Richard “Handsome Dick” Manitoba, also known as “The Handsomest Man In Rock & Roll”, and the “World’s Greatest Entertainer” (at least since Sammy Davis Jr. left us) was born Richard Blum in The Bronx, New York, January 29, 1954. Richard is a musician, most well known for being the lead singer (for most of 45 years) with the New York City legendary punk band, THE DICTATORS.

MR. MANITOBA also spent 14 years (starting around 2004) on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, hosting “The Handsome Dick Radio Program“, a national show, 5 nights a week in Little Steven’s Underground Garage.

And that ain’t all folks!. Handsome Dick has owned the coolest rock ‘n’ roll tavern in the Western Hemisphere for just about 20 years now. Oddly enough, it’s called Manitoba’s Bar and it’s located at 99 Avenue B between 6 and 7 Streets in New York City’s, East Village, on…the lush beautiful island of Manhattan.

HDM occasionally sang lead with the MC5 (at the time called DKT/MC5) which included Michael Davis, “Brother” Wayne Kramer and Dennis “Machinegun” Thompson, founding members of Detroit’s legendary MIGHTY pre-punk rock and roll band, The MC5.

MR. MANITOBA was a guest on his pal, Jimmy’s television program, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon“. HDM was a major character on an ill-fated, half hour reality show called Barmageddon. He proudly sat with the late great chef, Anthony Bourdain chowing down on White Castles at MR. MANITOBA’S childhood Bronx White Castle.

HDM recently traveled to Nashville, TN to work on an album with the legendary Jon Tiven, recording 18 songs in 4 1/2 days with some of Nashville’s finest musicians.

“We feel confident the album will be released in 2019…. it’s called “Born In The Bronx”.

MR. MANITOBA has a new podcast:  “You Don’t Know Dick!” with Handsome Dick Manitoba. It’s available on itunes, Google Play & Stitcher.

“A podcast can reach an infinite amount of people…. because you don’t have to buy anything! All you have to do is turn on your cell phone AND SUBSCRIBE!!! AND PLEASE GIVE US A 5 STAR RATING AND GIVE US A NICE LINE OR TWO IN THE COMMENTS SECTION.

When was the last person you met that didn’t have a cell phone?…or an iPad…or a computer?…the world over… It’s all you got to do, turn it on, subscribe to it for FREE. Not only that, I’m not part of somebody’s idea, passion & dream.

I’m not filling in the holes/spaces of what somebody else has invented. I am creating the whole thing that I do. I will live and die with myself, it’s all up to me! I don’t have to push anything I don’t want to push. I don’t have to shill for a record label, for example.

I am no longer an actor in somebody else’s movie I am the director of my own movie”





My deepest own personal condolences to the death of the extension of my living room… the end of my clubhouse known as MANITOBA’S BAR.

There are so many deaths in life beside the ultimate one.

Each one takes a little piece out of us.

Each time we experience something that we love and it goes away, it’s another little chunk of life taken away from us.

It is in essence, a death of some sort..

At my age, we don’t hang out at pizzerias anymore.

We don’t hang out at schoolyards anymore.

We hang out at bars.

And to the people from all over the world, especially western Europe and all over America, I’m sorry I couldn’t keep the bar going longer.

Just last week, there were six people from England having a great time, talking about how their friends and their hometown mates love this bar.

It was one of Jimmy Fallon’s favorite bars, it was one of Drew Carey’s favorite bars, Tom Morello LOVED Manitoba’s… the Sopranos were known to stop by from time to time.

I never went to the newspapers with the stars that came into the bar. This bar was so iconic that we didn’t have to wave our flag to the media.

I always thought word-of-mouth was cooler anyway…

There are so many places called “bar” in New York City and if they closed, people wouldn’t give a shit … there is rarely a passion or a sadness when people’s average, generic bar closes…

They will go to the next “bar” and the next “bar”.

Folks came in and expressed the love and the passion that they felt about the bar… it gave me great joy, nachas in Yiddish, of having a bar that felt like it was something SPECIAL… like I created something that COUNTED… After all, you can sell anything…. what I tried to sell was atmosphere, spirit, history, and hopefully, a special New York City camaraderie.

An endless amount of people would come up to me, look me in the eye and say: “please keep this bar open”.

It meant so much to them.

In a neighborhood I have been hanging out in and living in for 50 years…

A neighborhood, whose culture I have known intimately for many of those 50 years, has now died, for the most part, as we know it.

I can honestly say I feel I did my part to keep OUR culture alive.

“It felt like home, it was unpretentious and relaxing and cool”. IT meant so much to THEM. I can’t tell you how many dozens and dozens of emails I’ve gotten ALREADY. Each one with a specific story about what MANITOBA’S meant to them, during their visits.

So in essence,

Like I helped create THE DICTATORS …like I helped create THE DICTATORS NYC …like I helped create MANITOBA’S WILD KINGDOM …like I helped create the HANDSOME DICK MANITOBA radio program on Sirius XM Satellite radio….

I created a unique bar: MANITOBA’S. That meant something to people and that will give them great memories… and for that, I am proud and grateful.

As far as all the haters go…

You are what’s known as keyboard gangsters.

It’s all good
It’s all good


A 95% positive rating after 20 years makes me feel a lot better than your anger and your hatred.



I will continue to live the creative, productive life I have always cherished.

I also have the joy and love filling my heart I get from taking care of my son, JAKE.

I will put the same love, energy and passion I had with MANITOBA’S into every single thing I do in my life.

I will mail nothing in, whether it be a recording artist, songwriter, live performer, radio DJ, podcaster, author, etc.

So what’s next?

Who knows…Stranger things have happened than another MANITOBA’S BAR opening…

A live one man show on the horizon?

A book based on my thrilling 65 years?

Please keep a lookout for my first ever solo album.

A record deal is imminent!

The album will be called:


All coming…


We had an amazing 20 year run and my desire now is to keep



So not only will you have a memory in your head

and in your heart,

But with our website, you can put your arms around an online memory by checking out the permanent photo COLLECTION that immortalized MANITOBA’S BAR.

Telling stories about the photos…

Photos that were given to us by the world’s great rock ‘n’ roll photographers.

It can be a living breathing thing if you want to send in your pictures…

Please enjoy the website… please let it add a dimension so that when you look at it,

You have a little extra joy.

To go along with your memory,

It’s been my pleasure

Entertaining YOU…


And listening to great music…

Watching Yankee games…

And having fun the way you’re supposed to have fun in a bar

in your clubhouse,
in my clubhouse,

I will miss it.

I will miss you.







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