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    Gordon Hayes, record shop owner

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    I knew Gordon from the 1970s, before he started the shop. He was a regular in the old front bar at the Union Inn in Hinckley.
    I dreamed about him last night. I remembered the very first record I bought from Nervous Records, the US single of Led Zeppelin's Over the Hills and Far Away/Dancing Days. Probably soon after he started Nervous Records in 1978.
    I have happy memories of evenings spent in the Castle Tavern ('prayer meetings') in the 1980/90s, prior to sessions back at Gordon's playing Yahtzee, smoking lots of joints, and listening to music from his personal collection. His knowledge of music, football and cricket was encyclopedic. A lovely, warm, generous and hospitable guy. ​
    Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
    Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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    The shop was well known for having unique and rare vinyl records.
    Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
    Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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