Thursday, April 26, 2018

Bob's BeBop Records

ONE OF THE legendary businesses down here years ago was Bob's BeBop Records, owned by Bob Navolio. Bob's daughter, Anne, took lessons here for a while and he gave me a T-shirt, and he's one of the nicest guys you will ever meet.

Our buddy Jeff Dorsey did a Y101 interview with Bob recently, and some of his stories are fascinating. The store opened in 1972 at 713 Maine, then moved across the street to the southeast corner of Seventh and Maine (now the home of the Yum Factory). If you click on the link above, you'll see the famous painting on the west wall. Recently somebody peeled away a layer or two of brick covering, and I wonder if the sign is still there. It was open until 1984.

Vinyl has made a big comeback in recent years. We had a bunch of it in here at one time, but we sold it all and we now focus on the instrument part of the business. Somebody around here, if they have the time and guts, could open a record store and sell record player parts, because we do get people asking about them.

Here's the interview with Bob. There are tons of stories about his old business, and I found it fascinating.

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