The first flat discs, called records, were produced in 1887 to be used in toys.
A vinyl record consists of a disc of polyvinyl chloride plastic, engraved on both sides with a single concentric spiral groove.
The first vinyl records were produced in 1930. Before that, records were made from a brittle substance containing shellac.
The Beatles originally wanted to include a picture of Adolph Hitler on the iconic cover of their Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, but removed it at the insistence of Parlophone Records.
Record Industry, located in the Netherlands, is the largest vinyl pressing plant in the world. They can produce over 30,000 records per day.
One of the most valuable vinyl records is “That’ll Be the Day” by The Quarrymen. Only one copy was made and has always been owned by Paul McCartney. It is valued at $200,000.
The Rolling Stones released the first album cover not to feature a band photograph with their 1968 album called “Beggars Banquet.”
Long-playing records became the prevailing format in 1948, when Columbia Records introduced the first successful 12-inch disc, allowing up to 30 minutes of playing time per side.
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