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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
25th May 1905 Born today: Binnie Barnes, London, actress (Adv of Marco Polo, Diamond Jim)
25th May 1878 Gilbert/Sullivans opera HMS Pinafore, premieres in London
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.