Another WGGTB LP And More (Part 1 of 2)
March 2, 2013
Hello, boys and girls. Welcome back to TSV, your home for stories about, and images of, vintage vinyl records. Here’s Part 1 of my most recent adventure in TSV land.
I took a day off to visit my physical therapist and was able to squeeze in some intense TSV shopping at two Goodwill stores near my doctor’s office. And I got to thinking, as a federal employee, what with this whole sequestration thing, why doesn’t the government just do an across-the-board switch to a four-day work week? G-people like me could just sequester themselves at home, put on a crock pot filled with some vittles and listen to some vintage vinyl. Or they could hit the thrifts and take care of some personal errands when it’s less busy on the roads. Whatever.
OK, on to today’s first TSV find.
I almost shat my pants when I saw the huge stacks of LPs when I walked into the Lilburn, GA Goodwill. However, after about 30 seconds of perusal, it was clear that some guy named Ray Brown had either lost his religion or died. It was 99.9% pure praise and gospel (P&G) music, with every LP cover scrawled with a big “RAY BROWN” in thick magic marker. Literally hundreds of praise and gospel music LPs, with Mr. Browns favorite group being these gospel dudes called The Florida Boys. But, as you folks might know from some previous TSV posts, there is one genre of P&G LP that I will grab every time: the White Gospel Group Tour Bus (WGGTB) LP. Nothing like a WGG posing in front of a vintage 1960s bus. I just kept thinking there just HAD to be WGGTB LP in such a huge pile of P&G records. I swear on a stack of praise LPs that, in the last 10 records, THERE IT WAS!
Some of you may recognize the bus as a “Silver Eagle,” a German-made model that comprised much of the bus fleet of Trailways bus lines. The author has spent many hours on such buses, but not with the Happy Goodman Family. This makes about 10 WGGTB LPs in my collection.
You don’t get to ride in your own Silver Eagle bus unless you bring in the money, and the Happy Goodman Family were no slouches when it came to hitting the road and singing gospel music. It may not be my favorite genre, but I respect their hard work in the name of Jesus.
Having tapped out the Lilburn Goodwill, it was off to the Northlake Goodwill. I was again confronted with a HUGE selection of TSV, almost as many LPs as I encountered in Lilburn. RAY BROWN was not in evidence in this new pile, so I felt I had a good chance to score some good stuff. Little did I know I was going to experience a tragic phenomenon that afflicts many a hasty TSV collector. That will be in Part 2. Stay tuned.