Re: Late 50's record & Sputnik
Thank you Memphis boy for these added details. I have been aware (without specifics or verification) that Yuri Gagarin was at times at odds with the bigwigs in Moscow.
While I was insensitive to "Soviet heroes" before the Berlin Wall fell, much more useful information has come out to somewhat humanize certain personalities. Gagarin is one of them but too much is still unknown and/or unverified.
He was a living breathing soul that became a hero in the Soviet order, a regime that most of us despised. But the man was also a major part of a significant historical event, this should make him incredibly interesting. Let's hope the details you mentioned will be brought to light in less time than it took to verify the execution of Anastasia Romanov.
Anyway, Sputnik was there on the music store rack even though it never bubbled over the Top 100.
The story I've read on Yuri was that yes he was a nice guy and as you've said a super star. There are more than one explanation as to why he crashed but a couple I've read don't make sense aviation wise. It does make sense that he was "accidentally " killed because he was outspoken and critical of the Kremlin for rushing launches knowing the craft weren't safe. Interestingly on the other side of the planet a few years later astronauts were complaining to NASA that the Apollo wasn't ready to fly. Not long afterwards 3 died in the Apollo fire.
You ought to keep it as an important part of history. All politics aside, Yuri Gargarin was reportedly a really decent sort of fellow, very humble and unpretentious. Naturally he was a Russian super star who sadly died in a plane crash while he was in his early 30's (his MiG 15 crashed during a training mission).
I don't remember a Sputnik 45 RPM single, but I do recall a 1961 Yuri Gagarin single. Nobody would be mad enough to buy something like that, but I did. Like the one you mention, my record has a high pitched signal but I also have a Russian voice in the mix, Yuri Gagarin's. At least, that is what I remember - but I only played it once and then filed it away.
The only readable part of the cover on the front says "CCCP 12-IV-1961" (the rest is in Russian) and there is a photo of the man himself, along with what looks like his signature.
The reverse says, in seven different languages, "JURI GAGARIN IN SPACE" and "made in USSR".
The copy number on the record itself is 0007956.
I don't imagine there is much of a market for that sort of thing nowadays. Or even then!
If you think the above is crazy, I also bought, about the same time, a Microgrove Frequency Record published by Decca, Levels Accurate to Within +- = .5 dB. No idea why.
I put those purchases down to a momentary lapse of reason at the time...