Walter Barnes and his band were not the originally scheduled act that night of April 23, 1940. Tiny Bradshaw and his orchestra had been contracted to play that evening but Bradshaw took a late booking at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Walter Barnes was contacted and offered the slot, he accepted.
List of Facts about the Rhythm Club Fire
Fact #1 – Did the building burn down?
Fact #2 – Who ran the club on the night of the fire?
Fact #4 – How many people were there that night?
Fact #5 – Is there actual film footage of the fire?