Indianapolis Rhythm and Blues

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Indiana Avenue was traditionally the host to some of America's premier, world-renown entertainment icons in various genres. Along this winding, brightly lit thoroughfare were nightclubs, lounges, supper clubs, taverns, juke joints, and holes-in-the-wall that celebrated the best of the best in entertainment that America had to offer, from the 1920s on into the 1970s. On the bandstand at Denver Ferguson's Sunset Terrace Ballroom, the elegantly attired crooner Nat King Cole, in a sparkling blue silk suit, delivered his signature song "Mona Lisa." Nearby, B.B. King sang his 1973 down-home blues classic "To Know You is to Love You." At Tuffy Mitchell's Pink Poodle nightclub, "Moms" Mabley made the audience roar with laughter during her sidesplitting comedy routine. Indiana Avenue truly was the place to be for the best in entertainment.
ISBN: 9781467129473
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Indiana
Series: Images of America
Images: 202
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
David Leander Williams is an adjunct professor in Africana studies at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. He spent many years interviewing entertainers of all genres and neighborhood folk heroes in order to recapture the essence of the glitz and glamour of these decades of entertainment. The images contained herein represent decades of rummaging through the dusty bins of record shops, cluttered antique shops, or weekend yard sales.
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