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Dave Harwood
29 Feb 2024 at 03:29
I found this piece in the 'Tamworth Herald' dated 27th December 1996: “THROUGHOUT the fab 1960s Tamworth’s record-buying public regarded this little shop in Church Street as the 'gearest’ place in town. In fact, right up until the early '70s (when Mercer’s opened in Lower Gungate), Green’s record shop was the only place that local music lovers could obtain the latest pop hits without travelling to Atherstone, Sutton Coldfield or even Birmingham. Many people will recall buying their very first 45 rpm single from here - and rushing home to slip the precious vinyl onto a portable Dansette or, if they were allowed, their parents’ state of the art slide-door radiogram! The Beatles, Dave Clark Five, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Herman’s Hermits, Hollies, Cliff and the Shadows, Elvis and a host of other chart topping acts all reached their adoring Tamworth public through this shop, which was sandwiched between the Friar Tuck delicatessen and the Monica Cafe. Today sophisticated CDs are available through a host of outlets in the town. Whether the music has improved to the same degree is quite another matter. Green’s old store, although much changed, is presently empty having been recently vacated by jeweller Edward Thomas.”

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