On this date in 1939, you could enjoy entertainment by that well-known maestro, Raymond Jasper and His Five Counts of Rhythm while enjoying a 65 cent, 75 cent, or a one dollar dinner in Seal Beach’s very own happening night spot, Garden of Allah (and a lot happened there).
Garden of Allah was located at 800 Pacific Coast Highway. Over the years this same address has presented to discerning locals and coast highway commuters such fine establishments as Larry’s Goldfingers A-Go-Go, Surfer Girl A-Go-Go, Jack In The Box, and the now gone Fresh and Easy.
I couldn’t find a recording of Raymond Jasper, but he did co-wrote the song “That’s What You Think” for the 1935 film “King Solomon of Broadway” with Pinky Tomlin and Coy Poe. Here’s Putney Dandridge and His Orchestra’s cover of the song.
– Michael Dobkins
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