It's Vinyl Record Day!
It’s August 12 -- Vinyl Record Day!
Today we celebrate the rich, booming sound of vinyl records and albums. They’re the beloved predecessors of the compact disc which debuted in the early 1980s and the digital music of today.
Why the resurgence of vinyl? Its resonance? The iconic album covers? We say both! Think Beatles crossing “Abbey Road,” a white-suited John Travolta on the movie soundtrack of “Saturday Night Fever” or the ballet-like pose of Stevie Nicks on Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours.”
Perhaps a passage in the “2019 Chase’s Calendar of Events” offers the best explanation for the revival of vinyl. Crediting Gary Freiberg as the creator of “Vinyl Record Day,” Chases’s suggests that:
“...Favorite songs can bring back fond memories and Vinyl Record Day encourages celebrating these musical memories with family and friends....
“...the day also seeks to recognize the tremendous cultural influence that vinyl records and album covers have had for many years and the need to preserve that audio history...”
Finally, “Vinyl Record Day” is a salute to the genius of Thomas Edison, the “Wizard of Menlo Park” who invented the phonograph in 1877.
So today let’s honor Edison, all the singers and musicians we’ve enjoyed on vinyl and those who created the timeless album covers. They continue to lift our spirits on the soundtrack of our lives.
What were or are your favorite vinyl recordings and album covers?
The “2019 Chase’s Calendar of Events,” available for checkout at MidPointe Library.
If you’re a record collector or a music history buff, look no further than MidPointe Library for all your needs!
Check out :
The 2019 (10th edition) of Goldmine “Record Album Price Guide” by Dave Thompson.
The 2018 (8th edition) of “Goldmine 45 rpm Records Price Guide” by Dave Thompson.
And The Goldmine “Standard Catalog of American Records – 1950-1990" (Ninth edition) by Dave Thompson.
“Vinyl : How to Get the Best From Your Vinyl Records and Kit” by Matt Anniss and Patrick Fuller.