Category Archives: A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 6/23/17

Record shop to open downtown: Four young professionals have gone into business together and will be selling what many thought was a product of the past inside a longtime facility under new ownership in downtown Rocky Mount. Kellianne Davis, Richard Draper and Madison and Michael Keith are all partners of a new vinyl record store called Station Square Records; Wax by the Tracks, which will be located in suite 162 in Station Square at 301 S. Church St. Davis said the small store, which will occupy 465 square feet, will have a soft opening and record drive from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 1. Angelo’s Pizza will be on hand selling pizza by the slice.

Music and more: Estate Thirty3 Vinyl offers a unique experience: Estate Thirty3 Vinyl is one of the most unique businesses in downtown Ashland. Near the store’s entrance, customers are greeted by images of Johnny Cash and Jim Morrison. Classic albums and beautiful paintings by local artists to enjoy or purchase adorn Estate Thirty3 Vinyl’s walls. A promotional poster from 1980 that reads “John Lennon/Yoko Ono-Double Fantasy-The album now available” appears to be frozen in time. Lennon was murdered in December 1980, three weeks after “Double Fantasy” was released after autographing a copy of it for an unstable fan.

Vinyl-pressing plant breathes new life into recording industry: In the era when G-Dragon’s new thumb drive album causes a dispute over what defines a music album, there are people who return to an antiquated and cumbersome format of music appreciation ― vinyl records. The resurgence of vinyl records is visible all across the globe, emerging from the late 2000s. According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, 5 million vinyl records were sold in 2008, but the number jumped some 600 percent to 32 million in 2015. Machang Music & Pictures opened a brand-new vinyl record pressing plant in Seongsu-dong, eastern Seoul, earlier this month, signals the resurrection of vinyl record industry in Korea.

Get in Your Car, Audiophiles — Odessa is Having a Huge Vinyl Record Show July 1st: Most of us up here at the radio station consider ourselves audiophiles — that is, we are highly interested in the production, sound, and quality of audio recordings. MP3s are great, but most of us own many, if not hundreds, of vinyl records. There’s something sacred and special about the buttery smooth sound of a well-preserved record, and I believe if it was recorded in analog, the best way to hear it is in analog. Odessa, Texas is setting out a beacon for audiophiles across the West Texas Area with their Vinyl Record Show, coming July 1st to Vintage Deluxe.

Boxed Sets Are Bigger Than Ever—But Who Buys Them? Back in the days when music was sold only on LP or CD, a large-format package was merely expected to serve as a delivery system for the performances themselves. (Perhaps that’s why one of the first big sets that I ever owned, the 20-CD “Frank Sinatra —The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings” from 1995, was housed in a small suitcase.) Now, in the age of sound files and streaming music, any kind of physical medium seems like a fetish object, and the package in which it is contained even more so. Clearly, size matters, and the past few years have seen huge boxed sets covering the complete catalogs of such legacy artists as Elvis Presley (60 CDs), Johnny Cash (62), Miles Davis (72) and Tony Bennett (76).

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In rotation: 6/22/17

Record fair at the Market Place proves a hit: Fans of all things vinyl scoured table tops and black boxes at a record fair in Bolton. The popular fair returned to the Market Place shopping centre on Saturday, once again proving a hit with shoppers. Organised by Premier Record and CD Fairs, traders were selling and buying all sorts of music from jazz to rock and soul to blues. Adrian Melling, of Premier Record and CD Fairs said: “It was a very successful day. “We had early visitors who were really enthusiastic and a steady stream of people all day. “The Market Place is always developing and there’s always loads going on so it’s a great venue to come to.

Cambridge record store rides vinyl wave to success: As the popularity of vinyl has surged over the last decade, smaller record shops have begun to pop up across the country. One of the newest shops in Cambridge, Blue Bag Records, is nearing its first birthday and owner and Brookline native Chris Guttmacher spoke about his first year in business. Although he grew up in Brookline, Guttmacher has spent the last 22 years in California. He moved back in early 2016 to be closer to his family. Back in California, Guttmacher owned and operated the first version of Blue Bag Records in Los Angeles. Customers of Blue Bag in L.A. have praised the store for its selection, low prices and massive reggae and ska section.

Brian Wilson Plots Career-Spanning Solo Anthology ‘Playback’: Brian Wilson will release a new anthology collection covering his nearly 30-year solo career, Playback, September 22nd via Rhino. The 18-track release features two previously unreleased songs: “Run James Run,” which was written for Playback, and “Some Sweet Day,” which Wilson wrote with Andy Paley in the early Nineties for an unfinished project…Playback will be available digitally as well as on CD and double LP vinyl. The physical releases will feature photographs from throughout Wilson’s solo career and pictures from the recent studio session that produced “Run James Run.” Rock journalist and Rolling Stone contributor David Wild wrote the liner notes while the cover photo is a previously unseen picture taken by acclaimed rock photographer Robert Matheu.

Big Crown Records Pop Up Record Fair: We would like to invite you to the second Big Crown Records Pop Up Record Fair Sunday July 9th at the newly opened Mad Tropical in Bushwick. Another heavy duty line up of some of the finest private record sellers and local record shops offering up used records and a Big Crown table with all our titles and merch at hand to hand prices. Music provided by an all star line up of DJs playing sets all day long, food by Donna Chiquita, and drink specials, the makings of a great Sunday in Brooklyn.

Cast Album of 2017 Tony-Winning Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen to Be Released on Vinyl: The Atlantic Records cast album of 2017 Tony-winning Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen will be released as a vinyl record on July 21. The album that was first released in February features a Tony-winning score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Dear Evan Hansen, playing the Music Box Theatre, is the winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Book for Steven Levenson, Best Orchestrations for Alex Lacamoire, Leading Actor winner Ben Platt and Featured Actress winner Rachel Bay Jones. The musical’s cast album debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200, making it the highest charting debut position for an original cast album since 1961.

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In rotation: 6/21/17

Record Theatre kicks off closing sale: It’s the end of an era. After 30 years, the iconic Record Theatre is closing its doors. Lovers of music, movies and books have been buying their favorite classics at this store for decades. At one time, it’s popularity and success spread across a chain of six record stores in the area, now its just down to one – the flagship store on Main Street in Buffalo. A “go-to” spot for the hardest to find vinyl records, CDs, DVDs and even cassette tapes, the legacy Record Theatre leaves behind is unlike any other. “It’s a bummer. It’s like one of your friends moves and you’re not really sure the next time you’re going to see them because they’re moving too far,” Joe Seivert says.

How a San Marco business owner is selling vinyl in the digital age: William Brueck comes from a family of music lovers. His father, Bill Brueck, owned Yesterday & Today Records off Baymeadows in the 90’s. After a lull, Brueck opened a new one under the same name at the Beach Blvd. flea market to great success. On May 31, Yesterday & Today Records moved to a more permanent home in San Marco…“A lot of the popularity is it sounds better,” Brueck said. “The pure analog sound is easier on your ears and the sound is more robust, thicker. That’s the word a lot of people use, thicker. A record doesn’t leave anything out.”

Elbow release Record Store Day film to accompany All Disco: Elbow have released a short documentary-style film to accompany their track All Disco. The song originally appeared on Guy Garvey and co’s latest album Little Fictions, which came out in February via Polydor/Concord. The video was filmed during this year’s Record Store Day and features interviews with people about what music means to them as well as asking people for their favourite song and guilty pleasures. The short film is said to be about “the importance of music but also a reminder of the joy and community that music brings to our lives.”

Vinyl finds a home, Telluride Music’s new owners add LPs, will host live events: Telluride Music Company (333 West Colorado Ave.) recently made room on its shelves for the again-beloved LP. Tom Nading, the store’s new co-owner, insisted it was not a financial decision, but a personal one. “I wish I could tell you that we are really business savvy but the main reason we are doing it is because I collect vinyl and don’t have anywhere to buy it,” he said. Most of Nading’s friends have a record player, he said, and he wanted to provide a location for them to “dig.” “A big part of vinyl is the dig and going to shops and looking through,” he said. “We want to provide a place for people to do that in town.

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In rotation: 6/20/17

Local record store aims to improve area with new apartments: Finding affordable apartments in Rockford can be hard when you’re on a budget, but a local record store is trying to change that. “Either you get $1,000-plus for a one-bedroom apartment or you get a hole in the wall for what I’m asking,” said Toad Hall owner Nick Naruz. That’s why Naruz has spent the last few months renovating this nearly 100-year-old apartment building on Broadway. New appliances, hard wood floors and in-unit laundry are just a few of the amenities he’s providing.

The world’s best record shops #071: Wah Wah Records, Barcelona: A small outlet in a small street of the Raval neighbourhood in Barcelona, Spain, Wah Wah something of a paradise for collectors and aficionados – if your idea of paradise doesn’t include much floor space. Opened in 1992, Wah Wah boasts a huge selection of vinyl records, originals and reissues from all ages and scenes – blues, jazz, soul, funk, R&B, garage, psych, prog, rockabilly, punk, indie, soundtracks… That said, it’s under the broad arch of psychedelic music that Wah Wah records excels, with whole sections dedicated to region specific musics – from Scandinavian prog to obscure Bollywood – and enough diggable records to give both your bank balance and your inner ear the heebies.

‘Popular Mechanics’ spotlights Jack White’s Detroit vinyl plant in ‘Made in USA’ issue: Kevin Dupzyk, senior associate editor of the magazine, met with White at the 441 W. Canfield St. store for the official opening of the plant in February. Dupzyk writes of escapades with the ambitious former White Stripes frontman and lightning literally striking diehards camped outside the plant waiting for it to open. “If you could zoom in on the Detroit of 40 years ago, it would have said ‘Autos.’ Now, who knows? Later tonight, Jack White will plant a flag in this corner of his hometown, and the flag will read ‘Vinyl,’” he writes in the 2,500-word feature with photo spread.

More music a near-impossible mission: Ross Woodward remembers the first record he bought as an 11-year-old in 1974 – Abba’s first UK hit single Waterloo. He bought the band’s second UK hit, too – Mamma Mia, which topped the charts in early 1976. Another early buy was Slade Alive just to show the pre-teen was also into raucous sounds. For the British boy these early purchases were the start of a magnificent obsession with popular music that has lead to a massive collection of vinyl records, then CDs and now back to vinyl again – and a show on the peninsula’s radio station RPP-FM on Friday evenings at 6 o’clock…Woodward said he wanted to “share my love of amazing tunes with others and inspire people to make their record collections even bigger.”

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In rotation: 6/19/17

Industry Insider: Jacob Moesgaard of AM explains the revival of vinyl: Vinyl is at an all-time high right now and it’s pretty incredible to watch the revival happen in tandem with the digital age. The recent boom represents a myriad of different things- music sales, contrary to popular belief, did not quite die, art itself is still seems very much alive, and people are still interested in carrying physical copies of albums. With that in mind, we knew we had a lot to discuss with the team at AM, a unique company that focuses on accessories to take care of records. They are the original vinyl cleaning company after all, so they know a thing or two about the record industry. We sat down with their CEO, Jacob Moesgaard, to talk about the future of music, vinyl’s past, and more.

Toronto Public Library adds 100 new vinyl records to their collection: The Toronto Public Library is a much-loved service provided to Toronto, with hundreds of books, ebooks, comic books, DVDs, CDs, and online films available to borrow for free, not to mention free services like computer and printer access, Wi-Fi hotspots, vinyl record players, and listening stations. Now, the TPL has undergone the task of updating their vinyl collection at the Toronto Reference Library. The TPL recently posted to Reddit that 100 new titles have been ordered and are officially starting to be added to the shelves.

Bovey man opens “World’s Smallest Record Store”: Tim Edwards could fill an encyclopedia with all his music knowledge. “You need a little jazz? Dizzy Gillespie,” Edwards said as he flipped through his collection. It would be hard to argue with Edwards’ music expertise: He says he owns 40,000 records. “My wife says I’m hoarding them, but I like to think I’m an archivist,” he said. The archivist opened KEBS Records off Bovey’s main street in April. It’s just ten feet by eight. “We get over about four [customers] and then it’s like we move outside and watch ’em shop,” Edwards said. Edwards says he thinks his record store is the smallest in the world. While it hasn’t been certified, Edwards says he’s done enough searching to be convinced.

Vinyl revolution comes to Bolton as Premier Music Fairs visits Bolton’s Market Place Shopping Centre: Vinyl lovers will be getting into the groove this weekend when a popular record fair spins into town. Dealers laden with thousands of LPs, 45s, EPs and rare CDs will set up stall in Market Place Shopping Centre from 9am tomorrow. Hundreds of fans are expected to flock to the event, which is run by Glossop-based Premier Music Fairs. Veteran record sellers and newcomers will trade, swap and buy records, while there will also be a free expert valuation service.

The Smiths reissue two single versions of ‘The Queen Is Dead’ on vinyl: The Smiths have released two vinyl reissues of seminal track The Queen Is Dead to mark the 31st anniversary of the album of the same name. The single is available as a picture disk in both 7 inch and 12inch format, with each offering a different tracklist. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on the 12 inch, you’ll also hear the 2017 masters of Smiths tracks including Oscillate Wildly, Money Changes Everything and The Draize Train.

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In rotation: 6/16/17

For the record: the vinyl revival and a plug-in too far: Vinyl is back, or so it might seem. For better or worse? I’m not so sure myself. Like a lot of vinyl enthusiasts, I too enjoy the ritual, the feel, the physicality of a real product in my hands. But as soon as I get to the listening part, the sound engineer in me can’t help but feel it’s all a bit of snake oil. Following yet another successful record store day in an ever growing market, a closer look at the top 10 highest selling vinyl albums of 2017 reveals that seven out of the 10 are either re-releases from legacy artists or old soundtracks. There’s plenty that has been said about the reality of this revival on independent artists and labels but what impact has it had on the recording itself?

“90% of Jamaica’s vinyl collection is in Japan” – Iconic sound system owner speaks out: Following a three week trip to Japan and responding to claims that the country has acquired much of Jamaica’s musical heritage, Wee Pow told The Sunday Gleaner: “People have a good reason for saying that because the Japanese have been smart. They have visited Jamaica and they bought maybe 90 per cent of our vinyl collection and that vault is now in Japan. I talking classic vinyl that your grand parents used to collect. The Japanese came here and they knocked door to door and bought out the vinyl records…so most of our catalogue is in Japan.”

It’s not all about digital music: An old vinyl record factory gets new life: Bob Marley pressed some of his records there. So did 2 Live Crew, Mary J. Blige, Lee “Scratch” Perry and 50 Cent. Now the former Final Vinyl record factory, founded in Opa-locka in the 1970s by Jamaican reggae producer Joe Gibbs as his base of U.S. operations, is reopening for business under a new name. SunPress Vinyl, a vinyl record pressing plant at 14097 NW 19th Ave., boasts six pressing machines, including one capable of producing multi-colored and picture discs. The facility will also offer complete packaging services such as labels, single or gatefold jackets and inner sleeves.

Soulsville Record Swap: Goner Records and the Stax Museum present the Second Annual Soulsville Record Swap on Saturday June 17 at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, ground zero for so much great music from Memphis. This historic location guarantees that this will not be an ordinary record show, and with dealers Memphis, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, New York, and Minnesota, there will be an incredible variety of music for sale. Get here early for the best selection! DJs will play sets all day long, and we’ll have food trucks from Arepa 901, Sandwiches & More, and MemPops on hand. Come out and be a part of it!

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In rotation: 6/15/17

‘Bob Dylan came in on my day off’ – the story of Archway’s Harum Records: At Harum Records in Archway, Graham Umbo rode the crest of the vinyl wave. The shop – whose name arose from Graham and his business partner Mick Harding’s names – opened its doors in the mid-1970s. By that time, the record industry was booming. Label bosses had not long ago realised the huge money to be made by selling albums to young music lovers. Nestled among a terrace of small shops at the top of Holloway Road, Harum dealt mostly in chart music, but wisely catered to the local clientele, too. “We sold mainly pop records,” Graham told the Gazette. “But there was a minority of customers for Irish music in Holloway, a genre about which we knew nothing and had to learn!”

Fancy a job at one of Britain’s most successful independent record shops? Vinyl Tap has a vacancy: One of Britain’s most successful independent record shops Vinyl Tap has a job that may strike a chord with music fans. The store, which hosted Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6 Music show on Record Store Day, is looking for someone to work in its mail order packing department. The job advert reads: “We are now looking for an extra person to work in our mail order packing department based in our main offices in Linthwaite. The main day will be Saturday with chance of extra days at busy times and holiday periods. Candidates must be local, enthusiastic and accurate.”

LCD Soundsystem Isn’t Happy About These Vinyl Reissues: The band wrote in a statement that it “had no idea that these were even coming out. Just buy the records from DFA [the label co-founded by LCD Soundsystem frontman and principal songwriter James Murphy] like you have been able to for years.” It goes on to poke fun at Rhino’s press release, which referred to LCD Soundsystem as originating in London, despite them being one of the more famous New York bands of the new millennium…If you’re confused, you’re not alone.

Kickstarter has launched a new vinyl crowdfunding initiative: Make Vinyl hopes to provide musicians with tools and resources to press records. Kickstarter has teamed up with start-up record service Qrates for MAKE Vinyl, a new initiative aimed at encouraging new projects on Kickstarter to offer vinyl-related rewards. Between 5th June and 1st August 2017, projects submitted to MAKE Vinyl with at least one record offered will be in effect mentored and promoted by Kickstarter Music. Successful projects will then receive a discount when fulfilling their vinyl releases with Qrates.

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In rotation: 6/14/17

Re-Animated Records Comes to Life, La Mesa finally gets a record shop of its own: Re-Animated Records: “As you can see, it’s pretty cluttered at the moment,” Re-Animated Records co-owner Nicholas Friesen tells me as we step inside his soon-to-be-opened shop in La Mesa Village. Amid the plastic sheeting on the ground covered in paint splatter, unhung wooden shelves, and the boxes upon boxes of records yet to be catalogued — San Diego’s newest record shop is taking shape piece by piece…“We’re getting a lot of excitement and positive affirmation from local residents and other business owners,” Nic said. “Everyone seems to agree that La Mesa has needed something like this for a while.”

Owners lift the needle on Niagara Falls record store, SRC Vinyl to close on July 2; business will continue online: The city’s lone record store is closing. The owners of SRC Vinyl have lifted the needle, so to speak, on their retail location. The reason for what seemed to be a sudden decision to close the store does not stem from a lack of business, co-owner Jenna Miles said. “Someone asked to buy the building,” Miles, who along with partner Danny Keyes, also owned the building at 5904 Main St. where SRC is located. “They take over on July 6.” She said that the idea of putting the building up for sale came from their real estate agent. Little did the duo know that the location would be snapped up quickly.

Tributes as Kidderminster record shop’s Mr Tee dies: Since the death of Francis Terry Thomas, known as Mr Tee, on May 30 tributes have flooded in from musicians and people connected to the music scene across the country. Terry opened Mister Tee’s Rock Shop in Blackwell Street in 1978 and sold records, badges and other musical memorabilia. It attracted people from a wide area and Terry was about to celebrate its 40th anniversary in the town…Shop manager Terry Hodges said: “I have been inundated by people calling and coming into the shop to pay tributes and many have gone onto Facebook from all over the UK.

Local Record Store Offers Needle Exchange Program for Vinyl Addicts: Local record store owner Dawn Rawlings is starting a needle exchange program for vinyl addicts, hoping to contain the audiophilia epidemic ravaging her community, according to local leaders and social workers. Rawlings, the owner/manager of The Vinyl Chapter in Hampden, implemented the program to help vinyl-addicted customers pursue their sonic addiction with clean, safe turntable cartridges…“My partner got me a Crosley turntable for Christmas. Really nice gesture, but it sounded like shit, and I knew there was stronger stuff out there,” said one patron, who asked to remain anonymous.

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In rotation: 6/13/17

Record Theatre Closing Last Location: A staple for music-lovers in Western New York for four decades is closing its last remaining location. The Record Theatre store on Main and Lafayette in Buffalo will close by the end of August. The store manager says the original owner passed away and now everything has been put into a trust for the family. Employees found out Monday and say it’s out of their control. “I’ve been going to this store since it opened up in the ’70s,” said customer John Stuhr. “Now I’m just really sad, it’s the last of the big record stores in this area.”

End of an era: Last Record Theatre location to close its doors: Record Theatre, once a chain of six record stores and the focal point of the Western New York music scene and a mecca for anyone looking for an album – or a cassette a CD or even an 8-track tape long ago – is going out of business. The news that the flagship Main Street location of the area’s longest-serving independent record store would close its doors for good in coming weeks comes three months after the death of its founder Lenny Silver and the closing of its other remaining store in the University Plaza. “I hoped this day would never come,” Mike Pierce, chief financial officer of parent company Transcontinent Record Sales said…

Vinyl record sales increase for 11 consecutive years, despite popularity of digital downloads: Paul LePree is a Guestroom Records regular. He owns thousands of records. “There is a sense of nostalgia tied into them, but I also like the tactile, physical product and to look at the art,” he said. “They make me happy.” The record resurgence in Louisville and around the world comes as no surprise to him or to any other music lover in the store. “They maintain some air of collectability, and their value stays pretty high on them,” Guestroom Records owner Travis Searle said. “They sound better to me…”

Eel Pie Records independent vinyl store is opening in Church Street, Twickenham: An independent vinyl record and CD shop is opening in Twickenham this week, bringing music-lovers a mix of legendary tunes. Co-founders Kevin Jones and Phil Penman, both from Twickenham, have transformed the former food hall in Church Street into their long-awaited business venture, Eel Pie Records, launching on June 8. The old-school music shop will feature a wide range of brand new vinyl, a growing selection of high quality second-hand vinyl, a themed selection of African and French CDs and a bargain bin. Mr Jones said: “We have been planning for some time now and spent ages looking for the right location and timing.”We got the keys three weeks ago and we are really excited that despite the hard work and rush to be finally launching tomorrow.”

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In rotation: 6/12/17

Record Store Crawl bringing PBR and discounted vinyl to Twin Cities: Warner Music Group is hopping on the vinyl bus and offering cold beer to customers who join them. On June 10, Warner’s two-year-old annual Record Store Crawl hits Minneapolis for the first time. A coach bus will escort up to 40 vinyl connoisseurs to the Electric Fetus, Mill City Sound, Down in the Valley, Barely Brothers, and Agharta Records. The tour kicks off at the Uptown VFW with ticket-buyers getting free PBR, drink tickets and a discounted lunch…This year’s crawl is another push from Warner Music Group to promote vinyl sales. In March, the company launched Run Out Groove, a vinyl-only label that selects its monthly pressings based on customers’ votes.

Fairhaven shop feeds collectors’ desire for vinyl records: Vinyl records are a little less dead today with the grand opening of Max J Records at 145 Bridge St., just off Huttleston Avenue. Owners John and Teresa Pimental have turned a lifetime passion for vinyl into a promising startup dealing with vintage and new vinyl records, which leads immediately to a question: Didn’t a vinyl record store open up just a few months on Purchase Street in downtown New Bedford run by Roger Chouinard? Can SouthCoast support two record stores like this? The answer from both shops is yes, it can.

Albuquerque record store to close after more than 30 years: After 32 years, an Albuquerque record store is closing its doors for good. The owner says the boom in online sales has hit them hard, and customers say Albuquerque is losing a little piece of history. “It’s a very sad day…when they close,” customer Vince Guillen said. “I’ve been a customer of the Stange’s here at Krazy Kat since they opened the door 32 years ago.” It opened in 1983. More than three decades later, Krazy Kat is bidding farewell. Owner, Edward Stange says it’s been quite the ride.

Tributes paid to popular Horsefair record store owner, Mr Tee: Tributes have poured in for Horsefair’s Mr Soul Man who lost his battle with cancer this week – at the age of 66. Francis Terry Thomas – also known by many as Mr Tee – who owned Mister Tee’s Rock Stop, in Blackwell Street, passed away on May 30…Terry Hodges, managing director of Mister Tee’s and who worked alongside Mr Thomas for many years, said: “Music and soul was always a big passion of his. “He started off the shop by wholesaling badges and sold them all over the world. Then one day someone came into the store with a box records and it started from there. “He worked with so many artists over the years including Michael Jackson, UB40 and the Specials.”

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