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danaYou've navigated your way to Craig's additive-primary color tribute to the great musical performers from the Big Band Era and the Big Names that sprung out of it. Vintage reviews from the 40's, 50's and 60's on Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Tony Bennett, the Andrews Sisters, Perry Como, the swing era bands, the golden age comedians and many more are seen here for the first time since they were published half a century ago. You'll notice a pattern with all the artists featured here ... they all performed in New York City.

The bulk of these reviews and pictures were acquired from Mr. Robert Dana, former entertainment macdanacolumnist for the now defunct "New York World Telegram & Sun". He also hosted a radio show and short-lived television show pleasantly scrutinizing (as was the custom of that time) the performances of the established and up-and-coming stars of the 40's and 50's. He lived to the ripe old age of 89 when in 1996, his body gave out but his mind was active till his last days. So active in fact that when he was admitted to the hospital for the the last time, he insisted on being released so he could author a new book on "eateries" in the New York area. However, it probably would have sold poorly since it was intended to be the sequel to his first book "Where To Eat In New York" - 40 years its predecessor. It's not likely many of his favorite Hot Spots are still around.

From the inside book cover: Robert W. Dana, famous for his "Tips on Tables" column, a daily feature of the where to eatNew York World-Telegram, is a native of New York City. He began his writing carreer in the drama department of the New York Herald Tribune and later did a column on night clubs and restaurants for that paper. This was followed by four months as a night club and restaurant press agent. He then took over the World-Telegram column, which he has been doing for the past four years. CURRENT BOOKS REVIEW, 1948.

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
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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dana 1
Robert Dana with wife Sarah and others promoting the new book.

bar association
The International Barmen Association, NY Division, established in 1933.

retro drinks
Drinks on the town with friends.

canada dry
Canada Dry promotion of radio show. Mr. Dana pondering a response.

Chevaliers du Tastevin
Illustrious gathering of the Chevaliers du Tastevin.



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