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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
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20th March 1727 Issac Newton, English physicist/astronomer, died in London aged 84.
20th March 1616 Walter Raleigh released from Tower of London to seek gold in Guyana
The J60 Music Bar
This is the shop where Steve Marriott met Ronnie Lane.
Location: 445 High Street, Manor Park
Description: While out shopping for a Harmony bass guitar Ronnie Lane visited here in Spring 1965 - what was then the J60 Music Bar (now long gone). He met here a young man who was working on Saturdays called Steve Marriott. On looking at a Harmony, Good bass that mate replied Steve hopefully and the pair hit it off straightaway.
The shop was well known across London for it's knowledgeable musician-only staff.
Lane bought his bass and went to Marriott's house after work where Marriott introduced him to his Motown and Stax collection.
Lane and Marriott set out to form a band, recruiting friends Kenney Jones and Jimmy Winston, who switched from guitar to organ. Marriott was chosen to be the frontman and singer of The Small Faces.