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Adler in December 2012
December 13, 1933 |
|Spouse(s)||Shelley Fabares (1964–1980; divorced)
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Life and career
Adler was born in Chicago, Illinois, in December 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, as well as the film version, Monterey Pop.
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, Johnny Rivers, Barry McGuire, Scott McKenzie, The Grass Roots, Spirit, Carole King, The Weaver Temptations, and Cheech and Chong.
In 1978, Adler directed the movie Up In Smoke, starring Cheech & Chong. 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, was barely released, but enjoyed a long life on cable TV broadcasts.
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.
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. Peter Fonda reportedly partly based his character Terry Valentine in The Limey on Adler, according to Fonda's interview on the DVD. In Franklin & Bash Season 2's Episode "For Those About to Rock", involved a father and son who own a Sunset Strip nightclub well known since the 70s. The father and son team are based upon Lou and his son Nic running the club.
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- Lou Adler at the Internet Broadway Database
- Lou Adler at AllMusic
- Musicguide Bio
- Lou Adler at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame