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by George T. Simon who followed the band closely during their whirl up the charts and their heyday.

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

 

Singer Dick Haymes spent much of his career following in Frank Sinatra's footsteps. First with the Harry James Orchestra, then with Tommy Dorsey's outfit and finally as a solo singer. There were some who believed that Haymes was a better singer than Sinatra and in the 1940's, Mr. Dana was one of them, but this 1956 review describes the crooner needing to warmup a bit before catching up to his dazzling accompanists.

Tips on Tables - Robert W. Dana - December 20, 1956

Haymes Scores at Versailles

By any standard in sickness and in health, Dick Haymes gives a solid performance at the Versailles. dick haymesAfflicted with laryngitis the other night and otherwise challenged by the brilliance of the Cy Coleman trio, a showcase accompanying unit, he finished before a completely, admiring audience.

While Dick is in the warmup stage of his 40-minute performance, singing "I'll Take Romance" and "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries," it is extremely difficult to concentrate on him, because piano whiz Coleman and his boys outshine him with their stylish rhythmic effects.

Then he sings "Two Different Worlds," with Salvatore Gioe and his orchestra assuming the burden of accompaniment, and the difference is marked. It's quieter, fuller but never intruding. Call it a bridge for the listener finally catches up with Haymes, or Haymes with Coleman, and the rest of the performance is pure delight.

You can enjoy the long-perfected Haymes style in the same earful with Coleman musical delights as they collaborate effectively on "Love Walked In," "Love Is Here to Stay," "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and "Rain or Shine."

With the Haymes attraction, Nick and Arnold go into Christmas and the New Year well fortified. To back this up they have their excellent cuisine (and I suggest the veal cutlet Milanaise), with maitre de Robert at the velvet rope, assisted by Joe.

Music for dancing is played by Salvatore Gioe and his orchestra, alternating with Panchito and his band,who have been at the Versailles for years.

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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