Close N Play Phonograph

Close N Play Phonograph Share your own memories of this toy

This memory was added on: January 1, 2009

I was thinking mine was blue. I'm trying to remember how old I was... maybe 7 (looking at 50 in 2009!). My first record (and the one which came with my Close 'n Play) was "The Little Drummer Boy." I just loved it. All this reminiscence came about because my 16 year old and I were watching "The Little Drummer Boy." Out it came... "My first record was "The Little Drummer Boy," and I had a Close'n Play to play it on." Of course, she didn't know what I was on about, but she soon did. Thank goodness for Google! Brilliant stuff!

Happy Christmas,

This memory was added on: November 26, 2008

I remember getting a Close and Play for Christmas in 1970 when I was 4 years old. The first record I played was "SOUL MAN" by Sam & Dave. The song actually was released 4 years prior to that but that was my favorite song. My mother told me that before I knew my own name, I thought my name was Soul Man. With the first money I ever had of my own ($1.00) I bought my first record at the age of 5. It was "WHAT'S GOING ON" by Marvin Gaye. I've been a DJ for the last 30 years and one of my greatest inspirations had to be the Close and Play. Thanks for allowing me to share my story with the rest of you.


This memory was added on: November 26, 2008

I had two close'n play record players.

I remember the first record I got, and I now believe either my brother or my mother his it from me and don't know where it is to this day.

I DO remember "Let the Sky Fall" and "I'd love to Change the World"...I still have those records, won't play worth a crap on a good turntable to this day. The other was the Bee Gees "Walking back to Waterloo"...on Atco records...(a collectible lable today, if I'm not mistaken"...Still have that one too, but ruined.

My family got so tired of hearing those songs on my close'n play. I finally got a "big record" for my birthday one year, after they started giving me their hand-me-down portable record players, one looked like a suitcase (I still have it), and another was a stereo record changer. They were heavy as hell!

But, after seeing the pictures of the close'n play, some old memories came back...

thanks for posting the site! LOVE it..

BTW: I now have a collection of over 2000 vinly lps and better than 2500 45rpm is the soundtrack of life!

William H.

This memory was added on: June 4, 2008

I got my first close and play when I was 2yrs old for christmas 1977. Since I was always messing around with my family stereos, my mom bought me my first record player. I remember the color being green and it taking D or maybe C size batteries.

I never knew what happen to it after a few years later when I got my new record player in 1979 which had disco lights on it. but I would do anything to find that close n play again.

Hispanicguy Latino

This memory was added on: February 1, 2008

OMG! I googled Close and Play Record Player and this site came up! my memory is, I am the youngest of 4 girls and my sister who is 2 years older than me received one of these for Christmas one year and I wanted one, but nooooo, i couldn't have one, so one day I wanted to hang out with her and her girlfriend, but nooo, I was the baby and she wouldn't let me so, I came up with the bright idea to pay her back, so I stuffed cheese doodles in her Close and Play to pay her back! lol I didn't mean to ruin it, but she should have let me hang out with her and her friend! I was truly sorry about it!


This memory was added on: January 11, 2008

I got one for my 7th birthday in November 1966:

Close & Play Phonograph

I don't remember all the details about it or what happened to it, but I know it worked well, and I learned from it.  How did the needle reset when you opened the lid?  I thought it was a rather clever arrangement, how gravity made it slide back to the starting position.

My favorite phonograph I own today? The 1907 Columbia Graphophone. It actually has a lot in common with the Close N Play, namely the way the sound is reproduced through mechanical means. It uses a wind up spring motor instead of the 3 D-cells that the Close N Play uses.

Huggy Bear (Angel-In-Training)
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This memory was added on: March 25, 2007

it was about 1965 i was 4yrs old and my mom had gotten me a close and play .. i played my moms records .. i remember sitting on the floor playing it and somehow i had just broken that big black peice off under the lid with the needle on it .. my grandmother came in to see what i was doing .. i closed the lid half way and held it there since it wouldn't have played anyway .. but she just stood there waiting for me to close the lid .. she said well are you going to close it?? i was scared to death and i had to close it .. of course it never played lol .. i was punished by being sent to bed .......

Bill West

This memory was added on: February 24, 2007

My memory of this classic toy is a funny one , I took one of my older brothers 45's Venus by the shocking blue played it so much it turned the record white.The needle in the close and play was comparable to a sewing machine needle.Scratched the hell out of it.when he found out he beat the crap out of me! LOL! Today i won a close and play on ebay cant wait for it to arrive i wonder what other record i can ruin LOL!! maybe i will ask my brother if i can borrow one of his old records!!!


This memory was added on: January 20, 2007

I am looking for a replacement needle for a Kenner close and play. If anyone can help, please email. Any information would be greatly appreciated!


This memory was added on: January 11, 2007

When I was young, I had gotten 1 1 yr. and it didnt take long for me to break it. The neaxt I got another one, had it a while longer, played a few things w/ it. Then I wanted to play some big people records w/ it but the record skipped everytime I tried to. I then got mad and didnt understand why it didn't play right but then it wasn't much longer after that that it didn't live much longer. I had to kill it because it wouldn't play the better stuff. I wish I had it now just for the reminiscent value; well okay, the EBAY value!

Ralph Griffiths II

This memory was added on: October 2, 2006

Hey! I just found and purchased a 1967 Chad Valley Close N Play on eBay! Paid $200.00 for the thing, received it in the mail today and it won't work right!!! Anybody know of anyplace that will be able to repair and/or restore it for me? Just holding it in my hands brought back memories of my childhood. Emails welcome!


This memory was added on: September 25, 2006

I loved mine as a child and found one on E-Bay that my 2 year old daughter is now loving too!! I still have all our old 45's so she is listening to the same music too :)


This memory was added on: August 30, 2006

I remember hearing Crocodile Rock for the first time in third grade (1973) on a Close n Play. My friend Dina brought in the record and we all danced around the room.


This memory was added on: August 16, 2006

This was my favorite toy of all time. I used to listen to "Hey There Georgie Girl" (The Seekers) and "Downtown" (Petula Clark) over-and-over again.

I googled "close 'n play" to get to this site trying desperately to explain this toy to my other half - GREAT SITE - all my old toys are here :)


This memory was added on: July 9, 2006

My all time favorite toy. No one ever knows what I'm talking about when I try to explain what it is!!! I would love to purchase one.


This memory was added on: July 3, 2006

I absolutely loved my first turntable. I carried it to every sleep over I had at my cousins houses. In fact, I think it was the reason why I became a DJ as a profession. Now, over 30 years later, I am still a DJ and still keep my records "Close & Play".

Bob Solis

This memory was added on: June 17, 2006

I love these things - and I never even owned one! My Father was a fanatic about no one using his stereo and correcting positioning the needle with the needle arm lifter - etc., etc. etc. -- and here was this wonderful plastic thing that could play your records and you could just fold the lid down and pick it up and take it with you - vertically!! I used to stare at the ads and WANT one! Every other portable player was designed to weigh a million pounds and here they had a perfectly wonderful kid-thing!


This memory was added on: June 5, 2006

Today is my daughter's 11th birthday and she is expecting an ipod as a gift. She asked me what she might be receiving and i told her it was a closn 'n play (kidding of course). My wife over-heard our conversation which turned into a trip down memory lane...I'm sure many of us 40- somethings first audio player.

Pete May

This memory was added on: May 25, 2006

this was my absolute favorite toy! i played all of my storybook records on this player...i even put my chicken pox scabs on it and watched them rotate around. weird kid! this player went everywhere with me.


This memory was added on: April 14, 2006

I loved my Close 'n Play! I played it so much I am sure that I wore it out. I thought it played regular 45's as well. I had the Disney 45's, does anyone remember those? I gave them away and of course now I want them back! My favorite song back then was "Downtown" but I don't remember by who. Played that song over and over. Thanks for the fond memories!


This memory was added on: March 18, 2006

Back in the mid-late 60's, when I was just a youngster (4 or 5), my uncle had terminal cancer and needed some cheering up...or so I thought. I sat next to his bed opening and closing my Close and Play so that it would play quick little snippets of those horribly corny (and awful) children's records that were available back then. It didn't take too long before he was yelling for my great grandmother to get me and my records away from him. I thank the Close and Play because that's the only memory I have of my uncle.


This memory was added on: February 6, 2006

Greeting's all...It's 4:12 am on a snowy, 19 degree a.m. here in Northwestern, NC...I was doing a websearch on some of my favorite childhood toys and the search led me to here...I was looking for a ' Close 'n Play ' on Ebay but none were to be found right now...I'm 40 years old. I got one for Christmas when I was about 7 years old I think...I remember that I had seen the TV commercials and really wanted one and ' Santa ' brought me one for Christmas...I wonder how many colors they came in ? To the best of my recollection, mine was orange...I know it was one of my all-time favorite childhood toys...My Close n' Play was right up there with my ' Vertibird ' helicopter, which I wouldn't receive for a few Christmasas later...Good memories...I'm so glad I found this little spot to share and listen to others fond recollections...

Tommy M

This memory was added on: January 30, 2006

I had several of the Close n Plays when I was a child. I used to carry it with me and put it in my clubhouse that I had made from a large refrigerator box!

Ken J.

This memory was added on: January 24, 2006

Hi! I remember getting a Close-N-Play two Christmas's in a row! I loved that thing! I just seen one on eBay for $325! and another for $20.50, but it doesn't look like it has the records. Did it play ordinary 45's? I remember mine coming with 6 rcords; three on either side, stuck in the cardboard case. What were those songs? I have a picture of me holding it! Tricky Tommy Turtle in the background!


This memory was added on: December 30, 2005

Oh my gosh,here i am at42,and theres close n play..what a memory!!!I got it as a gift on my 4th or 5th birthday...and i couldnt figure out how record played when i closed the lid...and when i pulled it back up it would stop-man di di wear out the batteries on it!!!But i was a cherrished toy of mine...

Cheryl R C