I've mentioned this many times before, but it bears repeating: Back in the day, every Holiday Inn, Best Western, and Howard Johnson's had a lounge. And in each lounge would be some low-key musician on stage. They became an easy target for ridicule in the eighties, but the lounge act during the sixties and seventies, was the f***ing bomb. These guys and gals took a page out of the Tony Orlando playbook and were there to entertain you while you sipped your Scotch. No high aspirations - just background music, perhaps, to your swingin' evening.
They say most lounges were converted to conference rooms for businesses. Maybe that was more lucrative for the hotel chains, but I say there will always be something lacking.
Have a look at some good old fashioned press photos of musicians who weren't exactly household names, but are forever preserved here on Retrospace.
Note: The black lines on some of these photos are where they were going to be cropped for promotional purposes (concert ads, etc.).
|I guess Sandy Mason is the one in the throne?|
|I'm not sure who this is, but I dig the outfit|
|Mary Kaye Burr|
|Sorry, guys. Looks like you've been cut. (singer Mary Gutzi)|
|The Von Hiatt Trio|
|Rosalyn Kind (Streisand's half sister)|
|The Wu Tang Clan. (Just kidding. No idea.)|
|The New Medium|
|The date is 1969, but I don't know the name. Definitely some folk music going on here.|
|Don't know her name, but she's got some nice gams|