Our oldest example of a music newspaper – Disc – from 1959

Disc Music Newspaper from 1959
Disc Music Newspaper from 1959

No, not disc as in Compact Disc, this piece predates the birth of CD by some 30 years.

We discovered this Disc Music Newspaper, featuring Elvis Presley just recently. We were amazed to see just how old it was and how well it had survived. It’s definitely the oldest piece of music newspaper we’ve had thus far.

Cast yourself back 45 years…

Disc Music Newspaper from 1959
Disc Music Newspaper from 1959

Disc – 21st February 1959 issue of the UK music newspaper. Take a step back in time with this stunning slice of history from the first UK music weekly that concentrated on all things ‘pop’, it’s a pre-Beatles world where Rosemary June [me neither] was deemed ‘cover-star’ material and Perry Como was still big news to [some] of the nations teenagers. However, delve a little deeper and you get a sense that things were changing, there’s an exclusive set of Elvis ‘G.I’ photos, articles on jazz, Ray Charles, a section entitled ‘Big Beat’ that reviews Marty Wilde, Dion & The Belmonts, Richie Valens and on the back cover the headline reads ‘Cliff Richard Makes An LP’! with some fantastic shots of Cliff in his early ‘lip-curling’ prime. As you might expect with a paper of this vintage there is some minor overall discolouration from age and, where the paper has been folded for the past fifty plus years, there is a very small tear along the spine, however, the paper remains fully intact and has stood the test of time remarkably well all things considered. It’s a superb piece, not only of interest to the Elvis/Cliff/Rock ‘n’ Roll collector, but it also offers a sneak peak into a world on the cusp of the sixties and all that was to follow.

 

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