It is said the Barrymore brothers would occasionally let their pet monkeys loose on the floor, and the creatures would scurry up the rocks and into the trees.
From the start, the best jazz bands, big bands, swing orchestras and crooners like Bing Crosby played the Grove; The in-house musical director Freddy Martin, aka "Mr. Cocoanut Grove," made the room world famous with his radio show that broadcast live and featured a very young vocalist by the name of Merv Griffin. From the '20s to the '60s everyone who was Album) played the Grove. Theme nights, the perennial favorite of slimy promoters and frat boys everywhere, originated at the Grove.
In the s Joan Crawford was a regular at these nights and racked up countless cups at the endless dance contests that were all the between-war rage. One must not forget that the Grove was a dinner club, too. A full menu was offered every night and the food was surprisingly inventive for such Album) large scale operation. The French chef, Henri, whipped up an early version of French-California cuisine using West Coast staples like asparagus, oranges, avocados, figs and fresh fish and crustaceans, adding the heavy sauces and creams that were the staple of mid-century fine dining.
The Grove was also the Album) of several Academy Awards ceremonies including the banner show that was swept by "Gone with the Wind, LP. The Grove tried to revamp its image, bringing Sammy Davis Jr. The hotel and the Grove were finally closed in Until its demolition in many said you could still hear the echo of music and mirth coming from the once filled ballroom off Wilshire Boulevard.
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