The management of the Palomar followed a strict color policy. To my knowledge, there had never been a black band booked as a regular attraction. I recall, while still in high school, that a prominent Los Angeles disc jockey promoted occasional matinee dances featuring local bands. On one occasion, he arranged for an afternoon appearance by Floyd Ray, who led a fine band featured at several Central Avenue clubs. This was the first time the ballroom relaxed its color barrier. Unfortunately, a group of teenage hoodlums created an ugly incident reported as a "race riot."
That was the last time a black band appeared at the Palomar. There has always been conjecture that the announced appearance of Count Basie provoked a racist reaction, which the local authorities labeled as "arson."