Anyone remember when there were so many record stores that you could bounce from one to the other, either to find exactly what you wanted or perhaps get that one album a little bit cheaper? Well, I do. Growing up in the woods in Daphne, Alabama, there was no place nearby to purchase records, so when rock and roll took off, I had a dilemma.
Fortunately, in the summer of 1957, my Mama started letting me ride the Greyhound bus to Mobile by myself to go to the movies once a week. I mowed lawns to finance these escapades, which required $5 for each trip. Expenditures were for the bus, the movies, lunch and – the pièce de résistance – my quest to find that one 45 RPM record that I couldn't live without.
My destinations on these missions were primarily Rutz Music and Jessie French. These two prominent stores sold instruments and sheet music, but, more important, they each had a record section with listening booths. Do you know how long it might take to pick out one hit single, which cost 99 cents? About two delightful hours.
I can’t believe I forgot again….
Tomorrow is National Record Store Day! As you can guess, this should be my favorite holiday right behind Christmas and Thanksgiving. Seeing as how I have hundreds of thousands of records and I buy vinyl every day on-line...what was I thinking…..or not thinking?
This is a long winded way of getting to the fact that the Museum has one of the best record stores in the mid-west. Our selection of vinyl is prodigious and includes 45s and LPs, reissues and new, picture discs, etc. And I’ll bet that a lot of you did not know that. Of course, our selection of CDs is also unparalleled in this part of the world.
All that said, I urge you to stop in tomorrow at the Museum….see some of the new exhibits that are a result of our renovation and purchase some music….in either digital (CD) or analog (records) format.
And not that you need any more incentive other than the new stuff in the Museum, let me offer up a 10% discount for all vinyl purchases*.
If I don’t see you at some of my favorite places like Blue ...