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Back in the eighties I was in Soho looking for records and I popped in to see the late John Kendall who used to have a little corner shop opposite a pub. I hadn't seen him for some years since the days when he used to work in the second hand department downstairs at Dobell's in the Charing Cross Road and we used to all gather in the'Scots Hoose' for Saturday lunchtime drinks with Artie and Bill Colyer. At this time business was very slack for John and he would sit in the pub across the road all day watching for customers when I hove into sight over the horizon. The first thing he did was brandish a copy of a record called 'Jazz at The Tally Ho' which I snapped up for a couple of quid. One side of this was actually recorded live and is a great memoriam of those days even though the record is rather battered. I am eternally grateful to John for that find and as an added bonus the sleeve note was written by John himself who also used to be a Sunday night regular - handy for him as he used to live at Belsize Park. Recollections from an ex-trombone player

John set up his own shop after Dobells moved to Tower Street.

(June 7, 2015) Surprised to see my old friend looking so glum - we used to be teenage mates in Walthamstow and lost touch after marriage - can anyone tell me about him please? Val and I are now flying the flag for jazz in Queensland, Australia.


The Soho Clarion 1987





John Kendall Records Brewer Street

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