Television and Radio retailers from 1922 to 2000.
We know that Louis Armstrong visited Europe — once in summer 1932 (England and Scotland) and for a longer time in 1933 and 1934 (England, Scandinavia, Denmark, Holland, France). Newspaper reports exist, as do the first airshots and the famous 1933 film footage.
But I hadn’t known that Louis and his band had paid a ceremonial visit to a famous gramophone store, Cowlings Bros in St Nicholas Street, Leicester, on Saturday, February 24, 1934, until I’d seen this autograph book up for bid on eBay. Jazz Lives
I was to young to see that lovely old music store in Leicester, but heard so much about it, if it was here today I would go in and have a look around, looking at the lovely old things they had in the store.
I worked at Cowlings in Belvoir street in the 1970s. I don't recall them being in St Nicholas Street, in fact, I cannot find a a street with that name. Only: Circle, Place and Walk. I know that they also had a place on St Peters Road. There was a fire at the Belvoir Road store in 1964, pretty well gutted the place, but that was a bit before I worked there. I'd be 11 years' old then.
A report from the Leicester Mercury
June 3, 1964: Another spectacular fire occurred at Cowlings TV and record shop, on Belvoir Street. Two pumps and a turntable ladder were dispatched, finding the ground and first floors well alight.
Further pumps were requested, making six in total plus a second turntable ladder, requiring outside brigade assistance.
Firemen were injured by exploding plate glass windows. Five jets and breathing apparatus were needed to extinguish the fire.
It is with regret that I have to announce the death of Trevor Sargent aged 82 ex managing director of G W Cowling Ltd.