Rest in Peace Jerry Gibson of River Records 

Last Thursday afternoon someone entered River Records and fatally shot longtime proprietor Jerry Gibson during what police suspect to be a robbery. Police were called to the store around 5 p.m. and found Gibson unresponsive and bleeding just inside the front doorway. They have no suspects as of this writing but are canvassing the area and reviewing nearby security/CCTV footage for any evidence.

Jerry's brother, Lowell, is the founder of Gibson's Donuts but also spent many years managing the store's comic book inventory, while Jerry handled the mountains of vinyl on hand. Local musicians Jeffrey Evans and Greg Cartwright of the Oblivians and Reigning Sound both logged several years as employees of River Records.

click to enlarge Jerry Gibson - JAMESON SWEIGER
  • Jameson Sweiger
  • Jerry Gibson

River Records' veritable maze of bins (under and atop tables) and shelves and leaning towers of records attracted vinyl hounds from around the world. Many of us in town harbor great memories of blocking out an afternoon to engage in said activity while simultaneously enjoying some conversations with Gibson, who regularly spun (true) tales of A-list celebrities and famous musicians who'd shopped at the store. Jameson Sweiger, a local DJ and store regular, remembers his relationship with Gibson as a close one.

"When I first moved here, I was a daily customer, just coming in every day. When I left Memphis, he would send me letters around the holidays, and he even sent my mom a letter once with $20 in it," Sweiger said.

"A lot of people might not have that charming view towards him, but once you got to know him, you'd see that he was a very happy and positive person. He always talked highly of his regulars when they weren't there. It was the first place I stopped whenever I came in town."

Keep the Flyer Free!

Always independent, always free (never a paywall),
the Memphis Flyer is your source for the best in local news and information.

Now we want to expand and enhance our work.
That's why we're asking you to join us as a Frequent Flyer member.

You'll get membership perks (find out more about those here) and help us continue to deliver the independent journalism you've come to expect.


Favorite

Speaking of Jerry Gibson, River Records

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Blogs

Fly On The Wall Blog

Comedian Benny Elbows Recovering After Shooting

Film/TV/Etc. Blog

Music Video Monday: Jeff Hulett

News Blog

Gas Prices Fall Across Tennessee

Tiger Blue

Familiar Foes

Beyond the Arc

James and Lakers Blow Out Grizzlies, 111-88

Tiger Blue

Tigers 94, UAB 76

Music Blog

RIP Ace: Diving Deep Into the Ace Cannon Style

Fly On The Wall Blog

Hugh Freeze Talks About His Junk

Fly On The Wall Blog

Stop, Look, Listen: Friedberg Germany Gives the King a Go

ADVERTISEMENT

More by Chris Shaw & Andrew Earles

Readers also liked…

ADVERTISEMENT
© 1996-2018

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation