There’s a brand new tell-all guide being shopped on the legendary Copacabana nightclub, which stars comparable to Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Barry Manilow helped make well-known.
Insiders inform Page Six that 91-year-old Copacabana kingpin John Juliano is searching for writers to pen a brand new guide concerning the famed membership — however maybe Juliano’s enterprise accomplice, Ruben Rubin Cabrera, is extra enthusiastic concerning the tome.
“Maybe I’m just lazy and getting old. He thinks writing the book is very important… I’m 91 years old,. I’ll tell him all the stories,” Juliano mentioned.
Juliano partnered with Cabrera on its new location at West 51st Steet, the sixth iteration of the membership earlier this 12 months. The authentic location that opened in 1940 at 10 East sixtieth Street, nonetheless, is the place Juliano noticed and heard all of it.
Case in level: The time an “old man” got here into the membership looking for counsel after a breakup.
“I said, ‘You look familiar.’ He says, ‘I’m Desi Arnaz,’” Juliano recalled.
“He was crying to me about Lucy, that she left him, and he was all upset over that. By the end of the night, he was drunk and asked me to find him a woman,” he mentioned.
(Lucille Ball filed for divorce from Arnaz in 1944 after 4 years being married).
Juliano additionally remembers when “a guy named [Bruce] Sussman” walked in and mentioned he was going to put in writing a music concerning the membership. “I said, ‘Yeah, yeah.’ He talks to the bartender, one named Rico and other Tony, and he puts them in the song, a month later it’s a hit with Barry Manilow,” he mentioned.
Julianno may also dish on Tony Bennett “who always headlined,” in addition to the time Martin Scorsese “went apesh-t” after a bouncer by chance gave Joe Pesci a shiner whereas taking pictures “Goodfellas.”
We’ll have to attend for the guide for these particulars.
“I’ll [write the book] while I’m still alive and healthy enough,” Juliano mentioned.
The membership additionally impressed a 1947 movie starring Carmen Miranda and Groucho Marx, in addition to a TV film primarily based on the Manilow tune.