By Billy Crystal
To aid his kinfolk, Billy Crystal's father, Jack, labored jobs, having just one day every week to spend along with his family members. in keeping with Crystal's one-man Broadway express of an analogous identify, "700 Sundays"--referring unfortunately to the time shared via an adoring father and his committed son--offers a heartfelt, hilarious memoir. photographs all through.
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I came to America. I landed at Ellis Island August third, l903. On August the fourth, I got a job. Nine years old, I got myself a pushcart, and I would push it up the street. Which is how it got its name, pushcart. So I said to myself after a month of doing this, ‘Schmuck, put something in it. ’ That’s why business was off. I didn’t have a plan! So, I bought a piece of cloth for three cents, and I split it in half. I sold them both for ten and made a goddamn profit, kid. So, now I had a plan. I would buy cloth.
Dad put on concerts wherever he could, Rye Playland, an amusement park, on aircraft carriers for the Navy, even Carnegie Hall, where he produced a concert with the father of the blues, W. C. Handy, who had written “St. ” Handy was blind, the first blind person I ever saw in my life. Dad had a special feeling for him, and so he started producing concerts at a place called the Lighthouse for the Blind in New York City, a wonderful center for sightless people. It was one of his favorite places to put on shows.
He was only twenty-seven years old. The word gets out to all the jazz artists around the country, that there’s this young producer who has a great set of ears and an even bigger heart. Now 34 7 0 0 Sundays everybody wants to do a session with my Uncle Milt on what is now our family business, the Commodore jazz label. Milt was a natural producer. He was a charismatic man, with a great laugh, and booming voice. He also was a great judge of character. He understood the musicians. He spent so much time getting to know them, he realized that he didn’t have to get too creative with their talents.
700 Sundays by Billy Crystal