Music has always been one of the most important parts of my life; some of my first memories are of lying with my ear close to my folks' Electro-Voice Wolverine LT-12 speakers, fascinated by the sounds coming from the trumpet and orchestra on Bert Kaempfert's "Wonderland By Night", the layers of sound on Jackie Gleason's "Last Dance For Lovers Only" and the festive sounds of Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. Other regulars on our family "playlist" (aka, the stack of 4-5 records on our old 3-speed Garrard turntable) included albums by Al Hirt, Duane Eddy, Bent Fabric, the "Slightly Irreverent Chad Mitchell Trio" (ha!) and a handful of musicals, including "Damn Yankees" and "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying". When we were a little older, my brother and I would spend hours listening to all of the old 45s my parents had saved from the fifties. Our favorites were what would now be called "novelty songs" -- Brian Hyland's "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini", Texas Jim Lewis' "Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go With Friday On Saturday Night", and the much newer "Snoopy Versus The Red Baron", Johnny Cash's "Oney" (loved the laugh at the end of that one!), "Convention '72", Ray Steven's "The Streak" and, of course, Sammy Davis Jr's "My Ding-a-ling". The first 45 I purchased was Sonny & Cher's "Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves" while my first album purchased was Lobo's "A Simple Man". As a teen, I became far more aware of the expressive beauty of lyrics, especially touched by the songs of Jim Croce, Gordon Lightfoot, Simon & Garfunkel and other singer-songwriters (still my favorite style...).

I'll freely admit that I have become a Discogs junkie, relishing the vast knowledge of this group. Over the past couple years, this group (and the stevehoffman.tv forum) has helped me learn so much more about vinyl, music production and the history of music. I love submitting new releases, challenging myself to be as complete as possible with information and images. Ahhh... images! I love album artwork and thoroughly enjoy scanning and editing the images to match the album jacket and labels as closely as my limited (but expanding) skills will allow.

As much as I enjoy the music and the contributions, I've equally enjoyed conversations with other members of this great community and look forward to meeting other like-minded lovers of music.
Recent Activity
submitted Flip Phillips Sextet - Cottontail. over 3 years ago
submitted Hal McIntyre And His Orchestra - I Guess I'll Get The Papers And Go Home / So They Tell Me. over 3 years ago
submitted Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians - Mary Rose / Sweetheart Of Yesterday. over 3 years ago
submitted Earl Hines And Orchestra* - Straight Life / Now That You're Mine. over 3 years ago
submitted Various - The Great Stars And Their Greatest Songs. over 3 years ago
submitted Various - Souvenirs: University Of Colorado 11th Annual Summer Camp 1963. over 3 years ago
submitted Peter, Paul & Mary With The New York Choral Society* - A Holiday Celebration. over 3 years ago
submitted John Cacavas - Airport 1975 - Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. over 3 years ago
submitted Markoff And His Romany Strings - Gypsy Music . over 3 years ago
submitted Nat King Cole - Super Stars. over 3 years ago
submitted Various - Rock N Roll 100 Greatest Hits, Volume 11. over 3 years ago
submitted Rocky Cole Plays And Sings With The Al Cohn Orchestra* - Smooth & Rocky. over 3 years ago
submitted The Fabulous Thunderbirds - Hot Number. over 3 years ago
submitted Russ Farnsworth - Learn Code With The AMECO Code Course. over 3 years ago
submitted Andersson* • Rice* • Ulvaeus* - Chess. over 3 years ago
submitted Boston - Boston. over 3 years ago
submitted Various - Flashdance (Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture). over 3 years ago
submitted Bill Conti - For Your Eyes Only (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). over 3 years ago
submitted Benny Goodman - Best Of Benny Goodman. over 3 years ago
submitted Oliver (6) - Jean. over 3 years ago
submitted Various - Laudate: Music Of Taizé. over 3 years ago
submitted Rhythm Collective - Converging Forces. over 3 years ago
submitted Rhythm Collective - Hidden Treasure. over 3 years ago
submitted Various - Carnival. over 3 years ago
submitted Various - Live Your Life With Verve (The Music). over 3 years ago
submitted Vineyard Classics - Merlot. over 3 years ago
submitted Various - The Silver Years. over 3 years ago
submitted NKBAND* - Radio Edits. over 3 years ago
submitted Nino De Alicante And His Troupe* - Flamenco Festival In Hi-Fi. over 3 years ago
submitted The American Breed - Green Light. over 3 years ago
submitted Present Dreams - Present Dreams. over 3 years ago
submitted Osho - No Dimensions Meditation. over 3 years ago
submitted Various - Classic Jazz. over 3 years ago
submitted Various - All That Jazz Volume 4: Wherehouse Music 1999 Jazz Sampler. over 3 years ago
submitted Various - Stars For A Summer Night. over 3 years ago
submitted John Gary - Choice. over 3 years ago
submitted Horseshoe (3) / Gas, Oil & Electric Company - Canadian Falls / Energy Crisis. over 3 years ago
submitted Ken Rivers - Pray For Our Soldiers. over 3 years ago
submitted Kitty Hawkins - Still I'm Losing You. over 3 years ago
submitted PBT Trio Featuring Paul Smith (78) / Bob Bowman (3) / Todd Strait With Guests Karrin Allyson / Danny Embrey / Rod Fleeman / David Hungate / Mike Metheny / Gary Sivils - The Soundtrek Sessions. over 3 years ago
submitted Johnny Ray* - The Best Of Johnny Ray. over 3 years ago
submitted Unknown Artist - Pony Boy. over 3 years ago
submitted Unknown Artist - Take Me Out To The Old Ball Game. over 3 years ago
submitted Various - Rock The First - Volume Six. over 3 years ago
submitted Elvis Presley - ELVIS In Hollywood. over 3 years ago
submitted Torkom Saraydarian & The High Mountain Band - Music From Mountains, Rivers And Oceans. over 3 years ago
submitted Various - Windham Hill Records Piano Sampler. over 3 years ago
submitted Bob Schneider - Lonelyland. over 3 years ago
submitted Various - Sounds Extreme. over 3 years ago
submitted Merle Haggard - Ramblin' Fever. over 3 years ago