The founder of Whiskey A Go-Go, Rainbow Bar & Grill and The Roxy Theater, Mario Maglieri, has passed away aged 93.

Born on February 7th 1924 in Seppino, Italy, Mario moved to the United States with his family at the age of four. He ran clubs and restaurants in Chicago prior to moving to Los Angeles in the 1960s to manage the Whiskey A Go-Go which he later took over.

in 1972, alon with Elmer Valentine, Lou Adler and others, he over a Sunset Strip restaurant and turned it the Rainbow.

The marquee over the Whiskey A Go-Go read “Rest In Peace Mario Maglieri King of The Sunset Strip” this weekend as a tribute to Mario who is survived by his wife, Scarlett, a son, Mikeal and three grandchildren.

A public memorial will take place on May 28th at the Rainbow.

The following is an official statement from Pat Gesualdo, Founder/CEO of the Hall Of Heavy Metal History.

“With infinite sadness, The Hall Of Heavy Metal History remembers Mario Maglieri. It was a huge honor for us to have the Rainbow Bar And Grill Inducted into the 2017 Hall of Heavy Metal History. Mario paved the way for an entire genre of music, and as a result, gave the world countless Legendary bands and artists.

“Mario and Mikeal were the first people whom I felt should be inducted into the Hall Of Heavy Metal History, and suggested their names to our nominating committee right from the beginning. I was so honored that they accepted the nomination, because I know they helped establish the rock and Metal genres of music, and deserved to be celebrated forever.

“We keep Mario, Mikeal, The Rainbow Bar And Grill, and the entire Maglieri family in our hearts forever.”

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