Top 10 Moments in Black Music History at the Palms in Hallandale
public domain image via Florida Guy 128 on wikimedia commons. Hallandale Beach at Sunset
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10. The Palms as Caribbean Musical Gateway
This Billboard magazine article from April 1960 talks about the influence of Miami radio on the Caribbean market specifically as it applied Palms owner Ernie Busker booking American R&B acts in the Bahamas. This mashup was integral to the birth of the modern Caribbean musical landscape.
9. Sam Cooke Plays The Palms
Peter Guralnick's excellent musical biography of Sam Cooke (Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke) refers to Sam Cooke's shows at The Palms, its past as a drive-in movie theater, its outdoor barbecue, and 106 foot bar. Sam Cooke had been touring the states since he was a kid on the gospel circuit. Cooke, like Ray Charles before him, took American gospel music and made it accessible for a worldwide audience.
8. Jerry Butler from The Impressions remembers The Palms in Hallandale
Jerry Butler from The Impressions says The Palms was looked upon as the premiere black club in the area outside of the Sir John Hotel. Butler is referring to the Sir John Knightbeat in Miami's Overtown, another South Florida musical landmark.
7. The Palms Put Hallandale on The Map
Kitty Oliver, author of Race and Change in Hollywood, Florida says that "Tri-county black people knew about The Palms in Hallandale." But The Palms wasn't only famous in Miami, Broward, and Palm Beach, it was known by all the big artists on the national circuit, including Jackie Wilson who "Used to be there all the time."
6. James Brown Works Hard in Hallandale
via The Hardest Working Man: How James Brown Saved The Soul of America by James Sullivan page 63
5. Shooting Dope, Eating Chicken, 50 Cent Drive In, and Chicken Everyday at The Million Dollar Palms
via Rollin' and Tumblin': The Postwar Blues Guitarists edited by Jas Obrecht
4. James Brown Finds Musical Inspiration at The Palms
via Live At The Apollo by Douglas Wolk
3. The Legendary Guitar Slim Played The Palms
via Guitar Towns: A Journey To The Crossroads of Rock N Roll
2 and 1. Titty Tassel Toni Bites Marvin Gaye In The Stomach At The Palms In Hallandale
via Rage To Survive: The Etta James Story by Etta James and David Ritz
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