Stanley J. Lewis

Stan Lewis was born in 1927 in Shreveport to Lucille and Frank Lewis and he has two brothers. His father bought a small grocery on Pierre Avenue. Growing up in the Depression times were tough, they might only have chicken once a month and there was no money to buy clothes. Everyone in the family worked in the grocery store. In grammar school, Stan played the trombone and in high school he played the clarinet and saxophone. During the WWII years, he remembers the rationing of sugar, bacon, chocolate, cigarettes and ham from his parents' grocery store. Always the entrepreneur, at the age of 16 or 17 he began buying penny pistol machines, jukeboxes and pinball machines. He put them in local bars and black nightclubs but he had to find records for the jukeboxes so in 1947, he went into a little record shop on Texas Street. Stan asked them if they wanted to sell the business. The owner said "yes" for $2,500 but he talked him down $1,800 so that he could buy more inventory. Stan's Record Shop on Texas Street opened on June the 20th, 1947. Stan married Pauline Taglavore when he was 20 years old and Pauline began working in the record shop. Then he added the mail order business. He redid the store seven times, expanding to the building next door and had seven stores in Shreveport-Bossier. People from all over the world would visit and order from Stan's. He shipped to Bob Dylan in the `50s. Elvis Presley came into his store and he and Stan became good friends. Stan helped get That's All Right, Mama played on the radio in Shreveport at KCIJ and then KWKH. He did have his own record label, Paula Records and he became good friends with many artists including George Carlin, who had been stationed at Barksdale. He attended record business conventions three times a year and met his favorite musician Frank Sinatra. He started his recording studio in 1963 and recorded Claude King, Nat Stuckey, Sam Whitman, Joe Stampley, John Fred, Dale Hawkins, and Randy Travis. He recorded country, soul and R&B music. Stan has written 600 songs including Susie Q, which is about his daughter, I'll Be Home and Sleeping At the Wheel. In 1985, after record companies began distributing their own records and raised the cost of the records, Stan closed his store and recording studio. His favorite music to listen to is big band like Doc Severinsen, also Sinatra, Dean Martin and Connie Francis. Stan has a son, Lenny and a daughter, Susie and two grandsons who are both chefs and businessmen.