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I remember a shop back in the early 80s called (I think) Roots International Records, a short-lived operation on Caledonian Rd, owned & run by Errol Dunkley. This was a few years after he'd had a national UK pop hit with 'OK Fred' So I can honestly claim to have bought 2nd hand Jamaican 12 inch singles from a genuine chart star (& you can't get that shopping online now can you). I once tried to return a Gregory Isaacs single to the shop because it was warped. "Put a 2 pence on it" advised Errol D. "Look I'll show you" & with that he slammed the record on to the shop's turmtable & stuck on old 2p coin on top of its label. It played like a dream! Comment: Jamie Renton




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