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Re: “The ballad of Fred and Yoko

I knew Fred Arnold. I lived in Charleston SC. The very first record I ever won in a radio station was Alice Cooper's "Pretties For You" which was provided by Fred from his store on King Street "Octopus'Garden." I still have it. Fred was a character. He was interesting to talk to and he always seemed to work the fact that he knew Yoko Ono into every conversation. If you wanted to buy a record from his store, he would look at it with it about two inches from his face to check it's condition and if you paid with a bill again he would hold it anout two inches from his face to check the denomination. One time I was flying from Miami to Charleston and my assigned seat was beside Fred. He talked about the Beatles, the record store and of course Yoko Ono. I wasn't positive that he really knew her. The way he talked they were good friends and I just thought it implausible that he was that close to her. I guess if she sent him 10,000 dollars, he must of been telling the truth. I myself have been a record collector ever since I got that first Alice Cooper record. I have had up to 10,000 in my personal collection, but have sold about half of them to makes ends meet. I have always wondered what happened to Fred and his collection, which I never got to see. He was telling the truth about Yoko, so maybe that collection is out there someplace or someone knows where it is or went.Sorry to hear he had such a rough later life and was hit and killed. He was one of those people you never forget once you meet them and those type of people are rare and a treasure.

Posted by Ben Rogers on 04/16/2017 at 10:53 PM

 

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