Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Night Life #2

     Jayme's mother loved big band music.  One of her favorite songs was  "In the Mood" by Glenn Miller.   I don't have proof the Garna ever went to listen to live bands at night clubs but I rather doubt it.  She didn't have much money and she was not quite eighteen when she married.  
     We do know that her first husband, James Leggett, went to Sweet's, a fairly famous night club in Oakland while he was in the navy.  James, from Texas had joined the navy upon graduating from high school in 1944.  He had gone through basic training in San Diego. And then it seems that he had been stationed in Tiburon, California about this time.  Garna was certainly not with him since she was working at the Long Beach Shipyard at the time.  Below is a souvenir photo of James Leggett and his navy buddy, George Corral, at Sweet's Night Club.
     Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Frank Sinatra were among many famous entertainers who performed at Sweet's during the World War II era.  The photo of James Leggett and a friend was taken at Sweet's about 11 months before he married Jayme's mother.

A Night on the Town
James Leggett (Jayme's birth father) on the right

Inside Sweet's
In this Google map street view you can see the entrance to Sweet's is visible although it is occupied by another club at this time.

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