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Posted by on Apr. 11, 2013 at 6:48 AM
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NATIONAL EIGHT TRACK TAPE DAY

Celebrated each year on April 11 it is National Eight Track Tape Day.   This is a day where we remember listening to great music of the sixties and seventies on eight track tapes.

Popular from the mid 1960′s through the early 1980′s, 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 it’s 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 1980′s 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.

Did you or someone in your family own eight track tapes?

by on Apr. 11, 2013 at 6:48 AM
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fammatthews4
by Trisha on Apr. 11, 2013 at 7:37 AM

yep my dad had one when I was growing up

wakymom
by Silver Member on Apr. 11, 2013 at 8:36 AM

We never had any. My parents had all LP's, and we jumped straight to cassette tapes.






atlmom2
by Susie on Apr. 11, 2013 at 8:39 AM
We all did. My Mustang had an Eight track player in it. My mom kept her player and ny brother has it and the tapes now.
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Barabell
by Barbara on Apr. 11, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Nope. Those are kind of before my time. I've only ever seen 1 eight track player in my life.

Hannahluvsdogs
by Silver Member on Apr. 11, 2013 at 11:05 AM

My father had a car with an eight track player.

mumsy2three
by Shauna on Apr. 11, 2013 at 3:53 PM

My dad had an 8 track in the car.

02nana07
by Ida on Apr. 11, 2013 at 7:45 PM

 sure did

drfink
by Emily on Apr. 11, 2013 at 10:00 PM

I did in my car and at home

top down ,Chicago in the 8 track ...I was sooooooo cool ....LOL....at least in my mind then ; )

bizzeemom2717
by Jen on Apr. 12, 2013 at 2:56 AM
Lol I barely remember my dad having a few
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MrsBLB
by Missi on Apr. 12, 2013 at 2:46 PM

I still have some.

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