I made this tonight.. figured I’ll wish Jarvis a happy birthday before I fall asleep. I wish you the best day, though all your days deserve to be the best. Love you Jarvis, thanks for being a part of my life (though you don’t know it!)
Mocambo opened in 1941, and became an immediate success. The club’s Latin American-themed decor cost $100,000. Along the walls were glass cages holding live cockatoos, macaws, seagulls, pigeons, and parrots. With big band music, the club became one of the most popular dance-till-dawn spots in town. In 1943, when Frank Sinatra became a solo act, he made his Los Angeles debut at the Mocambo. In the mid 1950s, Ella Fitzgerald became the first black performer at the Mocambo, after Marilyn Monroe lobbied the owner for the booking. The club’s main stage was replicated on the TV series I Love Lucy as the “Tropicana” Club. The Mocambo closed in 1959. The site is now a parking lot for a Burger King restaurant that features artwork from the interior of the original building.