A social network to celebrate your memories of "the greatest music store in the world!" MANNY'S is gone now, but "The Wall" abides.....
Do you remember
Back when Manny’s Music
was the place to go
Man, that was Heaven
don’t you know
Just a subway ride away
to music row
I first heard ‘bout Manny's
when I was just fourteen
My guitarist Bobby said
We had to make that scene
So, unbeknownst to our parents
we hopped the E Train
from Kew Gardens to Times Square
and we scurried past the porn that used to cluster there
To Seventh Avenue
Then turned and headed North…Continue
As we all know, in the mid to late '70's there were probably as many sales outside the stores as inside...One day, my friend John calls me and says "Hey, I'm going to 48th st. to sell my Telecaster...wanna' take a ride?" so I said yeah sure.....(we usually were there 4 or 5 times a month in those days)
After parking and walking up the block for about 20 minutes or so window shopping , we see these two guys standing in front of We Buy....they're looking at a Telecaster , so , John says to the kid..."which one you looking at?" so the kid points to a '55 or '56 Fender Telecaster and says "I always wanted a Tele but I can't afford that !!" (I think it was $800 or so back then......LOL).....anyway, John tells him "I have a '67 Tele right here for $175...wanna' see it?"....so the kid sits on the curb playing it for maybe five minutes and says "WOW.....nice guitar.....but how do I know it works?".....without batting an eye John says..."That's easy...we'll just go over to…Continue
I clearly remember being 9 or 10 years old and my parents taking me and by 2 1/2 year old younger brother to manny's for a flat black lacquer Ludwig drum set. a real beauty. a snare, tom, hi-hat, ride cymbal and snare with a throne. bought it from stu, who I believe was manny's son. (my drum teacher ben halpern suggested we go to manny's).
and I recall that manny himself was there, working the crowd with his sales crew in that narrow store.
this was in the old store, before all the office buildings were on 48th st. and before they moved to the new more luxurious space up the street.
must have been back to that store 100 x over the following years, having switched to bass guitar and with my brother now playing 6 string. a migration to manny's with members of whichever band I was in was legendary, something we always looked forward to days in advance.
all of 48th street was electric with music and musicians and…Continue