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Like Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, Miller was another tough taskmaster.

 

The Andrews Sisters began their career by emulating the vocal stylings of the Boswell Sisters. During WWII. the Andrews reached their zenith in popularity with hits like their call-to-arms anthem "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy". They also enjoyed succesful collaborations with Bing Crosby in film and song. There were reports that the sisters' off-stage bickering was as explosive as their recording career but the smooth blend of their voices has left us a memory of perfect harmony.

Tips on Tables - Robert W. Dana - February 26, 1959

The Andrews Magic Holds

Everybody seemed to be a member of the Andrews Sisters' rooting session as Patty, Maxene andAndrews Laverne opened a starring engagement last night at the Latin Quarter after more than a decade away from the Great White Way. Seemingly effortless in the execution of their harmonies, they spun out about 20 of their famous numbers with showmanship so perfected that it seemed nonchalant.

These are different times we live in, and the pendulum of show business has swung away from the kind of entertainment the Andrews Sisters offer, but when you figure they recorded 700 songs in their time, achieving the peak of 17 gold records, it isn't surprising that this kind of magic is by no means ended. Gowned in white, red and black respectively by Edith Head, the sisters went through their repertoire with few interruptions, moving quickly from number to number.

Revive Hits of 20s.

Among the first group they sang were "Don't Fence Me In," "Bei Mir Bist du Schoen" and "Beer Barrel Polka." Then,! shedding part of their costumes to reveal shimmering sheath gowns, they provided an exciting segment of the dancing twenties with such songs as cartoon"Collegiate," "Last Night on the Back Porch" and "Show Me the Way to Go Home.

Jack Durant, a Latin Quarter perennial, brings his exhaustive, humor to the show. Always panting, as if he'd just finished the 100-yard dash, he literally pulls the customers out of any lethargic state they may have been in and compels them to laugh heartily at some very old lines.

The Latin Quarter almost always features an acrobatic act. Latona, Graham and Chadel, from Austria, fill this spot capably, offering novel cartoonstunts with humor throughout, It's a good act for all ages.

Pamela Work Scores.

I was pleased to notice the work of Pamela Work, a young lady recently of the club's chorus line, who has taken over the important lead spots vacated by Pony Sherrell. Her toughest assignment is as Sadie Thompson in the final production number. Aside from looking too innocent and young for the part, she does a pretty good job.

The rest of the Latin Quarter's big show is full of song, dance and color, making it one of the most rewarding exhibits in the big city. Music for the show and dancing is expertly handled by Jo Lombardi and his, orchestra, with interlude music by Buddy Harlowe.

THE REVIEWS
Andrews Sisters - Latin Quarter 1957
Desi Arnaz - w/Diosa Costello 1948
Count Basie - Lincoln 1943
Tony Bennett - Copacabana 1958
Milton Berle - Latin Quarter 1948
Joey Bishop - w/Andy Williams 1959
Ray Bolger - Wizard of Oz Scarecrow, Empire Room 1956
Cab Calloway - Greenwich Inn 1949
Diahann Carroll - Persian Room 1961
Betty Clooney - Waldorf Astoria 1954
Nat King Cole - Copacabana 1958
Perry Como - Versailles 1944
Copacabana - famous night club restaurant is reviewed 1953
Crosby Brothers - Latin Quarter 1961
Xavier Cugat - Waldorf Astoria 1951
Vic Damone - Riviera 1953
Billy Daniels - Copacabana 1952
Sammy Davis Jr. - Copacabana 1959
Phyllis Diller - w/Bobby Short 1958
Nancy Donovan - Copacabana 1952
Jimmy Durante - Copacabana 1951
Billy Eckstine - Copacabana 1951
Duke Ellington - Basin St. East 1961
Eddie Fisher - Empire Room 1959
Judy Garland -Town & Country 1958
Jackie Gleason - La Vie en Rose 1953
Benny Goodman - Empire Room 1956
Dolores Gray - Waldorf Astoria 1954
Buddy Hackett - Copacabana 1956
Connie Haines - Terrace Room 1951
Dick Haymes - Versailles 1956
Horace Heidt - 30th Anniversary 1954
Florence Henderson w/Bill Hayes 1958
Hildegarde - Pierre 1953
Celeste Holm - Plaza 1958
Eddy Howard - Roosevelt 1955
Burl Ives w/Wally Cox - Persian Room
Lisa Kirk - Persion Room 1958
Frankie Laine - Latin Quarter 1955
Julius La Rosa - Romanian 1958
Peggy Lee - Copacabana 1958
Jerry Lewis - Town & Country 1957
Joe E. Lewis - Copacabana 1945
Ted Lewis - Latin Quarter 1953
Liberace - Persian Room 1947
Guy Lombardo - Roosevelt 1957
Vincent Lopez - Grill Room 1954
Tony Martin - Riviera 1953
Martin and Lewis - Copacabana 1950
Ray McKinley - Glenn Miller Band 1957
Mills Brothers - Latin Quarter 1956
Vaughn Monroe - Astor 1955
Constance Moore - St. Regis 1958
Johnnie Ray - Copacabana 1953
Della Reese - Copacabana 1961
Sugar Ray Robinson - French Casino
Dorothy Shay - St. Regis 1961
Frank Sinatra - Wedgewood 1943
Danny Thomas - Copacabana 1949
Sophie Tucker - Latin Quarter 1950
Mae West - Latin Quarter 1956
Julie Wilson - Persian Room 1954
EDITORIALS
Dean Martin - thoughts on Mr. Sauve
Peter Lawford - retrospective
Rise & Fall of the big bands
INTERVIEWS
K Baggelaar- Copacabana author
Don Dellair - cabaret performer
Denny Farrell - big band disc jockey
Hal Turner - Performer/Conductor
B Zickafoose - played in WWII Europe
ASSORTED
Bernie Bierman bio
Sammy Kaye - Roosevelt 1957
Dinah Shore - press release and autograph from the 50's
A Letter about a WWII song
Harbers & Dale - Dance Team
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