Some of you will remember the days of vinyl records, and some of you will not but today I’ll throwback to the days of what we simply called records.

I have been a music collector since my dad bought me my first 45 RPM when I was about four years old, it was ‘Mr Bass Man’ by Johnny Cymbal, I remember he also bought me Puff The Magic Dragon, soon I was asking for other songs I heard on the radio and eventually buying my own at record stores.

I remember going to I think it was Woolworths or maybe the Family Bargain Center on Chenango St and buying a bundle of 45’s, they were in a brown box and you couldn’t see what you got until you opened up the package.

My dad was a huge country fan totally old school, he was a Sunday father, so when I went to his house I went right to the turntable and the stack of vinyl next to it.

Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and more.

My dad also bought me my first Johnny Cash album, ‘Live from Folsom Prison’

We also had the smaller vinyl records.called 45’s I had a case that I kept them in and had quite the collection by the time I was 9 or 10. Whenever I hear an older song from those days I can actually see the 45 with the record label logo spinning around on the turntable.

AND one more thing! Anyone who grew up in the record era has had certain 45’s or LP’s that skipped in parts of them, to this day whenever I hear those songs I can still hear the skips, I call them ‘Phantom Skips’ Does that ever happen to you?

I know vinyl has made a small resurgence but it will never have the impact it had for me growing up.