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Started in 2001 and serving great tunes up around the world!

If you have a passion for vinyl 45's, you're in the right place. Search or browse through our extensive collection of 45's from the 1950's to the 1990's. We're based in the United States, but welcome customers from around the world.

Putting in some stunning examples of 60's rock that defined a decade at www.classic45s.com.  Stop by!
05/30/2020

Putting in some stunning examples of 60's rock that defined a decade at www.classic45s.com. Stop by!

This is our first of these...truly amazing cross over tune in its iconic birth sleeve!Black Grass by Bad BascombLabel: P...
05/03/2020

This is our first of these...truly amazing cross over tune in its iconic birth sleeve!

Black Grass by Bad Bascomb
Label: Paramount 0190📷Year: 1972
Picture sleeve included: M-
Condition: M $75.00

This is a new, unplayed Stereo/Mono promo copy, in its original picture sleeve. As the back of the picture sleeve (which has a touch of ringwear from storage) says, this sound is "R&B + Bluegrass," and that's quite accurate. It's an exciting blend that's still sought after today. Note: The 45 itself has very nearly Mint labels. The vinyl looks untouched, and the audio is pristine! The rare picture sleeve (see scan) grades Near Mint with a touch of storage wear.

Some stunning doowop going in at www.classic45s.comGone/ So Long by The GallahadsLabel: Nite Owl 20Year: 1960Condition: ...
05/01/2020

Some stunning doowop going in at www.classic45s.com

Gone/ So Long by The Gallahads
Label: Nite Owl 20
Year: 1960
Condition: M-
$200.00

Gone/ So Long
Here's a beautiful copy of this rare 1960 Doo Wop single from a small Seattle label. Nice ballad on the A side, and an even better uptempo number on the flip. Note: This 45 record grades Near Mint across the board (Labels, Vinyl, Audio).

As we wait out Covid-19 at www.classic45s.com it's been a pleasure digging through our vault of treasures.  If you've be...
04/25/2020

As we wait out Covid-19 at www.classic45s.com it's been a pleasure digging through our vault of treasures. If you've been waiting and hoping for a M- picture sleeve of this beauty, wait no longer!

Walking In The Rain/ How Does It Feel? by The Ronettes
Label: Philles 123
Year: 1964
Picture sleeve included: M-
Condition: M
$160.00

From a warehouse find, this is a new, unplayed stock copy, in its original picture sleeve. Unlike many Spector singles, this one actually has two terrific sides! The rare picture sleeve is gorgeous but does have a touch of storage wear on one side. The 45 itself is pristine Mint in all respects (Labels, Vinyl, Audio).

We all miss our local record stores right now. But, if you crave some new vinyl to get through this crazy time, www.clas...
04/21/2020

We all miss our local record stores right now. But, if you crave some new vinyl to get through this crazy time, www.classic45s.com has been selling 45s around the world for close to 20 years. We try to replicate the store experience by providing a great selection of 12,000 items from all genres--each with a detailed description, most with photos of the actual record, and many with sound clips! We grade the label, vinyl and audio for you, so no surprises when your shipment arrives. Please stop by and browse, or sign up for a weekly "what's new" list with your email (we never spam!). All major CCs and paypal accepted. We've been sheltering in place with the vinyl for over 5 weeks now so virus free and happy to help!

Putting in some stunning Doo-Wop examples today...all from the 50's and all never before had in this type of condition a...
04/03/2020

Putting in some stunning Doo-Wop examples today...all from the 50's and all never before had in this type of condition at www.classic45s.com. Stop by and lift your spirits and soar with the tunes!

Happy to report all is well at www.classic45s.com with no service interruptions.  Fortunately we have been isolated in a...
04/01/2020

Happy to report all is well at www.classic45s.com with no service interruptions. Fortunately we have been isolated in a safe environment, and hope you all have been both safe and sane during this time.
We did get another huge haul in right before isolation of new unplayed old store stock. Putting in some 70s today, but over the next few weeks all genres will get visited. Stop by, or subscribe to the newsletter if you haven't, and let the music keep you calm!

We've come into a couple of these darlings, new and unplayed.  If you have a hankering PM, or come directly to www.class...
02/21/2020

We've come into a couple of these darlings, new and unplayed. If you have a hankering PM, or come directly to www.classic45s.com where we are putting in a modest cache of new and unplayed Northern as well.

Ask The Lonely/ Where Did You Go by Four Tops
Label: Motown 1073Year: 1965
Picture sleeve included: M- (dh)
Condition: M$120.00

From a warehouse find, this is a new, unplayed stock copy, in its original picture sleeve. This is a gorgeous Mint copy of this great single, which was the group's third chart record and the first one with a picture sleeve... and their rarest picture sleeve at that! Note: The 45 itself has no notable flaws, grading Mint across the board (Labels, Vinyl, Audio). The picture sleeve grades Near Mint, nearly flawless except for a small drillhole (see scan).

Incredible garage rarity...insanely happy to have such a solid copy for sale!The last copy sold for for $500.  Please PM...
01/23/2020

Incredible garage rarity...insanely happy to have such a solid copy for sale!

The last copy sold for for $500. Please PM if you'd like to grab this rarity for yourself or come directly to the site to purchase at www.classic45s.com.

Going All The Way/ Go Ahead by The Squires
Label: Atco 6442📷Year: 1966
Factory sleeve included
Condition: M-
$400
Here's a beautiful promo copy (vinyl pressing) of this very rare and very desirable Garage Rock classic. This is the first time a copy like this has passed through my hands since opening the store in 2001! And as far as I can determine, this is the only vinyl output by this Connecticut band... no other singles or albums! The B side is also an excellent rocker. Note: This white-label promo 45 comes in a vintage Atco Records factory sleeve. The labels have a little staining (see scan), and the A label has some small writing as well. However, the vinyl looks hardly touched, and the audio grades Near Mint overall. The A side audio does have a touch of peak-level wear, though that seems missing from the B side which is closer to Mint.

At Last/ I Just Want To Make Love To You by Etta JamesLabel: Argo 5380Year: 1961Condition: M-$300.00At Last/ I Just Want...
01/17/2020

At Last/ I Just Want To Make Love To You by Etta James
Label: Argo 5380
Year: 1961
Condition: M-
$300.00

At Last/ I Just Want To Make Love To You

Now here's a rare item: A beautiful Near Mint promo pressing of "At Last"! Simply one of the most beloved songs of the 1960's by any artist... this great single was largely ignored by the pop market when it was released. But in retrospect it's hard to not realize what great pipes this singer has, and how beautifully suited to this song they are! Note: This beautiful copy has Mint labels, and the vinyl looks almost untouched. The audio isn't perfect, but it's very close, grading a strong Near Mint.

10/21/2019

Anniversary Sale Underway

Our Anniversary Sale is now underway! To celebrate our 18th year in business, we're giving all customers a base discount of 20 percent. Those of you who already enjoy Lifetime Discounts of 10 or 15 percent will get 30-35% off!

Note: The price adjustments don't appear until you place an item in your shopping cart, at which point you'll see a dollar amount tracking your total savings.

This sale is good for any item in the store, and will last 10 days this year -- through Wednesday, October 30.

Here is a truly fantastic find for us at www.classic45s.com.  One copy has been found and sold in VG shape that we have ...
09/28/2019

Here is a truly fantastic find for us at www.classic45s.com. One copy has been found and sold in VG shape that we have been able to locate. Come to our site to hear the amazing M- sound on this treasure!

Darling Come Back/ My Tears by Pat Cordel and The Crescents

Label: Club 1011
Year: 1956
Condition: M- $1,200.00

Here's a beautiful promo copy of this very rare and highly sought-after 1956 Doo Wop record, with an A side so wonderful I had to make an mp3 "snippet" of it for you to hear. Apparently, The Crescents evolved into The Elegants. This was a non-album single. Note: This 45 record has Near Mint labels. The vinyl also looks Near Mint with light storage wear, and the audio sounds the same with just a touch of surface noise in one or two places.

Something very special going in today at www.classic45s.com, along with tons of other great classic 60's tunes.  This is...
09/21/2019

Something very special going in today at www.classic45s.com, along with tons of other great classic 60's tunes. This is the ONLY copy we have ever had of this, and though the sleeve is fragile, it still retains all the lyrics and storyline of Bob Dylan's first 45--what a treat!

Blowin' In The Wind/ Don't Think Twice, It's All Right by Bob Dylan
Label: Columbia 75606
Year: 1963
Picture sleeve included: VG-

Condition: EX+
$350.00

Blowin' In The Wind/ Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
Here's a beautiful promo copy of Bob Dylan's first 45 record, the first time I've had a copy for sale in the store since opening in 2001! This is the first promo, which has "Special Album Excerpt" on the label and comes with the "Rebel With A Cause" promo sleeve, which has explanatory text about Dylan and the songs. (The second promo with red text is worth about half this one.) Note: The 45 itself grades a strong EX overall. The labels are close to Near Mint (the B label has a little light pencil writing), and the vinyl is close as well, with just a few light scuffs. The audio is strong and has no distortion but does have occasional moments of surface noise. The very special sleeve has all of the text intact but is tattered at the edges (see scan), grading a weak VG.

Putting in some stunning early 60's today at www.classic45s.com...stop by!When You Wish Upon A Star/ Wonderful Girl by D...
09/04/2019

Putting in some stunning early 60's today at www.classic45s.com...stop by!

When You Wish Upon A Star/ Wonderful Girl by Dion and the Belmonts
Label: Laurie 3052
Year: 1960
Picture sleeve included: M-
Condition: M-
$50.00

"Wonderful Girl" was the originally intended A side, but it was the wonderful "Star" that got airplay and generated sales. Note: This beautiful copy comes in a nearly flawless picture sleeve, which has two different photos (band on one side, Dion on the other). The 45 itself has Near Mint labels and vinyl (styrene), but it's blessed with pristine Mint sound... no surface noise or distortion at all that I discerned. A real treat for the ears!

Now through September 4th at midnight all of our best customers at Classic45s who have a discount of 10 or 15 percent th...
08/28/2019

Now through September 4th at midnight all of our best customers at Classic45s who have a discount of 10 or 15 percent through their loyalty will get an accelerator of another 10 percent at check out. Putting in some stunning 70's today...

I've Lost You/ The Next Step Is Love by Elvis Presley
Label: RCA 9873
Year: 1970
Picture sleeve included: M-
Condition: M-
$35.00

This rare Presley single is on the orange RCA label and comes in a Near Mint picture sleeve. Both sides received airplay and charted together. Note: The 45 itself has Mint labels and very nearly Mint vinyl and audio.

Putting in some amazing garage and other 60s rock items today at www.classic45s.com.  Come listen to the sound clip on t...
07/10/2019

Putting in some amazing garage and other 60s rock items today at www.classic45s.com. Come listen to the sound clip on this one!

Sometimes You Just Can't Win/ Cryin' Inside by Mouse and The Traps
Label: Fraternity 1005
Year: 1968
Picture sleeve included: EX+
Condition: M-
$80.00

Here's a beautiful promo copy of this rarely seen single from the Texas Garage band, one of only two that charted (just barely). But it's the B side that grabbed me, and I notice it had been released as an A side on an earlier single. Check out the mp3 "snippet"... this thing gets a great groove on! This promo 45 comes in its special promotional picture sleeve, which has full lyrics to the A side on the back. By the way, this group made no albums, only a handful of singles. Note: This copy has Near Mint labels, though the A label has two "Thanks" stamps from the distributor. The vinyl looks Near Mint, and the B side audio sounds pristine. The rare picture sleeve grades a strong EX, with a touch of ringwear and a little edge-wrinkling to note (see scan).

To all the classic45s.com DooWop fans...here is one you don't see very often and honestly I don't think it has seen a ne...
06/03/2019

To all the classic45s.com DooWop fans...here is one you don't see very often and honestly I don't think it has seen a needle until we test played. This and much more from the deep early 60's collection we have taken in recently. Stop by and listen to some great snippets!

Castle In The Sky/ My Darling To You by Bop-Chords
Label: Holiday 2601
Year: 1956
Condition: M
$150.00

Here's an amazing, pristine Mint first pressing of this terrific Doo Wop single, on the black Holiday label. The A side is well worth seeking out! The labels notes that the vocal group features Ernest Harriston. Note: This 45 record has no notable flaws, grading Mint across the board (Labels, Vinyl, Audio).

Found this in our archives waiting to come out and find a new home from www.classic45s.com.  Stop by and listen to it fo...
05/19/2019

Found this in our archives waiting to come out and find a new home from www.classic45s.com. Stop by and listen to it for free, or take it home!

You're Gonna Miss Me/ Tried To Hide by The Thirteenth Floor Elevators
Label: Int'l Artists 107Year: 1966
Condition: M- $85.00

Here's a beautiful copy of this rarely seen but essential Garage/Psych single, on the dark blue label. Great B side, too! Check out the mp3 "snippet" of the A side, which I made partly to celebrate the amazing audio on this copy. Note: This 45 record has Near Mint labels and vinyl, and the grooves preserve pristine Mint sound!

We've taken in a stunning collection of DooWop singles at www.classic45s.com  Come visit, enjoy or take some home!Zoom Z...
04/20/2019

We've taken in a stunning collection of DooWop singles at www.classic45s.com Come visit, enjoy or take some home!

Zoom Zoom Zoom/ On Your Merry Way by The Collegians Label: Winley 224
Year: 1958 Condition: M- $40.00
Here's a beautiful original 1958 pressing of this great uptempo Doo Wop number. Note: This copy has Near Mint labels with a small drillhole and very small tape residue (see scan). The vinyl looks Near Mint, and the audio plays likewise. The audio does have a light touch of surface noise, more noticeable on the B side.

Rosie Lee/ I'll Never Fall In Love Again by The Mello-Tones Label: Gee 1037
Year: 1957 Condition: M- $40.00
Here's a gorgeous original pressing of this 1957 Doo Wop hit, which was a non-album single. Note: This 45 has very nearly Mint labels, and the vinyl looks almost untouched. The audio grades Near Mint with almost no surface noise.

Peppermint Stick/ Gee, I'm In Love by The Elchords Label: Good 544
Year: 1958 Condition: M- $75.00
This terrific doo-wop record is unusual in featuring uptempo rockers on both sides. This is the first 1958 pressing, with horizontal lines and publishing credits of "Don Music" on both labels. The label credits include "Featuring Butchy Saunders." Note: This 45 record has beautiful, very nearly Mint labels, and the vinyl looks Near Mint as well. The A side audio plays Near Mint with very light surface noise; the B side audio has a bit more surface noise.

Adios, My Desert Love/ (I Want) An Old Fashioned Girl by Nolan Strong and the Diablos Label: Fortune 509-510
Year: 1954 Condition: M- $50.00
This is a beautiful copy of the purple label pressing with silver print. Credited to "The Diablos Featuring Nolan Strong." Note: This 45 record has Mint labels. The vinyl looks Near Mint, but the audio doesn't quite make that grade, with a light underlying "hiss" that lowers the audio grade to a strong EX.

Picture Of Love/ Soft And Sweet by The Continentals Label: Whirlin Disc 105
Year: 1957 Condition: M- $125.00
Here's a gorgeous original pressing of this rare Doo Wop rocker, well worth seeking out! Note: This 45 record has Mint labels. The vinyl looks hardly touched, and the audio plays Near Mint with just a touch of light surface noise.

Love Is Strange/ I'm Going Home by Mickey & Sylvia Label: Groove 0175
Year: 1957 Condition: M- $30.00
Here's a very nice copy of this hard-to-find 1957 smash, which Dave Marsh ranks at #90 in his list of the 1,001 greatest singles of all time. This was a non-album single, by the way. Note: This copy has Near Mint labels (see scan). The vinyl also looks Near Mint, with only light signs of prior use. The audio has light surface noise but no distortion, grading a weak Near Mint.

Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite/ You Don't Move Me by The Spaniels Label: Vee-Jay 107
Year: 1954 Condition: M- $150.00
Here's a beautiful copy of the original 1954 pressing of this beloved Doo-Wop classic, the first original I've had for sale in the store since opening in 2001! Collector Nerd Alert: A first pressing credited to the "Spanials" also exists and is worth about $50 more. By the way, this was a non-album single until 1957, when Vee-Jay finally released an album by the group. Note: This 45 record has gorgeous Mint labels with shiny silver print (see scan). The vinyl grades Near Mint as well, as does the audio, which has just a very light touch of surface noise.

Can I Come Over/ Gonna Get Together Again by The Youngtones Label: X-Tra 120
Year: 1959 Condition: M- $150.00
Here's a beautiful promo copy of this rare 1959 release (I've never seen a stock copy up for sale). Note: I'm grading the labels a strong EX to reflect light fading (see scan). as well as some stray ink spots on the B side. The vinyl itself is a beautiful Near Mint, and the audio grades Near Mint as well, with just a light touch of surface noise occasionally audible.

I'm Not Too Young To Fall In Love/ Falling In Love by Lewis Lymon and the Teenchords Label: Fury 1006
Year: 1957 Condition: M- $80.00
Here's a beautiful copy of one of this group's signature tunes, a must-have uptempo Doo Wop romp. Collector Nerd Alert: This is the second pressing on a maroon label with silver print and solid horizontal lines the same width. First pressings, worth about $50 more, have horizontal lines of different width. Third pressings are on a yellow Fury label. Note: This 45 record has Mint labels, and the vinyl looks hardly touched. The audio grades Near Mint with just a light touch of surface noise occasionally audible.

Hi All...www.classic45s.com is just back from purchasing two collections, totally 19,000 fresh pieces of vinyl to cull t...
04/15/2019

Hi All...www.classic45s.com is just back from purchasing two collections, totally 19,000 fresh pieces of vinyl to cull through. One collection is particularly strong on garage, psyche and RnB. If you are a label collector, this is a mega find. Some small obscure labels that have some amazing tuneage that you never see. Stop by and listen to some new treats, take some home, or just keep trolling until that long awaited want pops up. We are happy to take requests.

Somebody's Son/ Little Miss Lovelight by The Tikis
Label: Dial 4048
Year: 1966
Factory sleeve included
Condition: M-
$65.00

This obscure 1966 Garage Rock single has a dynamite B side... not to be missed! Check out the mp3 "snippet" of it. Note: This promo copy comes in a vintage Atlantic-Atco Records factory sleeve. Unfortunately, someone has marked on the labels with a red grease-pencil (see scan), but the vinyl looks untouched and the audio sounds pristine Mint!

Look For The Rainbow/ Tweenager by Linda Rae
Label: Mike 4002
Year: 1966
Condition: M-
$25.00

This late Girl Group rocker is well worth seeking out. Note: This promo copy has a promo stamp on both labels (see scan). The vinyl looks untouched, and the audio sound pristine Mint.

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Stock up on our rare, original issue 45s, soul 45s, rock 45s, jukebox 45s, and everything else too! Classic 45's on the Web: Rare vinyl 45 records store featuring original issue soul 45s, classic rock 45s, modern rock 45s, doo-wop 45s, RnB 45s, and large virtual boxes of old vinyl 45 rpm records. Our jukebox presents mp3 files of some of our vinyl singles, and we also include rankings from Dave Marsh's Heart of Rock and Soul book! For jukebox owners, we also offer reasonably priced, custom jukebox strips of the 45s you purchase.

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Happy Weekend All! This lovely slab of vinyl is going to be going up for bids shortly. It has been referred to as one of the top five most collectible pieces of 7 inch vinyl. Discogs history reflects just two sales. If you'd like to be on the list to receive notification, just PM your email. Sound clips will naturally be posted with the record when it is formally up, but picture below is actual record. In essence, the audio grades M- to reflect light surface noise in the quiet intro, the vinyl EX+ to recognize a few scuffs of no consequence to the sound. The labels have a touch of ring wear with drill hole placement neatly at 6'oclock. Thanks so much! Hoping to make someone's dream come true with this amazing piece of Americana!
i am looking for a 45 for my juke box light up or leave me alone b/w rock n roll stew by traffic
Thanks, good people my first order arrived safely yesterday - cheers, Pete :-)