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Friday, March 25, 2011

The Vapors - Buddy Kirk Orchestra

Mack The Knife
Buddy Kirk Orchestra
From The Vapors
The South's Finest Theatre Restaurant
Hot Springs, Arkansas

The Vapors Club, was built in 1959 serving up spirits, gambling and name entertainers including Rosemary Clooney, Dinah Shore, Phyllis Diller, Liberace, Tiny Tim, and The Smothers Brothers.

The Vapors Club was closed after a raid in 1967. At the time of this posting, a church, The Tower of Strength Ministries, now inhabits The Vapors.


  1. Wow....where did you get this recording? I played with this guy, for about a month, in Galveston, Texas - just wasn't my "thing".

  2. Hello Guy. If memory serves me, this is a souvenir, that somehow ended up in a Cincinnati, Ohio record store...

  3. Very nice that you're preserving these sorts of things. Buddy Kirk was a very nice gentleman, and, probably about 72-years old when I worked with him (at a hotel called the Flagship, in Galveston, Texas). I was bout 32, and he was doing music from the 30's and 40's, mostly. He really needed an organist, who could play bass pedals, and I really needed a job...... The guy was really upset that I didn't stick with his band, but - while I could handle the repertoire - it wan't what I wanted to play. Again, good for you for keeping some of his work alive. Finding this was fun.