Plaque

Wardour Street clubs

Erection date: 2013

Inscription

This is the former site of the.....
1960s - Flamingo Club where Georgie Fame recorded "Night Train".
1970s - Whiskey-A-Go-Go where James Brown and Kool & the Gang played.
1980s and 90s - The WAG Club. In 1984 David Bowie filmed the MTV video "Blue Jean" here.
2001 to the present - O'Neill's. Good food, drink and great craic.

Site: Wardour Street clubs (2 memorials)

W1, Wardour Street, 33 - 37

2024: Andrew Hall wrote to say: "The Flamingo Club at 33 - 37 Wardour Street was also the location of the Fifty-Fifty Club, a supper and dance club for theatre artists which was run by the actors Constance Collier and Ivor Novello, who was Chairman. It opened in late October or early November 1924. Noel Coward reported in his biography 'Present Indicative' that it "catered exclusively to 'Us'" (page 237), a nicely ambiguous phrase (he was writing in 1937), and he spent 'many happy hours there'. It was raided by police in March 1926 and prosecuted for not having a licence to sell spirits. Ivor Novello was fined £40, and other people were fined also. The club was closed down in 1927 as a result of a legal dispute with the owner of the building. It reopened later as the 'Waffle Club' then in 1929 as the Film Artists Guild Club. That club closed in 1932 with debts of £5,800."

Credit for this entry to: Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Wardour Street clubs

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Kool and the Gang

Jazz, R&B, Disco, Soul and Funk group. Originally formed as the 'Jazziacs...

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O'Neill's

Chain of Irish themed public houses. The first was opened in Aberdeeen and th...

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David Bowie

Musician and actor. Born David Robert Jones 40 Stansfield Road, Brixton. The ...

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James Brown

Musician. Born James Joseph Brown Junior in Barnwell, South Carolina. Known a...

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Georgie Fame

Jazz and R&B singer and pianist. Born as Clive Powell in Leigh, Lancashir...

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Wardour Street clubs

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Flamingo Club

Flamingo Club

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