CLEAR LAKE — Al Fremstad, of Eau Claire, Wis., was a man on a mission Thursday at the Rockin’ & Boppin’ Record Show.
He was looking for a song by Chuck Berry titled “Jo Jo Gun.”
He found it on a vinyl single as well as part of a collection of songs on an LP.
Fremstad, who used to play in a rock ’n’ roll band in the 1950s and ’60s and knows a lot of songs from that era, was debating whether to buy the album or just the single.
“There’s a lot of good stuff on that album,” he said.
Fremstad said the dealers at the show, which is being held at the Best Western Holiday Lodge as part of the Winter Dance Party, were very helpful.
More than 40,000 records are available at the show, which is in its second year, according to Greg Schoonover of Clear Lake, who is in charge.
Many of them are rock ’n’ roll, country and R&B records from the ’50s and ’60s.
Prices range from 50 cents each for some 45 rpm singles to up to $1,500 for some rare records.
Memorabilia, musical instruments, books, DVDs, VHS tapes, CDs, cassette tapes, 8-track tapes and posters also are available for sale.
“There are dealers here from Florida, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa,” Schoonover said.
Some of the dealers are leaving today, but others are arriving on Saturday, “so it’s a continuous flow of stock,” he said.
The prices are lower right now because of the economy, according to Schoonover.
“It’s a good time to buy records,” he said.
Mike Tickal, owner of Oak Leaf Collectibles in Mason City, is one of the dealers.
Among the items Tickal has for sale at the show is a collection of 2,300 45 rpm records for $7,000.
The collection, stored in eight boxes, contains “a little bit of everything,” he said.
Tommy Hutchens of Clear Lake came to the show to look for records and memorabilia, particularly of Buddy Holly.
“I build muscle cars and that’s how I got into it,” he said.
Greg Boyle of Marshalltown was looking for Pat Boone records.
“I was glad when we found out at the last minute that he was coming” to headline Saturday night’s concert, he said.
The record show, which is being held in two rooms at the Best Western, continues from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday.
Collectors can attend another record and memorabilia show from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Clear Lake Middle School Gymnasium.
Admission to both shows is free.