In 1949, radio still ruled the music landscape and the DJ was king. The singles they chose to spin determined the hits of the day, and any respectable bar, club, or diner would follow suit and make sure their jukebox was well stocked with the hottest tracks. However, at this time single didn’t come on the smooth vinyl we know now, but heavy shellac monstrosities that broke easily and only allowed a jukebox to hold a few songs at a time.
But that was the year that RCA revolutionized music with the 45 rpm vinyl record. It was light, small, and durable, which paved the way for 100 and 200 play jukeboxes to spring up and, even more importantly, gave rise to the much romanticized teen sock hop culture of the 50s. One of the 45’s key innovations was the oversized hole in the center of the record that allowed records to drop quicker and more consistently than their thin-spindled counterparts.
The very first 45 released was a beautiful 7” turquoise vinyl record that featured country legend Eddie Arnold’s hit song, “Texarkana Baby”.
As the 50s waned, 45 rpm records remained popular, but record players changed. New models were thin-spindled to accommodate the 33 1/3 rpm long play (LP) records. This lead to the development of the iconic 45 adaptor like the one included with the Brad Retro Record Player.
This fits snugly in the center of any 45 record and allows you to enjoy any of your classic singles in the comfort of your own home. Sock hop is optional.