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Despite this campaign and the severe restrictions of the 1935 Dance Hall Act, jazz music and dancing were hugely popular—Swing music was the music of the moment worldwide, and American film and music were pervasive, as much in Ireland as in Franco’s Spain and even Germany.

Dubliners who wished to evade the dark news coming from Europe had no end of jazzy entertainment options from cinemas to theatres or dances.

The Revue performed in full in Paris and London, but the chorus line was dropped for their shows in Dublin and Manchester.

For Panassié, ‘The biggest event of the 1937 season in Paris was the arrival of the Cotton Club Revue’, and ‘Everyone should go to see the came to Dublin.Whitey had several dance groups going at that time under different names, such as the group dancing in the Marx Brothers movie.Frankie suggested the name of Whyte’s Hopping Maniacs because they were crazy, but over the years all the groups came to be referred to under the umbrella of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers ( would have attracted quite some attention in Dublin, which was not as racially diverse then as nowadays.He was performing with Whyte’s Hopping Maniacs, as Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers were billed on this European tour with the (see notes below), after describing their tour of Paris and London, Frankie mentions briefly that they also performed in Dublin and Manchester.I was intrigued by this single line, and decided to do some research last summer when I was in Ireland.