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The first issue (Vol. 1) of the Goldmine Extra is Fabulous Flip Sides, the popular series which focuses on B-sides of 45 rpm records.
In this first volume of the Goldmine Extra, find out fun and informative details about flip sides from:
• Buddy Holly — Buddy Holly’s first Top 40 single was “That’ll Be the Day,” which went all the way to No. 1. But the flip side of the original Buddy Holly single was the rockabilly “I’m Lookin’ For Someone to Love,” featuring a very impressive guitar solo from the talented teenager.
• Motown's iconic artists — The first single on the Motown label came from The Miracles, featuring the high tenor voice of Smokey Robinson, along with vocalists Claudette Robinson, Pete Moore, Bobby Rogers, Ronnie White and Marv Tarplin on guitar. It was called “Bad Girl” with “I Love Your Baby” on its flip side, one of the highest priced rare singles in the Goldmine 45 RPM Records Price Guide 8th Edition, at $2,500.
• Woodstock — There were plenty of music lovers, outside of the northeast, who never heard of Woodstock in 1969 and first learned of it in the spring of 1970, through Joni Mitchell’s composition about the event, sung by her friends Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The single’s release coincided with the film’s debut, which would have an increased audience that summer at drive-in theaters. If anyone was curious as to, “Who is Young?,” this new addition to the established Crosby, Stills & Nash could be heard on the single’s flip side “Helpless.”
• Peter Frampton — In 1978, Peter starred with the Bee Gees in the musical film Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and was included on eight of the songs on the double album soundtrack. The following year he was back in the studio recording his Where Should I Be album, which included his return to the Top 40 singles chart for a final time with the straight ahead blues rocker “I Can’t Stand It No More,” which reached No 14. Its flip side was a cover of a Sam and Dave’s flip side of 1967’s “Soul Man,” called “May I Baby,” a slower song in line with their “When Something Is Wrong with My Baby” from earlier that year.
• Linda Ronstadt — The third of three singles from Linda’s debut album on the Asylum label, Don’t Cry Now, was the country rock song “Colorado,” written by Rick Roberts, which originally appeared on the self-titled album by the Flying Burrito Brothers in 1971. The flip side was a song that has since become a radio and concert staple, “Desperado,” written by the Eagles’ Don Henley and Glenn Frey, which originally appeared as an album cut on their western concept album of the same name.
• Cher — Between the Top 10 successes of “I Got You Babe” and “Baby Don’t Go” in 1965, and “The Beat Goes On” in 1967, Sonny & Cher had five more Sonny Bono compositions in the Top 100, including “Have I Stayed Too Long” in 1966. Its flip side, “Leave Me Be,” was first heard in the prior year by The Zombies as the flip side of “Tell Her No” and was co-written by their bassist Chris White.
• The musical Hair — In seven part harmony, the family act The Cowsills began with the a cappella question, “She asked him why?” for the opening line of the title tune from the musical. This was the fourth Top 40 hit for the group, tying their two week No. 2 gold single status of their first hit, “The Rain, The Park & Other Things,” from 1967. The flip side of “Hair,” "What Is Happy," was more in line with their second Top 40 single, “We Can Fly,” and shared the same four songwriters, including Bill and Bob Cowsill, who also produced this bouncy and harmonious recording.
• Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees — During the first year of the British Invasion, The Zombies debuted in the U.S. Top 100 with “She’s Not There,” which would reach No. 2. The sound was a bit haunting in style, with an off rhythm and keyboard work from Rod Argent sounding like an inspiration for a couple of selections from The Doors’ debut album to follow. The flip side of The Zombies’ original version was “You Make Me Feel So Good,” written by bassist Chris White.
• Celebrate 75 years of 45 rpm singles with flips sides from Elvis, Nilsson, The Guess Who and more!
• Selected 45 rpm discographies with record values
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