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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 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