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Loading Bay Records

Ex DJ Duncan Finlayson, better known as Funky Dunc, first started music retail at The Top Ten Shop, 594 Bristol Rd, Selly oak – his Saturday job for Jo and Iris Beckett, who had the shop for years.

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In 1976 he brought the business off the Becketts, which was predominately a chart shop with a big interest in dance and soul music (also selling leather goods). In those early days it was just Duncan and Christine Norton who worked there.

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The Top Ten Shop 1978

The Top Ten Shop 1978

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The Top Ten Shop Christmas 1984

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In 1982 he relocated to 598 Bristol Road, just a few shops away, renaming it Loading Bay Records and specialising in High Energy dance and soul music.

He started his own record label, which was also called Loading Bay Records, buying the rights to many European tracks (he always had an ear for an amazing song). With 85 releases on the label!

Loading Bay Records – “Purveyors Of Fine Vinyl”

Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/label/14543-Loading-Bay-Records

There was discussions about starting up a soul music label, but that never happened.

In the early days there was Duncan Finlayson, Christine Norton, and Dave Allen (who worked Saturdays). In later years Tony Millican joined the team. The shop stopped trading after his death in 1996, at the age of just 45.

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Thanks to Christine Norton, Dave Allen and Mickey Nold for their help with this page. Now we need your memories…

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Mango Records

Reggae record label attached to Brian Harris’ shop of the same name in Grove Lane, Handsworth.

Ansel Collins Zone Five ‎(7″) MAN 1000 1975
Boston Brothers Leave The Studio ‎(7″) MAN 1001 1975
Keith Poppin Time Slipping Away ‎(7″) MAN 1002 1975
The Mello Lads Chatty Chatty Mouth ‎(7″) MAN 1003 1975
Justin Hinds Prophecy Must Fulfil ‎(7″) MAN 1004 1975
Wayne Wade / The Prophets Allstars Black Is Our Colour / Upsetters Vengeance ‎(7″) MAN 1005 1975
Larry Marshall / King Tubbys* Brand New Baby ‎(7″, Single) MAN 1006 1975
The Royals Peace & Love (Blacker Black) ‎(7″) MAN 1007 1975
Willie Francis Leaving But It Won’t Be Long ‎(7″, Single) MAN 1008 1975
Sergeant One Foot Sexy Time / Pussy Juck ‎(7″, Single) MAN 1009 1975
Boston Brothers / Sergeant One Foot Leave The Studio ‎(12″) MAN 1009 1975
The Mighty Maytones* / G.G. Allstars Madness / Mad Dub 2 versions MAN 1010 1975
James Brown (12) / Upsetter* Stop The War In A Babylon ‎(7″) MAN 1011 1976
The Starlites / G.G. All Stars* Some A Weh A Bawl / Dubwise ‎(7″) MAN1012 Unknown
Winston Heywood / Upsetters* Long Long Time ‎(7″, Single) MAN 1013 1976
Max Romeo / Jah Lloyd Fire Fe The Vatican / Leggo ‎(7″) MAN 1014 1976
The Starlites Dip Them Jah Jah ‎(7″) MAN 1015 1976
Sil Bell You Can Dip ‎(7″) MAN 1016 1976
Various Juicy Mangoes Volume 1 ‎(LP, Comp) MAN LP 1 1976

Mango Records

Record shop at 104 Grove Lane, Handsworth. Originally a television and retail shop run by a Mr Dewar, Brian Harris took it on in 1964, originally calling it Brian Harris Records before settling on Mango Records.

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