Stack Of 45s Holds Surprise For Son

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Earlier this summer while on a camping trip, Paul Campfield stopped into an antique store and thumbed though a box of old 45s. He was looking to beef up his record collection and paid $2 for a small stack. But it wasn't until he got home that he realized who the records once belonged to. Guest host Daniel Zwerdling speaks to Campfield about his story.


Talk about serendipity. So Paul Campfield stopped at an antique shop recently in a little town called Sutter Creek, California. He's 68, he loves old time rock and roll. And what do you know, he finds a bunch of cool old 45s in this shop. He buys them, takes them home.

And Paul Campfield joins us from station KXJZ in Sacramento. This is an amazing story. Tell us exactly what happened next.

Mr. PAUL CAMPFIELD: Well, last Saturday I was making room in my bookcase for those records, and under the top record was one I pulled out. And I noticed this return mail sticker. And so I looked at the one and I - Mayo Rainey(ph). My God, that's my mother's name.

So I looked closer at the label, and yup, Via Primero(ph), that's the street my brother and I grew up in, and that was in San Lorenzo, California. I was shocked.

ZWERDLING: These are your mother's records. So fate led you to the same music your mother listened to decades ago.

Mr. CAMPFIELD: Yes, sir.

ZWERDLING: I love that. So what are some of the records you bought there in that antique store that were your mom's?

Mr. CAMPFIELD: There's "Playing for Keeps" with Elvis Presley, and there was "Stagger Lee" by Lloyd Price, and "Snake Eyes" by Alvin Red Tyler. There's one "Tallahassee Lassie." And she liked the perky beat of that one.

(Soundbite of song, "Tallahassee Lassie")

THE HURRIGANES: (Singing) Well, she comes from Tallahassee. She got a high flyin' chassis…

ZWERDLING: So where did your mom play these records and records like them?

Mr. CAMPFIELD: During the day, for example, she would take out some records, if she didn't have a local radio station on. She'd either hum or sing along with it. And once in a while she'd grab me and we'd just dance around. I hadn't really learned how to dance at that time, but…

ZWERDLING: So she was - obviously she was a lively mother.

Mr. CAMPFIELD: Oh, absolutely. And for a gal from North Dakota, why, she - she was quite a lady.

(Soundbite of song, "Tallahassee Lassie")

THE HURRIGANES: (Singing) She can rock and roll. She's my Tallahassee Lassie…

ZWERDLING: Now, when I was that age, I think I might have been embarrassed if my friends had seen my mother dancing around to a 45. Did your friends see her whirling around in the living room?

Mr. CAMPFIELD: Oh yes. And they giggled and laughed, but it didn't bother me. You know, this was just what my mom and I shared.

ZWERDLING: Well, Paul Campfield joined us from the studios of KXJZ in Sacramento, California. Thanks so much.

Mr. CAMPFIELD: You're welcome, sir.

(Soundbite of song, "Tallahassee Lassie")

THE HURRIGANES: (Singing) Well, she's bopping to the drag, such a rockin' mob, stomping to the jag, rocks the bunny hop. Well, she dances to the bop, she dances to the stroll, she dances to the wop, she can rock and roll. She's my Tallahassee Lassie, yeah, my Tallahassee Lassie. She's a Tallahassee Lassie, down in F-L-A.

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