Saturday, June 20, 2009

Hey, Mr. DJ . . .

As many of you know, I am a contributor on the JunkMarket Style website. We recently were given another Contributors Challenge, this time with vintage record albums. I had a little trouble with this one, and it took me awhile to figure out exactly what I wanted to do. As my Dad was a DJ in the late '50s and '60s, I decided I'd do a tribute to him, and with Father's Day just around the corner, it seemed the perfect fit!

He first began his radio career on a local country station, then later progressed to a station that was actually a little before it's time, Talk Radio. He really thrived in that venue (he certainly wasn't afraid to talk or speak his mind) and was maybe the Rush Limbaugh of his day. He really loved to get people riled up! But the odd hours and low wages took it's toll and he eventually moved on to selling insurance. So here's to you Dad. Happy Father's Day!

For this project I started out with nine record albums. After making sure they were each facing the same direction, I stacked them (a few at a time) and drilled four holes in each. They were then attached together with pieces of chain from a hanging chandelier.

Once the albums were attached together, I hung them by a rod that was resting on vintage horse saddle buckles.

Here's a picture of my Dad at work in the early '60s. Love the slicked back hair! Ha! He worked at a station with the call letters WLOL. With four daughters, Linda, Lori, Lanette and Lisa, he would tell people he named them just for the wLoL of it!

When he did talk radio, they use to call him "Mr. Wonderful". The sign holder is magnetic and attaches to the back of the cabinet.

I had started to collect old microphones a few years back. Found out the black one is actually a speaker. No matter, I still think it's just ducky!

Delta Dawn, what's the flower you have on?

After using the albums, I still had to find uses for the album covers. Waste not, want not as they say. So why not showcase them on the guard rail in my hallway? David Bowie anyone?

Do you know how to do the Hustle??? You wouldn't want to see me try!

Or maybe you want to do some Daffy Dances. Do you know the Mashed Potato?

Love this Green Album. How fun!

Or maybe yellow is more your color.

Or maybe country is more your style? Conway Twitty anyone?

Here we have the album persona given me, Tanya Tucker. I really did kind of have the whole hair thing going on during the '80s, with the ultra blond and perm. My husband, well he was actually a little like Lee. We were quite the pair . . . twang, twang!


icandy... said...

That's a really cool idea for displaying those LP's!!!! My favorite is the green one- and ok, I do love the little yellow 45, too! I can remember when I had my album collection, gosh!! But I have no idea where they are after all these years! Thanks for sharing! :)

imjacobsmom said...

This made my son gasp! He just bought a turntable and has been visiting Cheapos and such and antique markets for albums. They are back "in" again. Old Skool is cool - ya' know. ~ Robyn

Restoration House Interiors said...

Love it, Lanette! Way to step up to the challenge! Whoo, hoo! Have a great Father's Day and how awesome that your dad was DJ! Cool!


Cottage Lifestyle said...

Lanette, please check out my blog tomorrow as I did an article on using chalkboard paint and included a photo from The French Flea market. Unfortunately didn't turn out as well as I had hoped.



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