Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NYC - Queens - Corona: Louis Armstrong House

NYC - Queens - Corona: Louis Armstrong House

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NYC - Queens - Corona: Louis Armstrong House celebrity houses
Image by wallyg Louis Armstrong purchased this modest house, built by Robert W. Johnson in 1910, in 1943 and lived here until his death in 1971 of a heart attack, one night after . In 1983, Armstrong's widow, Lucille, willed the house and its contents to New York City for the creation of a museum and study center devoted to Armstrong's career and the history of jazz. Armstrong, known to many simply as Satchmo and widely recognized as the founding father of jazz, was born in a poor section of New Orleans known as “the Battlefield” on August 4, 1901. He moved to New York in 1924 to play with the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra, the top African American band of the day, switching from cornet to trumpet. He lived in New York on and off, with detours in Chicago, Los Angeles and Eurpe before finally settling in this house. Beyond being an instrumentalist virtuoso, he also pioneered jazz style vocals and popularized scat style voals, recording hit songs, many of which have become jazz standards, for five decades. His talent for improvisation helped the trumpet emerge as a solo instrument, but he was also a masterful accompanist and ensemble player. He was known as a tireless performer, averaging over 300 concerts a year. His celebrity extended beyong music, appearing in over 30 films. The Louis Armstrong House was designated a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1988. National Register #76001265 (1976)

1959 Ad, The Cloister Inn, Nightclubs in Chicago & Hollywood, Playboy celebrity houses
Image by classic_film Advert tagline: "The Cloister swings until 4 A.M." Some historical info about The Cloister Inn in Chicago; the posh nightclub was located in the basement of the old Maryland Hotel on Rush Street, from What Was There: The Maryland Hotel was once one of Chicago's swankiest, and the Cloister Inn was a nightclub that featured acts like Duke Ellington, Della Reese, Bill Cosby and Lenny Bruce. In 1975, Hugh Hefner's assistant Bobbi Arnstein killed herself there; she was facing charges for cocaine distribution. In West Hollywood, The Cloister was an elite supper club on Sunset Boulevard. In 1958, the nightclub took over the 1941 building on the Sunset Strip that had formerly housed the posh Mocambo, which in its heyday had featured singers such as a young Frank Sinatra, Eartha Kitt, Herb Jeffries, and Ella Fitzgerald, and attracted many top Hollywood celebrity customers -- more about the old Mocambo club, from Wikipedia: Among the many celebrities who frequented the Mocambo were Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Errol Flynn, Charlie Chaplin, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, Henry Fonda, Lana Turner, Ava Gardner, Bob Hope, James Cagney, Sophia Loren, Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner, Grace Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Howard Hughes, Kay Francis, Marlene Dietrich, Theda Bara, Tyrone Power, Jayne Mansfield, John Wayne, Ben Blue, Ann Sothern, and Louis B. Mayer. Myrna Loy and Arthur Hornblow, Jr. celebrated their divorce there. The club's main stage was replicated on the TV series I Love Lucy as the "Tropicana" Club. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were frequent guests at the Mocambo and were close friends of Charlie Morrison. The Mocambo was also parodied mercilessly in the 1947 Bugs Bunny cartoon, "Slick Hare". According to a commentary track on the DVD with this cartoon, the animators managed to get into the kitchen and drew the kitchen exactly as they saw it, complete with dripping grease on the refrigerator and vegetables lying around the ground. Early in 1957, club operator and co-owner Charlie Morrison died at his Beverly Hills, California, home. The Mocambo remained in business for one final year, before closing its doors on June 30, 1958. The building was then sold, reopened as a supper club called The Cloister, and eventually demolished. *********** Published in Playboy magazine, June 1959 - Vol. 6 No. 6 Fair use/no known copyright. If you use this photo, please provide attribution credit; not for commercial use (see Creative Commons license).

Tributes left outside the singers house (Camden Sq, London) celebrity houses
Image by Kalexander2010 LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: JULY 2011: Tributes were left outside the home of Amy Winehouse in Camden Square, London, England. Singer Winehouse, 27, was found dead at her Camden home on July 23, 2011. © 2011 K Alexander