Dave Apollon

Dave Apollon * One of the most successful Mandolin Players in the World * 1943 - 1953

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Extra Added Attraction DAVE APOLLON And his Filipino Boys


1943-march-7-brooklyn-eagle.jpg BROOKLYN EAGLE, SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 1943

Dave Apollon to Do International Vaudeville

Dave Apollon, the Russian musical comedy star,  who has been producing and headlining his "International Variety" revues in presentation houses for more than a decade, and Bernard Burke, theatrical representative and producer, have formed a producing combine and will present "United Nations Cavalcade," an international vaudeville revue, on Broadway in June.

Apollon and Burke, with offices at 48 W. 48th St. are seeking name stars to represent each United Nation


Dave Apollon, Russian star, and his Filipino boys head the list of stars, who include Bobby May, a juggler; Billy Wells and the four Fays and others. 




Lights Of New York

by L. L. Stevenson

If vaudeville is really dead, then obviously Dave Apollon, the Russian-born mandolin maestro currently at the Latin Quarter, either doesn't know about it or doesn't believe it. For 30 of his 37 years Apollon has been making a tidy sum as a vaudevillian. Last week. he threw a party to celebrate the end of his third decade working in a field that isn't supposed to exist. That's nice going. Apollon was a moppet of seven when he first invaded vaudeville in Russia as a dancer. A few years later, he'd organized a full-fledged revue and was trouping with it from Volocjisk to Vladivostok. At 15, he was drafted into the Army. The minimum age was supposed to have been 18, but it appears there was an error in his birth certificate which no one had bothered to correct. 

"So," as Apollon himself puts it in the accent which he once had insured for $100,000, "Apollon, the vaudevillian, became Apollon, the warrior."

1944_amsterdam_mar_jun_02.jpgIt really wasn't so much of a change at that Learning that young Apollon was a talented mandolinist, his officers kept him up nights entertaining them. As a consequence, he couldn't wake up for reveille with the result that he was put to work constantly on the Russian army equivalent for KP. To this day, he doesn't know which he is better at—playing the mandolin or peeling potatoes. When the revolution broke out, he was caught between two fires. After a series of mis-adventures which included entertaining for a meager living in Hong Hong and Hawaii, he came to America. He landed in San Francisco with exactly 40 cents in American money. A friend staked him to railroad fare and he came on to New York where he pounded on agents' doors with no results save bruised knuckles.

Taking the bull by the horns, Apollon organized a full length revue and put it on in a small New York theater at $5.50 top. The next morning, he woke up famous. With his troupe, which included several Filiplno musicians and funnymen in Russian costume, he took to vaudeville and vaudeville took to him. From that day to this, he has never been unemployed. His troupe still includes Filipinos though the number lately decreased to three because the rest went into the U. S. Navy. His penchant for giving talented unknowns—among them Cass Daley, Melissa Mason, Abbott and Costello and Gil Lamb—a break has kept the act always new and fresh. His greatest discovery, he claims, was a lovely, blonde dancer named Danzi Goodell. She's no longer with the troupe—her duties as Mrs. Dave Apollon and mother of five-year-old Michael keep her, too busy for professional
1944_amsterdam_mar_jun_03.jpgA virtuoso on the mandolin, Apollon has appeared as soloist with the Philharmonic and in joint recital with the late Cantor Josef Rosenblatt He's been in the movies, on the radio, on the stage and even in television. But he claims vaudeville as his first love. As a matter of fact he's currently organising a lull-length vaudeville revue, a sort of a United Nations cavalcade for Fall production on Broadway. The cast will include representatives from each of the leading Allied Nations wtlrt Apollon, of course, holding down Russia's end. Oh, yes. If you're interested in knowing what happened to that $100,000 policy on Apollon's Russian accent, he let it lapse. He found he couldn't lose the accent even if he tried.



. . . Dave Apollon, the Russian man-about-the-mandolin, In giving an interviewer his recipe for his success in show business over a span of years,declared, "It took plenty of plunk" ...



 . . . Dave Apollon, the mandolin-massager from Minsk, sampling ukeleles in a  Madison Avenue music shoppe . . . 




THE NEWS of the Tonawandas, Thursday, April 13, 1944

That Paying Accent

Dave Apollon Scores Hit with Russian Brogue in Latest Debut


New York (UP)—A few years back there used to be a prominent vaudeville act headed by a fellow who had a Russian accent you could use for a blanket and a mandolin that did everything but double for a singing teakettle. In the act were about a dozen Filipino boys playing stringed instruments and a girl who was agood eccentric dancer.

I met the accent, or Dave Apollon, again this week and in no time at all had committed the faux pas of the week. I noticed that Apollon had only three of "his boys" in his night club debut at the Latin quarter and asked him about the others. "In the sarviss," he said proudly. "Army, navy, mureensss. Vundarful fallows."

She's Not Away

"But what became of that girl dancer — Danzi Goodell? How'd you ever come to let her get away from you?"

"Led her gat avay! I can't gat avay from herd I married her." 

To keep the record straight, he was only kidding about "gatting"away. They have a five-year-old son, Michael, and constitute quitethe happy family in which Miss Goodell is only too glad to remain in the background as wife and mother.


This Apollon is quite a character. He started as an entertainer when he was a kid of seven in Russia. He fought in the first world war but got out of the country when the revolution broke. He went to Shanghai, then to Manila, where he landed with 40 cents in his pocket and a vacancy under his belt. He got up an act with a couple of girl dancers and played around Manila while waiting for a permit to enter the United States. Before this came he went to Hong Kong and finally back to Russia.

Staked To Carfare

 But eventually he arrived in San Francisco, was staked by a friend to carfare to New York. He starved here in genteel fashion for a while and then attracted attention as a member of a continental type revue that a bunch of Russians put on at the Belmont theater. He was soon in vaudeville with his big act and it's been happy hunting ever since.

Apollon at one time carried a $100,000 insurance policy against losing his accent. He paid out premiums for quite a while before he got hep to the fact that he couldn't lose his accent if the company paid him a hundred grand to do it.



New York Post, Saturday, November 16, 1946

The Variety Stage

Doesn't Want His Son Bald—Mugging's Good for the Face

Let's tour the vaudeville theatres, backstage:

"My son's studying piano," says Dave Apollon, at Loew's State. "But I don't want him to be a musician and then some day get fired because he's bald. I'd rather he be his own boss . . . Did you get my new Manor album. "Modern Gypsy Melodies" featuring my mandolin solos?. . .Mandolin playing is rare in this country, because there are no mandolin teachers. Some day I'll open a mandolin school . .
My two Filipinos have been with me for 20 years. They speak fine English, maybe with a bit of Russian accent, like me . . ."


New York Post, Saturday, October 5, 1946

Dave Apollon just cut his first record with a large musical group, for Manor Records. He confesses he "practiced 8 hours a day in the bathroom, for 30 days, just for that record."



Dave Apollon, Russian mandolin virtuoso, 'will present a "Gypsy Festival," an entertainment of gypsy orchestral and choral music and dancing, at'Carnegie Hall this season.




COTILLION ROOM . . . In Dave Apollon, supported by two beautiful blondes, the Pierre has a star who matches the suave elegance of the dinner - and - supper- club. The girls are Lois Bannerman, harpist, and Laverne Gustafson, pianst.

You don't have to be longhair to enjoy Apollon's virtuosity. The man who raised the mandolin to concert stage level was never in better form. After showing his lightning technique in Liszt's Second Hungarian Rhapsody, he slows down to an evocative "Summertime" that brings out all the haunting melody and lazy-daisy sentiments of the Gershwin classic.

Showman as well as a musician Apollon looks somewhat like a mature and Slavic leprechaun. His facial expressions — head tosses, closed eyes, wide, beaming grin. etc. —are an important part of his act. They add value as he plays "The Man I Love." "Begin the Beguine," "Hora Staccato," "Dark Eyes" and "Stardust." Miss Bannerman solos an expert version of "Song in the Night."

New York Post, Tuesday December 30, 1947

Few People "top" Milton Berle

At a party at Stanley Garfinkel's. Berle was demonstrating his great meory to Dave Apollon-recalling all the acts that they played in a vaudeville show with them long ago in Denver.

"Weber & Fields headlined," Berle said. The Russian Apollon said "Veber & Fields? Dat I don't remember."

"Hugo Steinbeck's piano act," Berle said. Apollon said again "Dat I don't remember." Berle went on and each time Apollon said "Dat I don't remember."

"And then there was me." Berle said, "and I was lousy." "Dat," said Apollon,  "I remember!"



Schectady Gazette, Tuesday, March 14, 1950

TOPS IN TOWN: The new mysstery novel. "House Without a Door" . . . Steak Kew at Freeman Chum's . . . Dave Apollon's version of "The Third Man Theme" on a National disc . . . Toy and Wing's terpsichore at the China Doll . . . Pearl Bailey at the Greenwich Village Inn . . . Robert Montgomery's TV theater . . . Jerry Wayne's new Columbia platter, "Don't Say Goodbye." . . . Louis Prime's, trumpetnoise uptown at the Apollo.



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Dave Apollon, the mandolin virtuoso who has had a fabulous career in this country and abroad as the most eminent mandolin expert of our time, will open a special four-week engagement at La Vie En Rose, chic supper-club at 123 East 54 Street, tonight, September 9

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Dave Apollon Heads New Bill

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By Mark Barron

NEW YORK—After the "standing room only" fourteen straight weeks that Danny Kays has recently been playing at the Palace, the "critical chorus" assembled for the traditional Monday matinees opening of a new bill when Kaye had gone on his way. 

No Danny Kaye, no Judy Garland, no other big-name star was to appear this time in the royal command theater of the reviving vaudeville circuit. It was to be again, for the summer, a program of standard vaudeville acts.

Much to many people's surprise including myself, the first Monday matinee was a sell-wit and most everyone seemed to be having a good time. It seemed like the good old days of the 1920's before the then Palace headliners started hurrying to Hollywood talkies. Later many of those same stars came flying back east with the coming up of television and, more recently, they have been swinging west again for 3-D pictures.

In contrast to the Danny Kaye and Judy Garland one-star programs, the new bill is eight standard acts to be presented four times a day.

The new bill is headed by Dave Apollon, that mandolin expert with a pianist and guitarist. Apollon, like one or two other acts on this bill, had played at the Palace in previous years when a booking there was considered the highest honor a performer could win in any branch of show business.

Another act on the new bill is Buster Shaver and Olive, the latter being a tiny, good looking lady not more than three feet in height who has an excellent singing voice. I first heard this duo at the Palace about 20 years ago and they do not appear to have aged a year.

The general format of vaudeville hasn't changed in the years in which it has been more or less in oblivion. On this bill there are three acrobatic acts, one magician act and one animal act. Also there is a complete lack of anything suggestive of sex, improper armour or otherwise in any of the acts.

Frank Ross, a man who has a voice which can imitate hauntingly any musical instrument in a band and who also is a hilarious pantominist, cames nearest to that. His partner is Anita La Pierre, a nice looking, well stacked blonde who sings with a French accent.

While she is singing, Rosa goes into his pantomime which not only practically (ln your mind) undresses her from the beautiful gown she is wearing, but also dismembers her. His pantomime indicates that she is wearing a wig, has had her face lifted and has a wooden leg.

What gave this return of the palace to standard vaudeville an authentic flavor was the number of actors and agents standing at the back of the orchestra seats "Just to catch and act or two" before going about their business. And when I walked up to the door I was fumbling in my pocket for my pass. The ticket taker looked at me and asked: "Professional?" I nodded and he waved me in without a ticket.

Yes; the flavor of the "good old days" at the Palace seem to be back again.



SATURDAY, MAY 22, 1971

Remember vaudeville's Dave Apollon? You're old, too: Anyway Dave's had many months of physical agonies, but he's recuperating nicely. Dave's act was a musical Laugh-In: a thick-accented Russian, Dave led a large band of marvelously impertinent Filipinos.


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