• Vinyl records are referred to based on rotational spee.  The RPM’s, or revolutions per minute of the more popular vinyls are:
  • 45s
  • 33 1/3
  • 78s

Other features of vinyl records included reproductive accuracy or “fidelity” (High Fidelity or Hi-Fi, Orthophonic and Full-Range), their time capacity (long playing or single), and the number of channels of audio provided (mono, stereo or quadraphonic).

Vinyl records were also sold in different sizes such as:  12 inch;  10 inch;  7 inch

Vinyl records left the mainstream in 1991.  They continued to be manufactured and have started to become increasingly popular with collectors and audiophiles.

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When I was in grade school our house was the local teenager hangout in our little town.  We had a good record player in a brown wood cabinet and lots of 45’s.  Most of them came from the local bar when they were rotated out of the juke box.  My sisters and their friends would sit on the floor and discuss in which order the records would be placed on the spindle.  The player could handle about eight but any more than that and they wouldn’t be level anymore so the speed would be off and the words would come out in a drawl.   Sometimes someone would put the record on so the B side played and there would be a commotion about, “Who played that?”  I tell people I learned to walk to the music of the ’50’s.

My neighbor had a record player and a few 33’s.  You had to have good coordination to set the needle in the free space between songs so you could hear just the song you wanted.  We would go to her room and shut the door so her little brothers couldn’t bother us.

My time as an Air Force dependent wife was spent married to my high school sweetheart.  When he was stationed in England in the mid ’70’s we would go together to the local Pub.  He would make a bet with an older “Bloke” that he could tell them the year one of their favorite old songs was popular.  They all thought he was too young to know, so they would take the bet.  He got a lot of free drinks with that ploy and no one cared it was me that knew the answer.  Good memories.

I’ve lived and gone to weddings in a lot of different states and in England.  The thing that makes me feel like I’ve come home is when I get to dance in the locale I grew up in and I dance like everyone else does.  Until I traveled I didn’t know dancing was colloquial like language.