by Albert Haim


In 1914 C.P. Nutting opened Nuttings Dance Hall at the canoe boathouse, where Prospect Street crosses the Charles River. The hall burned down in 1961; the pilings can still be seen in the river.

Here is an old image of the ballroom.


Several bands appeared there: Duke Ellington, The Dorsey Brothers, Ray Noble, etc. Take a look at this nice card from 1936


Bix appeared three times in the ballroom. From Evans and Evans.

Sep 20, 1926. Jean Goldkette and His Victor Recording Orchestra vs. Barney Rapp and His Victor Record Orchestra, Nuttings-On-The-Charles, Waltham – 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Here is a photo of Barney Rapp and the Victor Record Orchestra


Oct 4, 1926. The East vs. the West – Jen Goldkette Victor Record Band vs. Mal Hallett and his orchestra. Dane at Nuttings on the Charles, Waltham, MA.

Aug 27, 1928. Paul Whiteman at Nutting’s On The Charles, Waltham, MA.

Sudhalter and Evans report that, according to some of the members of the Casa Loma Orchestra, Bix also was to appear in Nuttings On the Charles. But others thought it was in Le Vagge’s Lido Venice.

The Sep 20 appearance of Goldkette is the one discussed in the article just posted by Linda. Was Goldkette with the band during the tour? I don’t think so.

Barney Rapp is the guy responsible for changing the name of Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff to Doris Day.


Posted on Sep 8, 2007, 6:44 PM

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