[78-L] Manhattan's Colony Music to close after 64 years

Bill McClung bmcclung78 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 23 18:15:19 PDT 2012

Broadway and 49th will be poorer with Colony's passing.  I didn't visit
every time I went to NYC but did visit enough to be allowed downstairs if I
called ahead.  Didn't buy very often but my favorite prize was a sealed
Freda and the Firedogs album (Marcia Ball's first group), one that I never
could find in Austin.

On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 11:15 AM, Cary Ginell <soundthink at live.com> wrote:

> I first visited Colony Music at Broadway & 49th Street in 1978, at the
> height of the disco invasion. While the Bee Gees' "Night Fever" streamed
> endlessly over their sidewalk speaker system, I browsed inside for rare LPs
> and sheet music. I remember buying "Ranch House Favorites" by Bob Wills on
> MGM there - overpriced at $30, but still a treasure. One of the few
> instances where a 12-inch LP was rarer than its 10-inch equivalent (I
> learned that the tracks were different, even though the artwork was the
> same; my 12-inch copy had 1954 performances on it, while the 10-inch had
> most earlier stuff from 1947-50). Thirty years later, I got the thrill of
> seeing songbooks that I produced gracing their Broadway-facing front window
> . Their used LPs had been relegated to the basement and I never got to go
> down there to browse because it was always gated off with no one willing to
> open up. Colony should have closed long ago because they couldn't afford to
> be competitive with the internet, bu
>  t it's the last vestige of the glory of what Times Square used to
> represent.
> http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2012/08/colony-music.html
> Cary Ginell
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