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Comment: The coolest record shop in Oxford...
(19 December 2013)

Name: Dillon
Comment: I used to work at Sunshine Records in the mid-1970s - this was one of Graham's shops which was then managed by John Northcote, later of Academy Music Group... great memories, Happy Daze! Sadly no pics, if anyone has an old Sunshine Records plastic bag post it up!
(2 April 2015)

Name: Michael Kirschner
Comment: Came over from San Francisco... opened Sunshine in October 1971. I hired John... he worked for me... I sold the shop to Graham... that was the best thing that ever happened to Oxford... Sunshine promoted the Eagles concert when they came to Oxford Polytechnic in March of 1973; paid them £375.
(19 July 2015)

Name: Steve Mags.
Comment: Great shop! Friends and I would make a regular pilgrimage from Reading. I remember buying The Allman Brothers' Idlewild South album (amongst many others) there. Also went to the Eagles gig at the Poly in 1973.
(30 October 2015)

Name: Andrew Williamson
Comment: Coolest shop in Oxford in the coolest street in the 1970s - where else would you have bought your Sons of Champlin, Ben Sidran and Dan Hicks albums?
(11 July 2016)

Name: Jon More
Comment: Introduced to Fela Kuti in this shop in 1973... spent my hard-earned pocket money on vinyl I still own today.
(19 October 2016)

Name: Robert Rice
Comment: Many happy times spent browsing (please note, Amazon!) the latest LPs in the mid-1970s. Also used to be a cool clothes shop in the same street - flares etc!

Thanks for all the memories (wish I'd kept my Sunshine bags).
(2021)

Name: James Dutton
Comment: Bought The Sex Pistols' God Save the Queen and The Stranglers' Peaches in the 'Blackmail' sleeve, which turned out to be a wise investment. 1977. Can't believe there aren't any photos of the shop!
​(2021)

Name: Caroline Rowe
Comment: Hi, I am Graham's daughter, Caroline. It was also my mother's shop - Sue Rowe. Thanks - it means a lot to see the shop online. I have vivid memories of the mushroom-shaped stools!
(2023)


Comments

Dave Harwood
04 Dec 2023 at 03:49
I found this classified advert in the 'Reading Evening Post' dated 8th March 1975: “... Apply to Graham Rowe, Sunshine Records Ltd., 31 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford OX1 2HU or telephone Oxford 511537 between 6.30pm and 8pm (weekdays).”
Nick Birch
11 Dec 2023 at 04:28
My favourite record shop in Oxford. I loved the music they played and the way LPs were displayed on shelves so you could browse them. I remember buying 'After the Goldrush' and Loggins and Messina 'Sittin' In' there after hearing them playing. I often chatted to the American guy about music.
AJ Jones
12 Mar 2024 at 07:10
Many a dub, reggae and jazz album was purchased from this brilliant shop. I spent many days, when I should have been at school, spending my paper round money here, and after I left school, it was still a favourite haunt.

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31 Little Clarendon Street OX1 2HU Oxford / Oxfordshire
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History

Opened :
1971

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