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(May 21, 2014) Anonymous said:Happy memories does anyone have any photos!

Paul Mortimer 'Yes! As a Derby lad, I started my record-buying times at home in Derby. Dixons of Sadler Gate, smack-dab in the town centre, was one of the major record shops of the sixties / seventies era. A wonderful vinyl cornucopia! The location did remain a disc shop under other names for a spell after it ceased to be Dixons. My main historical note - I bought my first-ever LP at Dixons, which was a short walk up the road from where I worked as a teenage apprentice at the Vauxhall dealership. The LP? It was the epoch-making Jimi Hendrix Experience, a first-day issue of his debut LP 'Are You Experienced?'and I also remember buying 'Electric Ladyland' from Dixon's too!' (June 23, 2016).

David M. 'I've got lots of happy memories associated with Dixons. It was a well-stocked and friendly record shop, from where I bought some monumental records- mainly from summer '66 to around 3 years later. I used to work across the road (in Sadlergate)so Friday lunchtime "visits to Dixons were frequent; I just got paid, what record can I buy"?! My main memories are of buying Beatles records there; I bought Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (mono issue)on its day of release in June 1967, and later the now super-rare "Let It Be" box set (PXS1)album - I've still got that. They sold me many other great albums - all the Who stuff of that time, Steve Miller Band's Brave New World, Spirit's 12 Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus, etc...and my also bought lots of goodies - Canned Heat, several Hendrix first issue LPs, Traffic etc... we were such hip kids!'(June 23, 2016).

Real misty-eyed memories!

This was my family’s business. My parents started it after the war. They ran it until 1979 and then let the premises to Siren Records. It was the largest record shop outside HMV in Oxford St in London. The pop department was a great meeting place for the young of Derby and the classical department was noted for my mother, Doris Dixon’s fantastic knowledge of classical music. It was also an electrical shop.

Louise Dixon

My Dad Ken Griffin worked for Dixons in the 1950s. I remember riding in their black Morris J-type van with big gold lettering "Dixons". George Dixon was a distinguished chap with cream jacket and bow tie. Knew the family well as a boy.



I worked at Siren Records in the early 80's, in fact I started in 1980 I believe? and I was there for 2 or 3 years, I remember the classical department got moved from the basement to the much bigger ground floor and the basement became the Rock / Pop department, I mainly worked in the basement and it was so busy at weekends, I remember Dale Winton shopping there in his radio days, he was very nice chap, I believe the shop changed it's name again but I can't remember what to.

Douglas Robinson (2023)




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