Posts Tagged ‘1967’

Sharp suit

February 7, 2019

Who is the dude in the sharp suit? It’s Otis Redding. What’s he doing? Trying to get tickets for an Episode Six concert by the look of it!  We were looking for the release date of (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay recently, and hadn’t realised it was only issued after his early death in 1967.  But there were some promo photos and one of them showed him looking at a this great poster showing upcoming concerts.

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I like an archive hunt so went looking about. The poster suggested it was The Upper Cut Club, and sure enough there was such a place on Woodgrange Road in London. The name? It was opened in December 1966 by boxer Billy Walker, who with others ploughed money into converting this former East End skating rink into a music night club.  The opening week was to die for, with The Who, The Animals, Jimmy Hendrix (sic) (Boxing Day afternoon, 5/-!), Pretty Things, Spencer Davis Group and more.  Otis himself played there on March 18th the following year when this snap was taken for the NME, and Episode Six were there the night before.

The club itself apparently suffered by being in an out of the way spot, and didn’t get the crowds needed. It turned into a bingo venue after twelve months. The building has survived and is now marked out by one of those blue plaques. Thanks also to Tonny Steenhagen.

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