I know what you may be thinking: there used to be Tower Records stores everywhere. But the most famous Tower Records store recognized throughout the world is the Tower Records store on the Sunset Strip. This one is special. We want to historically preserve this building and location and we need your help. You can give five dollars, twenty dollars, one hundred dollars or more. We can make it happen as we are all the collective music lovers gathering in spirit to make history and keep history. We need your help now as we have an appeal before the City of West Hollywood's City Council on Monday, November 4th at 6:30pm at 625 North San Vicente Blvd. 1st floor of new library in the city council chambers. The city council that evening will consider preserving this iconic structure and location. We need to hire experts to do an outstanding presentation along with promotion through Facebook, online and with printed material mailed and distributed. Donate whatever you can and please share this link and email your friends.
During it's almost four decades this Tower Records on the happening Sunset Strip
has become something of a Hollywood landmark in its own right.
Open until 1 AM on weekends, Tower Records was the most popular Tinseltown hangout, and a scene all its own. This flagship store of the Tower Records chain could once claim to be "the largest record store in the nation."
Tower Records store has always retained its legendary status. You would never know who you might see there. Rock groups and individual performers showed up regularly in person at the store for impromptu concerts or autograph sessions, and special promotional events were common.
In 1995, over 1,000 fans lined up to get autographs from Elton John
who said this Tower Records was always his first stop when he came to the Sunset Strip and on June 21st of that same year it was both.
("Baywatch") and singer Engelbert Humperdinck
made personal appearances at this Tower Records. Later that same year, a giant statue of Michael Jackson
was erected in front of this Tower Records store on the day Jackson's "HIStory" CD was released. Soon after, comic Rodney Dangerfield
was in store at this Tower Records for the debut of his new album.
In October 1997,Duran Duran
staged a reunion concert in this Tower Record's parking lot, while Aerosmith
signed autographs there a few days later. Boys II Men
showed up for an autograph session that year, and the surviving members of The Doors
signed copies of the new Doors anthology
In June of 1998, rocker Rod Stewart
performed a free concert in this Tower Records store's parking lot, as did Natalie Imbruglia
two months later. That same year, former teen heartthrob David Cassidy
("The Partridge Family") showed up to perform songs from his new album at this Tower Records, and Grace Slick
("The Jefferson Airplane") signed copies of her autobiography there too.
In November of 1999, Mariah Carey
caused a near-riot at this Tower Records when she showed up to autograph her new CD. Beach Boys' founder Brian Wilson
turned up at this Tower Records to autograph his new CD. Randy Newman
gave a free concert there in June of 1999.
This Tower Records store was the only place and the only record store that was still one of the first places media reporters would go when they wanted to do a story about how well a particular new CD release was selling.
And this Tower Records store on the Sunset Strip always continued to get celebrity customers as well... Ben Affleck
was spotted shopping there. So was Star Trek's Mr. Spock, Leonard Nimoy
. Molly Ringwald
was seen shopping there (during a David Lee Roth
autograph session.) Nancy Sinatra
says she would drop by after dinner to see if they would have all of her stuff, and to police the bins for bootlegs of her dad's CD's.
This famous Tower Records store is located on the north side of the Sunset Strip at the northwest corner of Horn Avenue, right across the street from the site of the original Spago's restaurant and about half a block east of the Viper Room.
, lead singer for Guns N' Roses
, worked there as a night manager in the early 80's. Ten years later, in 1990, he challenged Vince Neil
(the Mötley Crüe
singer) to a fight in the parking lot.
Be a part of history and help make history by preserving one of the most popular and world famous records stores ever - Tower Records on the Sunset Strip.