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Famous Wallich’s Music City

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One of largest and most popular record stores in the country was located on the northwest corner of Sunset Blvd. and Vine St.  

Founded in 1940 by Glenn Wallich, it was, by far, the best record shop in Los Angeles.  During the days of the 45 RPM and 33 1/3 RPM records, customers could go into the store, remove a record from one of the many shelves and go into a listening booths and listen to the record.  If you didn’t want to buy the record, you simply put it back in the paper sleeve and placed it back on the shelf.

In addition to selling records, Wallich’s Music City sold “stereos” (record players that played stereophonic records. They sold sheet music as well as all things related to music.

Glenn Wallich simply called the store he founded “Music City”.  In 1949, Glenn sold his controlling interest to his brother, Clyde.  It was Clyde who renamed the store Wallich’s Music City.  To see photographs of Wallich’s Music City, please visit

Under Clyde’s leadership, the store sold, televisions, musical instruments, and concert tickets.

As the music industry began to change, the popularity of going into a store to listen to records began to wane.  Increased competition from other music stores began to diminish Music City’s popularity.  Finally, in the 1880, the very famous Wallich’s Music City went out of business.

Today, record store  are not as they used to be.  No longer can patrons go into a store and listen to music.  With the advent of eight track tapes, mini-tapes and compact discs (CDs) the music listening industry changed completely.  

To see Wallich's Music City photos, visit

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