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Peavey's Melody Music Store — R.I.P.

The Last Day

Published: February 24, 2006 06:29 am        
Peavey’s Melody Music store shuts its doors today

By Steve Gillespie / assistant editor
The Meridian Star

A downtown business with a history of being a musical haven that spans more than 60 years will close today, February 24, 2006.

The music store was opened in 1945 by J.B. Peavey, father of Peavey Electronics founder and CEO Hartley Peavey. The upstairs of the music store served as Hartley Peavey's first home for Peavey Electronics when he was a young entrepreneur.

In July 2005 the music store's original sign, which had been part of the downtown landscape since 1945, was taken down before it could fall down after being damaged by storms.The sign sported a big cursive "Peavey's," framed by musical notes. Under that, it read "Melody Music Co. Inc." and "Everything Musical."

Pieces of the old sign are still located in the upstairs portion of the store. The establishment was more than a place to buy music or musical instruments and accessories. Many customers came to Peavey's to "escape" and play music.

Many have said ,"It was a business not only built on sales but relationships with customers.It was one of those down-home stores where you came in and didn't leave without telling your life story."

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Who, among us, didn't spend time after school hanging out in Peavey's, taking up space while playing and listening to the latest 45s. "Mutt" Peavey was always kind, patient and tolerant with us, Sometimes we even bought a record. Growing up, I loved the damn place.  

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