Ray Noble at Steel Pier, Atlantic City

programme discovered, date confirmed

this page first published by John Wright, 24 August 2002
last updated 14 May 2012vintage@r2ok.co.uk

I have scans of a programme of events at the Steel Pier, Atlantic City, featuring Ray Noble's Orchestra as one of the main attractions. Noble's band broadcast and toured with Al Bowlly during 1935-36 and Al became popular with young swing lovers in New Jersey where the Steel Pier was one of the main venues and probably the most popular place in the state for music and fun. The program has no exact date but the movies featured in the program were released in 1936, and my US colleague Stanley Slome has noted that the program mentions Memorial Week-end which suggested that the band's performances were likely sometime from Friday, May 29 through Sunday, May 31. I have recently had confirmation from Ed Polic and Steve Liebowitz that there was just one 12-hour performance from 2.00pm May 31 till 2.00am June 1st.

The front cover of the programme shows that as well as Ray Noble's band the Steel Pier was featuring Alex Bartha and his band.

The inside pages of the programme show that there were many other entertainments, including the famous Diving Horse act.

The back cover of the programme shows two feature films showing, Nobody's Fool and Under Two Flags, both released in 1936.

I am grateful to Streetswing for permission to reproduce this photo of the Marine Ballroom at the Steel Pier
An evening shot of the Steel Pier, taken when Benny Goodman's band was in town. Date not known but the Youth A Poppin' revue is a clue

A postcard of the Steel Pier, possibly 1940's

A postcard featuring the Diving Horse act

A holiday photo of the Steel Pier, possibly 1950's

A view of the Steel Pier in 2001

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