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Folk Arts Rare Records: Final vinyl

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - He is the sultan of sounds, the guru of grooves, the virtuoso of vinyl. At age 75, Lou Curtiss is as crusty and as dusty as the shop he has owned since 1967.

"Most of the stores that were in San Diego at the time were selling nothing but top 40," he said. "So we decided we wanted to have a shop that carried all the stuff the other stores weren't carrying. So me and three friends got together and opened Folk Arts Rare Records."

All that stuff is currently stuffed at 2881 Adams Avenue, but only for seven more days. What finally brought Folk Arts to its knees were Lou's knees.

"The knees, getting down and sorting records," Lou said.

He's sold all of these musky memories.

"I've got 78s from 1891, 1892," he said.

Someone bought the shop and will move it to El Cajon Boulevard, reopening in September, but what will be left behind is Lou's musical legacy, which includes founding the San Diego Folk Festival and the Adams Avenue Roots Festival.

"Over the years, we put together 56 music festivals here in San Diego, booked the music for them," Lou said.

And fortunately, Lou taped every one of them.

"We got a grant from the Grammy Foundation to digitalize all the stuff and all the collection is going to the Library of Congress. There's going to be a San Diego collection in the Library of Congress," he said.

Lou's San Diego musical career began in 1953, on KFMB-TV.

"I was one of the Tiny Town Ranch kids," he said.

And he plans to stay busy, playing a few festivals, writing a music column and hosting a weekly radio show. Lou Curtiss is not going to sit

around on the shelf, collecting dust, waiting for someone to rediscover that he is vital. His history as a musical luminary is a matter of record.

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