Bill Gazzarri, whose Sunset Strip nightclub helped launch famed rock 'n' roll acts that include the Doors and Sonny and Cher, has died. He was 67.

Gazzarri died Wednesday in his sleep at his West Hollywood home, family and friends said Friday."He'd been to the doctor's a week before," longtime friend Joe Seide said. "He had been having pains in his chest, but they didn't find any damage to his heart."

Gazzarri's began as a family restaurant in the early 1960s and moved to the Sunset Strip in 1963.

"Rock 'n' roll crept in and it went from there," said Malcolm Shore, who is married to Gazzarri's niece.

Gazzarri didn't like the loud new music at first, but later became a rock critic for MTV, Seide said.