Polly: It would have been something like Crazy Horses by The Osmonds, a heavy rock back beat, played whilst wearing studded, Elvis Vegas-style jumpsuits, featuring early electronica coupled with a serious message and a catchy chorus – what’s not to like! Previous to this and before actually buying records for myself, my parents would sometimes buy me a record for my Birthday or Christmas. Over the years I remember being given the Mary Hopkins LP “Postcard” which I still have, the original cast recording of Jesus Christ Superstar and a cassette of Simon and Garfunkel’s greatest hits. When I was 3 years old I asked for Mark Wirtz’s “Excerpt from a Teenage Opera” (Grocer Jack) but my Dad said that because it was on the radio so much I didn’t need it. He was missing the point of heavy rotation.
Ruth: In 1976, my grandma sent me a record token for Christmas. Prior to this, I only listened to my parents’ records (Val Doonican with Sgt Pepper and The Supremes) or Radio 1. I went down to Boots and picked through the LPs, choosing Abba greatest hits as I liked their songs.