"Music Man" Finds A Home For His Vinyl

Jun 15, 2013
Originally published on June 15, 2013 2:40 pm



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 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


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.