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1963 - the Carousel Lounge and Restaurant (later Trader Johns) at 12001 NW 27 Avenue, Dade County

1963 - the Carousel Lounge and Restaurant (later Trader John's) at 12001 NW 27 Avenue, Dade County

12001 NW 27 Avenue, Dade County

I don't know if this was a girlie place back in 1963 because I was too young. It was named Trader John's in the early 1970s when I saw the beautiful porn film star Marilyn Chambers dance there. Marilyn Chambers passed away on April 12, 2009 in Santa Clarita at the age of 56.

It is now called Club Rollies or something similar.

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Geoff 07-Apr-2016 11:37
I spent nearly every night during 1966 at Trader John's, while living in Opa-Locka and learning to fly at Opa-Locka airport. Yes, the Birdwatchers were the house band and I still have a copy of their 45 "Girl I've got news for you". I remember clearly, the bouncer at the door, his name was "Killer". I was 19 that year with my older brothers expired NJ drivers license...but it worked! Oh, and as for the flying lessons...had a 38 year career flying for a major airline.
Carolyn 19-Aug-2015 15:24
I worked as a cocktail waitress at Trader John's, during 1969. I was working there when they hae the fontest to change the name to the Climaz
Jeff 06-Dec-2013 06:50
After the days of The Climax were over, the location became an R&B club called Club Rollexx, if memory serves me right.

The Birdwatchers had a big local hit with "Girl, I've Got News for You" and were originally recorded by Henry Stone on one of his pre-TK labels of the 1960s. The group was eventually signed to Amy Records, a division of Bell Records (now Arista).
Kathy 29-May-2011 15:44
The Climax? sounds vaguely familiar. Can you ring some bells? I graduated from Miami-Dade Jr in 1968.
Don Boyd21-Mar-2011 06:00
Thank you for the information, Richard!

Guest 21-Mar-2011 03:58
correction, the club was purchased by "stuart goldman" and family, early '60's.
richard 21-Mar-2011 03:54
first it was called the "carousel", in the begi9nning, there were two basrs in the same building, the second bar was locted in the north section. a miami motorcycle officer "john eckberg" bought it and made it "trader johns" and combined the two. later the club was purchased by "stuart perlman" and family.
the "birdwatchers" were the regular house band, johnny maestro, sam and dave, sam early, any many more played there regularly during my tenure circa 1964-67?
Guest 28-Jun-2010 23:10
Dino again,almost forgot playing at the climax was Eddie and the birdwatchers,and Sam Early and the Sweet Potatoes,a local black band who played both athe climax and Trader Johns for years and years,one cocktail watress there was named Brandy.Ring any bells?
Paul 16-Feb-2008 10:10
at one point, my friend Bob Cook's parents owned the Carousel restaurant. Bob and I are from the MHS class of 63
Arizona Al 12-Dec-2007 19:09
I attended Miami Dade Jr. College 1967-1969.Trader John's was almost directly across the street from the campus on N.W. 27 Ave. I recall frequenting Trader John's during this time period. There was a rock band on the weekends and the cocktail waitresses wore spandex leotards and fishnet stockings.
R L Ward 06-Dec-2007 19:40
In the mid and late 60's this was known as Trader John's