SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Russell Solomon, who founded the Tower Records chain that became a global phenomenon and changed the way people consumed music, has died. He was 92.
According to The Sacramento Bee, Solomon died Sunday night while watching the Academy Awards. His son, Michael Solomon, says Russell Solomon apparently died of a heart attack while watching the Oscars on Sunday with his wife at his Sacramento home.
Solomon founded the first-of-its-kind business that let people sift through records from every genre of music all in one place. At its height, Tower Records operated in 20 countries, with a store in Tokyo that was once the world's largest music store.
The company went out of business in 2006.
Solomon and Tower Records were the subject of a 2015 documentary by actor Colin Hanks.