In September 1950, Robert Martin was named president and general manager of Melody Lane. He was the former record department manager fo the Tupper& Reed and Art Music Company stores in Berkeley and Capitol Records Branch Store Manager in Seattle.(3)
In 1954, it had a row of glass-enclosed phone-booth sized rooms, with a three-speed
record player and small bench that would squeeze two if you had a date.
The rooms smelled thick with the sweat and stale cigarette smoke of the
preceding listeners, who sometimes had tattoos. You could bring in
several l.p.’s at a time to sample.(4)
Robert Lee Emerich and his wife, Barbara owned Palo Alto's Melody Lane Music store for several years.(6)
Brent Herhold has had a few laughs during his 21 years as owner of Melody Lane -- the popular sheet music store on Ramona Street in Palo Alto.
There was the time a funeral director's wife requested the song ``He Touched Me'' for a family who wanted her to play it at a service. He gave her the only one he knew -- the Broadway musical tune -- and she
played it. It turned out the family was expecting the gospel song ``He
Touched Me, ' which referred to touching of a holier kind.
Since the 1960's, it has been a musical crush of library-like stacks of
music snug in a stucco and red-tiled roof. A Birge Clark architectural
Melody Lane closed in 2000(2) and the clothing store Cassis moved in. In 2011, Anatolian Art was located here. In 2012 it's called Trina Turk.
Jerry may have worked here in
1.)^Celeste, 2007-06-23, http://www.paloaltoonline.com/square/index.php?i=3&t=551#add_comments
2.)^ Dremann, Sue, What's happening to music stores in Palo Alto, 2005-04-08, http://www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly/morgue/2005/2005_04_08.sidebar8mb.shtml
3.)^Billboard, 1950-09-16, pg. 32
4.)^markweiss86, 2012-04-29, http://markweiss86.wordpress.com/2012/04/29/plastic-alto-welcomes-palo-alto-and-the-set-of-all-blind-piano-players/
6.)^SF Gate, 2004-01-04, http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/EMERICH-Robert-Lee-2832157.php#ixzz2GsAWWFDu