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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th February 1917 Born today: Phyllis Calvert, London, actress (Man in Grey)
18th February 1901 Born today: Reginald Sheffield, London England, actor (Second Chance)
18th February 1775 Born today: Thomas Girtin, London, artist/watercolorist
The Speakeasy Club
This is the site of The Speakeasy Club, infamous rock venue.
Location: 48 Margaret Street, London, W1W 8SE
Description: The 'Speak' opened in 1966, and became well known as a late night drinking club popular with customers associated with the music industry, ranging from roadies through to The Beatles.
The Who included it in the Radio London / Speakeasy / Rotosound Strings commercial insert for their Sell Out album in 1967.
The Speakeasy also hosted performances by some of the finest acts of the time, including Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Bob Marley (pictured) David Bowie, and King Crimson (who debuted at the club).
It was here that the Clash's Joe Strummer got beaten up by a Teddy Boy friend of John Lydon and lost a tooth.
The joint was once owned by the notorious Kray twins.
Tagged in this Tour: july 2012
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Tagged in this Tour: The Krays in London