Tower Records Sunset

Tower Records' Reign

Once upon a time, all the kings and queens of rock flocked to this music emporium.

The first Tower Records opened its doors in Sacramento in 1960, and over the course of nearly five decades, founder Russ Solomon (who died March 4 at the age of 92), grew the music emporium into a global juggernaut — any musician worth their mic stand made an appearance at Tower Records to promote their latest album. But like many rock 'n' roll icons, age (and finances) got the better of it, and the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2006. All of its brick-and-mortar stores shuttered that same year. But, oh, what a legacy it left behind. Here, the rockers (plus one salty comedian) who entered the Tower. (Pictured: Tower Records Sunset in Los Angeles in 1991)

Joan Jett, Los Angeles Tower Records, Circa 1977 Brad Elterman/FilmMagic Joan Jett, Los Angeles Tower Records, Circa 1977 Bob Marley, Hollywood Tower Records, 1979 Chris Walter/WireImage Bob Marley, Hollywood Tower Records, 1979 Joan Rivers Signing Her Comedy Album 'What Becomes a Semi Legend Most?', Westwood Village Tower Records, 1983 Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage Joan Rivers Signing Her Comedy Album 'What Becomes a Semi Legend Most?', Westwood Village Tower Records, 1983 Violent Femmes, Sherman Oaks Tower Records, 1985 Ron Wolfson/WireImage Violent Femmes, Sherman Oaks Tower Records, 1985 Phoebe Legere, New York Tower Records, 1988 Waring Abbott/Getty Images Phoebe Legere, New York Tower Records, 1988 Duran Duran, West Hollywood Tower Records, 1993 Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage Duran Duran, West Hollywood Tower Records, 1993 Michael Hutchence Casually Shopping, New York Tower Records, 1993 Catherine McGann/Getty Images Michael Hutchence Casually Shopping, New York Tower Records, 1993 Liz Phair, New York Tower Records, 1994 Steve Eichner/Getty Images Liz Phair, New York Tower Records, 1994 Kylie Minogue, London Tower Records, 1998 Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images Kylie Minogue, London Tower Records, 1998 Mark McGrath and a Very Passionate Fan, Hollywood Tower Records, 1999 Frank Micelotta Archive/Getty Images Mark McGrath and a Very Passionate Fan, Hollywood Tower Records, 1999