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You've got to admire bandleader Desi Arnaz for not fearing to be teamed-up with showstopping partners. Years before he played opposite wife Lucille Ball as Ricky Ricardo in "I Love Lucy," he was teamed with film actress and Puerto Rican bombshell Diosa Costello. Desi closed the show but Diosa was more in demand at the time of this review.

Tips on Tables - Robert W. Dana - March 23, 1948

Desi and Diosa Rock Roof at the Harem

History doesn't always repeat itself in the selfsame way. That is, as far as nightclub, entertainers are desiconcerned. It was about nine years ago at La Conga that Desi Arnaz and Diosa Costello stirred up a tempest of rhythm before a cafe society looking for new thrills and getting it. George Abbott, a great rumba fan, was a nightly visitor. How could the kids lose?

Thanks to Abbott, they didn't.

He put them on the stage and since then they have gone their separate ways, in movies, on stage and in night clubs. Diosa's been seen all around town, always a dynamic show-stopper. Desi's only previous local night club engagement since La Conga days - at east in my memory was with his band at Copacabana.

Work Separately.

Now the, kids, slightly grownup and Desi for one, a little stouter but more handsome for It, are together at the Harem, the big Broadway club with the bright, fast-paced revue of some months duration. I say together. Actually, they're not, for the probable reason that they're afraid to steal each other's thunder-and, brother, it's thunder of a musical rhythmic sort.

Too bad, in a way, that entertainers have to become stars. Nothing would have been nicer than to see Desi and Diosa work together. The Harem's show would be stronger for it. However, it's plenty strong as it is.

Diosa, in a dream gown of red shade, is no laggard when it comes to doing, her specialty - torrid singing of Latin costellonumbers and reverse bumping all around the ringside. One of her specialties, too, is overdrawing her stance to create a caricature. With a headful of flying brunette tresses and a body charged with high voltage, she is something to see. A special treat was offered the customers the other night when her husband, Pupi Campo, the band leader, came up and ad libbed a rumba with her.

Defends Rumbas.

Desi Arnaz, in a stunning blue suit, navy blue tie and Costello cartoonwhite shirt, is a fascinating caballero. He is completely at ease and has good timing. The two high points in his program are his singing of "Tabu" as he accompanies himself on the guitar, and a lively defense of Latin-American rhythm in "North America Take It Away."

He opens the last by taking apart the song, "South America Take It Away," slating that his sacroiliac was never injured by the rumba, but that the American lindy hop was enough to put him on the shelf. He then called forth a blond charmer to help him illustrate.

It is a well-thought-out number, but about a year too late. For, outside of Harlem, I seriously doubt if the lindy or other forms of exaggerated American rhythms are seen except on rare occasions. Inasmuch as the song, "South America, Take It Away" is also Just about ready for the shelf, Desi really has no argument to pick.

Altogether, the Harem's show is lively and entertaining.

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
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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