“The Brill Building, I Used To Go There A Lot,” Says Henry Stone

“The Brill Building basically housed 90% of the music publishers. There was a lot of different publishers in those years. The big band years. Now there’s like 2 of em’; and EMI just sold out to Sony (laughs). There was like 25 different publishers, anything with music at that time, early music, was in the Brill Building, 1619 Broadway. I remember the address, 1619 Broadway, I used to get off the Subway, at 51st, 52nd, between 48th and 50th somewhere there. That was the Brill Building and I spent a lot of time in there cause I used to in the early years I used to hang around with the publishers, I used to go to the publishers in the 1930s when I was a teenager in New York City, pick up sheet music for the Tommy Tucker band cause I was involved with Lyge McKelvey who was the road manager and the producer pf the shows and I was his assistant. They used to send me to the Brill Building and pick up sheet music for the band cause the band always needed new songs and everything to play on the radio. And I used to spend a lot of time in the Brill Building.”

“Even later on when I used to go to New York there was still some aftermath in the Brill Building, not quite like it was, nothin like before, but some little record companies that started up, like George Goldner’s record company, originally was in the Brill Building. Record companies started hanging their shingles out in the Brill Building, so I used to go there a lot when I went to New York cause I distributed their records. I used to go visit them. When I went to New York, I went to go see my manufacturers. Always try to build relations cause that’s the key to everything. That was my key…through conventions. It’s all people, it’s all done by people. After the Brill Building, another building became popular, on 51st street. I don’t remember the name for it, but between those two buildings these other record companies sprang up with their offices. All the New York record companies were there. Not the big ones like ABC Paramount…they had their own buildings. And Alantic already had done their own thing and had their own big offices yknow. But the smaller independents, about 50 of them, they had their offices there.”

  • From a 2013 interview with Henry Stone

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