The 20 Grand Story
The Driftwood Lounge 
Advert from June 1968 
(courtesy Graham Finch)

A significant number of adverts show the address as 5025 14th - this was across the road however!

The Driftwood Lounge was the Twenty Grand's flagship. What can you say about shows like this? Look at Ed Wingate's entourage the following week too - amazing!

Master of Ceremonies in the Driftwood was Joe 'Ziggy' Johnson. Ziggy was a tap dancer of the highest calibre who would dress in the snappiest of outfits. He also owned a dance class in the city and is credited with teaching the great Jackie Wilson his dance routine of splits and spins.

Levi Mann's house band would provide backing to some of the biggest entertainers in the industry.

Motown's head of talent management, Esther Gordy, recalls that BK, as he was known, and Marty, would treat their people like the stars they were and would even provide them with identity cards and free passes to all shows.

A shrewd marketing move.

Notes thanks to David Meikle



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