About Top Ten Records

Top Ten Records, established in 1956 by J.W. “Dub” Stark,  is the longest-running record store in Dallas. In 1963 Officer J.D. Tippit made a mysterious phone call using the store phone shortly before he was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald, making Top Ten the last public place he was seen. The phone survives and is on display near the cash register. The shop has been a staple for the Oak Cliff neighborhood since its inception and has a strong history of supporting local and DIY music.

Mike Polk (owner since 1979) planned to retire from daily operations of the shop. Fans and Oak Cliff stakeholders created a non-profit to sustain the shop as a combo music & film store, archiving center, and membership library. Mike is still actively involved.