Music’s R.I.P. list long this year, but CD is not on it

This past year was an amazing one for music.

There are so many people from the music world who are no longer with us that I need to mention a few.

There’s Les Paul, a legendary and incredibly influential guitarist from the 1950s and 1960s.

Blues artists Koko Taylor and Freddy Robinson will be missed.

Kenny Rankin was a singer/songwriter who defied categorization.

Also gone are the Buffalo Springfield’s Dewey Martin and John Dawson from the New Riders of the Purple Sage.

Mary Travers was a member of the legendary folk/rock/protest group Peter Paul and Mary.

Michael Jackson, the self-styled King of Pop was an incredible talent when it came to writing and performing songs.

Last but not least, Ellie Greenwich is no longer with us. Greenwich wrote or co-wrote 25 songs that received gold and platinum certification, including “Do Wah Diddy,” “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” “Hanky Panky,” “River Deep, Mountain High,” “Chapel Of Love,” “And Then He Kissed Me,” “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “Leader of the Pack” and “Be My Baby.”

Brooklyn born, Greenwich began writing songs at age 11 and had her songs covered by the Ronettes, Darlene Love, Elton John, the Supremes, Cher, U2, Tina Turner and many others.

Supposedly, the compact disc is a thing of the past. But, in my opinion, just like vinyl, CDs will never go away no matter how hard the major media organizations want you to think it will.

There is too much market penetration. Plus, folks who are around my age will always buy CDs.

We have bought every format since the 78 RPM Record, including the 8-track, cassette tape and reel-to-reel tape. Some of us still have some of each of those in our homes plus 45s and LPs.

If the CD is dead, how do you explain the fact that Susan Boyle, who was unknown not long ago and appeared on “Britain’s Got Talent” television show in April, released her debut album on Nov. 30 and well over 2 million of her CDs sold worldwide in just one month?

Further and more obvious evidence of the CDs resilience can be seen in the plethora of great music released this year on CD, including the Beatles re-mastered catalog.

Since its release in September, it has driven CD sales nationwide and definitely helped spike Christmas sales. That’s not bad for a band that has not recorded a single note since 1969.

According to my sales rep at Alliance Entertainment, Triple Play Records sold more Beatles box sets and individual units than any other outlet in his region and we were in the top 10 nationally of stereo box set sales at 29 units for independent stores.

That is something we are very proud of, and it is because of you and your belief in and support of Triple Play. For that we are thankful.

You have told us many times this year that we are the “coolest” store in town, and we will work very hard to keep it that way.

Have a healthy, happy and prosperous new year!


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