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This beautifully illustrated history of Jules Podell's legendary club Copacabana features colorful characters, romance, and intrigue from the golden age of nightclubs.

In this fascinating look behind the scenes of one of the world's most legendary nightclubs, the story of the Copa begins and ends with its fiery owner, Jules Podell. A Russian immigrant, Jules dropped out of the fourth grade to make money for his family and went on to create the number one destination for the rich, famous, and dangerous of New York.

All the legends of the fifties and early sixties stood on his stage, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, Tom Jones, Sam Cooke, Johnny Mathis, and the Temptations.

This book, which includes the Podell family's never-before-seen photos, menus, and club memorabilia, as well as interviews, allows us to truly get a peek at the Copa and its great moment in New York history.


Mickey Podell-Raber is the only child of longtime Copacabana owner Jules Podell. She grew up going to the club every Sunday night for dinner and a show, and even had a direct line into the kitchen to order all her meals and shared many of the big moments in her life with many of the stars who graced her father's stage.


Charles Pignone, author of New York Times bestseller The Sinatra Treasures and one-time president of the Sinatra Society of America, works as an archivist and producer for the Sinatra family.


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ISBN-10:  0061240990
ISBN-13:  978-0061240997
Author:  Mickey Podell-Raber
Genre:  Entertainment
Publisher:  Collins
Date Published:  October 2, 2007
Format:  Hardcover
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review by . June 25, 2010
A fond look back at one of America's greatest entertainment venues.
Every so often I discover a new book about a totally off the wall topic that really piques my curiosity.  Ordinarily, I read books about serious subjects such as history, politics, medicine and the environment.  But as one might well imagine some of these books can be quite depressing.  I was ready for something lighter when I happened upon "The Copa: Jules Podell and the Hottest Club North of Havana".  Co-authored by Jules Podell's adopted daughter Mickey Podell-Raber …
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