Pete Munves knew him well. If you get him started on Meltzer, leave
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From: "Harold Zamansky" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, May 07, 2010 10:24 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] My new book: The Jazz Man Record Shop
>I remember Meltzer fairly well, though I visited his shop only a few times.
> I recall him as a very knowledgeable (about records) but crotchety person.
> One time, I looked through a pile of 78's of Fritz Kreisler, but selected
> only one
> quite rare disc to buy. He grabbed it out of my hand, saying that, if
> that's the only
> one I wanted to buy, he wouldn't sell it to me.
> Harold Zamansky
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> From: "Kevin P. Mostyn" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Friday, May 07, 2010 1:51 AM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] My new book: The Jazz Man Record Shop
>> Many years ago (40 years or so) I visited his shop. I asked if he had a
>> particular 78 with Titta Ruffo. Unfortunately, I couldn't remember the
>> of the song or the composer. He asked if could sing it. I hummed a rough
>> approximation of it. His eyes lit up. He went directly over to a shelf,
>> reached out and grabbed a copy. I was most impressed. Thereafter I
>> his shop many times. He had a wonderful memory.
>> --Kevin Mostyn
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>> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Art Shifrin
>> Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2010 11:45 AM
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>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] My new book: The Jazz Man Record Shop
>> Cary, this is a great concept (at least for those of us in this flock).
>> Do you or anyone else on the list remember the Merit Music Shop on West
>> street in Manhattan? I think that the proprietor's name was Jack
>> He had two hunched over elderly chaps working there: they might have been
>> around as adults for the dedication of NYC's subway system in 1904.
>> I was there one day when people from the NYS dept of labor came in &
>> him for paying the guys less than minimum wage since the Spanish American
>> War (slight exaggeration). Analogous to a 'perp walk' they made it very
>> clear to the patrons there what was going on.
>> Jack (if I have the name correct) had a database memory for 78 catalog
>> but only for Victors. You could browse to any page in any of their
>> (up to some year), give him the title & artist & he'd correctly tell you
>> catalog #! I don't know or remember if he knew which side, nor do I
>> if he had the same 'talent' for set #s.
>> Art (Shiffy) Shifrin