Rhumboogie Club

343 E. 55th St.

Also known as Rhumboogie Cafe and home of the Rhumboogie Recording Company, Rhumboogie was owned by Charlie Glenn and boxing champion Joe Louis. The club closed temporarily after a fire on December 31, 1945, and closed for good in May 1947. The Recording Company associated with the venue worked with Rhumboogie’s house band, led by T-Bone Walker and pianist Marl Young along with Red Saunders. Before its demise, the label worked with the fledgling Mercury imprint to distribute work by Walker and Buster Bennet with trumpet player Charles Gray.

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