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Lou Adler Reflects On His Impactful Career In The Music Industry | GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends
GRAMMY-winning music producer, label founder and film director Lou Adler has lifted up countless artists over the years, such as comedians Cheech & Chong and singer/songwriter Carole King, all fellow GRAMMY winners. His deep impact and influence in music and film is still felt in his longtime home of Los Angeles, from the Roxy Theatre he co-owns with his son to far beyond.
At the 2019 GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends, Adler was one of four music industry icons honored with the Recording Academy's annual Trustees Award. His celebration during the program included performances by Jessie Mueller, who portrayed King on Broadway and, at the GRAMMY Salute, sang two of the singer/songwriter's songs from the Adler-produced 1971 album, Tapestry.
Mueller offered a vibrant rendition of "I Feel The Earth Move" and "It's Too Late," from Tapestry. The emotive LP earned both King and Adler the prestigious Album Of The Year gramophone at the 14th GRAMMY Awards, and the latter track also gave them both Record Of The Year wins. King took home two more GRAMMYs that year for that project and, in 2004, received the Trustees Award, followed by the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.
Now, this year, Adler's contributions to her music and many others' have him joining the inspiring group of Special Merit honorees.
"A lot of the things that I did are still going, so they will cross over to a new generation. I hope that it's some kind of musical history lesson that they can latch on to," Adler said backstage, reflecting on his musical impact.
Don't forget to tune into GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends on Oct. 18 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check your local listings) to watch Mueller's performance and discover all the magical moments of the celebration honoring music's biggest lifetime contributors.