From the Indianapolis Star, Apr 14, 1924:
The bill at B. F. Keith's this week
will be headed by Ernie Golden and his
orchestra of ten. Under the directorship
of Mr. Golden, the orchestra will
offer a program of symphonic dance
arrangements novelties and comedy.
Ernie Golden's band had a radio program over WJZ, New York, at 9:30 pm in the summer of 1924. In 1925 he was on WMCA.
From the Huntingdon (PA) Daily News, Aug 20, 1924
Democratic Delegates Shook
Slow But Mighty Wicked Feet
Ernie Golden, Musical Director,
Finds Visitors Full of Sentiment
No delegates to the Democratic
Convention were heard to admit
that New York was 'too speedy'
for them, but according to Ernie
Golden, director of the orchestra
at the famous McAlpin 'Hotel,
they had at least to have their
dances slowed up!
"It was the strangest thing,"
Mr. Golden relates, "but I received
hundreds of requests to
slow down the tempo of the
music." I was playing at the fate
New Yorkers demand, which is a
pretty good clip, and the floors
were covered during most of two
weeks with convention visitors.
"They applauded more heartilvy
than New Yorkers, but I noticed
that some of them dropped out
before the dances were over, almost
as if they were winded. To
this minute I don't know whether
that was it, or whether it was
just that they thought more sentiment
could be expressed by slow
"When I asked them what was
the matter, they said they were
used to pieces like 'Maytime'
which really gives the dancer
time to be graceful. When I
played 'Maytime' they were perfectly
happy and, believe me, put
on some wonderful exhibitions oi
dilatory dancing, which had any
New York flapper I ever saw,
beaten a mile."
From the Bridgeport (CT) Telegraph, Jul 20, 1925.
JAZZ UP CHURCH,"PREACHER" URGES!NEW YORK, July 10 - (AP)
If hymns were played in dance time
and the organ was replaced by the
saxophone and the trombone there
would be no more need for worry
about how to fill empty church pews.
Ernie Golden, director of a hotel
orchestra, asserted from the pulpit
of the West Side Religious Forum
today. His talk on "Better Music
In Religion" was part of the regular
Golden sfad that jazz will be extinct
in New York within a year
and to illustrate the type of music
that will supersede it his orchestra
played several hymnsto dance
time, the saxophone and trombone
From the Kokomo (IN) Tribune, Aug 4, 1925.
JAZZED HYMNS HALTED.
Last week New York newspapers
announced that on Sunday night
hymns in dance time would be put
on the ether from the broadcast-
ing station at the Hotel McAlpin,
of that city. A great deal of curiosity
was aroused among radio fans
over the country as to how the
syncopated sacred numbers would
sound. It was a curiosity, however,
awakened only to be disappointed.
There was broadcasting
from the Hotel McAlpln station
Sunday evening, all night, but it
did not include any religious compositions
set to fox-trot time.
When the hour for the concert
arrived. Ernie Golden, who was to
have directed the playing of the
jazzed hymns, announced from the
station that it had been decided
because of the feeling of so many
people agalnst it, not to give that
part of the program. He said the
idea of incorporating such a feature
in the Sunday evening pro-
gram had first been suggested to
him by a prominent New York
It was becoming in the broadcasting
station to omit the feature
when made aware that it would offend
many people and jar the sense
of propriety of many others. It
was prompt and fitting deference
to a considerable wave of public
opinion. The American people are
liberal in thought, but they have
not reached the point where they
are ready to have the things they
have been taught to regard as sacred
subjected to light and frivolous.
if not ribald, treatment. And
particularly would the majority of
them view the use of Sunday evening
for such an end as a deliberate
and insolent flaunting of the
irreverent and sacriligious, whether
intended as such by the promoters
As for the explanation that the
feature was proposed by a proml-
nent New York ministerwell, the
country has become accustomed to
bizarre and blundering suggestions
from a good many members of the
clergy down there.
The McAlpin Hotel.
The Hotel McAlpin was constructed in 1912 on Herald Square, at the corner of Broadway and 34th street in Manhattan, New York City by General Edwin A. McAlpin, son of David Hunter McAlpin. When opened it was the largest hotel in the world. The hotel was designed by the noted architect Frank Mills Andrews (18671948). Andrews also was president of the Greeley Square Hotel Company which first operated the hotel.
Construction of the Hotel McAlpin neared completion by the end of 1912 so that the hotel had an open house on 29 December. The largest hotel in the world at the time, The New York Times commented that it was so tall at 25 stories that it seems isolated from other buildings Boasting a staff of 1,500, the hotel could accommodate 2,500 guests. It was built at a cost of $13.5 million (nearly 300 million in 2010 dollars ). The top floor had a Turkish bath and there were two gender-specific floors; women checking into the hotel could reserve a room on the women's only floor and bypass the lobby and check in directly at their own floor. One floor, dubbed the sleepy 16th was designed for night workers so that it was kept quiet during the day. It also hosted a travel agency.
The McAlpin hosted what may be the first broadcast from a New York hotel in 1920, by singer Luisa Tetrazzini from her room in the hotel. The Army Signal Corps arranged the broadcast, and later, in 1922, the McAlpin became one of the first hotels to link ship-to-shore radios into their phone system. The hotel would later be the first home of, and give the call letters to, radio stationWMCA in 1925.
In the late 1970s the building was converted to 700 rental apartments. In 2001 the building was converted to condominiums and operates under the name Herald Towers.