Chuck E. Weiss, the musician who helped launch the Viper Room with Johnny Depp and was a fixture of Los Angeles’ music scene for many years, died on Tuesday. He was 76.
His bandmate Jimmy Wooden confirmed his demise, telling Selection, “Chuck E. Weiss left the room yesterday morning round 8:30. JJ Vacation was by his facet. He was one among a form and positively made Los Angeles a greater metropolis!”
Vacation posted on Facebook on the web page for his band, the Imperial Crowns, writing, “All of us who stay should really feel very fortunate to have been invited to his one-of-a-kind occasion too. He means quite a bit and the very most to so many people.”
Identified for his friendship with Tom Waits and for being the topic of Rickie Lee Jones’ hit music ‘Chuck E.’s In Love,’ Weiss spent his profession as a LA scene-maker, releasing uniquely rhythmic music himself that teetered between blues and rock.
Weiss acquired his begin in music rising up in Denver, Colorado, the place his dad and mom owned a file retailer. Regardless of changing into recognized primarily as a songwriter and vocalist, Weiss started as a drummer, assembly blues singer Lightnin’ Hopkins and ultimately occurring tour with him, the place he performed alongside legends like Muddy Waters and Dr. John.
Whereas nonetheless dwelling in Denver, Weiss grew to become acquainted with Waits, and the 2 struck up a friendship and writing partnership. Weiss co-wrote Waits’ music ‘Spare Components I (A Nocturnal Emission),’ which appeared on his 1975 album Nighthawks on the Diner. Weiss and Waits ultimately determined to maneuver to LA, and the 2 lived in West Hollywood’s Tropicana Motel, a storied hangout for rockers like Joan Jett and the Ramones.
Whereas there, Jones penned the music ‘Chuck E.’s In Love’ impressed by Weiss, whereas she was romantically concerned with Waits. “He certain has acquired this kinda cool / And impressed sorta jazz when he walks / The place’s his jacket and his outdated blue denims?/ Nicely this ain’t wholesome, it’s some kinda clear,” Jones croons on the observe.
Weiss launched his first album, The Different Facet of City, in 1981 by way of Choose Information. The album comprises the guitar-driven lower ‘Gina,’ amongst different demos. Weiss then fashioned his band, the G-d Rattling Liars, and so they started a weekly gig performing on the Sundown Strip membership the Central. When the venue threatened to go below after 11 years, Weiss partnered together with his pal and musical collaborator Depp to revamp it because the Viper Room, which grew to become a well-known L.A. venue, in addition to infamous as the location of River Phoenix‘s demise in 1993.
Weiss’ second venture and first full-length album, Extraordinarily Cool, was launched in 1999. The file featured manufacturing from Waits and Tony Gilkyson, and Waits appeared on a number of tracks. Weiss adopted it up with Extraordinarily Cool, Previous Souls and Wolf Tickets in 2001, which leaned heavier on the blues facet of Weiss’ musical palette. One other album, twenty third & Stout, adopted in 2007. Weiss’ newest launch was 2013’s Pink Beans & Weiss by way of Anti Information, which featured manufacturing from each Waits and Depp.
Weiss additionally made cameos in a number of tv exhibits, taking part in a New York Metropolis file retailer proprietor within the Gilmore Ladies episode ‘Lorelai’s Commencement Day,’ in addition to showing on Married… With Youngsters, Brotherly Love and My Spouse and Youngsters.