George’s Song Shop in Johnstown is America’s oldest record store!
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!
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.
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.
George’s Song Shop was opened in 1932 by brothers Eugene and Bernie George.
Eugene’s son John George took over the store in 1962, and has been running it ever since.
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.
So if you are searching for something in particular – ask John, as he’s been tending the store for nearly 60 years!
There are records in hallways, records in stairwells, and records just about everywhere you look.
In addition to vinyl, George’s Song Shop CD selection is outstanding, spanning almost every conceivable genre of music.
George’s Song Shop is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am until 4 pm.
The shop is located in downtown Johnstown, directly across the street from City Hall, at 128 Market Street. Johnstown, PA 15901.
Hinckston Run Falls is a man-made waterfall formed by the outflow of the Hinckston Run Reservoir near Johnstown.
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