The Record Shop Queens Road – Jack & Sonia London – Video by Andrew Clifton.

A great video from Andrew Clifton.

Alan Esdaile…..I can remember buying my first album from Jack. It was the ‘Bee Gees First’ and I paid 6d a week and he wrote the amount on the back of the sleeve until it was paid in full. I’ve still got it. As a kid ,I used to love looking in the window  at all the record sleeves.

Jim Breeds….Lovely memories of the man. And I think the video I saw before didn’t have the memorial tribute tagged onto the end, though I had heard that elsewhere. Nice to see it again.

Graham Burfield….first album I got there was Cockney Rebel

Pete Fairless….I used to love the story of how he tracked down the album and went to collect it for you!

Chris Meachen…..Dear old Jack, He would occasionally come out with peculiar questions, like ‘Were you breast-fed?’ he was such a character

Jim Breeds….I mostly used record vouchers and birthday/christmas money when I was a kid and then when I was working from age 17 onwards I used to save up in my post office book 🙂 I particularly remember on one occasion I pre-ordered (as we now call it – I don’t remember that term being used in the ’70s?) a copy of the upcoming limited edition release of The Free Story LP, a best of compilation. I went to the shop on release day and you would have thought his Mum had just died. He was emotionally upset that he had been unable to source a copy due to overwhelming demand. He said he had tried everything, including phoning around to other record shops. He was still apologising for that some weeks late. What a character.

Mick O’Dowd….Jack &Sonia were one of life’s best. He actually sold me my first Dansette record player and knocked 2/6 off the price for my Mum ( God bless Her) as he suddenley found that a bit of the leather cloth was loose! it was precisely 1/8th inches wide. Great couple. He would always call me “Chiefy”. Did he call anyone else this?

Andrew Clifton…..Hello Jim, I’m Andrew’s brother, Steve. We knew Jack and Sonia for many years. We’d go to the Record Shop searching for nostalgic recordings. Unfortunately we missed his retirement in December 2006 and then of course his sad demise in June 2007. I took the video camera to the funeral to chronicle the event as he, Sonia, and The Record Shop became a significant part of Hastings social history. Fortunately the proceedings were light-hearted and sprinkled with anecdotes, so it became a ‘watchable’ record…so much that Sonia asked for several copies for friends and family.

Chris Russel…..Great to see this film of Jack and Son, but so sad to hear that they are both gone. When I worked at Swift in Bexhill in the 80’s and 90’s Jack would come in every Wednesday and buy stock. At first he used to arrive in an orange Morris Marina that was 90% rust but later would get the train over. As far as I know they never had any children but had several cats that Jack would refer to as ‘the kids’, the most famous of which was Monty. Occasionally I would pop into the shop on a Saturday and knew I would be in there at least an hour as Son would insist that I had at least one cup of tea and usually at least one cheese sandwich.

Lauren Gower….The best kind of record shop,along with Alans of course!just before they close they got me a copy of ‘songs for drella’-Lou reed,John cale…when i tried to order it in Hmv(of maybe it was virgin at the time),they asked me who Lou reed was!!! There are no words for that!

Andrew Clifton… Unfortunately Jack and Sonia. Didn’t have any children as for the railway films Jack took. I think a family friend has got them. We got a lot of records through Jack. Also from The Disc Jockey. Both Jack and Al were great people to know.

Sid Saunders… I got all my music from Jack, a true gentleman sadly missed.

 

Masons Music – est 3rd April 1978, closed 4th November 2016

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Hastings Pier, 187 Queens Road, 190 Queens Road, Grove Road Ore, Ponswood Ind Estate St Leonards.

Alan Esdaile… Now time for me to get a proper job.

Matt Thomas… I drove past earlier – something drew me to the place today.Sorry it’s come to this. End of an era as Masons Music closes it doors for the last time today, up until last year I had spent nearly 30 years at the place so very sad for me to hear today.

Chris Coleman… That must be a record

Jim Breeds… Really? Gosh. Best wishes for the next venture!

Colin Norton… Sorry to hear this, Alan! Hope that everything works out for you!

Tony May… Oh what a year this has been for you and for me. So sorry to hear this but not surprised in the current climate. If you can please pass on my condolences to all who have lost their jobs today. I may have left a long while ago but part of me shall always belong to Masons Music and the legacy that its existence played in what we all used to recognise as the music industry. Best wishes to you Alan – I will be in touch soon.

Jo Turner… Sorry to hear that

Virginia Davis… Good luck in your next venture

Diane Barton… Have the best memories 🙂 Fun times xxx

Ian Mantel… Every week on pay day in early 80’s I bought records.

Simon Payne… Masons Music played an important part in many of our Hastings lives. Sad to hear of it closing it’s doors today. Sad news Alan, I wasn’t with you long but still remember it fondly. Good luck for the future.

Andy Qunta… End of an era!

Johnny Raff… Spent so much time at the Queen’s Rd shop. An end of an era

Paul Angelwitch… thanks for the great selection of my vinyl in my collection

Tony Ham… A lot of my collection has got the Mason’s Music stickers on it.

Zoe Honey… Wow 💙 xxxxxxx

Phil Gill… Good luck in wherever your life’s journey takes you next Alan.

Kevin Burchett… sorry to hear that Alan heres wishing you the best of luck in your new venture. from everyone in the Scalliwags group.

Nastassja Kaschevsky… Sorry to hear this Alan, all the best for the future x

Graham Belchamber… All the best mate.

Julie Findlay-jones… It’s the end of an era I loved working for you in the 70s brilliant boss lovely guy, good luck in your next venture xxx

Peter Howard… Sorry to hear that Alan. You were my favourite customer and I miss the weekly calls. Hope you’re well.

Peter Thomson… Hope you find something positive to move on with Alan.

Pete Prescott… Indeed its very sad news. I hope you remember that whatever you do in future you have a huge amount of support from so many friends. Please put me in that list. Hope your well.

Martin Stringer… Very sad. You did good.

Will Cornell… You were the greatest Alan! Let’s see, I think I met you in that location with the tile roof, Sept 1990. Is that the one? A quick train ride from Victoria station down to Hastings, a 30 min meeting and a cab driver that kept his promise to be back there to get me to the last train to London….it was 25 years of a great business relationship and a friendship to boot!

Shaun Cox… I worked in Stylus. Got any pics?

Pauline Sims… Sad to read this Alan but good luck in your next venture!

Mick O’Dowd… A well earned rest now Alan. You served the community well. Well done mate!

Joe Knight… Where was the tile roofed photo?

Kev Towner…  Grove Road mate.

Matt Thomas… Nightmare to park

Tom Pitts… Nightmare when we had heavy snow up there and had to walk home

John Wilde… All things must pass. You served us so well Buddy. Thank you for all your authentic enthusiasm and encouragement. You were rockin before the word! Best wishes.

Leigh-Wieland Boys… Good luck with your next venture – I am sure we’ll see/hear more from you! xx

Dave Nattress… REALLY sorry to hear this news. Very best wishes in whatever you do next.

Chris Sambrook… Sorry to read that Mason’s Music has now closed.

Alan Esdaile… Thanks to EVERYONE for your wonderful comments and a BIG thank you to the GREAT members of staff, who I couldn’t have done it without you.

Eva Neuke… An important part of my life has now disappeared….

Eric Cawthraw… I wish you every success for the future, We ought to have a whip round, but I doubt we could get you enough to retire. I hope you come up on the lottery and can buy out the BBC’s music archive and rock on in to oblivion like the rest of us old farts.

Matt Thomas… I would like to add that i started working in Queens Rd shop in 1985 as a school leaver and had a fantastic couple of years meeting such a diverse bunch of people from Punks to Reggae Fans until the shop closed in 1987 and i left.I came back in 1989 in the Grove Road warehouse and i carried on working for Alan up until 2015.These years working at Masons have been upon the best days of my life and it will always hold a very special place in my heart 

Iain Cobby… Oh, Alan. so sorry to hear your news, like leaves we touch, we once new the story, and as Autumn calls, we remember all thoughts of many years ago…………….. on wards my friend, towards the sun.

Ernest Ballard… That’s a shame. Great shop. Will be missed I’m sure.

Clifford Rose… I did buy a couple of albums from the Queens Rd shop. On one occasion I remember a discussion was taking place about people entering the record shop across the road, but never seen leaving Lol

Peter Fairless… Oh, to be elevated to the status where Jack would say, “Sonia’s just about to put the kettle on…” You’re right, Clifford, it was a bit of a Tardis, that ‘other’ shop!

Allegro Records – London Road St Leonards 1972

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Anyone remember this shop next to Christ Church? I think it was mainly classical records but might be wrong?

Andy Qunta… Don’t actually remember this place.

Tony May… This is a really interesting find Alan! I certainly don’t ever remember a record shop in that position? Mind you, this is from 1972 so I would only have been 7 at the time. If this shop did exist it is faior to assume that it wasn’t in existence for many years. There was a record shop a bit further down on that side on the corner next to where the co-op is now in the 1980’s though. Can’t recall what it was called at the moment but I bought the ‘Candles’ album by Heatwave in there in 1981/2 shortly before it closed.

More classic Disc Jockey Ads from the 70’s.

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Anyone remember getting a potato?

Tony May… The D.J. sale was a MAJOR event in Hastings! I seem to remember that some people even slept outside the night before in sleeping bags to get hold of the new Duran Duran album for 10p. Alan used to do silly offers like that for the first ten customers. I used to LOVE the mystery bags though. 10 12″ singles for a pound or 10 7″ singles for a pound all sellotaped up in a D.J bag so all you could make out was the first and last inside. Bought loads of those bags every time!

Alan Esdaile… As the Disc Jockey was an important chart return shop and when no restrictions were in place, it was amazing what they gave away from freebies from the record companies, to get higher chart placings. I remember they had buy one new single and get a free record case or a free video cassette.

Mick O’Dowd… I got many a freebie from him including the pic disc single of FGTH Relax and a 12″ Michael Jackson megamix that was very limited edition.

Andre Martin… What some of you may not know, is that back iin the early 70s there was a potato shortage – crop failure I think, and this would have been something worth winning ! OK AJ did have a sense of humour and would use this in all sorts of adverts that he and I think it was Cliff at Berforts would produce. I have a great selection of his works – great memories.

Peter Fairless… We did like Big Al!

UFO Records – Hastings Pier 1976

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supplied by Clive Richardson

Alan Esdaile… This is a shop I ran with Clive and yes we did sell knickers! First time ever I have seen this photo. Anyone remember the shop? What intrigues me is the red poster below the window. This is for The Village Glen Fern Road Bournemouth. Seems very odd to advertise it on the pier unless a local band was on the bill?

Matt Thomas… Still selling knickers as well 🙂

Diane Knight… My dad had a shop on the pier then , you must have been the competition …which side were you on ???

Alan Esdaile… The right hand side Diane. Next to the bookies. What did your dad sell?

Diane Knight… Silly hats and all those necessary things …he also built the model railway on the other side…

Phil Gill… I remember it well.

Nastassja Kaschevsky… Remember it well, when I used to work on the pier

Mick O’Dowd… Yes remember this well Alan. If I remember correctly you specialised in prog rock.

Alan Esdaile… Sold mainly deletions and american overstocks which you could make a bit more money on. The only trouble being the American imports either had a hole punched through them, corner cut or a sticker on the sleeve showing that the import duty had been paid.

Masons Music – 187 Queens Road Shop. Early 80’s.

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Recognise a few Toyah Singles.

Andy Qunta… What’s wrong with this picture? Absolutely nothing!

Martin Richter… it`s a mystery….?

Matt Thomas… coco lol. Oldies Unlimited. Good times,even though i didnt start until the move up to 190

Darren Holmes… memories – used to get so many old and rare records from there especially when Andy got the catalogue out!

Mark Gilham… A proper shop

Mick O’Dowd… Same haircut as today. Change your stylist Alan.

Yvonne Cleland… There was a time… when everyone had those plastic coloured strips in the doorway hahahahaha

Julie Findlay-jones… Great times there x

Andy Qunta… Yes, Yvonne, I had those plastic strip things in my bedroom doorway!

Tony May… A great picture to see. Many memories…

Iain Cobby…  I remember a sixteen year old bassist being regularly taken to your shop by one Stevie D, to hear bands for the first time such as ELP eponymous album, Santana, Genesis and any other bands that he was into. Such great memories of you the shop and of course, the man himself.

 

The Disc Jockey Press Ads – from Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection

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Phil Gill….My grandfather bought me my first electric guitar from the Disc Jockey in 1969 – a Vox Super Ac, 27 guineas…wish I still had it.

Pete Fisher….bought my first singles here, later albums, sheet music, and my first decent acoustc, a 12-string, which was pretty hard to play.

Alan Esdaile Johnny Mason….I used to ring up all the time and see if any jobs were going but was unsuccessful, as Alan mainly wanted girls working in the shop. Mind you thinking about it now I was also turned down by Woolworth and The Green Shield Stamp shop!

Jim Breeds….Some of my vinyl LPs still have their plastic zip lock sleeves with “The Disc Jockey” printed on them.

Pete Fairless….I used to go to Woolies record dept. to buy singles from Louise (Illman?) but with the Disc Jockey, Stylus, Record Shop, Smiths aand Boots all selling records, there was usually never a problem getting a new release. For albums, The Disc Jockey and Stylus were best but with the back up that Jack would always be able to track down anything obscure. Remember this guy?

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 Andre Palfrey-martin…..Having looked back in archive – I think this Big Al character did not appear until 1974, that’s the earliest record that I have, round about Christmas that year. I am sure if I had come across [him] it before I would have saved.

Jim Breeds… I was at school with Tony Harris. I used to ask him in the shop what he thought I should buy this week 🙂

Dave Luck… Us oldies certainly remember the Disc Jockey, a proper record shop, and always packed on a Saturday.

Philip Meston… I  used to work with Tony Harris, not seen him for ages!

Andre Martin…  It would be good to he a Blue Plaque on the site of the Disc Jockey shop at the Memorial end of Queens Road to remember Alan and all that he did for young people in the 1960s & 1970s. I know he was a business man, but a very generous man as I am sure we have all experienced.

Mick O’Dowd…. Totally agree

John Storer… Remember going in there and asking for “Sticky Fingers” and everyone bursting out laughing! Also remember buying “New Rose” by The Damned in late 76 … Alan had heard of “punk” but had decided to keep the 3 or 4 punk singles he had in a tupperware box behind the counter for some reason. However, once he realised there was a market for this stuff, he would get in just about any single you wanted, even though most were being released on obscure indie labels. Most Saturdays I would leave with 3-4 singles and bought classics from Slaughter & The Dogs, Ed Banger & The Nosebleeds as well as the more “established” punk bands. Bought “Anarchy In The UK” there the day it came out (I do hope my sister still has it … an acquaintance recently sold his copy for an astonishing£12,000) and remember playing the Buzzcocks “Spiral Scratch EP” pretty much non-stop for 48 hours 🙂 Tony Harris became a good mate around that time. Last heard, he was living in Cambridge.

Peter Gladwish… As well as going to the Disc Jockey on a regular basis, to listen to all the latest records, I bought my first 12-string guitar from Big Al (c.1968) and I’ve still got it. Yes, he started selling a few musical instruments to supplement the lack of income from record sales!!!

The Disc Jockey – Poly Bag , chat & 8 track cartridges

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Pete Fisher… spent a lot of time in the listening booth on Saturday afternoons, 1968-74!

Virginia Davis…  I think I still have some of my records in the Disc Jockey bags

Jim Breeds… So do I 🙂

Nick Prince… I  like Big Al, comes to mind.

Clare Bennett… I think we all must have spent some time in there.

Alan Pepper… Can I go back in time to about 1973 and buy a dozen albums from big Al’s Disc Jockey shop ? I know which ones I’d buy – what about you ?

Kevin Towner…I spent far too many hours – and far too much money here over the years!!

Anyone remember 8 track cartridges…

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Anyone got any photos of The Disc Jockey?  Here’s a partial shot with Wards next door. Photo by Chris Meachen.

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photo by Chris Meachen 

Phil Gill…Bought my first electric guitar from the 2 Queens Road shop, a peach coloured Vox Super Ace. 27 guineas in 1969. Roger Carey and Chris Meachen will remember it. Life doesn’t get much better than a peach coloured electric guitar when you’re 13 years old.

Jane Hartley… Loved that shop, but my guitar came from Stylus, never did learn to play it!!!!!