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jillyfred

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Re: record shops
« Reply #30 on: July 09, 2019, 01:09:59 PM »

One of my best friends family owned a lot of Record Shops -does anyone remember Smyths?
They also had a Recording Studio and their own record label during the 1960`s.
Went under a different name which eludes my memory!

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« Reply #31 on: July 09, 2019, 01:20:00 PM »
'Symphola Records' was the distribution company name (for Smyth's). Soloman and Peres was another big distributor.


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« Reply #32 on: July 09, 2019, 01:53:57 PM »

I don't ever remember being in Smyths (not to say I wasn't, mind), but I've a fair few secondhand records in my collection with stick-on labels stating 'Smyths for Music!'

Whereabouts was Smyths?

CMcG

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« Reply #33 on: July 09, 2019, 11:32:51 PM »
All over the place, Bangor, Lisburn, Ballymena, the one in Belfast I remember was on the corner on the way into Queens Arcade from Donegall Place.


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« Reply #34 on: July 10, 2019, 06:47:22 AM »
All over the place, Bangor, Lisburn, Ballymena, the one in Belfast I remember was on the corner on the way into Queens Arcade from Donegall Place.
https://www.lennonwylie.co.uk/qrcomplete1960.htm

1960  Queen's Arcade from 31 Donegall Place to 30 Fountain Street

1-3. Brand & Co. (side door)
5. Smyth, D. I., & Co., Radio Radiograms, Television, Records, Records, Concert Agents
7-9. Lily Gowns (Mrs. L. McCahey)
 11. Nanette, ladies' outfitters
 13. Stewart, Dorothy, ladies' outfitter

"Old music shops in 60's Belfast"
http://www.belfastforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,58672.msg1641485.html#msg1641485

James James

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Re: record shops
« Reply #35 on: July 10, 2019, 06:50:40 AM »
That's also very interesting - I had (have?) one record in my collection on the Major Minor label - 'Mony Mony' by Tommy James & The Shondells. Never knew there was a local link there, thanks for that!

https://www.discogs.com/Tommy-James-The-Shondells-Mony-Mony/release/1912789 
Very good performance,...    https://youtu.be/pkMgs3lFwkQ               http://www.45cat.com/record/mm567

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Re: record shops
« Reply #36 on: July 10, 2019, 11:45:26 AM »

I don't ever remember being in Smyths (not to say I wasn't, mind), but I've a fair few secondhand records in my collection with stick-on labels stating 'Smyths for Music!'

Whereabouts was Smyths?


This newspaper ad (below) shows the addresses of the various Smyths shops in the late 1970s, the one I remember was no. 29 Donegall Place which as I said, was right on the corner as you walked into Queens Arcade, that location was formerly one of the premises of Brands & Norman, it then became (I think) 'Golden Discs' right through to the 1990s?



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« Reply #37 on: July 10, 2019, 02:45:24 PM »

Heh, that ad shows the same 'Smyths for Records' logo as the stickers on some of my LPs... very good!

Yes, I remember buying music at Golden Discs at the corner of Queen's Arcade and Donegall Place - though don't recall it with Smyths branding, so maybe just a wee bit before my time. Quite a big chain though, for a local business - 8 branches was pretty good going.

There was also a branch of Our Price just over the road from there for a while in the 1990s, which I think ended up in Castle Court in the early 2000s branded as Sanity. Don't really remember them ever stocking much vinyl, though.

Caroline Records was just off Cornmarket - that was where the cool kids seemed to hang out (I wasn't cool, so I didn't  :D ).

The Virgin Megastore at Castle Court was pretty impressive when it opened its doors in the early 90s, though - it looked like a spaceship, inside and out. Quite a bit of vinyl on the shelves, though it varied.

I believe it eventually morphed into Zavvi once Yer Man Branson punted it on, moved over to Victoria Square, then was bought out by Head Records when Zavvi crashed and burned (they were owned or supplied by Woolworths parent company, I think?), and then completed the circle by ending up back in Castle Court before pulling down the shutters last year.

It's a wild ride, the oul music business...