Then - Arts & Ents

Then - Arts and Entertainments 

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Every Picturehouse tells a story A look at the seven cinemas, under 18 different names, that graced the streets of Forest Gate, over a sixty year period, during the last century (July 2013)

Odeon Romford Road, now a mosque

Lotus Club

An interview with Kenny Johnson, who with his brother, Eddie, brought so much popular music to the Lotus Club, on Woodgrange Road, and elsewhere in Newham and beyond, for almost 50 years, from the early 1950's. (Sept 2014)

Kenny Johnson recalls
 his Lotus club days

Rolling Stones

50th anniversary of Rolling Stones "insulting behaviour" outburst in Forest Gate - A look at contemporaneous and memoir accounts, including court records of arrest and convictions of members of the Rolling Stones for peeing in public, by a service station in Romford Road (16 March 2015)

Court records

Tonic Sol-Fa music college

 The Sound of Music from Earlham Grove The Tonic Sol-Fa school of music, that developed the revolutionary 'Do-Ra-Me-Fa-So-La-Te-Do' scheme of teaching, was developed on Earlham Grove in a large college, by John Curwen and his successors. Find out more, in this illustrated account.(June 2013)

Curwen's music college on Earlham Grove

Upper Cut Club

Upper Cut Club (1) - the rise For a glorious twelve months, from December 1966, the Upper Cut Club, on Woodgrange Road hosted most of the very biggest stars of British and American popular music. This first instalment looks at the rise of boxer Billy Walker's star-suddied club, with details of many of the bands who performed and the adverts for their shows (July 2013)

    Jimi Hendrix

Upper Cut Club (2) - the fall This second instalment looks at the big names that played in the second six months of the club's existence, with loads of photos and gig adverts, and examines the reasons for its closure (July 2013)

    Upper Cut - The End!
    When Otis Played Forest Gate The legendary Stax Records tour came to the Upper Cut Club in March 1967, featuring Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Arthur Conley, Eddie Floyd, The Mar-Keys and Booker T and The MG's. Read all about it! (May 2013)

Georgie Fame, Tremeloes and Unit 4 + 2 - a review of the Upper Cut's programme and performers in September 1967: The Tremeloes, Georgie Fame, The Skatellites and Unit 4 + 2 (October 2013)

Georgie Fame

    Stevie Wonder
Mouthwatering musical fayre on Woodgrange Road - the Upper Cut's programme and performers November 1967: Simon Dupree, John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers, PP Arnold, Ben E King (return), Eddie Floyd, Sounds Incorporated (December 2013)

Ben E King

    Forest Gate Rock - a local anthem! - Upper Cut gig list for the two Decembers of its existence - 1966 (The Who, The Easybeats, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky Mick and Tich, The Animals, Jimi Hendrix, The Pretty Things, Spencer Davis Group) and 1967 (Carl Douglas, Ferris Wheel and Herbie Goins), plus Skatellites rendition of Forest Gate Rock (January 2014)

The Animals

The Upper Cut Beds Down - January 1967 bills, featuring: The Small Faces, Mindbenders, Four Pennies and the return of Jimi Hendrix (February 2014)

Small Faces

Essex Comes to Forest Gate.  Upper Cut bill February 1967, including : Rockin' Berries, The New Pirates, Honeycombs and David Essex (March 2014)

David Essex

Stax Comes to Town March 1967 Upper Cut bill, with the Stax Tour (featuring: Sam and Dave, Eddie Floyd, Arthur Conley, Booker T and The MGs, The Mar-Keys and Otis Redding), plus The Barron Knights, Tony Blackburn, Ed "Stewpot" Stewart and Dick Emery (April 2014)

Otis Redding

A Mixed Bunch at The Upper Cut in April 1967 Featuring: Dave Berry, Chris Farlowe, Alan Price, Nina Simone, Jeff Back, Prince Buster (May 2014)

Jeff Beck

Upper Cut May 1967.  Featuring: Wayne Fontana, Terry Reid, Bill Wyman, Sounds Incorporated, Donovan, Cliff Bennett and The Rebel Rousers, The Kinks, The Graham Bond Organisation and The Troggs (June 2014)

The Kinks

An look at the gigs in the Upper Cut in the Summer of Love, 1967, with, among others: Chris Farlowe, Cream, Small Faces, The Chiffons and Turtles appearing locally. (Aug 2014)

Cream play the Upper Cut, in the Summer of Love

The Upper Cut Club's owner and front man, ex-heavyweight boxing champion shares his recollections of his life and times in Forest gate and surrounding area.(Sept 2014)

Billy Walker recalls
 the Upper Cut club

1 comment:

  1. I love the opening week poster for the Uppercut - do you want to see Jimi Hendrix for 5 bob, or would you rather see Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick and Tich for four times as much?


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