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  • John 3:21 pm on August 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Danny Sugerman’s Wonderland Avenue House 

    Thanks to Bonnie and Julia… you can now view the house that DOORS manager, Danny Sugerman, lived in on Wonderland Ave. I did a bunch of searches and nobody had it posted anywhere. Most DOORS fan sites said that you would have to take a drive up there and just guess. Well, not anymore.

    The Sugerman house is on the left side as you approach 8763. You can see it in Bonnie’s “Driving to Nash’s” video. She says “Sugermans house is on the right at 55 seconds. Identifiable by the car parked on curb in front facing in the opposite direction.”

    Go here to see photos and read the back-story for finding Danny’s house.

    Thanks for visiting!

    Of course, I had to include Danny’s yearbook photo! ūüėČ ¬†RIP Danny.

    * * * * * * * * * 

    Daniel Stephen “Danny” Sugerman¬†(October 11, 1954 ‚Äď January 5, 2005) was the second manager of the¬†Los Angeles-based rock band¬†The Doors, and wrote several books about¬†Jim Morrison¬†and The Doors, including¬†No One Here Gets Out Alive¬†(co-authored with¬†Jerry Hopkins), and the autobiography¬†Wonderland Avenue. Sugerman began working with The Doors when he was 12 years old, starting out answering their fan mail. By the age of 17, Sugarman replaced the original Doors manager,¬†Bill Siddons, shortly after Morrison’s death in 1971. Sugerman attended Westchester High School in Los Angeles, where he regularly authored articles about The Doors in the student newspaper. He graduated in 1972. He later went on to manage¬†Ray Manzarek‘s solo-career and first album. He was also¬†Iggy Pop‘s manager for a period, and produced his song “Repo Man“, before they both ended up in Californian State mental hospitals suffering from drug and alcohol addiction syndrome.¬†He also wrote¬†Appetite For Destruction: The Days of Guns N’ Roses¬†in 1991. He helped film director¬†Oliver Stone¬†with the production of the 1991 movie¬†The Doors.

    Sugerman married¬†Fawn Hall¬†of the¬†Iran‚ÄďContra affair¬†fame in 1991 and they remained married until his death.¬†They briefly met¬†MP3.com¬†co-founder¬†Rod Underhill¬†while Hall was employed there. Underhill later stated that “Sugerman was very interesting. He had appeared to go out of his way to appear visually like Jim Morrison. Same type of haircut, similar clothing. The similarity was uncanny.”¬†Sugerman discussed his idolisation of Morrison in detail, in part of one of his books¬†Wonderland Avenue. Sugerman was a recovering¬†heroin¬†addict who found solace in¬†Buddhism.

    1972 Westchester High School, CA. Senior photo.

    1972 Westchester High School, CA. Senior photo.

    • Brandy 6:26 pm on August 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I literally just read his book. WEIRD!

    • Bonnie Brae 9:00 pm on August 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      This picture is not in any of his books or anywhere on the internet because I have never seen it.!
      So thank you for this!
      super awesome!
      Such a fantastic book!

      • Bonnie Brae 9:20 pm on August 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        In the book, he talked about that douche step dad wanting him to cut his hair and how he would cut a little here and there but still try to keep it as long as possible satisfying authority and himself. This picture shows the hair cut that he described in his book.

        • John 10:18 am on August 30, 2013 Permalink

          I’m going to read the book again this weekend. I had left it in my friend’s car, and just got it back.

    • Jill C. Nelson 10:04 am on August 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      “Thanks to Bonnie and Julia‚Ķ you can now view the house that DOORS manager, Danny Sugerman, lived in on Wonderland Ave. I did a bunch of searches and nobody had it posted anywhere.”

      Just a little tie-in to the Doors and Wonderland Ave.: I don’t know if you were aware John that Bob Chinn had gone to U.C.L.A. film school in the early-mid – ’60s with Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek and the three were friends. At the time, Jim and Ray were aspiring writers/musicians. Val Kilmer was blown away when Bob told him (while he was a consultant to Kilmer on the Wonderland film) as he’d (obviously also) played Jim Morrison in The Doors feature film. It’s a nice story for me too since next to The Beatles, The Doors are my favourite band. ūüėČ

      • John 10:11 am on August 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Same here, Jill. I am also a big Eric Burdon fan. He worked with Robby Krieger and toured together over the years. Before I was 21, Eric and Robby were coming to Houston. It was at a nicer club and so I put on a suit, and without a fake ID, my friend and I got in. It was an amazing show. Lots of Animals, WAR, and Doors. Burdon has a deep enough voice that he could pull of a few Doors tunes. It was an amazing night. Opening for them was Shirley Hemphill, the comedienne from What’s Happenin’? the TV show. She had a very “blue” act, it was great.

    • Jill C. Nelson 10:25 am on August 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I am also a fan of Eric Burdon and in the 1980s, my husband and I saw perform solo on a double bill with John Kay of Steppenwolf. It was awesome. Seeing Robby Krieger and Eric Burdon together would have been fantastic — nice touch that Burdon performed some Doors tunes. Morrison wouldn’t be easy to replicate.

      Actually, I am presently working on a memoir about a 6 month road trip I took with a friend when we were 17 & 18 years old: youth hostelling, and hitchiking our way across B.C. and down into Washington, Oregon and California. The reason I mention it is because I kept a journal during our trip (otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to remember most of what happened) and in it, are lists of the bands, albums, and song lyrics that were prevalent during that year (1976) and were significant to us in some way. I’m trying to incorporate as many mentions of the musicians/bands or lyric snippets into the story that I can. So far, it’s been a real trip down memory lane and (mostly) in a good way. In retrospect, we were stupid to hitchhike (2400 miles in all), but it was the ’70s and a whole different set of rules applied. ūüėČ Anyway, music has always been a huge part of my life so it’s great to have a small opportunity to honor many of these great bands and influences of a couple of decades (’60s & ’70s) in some way. The title of the book will be ‘1976: Tapes from California,’ named after an LP/song written by one of my all-time favourite folk artists, the late great Phil Ochs.

  • John 2:08 pm on August 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Wonderland Cribs Featuring Gregory Diles 

    In the 1992 L.A. phone book, Greg Diles is listed at a residence near South Central. The area is called Mid City. The neighborhood also looks like it has a large Korean population.

    1712 Crenshaw Blvd.

    1712 Crenshaw Blvd.

    This is the address, although I was not sure of which of the two houses it was… I could not read the numbers but the houses to the left and right of these two were not #1712.

    These are actually converted apartments and duplexes or quad-plexes, as these older houses have been remodeled. Note the communal parking set up. After Greg and Nash’s murder trial a few years before, I can imagine Greg was a bouncer again and trying to pick up the pieces of his life. He would be dead within five years, some say from liver failure.

    Greg Diles residence in 1992.

    Greg Diles residence in 1992.

    • localarts 6:26 pm on August 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, Diles died of liver failure overseas in some third world country.

      • John 12:46 pm on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        If he was some type of Black Panther lover, then maybe he wanted to go back and die in the home continent of Africa? Not sure, but L.A. County Records has his death registered as occurring in Los Angeles County.

        • localarts 12:55 pm on August 23, 2013 Permalink

          It was probably LA then. I can’t remember where I read that Nigeria thing. i’m sure Eddie was supporting Greg financially to an extent.

        • John 12:58 pm on August 23, 2013 Permalink

          Yes, I read that too somewhere. Eddie was his own boss, and there was talk of him still hanging out and communicating with people on the judge’s list…so him indirectly helping Greg would not surprise me. Eddie rewarded loyalty!

    • John W 6:34 pm on August 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I read that somewhere too, dubious at best … but it said Lagos, Nigeria.

    • localarts 7:58 pm on August 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Nigeria, yes.

    • Bobby 9:54 pm on August 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      From the opulent Studio City to the aptly titled “Mid” City… what a downgrade for Diles who was once used to having breakfast served on a silver tray..

    • localarts 7:46 am on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Yes. Diles may have been relegated to living in a hut on a dirt floor in the middle of the jungle for all we know. I bet Greg Diles was unrecognizable at the time of his death.

      • localarts 7:48 am on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        And then again, he could have died in a condo in Tarzana with Eddie by his side.

  • John 2:12 pm on July 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    The Cisco Kid’s Old House in 1965 

    Some of the old L.A. telephone and address directories are online thanks to the public library.

    This is where Eddie Nash lived in 1965. He must have bought or rented this place with his Cisco Kid money. This is in North Central Los Angeles just south of Hollywood. In 1964, he is not listed, so he must have moved there in early 1965(?) Ed does not show up at all in earlier years of the phone book. Also, Eddie has an all numeric phone number – possibly by request? Or they ran out of phone codes using that letter-number system. Before my time.

    564 Lillian Way. Someone should call him!

    Unless there is another Adel Nasrallah walking around... that's him.

    Unless there is another Adel Nasrallah walking around… that’s him.¬†

    Holmes would have hated that No Parking nonsense. 

    Eddie has always had taste. I guess this is Santa Fe Chic!

    Eddie has always had taste. I guess this is Santa Fe Chic!

    Another view, my friends:

    I see a side door that somebody left unlocked.

    I see a side door that somebody left unlocked.

    Oh, and here is where Detective Frank Tomlinson lived in 1962, the year of the Muslim Brotherhood street fight with cops when he was shot. This is a block west of Hollywood High School. He was in unit 201, probably right there in the front.

    I wonder if that is Jill out front?  ;-)

    I love when the Google Orwell spy car catches people hanging out. Classic.


    Los Angeles Street Address Directory, Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company, July 1965 РFree (Los Angeles Public Library)

    • dreamweaverjenn 5:19 pm on July 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Eddie did have a nice house! That hot dog stand must have been a HUGE success!!!

    • localarts 5:25 pm on July 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Wasn’t the name of that hot dog stand Beef Chucks or something?

      • John 6:25 pm on July 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Yea, I’m told that it was a life measured in inches!!

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