Lone Star Cafe, NYC

Lone Star Cafe, NYC

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Also credited as Lone Star Roadhouse.

The Lone Star Cafe was a cafe and club in New York City at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 13th Street, from 1976 to 1989.[1] The Texas-themed cafe opened in February 1976 and became the premier country music venue in New York and booked big names and especially acts from Texas, like Asleep at the Wheel and Roy Orbison.[2] Willie Nelson, Kinky Friedman, Roy Orbison, Delbert McClinton, Freddy Fender, Doug Sahm and Jerry Jeff Walker, were among Texas musicians who frequented the Lone Star Cafe.[3] Joe Ely and Billy Joe Shaver also appeared at the cafe. The words from Billy Joe Shaver's 1973 'Old Five and Dimers Like Me' were hung on a banner in the front of the cafe: "Too Much Ain't Enough."[4] Other national acts played the cafe, including The Blues Brothers, Clifton Chenier and James Brown, who recorded a live album there in 1985.[5]
In the 1970s Texas political types in New York would visit the Lone Star Cafe, including Larry King, Ann Richards, Tommy Tune, Dan Rather, John Connally, Chet Flippo, Mark White and Linda Ellerbee.[4]
The cafe sported a unique 40-foot sculpture of a giant iguana created by artist Bob "Daddy-O" Wade on top of the building.[3] Neighboring businesses did not appreciate the sculpture and sought to have it removed. Although a court battle determined that it was art, eventually it was removed. In 1983 with the support of Mayor Ed Koch, the Iguana was restored to the roof at a ceremony with Koch and then-Texas governor Mark White.[4] The cafe was co-founded by Mort Cooperman and Bill McGivney, two ad executives at Wells Rich Greene Advertising.[3] Bill McGivney left shortly afterwards and was replaced by Bill Dick. Both Bill Dick and Mort Cooperman appeared in Kinky Friedman's book A Case of the Lone Star. Bill Dick was depicted as the owner and Mort Cooperman was the nefarious Detective Sergeant Mort Cooperman.
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
658489 4 Spin Doctors Little Miss Can't Be Wrong(Cass, Single, Dol) Epic 658489 4 UK 1992 Sell This Version
658489 7 Little Miss Can't Be Wrong  album cover Spin Doctors Little Miss Can't Be Wrong(7") Epic, Epic 658489 7 UK 1992 Sell This Version
9 60868-2 Live!  album cover Rubén Blades* Y Son Del Solar Rubén Blades* Y Son Del Solar - Live!(CD, Album) Elektra, Elektra 9 60868-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
11661-2074-2 A Life In The Blues  album cover Charles Brown A Life In The Blues(CD, Album + DVD-V) Rounder Records 11661-2074-2 US 2003 Sell This Version
7559-60868-2 Live!  album cover Rubén Blades* Y Son Del Solar Rubén Blades* Y Son Del Solar - Live!(CD, Album) Elektra 7559-60868-2 Argentina 1990 Sell This Version
CCRCD 107 Slow Train - An Album Of Acoustic Music  album cover Savoy Brown Slow Train - An Album Of Acoustic Music(CD, Album, Jew) Castle Communications CCRCD 107 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
CLP 0608-2 Live & Kickin'  album cover Leon Redbone Live & Kickin'(CD, Ltd) Purple Pyramid CLP 0608-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
ELPS 4078 New York Town  album cover Johnny Paycheck New York Town(LP, Album) Epic ELPS 4078 New Zealand 1980 Sell This Version
GSR3-851 Live  album cover Leon Redbone Live(2xLP, Album) Green Stone Records GSR3-851 US 1985 Sell This Version
GSR3-851CS Live  album cover Leon Redbone Live(Cass) Green Stone Records GSR3-851CS US 1985 Sell This Version
JE 36496 New York Town  album cover Johnny Paycheck New York Town (Album) JE 36496 US 1980 Sell This Version
JET 36496 New York Town  album cover Johnny Paycheck New York Town(Cass, Album) Epic JET 36496 US 1980 Sell This Version
NG 330693 Little Miss - Live In N. Y. '92  album cover Spin Doctors Little Miss - Live In N. Y. '92(CD, Unofficial) Not Guilty NG 330693 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
none Live  album cover Mick Taylor Band Live(2xDVDr, DVD-V, Unofficial, NTSC) Not On Label none 1990 Sell This Version
none Acetates On The Tracks Volume 4 • 1964-94  album cover Bob Dylan Acetates On The Tracks Volume 4 • 1964-94(CD, Comp, Unofficial) Habeamus Papam-Records none Europe 1998 Sell This Version
ROC-3420 Live From the Lone Star Roadhouse  album cover Dickey Betts Live From the Lone Star Roadhouse(2xLP, Album, Blu) RockBeat Records ROC-3420 US 2018 Sell This Version
ROCKS 92064 A Cloudy Day In Metropolis  album cover Spin Doctors A Cloudy Day In Metropolis(CD, Album, Unofficial) Rocks ROCKS 92064 Luxembourg 1993 Sell This Version
ROSE 173 Live At Lone Star  album cover Robert Gordon (2) Live At Lone Star(LP, Album) New Rose Records, New Rose Records ROSE 173 France 1989 Sell This Version
RRCD 2023 Slow Train   album cover Savoy Brown Slow Train (CD, Album) Relix Records RRCD 2023 US 1987 Sell This Version
SCREAMER-04020 Lone Star Cafe 1986  album cover Mick Taylor Lone Star Cafe 1986(CD, Unofficial) Screamer SCREAMER-04020 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
Side B Slow Train - An Album Of Acoustic Music  album cover Savoy Brown Slow Train - An Album Of Acoustic Music (Album) Side B US 1986 Sell This Version
WOT 1013 Just Go Ahead Now  album cover Spin Doctors Just Go Ahead Now(CD, Unofficial) Why Not (3) WOT 1013 Italy 1993 Sell This Version