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Tower Records founder Russ Solomon dies

Man behind the iconic store suffered a heart attack while watching the Oscars

    Russ Solomon pictured after the Grammy Awards in 2008
    Russ Solomon pictured after the Grammy Awards in 2008 (Photo: Getty Images)

    Russ Solomon, who founded famous music store Tower Records, has died, aged 92.

    Mr Solomon suffered a heart attack at his home in Sacramento, California, on Sunday night while watching the Oscars on television.

    The life-long music fan, who left school aged 16 to sell used jukebox records from his father’s chemist shop, opened his first store in 1960 and following its success 200 further shops were opened in 15 countries.

    But Tower went out of business in December 2006 after going into bankruptcy for a second time.

    Tower went out of business in December 2006
    Tower went out of business in December 2006 (Getty Images)

    Mr Solomon later opened a store called R5 Records in Sacramento in the same location as his first store, and even used the Tower colour scheme of red and yellow for his new logo.

    He sold it after three years to a local music chain.

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