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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
16th August 1944 Dutch begin diplomatic contact with Vatican in London
16th August 1939 Born today: Carol Shelley, London, actress (Gwendolyn Pidgeon-Odd Couple)
16th August 1934 Born today: John Standing, London England, actor (Edward-Lime Street)
16th August 1924 Conference about German recovery payments opens in London
16th August 1885 Born today: Charles Carson, London England, actor (Cry the Beloved Country)
Ronnie Scott's First Club
This is where the first Ronnie Scott's was open until 1965.
Location: 39 Gerrard Street, Soho, London, W1D 5EW
Description: Ronnie Scott and Pete King opened a jazz club here on Friday October 30th, 1959.
Scott hit his 32nd birthday early in 1959 and he and fellow tenor saxophonist and personal friend, Pete King, started looking round for suitable premises to establish a club and came up with 39 Gerrard Street, Soho.
For a while it had been used as a kind of rest room for taxi drivers, and had occasionally, as a tea-bar, also been a haunt for local musicians. To begin with, the plan was simply to provide a place where British jazz musicians could jam.
The appearance of many jazz giants really put the Club on the map and the fortunes of the enterprise improved to such an extent that King and Scott had to go in search of bigger premises - Frith Street.