Toronto Mike

Remembering the 7" 45 RPM Record


I've loved music for as long as I can remember.  I used to buy my favourite singles on vinyl as 7" 45 RPM records.  We called these 45s.

I used to buy my 45s at the Sam the Record man that used to exist on Bloor Street just east of Jane.  When I was about 12 or 13 I'd pick up the single I was digging that week, usually on 680 CFTR, and I distinctly remember getting change back from my fiver.

I loved listening to my 45s.  There was something very cool about gently lifting the needle and laying it down on the 7" vinyl.  She'd grab a groove and go.  About 3.5 to 4 minutes later, she'd be done, and you'd set her up for another spin.  You just don't get that intimacy with MP3s.

It's Sunday night and I'm getting all nostalgic about vinyl, but would I trade my new digital world for the pop and spider that came with my old 45s?  Hell no, but it's a lot of fun looking back.  Here's my copy of Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell".  I still remember the day I picked up this gem.

Billy Idol
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