Had sister that bought 45's that I'd play when she was away. I remember Hound Dog playing out of her portable Emerson AM (nuvistor) radio and The Tokens 45rpm on her player.
My first 45 was Telstar by the Tornados.
Later on I would pour coin into a juke box at Crazyhorse Billiards while playing pinball. Jukebox was 6 plays for 50 cents in early 60's. In '68, SIU's first student
run radio station (Schneider Hall) played 45's into a mixer. The ceramic cartridges on the players tore up the first 5 seconds of all the records getting them cued up.
While Elvis played in concert at SIU Arena the station played his songs too. Bubble Puppy, Dion (Abraham, Martin and John), Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company on and on.
Norman Greenbaum Remix
45's were king when I started to do morning drive in St Louis at an FM station in 1969. The station didn't play 45's or keep up with charts but I was starved for
some phone-in action so I went through the box of promo 45's and started to play some.
The phones started to light up and new listeners to the new station became regulars in that time slot.
What I found out was that interest in the music was from playing B-sides too along with recordings that hadn't made it onto the charts. A lot of lesser known promos were still good songs that were skipped over all too often.