Glenn Wallichs owned the biggest record store in Los Angeles. Wallichs Music City record store opened in 1940 and was located in Hollywood on the corner of Sunset and Vine across the street from the art deco NBC building. It was the premier music store in Southern California for decades. It was a special store and a place to go for tickets, sheet music, LP's and 45's, tapes (8 track and cassette). They also sold TV's and musical instruments. It It was the first music store to seal record albums in cellophane and put them in display racks for customers. It was also the first to have demonstration rooms for listening. Wallich also owned created Capitol records. My dad has been a recording artist for Capitol records since 1952. He would go into Wallichs, see his records on display and then walk upstairs to Capitol offices. The Original Capitol Records recording studio was located on Melrose next to Paramount Studios. . They eventually moved to the Capitol Tower in 1956 and the old studios became Dot records. As Capitol was being built my dad watched as the building was inspired to represent a stack of records. His Gold record is still in hallway next to The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and the Beach Boys. Not too shabby dad. Wallichs closed in 1978. Hopefully Capitol Records will stand forever. Below are the listening booths circa 1956.
Eddie Cochran and Sharon Sheeley shopping for records at Wallichs Music City at Sunset and Vine in 1959...
When this photo of me standing in our driveway in BH was taken during the 1970s, we still had JJ Newberry, Food King and a local Home Silk Shop. Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly would say hello to you waiting in line at the post office. You'd pass by Edward G Robinson walking his dogs, and Doris Day riding her bike. Freight Trains were still plowing down Santa Monica Blvd with the smell of fresh Wonder Bread on board and Helms Bakery Trucks brought milk to our door steps. Robinson's, Bonwit Teller, The Broadway, Bullock's, and The May Co. were the high-end stores of the day, and Rodeo Drive was not yet a tourist trap. We instead had reasonably priced boutiques and 'mom and pop' shops where everyone knew your first name. I believe this 70s ensemble came from Toby's on Beverly Drive. (My mother recalls seeing Natalie Wood there). We had neighborhood joints and local restaurants like Tony Roma's, R.J's, Ah Fong's, Wil Wright's, La Scala Boutique, and Sc…
In the early 1960s, one of the first discotheques opened up across the street from the original Fred Segal in the heart of West Hollywood. It was called, P.J.'s. It paved the way for new dance clubs such as Gazzarri's and the Whisky A Go Go which opened up on the infamous Sunset Strip. Fred Segal frequented this popular dance club. Employees of P.J,'s would send club goers over to Fred Segalfor the latest fashions during the swinging 60's. Here's a look back on the club's history during that groovy time in Los Angeles. P.J.'s located at: 8151 Santa Monica Blvd.8151 Santa Monica Bl. By the late 1950s, Hollywood’s original
Golden Age had almost run its course. A new, young Hollywood crowd had emerged
on the scene, both on movie sets and after hours. Glamorous nightclubs and supper
clubs like Ciro’s, the Mocambo, and the Trocodero on
Sunset Strip had become old-fashioned, and many of the bigger and better acts featured
at those clubs had fled to Vegas. Discoth…
Photo: LA Times 1980. (Vintage Los Angeles collection) If there's ONE store from my youth that still stands out in my nostalgic brain, it's gotta be FIORUCCI in Beverly Hills. It was OUT THERE, even by todays standards. I still dream about it because it was so ahead of its time during the late 70s and early 80s. The window displays were full of spandex, leopard prints, Hawaiian style shirts, neon checkered ties and 1950s rockabilly prints - all imported from Italy. It was more rock n roll than MTV. I Loved and wore my FIORUCCI pants till I could not patch them up any more. Those fine corduroy pants were painted on me, and I loooovvvved them! I wore them with a blue satin baseball hat from CAMP BEVERLY HILLS and a jersey from HEAVEN.
I was 10 years old, and this was my paradise.
Fiorucci postcard, 1978
Fiorucci display window and opening night. Photos: Gary Wilde
In 1967, FIORUCCI founded the Italian fashion label that bears his name. By the late 1970s, his New York store be…