Feel the Bern, er, the KA-CHUNK: It’s National 8-Track Day!

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Some days we write the news, others the news writes itself…

By Uncle Blurt

From NationalDayCalendar.com, this somewhat awkwardly-written but self-explanatory newsbyte:

Observed each year on April 11 is National Eight Track Tape Day.   This is a day to remember listening to great music of the sixties and seventies on eight-track tapes.Popular from the mid-1960s through the early 1980s, eight track tapes are a magnetic tape sound recording technology. Eight track tape, also called Stereo 8, was created in 1964 by Bill Lear of Lear Jet Corporation along with Ampex, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Motorola and RCA Victor Records and released in 1965.

It was in September of 1965 that Ford Motor Company introduced factory installed and dealer installed eight track tape players as an option to buyers on three of its 1966 models, the Thunderbird, Mustang and Lincoln.  All of the Ford’s vehicles offered this tape player upgrade option on the 1967 model.   Through the 1980s optional eight track players were available in many cars and trucks. Eight track cartridges were phased out in the retail stores in the United States by late 1982.  Some titles were still available as eight track tapes through various mail order clubs until late 1988.

Many of the late period eight track tape releases are highly collectible today.

Indeed. Still got four of those suitcase-like carrying cases that hold 48 cartridges per. Man, nothing like the memories…. jamming a matchbook cover or a stray piece of trash under the tape because it was mistracking in the player and playing two channels at once (the original mashup, yo)… kicking back in my best pal’s Mustang out in the woods, some killer microdot just about to come on, when my favorite 20-minute psychedelic jam suddenly gets interrrupted by a loud KA_CHUNK! as the track changes channels midway, thereby freaking the shit out of me and my pals… and folks ask me where their ol’ Uncle got all the grey hairs prematurely. Now you know.

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