"It's What's Happening!"- Murray the "K"
Very very nice Vintage 60s British Invasion era Collectible piece of memorabilia.
SUPER RARE 1960s Original
The BEATLES & MURRAY the K, "As It Happened"
Vinyl Rockumentary on 7 inch "single" in original picture sleeve
NOTE: Recorded at 33 1/3 RPM for longer play. Total both sides 16:26
Covering New York, Miami, London and Washington Tour.
MURRAY THE K Legendary NYC AM RADIO Disc Jockey and the very first of the many so-called "The Fifth Beatle" that would come later.
"This meeting of the Swingin' Soiree is now in session!"
▲ Picture Sleeve is in VG+ CONDITION, with the usual surface wear & slight rubbing to covers from being displayed, handled and stored.
▲ 7" Record is in VG+ CONDITION, with the usual surface wear from being handled, played and stored. I rate it between a 7 & 8. Definitely played but not too many times.
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Murray Kaufman (February 14, 1922 – February 21, 1982), professionally known as Murray the K, was an influential rock and roll impresario and disc jockey of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. During the early days of Beatlemania, he frequently referred to himself as the fifth Beatle.
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, he worked in public relations and as a song plugger, helping to promote tunes like Bob Merrill's "How Much Is That Doggie In The Window." From there, he worked as a radio producer and co-host at WMCA (and briefly thereafter at WMGM). Kaufman's big break came in 1958 after he moved to WINS/1010 to do the all-night show, which he titled "The Swingin' Soiree." Shortly after his arrival, WINS's high energy star disk jockey, Alan Freed, was indicted for tax evasion and forced off the air. Though Freed's spot was briefly occupied by Bruce Morrow, who later became known as Cousin Brucie on WABC, Murray was soon moved into the 7–11 pm time period and remained there for the next seven years, always opening his show with Sinatra and making radio history with his innovative segues, jingles, sound effects, antics, and frenetic, creative programming. Jeff Rice, writing in M/C Journal, says that Tom Wolfe calls Murray "the original hysterical disk jockey"
Murray the K reached his peak of popularity in the mid-1960s when, as the top-rated radio host in New York City, he became an early and ardent supporter and friend of The Beatles. When the Beatles came to New York on February 7, 1964, Murray was the first DJ they welcomed into their circle, having heard about him and his Brooklyn Fox shows from American groups such as the Ronettes.
Murray was often a champion of the much-maligned electric Bob Dylan. He introduced him to boos at a huge Forest Hills Tennis Stadium concert in August 1965, saying "It's not rock, it's not folk, it's a new thing called Dylan." [wiki]