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The Pyranon Ballroom Chatham

July 12, 2010

Venue: The Pyranon Ballroom
What: Chatham’s premier dance hall
Location: Chatham Ontario
Year: 1945

Note:
   When record hops were the in thing, as many as 1,600 young people would come out on a Friday night to dance. The music they were excited about was Elvis Presley, Pat Boone and the likes of.
   Many big acts of the time played this venue on Colborne Street.  The Wilf Lancaster Orchestra was the local band that performed there regularly.

The Pyranon was constructed by Maurice Smyth. The first group to play the hall was Al Edwards and his band from Windsor.
Other events at the Pyranon: Bingo, wrestling, proms, fashion shows, banquets, social and political gatherings.

Big Bands that played: Sammy Kaye, Victor Lombardo, Vaughn Monroe, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, The Glen Miller orchestra, Les Brown, and Gene Krupa. The local ‘Big Band’ Wilf Lancaster Orchestra performed there regularly.
 
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South Paw – Simon Sayz (2008)

May 2, 2009

Artist: SouthPaw
Release: S.T.
Name: Cary Templeman
Home: Chatham-Kent
Year: 2008
First CD Release

Notes: DJ SouthPaw, a pioneering dj, who has been in the scene since starting C.I.A. (The Rap Gods) in 1990.  They were getting attention from A&M Records publisher John Redmond, they suddenly disbanded just as attention was growing, and DJ SouthPaw was born.
Travelling through out the U.S. and Canada promoting his style for several years he worked with several songwriters/producers of note. Currently he’s been honing his craft and producing a flood of material, with songwriter/producer Ted Bushey, along with Djn’ several clubs in the area, notably The ROCK, a high energy dance club in Chatham’s downtown.

This is a video from my ol’ high school classmate.
He just put out the ‘Chat-Town Hustle’ CD which I picked up from him recently.

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