1949 RP-168 changer
The first 45 sold, on March 31, 1949, is Eddy Arnold’s ‘Texarkana Baby’. Until 1952, colored vinyl is used to identify genre! … yellow for children, green for C&W, etc. That would have made quite a mess of things these days, wouldn’t it?
‘Go Ask Alice’ model
In the 60s, rock’n’roll hits, most sold ‘on 45’ singles, cost about 75 cents each (when the average hourly wage is about twice that), and can be played on the new portable phonograph (instead of mom’n’dad’s console phono).
Sales of 45s, ‘the gateway drug to LPs’, slowly taper as boomers grow up and switch to buying LPs. Until CD’s mature, 45’s remain popular for promos and releases by new bands.
The song is heard in the soundtrack of hit 2000 film Snatch#123. The versatile, talented band formed in 1974 playing pub rock as the Guildford Stranglers, started releasing punk rock in 1977 (e.g. Peaches ).
The band has continued to make multi-genre music, scoring over 20 UK top-40 singles and 17 top-40 albums.