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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th September 1970 Rock guitar legend Jimi Hendrix dies in London.
18th September 1962 Footballer John Fashanu was born in Kensington.
18th September 1946 Actor Nicholas Clay was born in Streatham.
18th September 1922 Brass Band composer Ray Steadman-Allen was born in Clapton.
18th September 1809 The Royal Opera House opened for the first time.
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.