You won’t see the smiling face of Jerry Weber behind the counter of Jerry’s Records on Monday morning (it's closed on Mondays anyway).
He’s been summoned to city council chambers, where he will be honored with the proclamation of Jerry Weber Day, in advance of Record Store Day on Saturday, April 19.
It’s kind of a make-good for Weber who has been in the business for almost 40 years and owns one of the nation’s most prestigious stores.
Last year, City Council President Bruce Kraus commemorated Record Store Day by recognizing Dave’s Music Mine, the South Side store within his District 3.
Weber says was he was giving Kraus, a longtime Jerry’s customer, a hard time, in a joking way, saying, “I gave Dave his start and he’s getting a proclamation!”
This year, Kraus called Weber and told him it was his turn.
“I was like, ‘Bruce, I was jagging you. I don’t care about a proclamation,” Weber says.
Nonetheless, he’ll be there happily on Monday morning, with son Willie, to accept.
Then, he’ll get back to the business of Jerry’s, which includes a Record Store Day giveaway on Saturday of 25,000 LPs and an expanded $1 sale at the Squirrel Hill vinyl mecca.