Axel’s 45 pick: Huntsville’s ‘My Home Town’ (1960s)


Axel Rocks says:

“I grew up during the Space Race decade and my dad was employed by a company that worked on the Saturn V rocket. This meant moving the family from a small New England town to Huntsville AL, a town that knew how to promote itself! It had a song made and a 45rpm record cut about itself (the attachment is the front and back covers-free photo of Wernher van Braun!). I remember it had the standard LP hole, not the 45rpm wide hole. I was only 3 or4 when my dad brought this home, but my brothers and sister and I couldn’t listen to it enough! I still love this song, mostly because it’s so corny, but also for the fond (if not vague) memories is fosters. And the groovy strings–banjo! Steel guitar with a mild Hawai’an reference! Ukulele! I know it’s probably not the type of “vintage” you were looking for, but to me, it’s what the 60’s were all about!”

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You can listen to “My Home Town” from the Huntsville, Alabama record album HERE! It’s SWINGING!!

Wondering what this is all about?

In September 2015, I asked readers of my inbox zine, Rusty’s Electric Dreams, to share their all-time favorite single from the 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s and tell me why they like it.

Years ago, a friend of mine had a “33 1/3” birthday party where she spun vinyl LPs. I thought that was a cool idea and imagined doing that for my 45th, but with everyone sharing their favorite 45 RPM singles.

So, here we are. It’s September 2015 and my birthday quickly approaches.

Instead of having a big bash, I have a SPECIAL REQUEST to ask of all of you. I want to take a musical trip down memory lane, because –seriously– where would we be without music??

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