I remember very clearly the first record I ever bought. It was a single, of course, and was topping the charts at the time - Gerry and the Pacemakers, 'How Do You Do It?'
That would have been in April 1963. I was six.
As with all my other singles (and my, I do feel sad about this!), somewhere on my life's journey, my 45 rpm masterpiece has gone AWOL.
But today, at the local Oxfam shop, I found this! Not quite the same as the single I bought almost sixty years ago. But no matter.
This is the EP, or extended play, version, with four songs - singles just had one number on each side. And it has a proper cover complete with photo of Gerry Marsden, which my 1963 single most certainly didn't have.
I am well happy with my purchase. And if you don't know 'How Do You Do Ity?', well, here it is - I can't say it feels contemporary, but it is, I would suggest, endearingly dated.
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