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Music & Dance
|Picture||Business Name||Location||Owner/Operator||Dates of Operation||Comments:|
Caruso Radio Orchestra;
Music Store &
|113 E. 7th St.
|- 1960's -||"Marty Caruso
from the Copacabana in Great NY taught sax there."
"Romeo Ramos, sax player, was a teacher at Caruso for many years."
|Dougherty Sisters Dancing School||Providence Ave.
233 E 5th St. (June 1937, also August 1952)
|Margaret Dougherty Keating & her sister, Mary Dougherty Clark||? - 1937 - 1960's - ?||"Margaret and my
mother [Margaret's sister] were in vaudeville together."
Mary Ann Clark Rankin, email@example.com
|Ernie's Record Shop
Lee's Record Shop
|near the train station||"It was
actually, I think, called Lee's... it was at the little triangle under the train station
overpass above Edgemont Avenue ...great soul music"
|Hoven's Accordion School and Music Store||2323 W. 3rd St.
2505 W. 3rd St.
(across from The Ward Grill)
Composer of "It's No Sin"
|1940's - 6/18/1974||"George Hoven was an
accordionist, and he wrote 'Sin', the big hit for the 4 Aces, and what put them into national prominence."
|Joan's Dance Studio||5 locations:
1st - 3rd and Wilson
2nd - Edgemont Ave over the old Woolworth's 5 & 10
3rd - 5th and Kerlin
4th - 604 West 9th Street
5th - Morton Ave in the Old Polish Club
Relocated to Upland, PA in the early 1960's
|Brooks & Joan Durham
currently their granddaughter,
|1929 - present||"Joan's Dance Studio was founded in 1929 by Brooks & Joan
Durham. The studio
had five locations in Chester, one was on 9th. Street. Joan's Dance Studio relocated to
Upland, PA in the early 60's. The studio is currently owned by Kandy Sheehan, Brooks &
Joan Durham's granddaughter."
|Lount Music Shop||15 W 5th St.|
|Piscotti's Music Store||4th & Hayes St||"Piscotti's
catered especially to students from St. Hedwig's school across the street and, at one
time, offered 10 free lessons to anyone from the school in order to attract new students
(which I took advantage of to become a guitar player). The large Polish population of the
neighborhood kept the music store filled with many accordian students."
David J. Hentosh, firstname.lastname@example.org
|Don Ramos' Music Studio||Edgmont Ave. between 9th & 10th St.||Don Ramos||Thanks to
Irene Ramos-Vaul, niece,
|Rosenblatt's Music Store||Edgmont Ave.||"Mrs. Rosenblatt
taught music at Larkin School"
Debbie Clayton, email@example.com
||Workman's Music Service, Inc.||9th & McDowell|
|Yelton Sisters Studio||8th St.||Miss Irene & Miss Doris||"They taught
tap, baton and accordion. The studio was in their house down the street from the
Chester Armory. (I guess on 8th Street.) I took baton and accordion lessons in 1948
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This page last updated 02/12/06