Whisky A Go Go founder Elmer Valentine dies

The Sunset Strip venue was a favourite haunt of The Byrds, Love and Oasis

Elmer Valentine, the founder of legendary Sunset Boulevard venues the Whisky A Go Go and The Roxy Theatre, has died aged 85.

Valentine opened The Whisky in 1964, and it soon started to play a pivotal role for many US bands of the time.

Buffalo Springfield, Love, Alice Cooper and The Byrds all regularly played there, and The Doors were the club’s house band.

Although the venue has suffered a tempestuous relationship with authorities, its popularity continued throughout the decades, with the likes of Nirvana and Oasis performing there.

In 2007, The Police broadcast a live rehearsal from the venue over the internet.

Valentine also owned The Roxy Theatre. Famed for its On The Rox bar above the venue, it became a regular hangout for John Lennon during the former Beatle‘s notorious ‘lost weekend’ in 1973-74.

The Roxy is also etched in history as being the club where actor John Belushi partied before suffering a fatal drugs overdose in 1982.

Valentine died on December 3 from heart failure, following four years of numerous ailments, reports the New York Times.