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date: 15 November 2019

Roseland Ballroomlocked

  • Claude Conyers

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A dance hall, music venue, and catering hall on West 52nd Street in New York City’s theater district. Founded by Louis Brecker and Frank Yuengling in Philadelphia in 1917, Roseland was moved to New York City in 1919 and housed in a building at 1658 Broadway, at West 51st Street. Billed as the “home of refined dancing,” it catered to a “whites only” clientele and soon became famed for the big band groups that played there. The first was Sam Lanin and His Ipana Troubadours, whose repertory included such current Broadway hit songs as Irving Berlin’s “Mandy” and “You Cannot Make Your Shimmy Shake on Tea.” The venue was so large and so popular that soon two orchestras were required to provide music for couples eager to dance under the star-studded ceiling. To the orchestras of Vincent Lopez, Harry James, Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, and Glenn Miller, couples danced all the popular ballroom dances of the day. The building that housed Roseland was demolished in ...

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