How it all began:
Born in southern California in 1948 of Irish and Italian descent, I was living in west side Portland Oregon in 1959 and 1960 and early 1961 attending Couch Grade School in the Nob Hill District.
I sold papers on the streets for extra spending money on West Burnside near my home and also at Multnomah Stadium where the Portland Beavers played their baseball. The local rock radio station then was KISN, and I oftentimes would walk past the big glass windows at 10th and West Burnside and see the disc jockeys at work. Besides enjoying KISN radio, I started buying a few 45's at a couple of small local record shops- one on N.W. 21st Avenue near Glisan or Hoyt streets and also up on around 23rd and West Burnside.
"Venus" by Frankie Avalon, "Little Bitty Girl" by Bobby Rydell and "What In The Worlds Come Over You" by Jack Scott were a few I remember buying new.
In 1961 our family moved from Portland to Tacoma,Washington and I entered junior high school. This was a much more suburban setting, and there were no record stores nearby
so bought only a few records, but did enjoy the music on Seattle's KJR. I gravitated toward the teenage sounds of the early 1960's such as the Beach Boys,
Neil Sedaka,Four Seasons, Lesley Gore, Paul and Paula, Dick and Dee Dee but also later liked the early merseybeat sounds of the Beatles and Dave Clark Five.
By the spring of 1967, I was attending Central Washington State College in Ellensburg Washington (now Central Washington University) and became friends
with a few like minded music lovers. Four of us would go on short record hunting trips as well as scour the local second hand shops and thrift stores in the Ellensburg area.
On weekends we would share our finds on the turntables in our dorm rooms.
I got exposed to a lot of music in those days, and the memories live on. I also got to be a disc jockey on the college campus radio station KCWS (now KCWU) for college credit
during spring quarter 1969 and enjoyed the experience, mixing the current hits with some oldies the program director allowed me to play.
During the summers betweeen spring and fall quarters at college in the late 1960's
I would occasionally visit my grandparents in Portland, and there was a store
2 blocks away from where they lived called
"Al's Records Books and Music" around 55th street and East Burnside in a small strip mall. I would spend hours in there going through the bins and I would say it was during those times I really started collecting the 45's.
After my college days
I started buying records from more sources, expecially through the mail, and also started selling my extras in the print magazines such as Goldmine and Discoveries and my own private mailings in the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's. I also expanded my personal record collection greatly, branching out into a lot of records that did not make the charts. Because of the magazines, it brought like minded music lovers from all over the world together.
to the world wide web around the year 2000. I sell from my own website at www.peggrecords.com and also from ebay under id peggrecords and at local Pacific Northwest Record Shows.
During the last 40+ years since college, I've collected, bought and sold many of the old 45's and still hunting them today.
I hope to bring to my listeners some happy memories of their youth from my oldies broadcasts.
Feel free to email me at
email@example.com if you want to correspond with me, I love to hear from oldies fans.
April 30, 2012