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The Flamingo Club - London's Original All-Nighter

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The Flamingo Club - London's Original All-Nighter
The Flamingo Club - London's Original All-Nighter


JEFF KRUGERS FABULOUS FLAMINGO originally operated from the basement of the Mapleton Restaurant in Coventry Street, London and was known for its sophisticated Jazz suppers. In April 1957 the club moved to Wardour Street where it soon became famous, some might say infamous for its weekend All-Nighters staying open until 6am every Friday and Saturday night. In 1959 Kruger hired brothers Rik and Johnny Gunnell to manage the Mingo and develop the All-Night scene introducing the signature sound of jazz-tinged rhythm and blues and proto-soul! Post 1959 The Flamingos character changed dramatically from its refined, jazz ethos to an altogether more up-front R&B and Ska policy that appealed to black American G.I.s stationed outside of the city and the Caribbean community who were fundamental in the clubs fully-amplified sound system, the first of its kind in the capital. The Mingo became synonymous with the birth of the Mod movement but it also attracted the London underworld and in 1963 it witnessed a notorious fight between two of Christine Keelers lovers that in turn laid bare the Profumo Affair! Here we present a soundbite of the Flamingo, circa 1962, capturing the best of the canned music and showcasing visiting American talent alongside British modernists who honed their sound in the club.


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  2. Think - James Brown And The Famous Flames
  3. Fingertips - Little Stevie Wonder
  4. You Can't Hide - Lulu Reed & Freddy King
  5. (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean - Ruth Brown
  6. Dumplins - Byron Lee And The Dragonaires
  7. Oh Carolina - PFilks Brothers with Prince Buster And The All Stars
  8. Tipitina - Professor Longhair and his Blues Scholars
  9. Love Letters - Ketty Lester
  10. Unchain My Heart - Ray Charles and his Orchestra
  11. One Mint Julep - Sarah Vaughn
  12. Wicked Woman - Don Land and his Boulder Rollers
  13. You Can't Sit Down - Chris Columbo
  14. Sugar Babe - Part 1 - Jimmy Powell
  15. Air Travel - Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds
  16. Housewife's Choice - Derrick And Patsy
  17. Flamingo - Eric Bostic And His Orchestra
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