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Teens dancing at the Teen Hop at the Eldorado 1964The great jazz and blues singer Jewel Brown made her Eldorado Ballroom debut in 1949, at the age of twelve. The Eldorado was then one of the country’s premier Black music venues, playing host to Duke Ellington, Count Basie, B. B. King, and a murderers’ row of other musical giants. But to Brown, who grew up in Houston’s predominantly Black Third Ward neighborhood, the “Rado” was just the local nightclub—the place where her older sisters would go dancing on Saturday nights.“You couldn’t keep them out of there on the weekend,” Brown recently recalled with a chuckle. “They would clean up the house real good on Saturday so that when Daddy came home in the afternoon he would give them the okay to go. They just had…

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