After the dinosaurs went extinct, a baby boy was born in Bethlehem and nearly 1900 years later Thomas Alva Edison invented the phonograph. As the recording medium grew in popularity, record companies began to produce small 7″ albums often called 45s (the rpm at which they were played.) There was an A-side and a B-side. The A-side was reserved for the popular hit, while the B-side was usually a lesser known song or even an outtake or joke.
However, many b-sides in have become great.
“Into the Groove” Madonna
“I’m Free” the Rolling Stones
“Murder by Numbers” the Police
“Pink Cadillac” Bruce Springsteen
“The Sweetest Thing” U2
“Be-Bop A Lula” Gene Vincent
“Yellow Ledbetter” Pearl Jam
“Rain” the Beatles
“Don’t Worry Baby” the Beach Boys
“Unchained Melody” the Righteous Brothers
So why am I fixated on B-Sides? Well, I have two boys, my A-side and my B-side. My husband is a B-side (second and, even worse, a middle child.) My second child is unbelievable and I am determined to make him feel just a special as his A-side – first-born brother. I knew that I had to take a ton of photos of him at his birth, because as in my husband’s family and in many other families, there are albums chock full of photos of the first born and only a small smattering of second-child photos.
So the other day, I had the opportunity to photograph a fabulous B-side baby boy. He is beautiful and already a huge hit with his parents and family. Take a look.
Enjoy. He’s no one hit wonder. SPL