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  • Writer's pictureGina Greenlee, Author

What’s a 45?

Disc Records
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When I was in my 40s, I mentioned to a woman half my age at the time that I had asked a friend to make music CDs from my 45s. And she said…wait for it… “What’s a 45?”

I should mention that this woman was my personal fitness trainer. At the time she uttered that sentence I was in the process of lying on a bench while lifting a 150-pound barbell over my chest. I recovered (from her query), stacked the weight, and then walked over to the gym owner. He was in his 30s. I asked him, “Do you know what a 45 is?” He said…wait for it… “a gun?”

Old Record Store
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The 45 I refer to is a music recording on a 7-inch vinyl disc and plays at a speed of 45 revolutions per minute. In the 1950s and 1960s this type of record became very popular and was often referred to as a “single” or, simply, a “45.” I had quite the collection during the 1970s that were my teenage years. Here’s a partial list of my 45s (transferred to CDs, then upgraded to MP3s now in the cloud):

Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now – McFadden & Whitehead

Alone Again (Naturally) – Gilbert O’Sullivan

Backstabbers – O’Jays

Bad Luck – H. Melvin & Blue Notes

Beautiful Sunday – D. Boone

Best of My Love – Emotions

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – B. Midler

Brandy – Looking Glass

Breakout – Swing Out Sister

Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe – B. White

Come and Get Your Love – Redbone

Come Get to This – M. Gaye

Could it be I’m Falling in Love – Spinners

Crocodile Rock – E. John

Daddy Could Swear I Declare – G. Knight & Pips

Dance with Me – P. Brown

Dancing Machine – Jackson 5

Daniel – E. John

Do You Want to Dance? – B. Midler

Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing – S. Wonder

Earth, Wind & Fire – Fantasy

Everybody Plays the Fool – Main Ingredient

Frankenstein – Edgar Winter Group

Got to be Real – C. Lynn

Heaven Knows – D. Summer

Hotel California – Eagles

How Do You Do? – Mouth & Mac Neal

I Can See Clearly Now – J. Nash

I Wanna be Where You Are – Jackson 5

I Want You Back – Jackson 5

I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby – B. White

I’ve Got to Use My Imagination – G. Knight & Pips

If Loving You is Wrong I Don’t Want to be Right – L. Ingram

Jive Talkin’ – Bee Gees

Keep on Truckin’ – E. Kendricks

Lean on Me – B. Withers

Listen to the Music – Doobie Brothers

Living for the City – S. Wonder

Lookin’ for a Love – B. Womack

Love Train – O’Jays

Love Will Keep Us Together – Captain and Tennile

Love’s Theme – Love Unlimited Orchestra

Magic – Pilot

Me & Mrs. Jones – B. Paul

Midnight Blue – Melissa Manchester

Mighty Mighty – Earth, Wind & Fire

Mr. Jaws – D. Goodman

My Eyes Adored You – F. Valli

Neither One of Us Wants to be the First to Say Good-bye – G. Knight & Pips

Once You Get Started – Rufus

One of these Nights – Eagles

Papa was a Rolling Stone – Temptations

Pick up the Pieces – Average White Band

Rock the Boat – Hues Corporation

Rock Your Baby – G. McCrae

Rockin’ Pneumonia-Boogie Woogie Flu – J. Rivers

Satin Soul – B. White

Saturday in the Park – Chicago

Shining Star - Earth, Wind & Fire

Skin Tight – Ohio Players

Smarty Pants – First Choice

Someone Save My Life Tonight – E. John

Soul Makossa – Manu Dibango

Stuck in the Middle with You – Stealers Wheel

Summer Breeze – Seals & Crofts

Superfly – C. Mayfield

Superstition – S. Wonder

Sussudio – P. Collins

Swearin’ to Go – F. Valli

Tell Me Something Good – Rufus

The Love I Lost – H. Melvin & Blue Notes

The World is a Ghetto – War

Too Late to Change the Time – Jackson 5

TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) – MFSB

Use Me – B. Withers

Use to be My Girl – O’Jays

Victim – Candi Stanton

When Will I see You Again? – Three Degrees

You’re so Vain – C. Simon

It’s Alright – Huey Lewis

Just You and I – Eddie Rabbit/Crystal Gayle

Taxi – Harry Chapin

Garden Party – Ricky Nelson

End of the Road - Boyz 2 Men

Save the Best for Last – Vanessa Williams

I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack

Lean on Me – Temptations

Vida Loca – Ricky Martin

Daydream Believer – Monkees

Danny’s Song – Anne Murray

Jump Around – House of Pain

She’s Gone – Hall & Oates

Stan – Eminem

Purple Rain – Prince

What a Fool Believes – Doobie Brothers


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