Linda reached for the moon ..at 45rpm!

Aerial view of Blackpool town centre July 1973, with Starpic in Coronation Street circled in red.

Aerial view of Blackpool town centre July 1973, with Starpic in Coronation Street circled in red.

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Did you ever hear the song about something rising in the bathroom?

Linda Haynes asks that question because when she was in her teens, working in Starpic, the Blackpool record shop (circled in red) owned by her sister Mary and husband Charles Edge, a Scottish visitor was searching for this elusive disc.

Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Linda says: “The lady came into the shop and said ‘I want a record and the title is something about a moon rising in the bathroom’ and my face must have been a picture. Fortunately I was able to hide behind our large counter which gave me time to compose myself.

“Then I smiled and told her I thought the record she wanted was Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival.”

Linda adds: “Unless you were there during the days of Starpic, it’s hard to understand the impact the record shop in Coronation Street had on so many levels, plus Mary and Charles were a very respected business couple about town.

“The ‘One Man Band’ chap who sang Rosie, Don Partridge - Mary really pushed his record. Ticket sales to his 1968 Central Pier shows were slow, until Mary came to the rescue. She would have made an excellent promoter because she would push until you just had to give in.

“Also, in the very early 60s, Starpic was the only real record shop of its kind in Blackpool and it really was the place to be seen in.”

Linda adds: “It’s dramatic, I know, to utter the words ‘When the music died’ but when the old-style record shop went into decline simply because we couldn’t compete with music stores who where able to buy bulk, it was the end of an era. The end of gathering together listening to the latest Beatles or Stones records in the sound booth. The end of being able to ask for a certain record which would be ordered especially for you.”

Linda recalls: “The times in the summer season when the shop used to be packed five or six deep at the counter all asking for the latest pop record they had heard their favourite artist sing on the North Pier the night before, absolutely cannot be replicated today.

“I loved working at Starpic especially in the season when holidaymakers would pop in and would be asking for a certain record they had heard but didn’t quite know the full title, which happened to me with that Scottish lady. Just one of many great memories of times gone by.”