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Sold most types of music but also had a Country and Western record label and released albums of pedal steel guitar music.

(Dec 20, 2012) Lloyd Rowe said:I'd love to see some images of it if anybody has any.

(Dec 20, 2012) Lloyd Rowe said:This shop was owned by Graham and Sue Rowe (my Mum and Dad).Does anyone have any picture or stories of Sue or Graham Rowe or the business itself? However insignificant seeming. I'm their son.

(March 29, 2015)Used to work at Checkmate in 1976 with Sue and Graham, happy days ! Comment: Andrew Hamerston

Not sure if you are still looking here.
I was remembering Graham, and looked him up. I knew him through the record shop in Wantage. I also did the photographer/art work for a couple of the albums.
Email me if you want to know more.

Stephen Wilkinson wrote:

I do not remember his son Lloyd.

Graham, sadly had a heart attack, much too young.

However we all smoked and drank much too much.


Hi In the mid 1970s.

Graham had the Checkmate record shop in Newbury, also a Checkmate in Wantage,

also a record shop in Little Clarendon Street Oxford. ( Think called Rainbow Records )

I helped at Wantage part time, when I was an art student.

I was there Christmas 1975, when Queen Night at the Opera was out.

I also did the art work for two Albums. Tokyo Matsu and Kelvin Henderson.

It would be in the name Steve and Lizi Wilko.

Hope this is of interest.

Steve Wilko ( Not Willo ! - Typo )

A record shop and Country music label, run by Graham and Sue Rowe out of premises in Northbrook St, Newbury, Berkshire. Checkmate began issuing records in late 1976.




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