Friday, March 11, 2016

News From Along Route 66, January 2016: The Coliseum Ballroom in Benld, Illinois-- Part 1

JANUARY 25TH--  There is a film on the Coliseum Ballroom in Benld, Illinois, which was previewed in February.

It was opened by Dominic Tarro in 1924 and destroyed fire in 2011.

Many famous bands and performers played there, including Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Eddy Howard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Ike and Tina Turner, Sammy Kaye, Bo Diddley, Everly Brothers, Fats Domino, Ray Charles, Bob Seger, Foghat, Styx, Heart, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Johnny Rivers, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong, Guy Lombardo, Lionel Hampton and Lawrence Welk to name some.

The Beatles might have performed there in 1964, but management hesitated too long.  Elvis Presley did a show in 1958.

A local rock band was playing there in 2011 when an electric fire started in the roof.


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