The Metro St. Louis Live Music

Historical Society




Club Plantation

in the Saint Louis Palladium

361 Delmar

Owner: Tony Scarpelli




Modeled after New York's "Cotton Club", Club Plantation was run by Gangsters and catered to Whites-Only, even though they boasted All Black entertainment. And entertainment it was featuring the biggest name entertainers of the day! The advertising and literature were blatantly racist and the great entertainers were ordered to use the back door. Billy Eckstine was fired for marching his band through the front door! The "house" band was The Jeter-Pillars Orchestra!

Billy Eckstine’s band played there, with musicians Charlie Parker, Lucky Thompson, Art Blakey and Dizzy Gillespie (as musical director), and vocalists Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan. The Mills Brothers put on shows, along with the Noble Sissle Orchestra, the Ink Spots, the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and plenty of others


Many thanks for the content on this page go to Kevin Belford, the author of  "DEVIL AT THE CONFLUENCE The Pre-War Music of St. Louis Missouri".

Kevin's book is an astonishingly amazing and thorough record of 20's-50's Jazz and Blues that first put St. Louis on the country's musical map! Here ia a link to his prepared to spend some time there:

And here is the link to his VERY important Facebook page with info about saving The Palladium Building:







The entrance in sad, current time...The Palladium is in extreme danger of going the way

of Club Riviera and Chuck Berry's Club, important musical history swept away!






If you have any photos, facts or memories of this club, please email me at:

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