I had a diverse exposure...

It started with my 6th birthday...I wanted a fischer price plastic record player like the one he describes in the first post and what I got was a syc stereo, with turntable, am/fm and yes I must say the heavenly 8 trak!!!

One aunt influenced me with her 8 tracks of funk and oldies.
Another aunt influenced me with disco
My mom influenced me with the classic Edie Gorme singing beuatiful love songs in spanish...this is a generational thing cuz her mom listened to the same music when she was growing up!!!
and my dad influenced me with with his progressive jaz...he influenced me the most musicly and where I get my appreciation for the live gig!!!