Skeleton Records legendary founder dies

The much-loved co-founder of Skeleton Records in Birkenhead, John Weaver, has died after battling COPD for a number of years. John “Man” Weaver, born in 1952, and John Poole founded “Skellies” in 1972.

In a statement, issued by the shop, Ben Savage said, “We’re heartbroken to announce the passing of founder and all-round local legend John “Man” Weaver.

“John started Skeleton Records in 1972 with good friend John Poole and almost singlehandedly saw the shop through 50 calendar years of trading, always staying one step ahead of the bailiffs.

“John had been courageously battling COPD for many years, yet was never far from the limelight with his usual caustic wit and stories about music industry legends he’d booked back in the 70s.

“The world will be a much duller place without him, and he will be sadly missed by all of his family and friends here at Skellies.”

There will be a book of commemoration at the store in Oxton Road for all who had the honour of knowing, playing a gig for or even simply being served by John to pay their respects and share their memories of him.

Ben continued, “We ask for respect for his family at this devastatingly sad time. The shop will remain open and trading as normal, and we aspire to serve the good folk of Birkenhead for many years to come, as the man himself would have wanted, however we may be playing an unhealthily large amount of Big Star tomorrow.”

Long time friend and club promoter, Marc Jones, said, “Very sad news again this week as John Weaver from Skeleton Records has passed away!

“A great character and friend who I had a lot to do with in the mid to late 1980’s! Together we ran the Subway at Stairways, Birkenhead’s first regular alternative night and over a couple of years we put some great bands on including the Proclaimers, Shamen, Godfathers, Gaye Bykers and many, many local bands. We even ran a club in Chester for a while!

“However, I will always be grateful to John for broadening my musical knowledge and selling 2nd hand records when I couldn’t really afford new ones that often. It certainly helped building up a punk and post-punk collection. First in the Argyle Street shop further up which was a real trogs den and stank of patchouli and then the corner of Argyle Street with Stairways above.”

The store made the announcement on their Facebook page and many customers expressed their sadness about the news.

Anthony Peake said, “So sad to hear this. Like so many others, I have such fond memories of Skeleton Records and so much of my vinyl collection was bought there in the early 1970s. RIP John.”

Chris Currie added, “Such sad news… John was a true legend and totally passionate about music and will be very much missed!”

Karen Jones said, “So sad to hear this… what this man created has brought so much joy to so many over the years… a true Birkenhead Icon. Much love to friends & family x”

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