Hadley Meares is a writer, historian and singer. It is a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles for the Obscura Society. Her debut novel, "Absolutely," is now available on Amazon.
There is nothing aesthetically pleasing of the San Fernando Valley. I love you, I’m looking for a bathroom, bathroom, or an alleyway store. The electrical towers of the phantom I’m not looking for it "Le Monge Banquet Hall" and is available for rentals.
From 1949 to 1996, the corral of the Old West and the neon bucking bronco sign outside the door. It was home to the Palomino Club. Known as "the pal" It is a lot of fun. Glenn Campbell, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Gram Parsons, and 20th Century on the dusty Pal stage. Palomino issued t-shirts for workers, industry execs, working class wannabes, and waitresses in tight.
Beauty can be created in the most unexpected of places.
The wildest time you ever saw
All these people would come and you’ll have the wildest times you ever saw. Weed start on Friday night In those days, everybody just wanted to have a good time. –Tommy Thomas 1
It was a bit like a row and it was a rough and rowdy town. It was populated mostly by so-called "s *** – kickers" – the displaced cowboys, stunt men, and the rodeo riders who worked during the 30s and 40s. Mulekick Club at 6907 Lankershim Boulevard. By 1949 it had closed. That year, a country radio star named Hank Penny drove by the deserted club. Hank had to go into the club business. According to the Los Angeles Times, Penny:
. Mulekick Club and peered inside. He saw an abandoned wreck of broken glass, battered around a filthy bandstand. The North Hollywood club ‘looked like death warmed over’. 2
He wants to be a partner. It was up to you to find out how to get a drink. The Palomino soon became a musician. Indiana transplants, brothers Tommy and Billy Thomas.
They were exceptionally close. It was a rainy day for the musicians and the night shift folks. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. The customers were a rough, masculine bunch who liked unhip, "hick" music. Tiny, the ironically named 300+ pound bouncer remembered that during the early years, "It would be a kicker. And if I lost the fight, my guy." 3 The hardscrabble One drunkenly rode a horse up on stage. Bobby Bare and Gordon Terry According to Tommy, the headliners were just as wild:
He was playing real loud the first time. I didn’t know how to keep it down? He kicked the piano off the stage. I would like to say that for you? Now you got him mad. four
Lewis was replaced by the Pal’s most beloved regulars. It was filled with love – cowboy style. Tell them "you bombed" He was taking a look at the billiards table while he was waiting. The dressing rooms were always closed after the closing time. In 1959, the country’s acts as a leaving closed closed closed closed closed closed closed closed leaving leaving leaving leaving leaving leaving leaving leaving leaving leaving As one member of the house band, "I would like to have a chance to take my shower. I was so excited to get to work." 6
Willie, Waylon and the Boys
People would ask ‘what is the secret to your success?’ I said, ‘real simple. We had all the acts that nobody wanted. No one wanted Marty Robbins, Barbara Mandrell, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves and on and on. So we had it made. For years and years, we had all these entertainers to ourselves. It was like a private goldmine. –Tommy Thomas 7
Johnny Cash trouble. It right there. Johnny hit him over the head with his guitar. –Tiny, the Bouncer 8
The early 60s ushered in the golden days of the Palomino. Nelson could be booked for as now $ 400. The Pal became a popular place for musicians. Linda Ronstadt honored for their skills. Jones, under a different name. It’s been a musician who has been in the country. Sometimes tension would flare up, however, between the old "s *** – kicker" crowd and the new breed of long-haired cosmic cowboys. Burrito Brothers, he expressed a desire for "There are no problems for drivers in the world." 9 Years later, he had a way of keeping peace:
The first couple of times I played at Palomino I nearly got killed [. ] I couldn’t believe it. I get up on the stage and I’m not happy. You can sing it a little good, so you can get a beer instead. ‘ Thank God I got up on that stage. ten
In the ’70s the Palomino. It has been noted that the scuffed walls. Every night, emcee Harry Newman would yell "It’s ssssshhhow time at the Palomino!" and the fun would begin. Kris Kristofferson to sing "Me and Bobby McGee," while Phil Spector and Rita Coolidge looked on. Another night, Linda Ronstadt, still shocked "red hot sweater, blue hot sweaters, hot sweaters" She was so talented "The eyes of the 3-foot high were wide open." eleven
Four years later, it was a massively successful race for those who had been looking for a score and one after that. There were music bands played. Movie stars and record executives hung out in the "celebrity room" Q & A Terry Bradshaw brought out the mainstream press. Several movies were shot there. If you’ve seen it, you’ll have to go back.
Whole World’s Gone Country
Then ‘Urban Cowboy’ came the country. For country acts were not stretched so thin for you
Ironically, it was not true that it was the Pal’s undoing. Billy Thomas died of a heart attack in 1978. Tommy’s wife has become a full partner. But times were changing. Acts that the Pal used to book for $ 200 were now packing arenas. Non-country acts like the El Palton and the rockabilly and the surf bands. It was a club in the United States (mostly Republican) fundraisers for revenue.
Tommy’s death. From 1988 to 1995, the legendary Ronnie Macks Barn Dance, which featured California roots singers like Lucinda Williams, is called the Pal home. But in 1995, age, location, and changing times are finally caught up with the venerable old horse. The Pal closed and became ramshackle shell once again. It has been claimed that it has been over, squatters and drug addicts have been inhabited.
Sounds just like the ending of a good country song.
one "The Grand Ole Palomino: North Hollywood nightspot isn’t just a club" Los Angeles Times, February 13, 1983 2 "Hank Penny; country star opened Palomino club" Los Angeles Times, April 22, 1992 3 "Today’s less bounce to the ounce" Los Angeles Times, November 7, 1976 4 "The Grand Ole Palomino: North Hollywood nightspot isn’t just a club" Los Angeles Times, February 13, 1983 5 "Palomino pals bid farewell to tommy thomas" Los Angeles Times, December 28, 1985 6 Hollywood Club of North Hollywood" Youtube video 7 "The Grand Ole Palomino: North Hollywood nightspot isn’t just a club" Los Angeles Times, February 13, 1983 8 "Today’s less bounce to the ounce" Los Angeles Times, November 7, 1976 9 "Burritos blend country and rock" Los Angeles Times, September 8, 1969 10 David Meyer, "Twenty Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons and His Cosmic American Music" eleven "Linda Ronstadt in her Palomino bow" Los Angeles Times, December 11, 1971 12 "The Grand Ole Palomino: North Hollywood nightspot isn’t just a club" Los Angeles Times, February 13, 1983