The Very First Record Dealer
Watchin' the Mavs, drinking some beer and thought I'd share a story.....When I started to dig seriously it was 1980 and I was living in Dallas. As I met more and more local collectors I kept on hearing about "Taylor's". Taylor's was where all the heavy collectors and Euro dealers went to when they were in the D/FW area. He operated out of three houses in Fort Worth, the LP house, the 45 house and the 78 house. I didn't actually get to go to Mr. Taylor's place until 1983 and the LP house was a psychedelic goldmine.....not only rare LP's of all sorts, but multiple copies of many of them. I continued to buy LP's there up until '88 or so, still finding great stuff.I never spent much time in the '45 House as it was well picked over by that point. The '78 House was more like a barn with probably 500,000+ 78's. I got to pull a lot of Post-War Blues and R&B at a buck a piece but I spent most of my time and money in the LP house.It was a house built in the 40's-50's and every room in the house had wall to wall, floor to ceiling shelves filled with LP's. Probably 2,000 square feet and nearly a million LP's. I got to be pretty friendly with Mr. Taylor who was an amazing guy. By the time I met him he was in his late 80's....he lived 10 more years. John was an Arthur Murray Dance Instructor in the 30's -50's and continued to dance regularly into his 90's. When he was teaching some of his students asked him where they could get the music he was using so they could practice at home. John began buying up overstock records from distributors as well as used Jukebox records and selling them to his classes, and soon to classes all over the country.He was honest and friendly and always had a great story. As far as I know he was the very first record dealer.Shortly after he died one of the houses burned down......some dudes from one of the Carolina's bought all the 78's and John's son continued to do mail order for many years as "John's Boy Records".And while I've been writing this the Mav's have shaved a 10 point deficit to 3!!!