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A Portrait of Bud Averill

"Bud" Averill was a very obscure Thereminist and the proprietor of a restaurant (late 30's, early 40's?). I am not sure exactly where! I think it was in California. "Bud" used to entertain his customers at "Paradise Cafe" with the Theremin. Oh yeah, Kansas City Steaks and Georgia Fried Chicken were their specialty!

Paradise Cafe Matchbook 01
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Paradise Cafe Matchbook 02
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I believe he also collaborated with other musicians on "West Of The Wasatch", "The Union Pacific", and "Our Bambino", a musical tribute to Babe Ruth...

West Of The Wasatch
"West Of The Wasatch" Mormon dedication by Seemon, Averill, & Simpson. The top of this sheet music reads, "Respectfully dedicated to the Sons and Daughters of the Mormon Pioneers who settled and developed this God's Wonderland." Copyright 1946, Richardson Songs, Ltd. (Click on image to enlarge it.)

Our Bambino
"Our Bambino" Baseball's National Anthem, Babe Ruth dedication by Phillips, Averill, & Simpson. All writers royalties from this song were donated to the Association of Professional Ball Players of America and the Babe Ruth Foundation. Copyright 1948, the year Babe Ruth died. (Click on image to enlarge it.)

Bud Averill was also proprietor of Averill's Airport sometime in the 30's. The address is the same as Paradise Cafe. I am not sure which name was used first... To the best of my knowledge, there was never an airport or air field located at or even near 674 S Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles. That location, which is just south of Wilshire Blvd, and east of Koreatown (which wouldn’t have been in existence yet, in the late 1930's, when this matchbook cover was made) is just too full of streets and buildings to have an open space for a plane to land. This matchbook featuring a red bi-plane on its back cover, and a modern silver one sky-writing on its inside, specifies that Bud Averill’s Airport was an “exclusive prop and wing club for the flying fraternity” and advertises on the front cover that the establishment is a place “where time flies.” Manufacturer is Diamond Match Company, NYC.

A postcard from Bud Averill's Airport
A postcard from Bud Averill's Airport. (Click on image to enlarge it.)

Airport Matchbook B-02

Airport Matchbook B-03

Airport Matchbook A-02

[Copyright: © 2003, Alexander Breton]


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