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1960's London Mod / Soul Clubs

A way of getting an idea of how the London club scene changed between (say) 1960, 1964 and 1968 is to look at Rik Gunnell's career ….

He started out running jazz clubs and got involved with the Flamingo in it's later jazz times, he then took the club into it's R&B phase (with the likes of Georgie Fame & others). He took on the management of Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band (which led indirectly to the Ram Jam Club in Brixton), the Bag O'Nails followed next for him. But by 68, music tastes had evolved with blues rock groups coming to the fore. He dropped some R&B acts and got others to change their musical style. He took on bands such as Chicken Shack and Glass Menagerie (a Lancs psych pop outfit). But he was losing his influence (becoming a follower rather than a leader), so he sold his management company to Robert Stigwood and moved to New York ...

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when i heard some of the 45s played at the scene its was mind blowing when i first heard screaming jay hawkins doing Spell . and another was cookie and the cup cakes doing ..got you on my mind .guy stevens really had some hot records at the time and remember we were all brain washed by the BBC tripe on the air waves ..such as gert and daisy ..who i dont mind now but then it was tripe at the time  .

a 17 year old was very impressed by guy stevens record selection but who was his mentor ?at that time ?

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A plea from a R&B fan back in 1963 … 

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5 hours ago, Roburt said:

A plea from a R&B fan back in 1963 … 

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Very interesting! Do you know where this got published?

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guy stevens had his entire record collection stolen when he was in prison some years later ..must have been a bummer....

never went to the scene on mondays as too tired from the weekend..and crawdaddy on sundays with the yardbirds blazing away ..they were the best of all .with such a stellar lineup..

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On ‎16‎/‎04‎/‎2019 at 14:39, dimples said:

Very interesting! Do you know where this got published?

In Record Mirror.

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When did The Scene Club start running? Late 63. But exact date? Anyone?

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13 hours ago, dimples said:

When did The Scene Club start running? Late 63. But exact date? Anyone?

Way before late 63 … it was already open for biz in June 63 but I can't put an actual date to the opening night for the club ……...

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i joined about 3 months after it  opened you had to be nominated by other members as its was hard to get in at first ..i had some mates who were members who joined me up..there was always queues to get in on saturdays and you needed to get there early to get in as it was popular ..i have 2 members cards before it went out of fashion 63 to end of 65 ..

at first i didnt want to spend the cash as it was a guinea to join and a guinea to get in on sats. but i soon realised it was a good deal due to the numerous bands in 1 night plus the latest sounds .i was hooked ..the amphetamines came a bit later

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Last Saturday Radio 2 had a program about London clubs around Soho in the 1960s by Carl Leighton-Pope with some music played in the clubs. It doesn't go into great detail but might be worth a listen.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0004rtz

 

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guy did play some modern at the time 45s like the righteous bros youve lost that loving feeling which sounded perfect on the scene club sound system..plus lots of other 45s which had just been released

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Pete Stringfellow got involved with the guys who produced the book 'DIRTY STOPOUTS GUIDE TO 1960's SHEFFIELD'. He provided info & stuff about the Mojo Club.

After the book did well (alongside all the other DIRTY STOPOUT GUIDE books), he floated the idea of someone collaborating with him on a similar book on the London club scene in the 60's (he was a regular in many down there when he was running the dancefloor on RSG) … OF COURSE, Pete being Pete, just wanted to share all his memories & old club related stuff & wanted A N Other to do the donkey-work. I'd lost touch with him by then (he was spending most of his time with his latest young wife in Majorca), so didn't get in touch. He passed away not long after, so an opportunity lost me thinks.

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5 hours ago, Roburt said:

Pete Stringfellow got involved with the guys who produced the book 'DIRTY STOPOUTS GUIDE TO 1960's SHEFFIELD'. He provided info & stuff about the Mojo Club.

After the book did well (alongside all the other DIRTY STOPOUT GUIDE books), he floated the idea of someone collaborating with him on a similar book on the London club scene in the 60's (he was a regular in many down there when he was running the dancefloor on RSG) … OF COURSE, Pete being Pete, just wanted to share all his memories & old club related stuff & wanted A N Other to do the donkey-work. I'd lost touch with him by then (he was spending most of his time with his latest young wife in Majorca), so didn't get in touch. He passed away not long after, so an opportunity lost me thinks.

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Oh, you should put something together. It really amazes me there's no such thing by now about London Mod Clubs in the 60s.

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The Ricky-Tick organisation ran nights at a number of locations/ towns, but Windsor was their top venue ….

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the ricky tick was an old rambling mansion with paneled walls and roaring fires and sofas ..it was a very large place .. shame it burnt down some years later..recall graham bond on there plus lots of others ..dj had a piano with decks built in 

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Didn't the Ricky-Tick operate out of a few different premises in Windsor down the years, the Star & Garter Pub, the Thames Hotel and a building on Barry Avenue ?   …. their posters just about always featured the face of an anguished black singer ….

When Roy C was on there, he saw the poster & took it that the face was meant to be his … he wasn't at all pleased until told it was just a generic picture.

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How the London music scene was evolving by mid 69 … a live concert with a mix of psychedelia, prog rock & soul acts … 

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before and after the fire they had numerous ricky tick sites all over the area ..they came and went searching for the magic formula of success ..kids were fickle at the time..

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This place was a mod haunt that played ska & soul in the 60's. It moved on to feature just about 100% reggae by the end of the decade … 

 

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In 1969, you could have seen Mary Wells live @ the Flamingo ...

a youtube piece about the club .. 

 

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The Steinways in Ilford & Islington … cor blimey guv … 

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Promoters, get em booked now ….. OHH, SORRY … they were taking those bookings here back in 69 …  

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some guys started the ham yardies club a few years back but dunno what happened to it .used to meet in a pub up in east london .must be ten years ago

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5 hours ago, sceneman said:

some guys started the ham yardies club a few years back but dunno what happened to it .used to meet in a pub up in east london .must be ten years ago

The Ham Yardies nights sadly ended years ago. Guy Steven's widow attended one of them in London. They even put out two nights in Spain: Barcelona and Madrid. I think they are trying to rearrange something soon but not quite sure.

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This one is on the stairs that led to the Whisky a Go-gó (upstairs to The Flamingo) and outside the place the Flamingo used to be.

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BEAT CITY CLUB (Oxford Street) as reviewed by Melody Maker in 1964.

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the kingston cellar was actually upstairs over the boat storage so bands had to lug their gear and speakers up some steep stairs ,i have my members card somewhere

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list of agencies from record mirror of that time .clodagh rogers is there sitting by the phone waiting for your call

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Anyone interested in the Ricky-Tick, there is a book out now by John Mansfield. Lots of memories about those early club years and promoters like Rik Gunnell and Giorgio Gomelsky as well as John Mansfield and Philip Hayward. There is more info on our new Facebook page -The Ricky-Tick, and website http://www.rickytick.com/

 

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the scene club soho was open last friday for a one off special invitation night and i am waiting for photos and videos

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150 cops that s a lota cops for 1 club all on overtime payments

when bobbies did a raid they all rushed in blowing on whistles like the keystone cops ,hillarious times

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