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This blog was set up to archive posts from the messageboard of a Yahoo group, Steve's Kewl Doo Wop Shop, dating from 2000. Read those posts on a single page here or  read them individually, with a 2009/2010 commentary, starting here

The archiving done, I began to write new entries, exploring the music which made the most impact on me when growing up in Scotland in the 60s and 70s. Then I began to add the odd post about comedy or theatre or whatever else took my fancy, though it's still primarily a music blog.

The phrase "Rummaging Through the Record Shop of Memory" seems to sum up what I'm doing, as personal reminiscences are built into these posts. I'm an enthusiast in some musical areas though I don't profess to be an expert. I'm interested in writing about records as they affected me, rather than trying to provide some definitive guide. 

I am cowriter of Funny Bones, the autobiography of the British comedian and actor Freddie Davies.

A bit more about the Yahoo group: Kewl Steve's or  Steve's Kewl Doo Wop Shop was online between July 1999 and August 2001. There was a related internet radio station, KSDW. As far as I know, these posts have been not been available on the net since the Doo Wop Shop closed its doors and vanished from sight in 2001. Luckily I had saved some printouts. I hope other people may enjoy reading them. At the time, DJ Bruce Woolf was kind enough to say that the material in the posts formed a good introduction to doo wop.

You can read a fuller history of Steve's Kewl Doo Wop Shop, which morphed into the Doo Wop Cafe, here.


I have included pictures and extracts from lyrics to illustrate my posts. If you feel I have violated your copyright let me know and I will remove the material or add a credit, as you wish. Please note there is no copyrighted music to download on this blog, which only contains embedded youtube clips and links to streamed audio on spotify.