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Elmer Valentine, Owner of Rock Clubs, Dies at 85

Elmer Valentine owned the Whisky à Go Go, Rainbow Bar & Grill, and Roxy Theater in Los Angeles, CA, starting in the 1960's. The Whisky was legendary for the acts it attracted: The Doors, Buffalo Springfield, Van Morrison, Frank Zappa, The Birds, The Kinks, The Who, Johnny Rivers, B.B. King, The Mamas and the Papas, Sonny & Cher, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, etc.

See the Archives link at whiskyagogo.com for lots more information on the history of this club. The Roxy also attracts lots of great artists. Visit the websites for all of these places to read more about them and the rock music atmosphere created by Elmer Valentine. All the sites have photo galleries.

This excerpt is from the New York Times obituary ..

"Elmer A. Valentine, a self-described crooked cop who fled Chicago to start a new life on the Sunset Strip by opening the Whisky à Go Go, one of the most celebrated clubs in the history of rock music, died Dec. 3 in the Studio City section of Los Angeles. He was 85."


The obituary gives you a flavor of the colorful life led by Elmer Valentine.

Walter Rowe Photography
Columbia, Maryland - USA