Does anyone remember Sloopy’s disco just off Piccadilly Circus?? asks Jim Miller

Jim Miller… Does anyone remember Sloopy’s disco just off Piccadilly Circus??

A photo would be good to post on this page, if anyone has one?

Alan King… hang on…

Ross… The outside is shown 50 minutes into the 1970 film, Die Screaming Marianne.

Carol Cakir… I Used to go to Sloopys 73/4/5, before that went to a large disco upstairs via a big staircase maybe it was in the Lyceum premises further along the same side towards Leicester Sq called Bumpers there was a big neon sign of a lace up sports type of boot on the wall outside , sounds improbable I know but it was definitely there ! Also Tiffany’s, Sundowner , Samantha’s & Crackers , Studio Valbonne ( Monday night was showcase night in Valbonne different acts )Stopped for a couple of years then returned to Tiffany’s and Samantha’s 78/79 Noel was the DJ in the EType, Ozzie in the other dance floor room. Nice to read about everyone’s good memories!

Peter Waltman… this is a picture of a BRIGHTON club SLOOPYS from the early to mid 70’s NOT as stated a club in London, it is at the Town Center end of Dyke Road and about 50yds up from the Clock Tower & Churchill Square, I would have to wait outside the place when picking my Sister up from her Saturday night out there… it has changed names many times since the 70’s & closed down in about 2011, buildings still there but I don’t know what it is used as these days

Val Harrison… I worked as a part time waitress in Coventry St.Piccadilly Sloopys, not the Sloopys in the photo here. It was below ground dark and dingy but a great laugh and good dance scene. I met many celebs there. Down the road was Maximus Leicester Square. So many great discos back then, The Hippodrome in Leicester Square, Tramp,
The Candy Box, Roaring Twenties.

Eric West… Ross, I was at Sloopys every Friday for years, it then changed to Cerrys night club. It was small inside but had a massive atmosphere. At first only a few of us went there, but after it changed to Cerrys we use to fill the place, just our crew alone with a few other people. The music was first class dance tunes, Crown Heights Affair Far Out was the best dance track ever, I went into myself deeply when dancing to this tune. Best nights at this place. We even took Paul trouble Anderson with us. Late 70s was the best. Met Horace Carter there as well. Great dancer. Wondering if anyone can add to this.

Val Harrison… Thanks Eric, Sloopys Coventry Street. The door was manned by Robert Trotman and manager Kevin French. Another guy named “Goose” was like a care taker/cleaner. Sloopys was below ground, down the stairs, through a door on the right..Small dancing stage on the right side of the entrance and on the left was tables and chairs then up few stairs to the bars and alcove seating. On Coventry street’s main road there used to be an emporium selling, silver jewellery, records, kaftan etc called “kleptomania” with a K. Gosh! Although London is big anyone who worked in this area and Coventry garden pretty well knew each other. Great fun times.I met many celebs.

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Muller at Cavern Studios London – 2nd April 1970

Outside the Cavern Studios London, recording the single ‘Fooling Around. Paul Wiseman, Jon McCallion, Steve Demetri, Paul Dove and Alan Esdaile.

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photo by Ray Medhurst

Paul Dove….Great times, it amazes me were these photos keep coming from,next question did that record ever survive,! look at Alan doing the 1000yd stare !!,,, It always made me laugh seeing the veins in Jon Mac,s neck sticking out when we done house of the rising sun, classic.

Jon McCallion....Good times. I still have a copy of Fooling around, will play it to you one day.

Paul Dove….Hi Jon that would be great,although cant remember how it went. ! i keep meaning to come along to one of alans meetings, but i will.Yes good times.

Alan Esdaile…We only planned to record the one song and then had just enough time for an unplanned ‘B’ side which had to be an original. Nothing arranged, so the band came up with an instrumental called ‘Freak Out’.

Paul Dove…Alan you are doing wonders for my memory , yes i remember doing the b side ,We got to do a big meet up with factory, Steve k , I know we lost Stevie D .But would be great to see all the guys from that magical 60s 70s era,!!!  what was i looking at ,, think alan had dropped a 1 00 note , was good fun recording Fooling Around, same studio as the Who recorded , hope to see Jon,  Alan & maybe Paul Wiseman at Beatles Day tomorrow.

Alan Esdaile… We all look tired and fed up Paul. Hanging around for ages for the studio guy to turn up.

Pete Fisher… seem to have missed something here…what did you play Alan?

Alan Esdaile… played the fool Pete! I was manager of the band or should I say humper of the gear, arranged the recording session and gigs and got paid lots of money. Well maybe not the last bit!

Speakeasy London

photo shared Shel Talmy: https://www.facebook.com/ShelTalmyOfficial

Joe Knight… 1968/69

Jaffa Peckham… This brings back memories! Factory played a few times at the Speakeasy. I remember us trying to get Andy’s Hammond Organ down the narrow dog-leg staircase with much difficulty; then being told that Graham Bond used to haul his down tied to his back! We have some stories involving some of the patrons of the club like Keith Moon and Viv Stanshall – most involving alcohol……

Pete Prescott…Gigged there in the 70’s with Village. I haven’t thought of this in years. One night the Gurvitz brother’s, Reggie IsIdore, John Gustaffson and the singer of SNAFU Bobby Harrison came in. They were all drunk. They ended up coming up to jam. Bobby ? Broke my mic stand. John Gustafson just screamed into my mic for a very long time.

Alan Esdaile… There was also a who’s who from the music business at the Speakeasy.

 

 

Sloopy’s Discotheque Piccadilly Circus London 1970’s

supplied by Jim Miller

Jim Miller… Just found a photo of the 70’s for Sloopys Disco –  Coventry Street London W1 nr Piccadilly Circus (for those who are interested). Sloopy’s Disco is next to the Wimpy Bar – taken around 1973 – the film ‘Fritz The Cat’ is also a bit of a giveaway.

Alan Esdaile… don’t think i ever went to Sloopy’s but remember using this Wimpy Bar many times.

The Marmalade at Marquee Club 90 Wardour Street London 1967

shared from Allison Finn https://www.facebook.com/groups/themarqueeclubwardourstreet

Bob Searle… Thats when i used to go there,lots of great music

Alan Esdaile… that’s how I remember it.

Lloyd Johnson… went there often…

Andre Martin… what a great page of musical history from that generation 1960s, some great names and what prices and serious opening times. I also note nothing stronger than soft drinks.

 

Die Laughing – broken van & supporters on the way to The Marquee photos from Clive Richardson

 

All photos supplied by Clive Richardson

Pete Brazier…  I knew of their existence but the first time I have Seen Them😁 Better late than never lol

Kaz Brazier… was just going to say I just spotted my dad

Terry Corder… I remember it well. Oh how we laughed, not at the time though. Brilliant photos!

Diane Leigh… could you name the girl on first photo with blonde hair think its someone I knew she died day after her 24th birthday if its who I think it is.

Tim Moose Bruce… Terry, I remember the coach going past the van up that hill. You were driving. The centre seat was lifted to access the engine and I think it was Lol pouring oil into the smoke machine, er , I mean, engine. I was on the coach. Remember going up the hill on Sevenoaks bypass when it became very foggy. The fog coming from the van exhaust.

Terry Corder… Tim, used to do that a lot you know.

Ken Hatch… Looks like a “Derritron” outing

Ken Copsey… Great pictures!

Chris Meachen… Chris Rudge prominent in first photo, along with Annie.

Pete Brazier… It was a great Show too! (Still think Die Laughing should have won! (Outnumbered by the more Punk Orientated Groups! The only other group that stood out to me was a band that had a song “Worlds one And only Talking Arse!” The singer kept trying to look like he was singing out of his backside! A move to be made popular in the future by Jim Carey in Ace Venture Pet Detective.

 

Jimi Hendrix museum – photos from Dave Jenkins album

Supplied by Dave Jenkins

Dave had a photo album with loads of interesting pictures at the recent SMART meeting of the Jimi Hendrix museum in London and remembers seeing him at The Upper Cut Club in Forest Gate on the 26th December 1966 and this is where Hendrix wrote Purple Haze.

photo: https://blackcablondon.net/2014/08/01/jimi-hendrixs-london-part-one/

Mike Vawdrey… Thanks for the Jimi Hendrix’s London link which was fascinating and included some unusual shots I hadn’t seen before. Excellent clips too – not all familiar. It certainly revived an ‘ancient thrill’ or two ….

Die Laughing photos from Lol Cooksey.

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supplied by Lol Cooksey

Reunion photo – sitting on the stairs of The Carlisle. 13th June 1988
Stage photo – Melody Maker Rock Contest Final, The Venue London 1st July 1979 and Lol & Mick around 1981

Yvonne Cleland… Mick….That’s a hairy chest. Great one of Laurie x

Andy Qunta… Great pics! Lol – Great shot!

Tony Qunta… Lol Awesome pose!

Glenn Piper… Hastings own ‘Keith Moon’ and I mean that most respectively 🙂

Geoff Peckham… That’s our Lol!

Richard J Porter… Terry and Lol, 6Ts, still going strong with Harry!!

Kev Towner… You look like you’re just about to do a stand-in for the old Solvite ad Mick!! LOL

Mick Mepham… Lol, Pier maybe?

Sheila Maile… The colour photo, Are they the 6T s in their younger days they are a good band with their fancy dress. I like the Andy pandy theme tune at the end of the gig

Alan Esdaile… Yes Sheila, the 6T’s,  Mick Mepham’s not with them now but Terry Corder, Laurie Cooksey and Harry Randall are still constantly gigging and their next local dates will be Shearbarn Holiday Camp on the 20th August and The Comet on the 27th August 2016.

Andy Qunta… Those Die Laughing guys still look exactly the same to this day!

Andy Ives… Loved this band I even have a CD Album of theres