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I was born a record collector! I knew when I was 4 years old [in 1948] and heard "Manana" by Peggy Lee on the radio, that I had to have that record. There were only 78s then [and I still have it in its original sleeve]. I switched to 45s in 1954 and was a serious LP collector by 1964. Through the years I also worked backwards and collected all types of music from the 20th century. My house was almost full. When CDs came along in the ‘80s I started all over again and my collection grew by leaps and bounds.
Meeting fellow collectors in the 1970s and founding the KRC with them helped to fuel my passion for "the hobby" and expanded my personal collection to unusual areas of my house [more on that another time]. Record collecting has seen a surge with younger generations in the last few years, and I enjoy hearing them discuss the "oldies" from the ‘80s and ‘90s, but their main interests seem to be late 1960s to the late ‘80s. Hopefully they will also work backwards and learn about the great music before then.
CAPTAIN KANGAROO THEME ~BALLAD OF DAVY CROCKETT ~ RHAPSODY IN BLUE SHE LOVES YOU ~ LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE
SEASON OF THE WITCH ~ ALICE’S RESTAURANT ~ LAY LADY LAY ~ THE WEIGHT ~ MAGIC TO DO ~ ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER ~ LIGHT MY FIRE
MOONDANCE ~ PAMELA BROWN ~ CAN’T YOU HEAR ME KNOCKING ~ BARE TREES BOUREE ~ THE GHOSTS OF SATURDAY NIGHT~ IN MEMORY OF ELIZABETH REED ~ TROUBLE EVERY DAY ~ ECHOES
I LOVE THE LIFE I LIVE ~ YOU SPEAK MY LANGUAGE ~ WALKING ON THE MOON FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK ~ WHITE GIRL ~ SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL ~ CROSSEYED AND PAINLESS
JACK GETS UP ~ LOVE SHACK ~ IN THIS HOUSE THAT I CALL HOME ~ WAITING FOR SNOW ~ HOUSE AT POOH CORNER ~ ODE TO BILLIE JOE ~ ANY MOMENT/MOMENTS IN THE WOODS ~ RAIN DOGS ~ SNOW
ODDS & ENDS ~ GOIN’ BACK TO NEW ORLEANS ~ TAKE FIVE ~ KING OF CALIFORNIA SUMMER DAYS ~ LIFE IS A CARNIVAL ~ TAKE ONE LAST LOOK
AND WHEN I DIE ~ TOMBSTONE BLUES ~ COLD COLD GROUND ~ YESTERDAY IS HERE NOT DARK YET ~ RAMBLE ON
Erna has the distinction of being the first and only female member of the officer team. She became secretary in 1990 and has held that position ever since. Her duties include memberships, running the club’s sales tables and keeping everyone “on track” at meetings. Erna enjoys her endeavors for the club and the camaraderie with all the officers, members and show customers.
Her music interests are mostly sound tracks, because of her love for movies and plays of the 1940’s and 50’s. She singles out her favorite personality as Jimmy Stewart. Her Stewart collection is wide and
Charlie was a loyal listener of WSBA-AM, York, long before he ever purchased his first record. That first acquisition came early in January of 1964 when he became the proud owner of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles. Little did he know that nearly 50 years later he would still be collecting and writing about that group. Along the way he has written and published two books – “You Can’t Do That” and “The Book of Beatles Lists.” He is also currently finishing up work on a book about Beatle novelty and tribute records. More than 5,500 such records have been documented.
Phil started listening to records (one of his earliest memories), when growing up in the northern PA community of Towanda. After relocating to Lancaster, to attend Franklin & Marshall College, he began a career as a college DJ, and Music Director on WWFM (now WFNM), and was hired by Susquehanna Broadcasting to do weekends on WSBA-AM, York, in 1971. This evolved into a nearly full time job, hosting the 7 pm to midnight show on and off for several years. Other radio gigs included WATS, Sayre, PA, WELM, Elmira, NY, and WHEX, Columbia, PA.
Bob “Will” Williams…
Thomas R. Grosh got his start in music collecting in second grade when he found a 45 rpm single in the hallway. When the teacher allowed Tom to keep the record after no one claimed it, a lifelong appreciation for rock and roll music collecting began. Saving his allowance, Toms' grandfather would be coerced to take him to the record store over a frequent occurrence for of many years.
While in high school and college, Tom learned how to play guitar and continued to purchase and develop his interest in music, playing in a few local bands.
Marlyn started singing at the age of nine in schools, churches and other events. He is one of five who started a mid-sixties group called “The Afro Shades”, which later became “The Hands of Time”. (He won't mention the nickname he used.) The group grew in popularity by the early 1970's. They recorded many songs; however they were not fortunate enough to have anything published. Marlyn has opened for several major groups, with the last professional performance on a Dick Clark Oldie Show, singing as a solo artist with the Crystals. Also on stage that night, was The Belmonts, The Cleftones, and Freddie Cannon. On occasion, Marlyn still manages to produce a show or concert.
Marlyn got into photography when he hooked up with King Raymond Green, becoming the official photographer for Harold Winley and the Clovers (Love Potion Number #9). In 2014, he became the Official Photographer for The Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame. Since then Marlyn has worked with many major theaters, and artists in the music business, including: Mel Carter, Maxine Brown, Chubby Checker, Lloyd Price, Jimmy Clanton and more. In 1970 Marlyn received an Associate Degree and now is semi-retired.