54 Ballroom on Broadway in South Los Angeles

At 71 the long term memory gets better & the short term less. For years I have maintained that I thought Steve Wonders first live recording of Fingertips part 1 was recorded live at the 54 ballroom?

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Comment by Linda Dean on July 14, 2013 at 8:24am

Well I know this is a couple years old, but I would love to hear your stories of times. My parents met at the 54 Ballroom in the 50's. It's always seemed such a magical, historic place. I could always see the memories in my mom's eye's when she talked about it.

Comment by Bob Thomas on November 28, 2011 at 6:44pm

I don't know the answer, but I wish more folks would comment on their memories of the 5-4 Ballroom. I was in the Air Force during the 50's (54 to 57) and I partied hard there damn near every weekend. I was only 18 but who cared, right? Coming from a small town in Ark. (Helena/West Helena) I thought I had died and gone to Heaven. My favorites were: T-BONE WALKER, RAY CHARLES, BIG JOE TURNER, COUNT BASIE W/SARAH VAUGHN, FATS DOMINOE, LITTLE WILLIE JOHN, BOBBY BLUE BLAND, and many more. OUR music got co-opted and we got priced out after that. BUT, WHAT A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL WHILE IT LASTED........Let me know about your memories if YOU ARE FROM THAT ERA.

Comment by enhager on November 28, 2011 at 10:14am

In a previous post, we actually had a discussion about the 54 Ballroom - http://www.leimertparkbeat.com/profiles/blogs/our-life-in-pictures.

Read "Our life in pictures" Then read the comments.

Check out this record - Stax Revue Live at the 54 Ballroom [Live] - and the line up!

1. Green Onions - Booker T & The MGs
2. You Can't Sit Down - Booker T & The MGs
3. Summertime - Booker T & The MGs
4. Soul Twist - Booker T & The MGs
5. Bootleg - Booker T & The MGs
6. Don't Have To Shop Around - Mad Lads (1)
7. Candy - Astors
8. Last Night - Mar-Keys
9. Any Other Way - Bell, William
10. You Don't Miss Your Water - Bell, William
11. Every Ounce Of Strength - Thomas, Carla
12. Do The Dog - Thomas, Rufus
13. Walking The Dog - Thomas, Rufus

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