1076 Lillian Way, Hollywood, 90038
The fascinating true story of black businessman, record label owner and music producer John Dolphin, who opened his Dolphins of Hollywood record shop in South Los Angeles in 1948 a decade before Motown. Dolphins of Hollywood became the most famous record store in the country perhaps the world with legendary DJs like Dick Huggy Boy Hugg, Hunter Hancock and Charles Trammel spinning records all night from the front window. Recording artists appeared at the store and performed live on-air interviews, greeting and signing autographs for customers. Dolphins was the first business to stay open 24 hours even on Sundays and to popularize a brand new marketing strategy: Buy One, Get One Free. An innovator who pioneered the crossover music concept, John Dolphin went on white radio station KRKD and played a black music format, marketing black music to whites. Based on the book Recorded In Hollywood: The John Dolphin Story, this new musical features a live on-stage band and an ensemble cast of 19 performing 16 original songs plus covers of hit songs launched by Dolphin in his store, including Sam Cookes You Send Me, The Penguins Earth Angel and Wheel Of Fortune by The Hollywood Flames.