The famous Whisky A Go-Go club nestled on the corner of the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles has paved the way for many now legendary musical acts in rock and roll. Known for being at the forefront of the rock and roll scene in LA since founding in 1964, The Whisky was called home to some of the most important acts in music whose influence still looms in the halls of the club.
Simply, without The Whisky around, these famous acts may have never had a chance or gone on to reaching the monumental success that they eventually achieved, which in turn, could have resulted in a cataclysmic chain effect on the influence of popular bands for generations after. Check out ten influential bands who owe their early success to the famous Whisky A Go-Go!
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Byrds[/lastfm]: The Byrds famously got their start at The Whisky with a residency at the club by the end of 1965.
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Buffalo Springfield[/lastfm]: Neil Young and Stephen Stills launched their career with Buffalo Springfield, and The Whisky was the springboard that helped popularize this local LA band.
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lovin’ Spoonful[/lastfm]: They may have formed in New York City, but this popular feel-good group were regular headliners at The Whisky in the mid ’60s.
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Doors[/lastfm]: They were the house band at The Whisky for a while until being fired after the controversial “Oedipal section” of their hit “The End” was introduced.
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Neil Diamond[/lastfm]: This newly inducted Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame honoree wasn’t a stranger to the Whisky A Go-Go stage.
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Turtles[/lastfm]: Just before scoring a #1 hit with their widely known single “Happy Together,” The Turtles performed the single on The Whisky stage.
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Them[/lastfm]: Led by Van Morrison on vocals, Them had a two-week residency at The Whisky with the Doors as their opener.
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Blondie[/lastfm]: In the ’70s, The Whisky turned their focus to the emerging new wave/punk scene, and included early performances from Blondie.
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Police[/lastfm]: The Whisky also served as a popular launching pad for British bands to get their start in the U.S., one being the funk/reggae/punk trio The Police.
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Who[/lastfm]: The British rock group made their headlining appearance in Los Angeles at The Whisky in the ’60s.