Backstage Auctions to Put 5,000 7-inch Vintage Promotional Records On the Auction Block

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Backstage Auctions to feature over 700 auction lots of rock and roll treasures from the personal collection of noted classic rock radio legend Denny Somach. The Rockin' Hot Summer Auction will feature one-of-a-kind items from rock history's most iconic bands and personalities including The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, The Band, YES, The Who, The Doors, B.B. King, The Kinks and many more.

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Clearly the allure of vinyl is gaining mainstream popularity again with the resurgence of vinyl records being produced and released, evidenced by Record Store Day's new monthly Vinyl Saturday events,

Backstage Auctions, Inc., the online boutique auction house specializing in authentic classic rock memorabilia, is hopping on the vinyl bandwagon. With both baby boomers and teens attracted by the sound of vinyl records and record stores promoting monthly Vinyl Saturdays (June 20 is the next one), Backstage Auctions is putting up one of the largest collections of 7-inch promotional vinyl singles in their The Rockin' Hot Summer Auction, June 21-28 at

Featuring items from the personal collection of radio/TV industry veteran Denny Somach spanning his 40-year career, The Rockin' Hot Summer Auction features a collection of over 5,000 7-inch vinyl promotional singles up for bidding and Backstage Auctions is expecting a big response from the collecting public. What makes 45 rpm singles so interesting is not only the artwork used on the sleeves but many contain rare B-sides with songs that were never released on an album. "Clearly the allure of vinyl is gaining mainstream popularity again with the resurgence of vinyl records being produced and released, evidenced by Record Store Day's new monthly Vinyl Saturday events, " says Jacques van Gool, of Backstage Auctions.

Somach's collection of vinyl records covers all music genres which defined the 1970s, including classic rock, British rock, progressive rock, hard rock, punk and new wave, disco, R&B and soul, country and western, pop, blues, jazz, folk and reggae. Records on the auction block include singles from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, KISS, Fleetwood Mac, Journey and many more. "As an auctioneer who works exclusively with music industry professionals, we have seen some amazing vinyl collections come through our doors, but this particular 7- inch collection is one of the most unique and rare collections simply because 90% of the singles are promotional and radio-station-only releases," says van Gool.

Somach will donate a portion of the auction proceeds to the American Diabetes Association.
Every lot in The Rockin' Hot Summer Auction can be viewed online June 14-20 at Bidding starts on June 21-28.

Backstage Auctions is a boutique online auction house specializing in authentic classic rock memorabilia. By exclusively representing legendary musicians and entertainment professionals directly, every auction event is unique and reflects the seller's legacy and chronicles their legendary career. Over the past five years Backstage Auctions has represented musicians, producers and managers in the music industry. Their very first online auction event featured the private collection of legendary producer Eddie Kramer and since then, they have represented musicians such as Ted Nugent, Howard Kaylan (The Turtles), Ross Valory (Journey) and Michael Shrieve (Santana) as well as managers of legendary bands such as The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, KISS, Journey, Joe Walsh and Motley Crue. Backstage Auctions works closely with each of their clients and incorporates their personal stories and memories throughout the online auction event. The end result is a unique, historical and unforgettable journey spanning decades of music history.

Denny Somach is a Grammy® Award recipient, author and producer for radio and television. Somach is considered one of the founders of the format known as Classic Rock, which he helped to create at WYSP, the premier rock radio station in Philadelphia. He was also instrumental in developing NBC's rock radio network, The Source. Somach formed Denny Somach Productions (DSP) which has become one of the most successful independent producers of syndicated and network radio programming in the country, including Legends of Rock and Live from the Hard Rock Cafe for NBC; Rolling Stone Magazine's Continuous History of Rock and Roll for ABC; the Psychedelic Psnack for Westwood One and Scott Muni's Ticket to Ride. Somach also produced "Meet the Beatles...Again" hosted by Pat O'Brien, which won the 2005 Crystal Radio Award and Clapton - The Autobiography, the official radio program for Eric Clapton's best selling book.

Somach has also been involved with numerous television productions. He served as a producer and reporter for Evening/PM Magazine, produced The Rock and Roll Show for CBS, The News That Rocked for MTV, the weekly concert series, Hot Spots, on the USA Network and he is the co-creator of Friday Night Videos for NBC. A recognized rock and roll authority, Somach has appeared on numerous television shows, including: The Today Show, Larry King Live, The Early Show on CBS, The Joan Rivers Show, Dateline NBC, CNN's Moneyline, and other programs. He is also the author of Ticket to Ride (Wm Morrow & Co. 1989) and Meet the Beatles…Again (1995.)

From 1994 - 1998, Denny was the executive VP of EMI Merchandising where he created and executed the merchandising for the Beatles "Live at the BBC" and "Anthology" releases. He also initiated and conducted high end merchandising for three Rolling Stones worldwide tours.

Currently, Denny Somach produces the weekly Led Zeppelin tribute program; Get the Led Out with Carol Miller. The radio program airs on over 100 stations throughout the country including WAXQ, New York, the highest rated classic rock station in the U.S.

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