Russ Solomon, Founder of Tower Records, Died Drinking Whisky at 92 March 06 2018, 0 Comments

Russ Solomon of Tower Records

Icon Russ Solomon, founder of Tower Records, passed away Sunday while watching the Oscars and drinking whisky, according to his wife. 

“Ironically, he was giving his opinion of what someone was wearing that he thought was ugly,” she told the Bee, “then asked (his wife) Patti to to refill his whisky.” When she returned he had died of an apparent heart attack.

Solomon was a larger than life character, now memorialized in the great documentary All Things Must Pass, a documentary of the history of Tower Records. All Things Must Pass is currently streaming on Showtime and is also available to rent or buy on Amazon, Google Play and a host of other services. 

Russ Solomon was an unconventional visionary, largely thought of as the inventor of the big box store. His philosophy was, if you stock it they will come. And it worked. 

The last Tower Records in the States closed in 2006 but the chain lives on in Japan. The legacy of Russ Solomon cannot be understated and the mark he left on the community of vinyl enthusiasts will always be remembered. If you're a lover of all things vinyl have a nip of whisky for Russ Solomon.