Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Gold Dollar - 3129 Cass Ave, Detroit Michigan (Gay Bar)

I found an article about this bar (See link below) It seems it was open from about 1934 to 1988 or 89. The story is that is was a drag show bar from 1956 to 1988 or 89. It was re-opened in 1996-2001 as a straight rock venue. If you have and stories of The Gold Dollar as a gay bar please send them to me, photos also.

Gold dollar article



11 comments:

  1. I went to the Gold Dollar in the mid 80's with my cross dressing friend. I remember some of the names of the performers. I remember Twiggy who was always kind to us and there was Betty Clark. There was another "gal" who used to do a song about a pussy cat. I miss that place. It was fun and intimate.

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    1. I remember Twiggy and Betty Clark. I can't remember the name of the Queen who sang about the pussy cat but can remember most of the lyrics. LOL

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  2. IT WAS A FUN PLACE WITH GOOD LOOKING GIRLS USED TO GO ABOUT ONCE A MONTH OH THEY WOULD HUSSEL DRINKS AND SO FORTH BUT ALWAYS HAD A GOOD TIME MISS THE PLACE SO EVERY GIRL HAS HER DAY AND USE TO GET A LOT OF FEELS

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  3. Visited the Gold Dollar on a number of occasions during the mid-60s to the mid-70s. It was primarily a STRAIGHT bar that catered to STRAIGHT men who liked drag queens. The shows were very good; attaining a high level of playful professionalism for its time. Customers would often bring their wives or female dates to the bar. Gay men were in the distinct minority as customers and used the bar for cruising more than show-watching. It was a fun place, but couldn't hold a candle to The Dip (the Diplomat), the Woodward, and a number of other gay bars immediately around it.

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    1. I was there in the early 70's before I was out. It was a straight bar with "Female Imperssonators". It was the first drag show I had ever seen. I didn't get it. The MC was singing "The Candy Man" and they were handing him dollar bills. It was all new to me then. I'm pretty sure the original Gold Dollar is not the same location as the Punk Rock Gold Dollar, where the White Stripes became famous.

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    2. Yes, the gold dollar is, was, and always will be at the sake location on Cass ...I'm 70 yrs old, have lived in the corridor since age13...went to the shows at the dollar neglected & forgotten ...very sad indeed. I'm Tommy water's, did shows myself in the sixties at the Barbary Coast, just blocks away on Grand River & 4th

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  4. I met Ms. Chili Pepper there in the early 70's. She was the first person who explained to me that being a woman came from the inside - not from one's physical body.

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  5. David Hummel performed there from 1962-1967. There is a collection of some of his stuff at the University of Michigan's Bentely Historical Library as well as online here: http://www.queermusicheritage.com/fem-hummell.html.

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  6. Good to see this! It was definitely the same location - show bar and "rock bar" though it was more than rock - lots of experimental stuff - though only two drag shows in the 1996-2001 run. Many people from the old days stopped by and said hello, and it was good to have a connection with history.

    Confession: I'm the one who owned it and ran it 1996-2001. Kept the name because of the history - and because I couldn't think of anything better! Also really enjoyed hearing stories of the old days from various police officers and city employees I had to meet with before getting the place open. The opening line was almost always "Do you know the history of that place? I was only there once, but....."

    Anyway, thanks for bringing back the memories... My band played early on the last night, and I did it in drag (which I don't do well) as a tribute of sorts. Hardly anyone got it. Ha!

    -n
    (golddollar.com)

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  8. I visited the Gold Dollar bar in the 1980s. I remember this one act with a snake. Does anyone remember this? I was living down off of Wayne's campus. I was young and everyday was fun and exciting. Such good times!

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