Lou Adler

  • Year:
  • Inducted by:
    Cheech & Chong
  • Category:
    Ahmet Ertegun Award
Lou Adler


Why is Lou Adler in the Rock Hall? Let us count the ways.

He founded two record labels, managed Carole King, co-produced the Monterey International Pop Festival and produced The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Should we go on?

Hall of Fame Essay


David Wild

Lou Adler’s name is instantly recognizable to most people. He is one of the most successful and well-known music producers of all time, an entertainment legend in his own right, identified inextricably with Los Angeles’ musical culture. 

Often spotted at Los Angeles Lakers games sitting alongside his pal Jack Nicholson, this seriously cool figure has long been a pivotal pop-culture force in his own right.

Whatever your California dream happens to have been over the past half century, chances are he was somewhere behind the scenes, helping make it come true.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2013
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2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Lou Adler
We thought Monterey Pop might be a way to really validate rock and roll.
Lou Adler