About Diwa Records
iwa Records started selling records in 1969.
It was the first worldwide mailorder service in The Netherlands specialising in Rock & Roll, Rockabilly, Blues and Country & Western.
In the early beginning we had a small shop in Hengelo, selling all kinds of second
In the early seventies we imported large quantities
LP's from USA labels King, Federal, Starday, Bethlehem etc., giving
us the chance to concentrate more on Rock, Blues and Country. The
shop was then called Country & Rock.
At the same time
we ran a local Rock & Roll / Country club, where interesting
Rock & Roll and Boogie Woogie artists were performing. Dave
Travis and his band was one of the regular artists playing there
with great pleasure.
The club was called The Sunshine Club.
Later the record shop was renamed Sunshine Shop.
monthly mailordercatalogues were called Sunshine Music. To be able
to give more information about the records and the music scene,
we also published a magazine called Rocking & Stomping.
The Sunshine Club Hengelo and a Rock & Roll Club from Tilburg
were joint, and the Sunshine Club Nederland was born.
Club Nederland, fully supported by Diwa Records, organised
the International Rock & Roll Meetings in the south of
The Netherlands. These meetings became very popular amongst collectors
from all over Europe and the rest of the world.
In 1973 Diwa Records
started releasing LP's on the labels Diwa and Dial. Among the artists
are Hank "C" Burnette (Sweden), Dave Travis from England
and famous Dutch Indorock group Electric Johnny and his Skyrockets.
Diwa also were the first to compile and release own compilations
with recordings from USA Rockabilly label Rollin' Rock, outside
In 1981 we moved to a place called Enter. We made
a new start, this time without a shop. Mailorder sales, producing
records & books and occasionally organising a small show were
the main activities.
Due to various reasons, things weren't
going too well in the second part of the 1980's.
releasing vinyl LP's in 1989 (contrary to that we were the first
to offer CD's in 1983), business was slowly grinding to a halt.
In the nineties Diwa Records were not active. Now in 2000 we
want to give you - old and new customer - the chance to find old
vinyl records you still may be looking for.