Last week the BBC aired an hour long documentary on the 45 rpm called, The Joy Of The Single. Like most music documentaries produced by the BBC it was well done.
Many aspects of the vintage music platform were discussed by a large group of interviewees including Graham Gouldman, Suzi Quatro, Noddy Holder, Jimmy Webb, Norman Cook and many others. It follows the timeline of rock as well, pointing out it's resurgence in the punk scene and big comeback in the 80s before the CD eventually snuffed it out.
Interestingly, today the single is as prominent as ever. With digital music distribution most of the music buying public spends their money purchasing single tracks from places like iTunes. Alas, the charm of the cover sleeve, the tactile feel of the record, the smell are all gone.
Jack White said it best when he talked of what one has to do to play a 45. First placing it on the turntable, then dropping the needle, the song is too short to do anything but stay right by the spinning disc. "It's almost reverential", he posed.