What is your earliest music memory?

Tim Anderson… Another rubber tree plant!

Matt Thomas… Popcorn

Lyn Humphrey… Probably Perry Como, ‘Catch a Falling Star’ or ‘Magic Moments’, or Tommy Steel ‘Little White Bull’. Pretty cool, huh?

Clive Richardson… Remember the theme to ‘A Summer Place’ from the tv programme. Can’t remember anything about the programme but still love the track, to this day.

Alan Esdaile… remember my dad getting an old 78 wind up gramophone after an auntie died, with lots of 78’s including Laura London He’s Got The Whole World Is In Hands. Also remember singing along and copying Frankie Vaughan movements on the television  to ‘Tower Of Strength’.

Steve Thorpe… Roy Orbison ‘Oh Pretty Woman’

Chris Meachen…The laughing policeman on 78, & Elvis ‘wooden heart’ on a wind-up gramophone.

Mick Knights… The first single I bought was yackity yack by the Coasters, much to the dismay of my parents.

Jon McCallion…Love my wind up gramophone Alan, still play lots of Sinatra Dean Martin Elvis Presley and Duke Ellington sounds really good.

Glenn Piper… She Wears Red Slippers on an old 78 at my maternal grandparents place

Coco Pops… Radio Luxembourg! my big sister blaring it out of her bedroom! circa 1960’s

Paul Morfey… Frank Ifield yodelling

Will Cornell… Watching Dick Clark and “American Bandstand” I could not figure out how the dancing kids flipped their arms to twirl their partners without the arms ripping out of the sockets. I give that memory a “4” outta “5”, Dick.

Mick Bolton… My grandad playing Beethoven’s Appassionata piano sonata. I was 3 at the time – in 1951. And hearing the theme tune to Listen With Mother every day on the radio.

Eric Harmer… Family favourites on Sundays.boring songs

Alan Pepper… One song that still haunts me today is Moon River by Danny Williams . I think that was the first music I can recollect from when I was about four or five playing on the wireless ! Every time I hear it now gives me shivers in a nice way though !

Dave Nattress… My parents had an old gramophone with a lot of 78 records and for me, at that time, about 10? – so this would be 1963, having discovered The Beatles, what a hideous collection of records they were. One I remember they liked and played often was “Sally” by Gracie Fields I can hear it now – horrendous – sorry. Then it all happened for me, I got a very small (electric), record player that played 45’s and maybe LP’s and never looked back. It was in a box that you could close the lid down and transport. Don’t know the make, it was possibly an early Dansette – then the newer version which came a few years later with an autochanger – up to about 6 singles? Early singles, Helen Shapiro, Eden Kane, Tommy Quickly, Marty Wilde etc. but gradually more mainstream 60’s pop, Beatles and other Mersey sounds, Kinks, Dave Clarke 55, early Who. Still buying stuff, latest is a 4CD and 1 DVD special re-issue box set of “Modern Music” by Be Bop Deluxe – originally out in 1976.

Mick O’Dowd… My first music was played on my aunt’s gramaphone (windup of course). The only “modern type record she had was Tom Dooley by Lonnie Donegan. The first real music that made a mark on me was hearing Bill Haley’s Rock Around The Clock in 55.

Kevin White… Pop goes the weasel by Anthony Newley, probably, or My Old Man’s A Dustman by Lonnie Donegan.

Paavali Mears… If Im honest probably 1974 when I was 5 and listening to the Bay City Rollers. Was very vague though. Clearly I would say Brotherhood of Man winning Eurovision in 1976

Ralph Town… I was first disturbed by Telstar by The Tornadoes.I was about 4 at the time.

Tony Court-holmes… radio luxemburg

Patricia Burgess… Love letters in the sand and Flying purple people eater

Conan Howard… you aint nothing but a hound dog…. Elvis …listened to on Luxenburg radio in the 50s

Paul Huggett… Last Train to San Fernando by Johnny Duncan and the Bluegrass Boys

Jon McCallion… One of my earliest memories would be at the record shop in Sidcup and buying Sugar and Spice by the Searchers. Listening to it before I bought it via the headphones in the booth great days, shame it’s not the same now.

5 thoughts on “What is your earliest music memory?”

  1. Probably Perry Como, ‘Catch a Falling Star’ or ‘Magic Moments’, or Tommy Steel ‘Little White Bull’. Pretty cool, huh?

  2. One song that still haunts me today is Moon River by Danny Williams . I think that was the first music I can recollect from when I was about four or five playing on the wireless ! Every time I hear it now gives me shivers in a nice way though !

  3. My parents had an old gramophone with a lot of 78 records and for me, at that time, about 10? – so this would be 1963, having discovered The Beatles, what a hideous collection of records they were. One I remember they liked and played often was “Sally” by Gracie Fields I can hear it now – horrendous – sorry. Then it all happened for me, I got a very small (electric), record player that played 45’s and maybe LP’s and never looked back. It was in a box that you could close the lid down and transport. Don’t know the make, it was possibly an early Dansette – then the newer version which came a few years later with an autochanger – up to about 6 singles? Early singles, Helen Shapiro, Eden Kane, Tommy Quickly, Marty Wilde etc. but gradually more mainstream 60’s pop, Beatles and other Mersey sounds, Kinks, Dave Clarke 55, early Who. Still buying stuff, latest is a 4CD and 1 DVD special re-issue box set of “Modern Music” by Be Bop Deluxe – originally out in 1976.

  4. My first music was played on my aunt’s gramaphone (windup of course). The only “modern type record she had was Tom Dooley by Lonnie Donegan. The first real music that made a mark on me was hearing Bill Haley’s Rock Around The Clock in 55.

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