Latest Update: July 17, 2010

Whisky-A-Go-Go Show List 1966-1970

The Whisky A Go-Go, 8901 Sunset Blvd at Clark, West Hollywood, CA

The bulk of our research has been focused on identifying performers at The Whisky A-Go-Go from 1966 through 1969. The list of performers, with comments, can be seen on our main Whisky page. However, thanks to the awesomeness of Marc Skobac, we have a list of advertised shows for most of 1971 through early 1975, when the Whisky changed format. The shows are listed here without comment, except when there is one. This list is mostly compiled from advertisements. As always with the Whisky, last minute additions and cancellations were common, so some listings here will not conform with known information about a band’s career.

Also, I believe that the Whisky was open every night, with live music playing almost continuously, so lesser known bands were regularly playing at the club, even if they were not advertised. In particular, when only one act is listed, I have every reason to assume that at least one other band was also playing that night. For nights when no act was advertised, I have assumed that the club was open and someone was playing, but I have no current information about the performers. Anyone with corrections, insights, additions or memories (real or imagined) is encouraged to contact us.

For additional updates, see the Rock Prosopography 101 Blog and look for the tag “Whisky.”

Corry Arnold

Chapel Hill, NC October 2009



1971 Shows

January 1-4, 1971: Flying Burrito Brothers, Fanny

Fanny was not the first all-women rock band by any means, but they were the first to get much attention from the serious rock press.

January 5-10, 1971: Damnation of Adam Blessing

January 13-17, 1971: Blues Image, Elliot Randall

January 20-24, 1971: Bloodrock, Elliot Randall, Sweet Pain

January 27-30, 1971: If

January 31, 1971: Allman Brothers, If

Although the Allman Brothers could probably have played a larger place than the Whisky, Duane and Gregg Allman had played the venue many times when they were in The Hour Glass, and Duane was good friends with owner Elmer Valentine.

February 1-3, 1971: Allman Brothers

February 4-7, 1971: Gypsy, Pollution

February 8-11, 1971: BB King, Crabby Appleton

February 12-14, 1971: Crabby Appleton, Smokestack Lightnin

February 15-18, 1971: Pollution

Fleetwood Mac were billed as headliners, but Jeremy Spencer abruptly disappeared and the band cancelled their Whisky gigs.

February 19-20, 1971: Hugh Masekela, Pollution

February 24-28, 1971: Keef Hartley Band, American Eagle, Redeye

March 5-7, 1971: Wishbone Ash, Ned

March 10-14, 1971: Dada & Melting Pot

Dada was a 10-piece English R&B group featuring Robert Palmer and Elkie Brooks on vocals.

March 16, 1971: Fanny

March 17, 1971: Sugarloaf, Flame, Fanny

March 18-21, 1971: Sugarloaf, Flame

March 22-23, 1971: John Mayall, Randall’s Island

March 24, 1971: Randall’s Island

March 25-28, 1971: Elvin Bishop, Tower of Power

Both of these groups were on Bill Graham’s short-lived Fillmore label, an Epic subsidiary.

March 29-30, 1971: Sha Na Na, Fanny

March 31-April 4, 1971: J Geils Band, Dreams

Dreams was an exceptional jazz-rock band that featured John Abercrombie (lead guitar), both Brecker Brothers and drummer Billy Cobham. A very underrated group.

April 6, 1971: Black Oak Arkansas

April 7-11, 1971: If, Uriah Heep

This was the tale end of Uriah Heep’s first American tour. The Uriah Heep site has them playing all the way through April 16 (a Friday), which is certainly possible. This list is mostly from ads, and bookings were changed all the time, particularly for an opening act like Uriah Heep.

April 12-13, 1971: Beach Boys, Flash

April 14-18, 1971: Hugh Masekela

April 19-20, 1971: Help

April 21, 1971: Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes, Brownsville Station

April ?, 1971-Three Dog Night

Three Dog Night was huge by this time, and any appearance at the Whisky would have been a promotional gig that could not have been advertised.

April 26-27, 1971: Fanny

April 28, 1971: Trapeze, Southwind

May 2, 1971: Medusa

May 4-8, 1971: Humble Pie, Jo Jo Gunne

Only the May 4 gig was played. A fire closed The Whisky for about six weeks.

May 9, 1971: Mothers of Invention, Crowbar (Cancelled due to fire)

May 12. 1971: Sweathog (Cancelled due to fire)

May 15, 1971: Hugh Masekela  (Cancelled due to fire)

May 16, 1971: T Rex (Cancelled due to fire)

Marc Bolan and T. Rex were a band that would have benefited from a debut at The Whisky. T. Rex never managed to match their English popularity in the States.

June 23-27, 1971: Long John Baldry, Savage Chance

The Whisky reopened. Presumably, no one tried to lay no boogie woogie on the King of Rock and Roll.

June 28, 1971: Yes, Fat Chance

June 30-July 4, 1971: Ides of March, Rita Coolidge

July ?, 1971: Jackie Lomax, Grin

July 14-17, 1971: Black Oak Arkansas, Help

July 20-25, 1971: Sweathog, Crowbar

Crowbar was a highly regarded Canadian group, featuring some members who had formerly been in Mandala, who had played The Whisky in November, 1966.

July 28-31, 1971: War, Jimmy Witherspoon, Uncle Tom

August 1, 1971: War, Jimmy Witherspoon, Uncle Tom

August 2-3, 1971: Fanny, Poe

August 4-8, 1971: Elvin Bishop, Daddy Cool

August 9, 1971: Chase, Daddy Cool

August 12-15, 1971: Quicksilver Messenger Service

August 16, 1971: Buddy Miles, Osibisa

August 17-19, 1971: Osibisa, Stoneface

August 20-24, 1971: PG&E, Buoys (23-24)

August 25-28, 1971: Wishbone Ash, Help

September 1-5, 1971: Tony Joe White, The Ides of March

September 6-7, 1971: Little Richard

September 8-12, 1971: Hook Foot, Mama Lion

Mama Lion featured singer Lynn Carey, and the cover of their first album is quite legendary.

September 15-19, 1971:  Freddy King, Bronco

September 21-25, 1971: Black Oak Arkansas, Max

September 26-28, 1971: Buddy Miles

September 29-30, 1971: Tucky Buzzard, Madura

October 1& 3, 1971-Tucky Buzzard, Madura

October 2, 1971: Allman Brothers, Tucky Buzzard, Madura

The Allmans were riding high behind their classic album Live At Fillmore East, and must have played The Whisky simply for old times sake. Well that they did, as Duane would die in a motorcycle accident on October 29.

October 5, 1971: Black Sabbath

October 6-10, 1971: Edgar Winter and White Trash featuring Jerry La Croix

Edgar Winter’s sets were recorded.


October 11, 1971: Eric Burdon & Jimmy Witherspoon

Eric Burdon and Jimmy Witherspoon were performing and recording together.


October 13-17, 1971: Rory Gallagher, Little Feat

Boomerang may have replaced Little Feat.

October 28-31, 1971 Gypsy, Crowfoot

November 3, 1971: Yes, Ten Years After, Mary Wells

There’s something a bit odd about this—Ten Years After was headlining The LA Forum on November 10, so its odd they played the Whisky. Either this was a billing mistake, or perhaps it was Genya Ravan’s Ten Wheel Drive. In any case, it’s hard to think of a more inappropriate pairing than Mary Wells (“My Guy”) and Yes, much less Mary Wells, Yes and Ten Years After.

November 4-7, 1971: Yes, Ten Years After

November 8, 1971: Eric Burdon & Jimmy Witherspoon

November 10-14, 1971: Mama Lion, Freedom

November 15, 1971: Eric Burdon & Jimmy Witherspoon

November 17-21, 1971:  Jackie Lomax, Ruth Copeland

November 24-27, 1971: Earthquake, Crowbar

Earthquake was a Berkeley band, together in one form or another (mainly as Purple Earthquake) since 1966, which had been signed by A&M. In the 1970s they got themselves some Rodney Bingenheimer haircuts and released several albums on the Berserkley label.

November 28, 1971: Curved Air, Earthquake

November 29, 1971: The Stampeders

The Stampeders were a Canadian band from Calgary, Alberta. They were actually a fairly hard rocking trio, ironic since they had a Gold Record with the countryish “Sweet City Woman.” The implication from a photograph at the top of the page is that they may well have played both November 28 and 29 with Curved Air.

November 30-December 1, 3 1971: Crabby Appleton, Audience

December 4-5, 1971: Crabby Appleton, Audience, Bell And Arc

December 8-12, 1971: Ashton, Gardner & Dyke

December 15, 1971: Bull Angus

December 16-19, 1971: Atomic Rooster, Bull Angus

December 20, 1971: Pollution

December 21-22, 1971: Sweathog

December 23-27, 1971: Fanny, Allan Parker

1972 Shows

January ?, 1972: Flamin' Groovies

January 6-7, 1972: Arthur Lee

January 8, 1972: Buddy Miles

January 12-16, 1972: Eric Mercury, Pure Food and Drug Act

Eric Mercury was a singer from Toronto. Pure Food and Drug Act was a largely instrumental band featuring Harvey Mandel and Sugarcane Harris.

January 20-23, 1972: LaBelle, Allan Parker

January 24-25, 1972: BB King

January 26-29, 1972: Freddie King, Nitzinger

February 2-6, 1972: Uriah Heep, Manna

February ?, 1972: Superchief

February 9, 1972: Sod, Jake Jones

February 10-13, 1972: Jo Jo Gunne, Sod

February 16-20, 1972: Alex Taylor, Malo

February 21-23, 1972: Badfinger

February 24-27, 1972: Pot Liquor Alex Richman

February 28, 1972: Spirit

This would have been the version of Spirit that recorded the album Feedback. John and Al Staehely played guitar and bass and sang, and old hands John Locke (piano) and Ed Cassidy (drums) remained on board.

We are missing some shows from early March.

March 15-18, 1972: Al Kooper, Joshua

March 22-26, 1972: ZZ Top, Home

March 27-28, 1972: Mahavishnu Orchestra

March 29-April 2, 1972: Tony Joe White, NRBQ

April 5-8, 1972: Merry Clayton, Nazareth

Merry Clayton’s sets were recorded.

April 10-11, 1972: Jerry LaCroix, White Trash

April 12-15, 1972: Cold Blood, 8th Day

April 19-22, 1972: Ashton, Gardner & Dyke, Ruby Jones

April 24-25, 1972: Tim Rose, Shanti

April 26-30, 1972: Tower of Power, Atlanta Rhythm Section

May 1-2, 1972: Max Ayne, Alex Harvey

May 3-7, 1972: Osibisa, Little Feat

May 10-13, 1972: Climax Blues Band, Xit

May 17-20, 1972: Pure Food and Drug Act, Wilderness Road

May 21-23, 1972: Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock was beginning the process of transcending his jazz following. His exceptional sextet featured Benny Maupin (tenor), Eddie Henderson (trumpet), Julian Priester (trombone), Buster Williams (bass) and Billy Hart (drums), as well as Hancock on electric piano. They would have been supporting his album Mwandishi.

May 24-28, 1972: Ronnie Milsap, Alex Nichman

June 1-4, 1972: Fanny, Sod

June 7-11, 1972: Flash Cadillac, El Chicano

June 14-17, 1972: Mahavishnu Orchestra

June 18-20, 1972: Swallow, Dennis Geyer Band

Dennis Geyer had been in AB Skhy (but then of course everybody knows that).

June 21-26, 1972: Strawbs, Michael Murphy

July 5-8, 1972: Earthquake, Jade Warrior

July 10, 1972: John Mayall, Chico Hamilton

John Mayall was recording live. This was probably his jazz-blues fusion line-up with Freddie Robinson on guitar, Clifford Solomon on tenor, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Victor Gaskin on bass and Keef Hartley on drums. Surviving tapes reveal an excellent, underrated band, with most of Mayall’s excesses subdued or pushed aside.

July 12-15, 1972: Merry Clayton, Elijah

July 16-18, 1972: Arthur Lee, Chico Hamilton

July 19-22, 1972: Ramatam, Little Feat

Ramatam featured guitarist April Lawton. Although their two albums are underproduced and unmemorable, everyone who saw Ramatam was absolutely floored by Lawton’s playing. She left the rock business to become a graphic artist, however, and took a pass on the opportunity to become rock’s first woman guitar hero.

July 24-25, 1972: Looking Glass

All the sailors say “Brandy, you’re a fine girl” and you know the rest.

July 26-30, 1972: Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids, Eric Quincy Tate

August 2-6, 1972: Stoneground, Rastus

August 7, 1972: Flo and Eddie, Yellowstone

Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan had played The Whisky many times in The Turtles, but were apparently unable to record or perform under their own names due to pending litigation. They had been touring with Frank Zappa, but when a crazed fan injured Zappa (Ross can recall this story sometime as he was there), Mark and Howard took their Noms du Zappa and some former Mothers and put together their own band.

August 8-12, 1972: Seatrain, Redwing

August 13, 1972: Buddy Miles

August 16-20, 1972: Flash, Elijah

August ?, 1972: Bloodstone

August ?, 1972: Foghat,  Christopher Milk

August 24-27, 1972: Jerry LaCroix, White Trash, Rastus

August 31-September 4, 1972: Stevie Wonder, Little Feat

This is a double bill to think about.

September 6-10, 1972: Freddie King, Silverhead

Silverhead featured lead singer Michael Des Barres.

September ?, 1972: Stinky Felix

September ?, 1972: Hookfoot

September 13-17, 1972: Bulldog, Jerry Williams

September 18-20, 1972: Captain Beyond


September 21-24, 1972: Birtha, Finnegan & Wood

Birtha was another “all-girl” band.


September 25-26, 1972: Pilot

Pilot are not to be confused with the Scottish band Pilot (who had a hit with “Its Magic”) but the Blue Cheer spinoff with Bruce Stephens and Leigh Stevens.

September 27-October 1, 1972: Manna, Macondo

October 4-8, 1972: Rory Gallagher, Boone’s Farm

Boone’s Farm replaced Little Feat.

October 11-15, 1972: Albert King Review 

October 18-22, 1972: Lighthouse, Macondo

Macondo replaced Stereo Dimension.

October 25-28, 1972: Dr. John, with the Meters & Joe Hicks

November 1-5, 1972-Merry Clayton, Wet Willie

November 8-12, 1972: Tower of Power

November 13-14, 1972: Little Richard

November 15-18, 1972: Sylvester & The Hot Band, Hemlock featuring Miller Anderson

Hemlock had one really good album, but I’m the only person I know who ever owned it.


November 22-26, 1972: The Fabulous Rhinestones, Mom’s Apple Pie

Corry's note to himself: Insert Mom’s Apple Pie joke here.

November 27-28, 1972: Elephant’s Memory

November 29-December 3, 1972: Manfred Mann

This would have been the excellent Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, touring behind their debut album, with Mick Rogers on guitar and vocals.

December 6-7, 1972: Steely Dan, Woodpecker

The original Steely Dan were very pop-friendly, and the song “Do It Again” was climbing the charts at this time. Donald Fagen was still not comfortable singing on stage, and David Palmer handled lead vocals, apparently even on songs sung by Fagen in the studio.

December 8-10, 1972: Buddy Miles, Steely Dan

December 13-17, 1972: Johnny Nash, Dakila

December 18, 1972: Weather Report

December 19, 1972: Roxy Music

Roxy Music was quite unknown in the United States at this time. Brian Eno was still a touring member of the band.

December 20-24, 1972: Malo

December 27-31, 1972: Fanny, Elf

Elf was a New York State band that featured Ronnie James Dio on lead vocals. Dio and most of the band members would go on to join Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow a few years later.

1973 Shows

January 4-7, 1973: Nitzinger, Hoo Doo Rhythm Devils

January 10-14, 1973: Sylvester & The Hot Band, Glenco

January 17-21, 1973: Ruben & The Jets, Elijah

Ruben and The Jets was a Doo-Wop/R&B group led by Ruben Guevara. He adopted the name of Frank Zappa’s fictional 1968 band, and in 1973 Zappa produced the band’s first album for Mercury. The band is referenced during the final scene of Up in Smoke, in which Cheech Marin's character, Pedro De Pacas comments that Alice Bowie, the punk rock band that he and Tommy Chong's Anthony "Man" Stoner character led in the film, will be "bigger than Ruben and the Jets". Guevara appears in the film as Tom, a trumpet player for the band

January 24-28, 1973: Bobby Womack

January 29-30, 1973: Sparks, Stepson

February 1-4, 1973: Bar-Kays, Joe Hicks

February ?, 1973: Fanny

February 7-11, 1973: Joe Walsh Barnstorm, Black Kangaroo

Black Kangaroo featured guitarist Peter Kaukonen (Jorma’s brother), who had an album on Grunt/RCA.

February 14-19, 1973: Flo & Eddie, Little Feat

February 21-24, 1973: Weather Report

February 28-March 4, 1973: Bloodrock, Skylark (28th), Stepson (1-4th)

March 7-11, 1973: Al Kooper, Andy Bown

March 12-13, 1973: Buddy Miles

March 14-18, 1973: Silverhead Stepson

March 22-25, 1973: Full Moon, Freddie Henchie and the Soulsters

March 26-27, 1973: Tranquility, Charlie Dawg

March 28-April 1, 1973: Tower of Power, Alice Stuart

April 2-4, 1973 Focus

Who could forget the strange marriage of yodelling and progressive rock on Focus’s then-current hit Hocus Pocus? The Dutch quartet were at the height of their popularity throughout Europe and working on a growing market in the US. After they eventually split, with guitarist Jan Akkerman leaving on the eve of a UK tour, keyboardist and flautist Thijs van Leer and Akkerman himself had reasonably successful sol careers.

April 5-8, 1973: Cold Blood, Jon Hiseman’s Tempest

April 9-10, 1973: Sam Russell , Rory Gallagher (10th only)

April 11-15, 1973: Freddie King, Lee Pickens

April 18-22, 1973: Pretty Things

April 25-29, 1973: If, Natural Act

April 30-May 1, 1973: Steely Dan

May 2-6, 1973: Status Quo, Topaz

May 9-13, 1973: Rory Gallagher

May 16-21, 1973: Chambers Brothers, Jimmy Rogers

May 23-27, 1973: Muddy Waters

May 30-June 3, 1973: Climax Blues Band

June 6-10, 1973: Stoneground, Larry Coryell

June 13-17, 1973: Mandrill, Genya Ravan

June 20-24, 1973: Iggy and the Stooges, Rufus

Rufus featured lead singer Chaka Khan. Their first album on ABC was released around this time.

June 25, 1973: Foghat

June 27-July 1: Azteca

Azteca was a 15-piece Latin Rock supergroup from San Francisco, with 4 vocalists, a horn section and an army of percussionists anchoring a monster rhythm section (Paul Jackson and Lenny White). They were supposedly sensational live, but the giant band was impossible to keep together on the road.

July 4-8, 1973: Sylvester and the Hot Band, Hoodoo Rhythm Devils

July 11-15, 1973: Bachman Turner Overdrive, Edwin Starr

July 18-24, 1973: Weather Report, Loleatta Holloway

July 22-24, 1973: Robin Trower, Funkadelic

July 25-28, 1973: Earth Quake

July 30-31, 1973: Tierra, Chris Demarco

August 1-5, 1973: Bar-Kays, Joe Hicks

August 8-12, 1973: Brian Auger, Charlie Daniels

August 13-14, 1973: Bonnie Bramlett

August 15-19, 1973: Malo, Roy Ayers

August 22-26, 1973-Bloodstone, Section

August 29-September 3: New York Dolls, White Raven (1st thru 3rd)

September 5, 1973: John Ussery, Doctor Bop and the Headliners

September 6-9, 1973: Doctor Bop and the Headliners, White Raven

September 12-16, 1973: Captain Beyond, Orphan

September 15-17, 1973: Iggy and the Stooges

September 19-23, 1973: Funkadelic, Bang

On September 23, 1973, Elmer Valentine and Lou Adler, two of the original partners in the Whisky A-Go-Go, opened the Roxy Theatre just up the road at 9009 W. Sunset Blvd. The glamorous Roxy immediately became the prestige nightclub for bands to play in Los Angeles, just as the Whisky had been several years earlier. In early 1974, the stage show of Rocky Horror Picture Show runs for several months (it was not yet a movie), but the Roxy started to become a preferable site for record company showcases. Although a number of good acts still played the Whisky, it was no longer the prestige stop it had been the previous decade.

September 26, 1973:  Freddi Henchi and the Soulsetters

September 27,1973: Steely Dan

September 28-30, 1973: Freddi Henchi and the Soulsetters,  Jimmy Rogers

October 3-7, 1973: Lee Pickens Group, Chris DeMarco

October 10-14, 1973: Dramatics, Joe Hicks

October 17-21, 1973: Iggy and the Stooges

October 24-28, 1973: Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Babe Ruth

October 29-31, 1973: Robin Trower, Birtha

November 1-4, 1973: Edwin Starr, Birtha

November 7-11, 1973: Dixie Hummingbirds, Bobby Blue Bland

November 12-13, 1973: Buddy Miles, Orleans

November 14-18, 1973: Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, Orleans

November 21-25, 1973: Average White Band, Climax Blues Band

November 28-December 2, 1973: Fabulous Rhinestones 

December 3-4, 1973: Aerosmith

December 5-9, 1973: Bloodrock, Back Door (7th-9th)

December 12-16, 1973: Funkadelic, Graham Central Station

December 19-23, 1973: Average White Band, Richard Green

December 26-31, 1973: Fanny, The Hollywood Stars

1974 Shows

January 3-6, 1974: Airto and Fingers, The New Stoneground

January 9-13, 1974: Joe Hicks, The Team, Painter

January 16-20, 1974: Bloodstone

January 23-27, 1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Graham Central Station

February 6-10, 1974: Status Quo, Hot Dogs

February 11, 1974: Johnny Rivers

February 14-16, 1974: Bobby Womack

February 20-24, 1974: Silverhead

February 27-March 3, 1974:  Marty Balin and Bodacious

Bodacious was an outgrowth of the Balin-produced band Grootna.

March 6-10, 1974: Sam The Sham

March 13-16, 1974: Malo

March 20-24, 1974: Delaney Bramlett

April 3-4, 1974: Captain Beefheart

April 5-7, 1974: Bobby Blue Bland, Masterfleet

April 10-13, 1974: Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express

April 16-21, 1974: Kool and The Gang

April 24-28, 1974: Roy Ayers

April 29-May 1, 1974: Suzi Quatro

May 2-4, 1974: Kathi McDonald, Rufus

May 8-12, 1974:  Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

May 15-19, 1974: Lighthouse, Link Wray

May 20, 1974: Chase

May 21, 1974: Chase, Bobby Hunt, Bob Welch

May 22-25, 1974: El Chicano, Tribe

May 27-28, 1974: Sunbird, Silverstar

May 29-June 2-Sutherland Brothers and Quiver, Cheryl Delcher

June 5-9, 1974: Rick Springfield

June 11-16, 1974: Sylvers, Rodney Winfield

June 17-18, 1974; Ray Manzarek

June 19-23, 1974: Sapo, Unzanba

June 26-30, 1974: Rufus, Pez Band

July 3-7, 1974: Ray Manzarek and Golden Scarab, Slamm Hammer

July 10-14, 1974: Smoke and the Lakeside Exp.

July 16-21, 1974: PFM

PFM was an Italian progressive rock band signed to Manticore (ELP’s label). Pete Sinfield wrote their English lyrics. PFM stood for Premiate Forneri Marconi (“Award Winning Marconi Bakery”).

July 24-28, 1974: El Chicano, Tribe

August 5, 1974: Rory Gallagher, Electric Flag, Sensational Alex Harvey Band

The Electric Flag had reformed, and did a short tour in anticipation of their new Atlantic album The Band Kept Playing (not released until November 1974). Assuming that Mike Bloomfield actually made this gig—always an open question—the lineup would have been Bloomfield, Nick Gravenites, Barry Goldberg, Roger Troy (bass), Buddy Miles and a horn section.

August 8-11, 1974: Honk, Jeffrey Comanur

August 14-18, 1974: Chris Jagger, the Valentine Vox

Mick Jagger’s younger brother made a brief stab at rock stardom.

August 21-25, 1974: Ian Lloyd & Stories

August 28-September 1, 1974: Bloodstone

September 4-8, 1974: Dick Dale and his Deltones, Mudcrutch

Mudcrutch was a Florida band on Shelter Records that included bassist Tom Petty.

September 11-15, 1974: Isis

September 17-22, 1974: Love Machine

October 2-6, 1974: Fresh Start, Atlanta Rhythm Section

October 9-13, 1974: Gentle Giant, Harvey Mandel

October 14-20, 1974: Delaney Bramlett

October 23-27,1974: The Young Hearts, Gino Vanelli

October 31-November 3, 1974: David Ruffin

November 5-8, 1974: Caravan

November 13-17, 1974: Fancy

November 20-24, 1974: The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Stuart Getz & The Wonderama Band

November 27, 1974: Rush, Rory Gallagher

December 13-15, 1974: Bloodstone

December 18-22, 1974: James Montgomery, Good Rats

December 23-25, 1974: Blue Cheer

This booking is utterly mysterious. Blue Cheer had broken up at least two years earlier, to my knowledge, and in any case the final version of the band (led by Gary Yoder and the late Dickie Peterson) was largely a studio aggregation. Furthermore, Blue Cheer did have mythic status with rock critics, mainly for sheer volume, so any band who came upon the name innocently would soon be set right.


December 26-31, 1974: Stray Dog, Rock Doctor

Stray Dog, another Manticore act, was a blues rock band from Texas via London. The lead guitarist was Snuffy Walden, who is now much better known for scoring TV soundtracks. He wrote the music for thirtysomething, Roseanne and The West Wing, among many others.

1975 Shows

January 2-5, 1975: El Chicano, Unzamba

January 6-7, 1975:  Tommy Bolin

January 15-19, 1975: Bobby Bland

January 22-26, 1975: Charles Wright, Carl Carlton

January 27-28, 1975: -John Mayall

January 30-February 2, 1975: Johnny Otis Show, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson

February 7-9, 1975: Syl Johnson

Shortly after this, the Whisky closed for remodelling. Elmer Valentine still owned the club, but he booked most of the live music acts at the nearby Roxy, considerably larger (at 500 seats) and nicer than the Whisky. When the Whisky reopened in early Summer 1975, it mainly presented “cabaret” acts, albeit with names like The Cycle Sluts. In late, 1976, The Whisky began presenting live music again, mainly Los Angeles punk and New Wave bands. In the 1980s, the Whisky became the principal venue for Metal bands on their way to stardom (and, of course, shameful degradation). Although Valentine (1923-2008) long since sold his interests, the Whisky A-Go-Go remains open for music to this day.

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