Obituaries

Tower Records founder Russ Solomon dies while watching Oscars and drinking whiskey

Tower Records founder Russ Solomon dies while watching Oscars and drinking whiskey

Russ Solomon, the founder of Tower Records, died Sunday night of an apparent heart attack. He was 92.

Solomon, who transformed his Sacramento record store into an international chain that included multiple San Diego locations, was watching the Oscars telecast with his wife, Patti, and drinking a glass of whiskey at the time of his death.

"Ironically, he was giving his opinion of what someone was wearing that he thought was ugly, then asked Patti to refill his whiskey," Solomon’s son, Michael, told the Sacramento Bee. "When she returned, he had died."

Solomon founded the precursor to Tower Records in 1941, when he opened the Tower Record Mart in 1941...

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