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The Tropicana Motel in West Hollywood had a brush with celebrity even before it became a hangout for rock stars in the late ’60s and ’70s.
Baseball Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax bought the inn—which was built in the 1940s and located at 8585 Santa Monica Boulevard in 1962. The Dodger’s investment no doubt drew clientele to the Tropicana, but the hotel became even more popular after Jerry Heiner and his partners purchased it from Koufax in the late 1960s.
The wild days of the Tropicana came to an end in 1987 when the motel was demolished to make way for a million dollar Ramada Inn and retail shops developed by Yehuda Naftali.
Duke’s kept its rock and roll roots and moved next door to the Whisky A Go Go (and across the street from the Viper Room) on the Sunset Strip.
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L-R Chris Stein, Jimmy Destri, Deborah Harry, Gary Valentine and Clem Burke. This article was published in Los Angeles Magazine on October on October 12, 2015 Alison Martino is a writer, television producer, and pop culture historian. Burroughs was occasionally spotted in a lounge chair by the pool, and Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac reportedly landed their recording contact while staying at the motel.In 1988 Waits talked about living at the Tropicana during an interview on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic.Here is the lineup for each half-hour episode of Song by Song: Blondie: “One Way Or Another” – Premiering November 11th at 10PM ET.The anthem ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” “Heart of Glass” – Premiering November 18th at 10PM ET.