Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Riddle of Marcus Goldman... Uncovered

Marcus Goldman's album, Marcus Goldman Orchestra has long been an enigma. Marcus Goldman himself stares from the cover, sphinxlike. Secure in the knowledge that his name is etched across both his signature accordion and the large velvet yarmulke he sports, suggesting he is either extremely forgetful or heavily into personalizing his effects. We are indebted to a reader, Barry Mitchell, who enlightened us via email:

"I know Marcus Goldman posing with his accordion is of particular interest to you. The album actually dates back to at least 1972, the summer I played in a dance trio at Schenck’s Hotel in Fallsburg, NY. Marcus (also known as Alex, which probably accounts for the label’s name, Al-Mar) sold his self-pressed albums while leading the Catskill ladies in afternoon poolside dance lessons. He’d show up, set up his sound system, and blast Eydie Gorme’s “Blame It On The Bossa Nova.” If I remember correctly, the album featured the keyboard stylings of Bob Reisenman, who had the house band at Schenk’s.

It’s the same summer I wrote and performed at Schenk’s, the Evans Hotel, and the Homowack Hotel my parody of Sammy Davis’s then-popular hit, “Candy Man.” (“. . .who makes cherry blintzes, tender, light and sweet? Latkes that are flaky and borscht that can’t be beet? The Flonken Man. . .”)"


Our next challenge in researching this material is to hear about how the listeners encountered the music. If you have any stories at all... please be in touch! We would LOVE to hear them. trailofourvinylATgmail.com


33 comments:

Jeffrey Quick said...

I've got the 2nd AMG album (found in a used record store in Cleveland), and frankly, I think it's pretty hot. I just ripped it for my iPod. I was trying to find out something about the guy.
"Dot's me! And I'm here with my second album! Put together de pieces and let's go dancing!" -spoken intro to "Satmar hakuffe nigun"

Amy G. said...

I actually own this particular album. My family and I used to go to the Echo Hotel in Ellenville, NY where he used to play and teach dancing at the pool. I always remembered his name as Marcus and my mother swore it was Alex. Stumbling upon your website has now solved that mystery. Apparently, he was known as Alex at the hotels despite the name on his album. He was a wonderful man who obviously loved what he did.

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BigE54 said...

My family stayed each summer at the SunRay house for about 5-7 years, which was right down the road from the Echo Hotel, where Alex/Marcus played, and owned by the same family. My parents loved his music, and when they decided to have my bar-mitzvah at the Echo, they booked Marcus and his crew as the music entertainment. I know he played his accordian, and I know he did a little "show" during the party. I do have some Super-8 movies of the bar-mitzvah, but Alex only appears very sparingly, and I don't have any of his sounds at all. I would love to be able to hear some of his music

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Anonymous said...

i worked at the lake hose hotel 1969-75. AMG appeared there several times each summer. the highlight of his act was dressing up as charlie chaplin and bringing women up unto the stage. i have both of his albums. he claimed to have been on the ed sullivan show 3 times.

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The late, "great" Marcus Goldman was my father. He had a larger than life personality which was captured in his music. One of the songs on the album "Rota Mori" was self-written. Thank you so much for acknowledging his music in your blog. I know he would have been so proud!

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