I remember buying 45's for $.75 each (that's a forty five revolutions per minute vinyl record for the digital generation members who may not know). James Brown, The Temptations and the Jackson Five were a few of the groups that kept pumping out the singles -- warming you up for the album which would eventually be released. There were LOTS of different record labels. Some of you might remember those little plastic circles that you had to insert into the bigger hole in a 45 so that the record would fit on a "regular" phonograph with the pointy metal record holder. If you didn't have one of those plastic adapters you would have to try to carefully position the 45 on the turntable to perfectly rotate -- to keep the needle "in the groove." Yeah, that's where that came from.
Back in the day in Bridgeport, Stratford and Trumbull we listened to Soul Music on the Tuff Tony show on 660 WICC AM radio. I think it came on one night per week. Do you remember when FM broadcasting first came out? Stereo radio...at home (if you invested in a stereo cabinet or component system) and in your car! And then stations started specializing to various audiences. If you could get WBLS in NY on your radio in Stratford or Bridgeport you had it made. Amazing how things have changed. I can listen to almost anything I want, anytime I want to hear it. I can carry my whole record collection in my pocket and have access to much more than that. Progress!