Rodney Bingenheimer

Rodney Bingenheimer (born 1947), a longtime DJ on L.A. rock station KROQ, is notable for helping numerous iconic bands become successful. He developed a reputation for being the first American DJ to play then-new bands such as Blondie, the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, Guns N' Roses, Duran Duran, The Cure, Joan Jett, Hole, Symbol Six, No Doubt, Blur, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, The Bangles, X and many others.

Before breaking into radio, Bingenheimer worked as an intern at Mercury Records, where he escorted young British pop star David Bowie to L.A. hot spots. He auditioned for the Davy Jones part in the Monkees. He didn't land the role, but he dressed like Davy Jones, had a similar haircut, and later worked as a stand-in for Jones in the Monkees TV episode "Prince and the Pauper." He also made cameo appearances in the films "Repo Man," "Rock 'n' Roll High School," and "Up in Smoke."

A documentary about Bingenheimer, "Mayor of the Sunset Strip," is, according to David Edelstein in Slate, "a portrait of a man who has always needed celebrities to validate him." He's been compared to the title character in the Woody Allen film "Zelig" in that he keeps popping up in seemingly unrelated historical circumstances.

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