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    In early 1969 I went downtown El Paso and bought a 10 transistor Elgin pocket radio. Even though that radio was small in size, it had the fidelity of a large high quality radio. I used to listen to KPAK, I believe was the FM station, and heard a really neat song called "Sad Situation" by Tracy Nelson. I really liked that song, but only heard it a few times before jumping in my Studebaker and going home on leave for two weeks. When I returned to base I kept listening to my Elgin portable, but never heard the song again. Then just a couple weeks after returning from leave I was on KP, and one of the cooks went through my coat pockets and stole my radio.

    After KP was over, I went outside and flagged down an MP to report the theft. That jerk yelled at me for having my hands in my pockets, and didn't give a damn about the theft. I went back to the store to buy another Elgin radio, but they never got one back in. I liked the song by Tracy Nelson so much that every time I was by a record shop, I'd stop in to ask if they could order that song. Never had any luck, even though I kept looking for 20 years. I finally gave up looking, but never forgot the song. In 2001 I bought my first computer, and learned about ebay, so I did an ebay search, and finally found the record album with "Sad Situation" by Tracy Nelson.

    Now you can hear it on U tube.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WrGwA0aZgw



  • #2
    Hey Tom, the video won't play......
    I'll keep trying...hopefully perseverance will pay off.
    I won't give up either. Jeff
    Twiss Collector Car Parts

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  • #3
    Got it to play....had to do a youtube search. I didn't give up. Jeff
    Twiss Collector Car Parts

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    • #4
      Originally posted by Tom Wesenberg View Post
      In early 1969 I went downtown El Paso and bought a 10 transistor Elgin pocket radio. Even though that radio was small in size, it had the fidelity of a large high quality radio. I used to listen to KPAK, I believe was the FM station, and heard a really neat song called "Sad Situation" by Tracy Nelson. I really liked that song, but only heard it a few times before jumping in my Studebaker and going home on leave for two weeks. When I returned to base I kept listening to my Elgin portable, but never heard the song again. Then just a couple weeks after returning from leave I was on KP, and one of the cooks went through my coat pockets and stole my radio.

      After KP was over, I went outside and flagged down an MP to report the theft. That jerk yelled at me for having my hands in my pockets, and didn't give a damn about the theft. I went back to the store to buy another Elgin radio, but they never got one back in. I liked the song by Tracy Nelson so much that every time I was by a record shop, I'd stop in to ask if they could order that song. Never had any luck, even though I kept looking for 20 years. I finally gave up looking, but never forgot the song. In 2001 I bought my first computer, and learned about ebay, so I did an ebay search, and finally found the record album with "Sad Situation" by Tracy Nelson.

      Now you can hear it on U tube.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WrGwA0aZgw


      I like it Tom thanks for sharing.

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      • #5
        Jeff, I wonder if you waited long enough for the page to load. I've always used the address bar and copy and paste to provide a link, and it brings up the full page I was on when listening to the song. So, on the right side of the page is a list of other songs I've listened to or U tube thinks I'd like to listen to. After posting a link, I try it and it always works for me.

        When I click on the picture Mitch provided, then it loads a little quicker, and only that song shows up. There's a lot I don't know about computers.
        I'm going to have to buy something so I can download all the songs I like, and can play them back during long road trips.
        I haven't turned on my car radio for the past 3 years now, because there isn't anything worth listening to.

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        • JDupuis
          JDupuis commented
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          Hey Tom, when I clicked on it, the album cover picture would show and the discription of the video. But a big banner came across the picture saying it was unavailable. Glad its fixed now. Jeff

      • #6
        Hey Tom, you got a smart phone? You might want to look into Spotify or one other such application as there are a lot of songs in their data base that you can choose from. I haven't turned on a radio in at least 5 years, I listen to my phone and Spotify instead. No commercials and only the songs I download to my list for $7.99/month. Now, it does go against the Data plan, and I use about 1gig/month, so plan for that.
        You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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        • #7
          Wouldn't a smart phone need a smart operator?
          That's two things I'd need.
          My phone can take pictures, but I have a camera for that. I'd rather have a recording device just for songs, and keep my phone for calls.

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          • #8
            Oh see, that is where it works both ways. I use a headset that covers the ears(which is sick bird in Ca but have been spotted, but never pulled over for it) and while driving and listening to my music, you call, I hear it and push button to answer phone. Works out very well for me cause when the phone call is finished, it returns to my music.
            You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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            • CarlG
              CarlG commented
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              My wife's phone will play into her hearing aids -- I never hear a thing!

            • Mitch
              Mitch commented
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              Carl i have those too. (Starkey) Phone calls, music streams to them
              Everything is controlled by the phone.

          • #9
            Here is another song I looked for years before I could find it. Again I had to find it on ebay, as no record shops had it, even back in 1966, when it came out.

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            • JDupuis
              JDupuis commented
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              Hey Tom, I clicked on it, and it came up blank. Saying "This video is not available". Jeff

            • Mitch
              Mitch commented
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              It worked for me!

            • JDupuis
              JDupuis commented
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              Just tried again. Same thing, didn't work.
              But,.....this may have something to do with crossing the northern border. Certain youtube videos have been blocked in the past. To be USA only veiwing. Jeff

            • Mitch
              Mitch commented
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              Jeff try this link

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YYQ...g#action=share

            • JDupuis
              JDupuis commented
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              Still unavailable to me. Thanks for trying Mitch.
              I'll go direct to youtube to see if I can retrieve the video there. Jeff

            • JDupuis
              JDupuis commented
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              Found it, did a direct search. Jeff

          • #10
            That song became a popular down and out blues song back in the 70s and 80s with around 20+ ex-girl friends of mine.

            Thanks for the memories Tom.
            "Bullshit and Brilliance Comes with Age and Experience"

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            • #11
              This is crazy. I started this thread and mentioned my 10 transistor Elgin was stolen by one of our company cooks, so this afternoon I thought it would be neat to find another one just like it. I just looked on ebay, and here is the identical one that is NOS, but I won't be paying his high price. I think I payed about $17 for mine in 1969.

              https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Elg...ty!55444!US!-1

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              • JDupuis
                JDupuis commented
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                We had that same radio on the farm. I have no idea what ever happened to it.
                Jeff

            • #12
              $17.00 in 1969 had the same buying power as $115.62 in 2017

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              • #13
                Google you a site with OLD SONG LYRICS. For a song to be MEANINGFUL, you have to listen to the "STORY"
                Dad Musicbuff

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                • #14
                  Originally posted by Michael M View Post
                  $17.00 in 1969 had the same buying power as $115.62 in 2017
                  I'll never get used to this crazy rate of inflation. All the years I was growing up gas sold for 28 cents to 31 cents a gallon, then in a few short years it's over $2.00 a gallon. I quit buying Hostess cupcakes when the price jumped from 10 cents to 12 cents, and now it's over a $1.00. At this rate we'll be hauling a wheel barrow full of money to buy a loaf of bread. LOL

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                  • #15
                    Originally posted by Tom Wesenberg View Post

                    I'll never get used to this crazy rate of inflation. All the years I was growing up gas sold for 28 cents to 31 cents a gallon, then in a few short years it's over $2.00 a gallon. I quit buying Hostess cupcakes when the price jumped from 10 cents to 12 cents, and now it's over a $1.00. At this rate we'll be hauling a wheel barrow full of money to buy a loaf of bread. LOL

                    You can go here to the Park Hyatt's Blue Duck Tavern in DC for breakfast and pay 4.00 for a slice of bread to have with your eggs. You do get a choice of 6 different kinds. If i remember the butter was free,but the jelly may not be. My wife loves the place and my oldest daughter was married here.Three weddings in 4.5 years

                    https://www.hyatt.com/content/dam/Pr...enu-123117.pdf

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