By Chloe Larsen
The world’s most universal language is music. Music is a large piece of many people’s lives. Music creates a silhouette of someone’s personality and shows who the person really is. Record stores are ubiquitous to everyone. Randy’s Records, located on 900 south in Salt Lake City, accommodates the common music lover’s needs. Not only do they sell oldies, they sell everything from hip-hop to indie rock.Commonly known as, “Randy’s”, it has the largest vinyl selection Utah has to offer. But, vinyls aren’t the only products they have to offer. With a small CD collection and record players for sale, Randy’s has a lot to offer.
The store was opened on October 13, 1978 by a Vietnam War veteran ironically named Randy. While enlisted in the army, he had a dream of starting a record store. His love for vinyls started in 1959 when he purchased his first LP, “Sleepwalk” by Santo & Johnny. Although the store wasn’t opened until 1978, by 1970 he had a collection of approximately 30,000 singles and few hundred LPs ready to be sold. Today, Randy’s record collection has grown to be the largest selection for new and used vinyl LP records.
Randy’s has an open and inviting environment; music constantly streaming throughout the store, even the customers are open for a discussion about music, and the employees are always welcome to help. While talking with two employees, both of them mentioned how involved and qualified Randy is. An employee says, “Randy has years of experience buying and selling records, working on turntables, he just knows so much that it’s hard to find another [store] that specialized in the things that he does” . Still an active employee, Randy comes into his store almost every day.
Located on 900 south, it’s an easy shop to find and access with large amounts of free parking. “Being central to downtown brings in a lot of different people, which is good, a diverse location,” says one worker. Since the store has been around since 1978, it has attracted many regulars. Most of the customers that come in are well-known customers, with a wide range of ages. “Anyone from the age 12 to late 80"s comes into the store often,” remarks an employee. With the growing popularity of vinyl and turntables Randy’s has gotten a lot more business in the last couple of years. An employee describes how there are customers as young as 12 to 30 coming in, then jumps to customers as old as 80.
There is an almost overwhelming amount of records on sale within the store. Like previously stated, Randy’s accompanies to anyone’s music needs. The largest selection in Utah, it’s not hard to find an album you will enjoy. If you’re having a hard time finding what you need, employee’s are always there to help with suggestions. One employee suggests the album: Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs by Marty Robbins , a classic, he claims. Another recommends, Lonerism by Tame Impala, the reissued albums of The Beatles, and the reissued albums of Jimi Hendrix.
So if you ever find yourself in Salt Lake City, be sure to stop by Randy’s Records.