History of Swayze Family Barbecue
Decades before her nephew Patrick Swayze became a 1980s teenage heartthrob in movies such as “Ghost” and “Dirty Dancing,” Jayne Swayze made a name for herself as one of Houston’s best known big-band singers.
An article from the July 8, 1953 issue of the Galveston Tribune newspaper profiled Jayne as the featured singer for Denny Beckner’s Orchestra at the Marine Room at Galveston’s Pleasure Pier. The article also mentioned that Jayne was married to prominent Houston restaurateur Donald Ray Swayze, of Swayze’s Barbecue restaurant at Main and Pierce.
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