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Robert Dana

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

BIG BAND NEWS 2010

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly do a spoof on Bing and Bowie's famed duet ... An recent encouner with Phylllis Diller ... Paul McCartney played his first ever performance at the New York Apollo on December 13th. Tony Bennett was there! ... Frank Sinatra would have been 95 years old on December 12th ... And of course, enjoy this world-class Holiday performance from Dino and Bing

Happy Birthday to caberet legends Don Dellair and Julie Wilson on October 21st.

Eddie Fisher died from complications of hip surgery on September 22nd. At one time or another, Fisher was married to Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor and Connie Stevens. He eddie fisherwas a hugely succeful singing idol in the 1950's, starring in his own television show and appearing in films. He had many hit singles icluding his signature song "Oh My Pa-Pa." Later enterprizes included tell-all books books like "Eddie: My Life, My Loves" and "Been There, Done That." For whatever reason, I think that tenors like Eddie Fisher, tend to be more overlooked as the years go by, as opposed to their crooning counterparts, who are still iadmired today. But for a while, Eddie Fisher was the biggest star on the planet. Here's a review of Eddie Fisher's 1959 performance at The Empire Room in New York City.

I was fortunate enough to get an invite to bernieattend the 102nd birthday celebration of iconic composer, Bernie Berman, whose star-studded gathering was held at The Knickerbocker Bar & Grill in Greenwich Village, New York. Bernie performed his original compositions on piano with new lyrics he'd written just for the occassion Read more

George Clooney to play Sinatra? ... Check out this batch of previously unreleased Rat Pack photos from Life magazine ... Frank Sinatra's stone lodge near Palm Springs is up for sale. Too bad the photos look like they were taken by a kid's camera or cellphone.

Legendary "Stormy Weather" singer Lena Horne, 92, died on May 9th. In 1960, reviewer Robert Dana Lena Hornewrote "Even before she was allowed to kick off with "Continental Mind," the lithe Brooklyn beauty had to stand up to a double round off applause. Miss Horne paid off the debt with compound interest with her intense rendition of "Man I Love" and "Come Running," followed by a medley of Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen tunes." I was once told by an aquaintance of Robert Dana, that a Lena Horne performance was his all-time favorite concert.

Great to see Harry Connick, Jr. showing up on American Idol. I didn't think any of the kids handled the Sinatra songs too well, but I'd cast my vote for Crystal Bowersox. Remember in Season One when Tamyra Gray performed Cab Calloway's Minnie The Moocher and Kelly Clarkson sang Betty Hutton's "Stuff Like That"? Now that was a great representation of an era!

Say it ain't so! The Jackie Gleason Theater, a Miami Beach landmark where Gleason filmed his TV show in the 1960's, could soon be demolished ... The 35th annual Glenn Miller Festival in Clarinda, Iowa, will feature bands from around the world plus the grand opening of the Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum on June 10-13

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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