Riverside museum curator seeks answer to whether Scottish songstress Lulu ever appeared in Rutherglen
Here’s a question to shout about – did Scottish superstar Lulu ever make an appearance in Rutherglen?
The man looking to find out is Neil Johnson-Symington, curator of transport and technology with Glasgow Museums, and he is hoping Reformer readers might know the answer.
Neil is currently working on a project for the Riverside Museum, focused around the history of record shops in Glasgow and its surrounding area, including Rutherglen.
A particular shop he is interested in learning more about is Jack Anderson’s Music and Soda Bar, which was located on the Main Street in the 1960s.
Neil believes Lulu, fresh from her mega hit of Shout, may have opened the shop.
He is also looking for memories of other record stores in the area, such as the Music House on Main Street and the various ones that were situated in the Mitchell Arcade over the years.
Neil explained: “I recently heard Lulu might have opened a record shop in Rutherglen in the 1960s and I’m guessing that it could have been some time after 1964 and her first record release.
“I know that the said store was Jack Anderson’s Music and Soda Bar and I’m looking to see if there are any more details available.
“We’ve heard about it but don’t have any confirmation it actually took place. I’d also like to find out when the store closed, too.
“Usually, I’d be looking at old newspapers in the libraries, but that’s impossible at the moment due to the coronavirus, so I’m hoping that some readers might remember this and be able to confirm if this ever took place.”
Neil’s project will form a future display at the museum and he is keen to hear of people’s musical memories.
He added: “One subject which has been fascinating to discover is the many artists and bands who have made personal appearances in the record shops.
“From Big Country and Bon Jovi in Tower Records to Simple Minds in Virgin, Sonic Youth at Rat Records and even Sydney Devine at John Menzies and Boots.
“We’re also interested in people’s stories of music stars appearing in record stores – ideally in the 1980s – and anything relevant could feature in the museum’s display in the future.”
Anyone who can help Neil regarding Lulu’s appearance, or who has memories of Rutherglen record shops,should contact the Reformer at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in touch with Neil.