Thursday, March 25, 2010

Gillette's Records 1990

In the Brockton Arcade in Riverside, there was a Record Store called Gillette's Records, owned and run by Doug Gillette. It was advertised weekly in the K/mentertainer. I was living in San Bernardino, but I managed to go there. The first record I bought at Gillettes was Break On Through-Doors, with a picture sleeve in 1967, with a hole in the center (because the box he kept the 45's on the counter had a bar in it to keep the 45s from being taken out of the box.) I continued to buy records there, until the 1980's when he switched over excluvively to CDs, then I bought CDs there. In the late 1980's he closed up shop and moved his store to Lake Havasu.
In January 1990 my wife and I went to Las Vegas, and had to make a detour on the way home to Lake Havasu. Stopping at Gillettes I bought CDs and recently ran across this receipt, which I was using as a bookmark.
I spent money and I took pictures of his shop. I've looked for the pictures, which at this point I cannot find, but when do I find them I will post them. Health Castle was the name of the buiding, probably because it looked like a castle.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

In the late 1960's I often went to Gillette's to buy albums. White Front in San Bernardino usually had the best prices (when they were on sale) so I got quite a few from there. Closer to home I also went to Sage's in Rialto for their record department but prices there were usually higher.

John from Fontana (back then)

Lord Darth Sidious said...

Sage's, Two Guys, Lear's, White Front, Alvin's, F.O.R.E. Store, W.F. Woolworth's, Kress, and, of course, Lyle's Record City...

all the good olde retailers who sold recorded music back when it was ALL VINYL and just plain fun to just hang out and DIG, DIG, DIG for that one special fab disk!

Lord Darth Sidious said...

OH YES, FOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIANS,
there was the greatest music retailer of all time, TOWER RECORDS, which, quite sadly,
has now been consigned to history's dust bin...

for those of us who grew up in the pre-computerised era of recorded mechanical tunes, it will never quite be same. c'est la vie, that's all folks!

Anonymous said...

Who would remember ALVIN"S RECORD
store? I see you did. I used to go there on the way home from Sturges JH.
Spent a whole $1.50 for an oldie called
YOU WERE MINE by the Fireflies.
Still have it. They had to order it for me.

Lord Darth Sidious said...

ALVIN'S RECORD SHOP used to specialise in Rhythm 'N' Blues recordings along with Jazz, Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Soul and all other variations thereof.
one disk long remembered from Alvin's inventory was by Z.Z. Hill, a song called "You Were Wrong" on the M.H. Records label... still a great listening classic tune from a forgotten era!

Bri said...

I bought my first 45rpm at Gillete's in the late 1960's. What a great place!

John H. said...

I remember when I was in high school in Riverside in the late 60's, Gillette's records was the first place we would go after school. Also, we spent alot of time there on the weekends. I was surprised on a Saturday afternnon, while looking at new albums when Three Dog Night came in the store to say "hi" to Doug. Fond memories. I still have all the albums that I purchased from Doug.

Lord Darth Rageous said...

Yeah, John, you couldn't beat those wonderful days just hanging out at a record shop, especially at entrepreneurs who had a large stock of inventory -- both old and new.

That would be one place i'd like to go check out first if me Way Back Machine was working!