Henry Stone on Al & Dick’s Steakhouse: “All The Record People Went There”

Al Dick's Steak House New York. photo via cardcow.com

Al Dick’s Steak House New York. photo via cardcow.com

“I used to hang out at Al & Dick’s Steakhouse in New York City. I got to the point where I was a regular. That’s where all the New York record manufacturers at 5:30 or 6 o’clock used to go after a day’s work. They’d come pouring in.

Thered’ be 20 or 30 guys from the music business there just talkin’ and havin’ dinner and drinkin’.

At that time I was spendin’ a lot of time in New York. That’s when I was suing Syd Nathan from King Records. About 1956 I guess. I was staying up there in the city because he had assets in New York and I didn’t wanna deal with Cincinnati politics and all. So I took some advice and sued him in New York, so that I could collect.

 

BILLBOARD Magazine excerpt

BILLBOARD Magazine excerpt

 

I used to come back to Miami every two weeks just to say hi, but I was staying in New York and I spent a lot of time with all the record guys up there. Alan Freed, the disc jockey I knew from Ohio was there all the time.

 

 

And I used to go to dinner a lot with Burt Bacharach. I became very tight with Burt Bacharach. You know that song “Any Day Now” that he ended up cutting with Chuck Jackson? He had a piano at his pad and he was playing me the song.

I took out about 10 one-hundred dollar bills and said, “Gee I’d sure love to publish that.”

He was already signed to a publisher so I couldn’t pick it up but that was Chuck Jackson’t big hit on Wand Records.

That’s one of my favorite Al & Dick’s stories.

It was great. You had a place to come, like a home. You go into a city like New York and you can be very lonely. Sure, you can walk around 5th ave and look at the stores but at 5 or 6 o’clock, man, you know you can have a drink with the guys. People like myself would come from out of town and we’d go to Al & Dick’s. All the promotion people were there, all the record people.”

 

  • From a 2013 interview with Henry Stone

 

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