– This is a song about the
first, or close to the first, luxury hotel that was
owned and operated by African-Americans
in this country. It was in Detroit, and this is a hotel, luxury
hotel, from back in the 1940’s, when it opened. And this is a place
were people like Cab Calloway could come
and Billie Holiday, and all these people could come and use the front door
and get room service and be treated the way they
should have been treated. Langston Hughes wrote a whole
piece about what it felt like to be able to walk
into a luxury hotel and be treated
like a human being. And this is a song
about that hotel. (“Gotham Hotel” by Stella) ♪ Down in Detroit town ♪ Follow Woodward Avenue ♪ On Orchestra Place ♪ You’ll find a solid rendezvous ♪ Beyond Hastings Street ♪ Past Club Zombie ♪ At the hottest joint in town ♪ That’s where you’ll see ♪ Pretty young things
at the Gotham Hotel ♪ Billie sings at
the Gotham Hotel ♪ Friday night brings
a little heaven in hell ♪ Everyone swings
at the Gotham Hotel ♪ Up in the Penthouse Club ♪ Can a Black man get a break ♪ Ain’t Jim Crow ♪ But Mr. Charlie’s on the make ♪ You play the numbers cold ♪ And air out the scene ♪ Before the wagon comes ♪ To put the lean ♪ On those pretty young
things at the Gotham Hotel ♪ Billie sings at
the Gotham Hotel ♪ Friday night brings
a little heaven in hell ♪ Everyone swings
at the Gotham Hotel ♪ Where jazz is King
and glamor is Queen ♪ Where all the Sheik’s and
Sheba’s shim sham and are seen ♪ Where clean up men
mix with the elite ♪ You’ll never know which
way you’ll feel the heat ♪ So if you’d like
to find yourself ♪ In Black Bottom late at night ♪ And you’re looking
for a little kick ♪ That’s out of sight ♪ Just dream of Hastings Street ♪ In Paradise Valley ♪ In hopes that someday ♪ We will forever be ♪ Those pretty young
things at the Gotham Hotel ♪ Lady Day sings
at the Gotham Hotel ♪ Friday night brings
a little heaven in hell ♪ Everyone swings
at the Gotham Hotel ♪ Everyone swings
at the Gotham Hotel (audience applauding)