A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from June 12, 2021
“Penguin at the Big Apple” (instrumental song by The Trammps, 1972)

"Penguin at the Big Apple” is an instrumental song on the album The Legendary Zing Album (1975) by the American soul-disco group The Trammps. It was written and produced by Ronnie Baker, Norman Harris & Earl Young, and was arranged by Ronnie Baker.

Although the album came out in 1975, the song is from 1972—making it one of the earliest “disco” songs. The title of “Penguin at the Big Apple” is not explained.


Wikipedia: The Legendary Zing Album
The Legendary Zing Album is the debut studio album by American soul-disco group, The Trammps, released in 1975 through Buddah Records.

Commercial performance
The album consists of tracks recorded in the early 1970s with the Philadelphia Soul sound.
(...)
Track listing
Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length

1. "Penguin at the Big Apple” / “Zing Went the Strings of My Heart” (Medley) Norman Harris, Ronnie Baker, Earl Young / James F. Hanley

Genius.com (lyrics)
Penguin At The Big Apple
The Trammps
This song is an instrumental

Newspapers.com
8 February 1973, Daily Capital News (Jefferson City, MO), “Dancers gain wide fame,” pg. 18, col. 1 photo caption:
Dancing
Dance troupe members Gayle Strong and Jimmy Routt perform “Penguin at the Big Apple” at Lincoln University’s home game with Southeast Missouri State University on Jan. 29.
(Col. 3.—ed.)
Their dance repertoire ranges from popular rock including the motion picture theme “Shat,” “Scorpio,” “Penguin at the Big Apple,” “Backstabber,” “Out of Space,” “Moneyrunner,” and “Reverend Lee,” to classics like “The Impossible Dream.”
(Col. 4.—ed.)
After receiving high acclaim for their performing new interpretations of “Penguin at the Big Apple,” and “Money-runner” which brought the audience to its feet with cheers at Tennessee State University, ...

YouTube
Trammps - Penguin At The Big Apple
Jan 22, 2012
Lee Stewart
Written & Produced by Ronnie Baker, Norman Harris & Earl Young.
Arranged by Ronnie Baker.
(1972)

YouTube
Penguin at the Big Apple
Jun 7, 2018
The Trammps - Topic
Provided to YouTube by Sony Music Entertainment
Penguin at the Big Apple · The Trammps
The Legendary Zing Album
℗ 1975 Sony Music Entertainment

YouTube
Penguin at the Big Apple / Zing Went the Strings of My Heart
Jun 7, 2018
The Trammps - Topic
Provided to YouTube by Sony Music Entertainment
Penguin at the Big Apple / Zing Went the Strings of My Heart · The Trammps

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