Veteran concert promoter Chuck Landis, who launched his career 41 years ago with a small nightclub that featured singers Frankie Lane and Kay Starr, and more recently had a role in founding two of Los Angeles' best-known rock clubs, died early Sunday in his Canoga Park home, a family spokesman said. He was 68.
A burly, gruff man who had consistently survived in the hotly competitive nightclub wars of Los Angeles, Landis died of undetermined causes, the spokesman said.
Landis is best known as a co-founder of the Roxy, a West Hollywood rock club, in the early 1970s, and, in 1980, for starting the Country Club in Reseda, which offers rock concerts and boxing matches. He also owned several San Fernando Valley restaurants.
Justin Pierce, a friend and former public relations consultant for Landis, said Landis thrived while competitors went out of business, because he "had very good instincts and was very shrewd. He also was a great guy and he was always straight with you."