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Flame Show Bar

The Flame Show Bar, a Black and Tan venue, was situated just outside Paradise Valley in the Sugar Hill area at 4264 John R. Owned by Morris Wasserman, it opened its doors in June of 1949. Wasserman, who had previously owned Club Harlem in the 1930s, established the club. Featuring a 100-foot bar and a seating capacity for 250 patrons, the club became renowned for its big headliners and one-hour floor shows, which played three or four times a night. Notably, the club showcased performances from both black and white artists, solidifying its reputation as a high-end establishment and a prominent social hub. Renowned superstars such as Billie Holiday, T-Bone Walker, Dinah Washington, B.B. King, Alberta Adams, and Muddy Waters graced its stage. In the 1950s, Detroit's own saxophonist Beans Bowles performed there, reminiscing, "Man, everybody used to play there. It was like an assembly line. We had stage shows seven nights a week. We called it 'Little Vegas.' The whole corner was lit up by the Flame." The Flame Show Bar ceased operations in 1963, and today, the area is occupied by the Detroit Medical Center.

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Morris Wasserman

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