • Debbie says:

      So which one did you choose! Inquiring minds want to know!

      I still have all of my 45’s and my yellow plastic inserts.

      • Rondina says:

        The walk of shame. Sadly, “Red Rubber Ball.” “Summer in the City,” of course, turned out to be the bigger hit and a better song. It’s kind of like choosing the wrong shade of paint. You have to live with it a bit before you realize that you screwed up. I felt the same about the White album. I didn’t buy “Summer in the City” until about five years ago on iTunes.

        All my records were sold before I downsized. As was my stereo. I kept one single that my sister brought home from France when she attended school there. My favorite records included Bill Cosby’s early work and some of my parent’s albums—Patty Page, Mitch Miller, and a beautiful version of Rhapsody in Blue. Should have kept those.

        • Debbie says:

          Thank you! Life is full of shoulda/wouldav’s! Confession time – your post brought up quite a memory. I grew up in a small town where we left our purses on the shelves outside the stalls of public restrooms. I went to see a friend in Queens, NY via Greyhound and trustingly left my bag with two of my favorite Beatles albums on the bus. Of course, they were gone when I returned. I have never forgotten the sadness and disappointment I felt at that time. I learned more about the human race (at a tender young age) on that day than I have since. For many years I wished I hadn’t left that open bag on the bus. I replaced the albums, but not my my general trust in humanity. Your post has me thinking it is time to forgive myself and my own shoulda/wouldav. Thank you.

          • Rondina says:

            You were young and felt violated. The lessons you learned are what we all learn in life. Your experience is not very different than when we all realize that not all people are good AND we love our music and books. Time to stop blaming yourself because you were innocent and do a happy dance for the Beatles. (Easier if it is pre-Yoko.)

  152. Vanessa says:

    I didn’t (and still don’t) buy many albums. The first I was given was the sound track to Grease and the broadway recording of Annie. But the first I BOUGHT was Prince, Diamonds and Pearls. I don’t own many, I love music but don’t play it as much as I would like.

    I would like to say that at a trip to our local Goodwill my daughter bought a Rolling Stones, the Doors, and a Janis Joplin albums. She didn’t even have a record player yet. She now has a pretty large collection. So there you go, my daughter is way cooler than I could ever hope to be.

  153. Vanessa R says:

    I was 12 also, it was 1992 and I bought the “The Very Best of The Eagles.” My mom was kind of shocked/proud. I couldn’t understand why at the time, but I think she expected me to grab an MC Hammer album (or at least something current) rather than music from when she was a teenager.

  154. Darla says:

    Rod Stewart-Blondes Have More Fun!

  155. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I believe that Meet The Beatles was my first album..I had lots of 45’s also..Enjoy listening to Robin again..he was one of a kind..

  156. Safetydog says:

    Partridge Family Notebook. Still have it. The first 8-track tape I owned was a gift from my father: Sweet – Give Us a Wink. I had never heard of them, and they were a little too hard rock for my taste, but I came to love it. Felt badass.

  157. Kathy says:

    I remember having The Carpenter’s, Donny Osmond and Shaun Cassidy on constant repeat while my three sisters and I were young. Songs were so much simpler then!
    My first concert however was Iron Maiden and my walls were plastered with Ozzy Osbourne posters! The teenage years…what a joy

  158. Lynn (really spelled w/ an "e", but somebody else already has that spelling on here) says:

    Fun topic, really enjoying reading about the memories… LOVE that Robin Williams album / what a great pic of him on the cover! My first album was Meet the Beatles, purchased in 1964. Do y’all remember when people would ask, who’s your fav The Beatles, or The Rolling Stones? I evolved into a huge Rolling Stones fan and tossed the Beatles to the side, when I felt like I was forced to pick! But, I do still have that first ever-saved-my-allowance-Beatles-album!

  159. Lynn Johannson says:

    1974, “Court and Spark” by the amazing and wonderful Joni Mitchell. Wasn’t interested enough in anyone in particular to spend the money (read poor) prior to that but then Joni came along. I have everything she’s put out on CDs now and still play them all….

  160. Lynne says:

    The first album I ever purchased with my own hard earned baby sitting money was The Best of the Guess Who. It was released not long after their album Share the Land and contained some of the same tracks.

    To tell the truth I’ve never been one to buy a lot of music – even now most of my music collection is a result of retaining custody of a goodly portion of my ex’s HUUUUGE collection. LOL. I guess in one of his fits of remorse at treating me so shabbily he decided to leave me with the stuff he bought when we were together plus a whack of my faves from the stuff he came to the relationship with.

    • Grammy says:

      Lucky you! My ex, who never owned a record and didn’t bother listening to music unless he was someplace where it happened to be played, tended toward country music while I was all Bob Dylan and the Beatles and Joan Baez, kept my record collection when I left him. I lamented that he probably just took them all to the trash pile because he never listened to any of those. Years later, when my son was about 17, he said, “Hey, Mom! Dad gave me his WHOLE collection of the original Beatles albums!”

      I just said, “You’re welcome.” They are in good hands.

  161. Barb Slattery says:

    How embarassing….my first album purchase was around the age of 12 (so, circa 1973) and I made the purchase not because of the quality of the music or to make some political statement – but because inside the sleeve, was a plastic bag identical to the record sleeve…you see i was going to use it for my school stuff so that everyone could see that I owned the first album put out by ….. THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY….yup, David Cassidy, Shirley Jones, Danny Boneduce…..and those other people…
    Not proud of it….I did redeem myself as 2 years later, I bought Houses of the Holy by Led Zeppelin…Keep doing what you do Karen, you are the first thing I do when I get to work …..bwahahaha

  162. Barb Slattery says:

    yeah…turns out not their first album, but doesn’t matter….still a source of some embarassment….how could David Cassidy share shelf space with Jimmy Page, and later with the Ramones and Teenage Head???

  163. Grammy says:

    First record I bought with my own money was a 45 — Frankie Avalon’s “Venus”. First album I owned was a gift — Ricky Nelson’s “Ricky Sings Again”. First album I bought with my own money — Barbra Streisand’s “People” (which I still have, and it’s in Monaural because in those days Stereo cost a dollar more).

  164. Kathline says:

    My parents had a huge box of albums that my sisters and would regularly take out and play – we considered them “ours”. The first one I remember buying for myself, though, was a various artists disco album. It had Muskrat Love, Carwash and Rubberband Man on it. This was at the very edge of my teen years and was the only disco I ever bought. The 80’s and all the different music it brought was right around the corner. I went punk quicker than my dad could say “J**** C*****, what now?!” Thank goodness we have digital music now or I’d need a separate room for all the music I love. Good stuff has a way of circling back, though. This past Christmas, my grown son gave me Violent Femmes vinyl album. Such a good boy!

  165. Debbie says:

    I’m so old I can’t remember which was my first album. However, I still have all of them – Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Elton John, Beach Boys, James Taylor, Bread, Southside Johnny, Dean Friedman, Styx, Manheim Steamroller, Andreas Vollenweider, Tommy, JC Superstar…

    The first album I vividly remember is The Ballads of the Green Beret. I can still sing every word of the title song. It still makes me cry. I wanted that album so much, but could not afford it. I woke up one morning and the album was at the foot of my bed. My father had bought it for me and I remember that as one of the only nice things the man ever did for me (he was out of our lives shortly after that).

    There was definitely something wonderful about listening to vinyl. I knew the nuances of each album I owned and I knew just how loud I could play it before my mother would intervene. When headphones came about, I would belt out the chorus every time it came around. I can only imagine how that sounded!

    Karen, that you so much for your question. Wow, that really was a simpler time!

  166. Diane Amick says:

    I’m really going to date myself….it was a 45 record “Big Girls Don’t Cry”. OMG – am I really THAT old?

  167. Anna Starner says:

    I will show my age here. The Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. I was all of 11 when it came out. I had already collected 45’s but this was my 1st album. Wish I still had it, but I was on a get rid of the stuff just taking up space modes and gave it and ALL of my other halves and my albums away. Maybe we should rethink not being hoarders.

  168. Jan In Waterdown says:

    Anybody remember Iron Butterfly’s Inna Gadda da Vida (Baby!) from the late 60’s?? Sooooo very coool!

  169. I’m pretty sure that the first album I bought (CD, not record–I was born in the 90s so I’m not nearly as cool as you guys) was Britney Spears… Yikes! How embarrassing is that?!

  170. Madge says:

    My first 45″ single was David Bowie China girl. I was about 8 or 9. I don’t remember my first album but I remember the first one I waited for months to come out in 1989. I was about 15 and it was Paul’s Boutique by the Beastie Boys. It came with the lyrics and I listened to it over and over and over and memorized every word and every beat. That and a bunch of Elvis records is how I spent my awkward pubescent phase… Fun times. I still have all the Elvis records and I think you have inspired me to get a turntable. There is nothing like that rich vinyl sound. Um I also had an 8-track of Elvis “blue Hawaii and hits from his movies”. It was awesome!

  171. Deana says:

    First album ever had The Guess Who on one side and Staccatos on the other side. I played that Guess Who side till it was unusable, can’t even remember what the Staccatos were like. Next up was the Monkees and the Beach Boys. Gawd I’m old.

  172. Kitten Caboodle says:

    K-Tel’s (Remember them?!) “Dimensions”.

  173. Kimberly says:

    The Gogos- Beauty and the Beat or Shaun Cassidy that came with a poster that hung above my bed.

  174. Debbie Bashford says:

    Carly Simon You’re so Vain was my first album, I had lots of 45’s my Aunt used to work at a factory in TO where they used to press records

  175. Alex says:

    Faith. George Michael. In a cassette form.

  176. susan says:

    My older brothers were rockers, and a big influence on me, so my initial purchases were what my mom considered to be rebellious.
    Heart “Barracuda” was my first 45, bought at the hardware store in our small town, using my babysitting money too (I got 50 cents an hour though).
    My first album was after a vacation to California, and my best friend’s sister had a license and a car. We road tripped up the state in a white Ford Pinto (yes, the ones that were discovered to have had gas tanks placed so that they blew up on impact) with black interior and ball fringe hanging from the ceiling. The only cassette they remembered to bring along was Foreigner “Double Vision”. It was played over and over LOUDLY with all the windows down, going 80 mph on the freeway. We stopped at their dad’s house up north, and went swimming and had barbeque. By the end of the day, I had the entire album memorized, and had to have it to remember such a great time. I think it was also bought at the hardware store.
    🙂
    My first CD was Bob Marley “Legend”….

  177. Shauna says:

    My very very first album was when I was about 6 years old – it was the Muppet Movie. My very first ‘real’ music album was when I was 10 – it was Queen, ‘The Game’. Another One Bites the Dust was THE song in 1980 and I lived in a dorm and was the dorm room to go to so we could all sit on the floor scream/singing ‘Another one bites the dust, another one bites the dust ‘uh and another one gone and another one gone…’

    • Shauna says:

      oh, now my first 8 track – that was Rainbow. I was this little girl who loved Rainbows and just had to have this ‘album’ so my Mom bought if for me. Yeah, Ronnie James Dio isn’t exactly like rainbows and unicorns, but I still loved it and all that hard music has stuck with me over the years. I’m a girl who likes everything from classical, jazz to punk, folk, hard rock, etc. If it’s music done well, it doesn’t matter the genre.

  178. Charmaine says:

    The Jackson 5 Greatest Hits, 1969. I was the youngest in the family so my musical tastes were ahead of my age LOL! Still love Motown!

  179. martina says:

    Glass Tiger – thin red line. No judgements right?

  180. Diana says:

    I believe my first album was actually an 8-track tape – Bay City Rollers. First vinyl was likely Partridge Family. My taste in music has expanded exponentially since then!

  181. tajicat says:

    I don’t remember for sure what was my first album. I think it was Cream. I miss those record shops that had the booths to listen to records.

  182. I am almost embarrassed now but it was Captain and Tennille, Song of Love! Okay, not almost…am. I am sure that says something about me that I always new deep down…I am weird. I know all the words to Muskrat Love…including making the muskrat sound…my head is bowed in shame after many of the “cool” albums I have seen. That is also why when I was 15 and tried my first cigarette, Virginia Slims Menthol Light, cause I thought I would look cool…but I so didn’t. No matter what I couldn’t hang with the cool kids although I wanted to. I am a weirdo, but I like being a weirdo. My first album…geez, thanks for dredging that up Karen. Going to put on my “generic” white strips and listen to Muskrat Love. I wonder if my daughter might use that on her wedding…probably not.

  183. Chavella says:

    Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY 1974)

  184. Ev Wilcox says:

    First 45? Don’t know, but prob either Fats Domino, or Elvis, Or Buddy Holley, or Bobby Vee, in love with him!
    a little later, The Doors. Thanks for stirring up some great memories!

  185. Weez says:

    I inherited my big brothers 8 tracks. I played them over and over “Yes”, “The Beatles, Magical Mystery Tour” and “Aerosmith”. But I think the first I actually bought after I got a job was either, “Queens, Greatest Hits” or “The Cars” both on casette. This brings back memories of driving around south Florida, in my old Chevy Nova, that did not have a/c but did have black vinyl seats. Ah, the icky feeling of being so hot that you feel the sweat running down your back

  186. Melissa Helm says:

    BAY CITY ROLLERS S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y, NIGHT !!! Played it smooth. Then I fell in love with Elton John. I have no idea what became of the BCR album, but I still have and cherish every LP that Elton released. Sigh.

  187. Mary says:

    Clearly, I am older than you. The first album I bought was a comedy album by Bill Cosby. The first music album I bought was Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Can I grow Kale in the shade?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mary. Yes you are, lol. Technically you can’t grow kale in the shade. It won’t die, it just won’t get big. But the world of gardening is a bizarre one that really doesn’t seem to live by the rules we have for it, so give it a shot! ~ karen

  188. marilyn says:

    john denver loved him then love him still

  189. kardan says:

    David Bowie
    Ziggy Stardust?

  190. Lis says:

    John Denver’s Greatest Hits – Rocky Mountain High, Take me Home Country Roads, Leaving on a jet plane, Poems and Prayers and Promises… sappy sweet and sentimental and innocent. I was in 6th Grade and was dorky like that. Thanks for stirring up memories of a far less cynical time.

    • Erin says:

      My parents had lots of John Denver – their only foray away from classical music and show tunes. I love the memory you just brought back to me.

  191. Peggy says:

    My first album was a birthday gift I requested, The Carpenters A Song For You. The first I bought with my own money was The Stranger by Billy Joel.

  192. Jean says:

    The Eddie Duchin Story Soundtrack…Carmen Cavalero playing, Tyrone Power and Kim Novak acting. I still swoon at the thought of that movie and still have that LP.

  193. Laurinda says:

    The self titled David Soul, because I had a pretty serious Starsky & Hutch crush!

  194. dahn says:

    My first album I received in 1975 as a Christmas present. I wanted that album more than anything…
    Wings–Venus and Mars.

  195. Jacquie says:

    I have never bought an album, single, tape or CD for myself. I’ve bought them as gifts but not for me. I got a load handed down though and used to listen to Elvis, Del Shannon etc singles which were way before my time but my favourite was the album Bat out of Hell which my brother bought. LOVE it and still listen to it regularly now.

  196. Shelly Wilson says:

    John Denver “Sunshine on my Shoulders”, I got it for Christmas along with a lariat. Loved me some cowboys and John Denver. Hey, I still do! Yee-ha!

  197. Erin says:

    My first album, an unexpected gift of Queen’s Greatest Hits from a school chum. My first purchase with my own cash was Men at Work by Men at Work.

  198. Lemurific says:

    Hysteria by Def Leopard. Still love that album!

  199. Laurie Hickman says:

    Fat Albert by Bill Cosby! It’s timeless and love it as much today as when I bought it many years ago.

  200. Stephanie says:

    My first record (bought with my own money) was a single of Karma Chameleon, and my first album was Billy Idol Don’t Stop (it had been out for a couple of years). My sister and I would put Billy on the stereo when my parents weren’t home so we could crank the volume and dance like maniacs.

  201. Nancy says:

    The [Young] Rascals: Time Piece.

  202. Kelli says:

    (hi from over on Twitter, Karen!) I was 13, hopelessly obsessed with Elton John (just the first of MANY lifetime obsessions to come), you know, the type of obsession where, if I missed hearing ‘Bennie & the Jets’ on the radio, I would sob for HOURS till it rotated back into play again. So I bought ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,’ and spent days, nay MONTHS, listening to it over and over and over and over…(my poor parents!). I learned every word, every nuance, every guitar riff, every piano note. I made sure that I was–if not the most tuneful, then the loudest–of Elton’s imaginary backup singers. I even used GYBR for a class assignment in school, in which we had to choose a song and take it apart metaphorically. In front of everyone. Eek. But Bernie Taupin–lyricist extraordinaire–was perfect for that, wasn’t he?

    Until that fateful day dad came to the basement (where our huge ‘hi fi’ stereo was located), picked up the album cover, read over the lyrics, and declared, “What is this crap? There’s stuff about lesbians, and sex, and drinking, and drugs on here!”

    I was all: O___O. WUT.

    Until then, I had lived in blissful ignorance of ALL of those things, having grown up in a small sheltered bubble of a town. So thanks Dad, for inadvertently cracking open the door to my loss of innocence! But I do owe my dad a huge debt of gratitude for being the music lover in our family, making me the very eclectic music lover that I am today. 🙂

    So tell me grey seal, how does it feel…?

  203. Suzan says:

    The first album I bought was “Meet the Beatles”. I don’t remember anything I bought after that until I bought Crosby, Stills and Nash (their first album). I imagine my lack of remembering had a lot to do with the fact that this was in the 60s. (Yes, I am an elderly hippie.)

  204. Lisa says:

    I was in 4th grade and my first album was Elton John’s Greatest Hits. I, too, still have that album. I played it and played it back then and sang every song over and over. I haven’t listened to it since. Now I want to go out and buy a turn table (are they still called that?) and listen to it again.

  205. Laura Bee says:

    My first *albums* were from a box that someone brought to our house. I was about 9 or 10 I think. I picked out Pink Floyd – The Wall, the Grease & Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtracks and an Air Supply album. The box had multiple copies that were all wrapped still and may have been stolen now that I think of it.

    I paid for my first tape a year or two later. Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms. I have worn out a copy or two since. I have a few copies just in case as well as the CD & record. 🙂

  206. Bobbi says:

    Jimi Hendrix Axis-Bold As Love

    Bought it for the cover….google it.
    Loved the music, thankfully.
    He was a guitar master.

  207. Lyn says:

    Sonny and Cher “Look at Us” 1965. Wow, really dating myself. Also around the same time got the Beatles “Meet the Beatles” in MONO, didn’t even have a stereo. Anyone old enough to remember MONO. Anyone remember 4 track tapes, before 8 track tapes. Yikes, I’m old.

  208. Julie K says:

    1986…Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi. Sigh… 😉

  209. Linda J Howes says:

    First album I asked for and received as a gift from my brother for my thirteenth birthday, was Harry Nilsson’s The Point. If you have not seen the movie you absolutely must! It is as timely today as then and very pointnant, (I know the spelling is wrong) but more to the point it is all about just that. WATCH IT! The songs and story have stayed with me my whole life. http://youtu.be/0Xl50qKVkqE I still have it.
    The First album I bought was James Taylor, Sweet Baby James. still have it as well and still LOVE all of it.

  210. chris says:

    I bought tons of 45s, but the first full album? Well it had to be Elton John because I bought them all. So, whichever was his earliest. Loved him then and now. My favourite album of his (and one of my faves of all time) is Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.

  211. Rondina says:

    OK. After looking at the comments, I realize that I am not the oldest person on the list and you have a lot of seniors who love you. I’m in good company.

  212. Nancy says:

    In a Gadda da vida by Iron Butterfly. Oh, how I loved it! I’m not sure how to spell it. But my 1st 45 made a bigger impression. Otis Redding: Sitting on the Dock of the Bay. My parents had one of those stereo, TV, radio combos and I would sit on the floor with my ear pressed against the speaker. For hours. Can’t believe I’m not deaf.

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  214. Rose Petal says:

    Carole King, Tapestry. I’ve bought in on a record, a cassette tape and now a CD.

  215. kate-v says:

    My first album was Calypso by Harry Belafonte. We all loved the calypso music and other folk type music. It was in the mid to late 50’s but I don’t know the year – I think I was 12 so it would have been ’57 – or so. I also liked comedians – bought Shelley Berman and Bob Newhart early on – but they were not my first.

  216. AnnW in the US says:

    John Mellencamp is single now. Broke up with Meg Ryan. You are single. Why don’t you interview him for the blog?

  217. Sara says:

    My first album was Donny Osmond Superstar. It came with a poster and I drove my mom crazy with my nonstop tuneless renditions of Puppy Love

  218. Brenda says:

    Bay City Rollers….their compilation album that came out in 1975. I was 9. I still have it.

  219. Julie says:

    10cc. Oh Donna. Can anyone remember that one, bought on a 45 record ,

  220. Margaret Bouniol says:

    The Who’s “Tommy”. It was a gift from a friend who won it in radio contest about 1970. Just yesterday…..

  221. Christy Cramer says:

    My first album was The Jackson Five’s first album, ABC. I roller skated to the store to buy it. Sadly, I don’t have it and don’t know when I lost it, but I loved it.

  222. Aysha says:

    No Jacket Required
    Phil Collins

  223. sherri says:

    It was either Working Class Dog by non other than Rick Springfield or Physical by Olivia Newton John. Can’t remember exactly.

  224. Marti says:

    BeeGees album. Well before Saturday Night Fever wore us all out on them. I saw them on late night TV and fell in love… with ROBIN, of all people.

  225. DanniJ says:

    Donny and Marie Going Coconuts 🙂 mom and dad had to replace it for me 3 times because i played it so much. Apparently i also thought they were my brother and sister since my name is Danni Marie lol. Still love them to this day, even my girls know them since i bought the Donny and Marie show box set on dvd. They think they’re hilarious.

  226. Liz says:

    David Bowie ChangesOne album was the first, followed by Supertramp Even in the Quietest Moments a week or two later. This is a good way to gauge the age demographic of your followers. 🙂

  227. Gwen H. says:

    “Fingertips” by Little Stevie Wonder. What a blast from the past.

  228. Stan Nowak says:

    I bought two; ‘Beautiful Noise’ by Neil Diamond and ‘Venus and Mars’ by Paul McCartney & Wings.

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