March 2019

How the 45 RPM Single Changed Music Forever

When it arrived 70 years ago today, the 45 rpm single, a format that would revolutionize pop music, seemed less radical than simply confusing. On March 15th, 1949, RCA Victor became the first label to roll out records that were smaller (seven inches in diameter) and held less music.... 

Remembering Joseph Hoo-Kim - Channel 1

From running a jukebox business in Kingston to a record shop and pressing plant in New York, Joseph Hoo-Kim had the music industry in his veins.....

Garfield "Gary" Green - New York

Probably the one most responsible for promoting the collecting art form and keeping it alive and well in NY is Gary. He plays an intricate part in the NY Collectors Music Scene, be it in the Bronx, Queens or Brooklyn. For one of the youngest collector around he is a music force to be reckoned with anywhere anytime.

Back in the days Gary would be hunting records, North, South, East and West, armed with his headphones and long coat!  Gary was sparing with the likes of Milo, Spencer, Raphael, Leroy, Carson, RannyT, Thadde and Milton to name a few in the hay days of collectors’ sessions on the East coast USA. He is credited with introducing quite a number of records which are highly prized today by collectors and for promoting many a 2nd and 3rd Sunday sit-ins as well as an Annual Thanksgiving w/e Collectors sit-in, most recently hosted at SIMS in Brooklyn (curtesy Vern) . He has been in and around the music continuously, supported it extensively and passionately, much to the betterment of the vinyl collecting art form. He was a founding member of NYMLA (New York Music Lovers Association) Inc. 

Anthony Warren - New York

Anthony has been collecting vinyl a large part of his adult life ....which is a long time!!! He has retired from the construction business and now helps out on small projects when needed.

In the early days he got interested in music listening to his mother’s Pye Radio, where stations like the BBC, Armed Forces and Jamaica’s own ZQI were his favorites. His first Dance hall attendance was with his mom at Progressive … she was a member of the Lodge at Progressive on North ST.  Anthony migrated to USA in 1973, making contact with old acquaintances thru the years. He remembers Pail Hutton’s first record store on Utica Ave …. he didn’t like to go there … too much security!!! Paul’s Hempstead Ave store was much better and he would buy (read sold!) the same record twice … once for each side… of course sold by Paul. Paul introduced him to much new music through the years. He is an avid lover of Blues and Doo Wop.

His first LP purchased in Jamaica as  Classics Up to date with James Last. His interest in VRCA peaked when Paul  et al were getting involved with Internet streaming on Supreme Vibz in the early 2000s. He is a dedicated supporter and helper of the VRCA NY chapter and will be an outstanding asset to the organization.

Gladstone "Bobby"Muir - New York

Lover of music from the  early years of my life. From the mid to late sixties was familiar with the early sounds of Coxsons, Treasure Isle and had affiliations in Central Kingston and West Kingston with Afrique, Grotto Swing, Gemini, Arrows to name a few.   

I was one of those people who collected records  before I even had what to play them on. I went to Randys on a Friday, picked up handful of 45s known as 7/6 -, go in the sound booth, listened and buy them.

I migrated to the USA in 1977 and hit the ground running, pounding the sidewalks of Brooklyn, Boston and in the south and mid-west. Folks like Mikey Carr, Paul Hutton, Mikey Neysmith, Raphael Grant, Buzz and Spencer are but a few who greatly influenced my collecting. I was so hungry for records/ music that when I lived in Atlanta for 4yrs I spent most of my free time in the pawn shops and goodwill/salvation army thrift stores. I have paid some dues while pursuing this  great hobby but loved every minute of it.

I am presently affiliated with NY based Exquisite Soul Radio, an internet radio system and loving it. I consider it an honor to be considered for membership in VRCA and would humbly accept.