Palladium Ballroom

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The Palladium Ballroom was located at the northeast corner of 53rd Street and opened on Thursday, March 15, 1946. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_0

Big Three Palladium Ballroom_section_0

In 1948, the Palladium Ballroom gained in stature because of the Big Three acts: Tito Puente, Tito Rodríguez, and Machito. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_1

The careers of the Big Three expanded on the strength of their bookings at the Palladium. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_2

These bands were turning out mambo hit after mambo hit such as "Asia Minor" and "Babarabatiri", "Picadillo" and "Ran Kan Kan", and "Mambo Mona". Palladium Ballroom_sentence_3

Dámaso Pérez Prado's "Mambo No. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_4 5" (1952) was a cross-over hit. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_5

Dancers and dances Palladium Ballroom_section_1

The Palladium was known not only for its music but for its dancers, fueled by weekly dance competitions and pie contests along with a Female Best Leg Contest. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_6

Ability to dance, not class or color, was the social currency inside the club. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_7

The Palladium's top star-performers, Augie and Margo Rodríguez, took the mambo to unimaginable heights. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_8

Carlos Arroyo also known as Mr Cha Cha Taps is featured in the short film Mambo Madness (1955) Another popular act featured was the group The Mambo and Cha-Cha-Aces with Andy, Mike and Tina. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_9

Joe Vega and Freddie Rios did their side by side act. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_10

Marilyn Winters danced the entire floor in her one-woman show, as did Carmen Cruz. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_11

The Palladium became a showcase for the chachachá, merengue, and the pachanga. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_12

These became as popular with the masses as the Mambo. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_13

The year 1948 started the mambo craze that spread across the United States. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_14

It began at the Palladium Ballroom. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_15

At its height, the Palladium attracted Hollywood and Broadway stars, especially on Wednesday nights, which included a free dance lesson. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_16

Dance instructors such as "Killer Joe" Piro — who briefly served as master of ceremonies at the Palladium when Federico Pagani was not available — Augie and Margo were featured dancers there. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_17

Pedro Aguilar, better known as Cuban Pete, and Millie Donay appeared internationally. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_18

Tito Puente wrote a song for Cuban Pete. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_19

Carmen Marie Padilla would offer mass dance lessons for the large audience. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_20

Jazz musicians, celebrities and Latin bands Palladium Ballroom_section_2

The Palladium was next to jazz clubs on West 52nd Street such as Birdland, CuBop City, and the Onyx Club. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_21

Jazz musicians and some celebrities would sit in and play with the Latin bands. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_22

Others watched and enjoyed the show. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_23

Examples of notables who went to the ballroom include Count Basie, Marlon Brando, Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Joe Morello, Sammy Davis Jr., Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Gene Krupa, Jerry Lewis, Peter Lawford, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Buddy Rich, George Shearing, Cal Tjader, and Pedro Vargas. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_24

Saxophonist Wayne Shorter, who lived in the New York City area during the heyday of the Palladium Ballroom, composed a piece during the 1970s called "Palladium" while a member of the seminal jazz-fusion group Weather Report. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_25

The song appears on their Heavy Weather album and features a driving Latin rhythm. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_26

Mambo declines Palladium Ballroom_section_3

By the early 1960s, tastes had shifted and it was clear a new sound was on the horizon. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_27

The Palladium closed in the spring of 1966. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_28

Dancers' and music fans' enthusiasm for the music was not diminished. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_29

The Village Gate in Greenwich Village opened to Latin Night on Mondays and Wednesdays. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_30

Federico Pagani started Latin Nights with radio host Symphony Sid Torin and Joe Gaines. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_31

Pagani started doing the same at Tony Roma's El Corso on 86th Street and Third Avenue, Barney Googles, and the Cheetah, Casa Blanca, Village Gate nightclub. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_32

These venues became the places "the scene" went to next. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_33

Pagani also was responsible for his input on the movie filming Nuestra Cosa (Our Latin Thing ) at the Cheetah and The Red Garder with Symphony Sid. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_34

Palladium in The Mambo Kings movie Palladium Ballroom_section_4

The dance floor and bandstand of the club were recreated in The Mambo Kings (1992), a film starring Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas about the era of the mambo at the Palladium Ballroom and about Federico Pagani. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_35

Roscoe Lee Brown played the part of promoter Fernando Pérez, who would listen to what one had to offer in music, could make or break candidates, and was very serious and honest in telling them whether or not they had a chance to make it. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_36

Tito Puente played himself, and Desi Arnaz Jr. played Desi Arnaz Sr. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_37

The Mambo Kings Band featured Ralph Irizarry, Machito's son Mario Grillo, and others. Palladium Ballroom_sentence_38


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