Marilyn Kirby Death, Founder of Everybody’s Records died at age 71

Marilyn Kirby Death

Marilyn Kirby Death – Obituary News: Marilyn Kirby, the founder of Everybody’s Records, the much-revered record store in Pleasant Ridge, died Monday. She was 71.

A single mom, Kirby opened Everybody’s Records in 1978 because she loved music. The store, which brings in visitors worldwide, sells used and new music in a vast array of genres.

Her bold career choice, made more than 40 years ago and in the male-dominated music industry, was no easy task. But she made it work, in short order tripling the store’s size. Today, the store is so large that the current shop has two storefronts.

According to, What made it work, says anyone you ask, was Kirby, who was friendly and helpful and made sure her employees were as well. So well-loved as an employer, many of the current employees have been with Kirby for more than a decade.

Manager Patrick “Woody” Dorsey, 54, of Reading, has worked at Everybody’s Records for over 30 years. “I don’t think I could have ever worked for a boss that cared so much for me, my family, extended family,” Dorsey said. “She was always the first one to respond when something happened, sending food or whatever we needed.

“She had a heart of gold.” She was also a mentor. Mildred Fallen, 46, of the West End, who was an employee in the late 90s, explained that Kirby “was so supportive of me as a young worker, and also as a woman. I was one of the only women working there. She told the guys, ‘You should listen to Mildred.’ It felt like a family. I always looked up to her.”

Kirby was known for her appreciation – OK, love – for all things Bruce Springsteen. She traveled a lot to see him perform. One of her most cherished possessions was a picture with The Boss that still hangs in her store.

That said, she was also willing to learn about what music others found as captivating.

Ric Hickey, 54, of Kennedy Heights, worked at Everybody’s Records in the 90s and then again for a few years in the mid-2000s. He says Kirby was opinionated about music, but “she was still open-minded and curious about what others liked.”

Still, Hickey remembers Kirby most for her love of life. “She was also touched by a little bit of madness. It was impossible to have a completely serious conversation with her. I think maybe it was in her nature to see the humor in whatever life threw at you.”

“Whether you knew her or not, she was a great friend to the music community in Cincinnati. Her humor and benevolence will be missed, but her vision for the kind of record store where everyone who walks through the door feels touched by the happy healing powers of music will live on forever.”

A visitation will be held Wednesday, March 23, 6 to 8 p.m. at Weil Kahn Funeral Home, 8350 Cornell Rd., Cincinnati. Graveside services will be Thursday, March 24 at 11 a.m. at United Jewish Cemetery in Montgomery.

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