If you remember any of these people, or if you are one of them, or if you know what happened to them or where they are, or if you had a connection of some kind with anybody listed, please leave a message in "feedback." I have information on a few, and I will give you any specifics that I may have. All of the following people frequented the Sunset Strip area in the late sixties, and were well known by the Hollywood crowd.
Steve Fischler worked with Gallagher Fenton and Assoc. managing The Visit among other artists. Now he owns Fischler Artist Promotions in Los Angeles, www.fischlerwarner.com currently working with Magnolia Gold Records and the estate of the Late Delaney Bramlett. Steve just recently produced a webcast with Billy Vera from Vitello's in Studio City, Ca. It was seen by over 35,000 viewers.
Elmer Valentine, the half owner of the Whisky A Go Go, and Mario Maglieri, the manager/half owner, and Gail who worked in the office and married Frank Zappa.
Linda Bateman was dancer at the Whisky A Go Go after dancing nude at The Magic Mushroom a few years before. She danced at various clubs around the Strip and knew everyone from Elton John to Jimi Hendrix who sat with her during her breaks at the Whisky.
Chuck Blackwell, drummer, from Tulsa. He played on the Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour, and for Taj Mahal.
Other Mad Dogs-- Bobby Keyes, Bobby Whitlock, and Carl Radle.
Jackie Rosen, dancer at Gazzarri's. She had blonde hair, green eyes and drove a silver Corvette convertible.
Edward James Olmos, an actor, played in the house band at Gazzarri's, but was also in October Country and Pacific Ocean.
Rodney Bingenheimer was a little guy, but he always made a grand appearance with a gorgeous girl on each arm or a rock star. If you ever cruised the Strip, you could bet on seeing Rodney, because he was out on the Strip on foot every day, dressed to kill, along with his rock and roll entourage. " What's happening, Man" was Rodney's mantra.
Chantal, who was often one of the tall gorgeous ones on Rodney's arm
Sugar Bear, actor-- cute and sweet as can be.
When Sugar Bear
greeted me, he would stand on his toes and wrap his arms around my waste because he was so short. He was either dwarf or a midget.
Ronnie Benton and his wife Cotton. Ronnie was a beautiful black
musician/songwriter, and Cotton was from England.
Dick Monda, (Daddy Dewdrop)
Byrd, (Larry Hindman) drummer, from Urbana, Illinois
played with The
Groupies after Bobby Cortez..
Raggi (real name-Peggy Green) was head waitress at Thee Experience, and later worked the Whisky and Rainbow in the early seventies. She was Daryl DeLoach's (Iron Butterfly) roommate at the townhouses on Bronson--close friends with Jim Morrison.
Her friend, Ellynn Levin (Ellymelly) worked the door at Thee Experience, and also roomed with DeLoach.
Someone emailed me this photo of Hendrix. He wants to know who the blonde is in the forefront. Does anybody know who she is and where is she now?
Buzzard, the vice-president of the Blue Blaze in Fontana, a motorcycle gang. Thomas Medina was believed to have been his real name.
Kellie Everts, Miss Nude Universe
Richard Siegel, lived a stone's throw from the Whisky in '75
Paynter, lived at Leon's on Skyhill for awhile, had a young daughter named
Kelly Thomas, was constantly at the Sea Witch and Cantor's
Herbie Worthington, lived with Buddy Miles, and at one point rented Arthur Lee's guest house.
Benny Harris, Chuck Wien, Melinda Merriweather (aka Bambi)
Ken Roland, from a band called Burnside (aka US Males)
Bands: October Country, Pacific Ocean, Yellow Balloon
Terry Rae, drummer for the Yellow Payges and the Palace Guard
SWEET WINE played at Gazzaris. James Rolleston on bass, Mike McCarty& Wolf Marshall on guitar and Terry Rae on drums. Contact Terry Rae at: email@example.com
Judy Thigpen, lived with Lee Michaels
Susie Creamcheese, lived on Larrabee St. above the strip
Dino Valenti, lead singer for Quicksilver Messenger Service
Bob Nutt, promoter from Champaign, IL who later became associated with REO.
Leland Sklar, incredible bass player. He played for Elvis.
Michael Laine lived between Fairfax and LaBrea and
went to Fairfax High
Ron Davies and his sister, Gail
Kenny and David Bracci, bartenders at the Classic Cat and later at the Whisky. The Bracci brothers were Sugar Bear's best buddies.
Sally Doud, David Doud, and Michael Doud. Michael and David's father was a famous movie director and writer back in the forties and fifties.
Bill Gazzari, owner of Gazzari's
Any members of the band, Love; Arthur Lee, the lead singer,
Brian McLean, guitarist; Arthur Lee's signature look was an Edwardian suit with
a long scarf tied around his neck
Photo: Thanks to Soosi
Sandy, who married Chip, from "My Three Sons" or Stanley Livingston and his brother Barry
Aron Kay, The Pieman
Allan MacDougall, head of A&R
department at A&M studios.
Brandon De Wilde, child actor and friend of Gram Parsons.
played the little kid in Shane, that favorite old movie.
Craig Nuttycombe and Denis Lambert
Dog Breath Music
Michael Muentz, close friends with Brandon DeWilde and Gram Parsons
DeWilde's second or third wife, Janice, was Janice Gero.
She was one
of the Classic Cat dancers.
Bob Jenkin, photographer who did album covers for Kris Kristopherson,
Rita Coolidge and the Eagles.
The Dependables--a group that included Joey Stec and Ralph Skala
Mark Rodney, who used to hang out at the Doud's house.
He had a group called Batdorf and Rodney
Terry Reid--he played the Whisky several times--had a killer voice
George Mather--actor/director, head of Filmex--a
Adele Bishop. worked with choreographer, Roland DuPree
The Band, East Side Kids,--Joe Madrid, Mike and David Doud,
Dave Potter and Joe Madrid
The Yellow Payges
Ronnie Tutt, drummer with Elvis
Gary Lewis and the Playboys
Jesse Ed Davis, played guitar with Taj Mahal
Pat and Lolly Vega
Judy Sims of Teenset Magazine
Erica Gavin of "Vixen" fame
Rich Harney, keyboard player, from Champaign, Illinois, who went to Austin, Texas.
Arthur, Whisky doorman
Francine Brockey, waitress at the Classic Cat, from Tulsa, and one of the Mad Dogs and Englishmen entourage
Pacific Gas and Electric Band--Charlie Allen, Frank Cook, Brent Black, Glenn Schwartz, Joe Lala and Tom Marshall.
Steve Venet, from New York City, the Groupies' band manager, also produced records such as "Boy From New York City." He was one of the producers who "rocked the 60's" from the Brill Building in New York and produced songs for the Monkees, Freddy Cannon, The Astronauts (remember Surf Party?) among many, many others.
Patsy Camp, who was "Crazy Mama" and
"Magnolia" from Atlanta, Georgia, and was JJ Cale's girlfriend back then
Sylvia, dancer from from Big Al's, Cher, dancer, Charlotte, dancer with Ray Charles, Marguerite Zalud, dancer
Gypsy (formerly the Underbeats) played Gazzarri's and were the house band at the Whisky for about eight months in 1969. The original members were: James Walsh, Jim Johnson, Enrico Rosenbaum, Jay Epstein, and Doni Larson.
Wild Man Fisher, and he was exactly that. He was out
on the Strip
daily doing his "Wild Man" thang.
Ron Darling and the Smokestack Lightning band--Ric Eiserling,
Kelly Green and Art Guy
Bobby Jones, of Mad Dogs and Englishmen, and Chris
Sweet Emily, Jim Keltner, Jim Price, Jim Gordon, Claudia Lennear,
Kathi McDonald, Donna Washburn, and Merry Clayton
Lili St. Cyr was the most elegant, dazzling stripper
of them all. She was most well-known for taking a bath on stage and she lived
next door to David and Michael Doud. Lili's husband was a major druggie.
Frankie Rowena, from New York, owner of Head East, and
Sandy Nelson, infamous drummer icon.
Scooby, sax player, and president of the musician's union
"Miko" aka Mike Wylie, from Champaign
Record executives: Clive Fox, Steve Backer, John Deverian
Chas Chandler, bassist (Animals)
Roland Dupree. choreographer
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