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Atlantic City in Atlantic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

They Called It “KY & The Curb”

Historic Atlantic City - Kentucky Avenue, 1933-1980's

 
 
They Called It “KY & The Curb” Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, October 10, 2010
1. They Called It “KY & The Curb” Marker
Inscription.
For more than four decades Kentucky Avenue ruled the East Coast Music scene. The greatest jazz and blues stars of all time filled its many clubs with round-the-clock entertainment - including Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughn, Aretha Franklin, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Atlantic City’s national treasure, drummer Chris Columbo and his Swing Crew in the forties and fifties.

[Photo captions:]
As the other nightclubs called it a day, KY & the Curb was just getting hot. In the glory days of the 1950's Club Harlem had people lined up for blocks to see the 6 a.m. Breakfast Show. “Every night was our party,” said historian Sid Trusty. “And we invited the world.”

Ray Charles at Club Harlem in the 1960's.
 
Erected by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority & Atlantic City Special Improvement District.
 
Location. 39° 21.388′ N, 74° 25.642′ W. Marker is in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in Atlantic County. Marker is on Boardwalk east of S. Kentucky Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is accessible to pedestrians on the Boardwalk fence, off the beach at the end of S. Kentucky Ave. Marker is in this post office area: Atlantic City NJ 08401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
32 North Kentucky Avenue - Former Site of The Club Harlem Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, October 10, 2010
2. 32 North Kentucky Avenue - Former Site of The Club Harlem
- note the renderings of dancers and musicians on the fence, but the historical marker said to be at this location was not in place on 10/10/10.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New Jersey Korean War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pierre Hollingsworth (approx. ¼ mile away); James L. Usry (approx. 0.4 miles away); How Chicken Bone Beach Got Its Name (approx. half a mile away); Jeremiah Leeds (approx. half a mile away); Sara Spencer Washington (approx. half a mile away); John Herbert Brooks (approx. half a mile away); Clifford J. Newsome (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Atlantic City.
 
Also see . . .  Across the street from 33 North Kentucky avenue. Photograph of patrons waiting in line. (Submitted on October 22, 2011, by Paul Glover of Wildwood, N.j..) 
 
Additional keywords. Leroy "Pop" Williams; Clifton Williams; Ben Alten; Clifton’s Club Harlem.
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicNotable Places
 
Club Harlem Souvenir Photograph Cover Photo, Click for full size
3. Club Harlem Souvenir Photograph Cover
Club Harlem Souvenir Photograph Cover Photo, Click for full size
4. Club Harlem Souvenir Photograph Cover
Inside the Club Harlem Photo, Click for full size
5. Inside the Club Harlem
Club Harlem Souvenir Photograph Cover Photo, Click for full size
6. Club Harlem Souvenir Photograph Cover
Unfinished touch-up during restoration of item.
Across the Street from the Club Harlem Photo, Click for full size
By Paul Glover
7. Across the Street from the Club Harlem
Across the street from 33 North Kentucky avenue 2nd floor- B or south-side Apt. The Club Harlem address is 32 North Kentucky avenue Atlantic City, N.J.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,171 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Paul Glover of Wildwood, N.j.. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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