Local singer is just one of The Goils

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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

lighting.

The time transport is made all the more convincing as Suzanne Wallach

and her trio, The Goils, performs songs reminiscent of the Andrews

Sisters.

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

Tree."

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

preschool.

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