Soul City!

One more anecdote from “The Diamond Mine,” the radio book mentioned in Friday’s blog. In 1968, Gerry Whitehead a.k.a. Jim Diamond was doing promos for KACE-AM (1570) in Riverside. The station launched an R&B show three nights per week called “The Soul Kitchen.”

Among the advertisers: John and David’s Soul City of Records in Pomona.

Whitehead recorded the promo. After a few seconds of Jr. Walker and the All-Stars’ “Shotgun,” his voiceover went like this:

“For the best in rhythm and blues, go to John and David’s Soul City of Records. If they don’t have it, they’ll get it for you. That’s John and David’s Soul City of Records, 1110 South Garey Avenue in Pomona!”

Have mercy!

I like the era and the music, and I know Pomona’s black population was booming in the late 1960s. The idea of a black-operated store named John and David’s Soul City of Records really catches my fancy. It sounds very Tarantino-esque. I’ll have to drive by 11th and Garey and see what’s there now, but I can’t believe it will be as interesting.

* Don J. sent me a Google map view of 1110 S. Garey. Soul City appears to have been located in a house.

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  • Ren

    It was located next to Veterans Thrift Store. My brother and sisters would go by and ask them to play a certain record for them. It was pretty cool.

  • Ren

    It was located next to Veterans Thrift Store. My brother and sisters would go by and ask them to play a certain record for them. It was pretty cool.

  • Xavier Martinez


    It was the best place to hang out, when we didn’t have money to buy our 45’s from Johnny and David’s Soul City Records. I remember buying Jr. Walker and the All-Stars’ “What Does It Take, To Win Your Love for Me!”, my Mom’s favorite song.

    I lived around the corner at Garey and Grand Ave. I also believe that John and David’s Soul City Records used to sponsor sock-hop dances at Sacred Heart Hall and possibly Palomares Park. Let me know if others know about the dances

    Xavier Martinez
    The Martinezes on Grand Ave. (Parents still live there, 60 plus years)

    [Xavier, thanks for the details. — DA]

  • “Hal Linker”

    I drove by Soul City many times when making trips to the Pomona Library to do “research” with fellow female high schoolers. The lawn at the Civic Center usually being our final destination.

    Damn, I can’t say I ever went in that store though. It’s the one that got away.

    Can’t say I ever listened to KACE either (I think they were largely a religious wacko channel if I remember). And those other Ontario stations? Never ever bothered with ’em. They may as well have been non-existent with the wattage of a house light bulb and crumby reception / programming.

    I think KKAR Pomona might have been Top 40 for a while, but with all the better choices on the dial, no one bothered.

    Interesting name, “Soul Kitchen” for three hours of soul music programming. Got any idea how successful this was and how long the show lasted?

    “Soul Kitchen” was Side One Track Two (sandwiched between “Break On Through” and “Crystal Ship”) on the Doors debut LP (hard to believe this stuff was recorded in the Summer of 1966 – what a year 1966 was!) written about, as I’m sure many of you already know, a restaurant named Olivia’s. She served great ribs and other staples for a buck to two bucks in the 1960’s and early 1970’s. The place is said to have been at Venice Beach but technically not so. It was at Main and Hill which would put it in the Ocean Park area.

    Damn, I’m hungry now. Me and Hadla are gonna head for Lucille’s (used to be Hof’s) in Brea.

    [Whitehead said Soul Kitchen was on for a year or two before the station lost interest. — DA]

  • Albert Gutierrez

    I remember cruising on Sundays while the radio station would broadcast live and would even give shot out’s to some of their customers. I still have a few of the soul city custom 8 tracks they made for me

    Albert Gutierrez

    [Custom 8-tracks! Wow. — DA]