28 March 2015
The first single (45 rpm record) purchased by Robert Birnbaum was “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley (circa 1956)—the first album (long playing record, 33 rpm) was “The Cannonball Adderley Quintet live in San Francisco” (circa 1960).
The first Cuban (influenced) music he can recall was a recording of “Tin Tin Deo” on a Dizzy Gillespie/Charlie Parker recording “Diz n’Bird” (with Chano Pazo on bongos).
Then followed a heavy dose of Chicago based rhythm and blues followed— The Impressions, Major Lance,Jerry Butler, The Artistics, Fontella Bass, The Dells (and trips to the Regal Theater and radio dial set to WVON and WDAI) to the drug music of the late ’60s—Jefferson Airplane , Jimmi Hendrix, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Moby Grape , Buffalo Springfield…Ravi Shankar, late John Coltrane (and Sundays spent going to the AACM at Lincoln Hall on the South Side). Which blossomed into a full-on free form taste in music. At one time Robert had approximately 5000 lps (which he sold to pay his taxes one year). And before the advent of digital music files he has a little less than 1400 compact discs.Today he has about 5000 files in his music library and innumerable playlists on Spotify.
In memory of
Bob Rudnick (July 31, 1942 – July 23, 1995)