The Majestic Cabaret at 100 Willis St was Wellington's biggest and most popular nightspot during the Second World War. This photo shows US sailors and their partners at a dance in December 1944. (Every one of these navy personnel was killed the following month in an explosion in the Solomon Islands.) The navy's Marine Band often performed at the Majestic, and was recorded live during an 'American Jamboree Concert' in 1942. In the accompanying sound clip the band plays 'Tiger rag', a ragtime standard first recorded in 1917.
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