Apollo-Themed 45 Releases

When I was in 11th grade, the unthinkable happened:  I received two Fs in the same semester!  One of the Fs was in Physics class, an absolute nightmare.  Thankfully, Paul Guinnessy of the American Institute of Physics has helped me deprogram from this hellish experience, thus empowering this historian-in-training to gather up the courage to take on new musical challenges — in this case, showcasing 45 single releases that celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of the Apollo moon landing program:

45 Single Releases from 1969

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“Audio highlights of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing Mission”
Note: Narrated by Peter Thomas.Note
:  “Record comes with 2, 3 page wrap round sleeves and with a 4 page insert.  Pressed exclusively for News of the World readers.”

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“Audio highlights of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing Mission”
Narrated by Peter Thomas.

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Note:  7″ record at 33 1/3 rpm

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Note:  Issued as a flexi-disc

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Note:  “Swedish reporter interspersed with original NASA soundtrack of the first moon landing 1969”

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Note:  Sole release from South Africa’s Rory Blackwell Sound.

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Note:  Produced by DC’s WWDC — compliments of the Washington Senators; “Baseball Is More Than a Game” by The John Bahler Singers on the flip side.

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Note:  In no way was MGM involved in staging the moon landing.

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Note:  US picture sleeve = ‘Future ShockTypeface in Popular Music

Note:  French picture sleeve = song produced/written/arranged by Rick Shorter

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Note:  Band from Belgium.

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Note:  Band from France.

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Note:  B-side of “Time of the Season” instrumental cover.

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“Apollo 11” backed with “Moonwalk”

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“Apollo 11” backed with “Mission Control”

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Note:  Moon Boys = Hippy Boys (i.e., future rhythm section for The Wailers)

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Side One title:  Moments In Space History
Side Two title:  The Actual Voyage Of Apollo 11

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Note:  Promo 45 only

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Note:  Produced by CBS News with Walter Cronkite and Joel Heller.

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Let’s Do It On the Moon” backed with “Moon Shot

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Johnny Harris Orchestra — German picture sleeve

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Johnny Harris Orchestra — French picture sleeve

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Note:  Sole release by German band, Gordon Young and the California Brass.

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German picture sleeve

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Moon Mission” backed with “Astronautical”

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The Cape Canaveral Construction Company — Spanish picture sleeve

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The Cape Canaveral Construction Company — UK release

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Featured song:

Moon Flight” by Vik Venus [break-in record]

Buddah issued this Japanese picture sleeve in August, 1969.

Honorable mention:  “Apollo 13” by French composer/bandleader Caravelli

LINK to Zero to 180’s  “Duke Ellington Meets Apollo 11” from 2017

Also worth noting:  “Man on the Moon” by saxophonist Ornette Coleman

France – 1969

Apollo = Canadian label (1969-1970)

Early reggae blank promo 45 by unknown harmony group!
Man Discovering the Moon” – 1969 – Jamaica

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