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...
For our July issue of Los Angeles Magazine we explore how the 1980s fundamentally changed L.A. It was the era when colors were bright, hair was big, and punk and new wave fashions ruled. With the help of movies, music, and something called the 1984 Summer Olympics, the city and its fashions became the center of the universe. I am thrilled to have been selected to write about Melrose Ave for a two page spread on pages 110 and 111. The issue is now available on stands. This is a further and more extended look into that colorful ave that helped define the '80's in Los Angeles.
Robin Young and friend taken by Suzan Colon, former writer at "Star Hits Magazine".
By 1984 it was the pinnacle of the
trendy punk rock influence and new wave scene in Los Angeles stretching from
Fairfax to La Brea.
Dozens of off beat independent businesses and forward thinking boutiques
dominated the Avenue and over night these old rundown…
The world famous Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip celebrates its 55th anniversary this year. And to celebrate this milestone, I had the pleasure of interviewing Philip Tanzini Jr., son of Philip Tanzini, Sr., who was one of the original owners of the Whisky along with Elmer Valentine, Shelly Davis, and attorney Theodore Flier. Tanzini shares some inside stories I had never heard before and I'm thrilled to share these personal stories with Vintage Los Angeles readers. by Alison Martino How did go-go dancing take off at the Whisky a Go-Go? It all happened by accident.
Jayne Mansfield at the Whisky a Go-Go
The world famous Whisky A Go-Go is considered the first rock ‘n’ roll venue on the Sunset Strip to take chances by booking new and sometimes notorious artists during the 1960s, they gave future superstars a stage to develop their signature sounds. Johnny Rivers was the first to play live music at the Whisky in 1964. Two years later, the Doors became the house band after Arthur Le…
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…