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It was W.G. Records, and I used to do business with them. They had a subsidiary around the corner in Goldhawk Road, it was called Airwaves, and run by the son of the owner of W.G., who was a very pleasant Jewish gentleman. Victoria & Albert Museum has an HMV Record Sleeve in their collection, stamped W. G. Stores Ltd.

​ (December 4, 2015) Bought 66 league cup prog QPR v Leicester they supplied half time music are they still open. Comment: Pepi Howells.


Name Ray Tough Comment I bought my first 45 rpm there in 1962. ( July 11, 2016)

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"And I used to bombard my local record shop WG Stores in Shepherd’s Bush Market and ask them if they had this stuff. I actually asked them for two years for Oscar Peterson’s ‘Tenderly’ and they eventually found a 78 for me.” Brian Auger

Extract from Brian Auger interview by Garth Cartwright.
“I grew up in Shepherds Bush and WG Stores was my local record shop across my entire time of living in London. It was a really good shop - I used to get jazz 78s from there and then, when jazz albums became available, they had good stock. The first time I ever heard a Hammond organ was when I was walking past WG Stores and I heard this sound that I’d never heard before so I rushed in and asked what they were playing - it turned out to be Jimmy Smith’s Back At The Chicken Shack LP. I bought it immediately. Back then I didn’t know I was going to end up playing Hammond so that was my introduction to my future.”
(2022)


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Dave Harwood
15 Dec 2023 at 03:22
I found this classified advert in the 'West London Observer' dated 17th June 1955: “RECORD SHOP. Due to enlarging the premises, there is a vacancy for a Saleslady. Experience essential, top wages paid.— W. G. Stores Ltd., 158 Railway Approach, Shepherds Bush. W.12. SHE. 4056.”
… and this advert in the 'Marylebone Mercury' dated 13th December 1974: “W. G. STORES LTD. (RECORDS) Tel. 743 7731. Specialists in SOUL IMPORTS, POP, CLASSICAL and COUNTRY MUSIC. 179 SHEPHERDS BUSH MARKET, W.12.”
Helen Hoette
02 Jan 2024 at 09:14
Derek Solomons, the owner of WG Stores, was my mum's brother. Their father Jim Solomons owned WG Stores ironmongery shop in Shepherds Bush Market. Brian Solomons, my cousin, ran the cassette shop. All a very long time ago now. Our great grandfather originally started a record stall in the market and subsequently either he or our grandfather started the shop which he handed over to Derek when he opened the ironmongery shop.
Kevin G.
20 Jan 2024 at 09:05
I remember back in the mid 70s they would open on Christmas Day morning so kids like me could go and use their record tokens gotten for presents.

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