Henry Stone on George Goldner and Morris Levy: “They Had A Fear of Flying”
“End Records was partially Morris Levy’s label. END. It was between him and George Goldner. Goldner was quite a character. He’s the one that really put Morris in the business. George was the one that had “Why Do Fools Fall In Love.” Plus he had a lot of pretty big songs on top of that with his END and Gone record labels to name a couple.
George was a real character. I remember when he was married to this Latin chick. Mona. She used to chase him all over the country. She used to chase him at the conventions, knock on every door and say,
“Is George in here?! Motherfucker. I know he’s screwing around.”
Maybe he was at the bar havin a drink who knows. But anyway George, he and I were very cool, but he had his rules. Number one, he wouldn’t fly. So he used to make me get on the train with him and go to New York and we’d sit and play gin rummy the whole time. From Miami to New York. That’s the only time I went on a train. Actually, when I was in the army I went on a train.
Morris Levy wouldn’t fly either. Fear of flying. Morris used to drive to California in fact. George had these labels hooked up with Morris cause George used to be a huge gambler and used to go broke all the time and always needed money. He and Hymie Weiss from Old Towne Records used to go to the harness tracks in New York.
And when George was in Miami we’d take him to the track all the time. Tropical Park was it? Steve Alaimo and I took him to the track.
I’ll never forget one time when we took him to the track. We were there at the track just goofin around, winning and losin ya know. And George musta blown $20,000 dollars. Cause that’s the way he used to bet. I used to bet ten dollas, twenty dollas yaknow. So George is tapped out, so he goes to Steve, the last fifty dollas that Steve Alaimo has, and he says,
“Steve lend me fifty dollas.”
Steve says, “Whattaya crazy man? Yer gonna blow it. That’s hot dog money and to get home.”
But George was so convincing that Steve gave him the fifty bucks and George put it on a trifecta, the last race or somethin, Baboom. It came in. And God knows how many thousands of dollars he hit on that trifecta. George was a weird cat, man, funny cat.”
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