The allure of vinyl records endures much like an old school crush, for better or worse. This once-pronounced dead media has risen from the ashes to serve far more than a niche audience.
According to Billboard, vinyl sales have increased more than 250 percent in the last eight years.
Capitalizing on that rising tide is Dayton’s relatively new record fair, happening Saturday, Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Yellow Cab Building. The first event, held in February, was patterned after Cincinnati’s Northside Record Fair.
“It went really well. It exceeded our expectations. It was a really cold day, too. So it was even better that a lot of people came out,” said co-organizer Luke Tandy. Tandy, along with Cincinnati-area promoter Jon Lorenz, said the first event was well-attended by both music fans and vendors alike.
“When we decided to do (this one), all our (vendors) tables sold out really fast. That was a good sign,” added Tandy.
That’s nearly 40 vendors from Dayton and throughout the Midwest who will be offering up more than just vinyl. Tapes, CDs, T-shirts, posters and more will be up for grabs as DJs spin music from various genres throughout the day. If you’re a hardcore collector, you can buy an early bird pass to get first dibs an hour ahead of the rest.
WHAT WE SCORED FOR $20
This got us thinking about Dayton’s own record store, Omega Music, located at 318 E. Fifth St., which offers deals on vinyl year round. Say you had $20 on you just burning a hole in your pocket? What could you get for that Andrew Jackson? Here’s what we found on a trip to the store.
“The Wonder of You”/“Mama Liked the Roses”
Written by Baker Knight and recorded by several, including Ray Peterson, Ronnie Hilton and the Platters, “The Wonder of You” had long been a hit by the time The King released a live version in 1970. Elvis’ was the highest-charted version, reaching #9 — as did the B-side “Mama Liked the Roses”.
Take-Offs and Put-Ons
This particular album is a bit misleading, based solely on the cover. Originally released as the iconic comic’s second stand-up album in 1967, it was re-released with an entirely different cover in 1972, following the smash success of his FM & AM album, which won a Grammy Award that same year.
I Believe In Music
Louis Jordan was once called “The King of the Jukebox” for the hits he churned out in the 1940s. Songs like “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby?”, “Caldonia Caldonia” and “Saturday Night Fish Fry” were considered early influences on rock ‘n’ roll’s pioneers. Though not as in demand by the time I Believe in Music was released in 1973, Jordan was still a name. However, it would be his final album, as he died just 15 months later.
“Silly Love Songs”/“Cook of the House”
It’s an admittedly sappy pick, but its melody is hard to shake. Paul McCartney told Billboard Magazine in 2001 he didn’t write “Silly Love Songs” as a way of thumbing his nose to critics who deemed him too soft, contrary to popular belief. He simply loved love songs. Tough to argue with a master about his methods. McCartney’s late wife, Linda, shared writing credits on the B-side.
“I Wrote a Simple Song”/“Outa-Space”
Speaking of former Beatles, Billy Preston — who played on the Get Back sessions and was among several considered as a “Fifth Beatle” — thought his funky 1972 instrumental “Outa-Space” would be a hit. However, the suits at A&M Records made “I Wrote a Simple Song” the A-side. But enterprising DJs discovered the B-side anyway, making “Outa-Space” a huge hit, while its lead single skimmed the lower end of the Billboard Hot 100.
The total comes to $18.95 (before tax), leaving you with some excellent finds for a little bit of cash.
WANT TO GO?
What: Dayton Record Fair
When: Saturday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Yellow Cab Building, 700 E. Fifth St., Dayton
Cost: $5 ($10 for early bird tickets)
Info: Facebook Site