Story: Nightclubs

Crystal Palace, Auckland

The Crystal Palace (shown here in 1986) was one of Auckland's busiest clubs in the 1930s, drawing crowds to hear Epi Shalfoon and the Melody Boys – a band that acted as a training ground for many Auckland musicians. The Crystal Palace was revived in the 1950s by promoter Phil Warren, known as the ‘king of clubland’, who set up clubs, a touring circuit and a record label in the 1950s and 1960s. He can be heard in this interview talking about opening the Crystal Palace and the synergy between recording and nightclubs.

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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Reference: 1052-K6-20

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Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Phil Warren playing favourites/Reference ID28111)

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How to cite this page:

Redmer Yska, 'Nightclubs - Loosening up, 1950s and 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/39162/crystal-palace-auckland (accessed 25 September 2020)

Story by Redmer Yska, published 5 Sep 2013