Allen J. Singer is the author of three Arcadia Publishing books and lives in Covington, Kentucky. As a writer and historian, Singer teamed up with Earl W. Clark to compile this rare and captivating collection.
Title: Local authors share story, pictures of Beverly Hills Club
before the fire
Author: Amanda Joering Alley
Publisher: Community Press
Two local authors are trying to make sure the Beverly Hills Supper Club is remembered for more than just the tragic fire that occurred there.
In a new pictorial book, "The Beverly Hills Country Club," Allen Singer and Earl Clark feature hundreds of pictures of the performers and crowds at the club from 1951 until 1962.
"Whenever people think about Beverly Hills they only think about the fire, but there was such a great legacy there before the fire," Singer said. "It really was a premiere showcase in that time."
While researching his first book about the Cincinnati subway, Singer met Clark, who worked as a saxophonist in the house band at the club in the 1950s and had hundreds of photos he took from his time there.
Singer said he felt people needed to see Clark's pictures, which tell many stories.
Clark said since there hadn't really been much coverage of that time period in books, he was all for the idea of co-authoring the book.
"I just wanted to show the pleasure the club brought to people in this area and share the pictures, which are great historical documents from the period," Clark said. "I welcomed the opportunity to document my experience."
Through numerous meetings with Clark and research on the club and performers, Singer said they were able to put the book together in about six months and have received positive feedback since its release in January.
"This really is a story that touches everybody," Singer said.
A video about the book can be found at www.youtube.com by searching for the Beverly Hills Country Club.
The book is available at local bookstores, online retailers and through Arcadia Publishing at 888-313-2665.
Book signings are being held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Walgreens, in Newport and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Barnes and Noble, in Florence.