Art Raymond

I wanted to say a few words about a gentleman who just recently passed on. Art Raymond had a radio show on WEVD in NYC for many years. He was know as the “Simcha Man”. I remember him doing great live commercials for the House of Jacks. House of Jacks was a men’s clothing store with two locations. One of the stores was near where I lived in Brooklyn so that was cool to hear when it was mentioned on the air. Art always played my parent’s recordings on his show. My dad was very friendly with him over a long period of time. One day when I was about 6 years old, my dad was going to take me “uptown” to his lunch appointment with Mr. Raymond. I got into the back seat of dad’s favorite possession, his 1968 powder gray Buick Electra 225 with beautiful black interior. Nobody else was allowed to drive this car.  Since this was before booster seats, I’m sure I was sliding all over the back seat on this ride into Manhattan. I remember driving down Flatbush Avenue through Prospect Park. Over the Manhattan Bridge we went and 770 Broadway was not too far away at this point. We met Art at the station and went to a local restaurant. As the two grown-ups talked music and business, I slurped on a Coke and chomped on a burger. They’d each check in every few minutes to see if I was okay. I remember Mr. Raymond being very nice to me. He was always asking how mom and the girls were. A true mensch he was. A few years later he would sometimes be the emcee and special guest at concerts with my parents. He knew his audience well and was always a hit. I actually have video of one of his monologues. Perhaps I’ll put it up on Youtube at some point. For me, Art’s voice will live forever on a recording he narrated with my folks called “Jewish Wedding”. I have a few boxes of this record at home but it’s on my list for remixing, mastering, and re-releasing. All in due time. Mr. Raymond will be missed. May he rest in peace and his memory be a blessing for all.

3 thoughts on “Art Raymond

  1. Hi… I am looking for two things…right up your alley
    broadcasts of WEVD, besides the usual re-editions of Public Radio…and old photographs of the Brownsville area that I can use as models for my “paintings”
    I am based in Montreal…
    thank you

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