Dance Party Machine in the 50s and 60s

January 14, 2007

1951 RCA 45rpm-only record player

Here’s that refurbished 1951 RCA 45-EY-3 (above) that I mentioned in the last post. 45rpm singles only. Put on a stack of 5, maybe 6, watch them drop, and listen to all that vintage hiss and crackle as the song rollicks inside the small-but-thick bakelite case.

Simple controls. Just two. The toggle switch that starts the mechanics moving (tone arm goes up, record drops, tone arm swings over, lowers, and plays the record) and a volume control knob. That’s it. One speed. No treble or bass adjustment. No wonder people from the depression-era generation couldn’t program a VCR.





This group flaunts their make-shift home recording digs in the band’s 1969 release. Who is it? (Don’t have a clue? Think how Trivial Pursuit helps with the hard questions).…post a comment with your answer and I’ll verify.

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7 Responses to “Dance Party Machine in the 50s and 60s”

  1. ddale said

    The Suburbanites?

    The Cream baby!!

  2. bob said

    Dave, I love your site. You rock!!

  3. Jesse said

    The Band – have to look close

  4. Mike A. said

    Is that “Music from Big Pink?” Those first two Band albums are great…but someday Columbia will have to release a complete version of The Basement Tapes, wherein most of these songs, and dozens of others, were worked out out in jam sessions with Bob Dylan. Someday…

  5. David Gordo said

    It’s there second album, self titled (“The Band”)

    Up on Cripple Creek, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.

  6. jameswillisisthebest said

    This is my first post
    just saying HI

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