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Flying in the face of iPods and streamable music, Beatmerchant Record Store is a source of new and used vinyl, CDs, and DVDs. The owner of the record shop, Frankie Neilson, made a name for himself during the British music scene of the '70s, and his loyal customers love Frankie's insight into all things retro.

Meet Frankie Neilson

Frankie Neilson began his career as a 17-year-old recording engineer at the Marquee Studios on London's Wardour Street, situated behind the famous Marquee Club in the Soho area of London. In 1974, he was able to join Elton John's record label, DJM, as an assistant A&R manager. DJM was owned and run by Beatles publisher Dick James, who was also responsible for discovering Elton John.

Frankie used this incredible opportunity to learn the music business from the ground up before moving to Polydor Records UK in 1979. Polydor released albums by Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and Taste, which was right up Frankie's alley. While in Polydor's A&R department, he worked with such artists as Paul Weller, The Jam, Ian Dury, Billy Fury, and the Comsat Angels.

Frankie Neilson

"I was so proud to work for Polydor Records as it was the label in the 60's who released albums by Jimi Hendrix, Cream and the Taste which I loved!" — Frankie Neilson, Owner

His work inspired him to start his own record label, Individual Records, in the mid-'80s. Frankie released six 45 rpm records and two 12-inch records with that label, which he lighthearted says "have become collectible since nobody bought them!"

Frankie Neilson At Polydor Records UK

Eventually, he hopped the pond to Toronto and relocated to Vancouver, in British Columbia. In 1999, Frankie started Beatmerchant to sell music-related items through via eBay and other outlets. After amassing hundreds of recommendations and a loyal following, he opened the physical record store in Steveston Village in 2005.