I got the idea for this when I read a post on Carol’s Place.
The first record I ever owned was Coz I Luv You by Slade. Am I embarrassed to be telling you this? Yes, slightly. I moved on to better things after that, but a first record is a first record!
It was late autumn, or early winter, 1971. I remember we had just got a record player or, to be more accurate, my father had just finished building our first record player – turntable, amplifier, speakers etc (he liked a challenge). Previously we had had a reel to reel tape recorder on which we listened to classical music mainly, but also My Fair Lady as I recall, and maybe even The Sound of Music.
When the record player was finished, we were each allowed to choose one record. I chose Slade, which was in the charts at the time and was at number one for four weeks. I can’t remember what my sister chose, but our mum chose a Herb Alpert LP and dad a classical recording of some kind – possibly Beethoven or Chopin.
I can’t remember the next record I owned, which I would have bought with my very own money, but all my records are stored away in our loft so one day I’ll have a look and see what memories that jogs.
Here’s Slade in all their glory. Love those hair styles and outfits!