DIY Record Player

Have you ever been cleaning out the junk drawer and found an old dc motor, a pin, and a piece of paper?  Well don’t throw them out!  Make your own record player, here’s how:


Don’t have that kind of time?  Just buy one, they’re cheap.


The Peanuts Record Plater Lives On!

 Internet Only Father’s Day Sale – In Store pickup available

peanuts tuntableMaybe because it’s awesome, maybe because our parents told us aw h’all no! when they came out, or maybe they were just cool because they were released as a Record Store Day exclusive.  Whatever the reason we never sold record players as fast as this one.  We sold out of Peanuts Record players in 3 minutes on RSD14, a new record.  Now we have a chance to buy up to 20 more!

Here is our quandary, we don’t know if we should order 3, 5, 15 or all 20 of them.  Could you help us by taking this brief survey?  Just let us know if you are interested and we will make sure to order enough for everyone.  Thanks and happy listening.





The answer to today’s question “Name the year and title of Jack Johnson’s first major record release.” is Brushfire Fairytales released in 2001.

This was released on vinyl.  One of only a handful of Jack’s recordings to make it to our preferred format! 


No winners today so we roll on to tomorrow!

Answer 2 – Jack Johnson Ticket Giveaway

buddy holly

This office building once housed the funeral parlor used to care for Buddy Holly’s body after the plane crash February 3, 1959. It is at the intersection of 7th and 7 in Clear Lake Iowa

The answer to today’s Twivia question; “Name the Clear Lake, IA intersection which was home to the funeral parlor that took in the body of Buddy Holly after the plane crash.” is 7th and 7 is the intersection that was home to the funeral parlor that took in the body of Buddy Holly after the plane crash.  Today it is offices.

Buddy’s body was brought back to his home in Lubbock Texas and his funeral was held on the 7th of February, 1959

The good news for all playing, No one guessed correctly so we roll on to tomorrow!

Celebrating our 47th Year on Western Ave


Uncle George Dreznes Celebrates Record Store Day April 1978

The year was 1967, All hell was breaking loose as far as Christine “Mrs. Dee” Dreznes knew.  the television news was full of riots, revolution and war. So every day when John “Mr. Dee” Dreznes arrived home from work he heard all about riots, revolution and war at the dinner table.  In Mrs. Dee’s defense she had two draftable sons and one already signed up in ROTC so she had every right to worry.

The Original Bill of Sale for the Beverly Record Shop, May 1967

The Original Bill of Sale for the Beverly Record Shop, May 1967

Mr. Dee had to do something to get her mind off of this.  While driving down Western Ave in May 1967 he saw a for sale sign on a record and novelty business. “Eureka” He screamed. He pulled over and put $100 down to purchase the business.  So what in the world is an engineer for United Air Cleaner supposed to with a record shop?  Give it to his wife of course! No one really remembers that initial conversation around the dinner table the night Mr. Dee came home with the deed to a record shop, but Mrs. Dee, who was literally born on Western Ave in her Mother’s tavern, Josephine’s at 66th & Western, took to the business like a bear to honey.

So Mrs. Dee went to the shop everyday and ran her business the only way she knew how, like a tavern. She had no liquor to sell but did have a stockpile of old records. While the kids were watching Wizzo the Clown perform magic on Saturday Mornings in the novelty room, the adults sat at the counter and listened to old records. And back in 1967 old records were REALLY old, 78s from the 20s and 30s mostly. Soon bar stools were at the counter and regulars started popping in, not to buy anything, just to hang out. By 1974 Beverly Records & Novelties was the place to go to find rare and hard-to-find records.

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Answer 1 – Jack Johnson Ticket Giveaway

The answer to today’s Twivia question; “The album released the year we opened inspired the “marching tune” and featured a hidden track. Name the album & the artist”  is Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles.

The sergeants played a “marching tune” references this album in Don McClean’s famous song, American Pie. Read the Harvard dissertation here

No one answered correctly, so we roll on to tomorrow!

Find out more about our twivia contest here

See Jack Johnson in Chicago!

J. Johnson Twivia Contest, how fun! #vinylversary

To help celebrate our 47th anniversary on Western Avenue, yes that’s right 47 years on Western Avenue! We are giving away two tickets to see Jack Johnson May 31st in Chicago on Northerly Island!  For those that don’t know Jack, he is the quintessential ladies man and “Hey Why Ann” rock and roller.  He sings about pancakes, how cool is that?

The Tickets

2 Tickets to see Jack Johnson on May 31st at the Charter One Pavilion on Northerly Island 7:30 PM CDT. Tickets are located in section 311, row p

The Contest

The contest begins on Tuesday 5/20 and ends on Friday 5/23.

How to play:

  1. follow us on Twitter @beverlyrecords
  2. Everyday at 8:00 am central time we will Tweet a trivia question. You will need to correctly answer each day’s question with the hashtag #vinylversary
  3. The  answer to the question will be sent out via Twitter at 8:10 am each day, locking in all answers for the day. If no one answers correctly the question is voided.
  4. In case of a tie, we will judge the winner based on how fast the question(s) were answered.  
  5. At the end of the week whoever has answered the most questions correctly in the fastest time will win the tickets.

The winner will be contacted via Twitter on Friday My 23 and must pick up the tickets from Beverly Records, 11612 S. Western Ave, Chicago IL 60643 on or before May 31st.

Good luck!

Standard contest rules apply.



Record Store Day Overstock

RSD Overstock

Best Record Store Day Ever
But we have stuff left!

Thank you everyone for making Record Store Day 2014 our best one day sale ever!  We can not do this without your support and we sincerely appreciate your support.  The good news is for those who could not make it out, we still have a few items left.  Check out our online overstock here or stop by!

7" Vinyl 45 Singles

12" Vinyl LPs

Reissued Classics

Beverly Records Welcomes Wail’n Waylon

wayln-waylon-2009-finalGood customer “Midlothian Scotty” has been coming to Beverly Records since the late 70s. He was always a big fan of Samantha Fox, in fact we kept an entire bin of Samantha Fox collectors items around just for him to browse. But no one, not even Scotty had any idea what would happen to him on that February day back in 2002.

From my pen to God’s ears he was wakened from a deep sleep with a premonition of Waylon Jennings’ passing. The force of this mysterious power took over his body and some say he received the Mighty Waylon’s spirit.  Like anybody, Scotty was a fan of Outlaw Country but didn’t really understand it.  When Waylon died, everything changed. He not only understood Outlaw Country he began to live it.

Scotty soon grew his hair like those people in Dallas, threw on a cowboy hat and there he was, a spitting image of Midnight Country himself.  He also found his voice, a voice none would argue sounds like Waylon Jennings.  Wail’n soon started making the karaoke circuit in the south suburbs and even has his gold microphone behind the bar at Dan D Jacks in Orland Hills ready to go whenever he get the notion to sing.

One night back in 2005 I was out drinking with Wail’n on the North Side at a bar called Howl at the Moon.  The place was packed, far more people than Wail’n was used to playing on stage for at Mickadoon’s.  Wail’n had no intent to upstage the piano duo performing for the hundreds in attendance.  But the crowd was buzzing and started to gather around, getting autographs, snapping selfies, and shaking hands with Wail’n.  Soon the piano duo took notice and invited not Wail’n on stage but the Legendary Waylon Jennings on stage.

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