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Robert Dana

Robert W. Dana was the author of these reviews. Introduction and photos

Big Band News - 2002

Big band era singer from the 1930's and 1940's, Dolly Dawn, leader of "Dolly Dawn and Her Dawn Patrol" has died in Engelwood New Jersey on December 18. She was 86.

Composer and bandleader Ray Conniff died on October 12 after falling down and hitting his head. Conniff was famous for many easy listening recordings from the 50's and 60's including "Somewhere My Love." Ray began his career with the Bunny Berigan Orchestra. He was 85.

Actor/Comedian Buddy Lester who appeared in the Rat Pack movies "Ocean's 11" and "Seargents 3" and several Jerry Lewis movies died on October 4 of cancer. He was 86.

Big band jazz leader Lionel Hampton died on August 31 at the age of 94. In 1936, Lionel played the vibraphone with the Benny Goodman Quartet which also included pianist Teddy Wilson and drummer Gene Krupa.

Jazz harpist Daphne Hellman, unique in her field, who's career began in the 1940's died on Sunday, August 4th at a nursing home in Manhattan Daphne Hellmanat the age of 86. She was recuperating from injuries suffered in a fall the month before. Daphne studied the harp with such experts as Mildred Dilling, Henrietta Renie and Carlos Salzedo. She also studied with Lovilla Tullos, of the Cab Callaway band, learning the technique of swing on the harp. Among her many engagements in the New York area was the Ritz Room of the Carlton House (Madison Avenue at 61st Street) during the early 50's.

Farewell to singer Rosemary Clooney who died from lung cancer on June 29th at the age of 74. Rosemary began her career singing for Tony Pastor's Orchestra along with her sister Betty. She later appeared in films and television variety-shows but will mostly be remembered as a wonderful singer who continued singing popular standards until the end of her life.

Singer/Actress Dolores Gray passed away in her Manhattan apartment on June 26 at the age of 78 from a heart attack. Ms. Gray was a popular Dolores Graynightclub performer, recording star, stage actress, and appeared in the films 'Kismet" and "The Opposite Sex" among others. She first achieved acclaim as the star in "Annie Get Your Gun", a role she played for three years in England. She was hailed by the critic of the London Daily Herald as "the greatest leading lady of the musical plays ever seen in London."

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
Rowan & Martin - Latin Quarter 1961
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
Dean Martin - thoughts on Mr. Sauve
Peter Lawford - retrospective
Rise & Fall of the big bands
K Baggelaar- Copacabana author
Don Dellair - cabaret performer
Denny Farrell - big band disc jockey
Hal Turner - Performer/Conductor
B Zickafoose - played in WWII Europe
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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