Popular disk jockey McKie Fitzhugh opened his Disc Jockey Show Lounge in 1956, in the Strand Hotel at 63rd & Cottage Grove. Among the patrons and performers at his lounge were the likes of Sonny Rollins, BB King, Gene Ammons, John Coltrane, Fontella Bass, Brook Benton, Mike Bloomfield and Sonny Stitt.
The club closed in the late '60s as Woodlawn's decline was under way. Fitzhugh died in 1970 and the hotel went vacant not long after.
I have recently obtained the original Disc Jockey Show Lounge sign, which was hanging on the front of the hotel. I'm getting it back to working order.
The club in 1963:
The sign in 2014:
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/31/2015 05:19PM by WayOutWardell.