Watch: Electric Fetus gets a 50th birthday message from Ringo Starr

The historic Minneapolis record store celebrated turning 50 with a First Ave concert at the weekend.
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Ringo Starr

"Peace and love, Minnesota."

With an attempt at American twang – which he swiftly drops – Ringo Starr starts his birthday message to his favorite Minneapolis record store, Electric Fetus.

The venerable south Minneapolis store, which also has an outlet in Duluth, celebrated its 50th anniversary over the weekend with a celebration party at First Avenue headlined by Real Estate on Saturday.

"Ringo here, just want to wish Electric Fetus record stores a happy happy 50th anniversary," he says. "I want to congratulate you for still being open and selling records."

"I send you lots of love, and thanks for the t-shirt, not this one, another one."

The t-shirt reference relates to his appearance at the Grammy Awards in 2010, in which the Liverpudlian took to the stage wearing an "Electric Fetus" shirt that was given to him by his Twin Cities-based nephew for Christmas a few years earlier.

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Starr wasn't the only music luminary paying their respects to Electric Fetus over the weekend – the store also shared video messages from former Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, and Semisonic frontman Dan Wilson.

"Vinyl rules!" Walsh said. "So from all us guys that made those records, thanks for selling 'em!"

"I'm so happy to have you in my life and to be part of your community," a very upbeat Wilson says.

The Fetus' continued success comes despite not only recent challenges caused by the major reconstruction of I-35W, which has seen closures on the Franklin Avenue Bridge right outside the store, but also the complete reinvention of the music industry since the onset of the internet.

FOX 9 spoke with retail and music manager Bob Fuchs over the weekend, who said that the introduction of online downloads and streaming saw sales drop by half at one point, but they've since bounced back – particularly as vinyl has come back into fashion.

"In maybe the year 2000 one percent of our sales were LPs, and currently it’s 50 percent of our sales," he told the TV station.

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