A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from July 12, 2004
Big Apple dance craze (1937)
The Big Apple dance craze of 1937 popularized the term, but didn't originate it.


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Posted by Barry Popik
1970s-present: False Etymologies • (1) Comments • Monday, July 12, 2004 • Permalink


My uncle, Kenneth Clarke was one of the original Big Apple dancers!  I have some photos that have been published in “Hit Parade” magazine in the 1930s’!  He left SC and went to NYC and really introduced the dance.  It originated in Myrtle Beach, SC!  He eventually made his way to broadway and was very successful!  Patterson Clarke

Posted by Patterson Clarke  on  03/01  at  12:57 PM

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