Tuesday, January 06, 2009

1960s Ska & Soul Clubs

Further to my post last week on South London mod clubs, John Eden pointed me in the direction of the flyers section of George Austen's great Ska2Soul site.

George has reproduced a collection of 1960s flyers from South London clubs playing soul/ska/rocksteady, including:

- a 1967 flyer from the Ramjam Club in Brixton, with artists including The Skatalites and Geno Washington.

- a flyer for a Duke Reid sound system 'Night of Happiness' at 42 Carmenia Road, Balham, SW17 in 1966.

- A 1968 flyer for the Mistrale club at Beckenham Junction, where PP Arnold played in October.

- a July 1966 flyer from El Partido, 8 -12 Lee High Road, with one night featuring Duke Reid plus The Groove and the other an All-Nighter with The Partisans, The Tea Set and 'London's Top Sound' Soul Sound. All for 50p (1o shillings).


The example I've reproduced here is for a 1968 night at the Amersham Arms in New Cross, with Little Lee and the Savoy Sound offering 'ska, soul and Tamla Motown'. Little Lee apparently also ran the Rock Steady Discotheque at Mistrale in Beckenham.

As always memories of these places and people actively welcomed.

See also: Mods in South London; Deptford Soul City.

2 comments:

joter said...

I lived in Bellingham until 1971 I was 21 then The King Alfred Tavern on south end lane was great for blue beat and ska every Thursday with Duke Reid resident.

joter said...

The King Alfred Tavern on South end lane every Thursday night Duke Reid playing bluebeat and ska.