Real Music & Real Estate . . .

Yiddishe Cup’s bandleader, Bert Stratton, is Klezmer Guy.

He knows about the band biz and – check this out – the real estate biz too. So maybe he’s really Klezmer Landlord.

You may not care about the real estate biz. Hey, you may not care about the band biz. (See you.)

This is a blog with a gamy twist. It features tenants with snakes and skunks, and musicians with smoked fish in their pockets.

Stratton has written op-eds for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.



I write a lot about women. My metier is feelings. I once did a piece on Erma La Douce, who I saw at the Roxy in 1965. My wife didn’t like the article, so I’m not linking to it here. roxyI also wrote a good essay about Dorothy Stratten, the Playboy playmate who was killed. My wife didn’t like that one either. No link. Lately I’ve been writing a lot about real estate and klezmer.

My high school friend Dave just stopped in. Dave likes to talk about how he schtupped his next-door neighbor — this was 40 years ago — at the Pink Motel on Lake Shore Boulevard. The Pink Motel barmaid, Jan, had a tattoo on her left ankle — Greek letters from her Kent State sorority.

Enough. The Mazeltones, a now-defunct Seattle klezmer band, played a few Sephardic tunes because many early Seattle Jewish settlers were from Rhodes, Greece . . .


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1 Ken Goldberg { 09.14.16 at 10:11 am }

It’s Irma la Douce, sonny. I recall I was in the car when my father dropped off my grandmother to see it at the Cinema Theatre in Rochester. She had no qalms about seeing slightly racy movies and I think she was old enough.

2 Dave Rowe { 09.14.16 at 10:33 am }

Real estate and Klezmer aren’t real SEXY topics.

3 Bert Stratton { 09.14.16 at 10:45 am }

To Ken Goldberg:

I’m gonna stick with “Erma La Douce.” Here’s why: I think there was a stripper with that name. I vaguely remember the ads from the Roxy in the Cleveland Press, possibly with the “Erma” spelling. Research this, Ken!. Not to confused with the movie Irma la Douce.

4 Ken G. { 09.14.16 at 10:34 pm }

Funny then they changed the spelling for the film. Fear of legal action?

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