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Oct 4 @ 09:24
The Levee Singers at Allen Public Library

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Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Dr.
Allen, Texas 75013

The Levee Singers are at it again!  As part of the Allen Public Library’s golden anniversary celebration, these legends of the 60s will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in the Library auditorium. A long-time Dallas favorite, the Levee Singers just get better with age, and their popularity proves it. Headliners for years at the old Levee Club on Mockingbird Lane in Dallas, these guys are always fresh and fun.  Free!

 

Regulars today at the Pocket Sandwich Theatre in Dallas, they performed on famed television classics like The Jimmy Dean Show, The Hollywood Palace, The Danny Kaye Show and Hootenanny.   They also were booked at the Mapes Hotel in Reno and at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas with Joey Bishop.  Performing several concerts with Henry Mancini, bandleader Ed Bernet recalls, “Imagine the excitement for me, as an "early 30's" young man, having my entertainment group picked to be on all four of the most popular and well-known musical TV shows of that day.” 

A former SMU gridiron star and later a Pittsburgh Steeler, Ed headed the hugely popular Levee Dixieland Seven. For a number of years, the group played most nights to a packed house at the Levee, a club Ed built and owned.

Today the band comprises Gavin Kelso on bass, Ralph Sanford on guitar, Craig Wensel at the piano, and Ed Bernet on banjo.

The Levee singers released several CDs, including The Best Thing, a collection of their most popular tunes, like "Bye Bye Love," "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," and "Sweet Georgia Brown".  The band’s CDs will be available at the concert.

The Library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr.  Call 214-509-4911 for more information.