Robert Larimore Riggs was an American tennis champion, the World No. 1 or the World co-No. 1 player for three years, first as an amateur in 1939 as a professional in 1946 and 1947. He played his first professional tennis match on December 26, 1941; as a 21-year-old amateur in 1939, Riggs won Wimbledon, the U. S. National Championships, was runner-up at the French Championships, he was U. S. champion again in 1941. After retirement from his pro career, Riggs became well known as a gambler, he organized numerous exhibition challenges. In September 1973, at age 55, he held one such event against the current women's champion Billie Jean King, which he lost, their prime time "Battle of the Sexes" match remains one of the most famous tennis events of all time, with a $100,000 winner-take-all prize. Born and raised in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, Riggs was one of six children of Agnes and Gideon Wright Riggs, a minister, he was an excellent table tennis player as a boy and when he began playing tennis at age twelve, he was befriended and coached by Esther Bartosh, the third-ranking woman player in Los Angeles.
Depending on speed and ball control, he soon began to win boys and juniors tournaments. Although it is sometimes said that Riggs was one of the great tennis players nurtured at the Los Angeles Tennis Club by Perry T. Jones and the Southern California Tennis Association, Riggs writes in his autobiography that for many years Jones considered Riggs to be too small and not powerful enough to be a top-flight player. After helping Riggs, Jones refused to sponsor him at the important Eastern tournaments. With the help of Bartosh and others, Riggs played in various National Tournaments and by the time he was 16 was the fifth-ranked junior player in the United States; the next year he won his first National Championship, winning the National Juniors by beating Joe Hunt in the finals. That same year, 1935, he met Hunt in 17 final-round won all 17 of them. At 18, Riggs was still a junior but won the Southern California Men's Title and went East to play on the grass-court circuit in spite of Jones's opposition.
Along the way he won the U. S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Chicago, beating Frank Parker in the finals with drop shots and lobs. Although he had never played on grass courts before, Riggs won two tournaments and reached the finals of two others. Although still a junior, he ended. Kramer, three years younger than Riggs, writes "I played Riggs a lot at the Los Angeles Tennis Club, he liked me too, but he'd never give me a break. For as long as he could, he would beat me at love... Bobby was always looking down the road.'I want you to know who's the boss, for the rest of your life, Kid,' he told me. Bobby Riggs was always candid." Small in stature, he lacked the overall power of his larger competitors such as Don Budge and Kramer but made up for it with brains, ball control, speed. A master court strategist and tactician, he worked his opponent out of position and scored points with the game's best drop shot and lob as well as punishing ground strokes that let him come to the net for put-away shots.
Kramer, one of the few players, undeniably better than Riggs, writes that there is a major "misconception" about Riggs. "He didn't play some rinky-dink Harold Solomon style. He didn't have the big serve, but he made up for it with some sneaky first serves and as fine a second serve as I had seen at that time; when you talk about depth and accuracy both, Riggs' second serve ranks with the other three best that I saw: von Cramm's, Gonzales's, Newcombe's." In his autobiography, Riggs wrote, "In the 1946 match with Budge, I charged the net at every opportunity. Employing what I called my secret weapon, a hard first serve, I attacked during my 6–3, 6–1, 6–1 victory." "Riggs," said Kramer, "was a great champion. He beat Segura, he beat Budge. On a long tour, as up and down as Vines was, I'm not so sure that Riggs wouldn't have played Elly close. I'm sure he would have beaten Gonzales — Bobby was too quick, he had too much control for Pancho — and Laver and Rosewall and Hoad." Kramer went on to say that Riggs "could keep the ball in play, he could find ways to control the bigger, more powerful opponent.
He could pin you back by hitting long, down the lines, he'd run you ragged with chips and drop shots. He was outstanding with a volley from either side, he could lob as well as any man... he could lob on the run. He could disguise it, he could hit winning overheads, they weren't powerful, but they were always on target." As a 20-year-old amateur, Riggs was part of the American Davis Cup winning team in 1938. The following year, 1939, he made it to the finals of the French Championships but won the Wimbledon Championships triple, capturing the singles, the doubles with Elwood Cooke, mixed doubles with Alice Marble, who won all three titles. Riggs won $100,000 betting on the triple win went on to win the U. S. Championships, earning the World No. 1 amateur ranking for 1939. Riggs won four consecutive singles titles at the Eastern Grass Court Championships between 1937 and 1940, he teamed up with Alice Marble, his Wimbledon co-champion, to win the 1940 U. S. C
Colleen Rose Dewhurst was a Canadian-American actress. She is known most for theatre roles, for a while as "the Queen of Off-Broadway". In her autobiography, Dewhurst wrote: "I had moved so from one Off-Broadway production to the next that I was known, at one point, as the'Queen of Off-Broadway'; this title was not due to my brilliance, rather, because most of the plays I was in closed after a run of anywhere from one night to two weeks. I would move into another." She was a renowned interpreter of the works of Eugene O'Neill on the stage, her career encompassed film, early dramas on live television, Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival. One of her last roles was playing Marilla Cuthbert in the Kevin Sullivan television adaptations of the Anne of Green Gables series, her reprisal of the role in the subsequent TV series Road to Avonlea. Dewhurst won two Tony Awards and four Emmy Awards for her television work. Colleen Dewhurst was born 3 June 1924, in Montreal, Quebec, to housewife Frances Marie and Ferdinand Augustus "Fred" Dewhurst.
She had no siblings. Fred Dewhurst was the owner of a chain of confectionery stores, wife Frances' father had been a celebrated athlete in Canada, where he had played football with the Ottawa Rough Riders"; the family became naturalized as U. S. citizens before 1940. Colleen's mother was a Christian Scientist, a faith Colleen embraced; the Dewhursts moved to Massachusetts in 1928 or 1929, staying in Boston, Dorchester and West Newton. They moved to New York City, to Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, she attended Whitefish Bay High School for her first two years of high school, moved to Shorewood High School for her junior year, graduated from Riverside High School in Milwaukee in 1942. Around this time, her parents separated. Dewhurst went on to attend Milwaukee-Downer College for two years before moving to New York City to pursue an acting career. One of Dewhurst's most significant stage roles was in the 1974 Broadway revival of O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten as Josie Hogan, for which she won a Tony Award.
She won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in 1961 for All the Way Home. She played Katharina in a 1956 production of Taming of the Shrew for Joseph Papp, she wrote: With Brooks Atkinson's blessing, our world changed overnight. In our audience of neighbors in T-shirts and jeans appeared men in white shirts and ties, ladies in summer dresses. We were in a hit that would have a positive effect on my career, as well as Joe's, but I missed the shouting, she played Shakespeare's Cleopatra and Lady Macbeth for Papp and, years Gertrude in a production of Hamlet at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. Dewhurst and George C. Scott met while working together in 1958, in Children of Darkness, while they were both married to other people, she appeared in the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode Night Fever in 1965 and with Ingrid Bergman in More Stately Mansions on Broadway in 1967. José Quintero directed her in O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Mourning Becomes Electra, she appeared in Edward Albee's adaptation of Carson McCullers' Ballad of the Sad Cafe, as Martha in a Broadway revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, opposite Ben Gazzara which Albee directed.
She appeared in 1962 as Joanne Novak in the episode "I Don't Belong in a White-Painted House" in NBC's medical drama, The Eleventh Hour, starring Wendell Corey and Jack Ging. Dewhurst appeared opposite her then-husband, Scott, in a 1971 television adaptation of Arthur Miller's The Price, on Hallmark Hall of Fame, an anthology series, there is another television recording of them together when she played Elizabeth Proctor to his unfaithful John in Miller's The Crucible. In 1977, Woody Allen cast her in his film Annie Hall as Annie's mother. In 1972, she played Mrs. Kate Collingwood, in The Cowboys, which starred John Wayne. In 1985, she played the role of Marilla Cuthbert in Kevin Sullivan's adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery's novel Anne of Green Gables, reprised the role in 1987's Anne of Avonlea, in several episodes of Kevin Sullivan's Road to Avonlea. Dewhurst died before the character of Marilla could be written out and her final scenes were picked up off the editing-room floor and pieced together for her death scene.
During 1989 and 1990, she appeared in a supporting role on the television series Murphy Brown playing the feisty mother of Candice Bergen's title character. Dewhurst won a total of two Tony Awards and four Emmy Awards for her television work, she was president of the Actors' Equity Association from 1985 until her death. Dewhurst was married to James Vickery from 1947 to 1960, she divorced George C. Scott twice, they had Alexander Scott and actor Campbell Scott. During the last years of her life, she lived on a farm in South Salem, New York, with her partner, Ken Marsolais, they had a summer home on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Dewhurst's Christian Science beliefs led to her refusal to countenance any kind of surgical treatment. Maureen Stapleton wrote about Dewhurst: Colleen looked like a warrior, so people assumed she was the earth mother, but in real life Colleen was not to be let out without a keeper. She couldn't stop herself from taking care of people, which she did with more care than she took care of herself.
Her generosity of spirit was overwhelming and her smile so
O. J. Simpson murder case
The O. J. Simpson murder case was a criminal trial held at the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Former National Football League player and actor O. J. Simpson was tried on two counts of murder for the June 12, 1994, slashing deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, her friend Ron Goldman. On the morning of June 13, 1994, the couple was found stabbed to death outside Brown's condominium in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. Simpson was a person of interest in their murders, he did not turn himself in, on June 17 he became the object of a low-speed pursuit in a white 1993 Ford Bronco SUV owned and driven by his friend Al Cowlings. TV stations interrupted coverage of the 1994 NBA Finals to broadcast the incident; the pursuit was watched live by an estimated 95 million people. The pursuit and trial were among the most publicized events in American history; the trial—often characterized as the trial of the century because of its international publicity—spanned eleven months, from the jury's swearing-in on November 9, 1994.
Opening statements were made on January 24, 1995, the verdict was announced on October 3, 1995, when Simpson was acquitted on two counts of murder. Following his acquittal, no additional arrests related to the murders have been made, the crime remains unsolved to this day. According to USA Today, the case has been described as the "most publicized" criminal trial in history. Simpson was represented by a high-profile defense team referred to as the "Dream Team", led by Robert Shapiro and subsequently directed by Johnnie Cochran; the team included F. Lee Bailey, Alan Dershowitz, Robert Kardashian, Shawn Holley, Carl E. Douglas, Gerald Uelmen. Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld were two additional attorneys. Deputy District Attorneys Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden thought that they had a strong case against Simpson, but Cochran was able to convince the jurors that there was reasonable doubt concerning the validity of the State's DNA evidence, a new form of evidence in trials at that time; the reasonable doubt theory included evidence that the blood sample had been mishandled by lab scientists and technicians, there were questionable circumstances that surrounded other court exhibits.
Cochran and the defense team alleged other misconduct by the LAPD related to systemic racism and the actions of Detective Mark Fuhrman. Simpson's celebrity status, racial issues, the lengthy televised trial riveted national attention. By the end of the trial, national surveys indicated dramatic differences of opinion between black and white Americans in the assessment of Simpson's guilt or innocence; the immediate reaction to the verdict was notable for its division along racial lines. A poll of Los Angeles County residents showed that most African Americans felt that justice had been served by the "not guilty" verdict, while the majority of whites and Latinos expressed an opposite opinion on the matter. After the trial, the families of Brown and Goldman filed a civil lawsuit against Simpson. On February 4, 1997, the jury unanimously found Simpson responsible for both deaths; the families were awarded compensatory and punitive damages totaling $33.5 million, but have received only a small portion of that monetary figure.
In 2000, Simpson left California for Florida, one of the few states where one's assets like homes and pensions cannot be seized to cover liabilities that were incurred in other states. Nicole Brown met O. J. Simpson in 1977, when she was 18 and working as a waitress at a Beverly Hills private club called The Daisy. Although Simpson was still married to his first wife, the two began dating. Simpson and Marguerite divorced in March 1979. Simpson and Brown were married on February 2, 1985, five years after Simpson's retirement from the NFL; the marriage lasted seven years and produced two children and Justin. Simpson was investigated multiple times by police for domestic violence and pleaded no contest to spousal abuse in 1989. Brown filed for divorce on February 1992, citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason. Following the divorce and Brown got back together and the abuse continued. Audio released during the murder trial of O. J. Simpson revealed that Brown called 9-1-1 on October 25, 1993, crying and saying that "He is going to beat the shit out of me".
After this incident, the relationship would end for a final time. At 12:10 a.m. on June 13, 1994, Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman were found murdered outside of Nicole's Bundy Drive condominium in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, California. She had been stabbed multiple times in the head and neck, had defensive wounds on her hands, her larynx could be seen through the gaping wound in her neck, vertebra C3 was incised. Both victims had been dead for about two hours prior to the arrival of police. Robert Riske, one of the first two officers on the scene, found a single bloody glove, among other evidence. Detectives went to Simpson's Brentwood estate to inform him. Mark Fuhrman climbed over an external wall and unlocked the gate to allow the other three detectives to enter as well; the detectives argued that they entered without a search warrant because of exigent circumstances – in this case, out of fear that Simpson might have been injured. Simpson was not present. Detectives interviewed Kato Kaelin, staying in Simpson's guest house.
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Claus von Bülow
Claus von Bülow is a Danish/British socialite. He was convicted for the attempted murder of his wife Sunny von Bülow in 1979 which had left her in a coma from which she never recovered but that conviction in the first trial was reversed and he was found not guilty at his second trial. In the same trial he was convicted for the attempted murder of his wife by administering an insulin overdose in 1980 which left her in a persistent vegetative state for the rest of her life, but that conviction in the first trial was reversed and he was found not guilty at his second trial. Beginning life as Claus Cecil Borberg, Bülow was the son of Danish playwright Svend Borberg, regarded as a Nazi collaborator for his activities during the Second World War in the German occupation of Denmark. After graduating from university with a degree in law and going on to become an apprentice in the legal profession, Claus chose to be known by his maternal surname, Bülow, instead of his father's surname Borberg, his mother, Jonna von Bülow af Plüskow, was daughter of Frits Bülow af Plüskow, Danish Minister of Justice from 1910 to 1913 and President of the upper Chamber of the Danish Parliament from 1920 to 1922, a member of the old Danish-German noble Bülow family from Mecklenburg.
Bülow graduated from Trinity College and practised law in London in the 1950s before working as a personal assistant to J. Paul Getty. While he had a variety of duties for Getty, Bülow became familiar with the economics of the oil industry. Getty wrote that Bülow showed "remarkable forbearance and good nature" as his occasional whipping boy, Bülow remained with Getty until 1968. On 6 June 1966, Bülow married the American ex-wife of Prince Alfred of Auersperg, he worked off as a consultant to oil companies. Sunny had a son and a daughter from her first marriage. Cosima married the Italian Count Riccardo Pavoncelli in 1996. In 1982, Bülow was arrested and tried for the attempted murders of Sunny on two occasions on two consecutive years; the main medical and scientific evidence against him was that Sunny had low blood sugar, common in many conditions, but a blood test showed a high insulin level. The test was not repeated. A needle was used as evidence against Bülow in court, with the prosecution alleging that he had used it and a vial of insulin to try to kill his wife.
The discovery of these items became the focal point of Bülow's appeal. At the trial in Newport, Bülow was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Dershowitz served as a consultant to the defense team led by Thomas Puccio, a former federal prosecutor. Dershowitz's campaign to acquit Bülow was assisted by Jim Cramer and future New York Attorney General and Governor Eliot Spitzer who were Harvard Law School students. Dershowitz and his team focused on the discovery of the bag containing the insulin. Sunny's family had hired a private investigator to look into her coma; the private investigator, Edwin Lambert, was told by several family members and a maid that Claus had been seen locking a closet in the Newport home, always kept open. The family hired a locksmith to drive to the mansion, with the intention of picking the closet lock to find what the closet contained, they told him that one of them owned the house. When the three arrived, the locksmith insisted they try again to find the key, after some searching, Kuh found a key in Claus von Bülow's desk that unlocked the closet.
At this point, according to the three men in the original interviews, the locksmith was paid for the trip and left before the closet was opened, although the men would recant that version and insist that the locksmith was present when they entered the closet. It was in the closet. In 1984, the two convictions from the first trial were reversed by the Rhode Island Supreme Court. In 1985, after a second trial, Bülow was found not guilty on all charges. At the second trial, the defense called eight medical experts, all university professors, who testified that Sunny's two comas had not been caused by insulin, but by a combination of ingested drugs and chronic health conditions; the experts were John Caronna. Cortivo testified that the hypodermic needle tainted with insulin on the outside would have been dipped in insulin but not injected. Evidence showed that Sunny's hospital admission three weeks before her final coma showed she had ingested at least 73 aspirin tablets, a quantity that could only have been self-administered, which indicated her state of mind.
Alan Dershowitz, in his book Taking the Stand, writes about Claus von Bülow's dinner party after he was found not guilty at his trial. Dershowitz replied to the invitation that he would not attend if it was a "victory party", Bülow assu
Westchester Hills Cemetery
The Westchester Hills Cemetery is at 400 Saw Mill River Road in Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester County, New York 20 miles north of New York City. It is a Jewish cemetery, many well-known entertainers and performers are interred there, it contains the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue cemetery. Barricini family, boxed candy makers Charles E. Bloch, President Bloch Publishing Company Ilka Chase and novelist Mischa Elman, violinist I. J. Fox, furrier Captain George Fried, won Navy Cross for rescue of ships Antinoe, Florida Stanley P. Friedman, writer John Garfield, actor George Gershwin, composer Ira Gershwin, lyricist Jonah Goldman, baseball player Ben Grauer and radio personality Guggenheim family, founders of the Guggenheim Museum Sidney Hillman, first president of Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America Judy Holliday, actress Allyn King, Broadway actress and former Ziegfeld Follies performer Richard Lindner, German-American painter Lucille Lortel and producer Arnold Newman, photographer Roberta Peters, opera singer Tony Randall, actor Max Reinhardt and director Billy Rose, Broadway producer A. M. Rosenthal, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Robert Rossen, motion picture director and screenwriter Ron Silver, American actor and producer Lee Strasberg, actor-teacher Paula Strasberg, actress-teacher Irving Sturm, founder of Iridium Jazz Club and Ellen's Stardust Diner Maxine Sullivan, American jazz vocalist and performer David Susskind, Emmy award-winning producer Laurence Tisch, head of CBS and co-founder of Loews, brother of Preston Preston Robert Tisch and business magnate, brother of Laurence Rabbi Stephen Wise, religious leader Westchester Hills Cemetery at FindAGrave.com
University at Buffalo
The State University of New York at Buffalo is a public research university with campuses in Buffalo and Amherst, New York, United States. It is referred to as the University at Buffalo or SUNY Buffalo and was known as the University of Buffalo, it is the de facto flagship campus of the State University of New York system, with the largest enrollment, largest endowment and research funding as a comprehensive university center in the SUNY system. The university was founded in 1846 as a private medical college, but in 1962 merged with the SUNY system; as of Fall 2018, the university enrolls 31,508 students in 13 colleges, making it the largest public university in New York. In addition to the College of Arts and Sciences, the university houses the largest state-operated medical school, dental school, education school, business school, engineering school, pharmacy school, features the only state law school and urban planning school in the state of New York; the university offers over 100 bachelor's, 205 master's, 84 doctoral, 10 professional areas of study.
According to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the University at Buffalo is a Doctoral University with the Highest Research Activity. In 1989, UB was elected to the Association of American Universities. UB's alumni and faculty have included a prime minister, Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, three billionaires, Academy Award winners, Emmy Award winners, Fulbright Scholars, Rhodes Scholars. U. S. President Millard Fillmore was one of the school's principal founders and served as the school's first chancellor. In the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education 2017 inaugural ranking, UB was ranked as the No. 1 public university in New York and No. 28 in the United States. Buffalo has placed in the top cluster of U. S. public research universities and among the overall top 30 research universities according to the Center for Measuring University Performance and was ranked as the 38th best value for in-state students and the 27th best value for out-of-state students in the 2012 Kiplinger rankings of best value of national universities.
U. S. News and World Report's 2019 edition of America's Best Colleges ranked UB 89th on their list of best national universities and 38th among public universities. City leaders of Buffalo sought to establish a university in the city from the earliest days of Buffalo. A "University of Western New York" was begun at Buffalo under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church and property was purchased at North Street and College, on the north side of the Allentown district; this university was chartered by the state on April 8, 1836. However, the project collapsed and no classes were offered, only the layout of College Street remains; the University of Buffalo was founded on May 11, 1846, as a private medical school to train the doctors for the communities of Buffalo, Niagara Falls, surrounding villages. Future U. S. President Millard Fillmore a lawyer who had served in the United States House of Representatives, was one of the principal founders. James Platt White was instrumental in obtaining a charter for the university from the state legislature in 1846.
He taught the first class of 89 men in obstetrics. State Assemblyman Nathan K. Hall was "particularly active in procuring the charter"; the doors first opened to students in 1847 and after associating with a hospital for teaching purposes, the first class of students graduated the medical school in July 1847. Fillmore served as the school's first chancellor, a position he held until 1874 as he served in other capacities during that time, including Comptroller of New York, U. S. Vice President, President. Fillmore's name now graces the continuing education school Millard Fillmore College on the South campus as well as the Millard Fillmore Academic Center, an academic and administrative services building at the core of the residential Joseph Ellicott Complex, on the North Campus; the university did not have its own facilities, early lectures were given at an old post office on Seneca and Washington streets in Buffalo. The first building specially built for the university was a stone structure at the corner of Main and Virginia streets, built in 1849–50, through donations, public subscription, a state grant.
There were continuous expansions to the college medical programs, including a separate pharmacy division, now The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. In 1887, a law school was organized in Buffalo, which became associated with Niagara University just to the north of Buffalo. After four years, in 1891, the law school was acquired by the University of Buffalo as the University of Buffalo Law School, which had a downtown Buffalo facility. In the first few years of the 20th century, the University began planning for a comprehensive undergraduate college to complete the basic structure of a university, in 1909 the University acquired the Erie County Almshouse grounds from the county of Erie, which became the University of Buffalo's initial campus; the establishment may have been influenced by the 1910 Flexner Report which criticized the preparation of the medical students at the university. With that additional space, in 1915, the University of Buffalo formed the College of Arts and Sciences, creating an undergraduate division in addition to its prior educational work in the licensed professional fields.
In 1916, Grace Millard Knox pledged $500,000 for the establishment of a "department of liberal arts and sciences in the University of Buffalo", at the time still a private institution. The initial gift of $100,000 was for the purchase of what would become Townsend Hall and the remainder was to
Whisky a Go Go
Whisky a Go Go is a nightclub in West Hollywood, California. It is located at 8901 Sunset Boulevard on the Sunset Strip, corner North Clark Street, opposite North San Vicente Boulevard, northwest corner; the club has been the launching pad for bands including Iggy And The Stooges, The Doors, No Doubt, System of a Down, The Byrds, The Germs, Buffalo Springfield, Van Halen, Johnny Rivers, X, Led Zeppelin, KISS, Guns N' Roses, Linkin Park, Mötley Crüe. In 2006, the venue was inducted into the Roll Hall of Fame. In 1958, the first Whisky a Go-Go in the United States opened in Chicago, Illinois, on the corner of Rush and Chestnut streets, it has been called the first real American discothèque. A franchise was opened in 1966 on M Street in the Georgetown section of Washington, D. C. by restaurateur Jacques Vivien. It owes its name to the first discothèque, the Whisky à Go-Go, established in Paris in 1947 by Paul Pacine; the Sunset Strip Whisky was founded by Elmer Valentine, Phil Tanzini, Shelly Davis, attorney Theodore Flier and opened on January 16, 1964.
In 1972, Lou Adler, Mario Maglieri and others started the Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip. In 1966, Valentine and others founded The Roxy Theatre. Lou Adler bought into the Whisky in the late 1970s. Valentine sold his interest in the Whisky a Go Go in the 1990s but retained an ownership in the Rainbow Bar & Grill and the Roxy Theatre until his death in December 2008. Although the club was billed as a discothèque, suggesting that it offered only recorded music, the Whisky a Go Go opened with a live band led by Johnny Rivers and DJ Rhonda Lane, spinning records between sets from a suspended cage at the right of the stage; the Whisky a Go Go was one of the places. Elmer Valentine, in a 2006 Vanity Fair article, recalled arranging to have a female DJ play records between Rivers' sets so patrons could continue dancing, but because there was not enough room on the floor for a DJ booth, he had a glass-walled booth mounted high above the floor. A contest was held for the female DJ job but when the young winner called Valentine on the night of the opening and tearfully said her mother forbade her from doing it, Valentine recruited the club's cigarette girl, Patty Brockhurst.
Valentine hired two more female dancers, one of whom, Joanna Labean, designed the official go-go-girl costume of fringed dress and white boots. Rivers rode the Whisky-born go-go craze to national fame with records recorded Live at the Whisky. In addition, The Miracles recorded the song "Going to a Go-Go" in 1966, Whisky a Go Go franchises sprang up all over the country. Arguably, the rock and roll scene in Los Angeles was born; the Whisky played an important role in many musical careers for bands based in Southern California. The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Smokestack Lightnin', Love were regulars, The Doors were the house band for a while – until the debut of the "Oedipal section" of "The End" got them fired. Van Morrison's band Them had a two-week residency in June 1966, with The Doors as the opening act. On the last night they all jammed together on "Gloria". Frank Zappa's The Mothers of Invention got their record contract based on a performance at the Whisky; the Turtles performed there when their newest single "Happy Together" was becoming a hit, only to lose their new bassist, Chip Douglas, to The Monkees.
Neil Diamond played at the Whisky on occasion. Metallica bassist Cliff Burton was recruited by the band after they watched him play a show there with his band Trauma. At one point singer and actress E. G. Daily had a residency at the Whisky. Arthur Lee of Love immortalized the Whisky in the song "Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale". "Here they always play my songs," he would sing on the side two opener of Forever Changes. The Whisky was located on the strip between the streets Hilldale. British rockers Status Quo referenced the venue in their 1978 song "Long Legged Linda" with the lines, "Well, if you're in Los Angeles and you've got time to spare / Take a stroll up Sunset Boulevard, you'll find the Whisky there." In 1966, the Whisky was one of the centers of. In the mid-1970s, the Whisky hosted stage presentations, including the long-running show The Cycle Sluts. During the early 1990s, the Whisky hosted a number of Seattle-based musicians who would be a part of the grunge movement, including Soundgarden, Melvins, Fitz of Depression and 7 Year Bitch.
Tracks recorded from a February 12, 1992 concert of Hole appear on their EP, Ask For It. In 1994 Oasis played at the Whisky too. In 1997, System of a Down played at the Whisky; the band were unsigned at the time, played songs from their early demo tapes, in particular containing the band's only live performance of the song "Blue". On September 12, 2016, the Whisky a Go Go launched an official TV channel on the Roku Connected TV platform; the Whisky a Go Go channel opens the Whisky's doors to a global audience with live music videos, full concerts and related content spanning its 52-year history. Live at the Whisky a Go Go Hugh Masekela Is Alive and Well at the Whisky, a 1967 album by Hugh Masekela recorded live at the venue The Troubadour The Viper Room Rainbow Bar and Grill The Roxy Theatre Sunset Strip Official website The History of The Whisky-A-Go-Go Whisky a Go Go Channel on Roku