Eagles Auditorium History
- The R&B Years -
The era after WWII was a very dynamic time in American popular music. The big band era was dying, and returning GIs had been exposed to many different aspects of American culture. And, the jazz and R&B scene on Jackson and Madison was strong. Seattle's Trianon Ballroom, in Belltown, had a strong roster of talent, mostly Black R&B, but it was whites only, eventually 'compromising' with a Saturday afternoon that Blacks could attend. Louis Armstrong played there, under those conditions, in 1943. It was six years later when he made his first of 4 known appearances at Eagles Auditiorium, which never seems to have had such restrictions. In the 50's there were two nearby clubs - the Magic Inn (at 602 1/2 Union St, just down the block) and Birdland (on Capitol Hill/Central District, at 2203 E Madison, where a Safeway now stands). The Eagles Auditorium was home to a lot of this churn, with shows by aging Big Band acts, country music (Roy Acuff, e.g.), jump blues, jazz, the emerging 'R&B sound', and a number of smooth-singing white guys. After a few years, it settled down and Eagles became primarily a home for top-notch rhythm and blues. Eagles was not unique - there was an active jazz and blues scene along Jackson Street, where many big stars got their start. But Eagles was clearly a step up - a chance to play for a far bigger audience than in a crowded hazy bar.
'We got jazz, country-western and Chicago blues. It's the greatest music that you ever knew' - Dave Alvin - American Music.
To date, I've discovered 150 performances from this era. It was from this great gumbo that rock and roll emerged.
16 Shows
1949
January 7, 1949
 
Fri, Jan 07, 1949 Seattle Times p. 24
January 8, 1949
 
Fri, Jan 07, 1949 Seattle Times p. 24
January 14, 1949
 
Fri, Jan 14, 1949 Seattle Times p. 24
January 15, 1949
 
Fri, Jan 14, 1949 Seattle Times p. 24
January 17, 1949
 
Fri, Jan 14, 1949 Seattle Times p. 24
January 29, 1949
 
Sun, Jan 23, 1949 Seattle Times p. 38
February 5, 1949
 
Tue, Feb 01, 1949 Seattle Times p. 13
February 9, 1949
 
Tue, Feb 01, 1949 Seattle Times p. 13
February 12, 1949
 
Fri, Feb 11, 1949 Seattle Times p. 24
February 13, 1949
 
Sun, Feb 13, 1949 Seattle Times p. 38
March 29, 1949
 
Tue, Mar 29, 1949 Seattle Times p. 20
July 3, 1949
 
Wed, Jun 29, 1949 Seattle Times p. 36
July 4, 1949
 
Sun, Jul 03, 1949 Seattle Times p. 30
September 23, 1949
 
Wed, Sep 21, 1949 Seattle Times p. 30
October 21, 1949
 
Tue, Oct 18, 1949 Seattle Times p. 28
October 30, 1949
 
Fri, Oct 28, 1949 Seattle Times p. 30
1 Shows
1950
August 5, 1950
 
Thu, Aug 03, 1950 Seattle Times p. 46
11 Shows
1951
June 24, 1951
 
Fri, Jun 22, 1951 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 14
July 21, 1951
 
Fri, Jul 20, 1951 Seattle Times p. 18
August 8, 1951
 
Wed, Aug 08, 1951 Seattle Times p. 25
September 14, 1951
Grand Ol' Opry
Fri, Sep 14, 1951 Seattle Times p. 33
September 15, 1951
 
Fri, Sep 14, 1951 Seattle Times p. 33
September 18, 1951
 
Tue, Sep 18, 1951 Seattle Times p. 19
October 16, 1951
 
Tue, Oct 16, 1951 Seattle Times p. 22
October 26, 1951
 
Fri, Oct 26, 1951 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 28
November 2, 1951
 
Tue, Oct 30, 1951 Seattle Times p. 20
November 10, 1951
Hoedown
Fri, Nov 09, 1951 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 44
December 19, 1951
 
Wed, Dec 19, 1951 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 19
13 Shows
1952
March 30, 1952
 
Thu, Mar 27, 1952 Seattle Times p. 49
May 30, 1952
 
Sat, May 17, 1952 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 9
June 7, 1952
 
Fri, Jun 06, 1952 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 14
June 29, 1952
 
Wed, Jun 25, 1952 Seattle Times p. 18
August 10, 1952
 
Sun, Aug 10, 1952 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 96
August 16, 1952
 
Sat, Aug 16, 1952 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 18
August 29, 1952
 
Tue, Aug 26, 1952 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 8
August 30, 1952
 
Tue, Aug 26, 1952 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 8
September 6, 1952
 
Sat, Sep 06, 1952 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 20
September 13, 1952
 
Wed, Sep 10, 1952 Seattle Times p. 25
October 4, 1952
Jubilee of Blues
Sat, Oct 04, 1952 Seattle Times p. 3
October 31, 1952
Halloween Masquerade
Thu, Oct 30, 1952 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 24
December 31, 1952
 
Tue, Dec 30, 1952 Seattle Times p. 10
10 Shows
1953
January 31, 1953
 
Fri, Jan 30, 1953 Seattle Times p. 20
March 14, 1953
 
Thu, Mar 12, 1953 Seattle Times p. 30
March 20, 1953
 
Fri, Mar 20, 1953 Seattle Times p. 24
April 18, 1953
 
Sat, Apr 18, 1953 Seattle Times p. 3
May 15, 1953
 
Thu, May 14, 1953 Seattle Times p. 20
May 16, 1953
 
Thu, May 14, 1953 Seattle Times p. 20
June 20, 1953
 
Sun, Jun 14, 1953 Seattle Times p. 27
July 4, 1953
 
Sat, Jul 04, 1953 Seattle Times p. 3
August 1, 1953
 
Wed, Jul 29, 1953 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 29
August 22, 1953
 
Sat, Aug 22, 1953 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 13
19 Shows
1954
February 21, 1954
Blues Jamboree
Sun, Feb 21, 1954 Seattle Times p. 34
February 24, 1954
Grand Ole Opry Stars
Thu, Feb 18, 1954 Seattle Times p. 17
March 25, 1954
 
Fri, Mar 19, 1954 Seattle Times p. 24
April 18, 1954
 
Fri, Apr 16, 1954 Seattle Times p. 20
April 18, 1954
 
Fri, Apr 16, 1954 Seattle Times p. 20
May 14, 1954
 
Fri, May 14, 1954 Seattle Times p. 30
May 22, 1954
 
Fri, May 21, 1954 Seattle Times p. 22
May 29, 1954
 
Sat, May 29, 1954 Seattle Times p. 3
June 19, 1954
 
Sat, Jun 19, 1954 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 8
July 10, 1954
 
Sat, Jul 10, 1954 Seattle Times p. 3
August 18, 1954
 
Tue, Aug 17, 1954 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 19
September 1, 1954
 
Tue, Aug 31, 1954 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 8
September 11, 1954
 
Sat, Sep 11, 1954 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 3
October 2, 1954
 
Sat, Oct 02, 1954 Seattle Times p. 3
October 3, 1954
 
Sat, Oct 02, 1954 Seattle Times p. 3
November 12, 1954
 
Sun, Nov 07, 1954 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 13
December 4, 1954
 
Fri, Dec 03, 1954 Seattle Times p. 33
December 13, 1954
 
Mon, Dec 13, 1954 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 32
December 17, 1954
 
Wed, Dec 15, 1954 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 15
12 Shows
1955
March 5, 1955
Hollywood Revue
Fri, Mar 04, 1955 Seattle Times p. 24
March 19, 1955
 
Sun, Mar 13, 1955 Seattle Times p. 44
April 9, 1955
 
Fri, Apr 08, 1955 Seattle Times p. 26
April 30, 1955
 
Fri, Apr 29, 1955 Seattle Times p. 26
July 16, 1955
 
Sat, Jul 16, 1955 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 7
August 6, 1955
Revue
Sat, Aug 06, 1955 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 11
August 20, 1955
 
Fri, Aug 19, 1955 Seattle Times p. 14
August 27, 1955
 
Thu, Aug 25, 1955 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 14
September 3, 1955
 
Fri, Sep 02, 1955 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 8
September 17, 1955
Blues Rama
Fri, Sep 16, 1955 Seattle Times p. 26
October 1, 1955
 
Fri, Sep 30, 1955 Seattle Times p. 34
October 29, 1955
 
Fri, Oct 28, 1955 Seattle Times p. 34
13 Shows
1956
February 4, 1956
 
Sat, Feb 04, 1956 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 4
June 2, 1956
 
Thu, May 31, 1956 Seattle Times p. 43
June 16, 1956
 
Fri, Jun 15, 1956 Seattle Times p. 26
July 3, 1956
 
Sun, Jul 01, 1956 Seattle Times p. 30
July 14, 1956
 
Fri, Jul 13, 1956 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 3
July 22, 1956
 
Sun, Jul 22, 1956 Seattle Times p. 61
August 11, 1956
 
Wed, Aug 08, 1956 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 5
September 1, 1956
 
Thu, Aug 30, 1956 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 11
September 9, 1956
 
Fri, Sep 07, 1956 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 42
November 3, 1956
 
Sun, Oct 28, 1956 Seattle Times p. 139
November 18, 1956
 
Thu, Nov 15, 1956 Seattle Times p. 48
November 30, 1956
 
Fri, Nov 30, 1956 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 15
December 21, 1956
 
Thu, Dec 20, 1956 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 16
20 Shows
1957
February 1, 1957
 
Thu, Jan 31, 1957 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 8
March 2, 1957
 
Sun, Feb 24, 1957 Seattle Times p. 118
March 23, 1957
 
Fri, Mar 01, 1957 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 17
April 6, 1957
 
Sun, Mar 31, 1957 Seattle Times p. 71
April 7, 1957
 
Sun, Mar 31, 1957 Seattle Times p. 71
April 19, 1957
 
Thu, Apr 18, 1957 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 7
May 4, 1957
 
Tue, Apr 30, 1957 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 10
June 1, 1957
 
Fri, May 31, 1957 Seattle Times p. 18
June 28, 1957
 
Sun, Jun 23, 1957 Seattle Times p. 50
July 13, 1957
 
Sun, Jul 07, 1957 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 72
July 14, 1957
 
Sun, Jul 07, 1957 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 72
August 24, 1957
Rock and Roll Show
Sun, Aug 18, 1957 Seattle Times p. 56
August 31, 1957
 
September 21, 1957
 
Fri, Sep 20, 1957 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 10
October 5, 1957
 
Fri, Oct 04, 1957 Seattle Times p. 14
November 15, 1957
 
Thu, Nov 14, 1957 Seattle Times p. 30
November 23, 1957
 
Sat, Nov 23, 1957 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 6
November 24, 1957
 
Sat, Nov 23, 1957 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 6
December 7, 1957
 
Sat, Dec 07, 1957 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 2
December 18, 1957
 
Fri, Dec 27, 1957 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 4
16 Shows
1958
January 11, 1958
 
Wed, Jan 08, 1958 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 9
February 1, 1958
 
Fri, Jan 31, 1958 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 12
March 1, 1958
 
Fri, Feb 28, 1958 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 24
March 22, 1958
 
Fri, Mar 21, 1958 Seattle Times p. 22
April 5, 1958
 
Sat, Apr 05, 1958 Seattle Times p. 9
May 3, 1958
 
Fri, May 02, 1958 Seattle Times p. 26
June 21, 1958
 
Sat, Jun 21, 1958 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 2
June 28, 1958
 
Wed, Jun 25, 1958 Seattle Times p. 44
July 5, 1958
 
Fri, Jul 04, 1958 Seattle Times p. 30
July 19, 1958
 
Fri, Jul 18, 1958 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 8
July 26, 1958
 
Fri, Jul 25, 1958 Seattle Times p. 32
September 19, 1958
 
Fri, Sep 19, 1958 Seattle Times p. 42
November 1, 1958
 
Sat, Nov 01, 1958 Seattle Times p. 3
November 8, 1958
 
Thu, Nov 06, 1958 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 34
December 6, 1958
 
Sat, Nov 29, 1958 Seattle Times p. 8
15 Shows
1959
January 31, 1959
 
Sat, Jan 31, 1959 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 9
February 21, 1959
 
Fri, Feb 20, 1959 Seattle Times p. 43
February 27, 1959
 
Fri, Feb 27, 1959 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 14
March 27, 1959
 
Fri, Mar 27, 1959 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 12
April 4, 1959
 
Fri, Apr 03, 1959 Seattle Times p. 38
April 18, 1959
 
Sat, Apr 18, 1959 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 9
May 2, 1959
 
Sat, May 02, 1959 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 2
May 16, 1959
 
Sat, May 16, 1959 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 6
May 30, 1959
 
Fri, May 29, 1959 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 24
July 4, 1959
 
Fri, Jul 03, 1959 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 9
July 11, 1959
 
Sat, Jul 11, 1959 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 9
July 25, 1959
 
Sat, Jul 25, 1959 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 26
August 1, 1959
 
Sat, Aug 01, 1959 Seattle Times p. 3
August 15, 1959
 
Sat, Aug 15, 1959 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 14
September 5, 1959
 
Sat, Sep 05, 1959 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 5
2 Shows
1960
June 11, 1960
 
Sun, Jun 05, 1960 Seattle Times p. 37
September 4, 1960
 
Sun, Sep 04, 1960 Seattle Times p. 14
2 Shows
1961
July 15, 1961
 
Sun, Jul 09, 1961 Seattle Times p. 28
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Linda Hopkins - 1 Appearance
December 19, 1951
 
Wed, Dec 19, 1951 Seattle Post Intelligencer p. 19
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