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Dion: Blues With Friends

Wayne Robins, Copper, Summer 2020

THE FIRST ALBUM I ever bought with my own money was Presenting Dion and the Belmonts (Laurie LLP 1002). In faded red ink from a rubber stamp, you can barely make out the name of the store at which I bought it, Steinway Sports & Records in Astoria, Queens. As its name suggested, it sold athletic equipment (basketballs, baseball gloves) on one side of the store, and singles and LPs on the other side. Everything the 11-year-old me loved in one store front. If I had been older (say, 12), I might have dropped out of school to work there, just for the employee discount.

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