A couple of people have mentioned to us about the big name entertainers that performed at the S.O.I. which was a major factor in the clubs decision to add a large addition to the dance hall in 1948. During the ‘Big Band Era’, the club hosted names such as Guy Lombardo, Ray Anthony Orchestra, Tommy & Jimmy Dorsay. Skith Henderson performed his hits “the Bunny Hop”, “Hokey Pokey”, and his big hit “At Last” at the club also. The first performer in the expanded Memorial Hall (named in honor of the World War II veterans) was Louie Prima, who attracted about seven hundred people. Just think, you thought you were crowded at the last wedding you attended there with three hundred people. The hall was so packed that a hundred people sat in the balcony and both bars were five people deep the entire night. The current layout of the hall is a little different from that time as the kitchen was a bar then and the bar was meeting room then.
We know the Sons of Italy in Ellwood City was founded in 1916 and we can list the full history, the locations, date it was built, so on and so on. However that is not really what we started this site for. We need more MEMORIES. Funny stories, touching stories, you know, the good stuff. If you have a story you would like to share about S.O.I., please email me at email@example.com or leave a comment at the bottom of this post.