Blog Art - Gene NelsonIt’s 1982 and I am sitting in the LONDON PALLADIUM, watching Hollywood stars in a concert called STAIRWAY TO THE STARS.
A one-off, unforgettable evening when so many stars I was familiar with on screen were suddenly there before me and I felt as if they were all friends I knew well.

Virginia O’Brien, still with that deadpan expression, gave us “A Fine Romance” and “Life upon the Wicked Stage”.
Tony Martin  sang “Begin the Beguine:

Gloria De Haven warbled “Who’se Sorry Now”:

George Guetary, with a voice hardly changed from 30 years earlier, sang “S’Wonderful and “I’ll build a Stairway to Paradise” – the applause was deafening.
What a thrill to see Dorothy Lamour walk on stage and do a medley of her hits- including “Moon of Manakura” and ” Moonlight becomes You”
Arlene Dahl , complete with a feather boa, descended a flight of white stairs just as she did in THREE LITTLE WORDS and sang “I love you so much”.
A grey haired Jane Russell, in her usual deep tones, did “Buttons and Bows” and “Bye,Bye,Baby”.
Van Johnson charmed us with “I’m Glad I’m Not Young Any More”.
The Nicholas Brothers danced step for step to a 1935 film clip screened behind them. Still full of enthusiasm and in perfect harmony.
Kathryn Grayson seemed nervous and struggled with the high notes of “Why Do I Love You” and “After the Ball”.
Gene Nelson didn’t look too well as he performed “Tea for Two”
I loved Jane Russell and Arlene Dahl doing “Bosom Buddies”.

An unforgettable evening. What a shame it wasn’t filmed.
The applause at the end went on for ages. We wanted to let these stars know how much we remember their films from the golden age and how grateful we were to see them.



6 responses »

  1. At least there was an audio CD of the event – it makes great listening! I was lucky enough to meet Virginia O’Brien in Hollywood about12 years ago – and she was most gracious – and I think happy that someone recognised her!

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