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Re: Origins of LOVE
Posted by Rob J on 7/24/2015, 10:21 pm, in reply to "Origins of LOVE"
For some context: Bido Lito's was a hot spot for up and coming rock bands in the 60s. Located at 1608 Cosmo street (a cul-de-sac at the time, between Hollywood Blvd and Selma) it was opened as Cosmo's Alley in 1957 by Herb Cohen (later involved with Zappa, Alice Cooper and much more). In the mid 60s it was run by a family whose name I don't remember. In 1968 Doug Ingle of Iron Butterfly lived in an apartment above the club, where the band played often. In late 1965-66 Love was the house band there. I do remember Mark Weitz saying he had seen Love at Bido Lito's. In the 80s it was active as "The Gaslight" and some psychedelic bands played there. (I saw the psych band "SS20" play a killer version of the Doors' "My eyes have seen you" there, with Sky Saxon in the audience) It was a very small place and not well ventilated so the crowd would often spill out into the street. It has also operated under other names like "The Sewers of Paris", "The Opium Den" and recently "The Brick Box". It is now closed.
: I've recently been watching a documentary
: about LOVE called "LOVE
: Story"(cute title,huh?).Two people
: interviwed for the film ,Doors drummer John
: Densmore and legendary record exec Jac
: Holzman botyh recalled seeing LOVE for the
: first time at a club called Bido Litos.Did
: SAC ever gig or attend shows
: there?Also,Densmore metioned a jazz club he
: frequented called Shelley's Manhole.Any
: recollections here?
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