My dad’s band was one night into a multi-night engagement when the club burned down. It happened after hours, so the place was empty and no one was hurt, but all of my dad’s band’s equipment and stage clothes were destroyed. (Jimmy Durante was scheduled to be the next act in the club, and his gear had arrived ahead of him and was also destroyed.) My dad and his fellow band members had been given the keys to the dressing room, however, which they kept.
The keys were later made into cufflinks, which the band members wore for a long time after. Eventually the soldered-on cufflink post from this key broke off. I came across it in a drawer about 30 years ago and threw it on my key ring. I’ve had it ever since.
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