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Landmark and Legend
Memphis, TN
Here we note legends-in-their-own-time and landmarks as they transition into history

Poplar Tunes, 308 Poplar Avenue
 
Poplar Tunes
1946 - 2009
 
Poplar TunesElvis went to Poplar Tunes to check how his records were selling. He wasn't alone, thousands of Memphians went to Poplar Tunes during the 5 decades it offered musical recordings for sale.

Joe Cuoghi and John Novarese opened the Poplar Tunes store in 1946.


Sometimes called Pop Tunes, one of the features offered during its history was the ability of customers to listen to records in the store before buying them.

Shortly after noon on September 10, 2009, an employee of the Nashville corporation that has owned Poplar Tunes since 2001 showed up to close the doors of the historic record shop. Truly a well known establishment among anyone buying records or tapes for decades, it was the place to go for recorded music. Never an imposing structure, Poplar Tunes still was a major influence on many Memphians.

Poplar Tunes sign