Buddy Johnson & His Orchestra - “Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?” from Chronological Classics 1947-1949 (Amazon MP3)

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Captain America’s Roseland Ballroom, 1956-2014.

Roseland closes tonight.

From Captain America #258, June 1981
Caption: On 52nd Street in Manhattan, between Broadway and 8th Avenue, stands one of New York’s celebrated landmarks—a dance hall called Roseland. In this age of new wave, rock ‘n’ roll and disco, it’s a place where a couple can do a slow, romantic shuffle to the music of a big band. And among tonight’s couples are Steve Rogers (perhaps more widely known as Captain America) and his downstairs neighbor Bernadette Rosenthal.

"Strange. I was last here almost forty years ago. It was a victory bonds party. So long ago, yet for me it seems like only yesterday. I’m still young, thanks to the years I spent in suspended animation after the war—but the WAC I danced with should be in her 60s. With children and grandchildren. I’ve seen so much in my life—and yet I’ve lost so much more that can never be regained."

Poor Captain America, fated to outlive everything he’s ever loved.

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Cotton Comes To Harlem |  1930sExterior photo of the Cotton Club, Harlem, New York.


Cotton Comes To Harlem |  1930s

Exterior photo of the Cotton Club, Harlem, New York.

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Duke Ellington and band members playing baseball in front of their segregated motel ("Astor Motel") while touring in Florida. (Charlotte Brooks, photographer, LOOK Magazine Photograph Collection, Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division)

Cab Calloway Band baseball team

Cab Calloway Band baseball team

Clay Thompson of the Arizona Republic does some investigating (probably via Google)