Local Legend Russ Solomon Has Sac City Ties

Russ Solomon, the founder of Tower Records who passed away while watching the Oscars Sunday night, was a former student of Sacramento City College.

Solomon, 92, had taken photography classes at SCC and, in 2015, he arranged to use the college’s photo studio for a personal project taking pictures of famous Sacramentans.

Solomon also photographed portraits of lesser-known community members. Both collections were displayed at SCC in honor of his 90th birthday.

That same year, the college paid tribute to the local icon with a more permanent fixture–a gallery bearing his name in the new Student Services building. At the dedication reception, notable locals such as painter Gregory Kondos, were spotted in attendance.

Read more about Solomon’s photo project in The Express: “The Man Behind The Music: Russ Solomon Embraces His Post-Tower Records Passion”.

The family has requested that any donations in Russ’ memory go to the Sacramento City College Foundation for the Russ Solomon Scholarship Fund.