Jerry Bock

11 11 2010

ARC friend and long time supporter Jerry Bock died. (Jerrold Lewis Bock, 11/ 23/1928 – 11/3/2010)

Back in 1999 Jerry donated his personal collection of over 9,000 Broadway and original cast albums.  Needless to say there were a great many odds and ends concerning his best-known work, Fiddler on the Roof.  Like…

Ever the gentleman, Jerry paid for the shipping and delivery, and was gracious when we visited his home.  Later that year he arranged for his local library upstate, Hiram Halle Memorial Library, to donate their multi-thousands of LPs to the ARC.

Professional obituaries can be found in the Times and on the Playbill site.

Amazingly, Jerry died a little more than a week after Joseph Stein, who wrote the book for Fiddler. But then again, and pardon me for this but I think he’d like it, Jerry did write, “Too Close for Comfort.”

It was a pleasure to know Mr. Bock, an honor to have his collection, and lucky we all are to be able to enjoy his wonderful music for all time.  He was hard to forget.  As Jerry usta say, “It rhymes with Bach.”

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11 11 2010
Leida Snow

Thanks for posting this. Losing Jerry Bock and Joseph Stein so close together is a painful reminder of the end of a fabulous era on Broadway.

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