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How the Musical Box record store on West Derby Road is still going after more than 70 years

Get What’s On updates directly to your inboxSubscribeSee our privacy noticeMore newslettersBut the independent store at 457 West Derby Road has a big reputation and it has stood the test of time, managing to survive the decline of the industry when many canada goose outlet real other record stores have hit the dust.The renowned shop is still going strong after 70 canada goose outlet nyc years and the symbol of its success is its shop owner Diane Cain, who began working at the record shop 65 years ago.She started working there when she was a 13 year old school girl and over the decades she has sold literally “millions” of records to the good people of Tuebrook, Anfield, Old Swan, Kensington, West canada goose victoria parka outlet Derby and beyond.Through the decades, Diane has gained many canada goose outlet vip memories and they canada goose jacket outlet toronto include the time when Diane and her mother Dorothy with the help of American GIs based at Burtonwood introduced the music of an unknown Elvis Presley to the city’s youth and how Diane helped to issue Lonnie Donegan’s music.Diane Cain with her son Tony Quinn in their Musical Box record shop in Tuebrook. Photo by Colin LaneDiane’s father Charlie even spoke to the legendary former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly, and her mother sold the Kop boss a record of his favourite hymn, Amazing canada goose outlet in new york Grace, at the store.Other stars canada goose outlet website legit from the world of football have frequented the store over the years, including Everton legend Joe Royle.The BBC’s A Question of Sport and Songs of Praise have also filmed at the shop along with Liverpool born comedian Alexei Sayle who filmed part of a TV documentary about the city inside the store.We went down canada goose outlet in vancouver to speak to Diane along with her son Tony who runs the business to canada goose outlet uk fake learn more about the record music store and to find out canada goose outlet what the secret of their success is.How the business started Diane sold her first record at The Musical canada goose parka outlet Box when she was 13 while she was still a school girl at Holly Lodge in West Derby.She would come to the shop after canada goose outlet houston school to help her mum and dad out.Diane says: “My uncle Jack was here in 1947 and my mother bought the building in 1951.”When we first came here there was only electricity on the ground floor. But buy canada goose uk my dad rewired it on all of the top floors because we lived upstairs.Inside The Musical Box record shop on West Derby Road in Tuebrook. Photo by Colin Lane”So my mum canada goose outlet in usa came here in about 1950 and it was toys and records that we sold. It was Dinky, Hornby and Dublo toys and all canada goose parka uk that sort of canada goose outlet in canada stuff that we sold then. We would sell Bayko building sets that you would build toy houses with.”This end of the shop was records and on these same shelves we had boxes of the 78 format records on them.”We actually have a customer called Tommy, who is in his 90s, and he bought a 78 of Bing Crosby. Tommy walked past the shop when the war was on and bought it.”Read MoreWhat’s OnRecords were being sold there before the canada goose outlet ontario war, says Diane.”Record shops were often included in cycle shops. They were always mixed in with something else, like with the teddies and canada goose outlet trillium parka black the dollies that were sold back then.”We had a lady in a while ago who said that she has still got the teddy that she bought here in the 1950s and it was in a big glass showcase where she saw it.”That used to be full of dollies and teddies and the like. I collect teddies and I have dozens of them at home. We used to stay canada goose jacket outlet open at Christmas until about midnight to sell the toys to get rid of them on Christmas Eve because you wouldn’t sell them after Chirstmas. We sold Woodies cigarettes, too.”The rise of rock ‘n’ roll As the fifties came in along with American music and rock ‘n’ roll, records started to take over the toys sold in the shop.

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