[Portrait of Sam Donahue and Hep, Aquarium, New York, N.Y., ca. Dec. 1946] (LOC)

Gottlieb, William P., 1917-, photographer.


[Portrait of Sam Donahue and Hep, Aquarium, New York, N.Y., ca. Dec. 1946]


1 negative : b&w ; 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 in.


Caption from Down Beat: Probably no dance band ever has played to so many empty tables consistently as the Sam Donahue ork during the recent double booking with Lionel Hampton at the Aquarium. The operators decreed that Sam should play afternoons, and the place isn't open in the afternoon! A single customer, John Sorenson, who just got off a boat from Denmark, wandered in by mistake one day and was served by the entire skeleton staff of three waiters, a cashier, head waiter, cook and busboy. In one of these staff photos by got, Sam and the band are seen playing to an attentive audience, consisting of one cat, Hep. In the other Stan Kenton keeps lonely Sam company, while Nick Callonus, a waiter, stands ready to bring another drink.



Gottlieb Collection Assignment No. 112

Purchase William P. Gottlieb

Forms part of: William P. Gottlieb Collection (Library of Congress).

In: "Empty tables," Down Beat, v. 15, no. 26 (Dec. 16, 1946), p. 5.



Donahue, Sam


Jazz musicians--1940-1950.

Big bands--1940-1950.




Format: Portrait photographs--1940-1950.

Group portraits--1940-1950.

Film negatives--1940-1950.


Rights Info: Mr. Gottlieb has dedicated these works to the public domain, but rights of privacy and publicity may apply. lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/html/gottlieb/gottlieb-copyrig...


Repository: (negative) Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Washington D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print


Part Of: William P. Gottlieb Collection (DLC) 99-401005


General information about the Gottlieb Collection is available at lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/html/gottlieb/gottlieb-home.html


Persistent URL: hdl.loc.gov/loc.music/gottlieb.10861


Call Number: LC-GLB13- 1086



  • Andrey Timofeev 4y

    ha ha ha ha, so cute ^_^
  • Lee Ingalls PRO 3y

    Greetings! This photo has been featured on The Odd Sandwich.


    Thanks for sharing these great images!
  • grytlappar 8mo

    This is a double whammy: When you search for "cat, photo" before 1970, the results are mostly cats – but also jazz musicians! And here you get both, haha. Oh for crying out loud... It's "Cats with cat". :)
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Taken sometime in 1946
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