"Music Man" Finds A Home For His Vinyl

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Last year Weekend Edition Saturday Host Scott Simon talked with Music Man Murray in Los Angeles and his struggle to find a home for his huge vinyl album collection. Now Scott has an update, with a happy ending.


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.


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 a film by Richard Parks about Music Man Murray. Well, this week we got 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 out our talk with a song. It seems a nice thing to hear again today.


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.


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