The London Fog (Now Dukes Coffee Shop) was located on the Sunset Strip between The Galaxy & Hamburger Hamlet. It is most notable for being the venue where The Doors had their first regular gigs for four months in early 1966 before becoming the house band at the Whisky a Go Go.
[The Doors] played for five dollars apiece on weeknights, double on weekends, seven nights a week, four sets per night. Because
at the time they didn't have sufficient original material for such a long job, over half their repertory consisted of blues
and rock 'n' roll classics, such as Gloria, Little Red Rooster and Who Do You Love? Once again, a faithful core of students
from the UCLA film school followed them, but on the strip, a cross section of other listeners joined them. More than anything
else, the London Fog job provided them with the opportunity to play together steadily, experiment with their songs, and to
develop as a working group. Jim Morrison in particular changed, progressing from a reserved stage style to his present flamboyant
manner. Their music was ardently defended by a growing segment of the Strip population, but it also just plain scared a lot
of people. Eventually they were fired.
After being The London Fog, it became an upscale bar called Sneaky Petes, and is now called Dukes.
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