Jim Salzer - The Heart of Rock & Roll
Jim was born in Chicago, but moved to Milwaukee in 1960. By day, he stocked paint shelves and installed awnings, but by night he played guitar and sang with local bands. That didn't last long, though. Only a couple of years later he moved west to California where, in 1966 he opened Jim Salzer's Arcade Record Shop, the now—and then!—legendary music store in Oxnard's Carriage Square.
As time went on, Jim opened a shop in Thousand Oaks, relocated his main store from Carriage Square to a plot of land where Victoria Avenue meets the 101 (Salzer's Mercantile), and then built a video store across the road. Both of which are still doing a bang up business.
Jim Salzer is not only a Gold Coast legend, he's also a success story and his contributions to music during those exciting years are nothing to take for granted. I can't even imagine our music scene without his influence and presence. Happy birthday, Jim. Thanks for everything you gave us!
(Why not stop by Jim's Facebook page and tell him Happy Birthday?)