National Vinyl Record Day - August 12


Get spinning on August 12th with National Vinyl Record Day! Whether it’s the Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Monkees, Johnny Cash or the BeeGees, vinyl records have a sound all their own. Most will agree, vintage vinyl is almost as much of a classic as the bands themselves.

The day encourages listening to all kinds of music on vinyl records. Spin a disc on a jukebox or show off your style by demonstrating your hip hop moves.

About Vinyl Records

Jukebox at Wax Trax Records in Las Vegas loaded with 45s.

When vinyl records first came on the market they had other names. Some of them were gramophone record or a phonograph record. They’re also called records for short.  It is an analog sound storage medium consisting of a flat disc. The sound is recorded by inscribing it on a modulated spiral groove.

Depdinging on the speed the sound was recorded, the vinyl record will need to be played at a specific speed on the record player. This is referred to as rotational speed. The revolutions per minute (RPMs) of the more popular vinyls are:

  • 45s
  • 33 1/3
  • 78s

Other features of vinyl records included reproductive accuracy or fidelity (High Fidelity or Hi-Fi, Orthophonic and Full-Range), their time capacity (long-playing or single), and the number of channels of audio provided (mono, stereo or quadraphonic).

Vinyl records were also sold in different sizes such as:

  • 12 inch
  • 10 inch
  • 7 inch
Rich Rosen, owner of Wax Trax Records in Las Vegas, has 45 years expereince in the vinyl record industry.

Rich Rosen, owner of Wax Trax Records in Las Vegas, has 45 years experience in the vinyl record industry.

HOW TO OBSERVE #VinylRecordDay

Stop by a vinyl record store in your town. While browsing through the selections, reminisce about the Good Ol’ Days. Share you finds using #VinylRecordDay to post on social media.


Gary Freiberg of Los Osos, California founded National Vinyl Record Day commemorating the day Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877. Freiberg encourages everyone to remember fond memories and the good things in life, especially vinyl records.

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