Hello and welcome! Based in Los Angeles, Bopalacious was founded by collectors Dick Blackburn and Naomi Robbins. They met in 2006 through a mutual obsession with 45 rpm records. Before Dick joined her as co-host Naomi had created the Internet radio show Lost In Paradise under the deejay name Angel Baby – one of her favorite east L.A. records. When time allows they continue to spin their vintage finds at lostinparadise.podomatic.com Now that they have created an online store you will be able to shop handpicked old favorites as well as new discoveries. They hope to make this site user friendly to help you find a specific artist or song or to merely browse through different genres. Any suggestions are encouraged.
Dick has been involved with vintage records for over forty years, attending record shows all around the US. Bopalacious comes from a reissue album he produced in the 1970's. He received a BA in Film from UCLA in 1966 and a Masters in Library Science from USC in 1975 (learning skills he now uses to keep our record collection in order). His motion picture career includes co-writer, actor and director of the cult horror movie Lemora: A Child's Tale Of The Supernatural and co-writer and actor in the black comedy Eating Raoul. He was associate editor of two books - The Catalog Of Cool and Too Cool and has co-authored two editions of the price guide Rare Rockabilly & Rock n’ Roll 45 RPMs with a third in the works. Record Weasels his novel about - what else? - record collectors is available as an eBook but will appear in print through Bopalacious.
Naomi, a native Angeleno, got her GED from Los Angeles County High School For The Arts and her BFA at the School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago. In 2005 she joined the Internet radio station KillRadio.org where she started Lost In Paradise. In 2007, while still at KillRadio, she created her own podcast page and joined LuxuriaMusic.com introducing her second show Between The Sheets. Her experience with both online stations motivated her to exclusively concentrate on podcasting. She’s been hooked on both vintage clothing and records since she was a pre-teen. When she’s not taking pictures or designing you’ll find her cherry picking hidden gems all over the country. She is the founder and creator of Fusions of Fancy and the creator of the Bopalacious website. Find out more at fusionsoffancy.com and naomirobbins.com