subModern Archives – “Mix” Tape ca. 1965 – 36 songs!

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I wanted to share this awesome mix of oldies that I just digitized. The mix comes from a reel of tape that came with my first working reel to reel, a TEAC 4010. Sadly I no longer have the TEAC, I gave it to a friend years ago as a gift.

The TEAC 4010 came with about two dozen reels. The previous owner, believed to be Tom Celona (see playlist photos) had dubbed his record collection onto these tapes sometime in the 1970s.

Based on the track listing (newest song is from 1965) and that it was recorded on acetate tape stock, I’m guessing this tape to have been made between 1965-1970.

This particular reel, labeled “12” (subModern archive #07.PR.012) is unique in that it is a collection of singles taped from 45s, making it a very early example of a mix tape. At the end of the recording the creator of the tape recorded a message explaining that he made the mix from his personal 45 collection (one William Deignan Ridge street in East Providence, RI). Enjoy!

Disclaimer: I do not own the rights to any of the recordings contained on this reel, it is presented here as a historic artifact and is not intended for commercial use.


  1. Conway Twitty – Lonely Boy
  2. Conway Twitty – It’s Only Make Believe
  3. Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels – Devil With the Blue Dress
  4. Fireflies – You Were Mine
  5. The Human Being – Nobody But Me
  6. The Duprees – Why Don’t You Believe Me?
  7. The Classics – Till Then
  8. Barry and the Tamarlines – I Wonder What She’s Doing
  9. Freddy Cannon – Palisades Park
  10. 10. Chubby Checker – The Twist
  11. Nat King Cole – That Sunday, That Summer
  12. The Beatles – She Loves You
  13. Roy Orbison – Only the Lonely
  14. Roy Orbison – Blue Angel
  15. Conway Twitty – Halfway to Heaven
  16. Frank Ifield – I Remember You
  17. Roy Orbison – Crying
  18. Orlons – Don’t Hang Up
  19. Ricky Nelson – Sweater Than You
  20. Tommy Edwards – Please Love Me Forever
  21. Tommy Edwards – It’s All in the Game
  22. The Kinks – You Really Got Me
  23. The Coasters – Poison Ivy
  24. Frankie Avalon – I’ll Wait for You
  25. The Everly Brothers – Cryin’ in the Rain
  26. The Beatles – I Saw Her Standing There
  27. The Beatles – I Want to Hold Your Hand
  28. The Beach Boys – Help Me Rhonda
  29. The Everly Brothers – Bird Dog
  30. The Kinks – Tired of Waiting for You
  31. Johnny Burnett – You’re Sixteen
  32. Brenda Lee – I’m Sorry
  33. Brenda Lee – That’s All You Gotta Do
  34. Roy Orbison – Candy Man
  35. Roy Orbison – Here Comes that Song Again
  36. The Beatles – Please Mr. Postman