National Vinyl Record Day
Date When Celebrated : This holiday is always observed on August 12
Today is National Vinyl Record Day. It's a day to celebrate this classic music format, and remember the terrific music and times of yesterday. Dust off your old vinyl 33 1/3 and 45 RPM records. Pull your phonograph, HiFi, stereo, or turntable out of the attic or garage. Grab a beer or a glass of wine, and savor the music and memories from your youth with a few friends. The nostalgic trip down Memory Lane is certain to make you feel great. Caution: It will also make you wonder "where did all the years go!?"
Records on a round disc have been around since Emile Berliner invented them in the 1800's. Those early versions were made a variety of materials, including shellac. Around 1960, the vinyl record was first produced. Known as the Golden Age of vinyl records, the 1960's and 1970's saw a tremendous cultural revolution occurring at the same time. Rock and Roll music exploded onto the scene, and it was recorded on vinyl records. Like any other technology, it was destined to be outdated. Cassette tapes, and for a short while Eight Track tapes, provided competition for vinyl records in the 1970s and 1980s. Compact Disc (CD) records hit the music world in 1982, with much improved sound quality. Like cassette tapes, it's smaller, more compact size and durability allowed them to easily fit into automobile music systems and could be carried around with music players and boom boxes. In the late1990s, music downloads from the internet were put into I-pods and cell phones. Early in the 21st century, vinyl records and phonographs saw a surprisingly popular revival. Never destined to replace the newer and better music technology, the vinyl revival record offered a pleasant nostalgic trip down memory lane.
Did You Know? While black vinyl records have always been the dominant color, over the decades vinyl records were made of many colors. The black color proved to provide the superior quality.
Your vinyl records could be worth money, big money. Don't toss those old vinyl records, that have been gathering dust in your basement or attic. And, don't put them in a garage sale until you've checked their value. It could be worth less than $5.00, or it could be worth much, much more. The most expensive vinyl record ever sold was not Ringo Starr's personal copy of the Beatles White Album (Serial #0000001) which sold for $790,000. The highest price ever paid for a vinyl record was Wu-Tang Clan's Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. Only one copy was ever made and it sold for $2 million!!
The History and Origin of National Vinyl Record Day:
This special holiday was created by Gary Freiberg of Los Osos, CA. Freiberg is a music enthusiast and founder of a non-profit group dedicated to preserving the cultural influence of vinyl records on society.
August 12 was selected to celebrate this holiday, as Thomas Edison invented the phonograph on August 12, 1877.
We did not find any documentation confirming either of these days to be a true "National" day. We found no congressional records or presidential proclamation.
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