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Dec 19, 2012 11:25 PM by Maddie Garrett

Music Fades at Iconic Record Shop After 56 Years of Business

Call it a sign of the times or a result of the digital age, but after 56 years Floyd's Record Shop in Ville Platte is going out of business.

"We still have albums, we have a few albums left, we have a collection of 45 RPM records here that are real nostalgic," said Cecil Fontenot as he walks through the record store.

This Christmas Eve, Fontenot will be out of a job for the first time in 45 years. When he's not working at Floyd's Record Shop, Fontenot makes accordions. He said he'll focus on that after the shop shuts down. He said he'll miss the shop and the memories that go with it.

"In fact a man brought his two kids here the other day and just to show them what a 45 RPM record looked like and to show them the store. So that was nice," said Fontenot.

Empty shelves and fond memories will soon be the legacy of Floyd's Record Shop.

"We're shutting it down Saturday night after 56 and a half years. Wonderful memories, and a great time all that time but everything comes to an end," said owner Floyd Soileau.

Soileau started his business in 1956, when rock and roll was on the rise and 45 RPM records were the latest technology.

"I got into it when the industry was just really exploding," said Soileau. "So it was a great time to be in that business."

But things have changed. Floyd's records, tapes and CD's are now a thing of the past.

"Nothing lasts forever, something will come by and replace you. The digital age was meant to help us out but in reality it hurt the music industry," explained Soileau.

Life-long friend and musician Rod Bernard still remembers when he recorded his big hit with Soileau: "This Should Go On Forever." He thought it would be the same for the store.

"I thought it would be here forever, I really didn't think he would close, I thought it would long live me," said Bernard. "But again I'll say it, it goes back to the internet and people downloading all these songs, they don't have to buy them anymore," said Bernard, who now works at 106.7 FM/102.1 FM

Maybe it won't have the same feel of coming in and browsing the shelves of Floyd's. But he said even though the store is closing, it's not the end of the road for this local business. Soileau and his son will continue to sell regional music, like Cajun, Swamp Pop and Zydeco, as well as merchandise on the web through mail order deliveries.

"But Saturday night I'm sure I'm going to have mixed emotions about shutting it down for the last time," added Soileau.

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