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Wonderful b&w picture and caption book chronicling the history of the famous New York hot spot. Being a Copa Girl was like being an American Idol! This was a lot of fun to read.

 

Tips on Tables - By Robert W. Dana - March, 1953

Danny Thomas Mists Eyes Of Audience at Copacabana

Danny Thomas' performance in a two-hour dinner show on his return Thursday to Jules Podell's Copacabana in a night club classic that ranks with a danny thomasmemorable night in the theater. In his first New York appearance in two years he pulled out all the show stops to send customers into hysterical laughter.

Through extensive television and motion picture stardom, a widened scope makes admirable use of his splendid singing voice, while his dramatic sense of showmanship prompts him to go from the high hilarity of his famous ad-glibbing Lebanese lament to a tender audience-participating finale.

I can remember few such touching sights as the capacity Copa audience looking with the misty eyes as Danny and his pretty little television pal, Bunny Lewbel, visitor in the audience, sing the title song from "I'll See You in My Dreams," the film in which Thomas portrays the great lyric writer, Gus Kahn.

Flickering Matches.

Faithful to his instructions to sing along with him and light a match on the words, "They will light our way tonight," the customers presented an inspiring picture thomaswith their flickering matches in a darkened room.

Danny and members of Michael Durso's orchestra open the show with their allegiance to the management. This is part of his contract, he says. Later, repenting such homage, he goes into his familiar routine about the "stinkin' bosses."

He tells how it took him 13 years before he could announce a song from his own picture. Then he sings as he does in "The Jazz Singer." He tells how he starved in those 13 years but paid no taxes. Now the taxes eat him up.

Newcomer Sells Songs.

"After my alleged triumphs," he said,"I'm happy to say vanity has not caused me to have my nose bobbed." Dolores Hawkins, a newcomer, sells her song with fire in her New York debut at the Copa."Hallelujah," "I'll Walk Alone," "For You, My Love" and "Rockabye, My Baby" are well tailored to her ability.

Also featured in a new show are the Cerneys. An unusually hardworking pair, they concentrate on aerial work. The man seems to approach each number with the gestures of a bullfighter which is novel if a bit monotonous.

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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