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The Merry Mutes

In the 1950s, a regular act at the Henry Grady Hotel was a comedy duo known for not talking. They called themselves The Merry Mutes and their deceptively simple act consisted of lip syncing to popular songs of the day. Though not as well-known as Martin and Lewis, Eric and Van did have talent to spare, which helped them to become one of the Stories of Atlanta.

Lance Russell

Lance Russell is an Atlanta-based filmmaker and media communicator who, for over three decades, has been entrusted by clients to tell their stories. A seasoned producer with an innate ability to cut to the heart of the matter, Lance’s instincts are tailor-made for today’s “media bite” culture. Brief, poignant and always entertaining, Lance’s current passion is bringing Atlanta’s colorful and inspiring past to life with his “rest of the story” style video series, Stories of Atlanta. “History’s best communicators,” says Lance, “have always been storytellers. It’s in our DNA. ‘Once upon a time’ is how we got to where we are now.”


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  1. Steve Hagen June 11, 2018 4:27 am

    Thanks for this story and the video!Report

  2. Greg Hodges June 11, 2018 11:17 am

    Wow….had no idea that Dick Van Dyke had once been a night club fixture in Atlanta. Atlanta had a long roster of such clubs like the one at the Henry Grady……. Zebra Lounge near Lowes Grand….Kitten’s Corner…..Pigalley…….Whisk a Go Go……Gaslite Lounge on Luckie St………The Domino Club……Clermont Lounge ,and many others. For Black Atlantans, The Royal Peacock on Auburn Ave was the place to see and hear such greats as Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Nat King Cole, Little Richard, Solomon Burke, Muddy Waters, BB King, James Brown, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, and many others.Report

  3. Ed Milton June 12, 2018 1:53 pm

    These stories are always superb—much too short for appetites of Atlanta’s often forgotten times. Thank You Lance!Report


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