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Where every day is record store day

Celebrating that old-school sound

Saturday is "Record Store Day," the annual promotion by hundreds of independent retailers that sell music in CD and vinyl formats.

In South Jersey, the Tunes stores in Marlton, Voorhees, Washington Township, and Northfield, as well as grooveground, in Collingswood, and the Bus Stop Music Cafe in Pitman are listed as participants on the Record Store Day directory.

But you won't see a listing for Abbie Road, which for the record (sorry) is on Merchant Street in downtown Audubon.

That's mainly because "every day is record day," says proprietor Robert C. Schukay.

The Barrington resident, 65, sells mostly classic rock and R&B; when I call on Friday, he's spinning Hell's Ditch, the 1990 release by the Pogues.

Good selection.

So how's business?

"I'm not setting the world on fire, but I'm making a living," Schukay says. "I'm a mom and pop record store, and I love it. The other day I sold one by Teegarden & Van Winkle."

Speaking of memory lane, I bought my first record -- a single -- for 79 cents in June, 1966 at the Giant Store in North Adams, Ma.

For your listening (and viewing) pleasure, here's the video: