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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Lopez Playing - Vincent Lopez

Lopez Playing
Vincent Lopez, His Piano And Orchestra
Starring At The World Famous Hotel Taft Grill Room
Columbia Special Archives Series
CS 8229

From the back cover: After a quick transition from monastery life (where he studied for the priesthood) to the role of piano player at a series of bars and restaurants in Brooklyn, Lopez made his bid for a chance at the big-time at Manhattan's famous Pekin Restaurant on 47th Street and Broadway, where auditions for piano players were conducted the hard way – before a live audience often packed with celebrities. Young Lopez dazedly heard himself introduced as "The Piano Kid from Brooklyn," to a crowd that included Diamond Jim Brady, David Lamar of Wall Street, and Death Valley Scotty from the fabulous West! Nervously stumbling against the piano stool he first drew a laugh, but it changed to a wave of applause with his rendition of Ragging The Scale.

Sleepy Serenade
Ragging The Scale
Doll Dance
Autumn Leaves
The Poor People Of Paris
Canadian Capers
Kitten On The Keys

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