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Music Memory - Susan Spratley

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This week listener Susan Spratly shares her memories of the Imperial Room at the Royal York Hotel.

I have such fond memories of my parents taking me to the Imperial Room at the Royal York Hotel when I was a kid.  I saw the Mills Brothers, Tina Turner (post Ike), (wow - could she sing and dance!), and Peggy Lee.  My Dad used to 'grease' the palm of the maitre d' and we always got the table by the stage.  Peggy Lee sang "Is That All There Is", and I mouthed all the words along with her, never thinking it strange that a little kid would know all the words to this Peggy Lee song.  After the song she pointed at me and said "That was for you.”  Boy, was I thrilled!

My grandfather "Papa" came with us that night.  He was tall, dark and handsome (a “Black Irish toughie” from Nfld)  She took quite a shine to him and made exaggerated flirty eyes at him all night. Mr cool Papa never flinched!

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