Adler was born in Chicago, Illinois in December 1933, and raised in East Los Angeles. 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.
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 (which he signed in 1968) 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 followup 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 court side next to Jack Nicholson at Los Angeles Lakers home games. Adler owns The Roxy Theatre with his son Nic Adler, 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.
- 1933 births
- American record producers
- Living people
- Grammy Award winners
- People from Chicago, Illinois
- People from Los Angeles, California
- American Jews
Lou Adler (* 13. Dezember 1933 in Chicago, Illinois) ist ein jüdischer Produzent, Manager und Geschäftsführer.
Adler wurde in Chicago, Illinois geboren und wuchs in East Los Angeles in einer gemischt jüdisch-mexikanischen Familie auf. 1964 gründete Adler das Label Dunhill Records. Er war Präsident dieses Labels sowie der Chef-Produzent von 1964 bis 1967.
Lou Adler heiratete 1964 die Schauspielerin und Sängerin Shelley Fabares und produzierte mehrere ihrer Songs. Sie trennten sich im Jahr 1966, wurden aber bis 1980 nicht offiziell geschieden. Heute ist Lou Adler mit Page Hannah verheiratet, der jüngeren Schwester der Schauspielerin Daryl Hannah. Das Paar hat vier Söhne namens Manny, Ike, Pablo und Oscar.
1978 gab er mit dem Film Viel Rauch um Nichts sein Debüt als Regisseur.
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