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When war ended, ‘Cuse nightclubs rocked

Francher’s Jiving Jammers

The bus stopped at the front door of The Cantina at 722 Butternut St. which also tripped the light fantastic on weekends as did Michael’s at 700 N. Salina St., where The Four Men performed “music the way you like it.”

Over at the Sports Room at 276 James St., Johnny Francher’s Jiving Jammers hosted jam sessions on Sunday evenings and Monday nights. Andre’s 700 on South Salina Street presented Dick Robinson’s Orchestra fronted by popular vocalist Sam Traino.

Pianist Harry Martin played with Fred Spafford & His Fifty Club weekends at the Plaza Grill, 1440 W. Genesee St., on the city’s West End. Harry later took Barb Shetron’s place in Mimi’s Mamas at the Valley Post and the band’s name changed to Mimi’s Mamas and a Papa!

Out in the suburbs, rascals ruled.

The Rhythm Rascals (wasn’t that Lou Lovell on trombone?) played for dancers on Saturday nights at Sea-Van’s in East Syracuse. Meanwhile, Huey’s Rascals held forth Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at The Dutchman’s Riverside Beer Garden on Baldwinsville Road at the Cold Springs Bridge.

Thanks, Wally!

Mimi Osmun recently reminisced about the post-war nightclub-mania with Wally Melnick who shared his copy of the Herald’s Dining and Dancing ads from July 1947. Wally is a trombone player long active in area concerts and marching bands. He turned 87 on April 23, and – since he has retired from performing – Marty is selling his instruments. If you’re interested, give him a jingle at 476-4304.

Besides sliding the ’bone, Marty also played bass for the Jim DeLine Gang on WSYR-TV, which – in those pre-cable days – was received over the airwaves on Channel 3.

Rhythm-Airs on the move

For a half-decade, the Rhythm-Airs big band – for which Mimi plays keyboards – has staged its weekly dances at McNamara’s Pub in Camillus. But beginning June 6, the band will move its popular Wednesday-evening performances to the Solvay Moose Club, 1121 Milton Ave.; 488-3477.

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