From 1967 to 1984, rock royalty held court in Cleveland. Their throne room was Swingos’ Keg and Quarter, later known as Swingos Celebrity Inn. The hotel, lounge and restaurant at the corner of East 18th and Euclid served as the epicenter of the rock scene which thrived in Cleveland’s then-depressed downtown area. Music was the only thing going and a booking at the Agora meant you were a legit band.
Owner Jim Swingos opened his doors to the likes of Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, The Who, and even more mainstream acts like Sinatra and Elvis. His hospitality, accommodating spirit and out-of-this- world food prompted several big acts to make Swingos their home away from home while on tour. Locals filled the foyer and lounge so they could catch a glimpse of celebrities.
Until recently, the memory of Swingos and its’ importance in Cleveland and music history was fading. This prompted a local family of film makers to craft a documentary preserving the stories of this long-gone landmark. “Swingos Celebrity Inn” producer Greg Marquard talked with WNCX morning show producer Joe Ledford, explaining how the film was made and how the story can be shared. Listen below and visit the Facebook page