Chapter Ten by Frank Katzenmeyer
1998 was a successful year, and January 30, 1999 a one year birthday cake was there for all. Barbara, Bob, and Taylor called a few of us to the stage to acknowledge the originals. The admission price was reduced from seven to five dollars. A modest price for the live entertainment and great surroundings.
-Sarah of Gainesville-
Hundreds of show-off dancing was done at intermissions. From time to time there was prize money involved and a chance to go elsewhere to compete Angel and Jimmie (not pictured) were a couple that accomplished this.
-Up and Away-
-Dave, Kris, Carol-
-Wee Hours of the
It is now time to reflect on the great Swing Bands that we had at the Sugar Palm.
Denise Moore and Then Some were there several times at the beginning and at the Curtis Hixon Festival. Dan Electro and the Silvertones came in April and soon became the House Band, performing about once a month. They were a very popular band from Sarasota, playing Jump Blues as well as old standards. Dan's real name is Mike Shannon, a construction engineer. He now resides in Spain. From Boston were the Bellvue Cadillacs. From NYC were the Jet Set Six, called back several times, as they were always a big hit with their stage antics. Set Em Up Joe, The Delegates, Ron Sunshine and Full Swing. Their Christmas song Merry Christmas Baby is still very popular; The Camaros led by two very talented and beautiful ladies with song and dancing talent, were a big hit. Chalk one up for the Ladies. From Los Angles came The Eddie Reed Swing Band, still going strong in California. They were my favorites, because he played clarinet. After all it was Benny Goodman and his clarinet who started it all.
From Atlanta, came the Cigar Store Indians and their unique style of
rockabilly, and just broke up after 15 years together. From Orlando came Rocket 88,
popular in the area, led by Charlie Zayas on stand up bass. Their
electronic keyboard was housed in an old up right piano. At the end of
the night and last song they poured lighter fluid on the top, and lit
it. The crowd went NUTS. The Fire Marshall put a stop to that. Four of
the group make up The Midnight Ramblers still playing.. The Blue Flame
Combo was three members of the same group mostly on Sunday Nights.
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