NIGHTCLUBS: Bottom of the Top

"I feel," says Singer Diahann Carroll, "like I'm kind of at the bottom of the top; the best part of the beginning is now." Farther up the ladder roost more gaudily plumed stars of Singer Carroll's spotlighted world—Lena Home, Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Belafonte. That last rung of the climb is sometimes the trickiest, as countless slipped disks will testify. But when she moved into the Persian Room of Manhattan's Plaza Hotel last week, Diahann trailed the kind of notices no new female singer has received in years. Twice each night she demonstrated...

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