Pal's Music operated out of this building, originally Hattiesburg's Western Union office, for 29 years (opening in the mid-40's) The store has been empty from about a year after the Cloverleaf Mall opened in Hattiesburg - or since the mid-70's. The Chicago record we found in the store was released in 1972, and the Joe Simon record was released in 1976.
"It was one of main music stores in South Mississippi," Angela Fokakis Bostick, daughter of owner Nick Fokakis, said. "A lot of famous musicians promoted their music there. Elvis Presley was one of them. So it's quite a historical building, and a sentimental spot for a lot of older people." On Friday nights, she said, teenagers would gather to buy records for the weekend. "It was the place to be," she said.
It appears that somewhere along the line, someone hoped to restore the building - the windows upstairs are newer windows. But the long empty building's decline was hastened by Hurricane Katrina.
We made an unexpected (and really neat) discovery around at the back of the building!
Pal's Music - from front right corner.
This way to the lawyers!
Some sort of glassed-in office, that overlooked the main shop
Joe Simon record, and the key to the back door
record player on tile floor
Surprise! Who would have expected Marilyn Monroe there? I'm rather pleased with this pic.
The end. Click on the last pic if you wish to be taken to the whole set, where there are a few more pictures, and also larger versions.