Lou Adler

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Lou Adler
LouAdlerHWOFDec2012.jpg
Adler in December 2012
Born (1933-12-13) December 13, 1933 (age 81)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Spouse(s) Shelley Fabares (1964–1980; divorced)
Page Hannah (m. 1992); 4 children

Lou Adler (born December 13, 1933) is an American record producer, manager, director, and an owner of the famous Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California.

He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 as the winner, alongside Quincy Jones, of the Ahmet Ertegun Award.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Adler was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1933 and raised in East Los Angeles, California. In 1964, Adler founded and co-owned Dunhill Records. He was President of the label as well as the chief record producer from 1964 to 1967. That summer he sold Dunhill for three million dollars to ABC Records. Later in 1967, he founded Ode Records. In June 1967, Adler helped to produce the Monterey International Pop Festival,[2] as well as the film version, Monterey Pop.[citation needed]

Music[edit]

In 1958, Adler cowrote and produced with Herb Alpert the song "River Rock" for Bob "Froggy" Landers and The Cough Drops on the Ensign label (3-4014). He formerly managed Jan & Dean and produced Sam Cooke, The Mamas & the Papas,[3] Johnny Rivers,[4] Barry McGuire, Scott McKenzie, The Grass Roots, Spirit, Carole King, The Weaver Temptations, and Cheech and Chong. He won two Grammy Awards in 1972 in the Record of the Year category for producing It's Too Late by Carole King and in the Album of the Year category for Tapestry (also by King).[5]

Film[edit]

Adler in 2007

In 1975, Adler produced the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show,[5] and in 1981, its follow-up, Shock Treatment.

In 1978, Adler directed the movie Up In Smoke, starring Cheech & Chong.[5] The movie remains a cult hit, and in 2000 Adler recorded a commentary track along with Cheech Marin for the DVD release. His 1981 follow-up film, Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains,[5] was barely released, but enjoyed a long life on cable TV broadcasts.

Personal life[edit]

Lou Adler was married to actress and singer Shelley Fabares in 1964 and produced several of her songs. They separated in 1966 but were not formally divorced until 1980. In 1973 he fathered his first son, Nic Adler, with actress Britt Ekland. In 1978 he fathered another son, Cisco Adler, with then-girlfriend Phyllis Somer. Today, Adler is married to former actress Page Hannah, three decades his junior. The couple has four sons, Manny, Ike, Pablo, and Oscar.[citation needed]

Adler's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Adler can often be seen sitting courtside next to Jack Nicholson at Los Angeles Lakers home games. Adler owns The Roxy Theatre with his son Nic, who operates the historic music venue on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California.[citation needed]

Peter Fonda reportedly partly based his character Terry Valentine in The Limey on Adler, according to Fonda's interview on the DVD.[citation needed]

In 1976, Adler and his administrative assistant were kidnapped. The two men were held for eight hours and released after $25,000 in ransom money was paid. Three suspects were arrested and sheriff's deputies later recovered $14,900 of the ransom money.[6] Two suspects were later convicted and one suspect was later sentenced to life in prison. [7]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Warner, Denise. "Public Enemy, Rush, Heart, Donna Summer to be inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame". Music-mix.ew.com. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  2. ^ "Show 47 - Sergeant Pepper at the Summit: The very best of a very good year. [Part 3]". UNT Digital Library. 
  3. ^ "Show 36 - The Rubberization of Soul: The great pop music renaissance. [Part 2]". UNT Digital Library. 
  4. ^ "Show 21 - Forty Miles of Bad Road: Some of the best from rock 'n' roll's dark ages. [Part 2]". UNT Digital Library. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Lou Adler Timeline". 
  6. ^ "A Third Suspect in Adler Kidnapping Held in L.A.". Billboard (Billboard Publications, Inc.) 88 (40): 5. 2 October 1976. 
  7. ^ "Life Term For Adler Kidnapper". Billboard (Billboard Publications, Inc.) 89 (21): 6. 28 May 1977. 
  8. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "A-D interview index" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu.