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

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    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

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    1. Andrey Timofeev 45 months ago | reply

      ha ha ha ha, so cute ^_^

    2. oddsandwich 38 months ago | reply

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


      Thanks for sharing these great images!

    3. grytlappar 4 months ago | reply

      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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