Music: Hands, Hat & Cane

The tall girls, smiling and spangle-breasted, glided into darkness as the lights blacked out and the brasses blared an entrance for one of the oldest sets of trademarks in show business: a twirling opera stick, dancing hands, and a battered top hat. Only one thing was missing, and now came—the question everybody was waiting for, dreamily euphoric and hypnotically assured: "Is everybody happy?" Ted Lewis was making another swing around the country.

Last week he was playing Manhattan's Latin Quarter, right across Broadway from where Rector's used to be. It was at Rector's in 1917 that Ted made his first hit in...

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