Memories From The Past
Huddle Record Shop
While browsing through old photos at www.Shorpy.com,
I came across the following photo that reminded me of Huddle Record Shop.
Huddles was a far site different from record shops and record
departments we see today. To
see the photo below, and many other vintage photos, visit the web site
I then found the following advertisement in the September 30, 1963 issue of Kingsport Times.
Margaret Dyer was a Lynn Garden girl and a 1961 graduate of Lynn View High School.
In the mid-1950's, you could go into Huddle’s and listen to
records before you bought one. There was a series of sound-proof booths in the store set up
at the back of the record department.
You could take the records you were considering to buy into a booth
and play it without disturbing anyone.
These were usually single records with an A and B side, in a paper
sleeve. The format in the
early part of the 1950’s were 10 inch, 78 rpm, hard bakelite like
plastic. In the mid-1950’s vinyl records and 6 inch, 45 rpm records
also with an A and B side, were introduced.
We also saw the birth EP (extended play) records, seven inch
records with three or four songs to a side.
Not long after the 10 inch, LP (long play) record replaced the EP
records. Now you could get
twelve to 14 songs on an album.
Unlike today when most teens walk around with a music player of
some type plugged into their ears, it was unusual to have a record player
and if you did, several of your friends were sure to congregate with you
to listen to music of the day.
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