You can often hear squeaks and pops on old LPs, due to simple wear and tear.
Photo by William Clifford
Columbia Records unveils the 33 1/3 long-playing (LP) record
From this day until about 1990, the primary format to sell music was the “LP.”
This black vinyl disc inscribed with grooves, produced music when it spun on a turntable, originally called a phonograph. An engineer who worked at Columbia Records named Peter Goldmark figured out how to fit more music on the LP. Also called “records” or “albums,” LPs could hold up to 30 minutes of music on each side, a huge leap over other formats that might hold three or four minutes’ worth of music per side. (By the way, that 33 and 1/3 measurement refers to the number of revolutions per minute (RPM) required for the music to sound as the performer had intended it to.)
Goldmark’s invention made it much easier for music fans to purchase affordable music and enjoy very good sound quality.