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    Default First Music that got you interested ?

    All this talk about favorite/first concert got me thinking.

    What music influenced your initial interest in music? About what age were you when this happened? Where did you hear the music? What was the format? Lp/Radio/Cassette/8-Track/CD, Parents music collection/Friends music collection/Sibling music collection? Get the drift?

    I was about 8 years old (1974) and I always had to have my parents play their system if I wanted to hear music (didn't have my own yet). Grew up on Rod Stewart, Elton John, Dr. Hook, Linda Ronstadt, Loggins & Messina, Beatles, Jim Croce among many others of the era.

    My favorites were always Maggie May (Rod Stewart), Mamma Don't Dance (Loggins & Messina) Bad Bad Leroy Brown (Jim Croce), Rocket Man (Elton John). That x-mas I got a small all in one system and my Dad gave me a couple of his Beatles albums (Meet the Beatles & The Beatles' 2nd album). I constantly played "Roll Over Beethoven" & "I Want to Hold Your Hand" until I wore the damn things out. This is also the time I used my Jack Kramer wooden tennis racket as a cool guitar. (I was taking tennis lessons at the time).

    For me it was all Lp's and Cassettes. My Dad is still upset to this day he let me have those Beatles albums as they were the original 1st Capitol pressings. A few Christmas's ago I dug them out and wrapped them for him as he'd been asking for them back for years. Needless to say they were in pretty bad shape :D .

    These events have kept me seriously interested in music/audio ever since. It started at home.

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    My earliest interests include: The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zepplin, Donna Summer, Boz Scaggs, Rod Stewert, Blondie, The Supremes, The Jackson 5, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Blues Brothers and AC/DC's Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.

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    For me it was Chicago, always loved hearing the trumpet.

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    Mr. Rogers Neighborhood on LP.

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    Emerson, Lake, and Palmer - Karn Evil Number 9
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    My sister left her Three Dog Night - "Naturally" and Yes - "Going for the One" albums home from a college break - I beat the crap out of them on my brothers little fold up record player... I still love both albums... I must have been 11 or 12.
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    Grease and Saturday nightfever. Disco was hip when I was young and man was I into it.
    Later came Kiss and Queen.

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    I first remember listening to music on the local AM station around 1978 or 1979 when in Jr High. All the girls used to call in dedications to the guys so you had to listen to find out who liked you :D

    It was probably the summer of 1981 when I really started getting serious on about music. This was the summer right before I turned 16 and the music I remember really getting into was:
    Van Halen- Fair Warning- Fair Warning and Unchained
    Rush- Moving Pictures- Tom Sawyer
    AC/DC- Back in Black- whole album
    Billy Squier- Don't Say No- The Stroke and In the Dark
    Kim Carnes- Mistaken Identity- Betty Davies Eyes
    Eagles- Hotel California- although this had been out a few years at this point

    A trip down memory lane......time to crank some music :)

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    I don't remember....... but I think it was on a record player......... yeah it was on an old 78 record...... in the 50s......... a child's record...... lets see....... it's becoming clearer....... I think it was Peter Cotton Tail.
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    grew up with my dads band playing music from

    Cal Tjader...Milt Jackson...Crusaders..

    my uncle was the drummer..

    at 6 yrs old, I picked up the sticks and the rest is , as they say, History..!!

    My first LP was in fact Cal Tjader; Breeze from the East..
    If anyone ever finds this lp, I will pay top dollar for it, as mine was stolen

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    Hmmm..........I am thinking I was four or five, but I distinctly remember it. I Church Choir, dressed in their robes, singing Silent Night, I thought, my goodness that is the most beautiful thing I ever heard.

    First tune I recall humming and singing along was Twist and Shout on a Transistor Radio, what was the like 1964.

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    I don't remember how old I was, but I picked up an 8-track player and a box of tapes at a garage sale. It fascinated me how it would switch "programs". Even more interesting was seeing what the tape looked like inside. :)

    Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here is the album that sucked me in. AC/DC and Chicago nailed my addiction.

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    Iron Butterfly-In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida my first album, loved the drum solo.

    Then came Chase, Chicago, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Ides Of March and Maynard Ferguson Its all about the horns baby!!!!

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    You have mail beardog03.
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    Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Beach Boys Pet Sounds. I wore the tapes out twice I listened to them so much. Born in 1980, and I got those from my dad around 85 or so. I had always loved music before that because of my dad and my uncle, but those were my first tapes.

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    janmike, your my friggin hero , man....!!

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    A General Electric mono transistor radio with a nine volt battery....Yikes...what was I thinking..???? Thing was, that's all I had to listen with ...to... the Beatles, Stones, Tempin' Temptations, etc.......did I say Neil Sedaka ?......Ouch !
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    AM transistor radio. The Kingsmen (Louie Louie), The Beatles(I Want To Hold Your Hand), The Beach Boys (I Get Around), Jerry Lee Lewis (Whole Lotta' Shakin' Goin' On)
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    Dual Radio Shack crystal radio kits and earpieces, a 10 yr. olds dream stereo! I had a pretty diverse musical start, my Dad had a Heathkit tube stereo system and loved Teresa Brewer, Billy Holiday, etc. My Mom was mainly into gospel and Elvis. In those days we didn't have cabs on the farm tractors, we only had the big AM box radio mounted on the fender that had to drown out all the noise of the tractor and implement! Big country KSO in Des Moines was the only station that would come in going both ways across the field, unless you wanted to listen to talk radio on WHO. So I spent a lot of time listening to what is now known as classic county, I prefer to call it real country. Favorite groups at a young age ... Chicago, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Guess Who, Uriah Heep, Chase (played trumpet all through high school, and before he was killed Bill Chase came to Iowa State University and played with the first chair's from all the central IA high school bands, very cool!), Blood Sweat & Tears, Black Sabbath, Moody Blues, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash, Dusty Springfield, War, Grand Funk Railroad.

    My parents always encouraged the music, whether playing or listening to. They never discouraged my love of audio equipment. Same for my sister, although she made a living out of it. Retired early from Arista Records as Director of Promotions and manager of the Grateful Dead fan club. Now writes for a number of music publications and web sites.
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    Kiss...Dynasty album...while puking Grape Mad Dog 20/20 into a friends underwear drawer at age Moron. That was pretty life changing in the fact that I only drank 20/20 a few more times before realizing it just made me feel sick.

    Perhaps not the singular moment I discovered music, but certainly one I'll never forget.

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    Default AM radio baby...

    Grew up on Cleveland's own "WIXY1260", a low power local rock station, and a Motown station with a mega power antenna in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

    My 1st 45 purchase was The Killer's Great Balls of Fire, so I guess I'll blame that.

    1st LP purchase came a bit later Meet the Beatles.

    Still have both and both are still very playable,
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    What got me interested in music?

    Waynes World. I was 5 and I fell in love with Queen and all sorts of other classic rock songs after watching that movie. Then my taste in music took a dive, and then it came back a few years later.

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    The first record I bought for myself was Alice Cooper Killer when I was about 8 years old. It is still a favorite. I played it until the grooves wore out... Everyone was sick of it after the first day. I'm sure the whole family would cringe to this day if they heard any song off of that album.
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    OK I am showing my youth here but...

    NIRVANA. Along with a lot of the other alternative ealy nineties bands.

    IT was nice to see some substance and innovation after years of crappy 80's synthesized fake big hair glam rock.

    That and my dad always played some beatles, doors and eagles that were always big for me.
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