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The record department in Rediffusion on Angel Row was in the basement. You had to walk past the desks where you paid for the television rentals to get to it. It had the old listening booths and before Selectadisc arrived it was the place to get imports.

On may occasions the shop had to be cleared because so many people were packed into it and it was probably a hazard.

The shop was run by a man called Les May who went on to be the manager of the first HMV in Nottingham on the corner of Wheeler Gate and Hounds Gate. This was above what is now a Clarks shop.

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Hi TheBeanCounter,

I remember the Redifussion record department, back of the shop in the basement, we spent hours down there amongst the crowd, listening to records and socialising. Les certainly knew his records, there were also a couple of girl assistants who worked there as I recall. Any records not in stock Les would take orders and get them in, I remember along with many others ordering Boogaloo Party by The Flamingos, which we had to wait about three weeks for it to arrive.

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Hi Robbie:

I am in touch with one of those girl assistants who worked there on The Soul Source Website.....Her name is Sherrie Bennett does it ring any bells ?

She now lives in County Cork.

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Hi Dave,

It's an unusual name and it does sound familiar, it could well be her. I used go down there from the summer of 1968. I am sure the girl was quite tall, I think taller than Les. But it's such a long time ago.

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Hi Robbie ,

Got in touch with Sherrie and she confirmed that Les May was her boss and that they both moved to H.M.V.

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Hi Dave

She must have been the assistant I remember, I can visualise her and Les behind that high counter. It certainly was a great place for sourcing soul records and meeting with fellow mods. I was talking to Rob Smith (Hurts Yard), he is still DJing and his shop just looks the same, like a tip. Having said that, years ago I needed to replace a couple of my records that got nicked from a club, The Right Track by Billy Butler and Do Unto Me by James and Bobby Purify and although the shop was upside down he had no problem replacing the vinyl.

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Rob Smith is a legend in his own lifetime LOL. I see him most weekends at various local soul nights and further afield as well. He still travels all over the country and is one of the most respected and knowledgable DJ'S around not only soul music but all genres.
You are right about his shop.....an absolute tip but knows where everything is .

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Frank Sisson's on Hucknall High Street was the one I remember back in the 60's...........I think it was the only one in Hucknall................

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Sounds Good on Alfreton Rd . Got most of Sun singles from this shop and discovered Sleepy la Beef at this shop.

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Bradleys next door to thraves was a great record shop,bought 'made in Japan' for £3.00 the sticker is still on the dust cover.

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I remember lookin in our price record shop at the albums and buyin a Marc bolan lp and think I got a milli vanili lp well I was early teenager at time.

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Not a bad shop Moody,anyone remember Texas records on Wheeler Gate?

Fox's had a great record dpt..I also liked Music inn,amongst the Gibson's and gretsch I was able to complete my Zoot Money collection.

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anyone remember Texas records on Wheeler Gate?

Post #14 that was my Saturday job the bloke who ran it also had a mobile disco "The Texas Roadshow" think I got the job & he got the residency @ The Variety.

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There was a fabulous classical record shop on the left going up Mansfield rd.veneered type exterior and decked out in timber inside. Six doors up from Mayfair Chinese. Purchased the music used in the Badlands movie. "Musica poetica" by Carl Orff and Gunild keetman.

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Yes Ian. I remember the place but can't remember the owner's name. He was a mine of information about various pieces of music. I was just starting to build an LP collection back in the mid 60s. He helped me a lot.

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Thanks Loppylugs, he was a well dressed gent..who would order from around the world for you!! He introduced me to "misa luba".

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I could be wrong, but the classical-record shop on Mansfield Road could have been Scott's. He was on Carrington Street, just around the corner from Lister Gate. Think he moved the Mansfield Road when they pulled Carrington Street down to build the Broadmarsh Centre. Interestingly, he had a parastat, to remove static from LPs, which he would oblige for a shilling. In later years there was another classical music shop on Mansfield Road, but he also sold second-hand CDs.

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Chulla!! You are on the ball,I do now remember that device, as a music fan..delving into classical music was exciting because then I knew so little.He was a simon & Garfunkel fan.

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He had some pretty nice Quad audio equipment in the store too, if you wanted to listen for a while.

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I loved that facility.. where shops let you listen to music, Scotts was great for that!! The owner had lists from Schotts music publishers and would order you anything from anywhere!!

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Way ahead started out at 2 Hurts yard just below Robs Record Mart. It was managed by a gentleman called Dave Brett.

Dave corned the market in Rock Trips,. I still remember the original wipe clean board he had for trips including coach fare to see bands.

A mate of mine worked at Way Ahead,I remember going to Reading Festival on one of their trips in 1983,the tickets cost about £8:50 back then.I went for a job there when I left school in 1985 but nothing came of it.

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I know i'm a dinosaur but I always remember Virgin on Kings st. Downstairs was singles and second-hand albums, there were hundreds of browser cards..with a Union jack printed on them; on these it gave you the A and the B side. A huge back catalogue of single 45's.Even in '76- you could purchase " I feel fine" or "keep on running". I am sure there is now a one time pressing.. and that's it!! Imagine going into a record shop ( where??) now and asking for "Pandora's box" they'd ring 999!! Certainly miss trawling through racks.

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That Virgin Store on King Street went down in history as being the place where the word 'Bollocks' was made legal !

They had displayed the Sex Pistols album 'Never Mind The Bollocks' in the window and the police told them to take it down.

The store manager contested the decision and it got taken to court.

The judge found in Virgin's favour and ruled that 'bollocks' wasn't an offensive word and was instead in 'common parlance'.

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Spot on Barclaycon.. Went to that enquiry.. John turned up with an ARP helmet on.,got my LP autographed!!

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It's unbelievable really that there are no more record shops.

Even 10 years ago you would never have thought it would have declined so quickly.

But, then again, who would have predicted that the music from a room full of records could now be easliy stored on a plastic stick no bigger than your thumb.

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