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Atlantic City Entertainers - The Early Years


During Atlantic City's golden years, all through 1920s and into the 1950s, the city was a showcase for singers, musicians, comedians and everyone in the theatrical world. Anyone who was "anyone" played Atlantic City.

Examples of entertainers that regularly performed in Atlantic City during those nostalgic by-gone years are shown below.

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W.C. Fields


W.C. Fields

W. C. Fields - Juggler, Comedian and Actor got his start in Atlantic City.



Jane Wyman


Jane Wyman

Actress Jane Wyman made frequent appearances in Atlantic City.



John Philip Sousa


John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa was a composer and conductor best known for American military and patriotic marches.



Guy Lombardo


Guy Lombardo

Guy Lombardo's band, The Royal Canadians, claimed to create "The Sweetest Music This Side of Heaven."







Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe was the grand marshal of the Miss America Pageant parade in 1952.



Red Skelton


Red Skelton

Red Skelton got his start in Atlantic City.



Barbara Stanwyk


Barbara Stanwyck

In 1926, Barbara Stanwyck was a showgirl at the Cafe' Beau Arts in Atlantic City, when her name was still Ruby Stevens.



Rudy Vallee


Rudy Vallee

Rudy Vallee and his Connecticut Yankees Band played on Steel Pier.



Bing Crosby


Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby sang with Rudy Vallee and his Connecticut Yankees on Steel Pier in 1932.



Bob Hope


Bob Hope

When Bob Hope performed in Atlantic City, he often played golf at the Atlantic City Country Club.



Harry Houdini


Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini performed his daring escape acts at Garden Pier.



Fanny Brice


Fanny Brice

Fanny Brice was one of the most famous Ziegfeld Girls.



Count Basie


Count Basie

Bandleader and jazz pianist Count Basie played at the Atlantic City Clubs, and also Steel Pier.



Mae West


Mae West

Mae West wrote baudy and sexy plays, many of which were first tried out in Atlantic City.



Kate Smith


Kate Smith

Kate Smith may be best known for singing God Bless America at Flyers games, however in her earlier days she was a star performer on Steel Pier.








Frank Sinatra


Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra often performed at the 500 Club in Atlantic City.



Jimmy Dorsey


Tommy Dorsey

Tommy Dorsey - trombonist, trumpeter and bandleader of the Big Band era.



Dean Martin


Dean Martin

The Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comedy team got its start at the 500 Club.



Jayne Mansfield


Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield acted in the movie "The Burglar" that was set in Atlantic City.

Jayne Mansfield and Sophia Loren

The lady staring at Jayne Mansfield's nipples is Sophia Loren.






Oliver Hardy


Oliver Hardy

Oliver Hardy was marshal of the 1941 Variety Parade on the Atlantic City boardwalk.



Abbott and Costello


Abbott and Costello

Abbott and Costello were one of the most popular acts on Steel Pier.



Peggy Lee


Peggy Lee

Peggy Lee was very popular in Atlantic City, and appeared there often.



Sammy Davis Jr.


Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr. often played at the 500 Club. His mother tended bar at the nearby Graces' Little Belmont.



Al Jolson


Al Jolson

Al Jolson was a lifeguard on the Atlantic City beach during the 1920s.


The Three Stooges


The Three Stooges

The Three Stooges, Moe, Larry and Curley made numerous appearances on Steel Pier, beginning in 1936.



Mickey Rooney


Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney often played at the 500 club.



Ziegfeld Follies


Ziegfeld Follies

The Ziegfeld Follies started out in Atlantic City in 1906, but later moved to Broadway. The Ziegfeld Follies featured some of the most beautiful chorus girls in the world, all elaborately costumed.



Sophie Tucker


Sophie Tucker

Sophie Tucker, who was known as "The Last of the Red Hot Mamas" was one of the star performers at the 500 club .



Nat King Cole


Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole often played his Jazz Piano, and sung his soft ballads, at the Atlantic City clubs.



Jack Dempsey


Jack Dempsey

Jack Dempsey trained for many of his fights in Atlantic City.