Chuck E. Weiss

Genres: Blues Spoken Word
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

c. 1952, Denver, Colorado, USA. Cult singer-drummer Weiss may be best known for being either the subject matter or inspiration for other artist’s songs (both Rickie Lee Jones and Tom Waits have penned past ‘tributes’ to Weiss). Despite issuing several albums over the years, it was a non-musical endeavour that brought Weiss the most recognition. He helped co-found (along with actor Johnny Depp) what has become one of the most popular nightlife hangouts in all of Los Angeles, California, the Viper Room.

Born in the early 50s, Weiss became interested in music at an early age, owing to his father’s extensive record collection. By the age of 10, Weiss was sneaking into local music clubs to check out national acts that would stop by for one night stands, especially the Ebbett’s Field blues club. While most budding teenaged Americans of the 60s turned to the British Invasion for inspiration, Weiss immersed himself in blues...

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