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Remembering a ''Gear Guru to Rock Stars''

Written by Chief Editor.

A man whose store attracted Elton, Sting, Peter Townshend, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, and many other music-makers has died.

 
Henry Goldrich ran Manny's Music in New York City, which closed its doors in 2009. The 88-year-old, who later resided in Boca Raton, Florida, had been in ''frail but stable health,'' according to his son, Ian.  Known as a ''gear guru to rock stars,'' Henry was credited with expanding the product line and promoting up-and-coming innovations. He also hosted in-store clinics with the likes of Paul Simon and Buddy Rich.
 
 
Manny's was originally started by his father, Manny Goldrich, in 1935. The store's walls boasted scores of autographed photos from famous customers. Holly Goldrich, Henry's daughter, and filmmaker Sandi Bachom now run a website, The Virtual Wall of Fame, with over three thousand photos.
 
One is from Elton (see below), whose thank you message is addressed to ''Stu.'' Sandi told EJW that Stu was a salesman, but does not know his last name.
 
"To Stu, Best Wishes and Thanks" ELTON JOHN
 
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