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  • John 10:04 pm on March 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Ray Peterson Plays Ali Baba’s 

    Ray Peterson was a crooner from the old school. He had a few finger-snappin hits and “became a west coast phenomenon during the 1960s.” Ray could wax tragic… a few of his big songs were death discs, or teenage tragedy songs, “Tell Laura I Love Her”, being one… about a young man trying to impress a girl – he enters a stock car race, only to die in a fiery blaze. One of his biggest songs was “Corrina, Corrina” – one of those songs that is so ancient, nobody knows who originally wrote it! But Ray’s version of Corrina reached #9 on tbe charts and was produced by a young Phil Spector.

    This is Ray, not Phil; although Phil was dressed similarly when he met Lana Clarkson.

    A longtime L.A. transplant, during the 1970s, the hits died off and Ray became a minister and moved back east to Nashville. He never forgot his fans in California though and was occasionally part of those classic oldies tours.

    Ray ridin dirty in his early 90s Dodge sedan with Landau top

    A longtime performer at the Palomino Club in North Hollywood, Ray also went just up the street to don his pink or aqua sportcoat for the occasional gig at Ali Baba’s, which featured classic oldies acts, as well as traditional middle-eastern music acts.

    Ali Baba’s would have been a nice, intimate setting to catch Ray during his resurgence in the late 1970s… one can almost taste the Harvey Wallbangers~

     
  • John 6:57 am on November 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Ali Baba's In North Hollywood 

    Street addresses get re-numbered over time, whatever they call that process, so I think Ali Baba’s was at this spot, rather than the mini-mart right down there with Subway (present day street address). Maybe Ali Baba’s was down there though, I don’t know but will find out.

    Also, an interesting tidbit. When Holmes was released from protective custody after the murders and refusing to turn state’s evidence, detective Tom Lange gave John a ride to the Lankershim impound lot to pick up the Chevy Malibu, which was about nine miles from Ali Baba’s. Just more useless trivia for you  😉

    Ali Baba's building?

    Ali Baba’s building?

    Matchbook

    Matchbook

     
    • Gayle 2:41 am on November 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I searched for more info on Ali Baba’s. I could not find anything either. It’s so frustrating when there is not a single thing that comes up. I had never heard of it before, but sounds like it was an interesting place. That photo you posted is of a Mexican restaurant in the shoddy part of NoHo, but it’s a great inexpensive place to eat. I’ll see if I can find out if it was the location of Ali Baba’s the next time I eat there.

      • John 7:42 am on November 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Gayle. Yes, I find that the best food spots are usually the unknown mom and pop places.

      • Gayle 12:26 am on January 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        The last time I was there, I asked around…no one knew what I was talking about.

      • Kamala Almanzar 12:12 am on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I worked at Ali Baba’s owned by Eddie Nash. It was on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood. I was a belly dancer in the late 70s, early 80s there. Looks like someone shared my blog below

        • John 11:39 am on March 14, 2016 Permalink

          You’re welcome Kimdance. It sounds awesome. If you have any Eddie Nash stories, if any you want to share, please email me at wonderland1981blog@gmail.com. I am writing a book about the Wonderland murders and Eddie is a key player. Thanks again.

          Yours,
          John

    • Bruce Hallett 7:28 am on November 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      This is so interesting to me. I, first started to show an interest in the Wonderland Murders after seeing the E True Hollywood Story. Then I saw the movie Wonderlnd, ever since then I have been fascinated with the case. Thanks for having this blog, I look forward to your posts.

      • John 7:42 am on November 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Bruce, me too obviously ha! – and there’s more to come!

        • localarts 2:12 pm on March 15, 2016 Permalink

          With tax season around the corner, I got to thinking. I wonder how much Eddie actually paid out in federal income tax? With all his various business ventures, I’d say most of it was done in cash. I could easily see one of his employee’s leaving the Starwood with a grocery bag full of cash headed to Dona Lola.

        • John 11:39 am on March 16, 2016 Permalink

          Lots of ways to cut corners when you take in cash as payment and no true money trail.

    • localarts 9:08 pm on March 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Yep. I would say most everything he did was cash. I’ve always thought it would have been cool for Eddie to have a yard sale while he was still residing at Dona Lola. With all the personal artifacts he held as collateral for drug debts, it would have been like a shopping emporium in that little cul de sac! I can see Diles standing there with a cigar box full of money ready to make change when a customer needed to break a 50 or 100 dollar bill…

    • localarts 8:48 am on March 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Yep. I’d say 95% of everything he did was cash.

      • localarts 1:43 pm on March 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Always thought it would have been cool for Eddie to have a yard sale while still residing at Dona Lola. With all the personal artifacts he held as collateral for drug debts, it would have been a shopping emporium. I could see Diles standing there with a cigar box full of money ready to make change for someone who needed to break a 50 or 100 dollar bill.. I can just see those antique Colts glissining in the sun as they sat on one of those fold-out tables in the front yard. It would have been a specticle no doubt.

  • John 5:30 am on November 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Belly Dancer Describes Atmosphere @ Nash's Club "Ali Baba's" 

    Kamala Almanzar, a professional bellydancer based in Los Angeles shares no holds barred memories, opinions & gossip of her 35 year dance career. http://www.kamaladance.com All photos belong to her.

    Ali Baba’s… it sounds terrible but I still want to go. I am trying to get in touch with Kamala, if you have info on this old club-restaurant, please post in the comments. Thanks.

    Ali Babas in Hollywood

    Here are some photos of Kamala on the dance floor and of the band performing at Ali Baba’s:

     
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