REMEMBER WHEN… WE HAD 45 RPM SINGLES?
Do you go waaaay back to the days of 45 RPM singles?
For your dough, you got one song on the “A” side that you loved to death and that mediocre “B” side that you had to learn to love to get your money’s worth.
Surprisingly many “B” sides did become hits - like Bill Haley’s Rock Around the Clock and The Beach Boys Wouldn’t It Be Nice.
(Showing that highly-paid record executives who made the decisions often had cloth ears.)
And then there were the “double A” artists like Elvis with Don’t Be Cruel /Hound Dog and The Beatles with We Can Work it Out / Day Tripper; Yellow Submarine/ Eleanor Rigby and Strawberry Fields was backed with Penny Lane.
It wasn’t until 1968 that LP (Long Play) records outsold singles.
Singles are still sought out by club DJ’s and if you look, there’s probably a box of them in your parent’s garage, scratched beyond recognition and covered in candle wax.
They often ended up being used frisbees as the party got well and truly out of hand. In the morning, they were unplayable and only good for drink coasters.