Happy Tunes Records was on 8th St right across from Electric Ladyland Studios.
The loft scene was just beginning to take off; Ornate Coleman’s Artist House on Prince St, Sam Rivers Studio Rivbea on Bond St, John Fischer’s Environ, The Ladies Fort, Ali’s Alley, The Brook to name a few.
I was in my early 20s.
I worked at the store all day then hung out all night in the lofts.
All the artists would come in to drop off their flyers and posters and new records which I took on consignment.
Great times and a lot of great music.
After Happy Tunes folded I was label manager for JCOA/NMDS Michael Mantler and Carla Bley.
I set up my own mail order company Daybreak Express Records.
I was Rounder Records first sales rep in NYC.
I’ve done so many things in the record business over the past 40 years I can’t remember them all.
At least I kept copies of many of the flyers and posters from this era.
Columbia University came up here this past summer to look at my collection for possible donation to the school.
Check this out from the opening night of Ornette’s Artist House