New Straits Times

Tower Records founder dies

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NEW YORK: Russ Solomon, the founder of Tower Records who brought a cool factor to music retail until it was devastated by the Internet revolution, has died, his son said. He was 92.

Solomon’s son, Michael, told the Sacramento Bee newspaper that his father died of an apparent heart attack while watching the Oscars on Sunday at his home in the California capital.

“He was giving his opinion of what someone was wearing that he thought was ugly, then asked (his wife) Patti to refill his whisky,” Solomon said, adding that his father had died by the time she returned.

Solomon founded Tower Records at a time that records in the US were mostly sold in the corners of stores, much like clothing or snacks.

Creating a welcoming space for music lovers under the store’s yellow-and-red signs, Tower Records helped build a subculture of record stores, especially after opening branches in the heart of the music industry in Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard and in New York’s East Village.

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