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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th February 1992 Comedian Benny Hill suffers his first heart attack, two months before his death.
24th February 1981 Prince Charles and Princess Diana get engaged.
24th February 1948 Minder and New Tricks actor Dennis Waterman was born in Clapham, London.
24th February 1939 Born today: George Bain, principal (London Business School)
24th February 1906 Kingsway Tramway opened from Angel, Islington to Aldwych.
24th February 1711 Handel's opera Rinaldo premieres at the Queen's Theatre.
The Ealing Club
London's first R&B venue and where Keith got a taste of gigging
Location: 42A The Broadway, Ealing, W5 2NP
Description: Opening in January 1959, 'The Ealing Club' was situated in a basement below an Aerated Bread Company tea shop, (now an Estate Agent) opposite Ealing Broadway station.
It was reached by descending the narrow steps of the alley that leads to Haven Place, between the tea shop and what at the time was a jeweller's shop.
On 17 March 1962, known as The Ealing Club, it became London's first regular R&B venue with a performance by the seminal Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies band Blues Incorporated.
'The club held only 200 when you packed them all in' Korner recalled, 'and there was only about 100 people in all of London that were into the blues and all of them showed up at the club that first night'.
The club is also noteworthy as the place where on 7 April 1962, Alexis Korner introduced Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to Brian Jones, and the nucleus of The Rolling Stones first came together.
In fact it was here that Keith Richards had one of his first tastes of playing live on stage, after Alexis Korner invited him up on stage to jam.
A Blue Plaque now marks the spot for Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies starting R&B here!
Tagged in this Tour: Keith Richards London