How Kiss and Coca-Cola bottles led me to discover my first independent record store.
When I reached the age of fourteen, I was beginning to purchase some full-length albums as well as the more budget-friendly 45’s. I had to do more planning and saving to purchase a full album, even more so if the album was a two-record set. The first of these double albums to appear on my wish list was a brand-new release from the band Kiss, “Kiss Alive II.”
Franklin Music was my first encounter with a full-line record store.
During the spring of 1977, I was 13, and my father had turned me loose in Perimeter Mall, with a time set to meet back up with him after he shopped in whatever store he was headed to. Somehow, I stumbled upon Franklin Music.
The roofs were built with giant, almost pyramid-like skylights in which you could look up to see the weather while you were shopping.
Richway in Roswell, Georgia was a central and important location in my early record universe. My Father shopped there, and it was fairly close to my school. They also had a well-stocked and interesting record department for someone who was new to the vinyl collecting hobby like me.
The idea that I could actually own the current hits that I was hearing on “American Top 40” was new to me.
I purchased my last model airplane kit the same day I purchased my first Rock 45. I was 13, and at the Sears store at Cumberland Mall. After paying for my new model plane, I had two dollars and some coins left over. I could have gone over to the wonderful Sears candy counter but before I made any decisions, I happened past the stereo and record department.
I believed that all song lyrics were true-life stories being recounted by the singer in the form of a song.
Like many children in my age group, my first exposure to recorded music was through one of the many mass-produced, simple record players that were designed for the entertainment of children (often referred to as “kiddie record players”). The first one entered my life around the age of three.