Exploring George’s Song Shop: America’s Oldest Record Store

George's Song Shop in Johnstown Pennsylvania is America's oldest record store.

George’s Song Shop in Johnstown is America’s oldest record store!

Vinyl and CDs at George's Song Shop in Johnstown.
Floor to ceiling vinyl and CDs.

And for vinyl collectors like myself, George’s is an absolute must-see – a floor to ceiling, 5-story shrine to a time when physically owning your music (not owning a license to stream your music) was a real thing!

The rock album section at George's Song Shop in Johnstown PA - America's oldest record store.
The rock album section.

George’s Song Shop is billed as having over one million records and CDs in stock, and I can assure you that is no idle boast.

George's Song Shop carries over one million records and CDs.
“If we don’t have it, nobody does!”

I have yet to see a better selection of 45s anywhere in my travels, and they are well-organized – a huge plus when searching for a particular artist or label.

A small sampling of the 45s at George's Song Shop.
A small sampling of the 45s at George’s Song Shop.

George’s Song Shop was opened in 1932 by brothers Eugene and Bernie George.

The front desk at George's Song Shop.
The front desk.

Eugene’s son John George took over the store in 1962, and has been running it ever since.

The classical album section at George's Song Shop in Johnstown PA
The classical album section.

On a recent visit I asked John if he had any K-Tel compilation albums, one of the genres of records I collect, and within minutes he had pulled several stacks of albums for me to look at.

Some of the cassettes for sale at George's Song Shop.
The cassette display case.

So if you are searching for something in particular – ask John, as he’s been tending the store for nearly 60 years!

Records in a second-floor hallway at George's Song Shop.
Records in a second-floor hallway.

There are records in hallways, records in stairwells, and records just about everywhere you look.

Records in a stairwell at George's Song Shop in Johnstown.
Records in a stairwell.

In addition to vinyl, George’s Song Shop CD selection is outstanding, spanning almost every conceivable genre of music.

The CD section at George's Song Shop.
The CD section.

George’s Song Shop is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am until 4 pm.

George's Song Shop has over one million 45 ppm records in stock at all times.
George’s Song Shop has over one million 45s in stock at all times.

The shop is located in downtown Johnstown, directly across the street from City Hall, at 128 Market Street.  Johnstown, PA 15901.

The five floors of George's Song Shop on Market Street in Johnstown PA
George’s Song Shop on Market Street in Johnstown.

Nearby Attractions

Hinckston Run Falls is a man-made waterfall formed by the outflow of the Hinckston Run Reservoir near Johnstown.

Hinckston Run Falls in PA
Hinckston Run Falls near Johnstown, PA.

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