My longtime friend Gregg Geller, former VP of A&R (Artists & Repertoire) at four record companies: (Warner Brothers, RCA, Columbia and Epic) recently asked his Facebook friends to name the first singles and LPs they ever bought. I can tell you the first LP easily enough: Beatles '65, the US release of the UK LP Beatles For Sale, with fewer tracks than the British version but some of the early Fab Four tunes I still revere today ("No Reply," "I'm A Loser," "Baby's In Black," "She's A Woman" "I Feel Fine" and "I'll Be Back," the first Lennon-McCartney original to grab me. The album also had Chuck Berry and Carl Perkins covers.
I was five in 1956, and I recall vividly falling in love with a single called "The Green Door," recorded by an otherwise nondescript singer by the name of Jim Lowe on Dot Records. It was by no means rock and roll but had a rollicking, boogie-woogie feel I really enjoyed though, even at five, I couldn't figure out the lyrics and frankly, still can't. I might add, neither can anyone else--multiple theories have been advanced over the years. Lowe was a top Manhattan disc jockey at WNEW Radio who went on to work at NBC Radio and their popular weekend "Monitor" showcase.