Pop Tunes sign finds new address

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Fans of Memphis music will remember the huge neon sign that hung above Pop Tunes on Poplar Avenue in Midtown.

When the record store closed last year, its owners took down the store's famous neon sign.  But Wednesday, the legendary sign found a new home at the Rock 'N Soul Museum in Memphis.

Originally developed in association with the Smithsonian Institution, the Rock 'N' Soul museum features exhibits and tours on the various forms of Memphis music.

Executive Director John Doyle called the sign is a piece of history.

"This is the sign that everybody remembers passing at 308 Poplar," Doyle said. "A lot of people maintain that it's the third most important musical address in the city of Memphis, behind Graceland and Sun Studios. I mean, it was a legendary record store."

Hal Lansky of Lansky Clothing fame paid for the sign, which a crew from H. A. Baton Sign Company restored and delivered Wednesday morning.

Museum officials plan to have the sign mounted and on display by Thursday.

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