1969 Popeye Book with 45 RPM Record by AnfinsenArt on Etsy ** a girl down the street from me had books with records, just like this...I used to think she was the luckiest girl ever and remember one about the Big Rock Candy Mountain. Funny.
The Mello-Tones: not exactly a household name, even in their heyday. Considering that they recorded for both a giant of the recording industry (Decca) and a giant of the emerging Rock and Roll sound (George Goldner's Gee Label), the Mello-Tones were one of the more obscure New York groups of the 50s. As happened innumerable times before, they were a collection of kids who grew up in the same neighborhood, this one being 132nd Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan.
The 59th Street Bridge Song "Feelin' Groovy," was my very first "rock 'n' roll" 45 rpm record. No, it's not really rock, but you know what I mean. I never really collected these other than, say, a couple dozen during my middle school years in the late 1960s. But this was the first of the few.