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The Daisy in Beverly Hills

"The Daisy",  which bloomed in 1962, was Beverly Hills' first  members only - private discotheque. It was a place were actresses in skin tight pants would dance the Watusi jerking elbows and hips with Steve McQueen or Robert Redford.

Jack Hanson,  bought the property on Rodeo Drive where the original Romanoff's had stood. Night spots like The Mocambo, Ciro's and The Trocadero were slipping away and discotheques and Go Go clubs were moving in. The timing of the Daisy's infancy was perfect. A new culture of music was just about to arrive from London, mod fashions were featured in all the hip boutiques and a new young Hollywood crowd was taking over the scene in Los Angeles during the early '60's.

The original Romanoff's before it moved to it's second location and became the Daisy

For a better perspective of where it once thrived, you can see the  original brick structure of this stunning image of the Anderton Court Shops located at 332 N. Rodeo…

What Third Street Promenade used to look like

This is What Third Street Promenade Looked Like Before the Gap Even Existed

What’s changed—and what hasn’t—about Santa Monica’s outdoor mall by Alison Martino

    Photo: Fashion show 1965.

    Photo: UCLA                                                                     Music Box Photo: by Julie Wilson

This modernist outdoor space was once home to Sears and Woolworth’s ($11.98 for a pair of Wallaby’s!) plus dozens of mom-and-pop shops, which made it unique. The list of smaller businesses included Kress’, Lerners, Hartman’s, Bartons Candy Store,  Leeds", The Smuggler,  The Silver Cup Diner, Nana’s, Texas Records, the Music Box, Apollo Electronics, Out of The Past, Muskrat, The Midnight Bookstore, Bay Music (which sold musical instruments) and Ralph’s market, which later became “Europa,” where my mother purchased the most beautiful lace curtains.      

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The Viper Room turns 21! A look back at its past incanations.

It’s been 21 years since the Viper Room—a place famous for great drinks, legendary music performances, and being where actor River Phoenix tragically overdosed—opened its doors on August 14, 1993. To celebrate the anniversary, the 250-person-capacity venue has scheduled special guests this month. Meanwhile, we’re looking further back in time.
The square-shaped marquee that graces the Viper Room today once listed the names of three previous establishments, all equally as well known in their time. 8852 Sunset Boulevard was once the address of these three businesses:

The 1950s and ‘60s

The Melody Room was a 1950s jazz club popular with Los Angeles gangsters, such as Bugsy Siegel and Mickey Cohen. Not a lot about its history is known, but author Domenic Priore documented the venue in his book, Riot On Sunset Strip: Rock 'n' Roll's Last Stand In Hollywood. According to Priore, “The Melody Room was primarily a lounge/ music place. Acts like Billy Ward and…