Earl Zinger started his career in late forties New York. A well respected crooner of his day, he plied his trade up and down the bars of 52nd Street. He had already been credited with initiating many of the dance steps of the time such as the ‘Harlem Stride’ or the better known ‘Manhattan Rhumba’ when he teamed up with various songwriters. Through these liaisons Zinger penned some of the best known ballads of the day. At the same time he was introduced by female singer Verdeen Anderson to a group of young writers. These were names that were later to have a profound effect on the American cultural psyche. Figures such as William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac all became close friends with Zinger.
He comes to light again in the later part of that decade organising free parties and being involved with his friends in the club scenes of New York and London. It is rumoured that he and an associate had put the sound system into a club in New York back in the 70’s called ‘The Loft’ and since then he had been an interested collaborator on that scene. There are also several sightings of Zinger in the DJ booth at the Paradise Garage in the late 70’s & early 80’s. There’s no doubt that he turned a rising DJ – Larry Levan – onto a host records throughout this period. As well as sightings in New York, Zinger was also spotted in Chicago and Detroit during this time. Again, a few faint pictures and references can be found of a mysterious figure who was seen at both The Warehouse & Music Box clubs in Chicago.