Sam -- many thanks for posting this. It's a heart-warming feature. It shows that Murray was special indeed, and his rendition of "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime" is really good! But of course he'd remember the Depression.... What a neat man.
I met him when I was in L.A. in September 1968. Although I didn't know the city I managed to find my way to his store of the time, which I think was on Western Avenue. When he learned that I was interested in Albert Coates's 78s he produced a 12" stock album of Coates HMVs, but there was nothing I needed.
It's good that they finally sold the collection, as Murray wanted.
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] MMMurray's collection was sold
A submission to another listserv to which I subscribe included a link to
this LA Times story of Music Man Murray.
I might add that the woman who sent the link prefaced it with, "Such a
special and sweet man...sang in our chorus for years." I never met Murray
but am still trying to recover the vision of his naked backside in The