Notes, articles, photographs, and photo/ink collages documenting the career of nightclub owner and musician, Joanie Hannon.
Hannon was owner or co-owner of lesbian- and gay-friendly bars and nightclubs in California beginning in the 1950s. Hannon
was also an accomplished drummer who appeared as a member of the all-girl band in the 1958 film,
Some Like it Hot. The collection includes photographs and photo/ink collages (presumably created by Hannon) documenting the bars/nightclubs
she owned, including the North Hollywood bar for which she is most well known, Joani Presents.
Joanie Hannon, also known as Joani Waldor, is a musician and businesswoman perhaps best known for Joani Presents, the North
Hollywood nightclub and musical venue that she owned between 1961 and 1973. During the mid-1950s, Hannon was the drummer for
an all-girl band that toured Europe and Asia under the auspices of the United Services Organization (USO). In 1958, she was
the drummer in the all-girl band portrayed in the Billy Wilder film,
Some Like It Hot. Between 1957-1958 she owned and operated Joanie's Bar in Palm Springs, California. Hannon was then part owner (with her
brother David) of a lesbian- and gay-oriented bar in the Studio City area of North Hollywood before opening Joani Presents,
which featured performances by well-known jazz musicians and other entertainers. In 1991, Hannon relocated to Humboldt County
in Northern California, where she presided over a night club she owned in Garberville during the 1990s.
1.3 linear feet.
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