Friday, January 11, 2013

Melody Lane Music Store, 388 University Avenue, Palo Alto, CA

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 creation.(5)
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
1963? (1)




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/
5.)^http://www.zoominfo.com/#!search/profile/person?personId=8340361&targetid=profile
6.)^SF Gate, 2004-01-04, http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/EMERICH-Robert-Lee-2832157.php#ixzz2GsAWWFDu

1 comment:

  1. To be clear, I am quoting Dick Fregulia about his experience at the music store. I remember going by there with my posters for indie rock shows I was producing at the Cubberley Center in the mid-1990s but never shopped there; it didn't seem very hip at the end, mostly sheet music, I thought. I would guess Tower wiped out the listening booths there, in the 1970s.

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