Friday, May 22, 2009

The Melody Lingers On

Listening to WNEW while growing up, I often heard the DJs talk about the big bands of the era that played at Frank Dailey’s Meadowbrook Ballroom in New Jersey. I imagined the Meadowbrook Ballroom as being somewhere near Weehawken, close to New York City.

On my trips from Albany to Cedar Grove over the past five years as I drove past Sts. Kiril and Metodij Macedonian Orthodox Church on Route 23 I never realized that it had once been the Meadowbrook Ballroom. Even after I learned that the church had a ballroom attached, called the Meadowbrook, I didn’t connect it with the headliners who played there in the 1930s and 1940s: Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Count Basie, the Dorsey Brothers, Harry James, Doris Day, Helen O’Connell, Woody Herman, and so many more.

Now I see that the Glenn Miller Band will perform a benefit concert for veterans on Memorial Day. The evening will include dinner and dancing. So once again the strains of “Moonlight Serenade” will fill the Meadowbrook Ballroom.

To see the Meadowbrook’s full roster of entertainers and photos, see http://cg.meadowbrook.googlepages.com/home