-1926 Walter and Uncle Joe Club Madrio

Walter and Joe at Club Madrio; New Chummy Club

This first item is a portion of an undated, unidentified article that includes a paragraph or two about Walter and his uncle Joe opening a new club.  Unfortunately, the first part of this article was removed, likely in the process of cutting out the article on the opposite page, and the last part was not preserved.  I’ll only transcribe the parts about Walter, Billy, and Joe.  

The second item is the announcement of the opening of the new club.

The third item is an undated article about the (re)opening of Billy’s Chummy Club.  I believe all of these are from the summer of 1926, based on the reference to Eddie Elkins’ show “Americana” appearing at the Belmont Theater.


-1926 Walter and Uncle Joe Club MadrioWilliam Arnold, producer for William J. Gallagher, one of the most popular restaurant men on Broadway, announced yesterday that when they Monte Carlo reopens a week from Monday that smart establishment will have another new show, including a completely new cast of principals.  There is a likelihood, too, that there will be many new faces in the chorus.  Mr. Arnold has refurbished the revue in the Chummy Club, No. 711 Seventh avenue.  It is one of the most scintillating little bits of entertainment on the “street.”

Walter and “Uncle Joe” Gallagher have been busy night and day for the last week in rehabilitating the Club Madrid, No. 131 West Fifty-second street, which they have renamed Club Madrio and which will be formally opened at half-past ten o’clock Monday night and at eleven o’clock every night thereafter.

The new proprietors are negotiating for the services of Billy Kent, the comedian of “Rose-Marie,” to double in the Madrio.  Another entertainer, who has been on a vaudeville tour for months and who is also to be featured, is Artie Leeman.  The Madrio will have six singing hostesses.

Other names appearing in this article:

Earl Lindsay
Eva Dowling
Fawn Gray
Gilda Gray
Charles Dillingham
Mignon Laird
Lucretia Craig
Virginia Franck
August Janssen
Lee Simonson
John F. Lenigan
A. W. Kramer

-1928 Walter working at Club Madrio with Joe Gallagh26



Billy Gallagher, Aided by His Son Joe and Ben Levy, Put on Good Show — Tex Guinan Back From Atlantic City, Welcomed Home


1926 00 Chummy Club Opening Becomes a Night for All Old TimersIt was a regular old home week at the formal opening of Billy Gallagher’s Chummy Club.  Many parties were made up of old-timers who were regular visitors years back when the place was known as Gallagher’s.

Billy has his son Joe and Ben Levy, former owner of the Hi-Hat Club, taking charge of affairs for him while he is running back and forth between Rockaway and New York.  Billy’s newly acquired cafe at Holland station will be ready to open July 1.

There is a corking good show down at the Chummy, headed by the Wallace Brothers, Frank and Lew, harmony songsters, and the latter acting as master of ceremonies.

The others include Flo Hauser, the tiny queen of syncopation ; Julia Morgan, a blues singer ; Rose Schall, prima donna ; Lillian Craig, a red-hot mistress of song and dance, and Irving Bloom and his radio recording orchestra.

The Chummy is opening at a rather unsettled time, with Summer here and the 3 o’clock curfew law in effect, but with business good for its first three days it looks like Billy knew what he was doing in opening now.

There were several big parties of “out-of-towners” down for the opening.  Harry Lieberman and party of nine from Philadelphia and Dave Brown and party of six from Buffalo.

Other names in this article:

Richy Craig, Jr.
Texas Guinan
Colonel Vaughn
Sophie Tucker
Eddie Elkins
Willie Collier
Connie Lutz
William Schwind


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