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My youthful record buying was split between WH Smith, Harrogate, which I think you have and The Sound of Music, 12 Cheltenham Crescent (I think), Harrogate, which you do not. The latter was rock and pop only, IIRC, and was certainly active through the mid-late Seventies and early 1980s. Had a more knowledgeable (and rather more intimidating, therefore, to the spotty, young adolescent) staff than Smiths but a much better back catalogue. Not sure when it went out of business: it's been gone probably 20 years at least. In its heyday it was the only place to hang out if you had any pretensions to credibility...Comment; Vanman

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The Sound Of Music was owned and run by Tom Sumner. A guy called Ray also worked there. Great shop, Tom would suggest records he thought I might like (and laughed when I bought ones he didn't think would be my cup of tea e.g. Tetty Riley). Also got in a few European releases for me.
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Berenice Baynham
(2018)

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Remember the shop from the early 80's,was at college there, picked up some great records there, brings back some good memories
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Bill Douglass
(2021)
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Wondered where the owner is now.Met him and his wife in Jersey over thirty years ago.
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John Bennett
(2021)


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12 Cheltenham Cresent is the correct address. Now a cleaners.
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Mike Davey
(2021)The guy who owned it was called Tom Sumner, and he later went on to run Vintage Records on Cheltenham Parade in Harrogate. The chap in the picture is Billy Ballance who I worked with for about four years


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Peter Ellithorne
19 Feb 2024 at 02:09
Tom unfortunately died of cancer some years ago, he was a great guy who gave free albums at Christmas as presents to the kids at Henshaws blind school at Starbeck where I lived, Billy Ballance still lives at Calcutt in Knaresborough.

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