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Sat June 15, 2013
"Music Man" Finds A Home For His Vinyl
Originally published on Sat June 15, 2013 3:40 pm
SCOTT SIMON, HOST:
Last year, we brought you the story of Music Man Murray. Murray Gershenz was looking for a buyer for the enormous record collection that was shelved in his store in Los Angeles. Now, notice I said record. Most of his music was indeed on old vinyl. Murray was turning 90 and his overstuffed store was becoming more than he could handle.
(SOUNDBITE OF DOCUMENTARY, "MUSIC MAN MURRAY")
MURRAY GERSHENZ: I love this place. If I had nothing else to do, I would just be here and listen to the records all the time. But the business is not thriving.
SIMON: That's a clip from film by Richard Parks about Music Man Murray. Well, this week we received an email from Mr. Parks telling us that Murray Gershenz has sold his music collection. A fleet of 52-foot-long trucks formed a small convoy to whisk his music to a new home. Mr. Parks says that Murray is in fair health and in good spirits. Last year, we asked Murray Gershenz to close our talk with a song. It seems a nice thing to hear again today
(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED TAPE)
GERSHENZ: (Singing) Once I built a railroad, I made it run, made it race against time. Once I built a railroad, now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime. (humming)
SIMON: You do that song very beautifully, Murray.
GERSHENZ: Thank you very much. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.