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Happy National Eight Track Tape Day!

Today, April 11, is National Eight Track Tape Day, a holiday dedicated to bring back the fond memories of the sixties and seventies.  I had one installed in my first car, a Brown ’68 Dodge Polara!  I had the speakers all along the back window too!

The 8-track tape, originally called the Stereo 8, was created in 1964 by a consortium led by Bill Lear of Lear Jet Corporation, along with Ampex, Ford, Motorola and RCA Victor Records, and was made popular by the inclusion of 8-track players in Ford automobiles in 1965. 8-tracks were being phased out in the US by 1982, but were still available through record clubs as late as 1988.

The first Beatles albums to be released as 8-tracks were Meet The Beatles, Rubber Soul and Revolver, in 1966. The last known commercially available Beatles-related 8-track was The John Lennon Collection from 1982.

8-track images thanks to www.rarebeatles.com.

Posted by Dave Habe

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