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Val Grayson Will Be Missed

December 23, 2004

Last week, Val Grayson, of Grayson's Tunetown in Montrose passed away at the age of 91.

For many of us in the Glendale/Montrose/La Crescenta/La Cañada area, we know Grayson's Tunetown as one of the first record and musical instrument stores in the area.

Val Grayson sold me my first record, gave me my first music lessons and encouraged me to become a music concert promoter. Thanks to Val Grayson's constant help and support, I made a career in the music business.

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I went on to start a preservation organization to save Pasadena's Historic Raymond Theatre. Val Grayson was right there with me, giving support and donating to my charity.

In later years, when his Big Band would play the Montrose or La Cañada area, I would always attend. When he spotted me out in the crowd, his eyes would twinkle and he would introduce me to his audience, like a proud father. That was Val! He loved everyone, like he loved his own!

In recent years, we spent time reminiscing about the good old days and I was one of the lucky ones who got the chance to tell him how much he was loved?not just by me, but by so many in the community.

It goes without saying, Val Grayson was a true treasure that will not soon be forgotten.

I thank his wonderful son's Ken and Dennis for keeping Grayson's Tunetown going to allow more generations the gift of music.

Val Grayson, to say you will be missed enormously is an understatement. We thank you for being a role model to so many in our community, a man of great kindness and compassion and without saying, thank you for the music!

Gina Zamparelli

La Cañada

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