Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Virgin Records Coventry - 1973 Onwards.


Pete Clemons latest for the Coventry Telegraph -






Pete Waterman's Soul Hole record Store was upstairs at Virgins c 1974 - next two pics from Hobo Magazine 1974



Peter Waterman, John Bradbury, Pete Chambers and photographer John Coles in this pic of the Two Tone plaque launch at Virgin Records Coventry c 2009

John Coles and John Bradbury with the Virgin Records plaque.

Virgin Records Two Tone plaque again.


Trev Teasdel - editor of Hobo - Coventry's Music and arts magazine 1973 - 75 - on sale at Virgin Records during that period.

Among the many albums for sale was a very special one full of Coventry bands initiated by Martin Bowes - Alternative Sounds.

Stu Knapper of  Coventry Punk band Riot Act worked at the store in the late 70's - Riot Act youtube below.




During Stu Knapper's time at Virgin, Simon Frith - author of  The Sociology of Rock and a professor at Warwick University in the 70's was a regular visitor to the Coventry store. Simon was very familiar with the Coventry music scene.






Texas Dave McGarry worked at Virgin records Coventry c 1974 onwards before moving to Australia to promote texas Music artists touring down under. His story is here -


Hobo Magazine 1974 - Virgin (Coventry store) charts and album reviews by Virgin staff appeared in Hobo

Some of the Virgin Charts (Coventry Store) from Hobo Magazine.

VIRGIN RECORDS ALBUM CHART (Coventry Store) August 1973
Compiled by Mike O'Hare and Malc)
1 Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
2 David Bowie - Hunky Dory
3 Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
4 Faust - Tapes
5 Santana - McLaughlin
6 George Harrison - Material World
7 David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
8 Genesis - Live
9 Clifford T Ward - Home Thoughts
10 Roy Wood - Boulders
11 David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
12 Cat Stevens - Foreigner
13 Terry Riley - Rainbow in C
14 David Bowie - Man Who Sold the World
15 Lindisfarne - Live
16 Alan Hull - Pipedream
17 Mott the Hoople - Mott
18 Genesis - Foxtrot
19 Pink Floyd - Meddle
20 Beatles - 67-68
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Virgin Album Charts (Coventry Store) October 1973
1 Rolling Stones - Goat's Head Soup
2 Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
3 Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
4 Status Quo - Hello
5 David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
6 David Bowie - Man Who Stole the World
7 Pink Floyd - Meddle
8 David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
9 Beatles - 66 / 70
10 Yes - Yes Album
11 Led Zeppelin - 5
12 Uriah Heap - Sweet Freedom
13 David Bowie - Hunky Dory
14 Yes - Yes Songs
15 Van Morrison - Hard Rose the Highway
16 Slade - Sladest
17 Budgie - Never Turn Your Back
18 Beatles - 62 - 67
19 Faust
20 Steely Dan - Countdown to Ecstasy
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Virgin Album Chart (Coventry Store) FEB 1974

1 Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
2 Leo Sayer - Silverbird
3 Roxy Music - Stranded
4 Yes - Tales from Topographical Oceans
5 ELP - Brain Salad Surgery
6 Who - Quadrophenia
7 Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
8 Bob Dylan - Dylan
9 Gong - Angels Eggs
10 David Bowie - Pin Ups
11 Fripp and Eno - No Pussy Footing
12 Elton John - Yellow Brick Road
13 Santana - Welcome
14 Alice Cooper - Muscle of Love
15 Wings - Band on the Run
16 John Lennon - Mind Games
17 Faces - Faces Live
18 Donovan - Essence to Essence
19 Ringo Starr - Ringo
20 Nazareth - Loud n Proud

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Virgin Album Charts (Coventry store) March 1974
1 Free - Free Story
2 Tangerine Dream - Phaedra
3 Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark
4 Deep Purple - Burn
5 Bob Dylan - Planet Waves
6 Wings - Band on the Run
7 Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic
8 Roy Harper - Valentine
9 Slade - Old, New and Borrowed
10 Incredible String Band
11 Eno - Here Come the Warm Jets
12 Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
13 Pink Floyd - A Nice Pair
14 Steeleye Span - Now we're Six
15 Sutherland Bros / Quiver = Dream Kid
16 Montrose
17 Lou Reed - Rock n Roll Animal
18 Mick Ronson - Slaughter on 10th Avenue
19 Carly Simon - Hot Cakes
20 Temptations - 1990
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Virgin Album Charts (Coventry store)
1 Gong - Camembert Electrique
2 Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
3 Rick Wakeman - Journey
4 David Bowie Diamond Dogs
5 Wings - Band on the Run
6 Uriah Heap - Wonder World
7 Sparks - Kimono
8 Tangerine Dream - Phaedra
9 Bonzo Dog Dog Do Dah Band - History of
10 Bad Company

Virgin Singles Charts (Coventry store)
1 Sparks - This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us
2 Bad company - Can't Get Enough
3 Montrose - Bad Motor Scooter
4 Brian Ferry - The In Crowd
5 Allman Bros - Jessica
6 Captain Beefheart - Upon the My oh My
7 Kevin Coyne - I Believe in Love
8 Jan Akkerman - House of the King
9 ELP - Jerusalem
10 Black Oak Arkansas - Jim Dandy

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From Alternative Sounds c 1979 "We talked to Tim and John here. Virgin records have been open for 6 years in Coventry. They stock everything here (except from brass bands0 and are open 6 days a week. As they are a chain store, it means that they can get most records but there are often delays cos they don't deal with the distributors direct. A chart single costs 75p here. they also have discounts on the top 50 albums (about £1 off) plus various bargains in their 'cheap rack'. This is the only shop in Coventry where they have headphones for you to listen to records first" Martin Bowes.

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Hobo Magazine Album Reviews from Mike O'Hare and Malc of Virgin Records Coventry c 1973/4

Here are the links to their album reviews on another part of this site. Complete with youtube.

1. Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Messin'
2. Clifford T Ward - Home Thoughts
3. Todd Rundgren - Wizard a True Star

Below is a sticker from Virgin band Gong which was given to me by the Virgin staff while I was producing Hobo magazine.



3 comments:

  1. Fascinating article M8....The vintage chart listings make fascinating reading too!....You may know about our Facebook group but if not...https://www.facebook.com/groups/6741727038/

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  2. Thanks Mike, I didn't know about your Facebook page but have just requested to join and noticed you have posted a link to this post and article by Pete Clemons. Thanks, good to know it was appreciated. Trev Teasdel

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  3. Great article, especially liked the old charts - a lot of love for Prog rock, which suits me fine!

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