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AUGUST 12TH: National Vinyl Record Day



The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Monkees.  Does the mention of these musicians make you picture a large black record?  A vinyl record?  The vintage “vinyl” is almost as much of a classic as the bands themselves.

These vinyl records are commemorated annually on August 12.   Vinyl records are also known as : Gramophone record, phonograph record or a record.  It is an analog sound storage medium consisting of a flat disc which has an inscribed, modulated spiral groove.

Vinyl records are referred to based on rotational speed.  The RPM’s, or revolutions per minute of the more popular vinyls are:

  • 45s
  • 33 1/3
  • 78s

Other features of vinyl records included reproductive accuracy or “fidelity” (High Fidelity or Hi-Fi, Orthophonic and Full-Range), their time capacity (“long playing” or “single”), and the number of channels of audio provided (mono, stereo or quadraphonic).

Vinyl records were also sold in different sizes such as:

  • 12 inch
  • 10 inch
  • 7 inch

Vinyl records left the mainstream in 1991.  They continued to be manufactured and have started to become increasingly popular with collectors and audiophiles.


Today is a good day to reminisce about the “Good Ole Days”.  Stop by a vinyl record store in your town.   Use #VinylRecordDay to post on social media.