Below is a partial list of record shops that gave me many years of pleasure, and caused me to spend what has to be tens of thousands of dollars in the process. These shops are no longer in existence, so I would like to pay a personal tribute by asking all of you to please give just a few moments of silence in their memory…
12″ Dance Records*
An Die Musik
Music Man Oldies
Once Twice Sounds**
Playing By Ear
The ORIGINAL Record And Tape Traders***
Sound Of Baltimore
*There were two locations, one in Baltimore and one in Washington, DC. I believe the DC location is still in business…
**I must believe in reincarnation, because this store was reborn as Own Guru Records…
***This store eventually sold its soul to the corporate devil, therefore its inclusion in this list is still warranted…
As I compose this, I know that I missed many others whose names currently escape me, but please be certain that your memory will forever live in my heart, and the music that you sold to me will remain a permanent fixture in my record library. If any locals can shed some light as to whether the shops in the list still exist, please leave a comment. I will return to said shop and continue to spend money as I always support the local mom and pop shops.
Happy Vinyl Record Day everyone. Do yourself a favour and play a record today. I for one will be playing records ALL day… Thank you for your time.
Peace and blessings.