Blue Note Lounge

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The Blue Note Lounge was a night club owned by Alec Gulas in the 1960s that featured exotic dancers. The club was originally located at 2222 5th Avenue North and later moved down the street to the 21st Street side of the Redmont Hotel.

On December 3, 1967 Betty Lou "Velvet Blaze" Jones, a dancer appearing at the club, was arrested and charged with indecency. Rather than pay the $100 fine, she decided to fight the charge in Birmingham Municipal Court and through the state courts. Despite the efforts of attorneys Jack Montgomery, Arthur Parker, and J. Louis Wilkinson, her conviction was upheld on appeal and the Alabama Supreme Court declined to hear the case.


  • Faulk, Kent (September 16, 2015) "Found photos reveal fuss over stripper who pushed legal limits in 1960s." The Birmingham News