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A Flamenco fiesta

In October, The Record Album will be showcasing a selection of flamenco recordings from the personal vinyl collection of guitarist Brian Bailey, known also by his stage name of Paco Torres, who died last year. Brian was a talented musician who played both the piano and classical guitar. It was the brilliance of his guitar

Dima’s wonderful collection

Born to two immensely gifted parents, the violinist Julian Sitkovetsky and the pianist Bella Davidovich, the great Dmitry Sitkovetsky defected from the Soviet Union in 1977 by feigning mental illness at the age of 22. Now settled in London, he has become one of the world’s great classical violinists and an enormously distinguished

Why did Billie Joe jump?

It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day.I was out choppin’ cotton and my brother was balin’ hay… So begins one of the greatest, and most mysterious, hit songs of the Sixties, ‘Ode to Billie Joe’, recorded by Bobbie Gentry, a part-time swimsuit model from the wrong side of the

Let’s give it a spin

Keith Blackmore only went in for a record and ended up buying the shop … Last summer I bought a record shop. I didn’t expect to but I did. I tell you this not just to boast, nor, alas, to interest you in our fine range of products, but because I think it