Are you old enough to know about 45 rpm singles?

This is the second “single” record I bought in my life – El Condor Pasa sung by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.

I have written my name and date or purchase on the label – 10th August 1970. I was in my first year of high school and would have spent consideral time deciding to make this purchase.

If you are under 30 years of age, you probably think of “singles” as belonging to the era of your parents, and you are right!  A single is rather special and treasured for the A-side song. It was rare for the song on the “B” side to be as good. This single was backed with “Why Don’t You Write Me” which is rather a forgettable song.

Singles were usually packaged in a paper sleeve and occasionally a solid cardboard case.

Here are pictures of the single in the paper case – A side and B side. Click each image to view in more detail.

In case you are wondering about the song, I found a recording on YouTube.

Years later I discovered that Simon and Garfunkel did not write the song.

El Cóndor Pasa (“The condor goes by”, or “flies past”) is a song   by the Peruvian composer Daniel Alomía Robles, written in 1913 and based on traditional Andean folk tunes. Wikipedia says  it is possibly the best-known Peruvian song worldwide due to a cover version by Simon & Garfunkel which they called “El Condor Pasa (If I Could)”.

Here is a traditional performance of El Condor Pasa.

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