A Night At The Renaissance On The Sunset Strip – 1959 – Past Daily Pop Chronicles

Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry - Solid fixtures on the L.A.Folk scene in the 1950s

Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry – Solid fixtures on the L.A.Folk scene in the 1950s

Click on the link here for Audio Player – Skip Weshner’s Accent On Sound – Live From The Renaissance Club – KRHM-FM -Dec. 1959 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Always a reminder floating around of just how active L.A.’s club scene was in the 1950s. One example comes by way of a weekly broadcast from KRHM-FM (later to become KMET and still later, The Wave) during December of 1959. Skip Weshner, who hosted several live shows from the various clubs around town, including The Ash Grove on Melrose and The Cavern on Beverly Boulevard, hosted this one from The Renaissance at 8428 Sunset Boulevard, across the street from Ciro’s (now the Comedy Store).

Opening the program (or this segment) is the Flamenco duo Jaime Grifo and Niño Marvino (otherwise known as James W. Fawcett and Martin Walker), whose debut album on Liberty was slated to be released the following month (January 1960).

And closing the show is the venerable Blues duo Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry.

Just some of the nightly happenings in Los Angeles in the 1950s, with some of the legendary and cornerstone figures on the West Coast.

Now . . .if I could just find some photos of the Renaissance on Sunset . . . .(hint-hint)



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