October 27th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1929, ladies danced free, and gentlemen paid a dollar to give their ten little tip-tap-tapping toes a lowdown beat. 

H.R. “Dick” Rogers took over the Seal Beach Pavilion in September of 1929, and he promptly hired the Llewellyn Orchestra of Anaheim to play on Sundays.

The Llewellyn Ochestra offered “peppy music” suitable for foxtrots, two steps, cymbal dances, occasional waltzes, or a Paul Jones, as demonstrated in this clip from 1931’s The Guilty Generation:

You know who should have felt guilty? Dick Rogers and the Llewellyn Orchestra, that’s who! They abandoned the Seal Beach Pavilion for Anaheim’s Cinderella Hall in January 1930. It must have been a shorter drive from home.

– Michael Dobkins

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1 Response to October 27th in Seal Beach History

  1. onyxnoir says:

    Lol, that graphic. Where is his other hand?


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