Friday, 24 May, 2019


Russ Solomon, Founder of Tower Records, Dead at 92

A true music industry legend and icon: Tributes to Tower Records founder Russ Solomon Russ Solomon, Founder of Tower Records, Dead at 92
Hannah Rogers | 06 March, 2018, 02:04

The Sacramento Bee reports that Solomon was watching the Oscars on Sunday with his wife when he died in his Sacramento home. When she returned, he had died. He named it after his father's drug store, which shared a building and its name with the landmark Tower Theater. In 2015, Colin Hanks produced a documentary highlighting the importance of the store, with musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl and Elton John commenting on its importance. In less than a decade he had expanded beyond Sacramento to San Francisco, Los Angeles and beyond.

Solomon was 92. He would have been 93 this September.

In the early-50's, Solomon opened his own record distribution company but, by 1960, he was forced to close because of lagging sales.

Continuing to expand in the 80's, Solomon took on more debt to fuel the growth until he finally reached the point where profits from all the stores were not enough to serve the debt.

Before going out of business in 2006, the Sacramento-based music chain had established stores in 20 countries around the world, including Ireland, South Korea, Israel and the Philippines.

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