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I grew up in Reading, and in the 70s there were loads of excellent record shops. Hickies in Friar Street was very old-fashioned, and was principally a seller of musical instruments, but they had a record department on the first floor which was really a balcony running around all four sides of the shop.

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Robert Goodchild

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Found this recently from sixties or seventies. Always bought my Jack Bruce, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Yardbirds and Groundhogs records from Hickies in the sixties and seventies.

George Bugaj

great shop Bryan Adams bought his first guitar there his Dad was stationed some where near there and they lived in the Tilehurst area a bit of Trivia Regards G

Christine Perkins

I remember Hickies very well - I used to buy my piano music there when I was a girl ( I donโ€™t play piano now ๐Ÿ˜‰). I walked in there recently - still smells the same ๐Ÿ˜†!!


Dave Harwood
21 Oct 2023 at 04:24
I found this advert in the ‘Berkshire Chronicle’ dated 13th February 1914:
“HICKIE & HICKIE Ltd. 153, FRIAR STREET, READING. Telephone 1148. Entertainers, Player-Pianos, Pianos, Organs and all Musical Instruments, Sheet and Book Music. New February H.M.V. Zonophone and Cinch Records from 1/1 (double sided) to £1 each.”



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