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Savoy Ballroom

 
 
Savoy Ballroom "Plaque" image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, March 27, 2010
1. Savoy Ballroom "Plaque"





Inscription.
SAVOY

Here once stood the legendary Savoy Ballroom a hothouse for the development of jazz in the Swing Era. Visually dazzling and spacious, the Savoy nightly featured the finest jazz bands in the nation, and its house bands included such famous orchestras as those of Fess Williams, Chick Webb, and Teddy Hill. The great jazz dancers who appeared on its block-long floor ranged from professionals like Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers to everyday Harlemites. During a time of racial segregation and strife, the Savoy was one of the most culturally and racially integrated of institutions, and its fame was international. It was the heartbeat of Harlem’s community and a testament to the indomitable spirit of and creative impulse of African-Americans. It was a catalyst for inspiration where dancers and musicians blended influences to forge new, wide-spread, and long-lasting traditions in music and dance.

Whether they attended or not, all Americans knew the meaning of “Stompin’ at the Savoy.”

Home of Happy Feet
1926 - 1958

 
Erected 2002.
 
Location. 40° 49.051′ N, 73° 56.284′ W. Marker is in Harlem, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Lenox Avenue
Savoy Ballroom Marker - at recess in fence marking the entrance to the old Savoy Ballroom image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, March 27, 2010
2. Savoy Ballroom Marker - at recess in fence marking the entrance to the old Savoy Ballroom
now the site of the "Savoy Park" housing complex - formerly known as "Delano Village".
north of W. 140th Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10037, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alexander Hamilton's House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 369th Infantry Regiment Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hamilton Grange (approx. half a mile away); "Pete" Sheehy (approx. 0.8 miles away); Pope Benedict XVI Mass (approx. 0.9 miles away); Allie Pierce Reynolds (approx. 0.9 miles away); George Herman "Babe" Ruth (approx. 0.9 miles away); William Malcolm "Bill" Dickey (approx. 0.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. About the Savoy Ballroom. (Submitted on March 28, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Harlem-Bespoke: Remember the Savoy Ballroom. (Submitted on March 28, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. Whitey's Lindy Hoppers. (Submitted on March 29, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
4. Savoyballroom.com. "Savoy Poems" ... At the height of WW2 the Savoy Ballroom was closed for six months during 1943 as a result of spurious vice charges by New York City Police. It was quickly pointed out that if these 'charges' were justified then virtually every other entertainment establishment should have been closed for the same reason. Racist objections to black and
Savoy Ballroom Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, March 27, 2010
3. Savoy Ballroom Marker
white mixing in the ballroom were widely believed to be the cause. ... (Submitted on March 29, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

5. The Big Apple at the Savoy. (Submitted on March 29, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
6. Chick Webb. (Submitted on March 29, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
7. Streetswing.com entry for The Savoy Ballroom. (Submitted on March 29, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
8. Wikipedia entry for George "Shorty" Snowden. (Submitted on March 29, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
9. Inside the Savoy. (Submitted on March 29, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
10. Jitterbug History featuring Whitey's Lindy Hoppers. (Submitted on March 29, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Lindy Hop; Jitterbug; nightclub
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAfrican AmericansArts, Letters, MusicNotable Places
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 911 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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