Lou Adler
American record producer
Lou Adler
Lou Adler is an American record producer, manager, director, and an owner of the famous Roxy Theatre.
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Lou Adler's personal information overview.
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'Rocky Horror' Team Creates a 'Place for Outsiders to Feel at Home': On the Set of Fox Musical Remake - Billboard
Google News - 4 months
Billboard 'Rocky Horror' Team Creates a 'Place for Outsiders to Feel at Home': On the Set of Fox Musical Remake Billboard Darkness has fallen in Toronto, a prime destination for American moviemakers, where the cityscape can easily stand in for New York or Chicago -- and for the highly particular setting of a Transylvanian Convention. For the making of The Rocky Horror ... 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' EP Lou Adler On Laverne Cox & Why The TV Version Isn't LiveDeadline 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' Live Blog: Get All the Wild Details of Fox's Laverne Cox Musical RemakeUs Weekly Does Laverne Cox Really Sing? FOX's 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' Will Be Her Musical DebutBustle NBCNews.com -NPR -Vulture -PEOPLE.com all 399 news articles »
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Victoria Justice Cast As Janet In 'Rocky Horror' TV Remake
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Where's the justice in this casting?! Former Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice has been tapped to star as one of the leads in Fox's upcoming remake of the classic midnight movie "Rocky Horror Picture Show." Justice is set to play Janet Weiss -- Susan Sarandon's role in the original film -- one half of a naive, newly engaged couple who stumbles into the world of the self-described "sweet transvestite," Dr. Frank N. Furter. When the remake was announced back in April of last year, we were highly skeptical that a mainstream cable network could capture what makes "Rocky Horror" so damn special 40 years after its release. Casting Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank N. Furter was a huge step in the right direction.  But in what world does choosing Justice as Janet make any sense, apart from trying to convince audiences that she has shed her child-star persona in favor of some more controversial fare.  This is "Rocky Horror" not "Spring Breakers," OK?  Along with Justice, Broadway st ...
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Victoria Justice Cast As Janet In 'Rocky Horror' TV Remake
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Where's the justice in this casting?! Former Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice has been tapped to star as one of the leads in Fox's upcoming remake of the classic midnight movie "Rocky Horror Picture Show." Justice is set to play Janet Weiss -- Susan Sarandon's role in the original film -- one half of a naive, newly engaged couple who stumbles into the world of the self-described "sweet transvestite," Dr. Frank N. Furter. When the remake was announced back in April of last year, we were highly skeptical that a mainstream cable network could capture what makes "Rocky Horror" so damn special 40 years after its release. Casting Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank N. Furter was a huge step in the right direction.  But in what world does choosing Justice as Janet make any sense, apart from trying to convince audiences that she has shed her child-star persona in favor of some more controversial fare.  This is "Rocky Horror" not "Spring Breakers," OK?  Along with Justice, Broadway st ...
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The State of the Trans Community, Part 2 -- Awkwardness as Progress
Huffington Post - over 1 year
This morning there was an interesting op-ed by David Ignatius in The Washington Post on the cultural context surrounding the Republican primary campaign for president. He discussed the evolution of the American cultural zeitgeist from irony to awkwardness. I have sensed that awkwardness in the response of the LGB community to its trans siblings, and the straight community to its gay neighbors, for many years now. Once you get beyond bigotry, prejudice and religious hostility, you're left mired in ignorance. And ignorance, at best, leads to at least a period of awkwardness before there can be understanding, and then acceptance. In the growing cultural recognition of the gay community, straight people needed to get beyond the unthinking rejection based on religious condemnation rooted in the Biblical theme of "abomination." Once that was done the gay community needed to fill that vacuum with their reality, of gay persons being just like straight ones except for the gender of their o ...
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'Dylan's Gospel,' a Lost Album of Bob Dylan Covers, Resurfaces
Rolling Stone - about 3 years
In the summer of 1969 producer Lou Adler gathered 27 of the best backup singers in Los Angeles to cover the music of Bob Dylan during a marathon two-day session "Sometimes there were more than 27 voices" Adler told Rolling Stone in 1969 "because on several occasions real brothers and...
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What Employers Get Wrong When Writing The Job Description
Business Insider - over 3 years
Companies need to rethink how they're hiring. In many cases, that means rewriting job descriptions. Far too often, companies ask who they want to hire before figuring out what, exactly, they're hiring for. In a recent post on LinkedIn, Lou Adler, CEO of The Adler Group, describes this problem as "defining the person" before "defining the job." Adler argues that the majority of job postings he sees on LinkedIn or Indeed.com focus on desired skills, experience, and academics. But more often than not, he notes, the people who get promoted internally into those same positions don't necessarily match the candidate description. Instead, they have a record of strong performance. The company knows they can accomplish the tasks the position will entail. "It seems obvious that if a company wants to hire people who are both competent and motivated to do the work required, they need to start by defining the work required," Adler writes. "Yet somehow this basic concept is lost when a new job ...
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The Greatest Singer You Don't Know
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Darlene Love is one of the greatest singers of all time, but many of the hit songs she performed on weren't actually released under Love's name. As a background singer in the 1960s, Love's voice could be heard on tracks by Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Dione Warwick and Aretha Franklin. She also sang the No. 1 hit "He's A Rebel" for Phil Spector, a record that the eccentric producer wound up crediting to The Crystals. (Love also provided lead vocals for "He's Sure The Boy I Love," another song that Spector gave to The Crystals.) "Nobody put the camera on the background singers who were singing," Love told HuffPost Entertainment. "It was on Stevie Wonder. It was on Elton John. It was on whoever was the lead singer out front. We were 20 feet from stardom." A funny thing about that turn of phrase: Love, a Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame inductee in 2011, is part of a new documentary called "Twenty Feet From Stardom." Directed by Morgan Neville, the 2013 Sundance Film Festival deb ...
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Liz Smith: Bette Midler and Darlene Love Celebrate 20 Feet From Stardom
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Girl, what the hell is the matter with you. How come you're having a heart attack? Explain this to me!" That was the great Darlene Love, doing her best Bette Midler imitation (and it's very good!), telling what Bette phoned and said to her, a week after Darlene's heart attack several years ago. Bette knew Darlene was out of danger. She called her old friend to make her laugh. Darlene told this story the other day at a celebration for Morgan Neville's fantastic documentary, "20 Feet From Stardom." This tells the history of back-up singers -- you know, those girls who stand in the back harmonizing with the star, filling in notes the star can't hit, and sometimes -- as in Darlene Love's case, singing the whole damn song, and then seeing it released under some other group's name! So this is an extraordinarily poignant, life and talent affirming look at these women, some of whom -- like the majestic, incredible Lisa Fischer -- seem content not to have made it "big" as ...
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Lou Adler: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction 'Really Matters'
Rolling Stone - almost 4 years
Lou Adler has won Grammys and worked with greats like Sam Cooke and Carole King in his storied career but the producer and owner of Los Angeles' venerable Roxy Theatre had to wait until last night to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "It's a real...
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Russ Belville: Cheech and Chong Greet Legalization With New Music
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The first 4/20 weekend following historic marijuana legalization votes in Washington and Colorado is just a week away. We here at The Russ Belville Show and 420RADIO.org are excited to bring you great new tunes from Cheech & Chong to get you ready for the Marijuana "High Holiday". Cheech & Chong's Animated Movie! has its "green carpet premiere" this Wednesday, April 17, at the Roxy Theater in Hollywood.  From there it screens in limited release April 18 through April 23, culminating in the DVD and Blu-Ray release of the film on April 23. Here on The Russ Belville Show, we are debuting five new Cheech & Chong tunes from the Cheech & Chong's Animated Movie! Soundtrack.  The album was produced by Lou Adler and Dominic Kelly, Eric D. Chambers, Branden Chambers and Tommy's son, Paris Chong.  Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong have also recorded a special commentary for each track, which will be available exclusively through Spotify. The five tracks we've selected ...
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PHOTOS: Jack Nicholson Sells His Historic Aspen Home
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
ASPEN, Colo. -- More than three decades after buying a historic Victorian home in a Colorado ski town of with a friend, actor Jack Nicholson has sold the residence for $11 million. Nicholson and record producer Lou Adler split the cost of the nearly 5,800-square-foot home in Aspen's West End in 1980. The home was later added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. The Aspen Daily News reports (http://tinyurl.com/cgywrhu) the sale closed Tuesday, a year after the home was listed for $15 million. ___ Information from: Aspen Daily News, http://www.aspendailynews.com
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Around Town: Snow White, Casablanca at Oscars Outdoors
LATimes - over 4 years
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences introduces its "Oscars Outdoors" screening series  Friday evening with the 1942 Oscar-winning romantic classic "Casablanca," followed by Walt Disney's seminal 1937 animated feature, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,'' Saturday evening. The screenings take place at the academy's new open-air theater on its Hollywood campus. All of the June screenings are sold out, but there will be a standby line the day of the event.  http://www.oscars.org Cinespia's outdoor screening series at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is in full swing this summer with Cheech and Chong's highly combustible 1978 comedy, "Up in Smoke," scheduled for Saturday evening. http://www.cinespia.org New Beverly Cinema kicks off the weekend with the antic 1944 Frank Capra comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace," based on the long-running Broadway hit. The film, which stars Cary Grant, screens Friday and Saturday. With Woody Allen's latest, "To Rome with Love," opening next wee ...
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The Los Angeles Lakers Win Their Opening Playoff Game Against The Denver Nuggets: Kobe Asks, "Metta World Who?"
The Spoof - almost 5 years
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Lakers helped to put smiles on two of their biggest fans actor Jack Nicholson and producer Lou Adler as they defeated the Denver Nuggets 103-88 in game one of the NBA playoffs. Nicholson, 75, and Adler, 78, who are re...
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What to Watch on Saturday: '20/20' tells tales from Sunset Boulevard
News Observer - almost 5 years
Cats 101 (8pm, Animal Planet) - The Season 4 premiere looks at Kurilian bobtail, chausie, dwelf, Burmilla and lambkin breeds. 20/20: Sunset Boulevard - The American Dream Machine (9pm, ABC) - Jay Schadler (left) reports from the famous 22-mile boulevard that stretches from Beverly Hills to the Pacific Ocean. Tales include a young war veteran who wants to be an actor, teenagers at Hollywood High, and the murder of a Hollywood beauty-turned-runaway. There are interviews with Johnny Depp, Keanu Reeves, Mickey Rourke, Alice Cooper, and Hugh Hefner -- all featured in a recent documentary, "Sunset Strip: The Movie." And also, unprecedented access to the Roxy nightclub, run by Lou Adler and his son Nic. Alien Tornado (9pm, Syfy) - Aliens attack Earth with deadly electrical tornadoes, and it's up to a farmer, his smart high school daughter and a tornado blogger to thwart the horrific invasion. In other words, we are doomed. The Firm (9pm, NBC) - Mitch makes a deal with Kevin Stack to kee ...
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Cheech Marin Discusses Art, Lou Adler, Recording their First Album
Cheech And Chong Fan News - about 5 years
Off-Ramp host, John Rabe, interviewed Cheech Marin for the 89.3 KPCC podcast. The beginning of the podcast concerns Cheech's art collection. Then, Cheech discusses meeting Lou Adler, the difficulties of recording the sketches they were used to performing live and what it was like doing their first film. There's also a separate interview with Lou Adler. Lou says they went through a couple directors before Lou decided to direct and pay for it himself. He fails to mention, however, that he used Cheech and Tommy's money to pay for it without their permission. There was a lawsuit, etc etc. In addition, Lou doesn't mention that he signed Cheech and Chong to a really bad record deal.  Lou owns all their albums.  Producers wouldn't get away with that nowadays, but it was common in the 70s.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lou Adler
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 79
    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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  • 2006
    Age 72
    In 2006, Adler was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his achievements in music.
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  • 2000
    Age 66
    The movie remains a cult hit, and in 2000 Adler recorded a commentary track along with Cheech Marin for the DVD release.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1981
    Age 47
    Also in 1981, Adler executive-produced the follow-up to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Shock Treatment.
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    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.
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  • 1978
    Age 44
    In 1978, Adler directed the movie Up In Smoke, starring Cheech & Chong.
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  • 1975
    Age 41
    In 1975, Adler served as executive producer of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
    More Details Hide Details After seeing The Rocky Horror Show at a theater in London, Adler bought the American rights to the show, presented it live in Los Angeles, and executive-produced the film version (adding "Picture" to the title). The movie went on to become the longest-running theatrical film in history.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1972
    Age 38
    Adler's work on Tapestry garnered him two Grammy Awards in 1972: Record of the Year (for producing "It's Too Late") and Album of the Year.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Adler was an executive producer of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the longest-running theatrical film in history. He also discovered and produced comedy albums and films for Cheech & Chong.
  • 1967
    Age 33
    In addition to work with his own label's artists, Adler produced a number of live albums for Johnny Rivers. In June 1967, Adler helped to produce the Monterey International Pop Festival, as well as the film version, Monterey Pop.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Adler produced all of King's albums on Ode, which include four Gold, one Platinum, and one Diamond certified albums by the RIAA. King's second album for Ode, Tapestry, sold more than 25 million copies worldwide, and is largely considered one of the greatest albums of all time.
  • 1964
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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 based his character Terry Valentine in The Limey on Adler. 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. Two suspects were later convicted and one suspect was later sentenced to life in prison.
    He was President and chief record producer of the label from 1964 to 1967.
    More Details Hide Details During this time, Adler signed The Mamas & the Papas to Dunhill, producing six top-five hits for the group, including "California Dreamin'" and "Monday, Monday". Dunhill also reached #1 on the pop charts with Barry McGuire's single "Eve of Destruction".
    In 1964, Adler founded Dunhill Records.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1958
    Age 24
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1933
    Born
    Adler was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1933 and raised in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles, California.
    More Details Hide Details His career in music began as co-manager, alongside Herb Alpert, of Jan & Dean.
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