Founder of the iconic Tower Records, Russ Solomon died last night at the age of 92. A former giant in the music retail business, he apparently died with a glass of whisky in his hand.
He was watching the Oscars last night (March 4) when it happened.
"Ironically, he was giving his opinion of what someone was wearing that he thought was ugly, then asked (his wife) Patti to refill his whisky," his son Michael Solomon said to the Sacramento Bee. “When she returned, he had died.
Tower Records revolutionized music retailing until the digital age when people could buy records online and gutted the need to go to stores to buy CDs, cassettes and vinyl en masse. Tower went out of business in December 2006 after a second bout of bankruptcy. Until that time, he created an international empire that pulled in over a billion dollars a year with businesses all over the world.