July 15th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1950, the Long Beach Independent’s Round The Town column mentioned that trombonist Turk Murphy and his Dixieland crew were playing a long-term gig at the Garden of Allah and hoped “the building was a solid as the music.”

Turk’s gig at the Garden of Allah started on July 1st when he took over for Pee Wee Hunt. A July 8 Round The Town column also mentioned Turk by mentioning rumors that “the “Garden of Allah out Seal Beach way is having foundation trouble. That old Dixieland man, Turk Murphy, has had the joint shaking for weeks. Regardless of whether the masonry can stand the jive, the customers never seem to get enough.”

For all you twenty-first century hepcats, here’s Turk’s band playing “Canal Street Blues” in March 1950:

– Michael Dobkins


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