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GLENDALE -- The Queen Mary no longer sails, but the atmosphere and
decor can take one on a trip back in time.
The Observation Lounge is considered by some to be the gem of the
ship. It is completely Art Deco in design with its understated opulence
of inlaid wood tables, jade with silver-encrusted sconces and intimate
The time transport is made all the more convincing as Suzanne Wallach
and her trio, The Goils, performs songs reminiscent of the Andrews
The Goils are onstage from 8 p.m. to midnight on Thursdays. One recent
Thursday, the trio was dressed in 1940s apparel, uniforms inspired by the
Women's Air Corps, and they were performing such favorites as "Boogie
Woogie Bugle Boy," "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" and "Don't Sit Under the Apple
For her solo, Wallach did Etta James' "At Last."
A resident of Glendale for 23 years, Wallach originally hails from St.
Louis, Mo., where she was raised by her mother, an artist, and her
father, a doctor, along with two brothers.
She began singing professionally at 7, doing musical puppet shows. By
10, she had her own children's television show, "Suzy's Playroom," which
aired on the ABC affiliate in St. Louis. At 14, she was making records
and had her first hit single on RCA titled "Be My Man" with Patti LaBelle
and the Blue Bells singing backup.
Wallach came to California for college, graduating from Cal Arts in
Valencia where she majored in voice. She moved to Glendale because she
needed to be close to Los Angeles for the music business, but did not
want to live right in the city.
"Glendale has a nice feel to it," she said. "We love living here."
The Goils perform from 8 p.m. to midnight Thursdays. Reservations are
not necessary. No one under 21 may enter the lounge. Semiformal attire is
suggested. For information, call the Queen Mary at (562) 435-3511. The
Queen Mary is at 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach.
THE WALLACH FILE:
NAME: Suzanne Wallach.
FAMILY: Married to Robert Drier for 10 years. They have one daughter.
HOME: Glendale for 23 years.
PROFESSION: Blues, Jazz, R&B; singer.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY WHEN NOT SINGING: Room mother at daughter's