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Carlisle record store owner dies suddenly

A Carlisle man who ran the city’s best known independent vinyl record store for 16 years has died suddenly.

One of the reasons that Keith Jefferson, 63, made such a success of Pink Panther Records was his life-long passion for music of all genres.

Already one of the Globe Lane store’s best customers, he took it over in 1987.

He ran it until 2003, by which time the shop was in Chapel Street, and had built up an excellent reputation based largely on Mr Jefferson’s knowledge of music, and his willingness to help.

It was all part of the pattern of a life which had music running through it.

Pink Panther Records became an institution, popular with music-lovers for its large selection of vinyl, specialist works, and concert tickets in support of Cumbrian bands.

What many probably didn’t know was that he was a good friend of the musicians who later became the legendary heavy rock band Black Sabbath when they were known as Mythology and then Earth. He spent time with them in Germany.

“Keith had a passion for music of all types,” said his widow Sheila. “He did various jobs, and for a long time, ran Keef’s Hotrod Disco.

“He did that until he went into running Pink Panther Records. He really turned it around and loved being there.

“Keith loved all sorts of music, had a lot of knowledge. It was never too much trouble for him to look something up for a customer.”

More recently, Mr Jefferson hit the headlines for a quite different reason – his 28cm moustache, which earned him second place in the 2009 World Beard and Moustache Championships in Alaska.

At the time, he said: “It was great fun parading around showing off my moustache.”

Sheila, with whom Mr Jefferson had two sons – Craig, 30, and Steven, 27, added: “He was always a little bit different, and didn’t tend to go with the mainstream.” Mr Jefferson’s funeral service will be on Thursday at Carlisle Cemetery Chapel at 11am, followed by interment in the cemetery.

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Sad to hear about keith.
His shop was legendary.

Posted by Christian hunter on 6 September 2011 at 11:47

One of the saddest things ever - Keith was spot on - my landlord and my friend. It will be a difficult time without him. All my love goes to Sheila and the boys. Still can't get over it. To Sheila Craig Steven Charlotte and Donna - all my love - James xx

Posted by james simpson on 16 April 2011 at 13:28

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