Record Stores | June 30, 2012 Record Hunter – 517 5th Ave NYC – long closed. And here’s an article that appeared in the NY Times in January 1993 Strictly Business; How The Music Stopped For The Record Hunter reporting on the life and death of the Record Hunter. Share this...FacebookPinterestTwitteremailPrint Previous Post Midnight Records
My uncle Jay owned the Record Hunter. I used to love going there with my dad as a kid. So many memories.
I ordered many exotic and out-of-print records from the Record Hunter in the early-to-mid sixties. You could get things that you couldn't find anywhere else, especially on the cutting edge of modern classical music. They marketed reprints of recordings made in Europe at a cut-rate price. When I saw the record package in the mailbox saying Record Hunter, I got excited. The store didn't just cater to New Yorkers, but to the whole world. Even though I stopped buying LPs in the 80s, I still looked into what the Record Hunter had to offer. There was nothing like it. I went there in person once in 1965, on my way to France. It was like a visit to a shrine, a busy one with all kinds of records and all kinds of people milling around. Will never forget the Record Hunter.
Richard Rucker a Jazz pianist was the manager at The Record Hunter on lexington Avenue NYC.
I would hang out there when still a teenager ,when thta store closed we went over to a little westward up 52nd avenue to Birdland …what an era the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.
As an Urban Archeologist I am often searching for the context of the relics I discover. I found a very colorful bag from Record Hunter and was glad to have landed here. I hope someone can tell me if the bag design corresponds to an era, season or section of the store. I will preserve the bag as best I can and share it during my live presentations.