Rodney Bingenheimer, born December 15, 1947, is a radio DJ on the Los Angeles rock station KROQ. He is often referred to as The Mayor of the Sunset Strip, a nickname given to him by actor Sal Mineo during his years as personality in the Los Angeles music scene.
Bingenheimer was born December 15 in Mountain View, California. He auditioned for the Davy Jones part in the Monkees. While he did not get the part, he later doubled Davy Jones in the episode “Prince and the Pauper”.
When Bingenheimer arrived in Los Angeles actor Sal Mineo dubbed him ?The Mayor of the Sunset Strip.? He formed friendships with pop stars of the day such as The Byrds and Sonny & Cher, for whom he was a live-in publicist. In his own words, Bingenheimer ?became the talk of the town because I had the perfect Brian Jones ?do? .?
Many events and incidents contributed to Bingenheimer?s notoriety. He and Sonny Bono were reportedly asked to leave the Hollywood restaurant Martoni?s because of their hippie appearance, Bingenheimer brought Brian Wilson to the recording session for Tina Turner?s lead vocal on the Phil Spector classic ?River Deep, Mountain High,? and he was ridiculed in a dialogue by the all-girl band The GTOs on their Frank Zappa-produced LP Permanent Damage.