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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd April 1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
23rd April 1925 1st London performance of operetta Fasquita staged
23rd April 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience produced in London
23rd April 1775 Artist J.M.W. Turner was born in Covent Garden, London.
23rd April 1705 Richard Steele's Tender Husband, premieres in London
23rd April 1702 The Coronation of Anne I in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1685 The Coronation of James II (and VII of Scotland) in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
23rd April 1661 The Coronation of Charles II in Westminster Abbey.
The Rolling Stones First Gig
This is where the Stones first played on stage in 1962
Location: 165 Oxford Street, W1D 2JW
Description: For four decades, 'The Marquee Club' witnessed the birth most of the legendary rock and pop band and artists,becoming the most important place for the jazz and rhythm & blues scenes in London.
During the 60's a new generation of British rhythm and blues bands, such as the Rolling Stones, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, the Yardbirds, and the Animals forged the comming of a new era in pop music at the Marquee.
In fact it was here on July 12 1962, that Mick, Brian and Keith (along with Tony Chapman, Dick Taylor & Ian Stewart) filled in for Alexis Korner's band and took to the stage at the Marque as The Rolling Stones.
And why 'The Rolling Stones'...well after hanging on the phone booking a gig and trying to think of a name, the only record to hand for Mick, Keith, Brian and Ian Stewart and was Muddy Walters 'The Best of Muddy Walters', and the first track...'Rollin' Stone'.