The Rockettes at Club Alabam, Dunbar Hotel, Central Ave.

The lady in the center is Margaret Melton, a native of Los Angeles and Graduate of Manual Arts High in 1942 and my mother. An accomplished jazz and swing dancer of the 1940s, she danced with all of the greats:Billie Holiday. Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, et al. and at such Venues as The Cotton Club, Apollo Theatre and Club Congo. This photo is in Tom Reed's Book, 'The Black Music History of Los Angeles'

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Comment by Kim Vinson on March 30, 2010 at 11:48am
This is really wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing this part of history and your family's life with us. Very Cool.
Comment by Ernie Mixon on February 20, 2010 at 10:26am
Wow! .... that is great.... I love our history and your mom was the bomb... back in da day! ... I've visited the Dunbar hotel on Central... and loved the history that is still there... I am sure your mom has/had so many great stories that she has told you... so is Entertainment still in your family... you?, kids? or grands? ... you know that runs in the blood.

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