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Re: Music Stores (Sherman Clay, Gospel, M-V, Hockett Cowan)

by Lost Fresno » Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:46 pm

Hockett Cowan sign on the Fulton Mall in 1969
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Re: Music Stores (Sherman Clay, Gospel, M-V, Hockett Cowan)

by Scott-o-rama » Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:27 pm

In the mid-'60s I was a budding adolescent guitar player and hung around Sherman Clay in Manchester Center quite a bit. I'd buy strings and picks there -- and play their cool electric guitars & amps as much as Mel, the manager, would tolerate. Wish I'd had the money to buy up some of the used Gibson Les Pauls and Pre-CBS Fender Strats & Teles they had for sale cheap. They sold records there too, and I bought my copy of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper album the first day they got it in -- in early June, 1967. I took that album home and played the grooves off of it, learning the chords and riffs from every song within about a week!
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Re: Music Stores (Sherman Clay, Gospel, M & V, Hocket Cowan)

by galactustrilogy » Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:02 pm

Photos from the 1971 McLane High yearbook advertisements. MV Music, Gospel, and Bob Bloyed.
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Re: Music Stores (Sherman Clay, Gospel, M & V, Hocket Cowan)

by TMH1957 » Tue May 05, 2015 1:16 pm

I was a member of the Fresno High Marching Band (1974-1976) and I played precussion (Drums). Went to M.V. for drum heads, sticks and staff paper. Also, in 1973, my dad helped me buy my first drum set. Although I can no longer play, I still remember those carefree days of my youth in a place called "Old Fresno"!

Re: Music Stores (Sherman Clay, Gospel, M & V, Hocket Cowan)

by mjf » Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:25 am

We used to go to Hockett Cowan on Saturday to listen to records. I'd buy the records once in awhile, but didn't have a record player! It was cool to like jazz back then; I liked Undercurrent Blues.

Re: Music Stores (Sherman Clay, Gospel, M & V, Hocket Cowan)

by JFT » Sun Mar 08, 2015 7:31 pm

Is this Mike K.? If so, I know you. I took lessons at Starr House of Music during the mid-sixties. You nailed all those names perfectly. I remember the son of the Whities Pet Shop owners was quite a drummer. Looking forward to your response. Just checking to see if this is Mike Kelly? Please confirm. Thanks.

Re: Music Stores (Sherman Clay, Gospel, M & V, Hocket Cowan)

by shifter mike » Mon Oct 14, 2013 12:50 am

I took lessons at Starr House of Music for several years and then taught guitar there for 6 years (1958 to 1969). Great place and Great Lady. Lightning Record Store ( Bob was the owner) was caddy corner to Starr across from Whities Pet Shop. There was a Foster's Freeze next to Starr to the west and a Spouse Reitz Store next to that which became Whities when Whities moved from down the street, they started at Ventura and ?, can't remember the street , but it was west of First street , the street than angled and Lafayette School was on. The Foster Freeze moved east next to Juvy and B of A moved in next to Starr.

Also M+V Music , owned by Mr. Miller and Mr. Valentino. Another great store on First and McKinley and what was called the Mayfair Shopping Center. The Mayfair District, which never caught on like the Tower District. M-V was known for their great sheet music department, run by Mr. Miller. The instrument side was run by Mr. Valentino. Guess that's enough for now. Would like to hear from any of the students or musicians that donned those places.

Re: Music Stores (Sherman Clay, Gospel, M & V, Hocket Cowan)

by LEP » Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:24 pm

I used to go to MV music 1972-1976 for classical guitar lessons (from Tom, and Greg..can't remember their last names). Attached is an MV music sticker pic I put on my first guitar's case which was purchased at MV back then, I still have the same guitar/case :)
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Re: Music Stores (Sherman Clay, Gospel, M & V, Hocket Cowan)

by tom » Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:54 pm

Wasn't lightening records right on Orange and Ventura. used to buy 45s of new singles there for under a buck and they always has needles for the record player.

Re: Music Stores (Sherman Clay, Gospel, M & V, Hocket Cowan)

by oldschool » Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:24 pm

Thank you Pat. After just reading this, it was right on the corner of Orange and Ventura. It has been since 2006 when I was visiting Fresno. I didn't get a chance to go around that area. When you said "The Great Old White House", it was like I just went to the store. Thank you Pat, and feel free to add more stores and information.

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