The Trip on Sunset Strip


In 1965 Valentine and partners opened "The Trip" at 8572 Sunset Boulevard right next to the towering Playboy Club building. The Trip was located in the former popular '60's jazz club called the Crescendo. There was a comedy club upstairs called the Interlude. The Trip was short lived (Oct 1966-May 1967) however there was quite a music scene going on here. This is where the Byrds and the Velvet Underground & Nico would play regularly.




The Whisky a Go-Go, the Galaxy, the London Fog, Gazzari's, the Crescendo, the Interlude, the Trip; these were some of the clubs of the era where the scene met crowds of kids streaming into town from all points east to find the soundtrack to this tradition-shaking new youth culture.





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  1. Hello - do you have other pictures of the Grass Roots at The Trip? Thanks for all these great pictures.

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    1. Would you know if that is the 'real' Grass Roots, or the band "Love" who used to call themselves 'Grass Roots' before changing their name, and were known to play The Galaxy club in that time frame. It is interesting to note both bands used two words 'Grass Roots' but the name on the drumkit is (The) Grassroots.

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  2. In June of 1966, Jackie Wilson performed at The Trip for about 10 days. I was there at almost every performance. Elvis came down twice. Prior to than night, contrary to to so much that has been published, that was the first time they had ever met. They became very close friends. Other artists who came to see Jackie perform: james Brown, P.F. Sloan, The Rolling Stones, Mel Carter, Bobby Hatfield, Larry Williams and so many more that I can no longer remember!

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  3. I grew up in the Silverlake area not far from the Strip, and have such great memories of all the clubs on the Strip, most of the time we'd just go up to the strip just to people watch, it truly was a "TRIP!" The first group I saw at the Whiskey was The Spenser Davis Group! saw Sonny and Cher at the Palladium during the teen-age fair, I could go on and on......those were the days!!

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  4. I was at the opening nite of the Trip! The Grass Roots opened for Barry McGuire! The Mommas and the Poppas were there, as well as Phil and Ronnie Spector, my girlfriend, now wife of 48 years, sat next to most of the Byrds. Also saw Loving Spoonful and the Paul Butterfield Band play there!

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  5. Nice review and accompanying photos ! Such an obscure venue ; a shadow of its bigger brother , the Whiskey A Go-Go . My number one favourite Rock band played there in May 1966 , which brings me to my point ; there's a typo in your mention of The Trip's opening : Octobre 1966 . I believe that you meant '1965' :-)

    Thanks for the segment on this club :-)

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    1. Yes, the dates are off 1965 would be correct for opening.

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  6. Was it really that long ago? eeks! I saw the Byrds and the Loving Spoonful on the same night there. I lived in Arcadia and came into the Strip as often as I could get away with it. I also got my first traffic ticket there, following too close. It was a BS ticket because traffic on the strip was bumper to bumper and stopped. Perhaps it was because of my car: a red 1957 Chevy BelAire Coup. Wish I still had it. I miss those days and yes I wish I were that young again.

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  9. My father ed fountain was one of the partners at the trip and would love any pics or info from that time that anyone has.

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  10. I worked as a cocktail waitress at "The Trip" when it first opened. Barry McGuire headlined. I lasted 3 weeks before getting fired for refusing to plant a kiss on the mouth of lecherous old Burgess Meredith.
    He complained to Elmer Valentine, one of the owners. Valentine tried to convince me to kiss him in exchange for a very big tip. No dice. I got canned.

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  11. The Trip is where Elvis Presley first met Jackie Wilson, The Black Elvis, in 1966. Read Jackie Wilson's story in the upcoming book, "Jackie Wilson The black King Of Rock 'N' Roll" by Doug Saint Carter.

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  12. All of you who are interested in the scene on the Strip in the mid and late 60's need to read a fascinating and creepy non-fiction book called "Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon: Laurel Canyon, Covert Ops & The Dark Heart of the Hippie Dream" by David McGowan. Trust me on this one. Check out reviews at Amazon & elsewhere online. Also plenty of interviews with the author about the book at youtube. Quite amazing.

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