THE VIRTUAL WALL OF FAME

From "The Wall of Fame" by Holly Goldrich

From "The Wall of Fame" by Holly Goldrich

These are the actual photos from the walls of Manny's, from the book "The Wall of Fame" by Holly and Henry Goldrich

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Comment by Dave Graziano on May 24, 2015 at 3:34pm

Love it all!  I was thinking about my father, a fine sax player who hit Manny's fairly frequently, buying strings for his guitarist, the great Buddy Merrill, and reeds for himself.  He seemed to spend a lot of the time gabbing it up at the counter.  In '75 or so, when my first guitar, a new J-50, was stolen from my college apt in Albany, we trucked on down to Manny's.  A friend had been playing a great sounding Goya dread, so I was fixated on having one.  When I asked at the counter, the older white haired clerk, I'm assuming Manny himself, reached around behind and barely leaving his seat whipped out a '66 blonde S-18 in good shape.  A hundred bucks, a handful of picks, and I had a fine guitar and another sweet memory. 

Since then I've owned many fine vintage acoustic guitars and wonder how many might have passed through those doors.  Joyously claustophobic!  Wish I kept track of my Manny's picks.  Might have swallowed one or two.

Enjoying the site.  Big thanks!

Comment by Deborah Frost on January 3, 2015 at 6:07pm

Love!

Comment by sugar d.smith on December 16, 2013 at 8:42pm
i was shoping at mannys from 1970 got all my gear there till i relocated to berlin germany in 1989,every time i visit new york i made a point to stop in most of my things in my recoring studio in berlin are from there ! i look forward to hearing from any musicians /recording geeks as to whats going on these days , this is a great web site
Comment by DW Gerry on April 9, 2012 at 8:11pm

I grew up a Sam Ash kinda guy.  Growing up in Queens, the Hempstead Sam Ash was more convenient. Although as a kid it was always exciting to go into the city and go into Manny's. While in my early teens I saw Gene Cornish of the Young Rascals in there.  He autographed a Manny's business card for me. I wish I still had it. Later in life I realized just how great a store Manny's was.  Everyone who was someone shopped in there.  I am happy to say I bought two high priced DW drum sets in Manny's in 2003 and 2006.  Over the weekend I was in the city and stopped in Sam Ash ( formely Manny's ) and bought a Manny's Music tee shirt.  I can't wait to wear it into my local Guitar Center.   

Comment by Vinnie Zummo on May 15, 2011 at 12:46am

I'll never forget my first trip to Manny's. To see those photos on the wall...That yellow Danelectro which I thought was just about the coolest guitar! I remember going in to buy a wa wa before my first session. So many memories.I still have those old Manny's picks around. Manny's is a New York institution!

Comment by Jon Brodey on July 22, 2010 at 2:42pm
Manny was such a wonderful man. I met him around 1965 in the store. For my entire life I have looked up to this man. He created a monster of a store and it was so great to go visit and watch how busy they were throughout the years. The Goldrich family were always frontline at the store. They would deal with customers, do book work and ship equipment all over the world while dealing only with all the professionals that you know. This wall of fame was spectacular from floor to ceiling as it spread throughout the store. Over the years I watched it grow. One day I was in the new section of Manny's going up the back stairs and I was caught by the entire Hines dance family with Gregory as a little boy. Later I found the picture at the front desk so that they could see which picture caught my eye. I try to explain the wall of fame to my friends so I am so glad that I've discovered this website. Holly, please say hello from me to the entire family.
Comment by PETE CONNOLLY on June 14, 2010 at 7:35am
henry sold me this ovation in april 1979 that i am holding in this picture with les paul , i remember he use to always yell at me and say how many times do i have to tell you i dont sell the pictures on the wall son, but i did manage to get so many great rock musicians to sign it, and i would tell them henry from mannys sold me this guitar. and they got a kick out of that line. bless you in everything henry, and by the way,do you want to sell me the pictures on the wall now, im only kidding, but you cant yell at me now. well i hope not. :)
Comment by ROGER MAYER on May 24, 2010 at 1:27pm
Greetings from England.
This was the only shop where I bought Guitars for my friends and clients when I lived in New York for over 20 years. Great idea to bring people together using this network.

Roger Mayer
http://www.roger-mayer.co.uk
Comment by Todd Wolfe on December 4, 2009 at 7:39pm
Hey Holly ... very cool i'll add my "Manny's story" to the blog section, yes?

Peace,
Todd Wolfe
http://reverbnation.com/toddwolfe
Comment by Sandi on October 21, 2009 at 2:00pm
Hi Larry, you can upload yourself if you have any by going to photos and upload but, if you email jpg's to Sandi @ getreel@earthlink.net I'll post as many as you send me!

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