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Name: Ross
Comment: Music Beat was run by DJ Roy Stanier and was initially based on the Bristol Road before moving to new premises in Hurst Street.

Roy was my uncle, sadly no longer with us. I remember his record shop, it was primarily geared towards dance and club music because that’s the music he played as a DJ. One of his mixes can be found on Mixcloud, a mix tape he made in around 1986 when he was playing pop and underground HI-NRG of the time. I always remember getting the EMI promo sampler CDs from him. He would get them in advance of releases and so I’d have certain new releases all on one CD, which was quite something in the age prior to the internet!


Dave Harwood
11 Sep 2023 at 04:48
I found an advertorial in the ‘Birmingham Mail’ dated 11th December 1997:
“THE Evening Mail Accumulator Card is top of the pops for savings on music - from Teletubbies to Peter Andre. Music Beat Records at Unit D105, The Arcadian Centre, Hurst Street is offering cardholders the chance to get SIX chart toppers for the price of FIVE. Any cardholder who buys five CD singles, five CD albums or five 12 inch vinyl singles, all of equal price gets another to the same value completely FREE. The shop stocks all chart music and specialises in import and UK dance NRG house and club as well as family-type music. Roy Stanier owner of the shop says: “Good sellers include The Verve but Celine Dion is probably our biggest seller. “We also stock the Teletubbies single and we’re expecting sales to increase in the run-up to Christmas.”
... and this mention in ‘Nostalgia: 30 Birmingham record shops where you spent your Saturdays and your hard-earned cash’: “Another imports stockist - but with a greater emphasis on CDs rather than vinyl - was Music Beat, run by DJ Roy Stanier. It was initially based on the Bristol Road before moving to new premises in Hurst Street, where it closed in 2000.”



Unit D105, The Arcadian Centre, Hurst Street B5 4TD Chinese Quarter / Birmingham
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