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 Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from June 03, 2005
“She’s a Latin From Manhattan” (1935)
"She a Latin From Manhattan" was written for the film Go Into Your Dance (1935). The song was from the great songwriting team of Harry Warren (music) and Al Dubin (words) and performed by another great, Al Jolson.

The phrase "Latin from Manhattan" is used today by those who are not familiar with the song.

She's A Latin From Manhattan
Al Jolson
Words by Al Dubin and Music by Harry Warren

This version did not chart but
In 1935 it peaked at #1 for Victor Young
Competing versions charted by Johnny Green (# 4) and Ozzie Nelson (# 15)
Sung by Jolson in the film "Go Into Your Dance" which also starred Ruby Keeler, Glenda Farrell,
and Helen Morgan

Fate sent her to me over the sea from Spain
And she is one in a million for me
I found my romance when she went dancing by
And she must be a Castillian, sí, sí
Is she from Havana or Madrid?
But something about her is making me doubt 'er
I think I remember the kid, yeah!

She's a Latin from Manhattan
I can tell by her 'Man-ya-na"
She's a Latin from Manhattan
But not Havana
Though she does the rhumba for us
And she calls herself Dolores
She was in a Broadway chorus
Known as Suzy Donahue

PUERTO RICO HERALD: Lifetime Achievement: Tito Puente ... Being a Latin from Manhattan not only gave Puente an intense drive to succeed - it was an essential element behind his contribution to elevating the ...
http://www.puertorico-herald.org/ issues/2003/vol7n09/Puente-en.shtml - 8k - Cached - Similar pages

HispanicOnline - Hispanic Heritage Plaza 2002 ... (The proverbial Latin from Manhattan is now Dominican or Mexican, not Puerto Rican.) And then there's everybody else, scattered across communities in ...
http://www.hispaniconline.com/hh02/ demographics_top_10_cities_9.html - 12k -

7 December 1934, Washington Post, pg. 15:
Songs to be rendered by Al Jolson in "Go Into Your Dance," besides the title song, include "She's a Latin from Manhattan," "About a Quarter to Nine," "Casino de Parce" amd "Whittling My Wood."

21 April 1935, Washington Post, pg. 6:
Songs sung during the action of the story of a stage star's come-back which you will wish to hear - and probably remember - include "A Latin from Manhattan," and "About a Quarter to Nine," done by Jolson and Miss Keeler;...

Posted by Barry Popik
Music/Dance/Theatre/Film/Circus • (0) Comments • Friday, June 03, 2005 • Permalink