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Flamingo Club & Georgie Fame

GUEST,SB 24 Feb 20 - 05:06 PM
Dave Sutherland 24 Feb 20 - 06:13 PM
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Subject: Flamingo Club & Georgie Fame
Date: 24 Feb 20 - 05:06 PM

The Flamingo Club Soho 1952-1969

The Flamingo Club was a nightclub in Soho, London, between 1952 and 1969. It was located at 33–37 Wardour Street from 1957 onwards and played an important role in the development of British rhythm and blues and jazz. During the 1960s, the Flamingo was one of the first clubs to employ fully amplified stage sound and used sound systems provided by ska musicians from the Caribbean.[1] The club had a wide social appeal and was a favourite haunt for musicians, including the Beatles.

By 1963, the Flamingo also became known as a centre of the mod subculture, where fans and musicians of both jazz and R&B music would rub shoulders.

It also became recognised as a meeting place for famous musicians including members of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and many others. An example of this is that on 6 August 1965, Brian Jones and Paul McCartney attended a performance by the Byrds, with Jane Asher. John McLaughlin said: "The Flamingo was the real meeting place, more than the 100 Club and the Marquee. Everybody came down there and we had some really good jam sessions."[6]

From 1962 to 1965, the resident band was Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, who in 1963 recorded a live album at the club, Rhythm and Blues at the Flamingo, produced by Ian Samwell.[6]

Musicians who played at the Flamingo in the 1960s included Dizzy Gillespie, Rod Stewart, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Zoot Money, the Big Roll Band, John Mayall, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, the Moody Blues, the Animals, Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds, Mick Fleetwood, Peter Bardens, Shotgun Express, Cream (who formed as a result of meeting at the club),[6] Atomic Rooster, Pink Floyd,[14] Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames,[15] Bobby Tench, The Gass,[16] Alexis Korner, Carmen McRae, Brian Auger, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Long John Baldry, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, the then newly formed Small Faces[1] and Steve Marriott.[17]

Does anyone know of any television programmes, concert or documentary, that were made by the BBC or ITV?


BBC clip ...

Georgie Fame reminisces with Jamie Cullum about his Flamingo Club days Georgie Fame talks to Jamie Cullum backstage at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2013.


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Subject: RE: Flamingo Club & Georgie Fame
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 24 Feb 20 - 06:13 PM

I don't know of any television documentaries but if you are able to get hold of Dick Heckstall - Smith's autobiography "The Safest Place in the World" (later re-published as "Blowin the Blues") he mentions the Flamingo and the time scale that you are interested in quite a lot and with particular reference to Georgie Fame.

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