The Diskery Record shop, opened by Morris Hunting in Hurst Street, now resides in Bromsgrove St, B5 6QB – 0121 622 2219. It is one of the very few remaining independent record shops in Birmingham, with a predominant vinyl stock catering for all tastes (although originally jazz and swing). The shop was established in 1952, now the second oldest surviving record shop after Spillers in Cardiff.
Five years prior to opening the shop, a frustrated Morris Hunting wrote to the then jazz magazine, PICKUP [June 1947], venting his frustration. A wonderful insight into his shop’s eventual opening.
Information suggests the shop first opened in Union St in 1952 but actual company records do not show anything during 1952 (this could simply be a case of the shop opening slightly after the records were submitted). 1953 records are still being researched.
Research shows the shop was then situated at 82A Hurst Street B5 between 1967-1974 (again, under further investigation).
In this audio visual slideshow, Sam Coley visits the shop and talks to Jim and Liam about the shop and its history.
If you love music and are in Birmingham, make sure you go and visit the store.
Yu Ning Zhang, opera singer, shows her musical talent in The Diskery. She also talks about the friendliness of clients and Jimmy: