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November 1, 2012

A journey back in time

Local entertainers bring 1940s-style night club to life

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“Buy your own butts,’’ they said.

Drummer Bob Machetti and guitarist Rick Campbell anchored the small stage for most of the acts, which opened with April Anamisis doing her Marlene Dietrich gig, singing to the crowd.

Prue, as Stellerman, introduced Mike Cesati a well-known saxophonist with a reputation as one of the best jazz players in the area. Cesati did a solo routine and later accompanied Gallo in her “Summer Time’’ stunner that brought down the house.

In the late 1940s, many popular male singers had voices that made them matinee idles and John Schiavoni, the lead vocalist for the Coupe Deville brought that sound back with his solo vocals that were like a mix of a young Mel Torme and a contemporary Luciano Pavarotti.

For a little over an hour, Eddie Stellerman’s place fulfilled his dream to run a club where music powered the mood for the diners who came to watch and listen to some of the best music around. Edie’s came from a time when the country had just stepped on to the world stage. There was hope, some fun, and confidence that everyone had s future, no matter what they did.

Archie’s plans to bring Prue back again on Dec. 15 for a Christmas show.

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