“Music Man Murray” Lived Life with A Passion for Music
At the Theatre with Audrey Linden
"Music Man Murray," Murray Gershenz, whom I met years ago in a singing class, passed away the other day at 91 years young from a heart attack. He had been a Cantor, and then because of his passion for collecting records, he opened a record store in Hollywood with his wife. When records were passe, Murray had amassed a huge collection and studios and celebrities bought records. Murray could track anything down. He had befriended Milton Berle and other celebrities over his records. If "Music Man Murray" could not find the record, it did not exist. He had an article written about his store with his picture in the L A Times Business Section in 2009. He was trying to sell his collection, but had no buyers. He had closed his store and recently a buyer from Brazil bought his entire collection, sight unseen. His son, Irv, feared Murray would pass away before selling his collection. He said Murray was cut down "in his prime."
"Music Man Murray" also had a third career as an actor. He acted on the network comedy shows and also did commercials. He was on "House", "The Sarah Silverman Show", "Jimmy Kimmel", etc. He was a larger than life, happy man. He had continued to take the singing class, and he and I were in a show with other class members we performed at Beverly Hills Bridgepoint to entertain seniors. I love that the tag at the end of his short film is
There was a fun commercial with an older grandfather serving coffee from an expresso machine and it had the sound effects of the machine. That was Murray.
I just googled and there was a documentary short made about Murray by Richard Parks five years ago when Murray was only 88. If you google "Music Man Murray" you can see the trailer. The film won several awards. Bill Elliot's singing class is in it with Murray singing, "Brother Can You Spare A Dime?" I love his tag at the end of his short film is, "I'm looking for my next gig."
Murray's lived his life with a passion for music and he showed us, by example, that if you follow your passion, you can fulfill your dreams. Murray was able to have it all: husband, father, Cantor, singer, record collection owner, and character actor. He lived many lives, and they were all happy.
Here is a link you might want to watch. I think you may get to see his short.
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This is Murray's Facebook site.