"When He Spoke You Knew Right Away It Was "Slim"
Remembering Days Gone By.......
"We moved Times
Records by hand.............in shopping carts!
...........Right thru the streets of New York, a little at a time, back
and forth............It was very strange..."
Times Square Records seemed to figure into the
One of the interesting things I noticed was on
one of the record lists.
Slim was also good at disseminating
misinformation. When he started pushing "My Reverie" by the Larks, he
promoted it on the radio, as being from 1949, which probably increased the
desirability of owning a copy of what at the time seemed like an "ancient"
recording. It wasn't until many years later that I discovered that it
really came out in 1951. Not that it really matters. It still ranks with
my all time favorites.
As for my thoughts, I miss the old original Times Square Records store.
We lived the music, it was part of our essence. It was something we owned. What Slim Rose unintentionally accomplished was the uniting of young people in a bond of captivating musical harmonies and melodies, the likes of which had never before been heard in musical history.
An imperfect man, a man with flaws, Irving "Slim" Rose nevertheless achieved historical status by spreading the collecting of what we now call doo-wop music among an entire generation. He instinctively knew "the sound". Slim and his record store and radio program must be ranked even above legends such as Alan Freed and Dick Clark because he was at the "grass roots" level of the street music of the day, being passionately in love with the doo-wop group sounds, and he introduced all the various styles of doo-wop music to us over only a four-year period, 1960 through 1963, but what he started continues to mushroom decades later. New generations will discover how enjoyable and pure doo-wop music is, since these groups sing the harmonies and melodies straight from the heart, with no pretensions. All these groups sang, and the new wave of groups still sing, in group harmony for the love of the music and the euphoric feel it gives to both the singers and the listeners.
The fast songs are great fun and the love song ballads are emotionally-charged, sung with passion. Slim Rose expanded our affection for this musical genre we now refer to as "doo-wop", and therefore he is one of the most important personalities in musical history, and ensures that this unique form of "Americana will live forever."
Keep the sound going!