Ghosts of Record Stores Past and Present

Much of my youth was spent hunting for and playing vinyl. I have created this site to remember many of the stores I've visited. Don't try and visit them without calling first, as many of them are no longer with us. If I've posted a picture of a store that you want me to delete please let me know and I'll take it down. To see a particular store just open the photo album with its name on it or click on the green (open) or red (closed) marker in the map below. Expanding the map will reveal more stores in the same city.

The site also contains links to interesting articles and information on record shops and record collecting and fine musical suggestions and playlists for your listening pleasure (with You Tube links so you can check them out for yourself). The Playlists can be found by scrolling to a separate section of the index under the heading musical resources. And our latest addition, Song of the Day, a glimpse at what's playing on my stereo today, appears there as well.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Little Walter - My Babe

Song of the Day

Today's song of the day is by the Chicago Blues Harpist Little Walter - My Babe  From 1955, Little Walter was one of the greats, crafting a sound on harmonica that was truly visionary.  His first hit was Juke, a harp instrumental of the first caliber, which was followed by many others.  Here, his doing a Willie Dixon tune, itself based on a traditional gospel song This Train (is bound for glory).  Little Walter spent much of his career working along side Muddy Waters, which produced some excellent results.  Unfortunately, he died way too young, at 38, apparently after losing a fight.   I have also included a video of Little Walter performing Jump live with Hound Dog Taylor.

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