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El Monte Legion Stadium | by KID DEUCE
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El Monte Legion Stadium

This is the legendary El Monte Legion Stadium in El Monte, California. Photographed here in the early 1970s, just before it was razed. In the late '50s and up through the '60s it was the venue for Art Laboe's dances and shows. Top west coast performers and groups were featured. In the days preceding a show local radio would feature loud commercials trumpeting the event. "Hello, I'm Art Laboe" was the usual intro, followed by a recitation of the featured performers. Near the end listeners were admonished to "Be there, or be square". And finally there was this warning: "And remember, no khakis or capris please", a not so subtle reminder that gang attire was frowned on. This last bit was perfectly understandable as one has only to look at this picture to realize that EMLS was a really classy place!

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Taken on June 1, 2007