NEWPORT NEWS -- The Five Keys, a local musical organization under the direction of . Burden [sic], manager of the Jefferson Theatre, added a laurel to its musical accomplishments in a recent debut in New York City at the Apollo Theater.
The group, which was first organized in 1944, had given performances at Virginia Beach, Bucks College Tavern, Williamsburg, and in Norfolk before competing in an amateur program at the Jefferson Theater.
Mr. Burden [sic], theater manager, recognizing the possibilities in the group, became its manager, and was instrumental in getting engagements for the Keys in several of the capital chain of theaters in Washington, .
The district manager of the capital theaters suggested the northern trip and aided in making the arrangements for the group. This was the first time that the locals had been up against big city competition, but it was no drawback as they came through with flying colors, to win first place in competition with 31 other groups at the Apollo Theater in New York City.