Sunday, July 27, 2014

#Disneyland60.....Today In Disneyland History....July 27, 1962

The Firehouse Five Plus Two Records

At The Golden Horseshoe Saloon

July 27, 1962

On July 27, 1962, The Firehouse Five Plus Two, a Dixieland jazz band popular in the 1950s made up of writers, animators, producers and directors all of which worked at the Walt Disney Studios were recorded live at The Golden Horseshoe in Disneyland. Their performance the following day was also recorded and eventually released on Good Time Jazz Records.  Members of the group included:

      Danny Alguire — cornet

      Harper Goff — banjo
      Ward Kimball — trombone, siren, tambourine, sound effects, leader
      Clarke Mallery — clarinet
      Monte Mountjoy — drums
      Erdman (Ed) Penner — bass saxophone on early recordings, later switched to tuba
      Frank Thomas — piano
Later, other Disney artists joined in; Jimmy MacDonald, George Probert, Dick Roberts, Ralph Ball and George Bruns. The band was active from 1949 to 1972, playing and recording while never giving up their day jobs as animators and artists with the Walt Disney Studios. 

The Golden Horseshoe Saloon (referred to as Pecos Bill's Golden Horseshoe Saloon during construction) opened in 1955 with several other original attractions at Disneyland. The "saloon” was one of several original buildings dating back to the opening of the Disneyland Resort .The Golden Horseshoe was also where Walt Disney and his wife, Lillian, celebrated their 30th anniversary with the debut performance of the original Golden Horseshoe Revue. Walt kept a private box—now public—upstairs to the right of the stage so he could watch the show whenever he felt like it. With over 50,000 performances logged since then, the Golden Horseshoe Revue was at one time “the world’s longest-running live stage show,” according the Guinness Book of World Records. The Golden Horseshoe is located in Frontierland across from the Rivers of America. Be sure to try their Chili In A Bread Bowl or one of their scrumptious ice cream sundaes the next time you’re there for some toe tapping, rollicking fun. And that’s what happened today in Disneyland’s history.

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