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'KMK Records' was at No.286 Beckenham High St. from at least the early 70's(the record inside the bag when I found it in a Beckenham Charity shop was Donny Osmond 'Why'-and it's written on the other side of the bag-which dates it to 1973) and was there right through until relatively recently. I remember it still being there in the early 1990's.I think it closed down mid-late 1990's. Michael Viner

( Jan 18, 2016) Hi, I'm trying to contact a guy who used to work in kmk record shop in beckenham, he was called Glen Hayes. I think he worked there until 1983. Comment: Myra Long.

Very fond memories of buying many singles from KMK in Beckenham, and also their Elmers End shop. My main record shop between 1974 and 1980.
Ian Chambers

I used to shop at KMK when I was a kid (around 1978 or so) and I remember Glen, and the manager was Bob. I used to stop into the shop as I had to change over from the 227 bus to the 166 bus on my way home from school. Good times.
Rob Crowe

Bear with me as these memories are over40 plus years ago and I stand to be corrected !,
KMK Records was owned and run by Bob Kingdom and his wife Molly ( hence KMK ). The Beckenham shop being in the High St always had a good number of customers, however the footfall at the Elmers End shop, ( 55 Croydon Road, junction with Langley Rd ), relied upon customers from the local factories (Twinlock, Muirheads and a large leather factory whose name escapes me ).
Bob ran Beckenham, Glen ran Elmers End until he left and Adrian took over. Glen rejoined KMK but now working at Beckenham. Bob found new premises in Penge and EE shut in 1975. Penge didn’t last very long either.
A great shame as KMK was a great record store. Ahh memories.
Richard Thompson

Glenn left KMK in 1983 and lived in Italy for many years before returning to the uk, where he is now a successful author and has published around half a dozen novels.
stuart bridgeman

one of the stores that started my vinyl habit, along with Beanos in Croydon used to drop in to KMK most Saturdays between 1980-84 to spend proceeds of paper round from the post office near kelsy Park. Often before or after going to the flicks down the road. Bob was great, for regulars he used to save the promo covers and display stuff from the store window of your favourite bands. They would go straight up on my bedroom wall, a habit my big brother got me into and who also used to spend loads of time (and cash!) in store. Still got most of the 7s and LPs I bought in there. Still collecting too!
great memories of weekends way back when.
Al Crombie


Angie Piccinin
18 Aug 2023 at 10:58
I was the first Saturday girl at KMK went by my first name Wendy then. Great place to work Bob & Molly were really nice people and Glen was good to work with too. Remember when Dark Side of the Moon was released huge line up.



KMK Records 286 Beckenham High St

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