Hyde & Zeke store owner, guitarist saluted with special local events

Guitarist Charlie Scales, far left, owner of Hyde & Zeke Records, is shown with fellow members of the band dblWiDE including Chuck Martin, second from left.

Courtesy of Chuck Martin
Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 6:36 p.m.

Along with owning record store Hyde & Zeke for 23 years and playing guitar in some of Gainesville’s best-known bands, Charlie Scales was a musical connoisseur, a collector of sounds, if you will, who loved to share them with customers — and make them himself as a revered guitarist.

“He was always enthusiastic about music,” Hyde & Zeke manager Bill Perry says about Scales, who died July 2. “And he could play anything. You could stick him a band playing sophisticated jazz stuff and he knew the subtle nuances, and he could play the next night in a country band and knew the subtle nuances that had to be played in that.”

Scales’ presence will be felt in three events planned over the next 10 days: Hyde & Zeke, which Scales began working at in 1981 before purchasing in 1990, hosts a going-out-of-business sale Saturday through Aug. 4 that’s also billed as a salute to Scales and a thank-you to customers.

And fellow musicians will gather for two tribute performances honoring the guitarist: on Wednesday from 7 to 11 p.m. at Sandy’s Place, and Aug. 3 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Civic Media Center.

Scales, who died from an apparent heart attack at age 59, played guitar for about 50 of those years, Perry says; Scales toured professionally in the ’70s and ’80s before later becoming known as one of Gainesville’s most accomplished guitarists in such bands as the Root Doctors, Couch Messiahs and dblWiDE.

“In my opinion, he was the best guitar player in Gainesville,” Perry says. “Let’s say you wanted to do ‘Exile on Main Street’ as a cover band. You could say ‘Charlie, I want you to learn these eight songs from “Exile on Main Street”,’ and he would do that. And he could do that overnight, or he may have already known them.”

Such area musicians as Don David, Kenny Shore, Mike Boulware and Chuck Martin are expected to appear at Sandy’s Place, 5001 NW 34th St. Suite G, Perry says, while Perry’s own Bill Perry Orchestra will be joined by Jim McKay from the Root Doctors, Rob Dark of Big Oil and Martin from dblWiDE at the Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St.

Meanwhile, the closing sale at Hyde & Zeke will feature thousands of vinyl records on sale for 25 cents and $1, and special prices on CDs, posters and other items starting Saturday and continuing through Aug. 4.

“We have a ton of classic stuff out there,” Perry says. “There’s Beatles, Rolling Stones, a big selection of The Who and a large, large collection of Elvis Presley stuff.”

Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Hyde & Zeke, 402 NW 10th Ave.

Contact Entertainment Editor Bill Dean at 374-5039 or at bill.dean@gvillesun.com and follow on Twitter @SceneBillDean.

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