Lou Adler

Record Producer
Born Dec 13, 1933

Lou Adler is an American record producer, manager, director, and an owner of the famous Roxy Theatre.

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1933 Birth Adler was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1933 and raised in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles, California. … Read More


1958 24 Years Old Adler and Alpert transitioned from managing into songwriting, composing the song "River Rock" in 1958 for Bob "Froggy" Landers and The Cough Drops and "Only Sixteen" and "Wonderful World" for Sam Cooke.


In 1964, Adler founded Dunhill Records.
1967 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Capitalizing on Dunhill's success, Adler sold the label to ABC in 1967 and founded Ode Records, to which he signed Carole King, Spirit, Cheech & Chong, Scott McKenzie and others. … Read More
1972 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Adler has produced and developed a number of iconic musical artists, including Carole King and The Mamas & the Papas. King's Diamond-certified album Tapestry, produced by Adler, won the 1972 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, and is widely considered one of the greatest Rock & Roll albums of all time. … Read More


1975 41 Years Old In 1975, Adler served as executive producer of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. … Read More
1978 44 Years Old In 1978, Adler directed the movie Up In Smoke, starring Cheech & Chong.
1981 47 Years Old 1 More Event
His 1981 film, Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains, did not make a large impact upon release, but has enjoyed a long life on cable TV broadcasts.


2000 66 Years Old The movie remains a cult hit, and in 2000 Adler recorded a commentary track along with Cheech Marin for the DVD release.
2006 72 Years Old In 2006, Adler was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his achievements in music.
2013 79 Years Old He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 as the winner, alongside Quincy Jones, of the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
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