been collecting records since a boy of 10 in 1953.
Music has always played a major role in my
life. I was "on-air" as Don Daro at
11 radio stations and I handled the music at most of
Edison to Eminem, Clark to Coldplay. From
thick 10 - inch 78's of the 1880's to 45's that are
still made today expressly for jukeboxes. I
have never stopped buying "new" 45's as they hit
the charts. Anytime a product came out that I
felt would appreciate in value, I bought several of
it or them. An example would be the sets of 15
colored vinyl Beatles 45's made during the mid 90's
for jukebox use only.
collected from thrift stores and garage sales.
Mobil DJs that converted over to CD. From radio
stations that changed formats. From radio Disc
Jockeys that needed money. From record stores
that went bankrupt. From estate sales and
jukebox operators. From record companies that
were closed down. Many records came with picture sleeves which I've
collected all along. Not to mention the
"promo" copies I "saved" while
handling the music at numerous radio stations, like:
(1966), KIFM (1966), KFIV
(1967), KACY (1967),
KPHO (1968), KRUX
(1969) and KMEO (1970/1971).
would be nearly impossible to amass this large a
record collection ever again, which is:
7 - inch 45 - rpm
10 - inch/12 - inch 78 - rpm
12 - inch 33 1/3 - rpm
'N Roll, Alternative, Hard Rock, Soft Rock, Dance
& Rap, Country, Top 40, Rhythm & Blues,
Gospel, Children's. Most everything but not much classical or jazz.
Also "mothers", "masters", picture discs and
reel-to-reel tape from record producers and record
I happened to be driving by when
they emptied the offices of "Colpix
Records" in Hollywood in 1965. I took
everything. Also I have a ton of
"Colossus Records" stuff from its founder. Stuff that’s never been heard
since it was removed from the recording studio.
wasn't particular; I bought and grabbed anything
and everything because, as many of you probably
know, it's an addiction. Whenever I saw
records for sale, I bought them. I've done
this for over 50 years!
plan was to own a radio station and be able to
program anything I wanted. Although that never
happened, I DID run radio stations yet never used my
records at them.
and realize that that particular dream is not
practical anymore since radio in general isn’t
what it used to be. (Understatement) In fact I'm
actually forging another dream with another
career. That of TV producer.
the most part, very few people in the world know of
this collection’s existence. I’ve not
allowed anyone to "cherry pick" it or even
look through it for that matter. At the time
of this writing only one person in the record
collecting/sales business has even been in the
VH-1 did a story on Tom Petty, (a client of mine)
they filmed in the library, but luckily they didn't
air that segment. BTW, clients in one of my
businesses are the who's who of the entertainment
in the 80's the Nickelodeon Channel came to my home
and did a story on what they titled "The Largest
Record Library in the World". People tell me
it still runs on the network occasionally.
also have hundreds of 7 - inch reels of Top 40 DJs on
the air at various radio stations in the late 60's
and early 70's. Although mostly Los Angeles and
Phoenix, AZ stations, this stuff is still priceless
Each time I went to another radio station, I would
record everything in their music library.
love this! While an intern at legendary Top 40
KRLA/Pasadena CA 1965-66, I noticed that every
Friday, the music director would toss some 500 to
800 singles into the dumpster. They had to do
this to make room for the flood of new releases that
came in each week. These were brand new
records that they never even sampled. They
were only playing the "hits", so artists
unknown to them would be trash canned.
I loaded my old '54 Chevy trunk up with them for
the entire time I was at the station. I would
take them back to my Hollywood apartment and try to
listen to the more interesting looking ones.
One day I took a "Bang Records" in of some
then unknown artist named Neil Diamond and KRLA
jumped on it. The rest is history.
would take literally years just to sort through all
this stuff. But it took me all of my adult
life to gather it together. I don't even
know what all I have.
year or so ago I began sorting the 45's to weed out
any duplicates. It took me 4 months just to do the
"A" artists. Looking ahead to finish the
task became too daunting, to say the least, so I
stopped. I didn't want to spend the rest of my
life sorting records!
already dedicated the last 15 years sorting the 45's
and they are now all in alphabetical order by
artists last name. I went by both Jerry
Osborne's record price guides and Joel Whitburn's
Record Research books of the various genres.
known Mr. Osborne since the mid 60's and even
purchased part of his personal record collection in
the early 70's. Also around that time, "Krup
Record Distributors" in El Paso, Texas invited
Jerry, myself and another disc jockey from KRUX
radio to be the first to be allowed into their old
warehouse. It had been closed for 25 years.
spent a week going through the dusty boxes of brand
new 45's, 78's and albums. We spent every cent
we had and filled my entire 1964 Dodge Polara up
with great stuff. Of course I still have all
of what I bought.