As I’ve mentioned, I was not allowed to use the record player and so relied on others to play the Beatles for me. Our HiFi was a single speaker Motorola that sat at one end of our living room. On Sunday’s my Dad would play music. He was a jazz fan. But late on a week day afternoon, after delivering my papers, I would get to a hear a disc before my parents got home from work.
I can still remember sitting on the couch on a winter’s afternoon, the room lit only by a single small light on the front of the HiFi, listening to Rubber Soul. Because the HiFi used vacuum tubes, the whole unit got warm and emitted a sort of vinyl electric scent when you lifted the heavy wooden cover.
You could stack singles, one dropping down after the other. A mid 1965 selection could have included,
“I Feel Fine” The Beatles
“Downtown” Petula Clark
“Stop in the Name of Love” The Supremes
“This Diamond Ring” Gary Lewis and the Playboys
“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction)” The Rolling Stones
“Ticket to Ride” The Beatles
“You’ve Lost the Loving Feeling” The Righteous Brothers
"I can’t Help Myself" (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) The Four Tops