Songwriter Jack Yellen and his rhymes helped bring “Happy Days” to a nation mired in the Great Depression. This is the story of the Buffalo boy and his wife Lucille, a Hollywood dancer and choreographer.
In the 1920s, a fire ravaged Gowanda and left only a pile of rubble where its grand Opera House once stood. The community was devastated, but a local businessman was waiting in the wings to construct its next great movie playhouse.
For more than 75 years, Buffalo's Colored Musicians Club has offered members a place to practice, perform and listen to the music they love. It is the only club of its kind continually operating to this day, drawing visitors from across the world.
They are magnificent and complex musical instruments with a long history. One antique instrument made by an important Buffalo organ builder continues to be heard. Take a musical history tour of local church organs.
For more than 50 years, Dewey Michael's Palace Burlesk was a rollicking entertainment venue. A look at the last of Buffalo's big promoters and his legacy.
Ann Montgomery's Michigan Avenue landmark was the meeting place for generations of Buffalonians seeking grand entertainment, fine food and a convivial atmosphere.
Zing! went the strings of mandolins from 1880 to 1920 as the music captivated the area.
Special to WNY Heritage, from our Washington correspondent, Mark Russell.