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 Post subject: Top Hit Club of America
PostPosted: Aug Sun 23, 2009 10:44 pm 
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This 1950s brochure came with my SHF-6. The club is called the Top Hit Club of America. Just look at what you would get for free by joining:

Young Love
Don't Forbid Me
Teen Age Crush
Who Needs You
Butterfly
Banana Boat Song
Too Much
Marianne

And, the top hits were available in 33, 45 or 78 rpm. I'm afraid this record club is no longer in existence. I'm tempted to send in the postage paid business reply mail card anyway to see what happens. I'm afraid the Post Office would return it to me. :cry:

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What...none of you guys want to join the club? :shock:


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I've thought about doing that with a Columbia House card from an old Look magazine, just to see what would happen. Especially if they would send the LPs I picked!!


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I've actually had several of those records from the '50's and '60's. They were generally hit songs performed by unknown "sound alike" groups. The records sold for a good bit less than the for real "hit" recordings by the artist that made them famous. "Tops" and "Hit" seem to be the two most common labels. Some of the 78's even had two songs per side.


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I've seen those, too. They drove me nuts whenever I found them, even when I was a kid, because I knew they weren't the right versions of the songs I was hoping to hear.

Nice ad, though!

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Actually, some of the hit records, which I have rival the original artist.
Further, the recording quality was excellent.
They were the first company in 1959 to come out with a stereo 45 record.
The Top records weren't that great, though.
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I like some of the cover versions done on the Tops and Hit labels.

OTOH I have a 45 from the "Gilmar Record Club" and it has one of the most dreadful, lifeless covers of "Only The Lonely" you've ever heard.


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You can't photocopy pain, can you?

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I was a member of Columbia Record Club several times, receiving both LPs and cassettes from them. I always got annoyed by having to send that card in every single month. I haven't been a member since the early 80s.


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My mother was bilked by the Columbia record of the month club in 1963. If you buy only 24 lp's, we give you a free stereo record player.
She bought them. It took her nearly a year to finally give her the stereo.
A cheap 4 spd. stereo Columbia record player with 4" speakers with whizzer cones for hi fidelity! Oh, boy!
Never did work right....
Crapped out within a year.
All the lp's were mono, to boot, and, put in cheap cardboard covers that merely said Columbia record of the month.
It was a rip off....
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PostPosted: Aug Sat 29, 2009 4:13 am 
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Bill Cahill wrote:
My mother was bilked by the Columbia record of the month club in 1963. If you buy only 24 lp's, we give you a free stereo record player.
She bought them. It took her nearly a year to finally give her the stereo.
A cheap 4 spd. stereo Columbia record player with 4" speakers with whizzer cones for hi fidelity! Oh, boy!
Never did work right....
Crapped out within a year.
All the lp's were mono, to boot, and, put in cheap cardboard covers that merely said Columbia record of the month.
It was a rip off....
Bill Cahill


Those give-away phonographs were really junk. I knew others who got them for free and they were worthless.


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I have the same model machine in my collection as my personal memory.
Only diff. is the Non club one only said Columbia.
The club one waid Columbia record of the month club.
It's garbage.
Low grade mannual player. Plastic tone arm, metal turn table.
Two controls. On-off vol. Balance.
A whopping amp.
1 35W4
2 35EH5
One per channel!
Turn up vol. in a 1,000 sq. ft. house, and, lose the sound by the time you get to the next room!
Now, is that power, or, what?
OR, WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Yes, the Gilmar soundalikes are pretty bad.

Another label from that era which specialized in soundalikes was Promenade; they were usually EPs.

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I forgot that label. Thanks. I have a number of them, and, they are great.
One record I have have sound alikes singing 26 Miles, and, You are my destinny.
They did a decent job of it.
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