The Nightlife That Was

There is always something to do in the Big Easy, especially when it comes to a night on the town. Viewers will get a chance to experience some of New Orleans ‘ favorite nighttime venues of the recent past in The Nightlife That Was, WYES-TV/Channel 12’s latest cultural documentary airing Thursday, November 18, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Hot entertainment spots in the program include: the Roosevelt Hotel’s Blue Room, where Sonny and Cher performed; the Swan Room at the Monteleone Hotel where Liberace played; The Warehouse, located on Tchoupitoulas Street where the Allman Brothers headlined; the infamous Bourbon Street, where New Orleanians Al Hirt and Pete Fountain owned clubs; The Beverly Dinner Playhouse in Jefferson; and Central City’s Dew Drop Inn where the legendary Ray Charles performed.

For the younger crowd, there was always an outing at Morning Call, dances sponsored by the Catholic Youth Organizations, where Dr. John and Frankie Ford entertained the bobby socks crowd, and the “submarine races” at Lake Pontchartrain .

The Nightlife That Was is produced and narrated by Peggy Scott Laborde. Stephen Tyler is the director. The editor is Larry Roussarie. Photographers are Walter Bardell and Paul Combel. The associate producer is Annette Campo. Original music was composed by A.J. Loria and Steve Hill.

Funding is provided by Whitney National Bank and the Producers Circle , a group of viewers dedicated to supporting quality local programming on WYES.

Contact Aislinn Hinyup, WYES-TV/Channel 12 – 504-587-9464

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