The long-defunct Hereford music store provided hours of entertainment


A MAGNIFICENT Hereford music store was remembered for the hours of entertainment it provided.

George Clegg posted a photo of an old music store in our We Grew Up in Hereford Facebook group.

The black and white photo shows Buzz Music, which stood opposite the Old Harp pub in Widemarsh Street until it was demolished to make way for Garrick House and the multi-storey car park in 1990.

In the mid to late 1970s it was a popular store selling a range of vinyl records, and many spent hours listening to music played there loudly and through headphones.


He went on to sell instruments, including guitars, drums, keyboards, as well as PA sales and rentals, as well as home and project studio recording equipment.

Some fans collected specially designed posters for the store, which read Buzz Music with different illustrations.

Former employee Andy Thomas said Alan Kitchen was the manager and led electronic instrument repairs, studio and audience sound reinforcement, and system installation.

Robin Collis was manager and ran record store sales, while Mark Thompson was general manager and ran studio and sound system and sales leasing.

Mr. Thomas said: “I was offered a job with Buzz Music in the spring of 1980, as a retail demonstrator of new and used synthesizers, organs, electric pianos and related equipment, often delivering instruments and amplifiers for recording studios such as Rockfield Studios, Monmouth, Chapel Lane Records, Hampton Bishop and Richard Branson’s Oxford mansion, The Manor.

“It was my ‘training ground’ which led me to synthesizer sessions for Stevie Wonder’s Characters album in LA, David Bowie Underground songs The Labyrinth and Magic Dance, Steve Winwood (a client by Buzz Music) Higher Love recorded on Broadway, NYC.

“I sing the praises of all UK music retailers as a great introduction to amateur and career opportunities.”

For the past few years, its facade was painted bright pink and orange, while it read Buzz Music on the window in orange.

Fans of the old shop have since formed a Facebook group to share their memories.

Its administrator said the group is full of former customers and friends of the long-gone store.

Members of Herefordshire bands Mott The Hoople, The Enid, The Pretenders, Karakorum, shopped, worked or worked there, the administrator said.


Mr Clegg said the shop offered “endless hours of entertainment”.

While fellow We Grew Up in Hereford member Steven Harris said he remembered being there when James Honeyman Scott was behind the counter.

He once asked a boy in a cathedral school uniform which album or artist he was looking for, he said.

“The boy said Abba. ‘Better go to Woolworths then,’ was the reply.”

Paul Riddell said it was the best record shop he had ever been to in Hereford.

“If you wanted to try a band you had never heard, they would advise you which album to listen to first,” he said.

“I used to see a staff member in town often and he would tell me if there was an album I wish I had come into the shop.”


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