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‘I felt his vibration!’ Sonny Roberts, the UK’s first Black music studio owner

Dave Carroll commented on FB:
A lovely man whom I met I when I was working in Harlesden in the 1980s. His Orbitone Records shop (near Willesden Junction station) and the later one on Craven Park Road were both an excellent source for West Indian and African records.
Incidentally, the Ruben Richards, whose 12” single appears in the photo, had a highly-regarded soul single (‘Hold On My Heart’) issued in 1994 under the name of Reuben James, and more recently in 2015 a very good cd album ‘About Time’ under the name Reuben James Richards. He is still performing (COVID permitting), although it was all covers when I last saw him. A Porretta possible?




2 Station Office, Station Road NW10 Harlesden / London
78 Craven Park Road NW10 Harlesden / London

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