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Lordy Lordy, Val's Halla is Forty

Legendary Oak Park record store will celebrate 40 years in business with a blowout celebration. Before you go, give a shout-out to an Oak Park icon.

Maybe you've walked into and gotten schooled in some relatively obscure genre by proprietor Val Camilletti or store manager Shayne Blakey. Maybe you walked out of the store with an album you didn't know you had to have. Or maybe you just dove into the crates and scored some tunes.

Either way, the chances are the music emanating from Val's Halla has touched your life somehow. We want to hear about it.

Halla-Palooza, the two-day music fest and sale commemorating the store's 40th anniversary, takes place July 28-29. Here's a link to the complete lineup so far. To help celebrate the milestone, we're asking readers young and old to leave a comment here.

So tell us the best album you've bought from Val's Halla and why it's your favorite. And feel free to leave a kind word or two about the owner.

And be sure to check out this Oak Leaves article, which traces Val Camilletti career path from record company promoter to the longtime owner of one of the area's most beloved local businesses.

Happy 40th Val. Here's to many more years of great music!

WONDERWALL Music Shoppe & Emporium July 24, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Congratulations Val! I remember meeting you the first time at your original location, then again on Harrison Street shortly after we opened our store (which recently closed, moving to another location). We bought so many great lps from you it's hard to say which ones were/are our favorites. Love them all.. Renaissance/Celtic, Hawaiian (of course), Pop/Folk, Rock. Best memories are chatting with you, walking in your store, running into your pal, WXRT DJ Terri Hemmert, your support for our Red Cross fundraiser to help Japan's earthquake victims, playing with my ukulele group on your famous stage. So many great memories. How can one choose one? Here's to 40 great years and God Bless You for another 40! You're the BEST, Val! With Love ~ GiGi & Clar Monaco
Dana Kristy July 28, 2012 at 12:10 PM
I agree, too many to count! Love discovering the many releases of Ry Cooder, Toots and the Maytals, the intriguing and varied interpretations of classical works like my favorite Sonata in B# minor, and the ENDLESS array of children's music from around the globe! If you had an interest in ANY particular kind of music, you could get an advanced degree in everything you ever needed to know about it from Val! And then, all its many branches and offshoots and obscure but interesting facts, too. Before there was google and youtube, there was Val. (I think google and youtube are still learning from her!) Happy 40th, Val. YOU are the BEST!

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