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When Roslindale had a record store

Nick Elias recounts his days working at Sight and Sound, on Corinth Street and Poplar Street in Rozzie Square, at first as one of George Aymie's employees, later as a partner:

It was a big, fun, loud, extended, dysfunctional family - the most fun I ever had! I also expanded my knowledge of records, old and new and between George and myself, we knew or at least knew of any record. tape or cd that our customers would ask for. Our motto was, "Don't know it ? Just hum it ! " In those days, even if you didn't have what they wanted, you could just make a call to Bobby in Quincy or Steve in Everett and sure enough, one of them had it. And once or twice a week George and I would make the rounds to some of the other shops or One-Stops (distributors) and pick up the last week's requests.

If you knew Nick back in the day, you can say hi to him in the Square again - he saw the writing on the wall for record shop, went to barber school and, after a long spell cutting hair in Cambridge, now has a chair at his sister Vicky's Rialto barber shop.

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That was also the motto of Big John's Oldies but Goodies Land in the Combat Zone, in the 1960s. A classic record store for lovers of '50s and early '60s rock and blues. Skippy White later spun off his record store and I believe he used the same slogan.

Here's a Globe obituary for Big John Belmonte, from 2012:
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2012/09/09/john-belmonte-mainstay-loca...

For some reason Google thinks the store is still in business, but no, it's long gone.

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I think Skippy's version of the motto was "just whistle it, Skippy will know it!" No doubt there are many variations and yes, those guys really could recognize it. Kind of sad that Shazam and other apps have replaced that skill.

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The name of the record store at the corner of Woodrow Avenue and Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester near Mattapan? I used to love that place.

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