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Throughout the U.S. there are numerous sources for buying CDs, vinyl and tapes. Many of these stores have online ordering, too. While the info on this page is tailored to the person who wants to buy girl-group music, most of these stores, if not all, simply have a great selection of all oldies music.

Record stores that are known to have a website include the listing. For any corrections, additions, or recommendations, please email us at: Buying Music List. In addresses, the zip code is included only when known. Remember that to find directions to a specific address you can always go to Details about the stores and/or websites themselves are included where known.

Since many of these are small, independent stores, it is recommended that you try their website first, rather than call, if they have a website. Do research online if you're unsure of titles and songs. It can be a burden on small staffs to have to talk on the phone about what you're looking for--they might be waiting on customers.

Special thanks to those who helped with the creation of this list: John Grecco, John Clemente, Tony Leong, Frampton Tolbert, David Young, Jimmy Crescitelli, and Louis Wendruck.


Doo Wop Shoo Bop Records & CDs, 111 Hempstead Turnpike @ National Wholesale, Upper Level, West Hempstead, NY 11552.
Doo Wop Shoo
      A store that specializes in the music of the 1950s and 1960s: doo wop, vocal group harmony and R&B. They list all the tracks of all the CDs they have available.

J & R Music World, Park Row, New York, NY 10038. 212-238-9000
      Across from City Hall Park. New Yorkers are discriminating, so if they like this place, it's worth a try.

Princeton Record Exchange, 20 S. Tulane St., Princeton, NJ 08542. 609-921-0881
      Great selection, famous spot. They don't publish catalogs, handle mail orders or do special orders. So go there in person!


FlipSide Records, 1410 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446-2771. 617-739-8622
      Vinyls, tapes, CDs, and even an online auction. Plus, a snappy website!

Cutler's Records and Tapes, 27 Broadway, New Haven, CT 203-777-6271
      New and used CDs, tapes, etc., in various formats.


Reckless Records, 3157 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL. 773-404-5080
Reckless Records, 1532 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL. 773-235-3727
      Both locations have a great selection of vinyl (mainly LPs), and probably more used and rare CDs than any location in Chicago.


Amoeba Records, 6400 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 323-245-6400
      The newest location of this nationally-famous music store. Well-developed website.

Arons Records, 1150 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038
      Truth or Dare? Dare? Okay, I dare you to enter their "Rare Room"!

Wenzell's Music Town, 13117 Lakewood Blvd., Downey, CA 90242. 562- 634-2928
      Many bins of 45s, but also has other forms of vinyl. Housed in the former home of a record company called Downey Records.


Amoeba Records, 1855 Haight, San Francisco, CA 415-831-1200
Amoeba Records, 2455 Telegraph, Berkeley, CA 510-549-1125
      One of the hot spots in the U.S. for oldies. Die-hard music lovers swear it's worth a trip to San Francisco just to go to Amoeba.

Village Music, 9 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley CA (415)388-7400
      Virtually a vinyl kingdom. Named by Vanity Fair magazine as one of the best vinyl stores in the U.S. It's worth going to just to look at all the records hanging on the walls.


Boo Boo Records, 978 Monterey St. San Luis Obispo, CA
Boo Boo Records, 1800 Grand Ave. Grover Beach, CA
      You'll have a "boo-boo" here when you spend too much money on fab records!

Beat City Records, 2090 E. Main St., Ventura, CA 805-653-5545
      Cowabunga! Ventura has great grooves to go with its great waves!


Boo Boo Records, St. Luis Obispo, CA


Silver Platters/Northgate, 9560 1st NE, Seattle, WA 98115, 206-524-3472

Silver Platters/Southcenter, 16935 Southcenter Pkwy, Tukwila, WA 98188, 206- 575-3472

Silver Platters/Bellevue, 14603 NE 20th, Bellevue, WA 98007, 425-643-3472
      The stores have a website filled with goodies--including "Platter Chatter"!


Memory Lane Records, 1940 East University Drive, Tempe, Arizona 85281-4603. 480-968-1512. Toll Free: 1-800-326-5343
Memory Lane
      Specializing in out-of-print vinyl, CDs and tapes (including imports), with 120,000 listings. The website database can be searched by artist or title, but it is all search-based; there is nothing to browse.


WaxTrax, 638 E. 13th Ave., Denver, CO 80218. 303-831-7246
      Used and new CDs, vinyl and tapes. Basically three adjoining stores in which you could spend all day looking for treasures. Great selection of oldies CDs, many out of print. No website, so you must visit in person.

Twist & Shout, 300 E. Alameda Ave., Denver, CO 80209. 303-722-1943
      Shake it up, baby: Good selection of used CDs and other stuff.


Now Music and Fashion, 615A King St., Alexandria, VA 22314. 703-894-0468

CD Cellar, 907B W. Broad St, Falls Church, VA. 703-534-6318.
      Skip the area's historical sites--here are many used and new CDs!

P&L Compact Discs, 153 Glyndon St., Vienna, VA 22180. 703-281-7575.
      Many new and used compact discs, including rare ones.


Rock & Roll Heaven, 1814 North Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32804. 407-896-1952
      Oldies and goodies at the heart of College Park's Antique Row.

Retro Records, 59 North Bumby Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803. 407-898-2484
      New and old, in various formats--with a name that's retro, you can't go wrong.


Vintage Vinyl, 6610 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis MO
      A large record store operation with more vinyl in its bins than there is water in the Mississippi River! The website is very impressive, too, with music of all types.


Please keep in mind that you pretty much need to buy with a credit card to make online buying palatable. When buying vinyl, you take a greater risk of trusting the seller about the quality of the record. Remember that besides these sites, there are always individuals buying and selling oldies music on Ebay.

Rockhouse Holland--Vinyl and CDs
      Here's your European connection!

Find Used
      No need to troll through used CD stores, if you're in a hurry!

Audiophile International
      14-year-old mail order supplier of premium quality, sealed and mint LP records and CDs.

Vinyl Records
      Vinyl record resource and website link directory.
      Has mostly used CDs, vinyl, books, etc. You can buy and sell.
      A music search service. Tell them what you want, they'll dig it up for you. Handy for a specific title or artists, but if you want to browse a list, go elsewhere.

All But Forgotten
      Includes an ever-expanding searchable database of links to song clips from 1960-1975. Browsing through their extensive song lists can be especially helpful if you are not quite sure what you are looking for and need something to jog your memory. An affiliate of

Thursday's Golden oldies
      A great array of vinyl records!
      A website devoted to 45s!
      Another one!


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How to Understand Gradings of Vinyl

M, Mint
      Perfect. Price might only be slightly higher than near-mint because even some "new" items are not completely flawless. A never-played piece of vinyl could have an occasional pop or click because of its manufacture. Original wrapping can be a sign of mint, but be cautious. It's not impossible to shrink-wrap or perfectly seal a used item.

NM, Near Mint
      Nearly perfect, excellent condition. Should not have any visible scratches or wear and tear, including on the label

VG, Very Good
      Has a minimum of audible or visible imperfections, although there might be some slight wear that is noticeable. The label will likely have some imperfection, but won't be seriously marred.

G, Good
      This is probably the classification with the most leniency, so take care with this description. There will likely be signs of wear on the label and vinyl, although the record should play through without skipping. (If skipping happens on much of your vinyl, remember that it could be your turntable's needle.)

F, Fair
      Somewhere in between "good" and "poor," so only get these if you're desperate or until you can find a better copy of the same record.

P, Poor
      Collect these only if it's a song unavailable elsewhere. You might to try to play it on a secondary, inexpensive turntable as the vinyl will be scratched and marred. Remember that "poor" can even mean the label is torn off.

      Some classifications will add a plus or minus for a finer gradation, such as VG+ or VG-. This doesn't mean much except perhaps in the case of VG+. You will not likely find this classification used for Fair or Poor recordings.

This website offers information of advice and help to users. It does not endorse any of the businesses mentioned herein, and is not responsible for any transactions between you and those businesses.


The girl groups listed below have CDs available on Prices and shipping details are given before you commit to your order. It's secure ordering, and best of all, when you order through us, you help provide funds to bring new material to this website. Thank you for ordering through!

Feel free to go to this link to order any other groups or music not listed here. You can enter song titles or groups in the search bar:

Girl Groups--Various Songs!






Petula Clark



Dixie Cups


Betty Everett

Shelley Fabares

Connie Francis

Aretha Franklin

Lesley Gore

Ellie Greenwich

Carole King

Little Eva

Little Peggy March

Darlene Love

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas





Nancy Sinatra



Mary Wells

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