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*Robinson Crusoe Cabaret Club St Helens
*The Mask Beat Club Wigan
*Paradise Club Wigan
*Marine Club Southport
*Moulin Rouge Ainsdale
*The Rave'l Club Southport
*The Navada Bolton
*The Methyst Club Preston
*The Picador Club Blackpool
*The Astoria Rawtenstall
*The Transport Club/ King of Clubs Wigan
*Central Pier Morcambe
*Carniegie Hall Wigan
*The Grand Theatre Blackpool
*Floral Hall Morcambe
*Rivington Hall Barn Horwich
*The Garrick Leigh
<The Bluenote Wigan
*The CubiKlub Rochdale
*The Catacombs Preston
<Mercer Hall, Blackburn
<The Crawford Rooms Wigan
*The Bierkeller Wigan
*Rainbow Room Blackpool
*Marine View Club Southport
*Las Vegas Club Wigan
*New Mocambo Darwin
*The Limit Middleton
<Mercer Hall Gt Harwood
<Burnley Miners Welfare
<King Georges Hall Blackburn
<Haigh Hall Wigan
*The Marquee Club
*The Twisted Wheel
*The Famingo Club London
*Formby Hall Atherton
*The British Legion Leigh
*Floral Hall Morcambe
<Blessed Sacrement Club Preston
<Briarcroft Youth Club Atherton
<Merlees Club Stockport
<West Sutton L C
<Regency Club Coppull
*Queens Hall Widnes
<Crystal Ballroom Warrington
<Parr Hall Warrington
<Viaduct Club Earlstown
<T & T Vicars Club Earlstown
<Wigan RU Club
<The Ponderosa Bolton
<The Dolphin Club Colne
<Orrell RU Club
<Newton Le Willows RU Club
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THE MARQUEE CLUB
Southport's Harold Pendleton opened The Marquee Club in 1958
Becoming almighty famousas a jazz, rhythm & blues venue in the 1960’s, The Marquee is accorded the same cherished status as Liverpool's Cavern Club on the rock 'nroll roster of world fame. This club was located in city-centre Wardour Street, is Liverpool’s Cavern Club’s nearest and most direct southerly equivalent. As a unique place of pilgrimage, even back in then its famous hey-day, this is where a great many household rock ‘n roll names cut their early teeth before themselves becoming world famous.
On the 13 February 1966 Lankyland’s Georgie Fame played here for the first time. Two months later on the 24 April he topped the bill and the support act that evening was a young guy named David Bowie with his band called The Buzz. Later, Georgie went on to top the bill again twice, with his band the Blues Flames, but this was almost a decade later in 1977. The list of bands who played here is most impressive. The Rolling Stones, The Who, Manfred Mann, Moody Blues, The Troggs, Cream, The Yardbirds, Led Zepplin and Pink Floyd, whilst soon-to-be-famous solo-singers such as Rod Stewart, Arthur Brown and Joe Cocker trod these boards many times.
From a northern point of view and in particular for Lankyland bands, it wasn’t a very happy hunting ground. Certainly the kind of music expected by the discerning cosmopolitan audiences had a lot to do with it. The Marquee - like the Cavern - was earlier steeped in the traditions of Jazz and Blues, but unlike The Cavern, The Marquee had Alexis Corner and Geno Washington & His Ram Jam Band were experimenting, pioneering and fusing combinations of jazz with rhythm and blues. This was trend-setting by the musicians themselves thereby not being exclusively directed by the fast-buck pop merchant’s of the over-powerful recording industry.
In creating a more meaningful, respected and popular musical trend the musicians looked to a new and even more exciting edge than that which had gone before and it was to reign supreme for a good decade thereafter. Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck et al learned their trade in this red-hot musically sophisticated company. But life moves on quickly in popular music and the venue entered legendary status in the sixties as true as the world famous music makers who regularly played there.
However, there were exceptions to all this. A Liverpool band called The Clayton Squares had a great run as a support act at The Marquee which eventually ran into double figures (14) across the summer of 1966. As one of Liverpool’s pioneering bands they were born and bred of the Mersey Sound era but found a new non-pop experience which was much more to their liking and so too for the evidently increasingly and discerning audiences itcould attract. Lemmy of Motorhead fame and formerly of Rev’ Black & The Rocking Vicars played here too but not as a true Lankyland band.
But exceptionally, over and above all of the above, was a truly memorable night at The Marquee for just one Lankyland, Preston-based band. They were support for just the one and only night playing on the bill with a band called The ‘T’ Bones. Who was this lucky bunch of Lankylanders? Click here to find out?
Bill Hart November 2010
"In 1967 I was a member of a four-piece London band The Third Eye and played keyboards plus sharing vocals with lead guitarist Pat Allan. We played four support gigs at the Wardour Street Marquee Club in the Spring-Summer of 1967 including supporting The Herd. I’ll see if I can dig up some material from my archives, plus names of other bands we supported that year at the Marquee."
Robb Shenton: November 2010
1957 April: Marquee Club opens at 165 Oxford St, London.
1964 March: Marquee Club opens at 90 Wardour Street.
1992 December: Marquee Club closes.
2002 September: Marquee Club re-launched at The Islington Academy by Dave Stewart of The Eurythmic’s.
2004 December: Marquee Club Closes.
2005 September: Marquee Clubre-opens inLondon’s Soho,Leicester Square.
2007 December: Marquee Club closes down.
ROBINSON CRUSOE CABARET CLUB
THE MASK BEAT CLUB
Paul G Shaw: May 2013
THE AMETHYST CLUB
THE PICADOR CLUB
THE TRANSPORT CLUB
The King Of Clubs
Door nearest on the right is the old rear door entrance.
Later the premises obtained a gaming licence and became the King of Clubs.
CARNEGIE LIBRARY HALL
THE SPOTRSMENS CLUB
THE LAS VEGAS CLUB
The Las Vegas Club was in King Street West, Wigan. Ipso Facto played there on numourous occasions and I have a vivid recollection of The Shyms doing 'Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James' there. It was the first time I had heard it done live and it was excellent.
I also remember seeing Ringo's old group Rory Storm & The Hurricanes there. To be honest Wigan bands had moved on from Rory's style of music by then and I can remember thinking they were very outdated. I really liked playing at the Las Vegas club, even though it was a dreaded upstairs gig.
Mitch Mitchinson: December 2010
THE GRAND THEATRE
THE BIER KELLER
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
RIVINGTON HALL BARN
THE FLORAL HALL
"I've just remembered another venue around 1965-1967. 'Bluesville' in Scholes Wigan. It was another converted cinema and was quite a large venue. Most of the popular blues artistes appeared, including John Lee Hooker and Alexis Korner. It had a pretty dismal atmosphere in my opinion, and I would only visit if some good bands were appearing.
My favourite two were Liverpool's 'Roadrunners' and Preston's David John & The Mood - who deserve to be added to the band index. They were a superb group, and recorded two singles.. 'Bring It To Jerome' and 'Digging For Gold'. Both singles were recorded at Joe Meek's famous studio where our local hereo's The Beat Boys all so recorded there. Both were excellent recording's but, despite extensive airplay on Radio Caroline at the time, they failed to make any chart impact. They did a lot of Bo Diddley stuff very well."
Mitch Mitchinson: August 2010
Bluesville owner Clive Kelly went on to open other clubs including The Witches Cauldron Club in Wallasey, The Pondersa in Bolton and the CubiKlub in Rochdale. His first ever club was The Catacombs Club in Preston.
Bill Hart: September 2011
THE CATACOMBES CLUB
Behind is advertised 'Jazz at the Cat'.
Clive Kelly - joint owner and first Beatles
manager Allan Williams at The Catacombs Club, Preston.
The wall mural shows Allan Williams with a beard.
Clive Kelly: The youngest club owner at 20 years old posing casually in front
The Catacombs Club entrance which is just behind him on the left.
Clive Kelly's CubiKlub Rochdale:
The C for Clive and the K for Kelly.
On the opening night.. disaster!
"I do believe The PACT were the one and only group ever to play in what was then the Rainbow Room at Blackpool Tower Complex. It was a long narrow bar down stairs from the main Tower Ballroom. There was no stage as such and we just set-up at the far end.
It was a strange night we had. Talking to the manager after we had finished playing, he said 'tonight it was an experiment in the Rainbow Room and what did we think of it?' asking mine and the bands opinion. I said, 'I thought it was a bar for those who just wanted a quiet drink. If the customers wanted entertainment they had both the Ocean Room and the Ballroom to choose from. He replied by saying, 'I think you might be right.' So I think we were the only group ever to play in the Rainbow Room?
Girls next door..
We played many times too in the Ocean Room. On one occasion we were on with a group who two girl singers and they was in the next dressing room to us and there was a hole in the wall. Alex said, 'shall I block the hole up?' I said, 'no let the girls look if they want!'
We did only once play the Tower Ballroom. When setting up my drums a man came to me and said, 'you can't sit there'. I told him, 'I was here first!' He replied, 'well you play the organ when it comes up then.'
Joking apart, the Blackpool Tower Ballroom was awsome. It was just fantastic to play on that stage and to be applauded by the resident orchestra as well as the crowd. This was the icing on a very nice cake.
The boys are back in town..
We also played the Winter Gardens ballroom when it was Scottish wakes weeks. It was only eight-o-clock and they were stood on the tables singing Scotland The Brave. We were introduced and as you say on here elsewhere on Lanky Beat, the bouncers were all around the stage and after the first song Alex said over the mic', 'I would like to welcome our friends from over the border have a good holiday in Blackpool and I hope we tonight can make your holiday even better. Well they loved that and loved us for the rest of the night. So another good night in Blackpool."
Tony Bird: January 2011
MARINE VIEW CLUB
The Marine View Club was located on the top floor of The Kingsway Club in Southport. A soft drinks club for under 18s where the main cabaret shows were held on the lower floor. The Beatles played both venues in their early days.
There's a typo' error on this poster.
It should read Wynder K. Frog, 'Mick Weavers' band.
Built on the site of the old Victory Cinema on Wood Street, Middleton, The Limit was aimed to attract the new relatively affluent leisure-seeking younger members without them needing to travel to inner Manchester clubs to partake of the 1960's music trends.
A pop 'n crisps under 18s venue with sides of tea or frothy coffee to lubricate the soul, The Limit was imaginatively themed with amongst others, plenty of traffic signs, a zebra crossing ceiling and a fully working traffic light system.
THE TWISTED WHEEL
The Twisted Wheel was oppened in 1963 by the Abadi Bros.
"It was like a coffee place in the day andserved drinks and sandwiches etc - noalcohol - to mainly office workers. They played music all through the dayand had good dj's too. You could make requests to them for your favourites.In the evening it was a disco and lots of students used to go there. A great meeting place and the music was always good. They started to play a lot ofBlues stuff and started booking lot's of American artiste's but also theybooked lots of the local bands which gaveeveryone a chance. They became the 'in' club at the time and later they were to move the club to Whitworth St.
They took The Beat Boys under their wing and we did okay with them and are still very good friends."
Ronnie Carr: October 2010
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The Beat Boys at Formby Hall
THE BRITISH LEGION
Leigh British Legion
The Beat Boys rehearsal rooms
THE FLAMINGO CLUB
Georgie Fame had a three year residency in this
famous Jazz/Blues Club in London's Soho.
Then he had a mega top-twenty No 1 hit with a song called - Yeh-Yeh!
Pic courtesy of Robert Baker
The Blues Set backing Sceaming Jay Hawkins played
The Flamingo Club in 1965.
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