Last updated on June 11th, 2020 at 06:40 pm
The First Family Record
This collectible item is a 1962 comedy album that pokes fun at the Kennedys as the “First Family”. Its principal performer is stand-up comedian and impressionist, Vaughn Meader. The scenes featured are:
- SIDE 1: The Experiment; After Dinner Conversations; The Malayan
Ambassador; Relatively Speaking; Astronauts; Motorcade; The Party; The Tour.
- SIDE 2: But Vote; Economy Lunch; The Decision; White House Visitor;
Press Conference; The Dress; Saturday Night, Sunday Morning; Auld Lang
Syne; and Bedtime Story SS.
Several record company executives turned down the offer to distribute the album because they were concerned the President would find it degrading. However, Cadence Records felt it had potential so they took a chance.
When it was released, more than 1 million copies sold every week for the first 6.5 weeks and it remained #1 on Billboard 200 for 12 weeks. In addition, a year later it won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year and Vaughn Meader won an award for his impersonation of John F. Kennedy (“JFK”).
And although Jacqueline Kennedy didn’t appreciate its humor, JFK found it so amusing that he purchased 100 copies and gave them away as Christmas gifts. However, after Kennedy’s assassination, Cadence pulled the album from shelves and had any unsold copies destroyed.
The First Family Record has been properly cared for and stored. Therefore, the actual vinyl disc is in mint condition. The sleeve shows some slight wear on the edges so it is in near-mint condition. This item is a wonderful gift for collectors and history buffs.
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