April 25, 2016



I was lucky enough to have a conversation with Thelonius Monk around 1974 or thereabouts [he was playing at the Colonial Tavern on Yonge Street in Toronto]. We were in his room at the Royal York Hotel and his wife shuffled in and out of the room in her blue slippers as we talked. I wrote our conversation down and just came across it during my Spring Cleaning. Enjoy! If necessary click on it to enlarge. 

3 comments:

Wisewebwoman said...

Oh my Betty I'm so glad you wrote it all down. I remember the Colonial, the Saverin, the Brass Rail, the old Royal York and that room, name escapes me, Toronto was a theatre wilderness then but enchanting clubs, full of smoke and shabby chairs (The Coal Bin), etc.

Thanks for sparking my memory bank. I remember one spot on Yonge, we'd go there for lunch and they'd show B&W movies as we chatted and ate. Yorkville was real then.

XO
WWW

Betty Bishop said...

I think it was the Melody Room at the Royal York? Saw Peggy Lee there. And years before I was a waitress at the Town Tavern where we made big bucks and worked very hard! All the Rounders [thats what we called them, I suppose they were mafia - their woman were all busty, blonde and quiet.] came to the Town. Most customers ate lobster wearing big Town Tavern bibs. Great music - I remember Sarah Vaughn who was very late getting herself on stage to sing wonderfully. I took my kids to the Colonial, they saw Sammy Davis Junior from backstage at the O'Keefe Centre and when I could afford it I took them to George's Spaghetti House on a Sunday night. What a different world it was!
take care,
bb

Betty Bishop said...

It was the Imperial Room Wise! The Melody Room was [I think] at the Allistonia Hotel at Wasaga Beach.