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(Sept 8, 2013) Anonymous said:I remember the Beckenham branch... you could listen to tunes upstairs in little booths. My mum bought a 'radiogram' here when we moved to Beckenham from Norwood in 1965. When it arrived it turned out to be just a 'gram' with no radio. Just like my mum to buy something based on its appearance and not how practical it was.
In 1973 I bought Black Sabbath Volume 4 (after listening to them for the very first time in one of those booths, with my mate Bev).

It was there, when I was just 12 going on 13 that my cousin, then aged 15 - and I (who were serious about our beat group and our music from the start) - this was back in early 1964 - and we priced our first musical instrument in Kingsons, Beckenham: an alto sax (which we knew we'd have to save a lot of pocket money and paper round money to buy!) and there we bought our first sheet music (all of which I still have) and a pair of bongos (which I also still have): I have many, many other musical instruments now and can play them all, and no, I never gave up at all on my music - though it's not my primary livelihood. Those were the days indeed!!

Jeff Watt


Dave Harwood
31 Oct 2023 at 09:54
I found an advert in the 'Lewisham Borough News' dated 13th September 1955: “KINGSONS proudly announce the opening of Lewisham's largest GRAMOPHONE RECORD showrooms at 203 HIGH STREET (Opposite the Prince of Wales Cinema) S.E.13. Come and see the finest record library for miles around, the pick of the best instruments, the modern salons in which you can hear your favourite records in comfort. All tastes are catered for.”



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