First Family is Foremost in $1 Used LP Bins
July 24, 2010
The winner of the “most prevalent LP in $1 bins” award goes to an unlikely candidate, from the early 60s no less – Vaughn Meader’s flash-in-the-pan comedy-impersonation album of JFK, The First Family. Honestly, I counted over 12 copies at Amoeba Music in L.A, and they usually thin these out when it gets ridiculous. I think that I’ve seen a copy literally every time I’ve been through the $1 bins in any store. And in the 25 cent bin. It was a huge seller…7.5 million copies in months…the fast-selling LP of any record at that time (early 1963).
Then JFK was assassinated. I know I never played my copy ever again. Anybody want to buy it? After that terrible November afternoon, the record was pulled from the shelves. And Vaughn Meader went from huge fame to not being able to get an entertainment job doing anything – and sank into a deep depression. It’s a piece of pop culture, for sure, for sure.