Los Angeles lounge music icon Marty Roberts, drummer and bassist of the band “Marty & Elayne” who performed at the Dresden Lounge in Los Feliz for 35 years, has died at 89. No cause of death was immediately available.
His death was confirmed by his daughter, Hali, who wrote: “We are heartbroken, the greatest man alive has gone to heaven. Marty passed away peacefully on Thursday 13th 2022. My mother and I are devastated by his loss and no one can ever take his place. He had a joke and a smile (a smile is free, he would say!) for everyone he met and was the kindest, most dedicated man in the world. He will be missed more than words can express.
Born April 10, 1932, in New York City, Marty met Elayne in Los Angeles in the 70s. They performed at various saloons around town, including a stint at Michael’s in Los Feliz, where their act was surprised by the owner from Dresden. Their gig in Dresden began in 1981 and quickly became a thing for local hipsters, who enjoyed the drum and piano vibe and often joined in for a song or two.
Their mix of jazz standards and lounge interpretations of pop music became such a cult classic that Jon Favreau used them in his 1996 film centered on Los Feliz, swingers, and they were often joined by celebrities such as Flea, Julia Roberts and David Lynch, among others.
Later, Tom Petty paid tribute to them by including them in the “Yer So Bad” video. They also made an appearance in an episode of Mr Show.
Marty had a heart attack in January 2020 while performing in Dresden. Elayne continued solo for six weeks after that. Then music in Dresden was silenced by the pandemic.