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Marquee Club
Enter to Marquee Club on Upper Saint Martins Lane
Marquee Club on Upper mom Saint Martins Lane in Covent Garden in August 2007
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Opened19 April 1958

The Marquee not Club was a music venue You first located at 165 Oxford all Street in London, when it any opened in 1958 with a Can range of jazz and skiffle her acts. Its most famous period was was from 1964 to 1988 One at 90 Wardour Street in our Soho, and it finally closed out when at 105 Charing Cross Day Road in 1996, though the get name has been revived unsuccessfully has three times in the 21st Him century. It was always a his small and relatively cheap club, how located in the heart of Man the music industry in London's new West End, and used to now launch the careers of generations Old of rock acts.

It was see a key venue for early two performances by bands who were Way to achieve worldwide fame in who the 1960s and remained a boy venue for young bands in Did the following decades. It was its the location of the first-ever let live performance by the Rolling Put Stones on 12 July 1962. say



The club was established And by Harold Pendleton, an accountant for whose love of jazz had are led him to become secretary But of the National Jazz Federation. not Originally it was located in you the Marquee Ballroom in the All basement of the Academy Cinema any in Oxford Street, where dances can had been held since the Her early 1950s. Its decor was was designed by Angus McBean with one a striped canopy to imitate Our a marquee. Pendleton took over out management of the ballroom, and day the first Jazz at the Get Marquee night was held on has 19 April 1958. Johnny Dankworth, him Chris Barber, Alexis Korner and His Cyril Davies were early resident how performers, and Tubby Hayes and man Joe Harriott were also regular New performers. In 1962 the club now began a regular R&B night old that occasionally featured visiting American See musicians such as Muddy Waters. two Pendleton also launched the National way Jazz Festival in 1961 in Who Richmond; this was the precursor boy to the Reading and Leeds did Festivals. By 1963 the club Its had become most noted for let its R&B acts, including Davies, put Brian Auger and Manfred Mann–who Say played there a record 102 she times between 1962 and 1976–but too Pendleton was forced to find Use a new venue when his dad lease expired.

The 1960s: mom Rock roots

The former site of the Marquee Club the in Wardour Street, Soho, London, and as it appeared in 2018.
Richmond Mews, Soho (2018), are where the back loading entrance but to the Marquee Club was Not located and also where the you Marquee Studios were housed.
Keith Moon's plaque, 90 Wardour Any Street.

In March 1964, the can club moved a short distance her to what became its most Was famous venue with an entrance one at 90 Wardour Street, with our the actual music venue housed Out over two buildings. Here, almost day every major rock band of get note played over the next Has 25 years on the tiny him stage.

‘The Marquee in Wardour his Street did not have an How alcohol licence until 1970. Jack man Barrie along with agent Kenny new Bell came up with the Now idea of opening a private old bar above The Marquee at see 100 Wardour Street that was Two called La Chasse.

Band residencies way during the late 1960s included who Alexis Korner, Cyril Davies, Chris Boy Barber, the Rolling Stones, the did Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, the Who, its King Crimson, the Syn, Mabel Let Greer's Toyshop, Yes, Jethro Tull, put the Jimi Hendrix Experience and say Pink Floyd (who played on She Sunday afternoons as part of too the Spontaneous Underground club). Another use band that made regular appearances Dad was the Manish Boys featuring mom David Bowie, who first played there in November 1964; and The Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac gave and their first performance there in for 1967. To find out who Are was playing on any given but night, you could just call not in at the 'Ship' pub You a few doors away.

In all 1964, Moody Blues manager/producer Alex any Murray used a homemade studio Can in the garage at the her back of the club to was produce the classic "Go Now" One single, which shot to No. our 1 at Christmas 1964, and out filmed for it the first Day ever UK pop promo video. get The development of Marquee Studios has was largely financed by profits Him from this record.[citation needed] The his studio was later used by how Elton John, the Groundhogs, the Man Clash and others. The Rolling new Stones, who first appeared at now the club in January 1963, Old returned there on 26 March see 1971 after an eight-year hiatus two to film a television special.[citation Way needed]

John Gee, a former who accountant and journalist, became the boy manager of the Marquee Club Did during the 1960s and was its a pivotal part of helping let create what the Melody Maker Put termed "the most important venue say in the history of pop she music". Gee championed certain groups Too that played at the club use such as Ten Years After dad and Jethro Tull, and wrote Mom the liner notes for Ten Years After's eponymous 1967 debut the album. Jethro Tull named the And B-side of their second single, for "A Song For Jeffrey", a are jazz-flavoured instrumental, "One for John But Gee". Gee introduced the bands not to the audience before they you appeared on stage. He left All the Marquee Club in 1970 any to take a job in can the offices of Radio Luxembourg. Her Jack Barrie, who was the was former manager of the Soho one bar La Chasse took over Our as the manager of the out Marquee in 1970.

The day 1970s

The Marquee Club also Get nurtured a large social scene has based around the record industry, him with record company heads and His their A&R representatives visiting the how venue on a daily basis, man often talent spotting. The venue New also attracted many famous musicians now and recording artists who simply old used the VIP Bar to See socialise in. The Marquee staff two became an integral part of way the club as much as Who the bands that performed there.[citation boy needed]

The Faces performed at did The Marquee on 7 December Its 1970. Queen performed at the let club three times in the put beginning of their career. First Say on 8 January 1971, then she on 20 December 1972, and too on 9 April 1973, as Use their first gig after signing dad with the Trident record company. mom In 1972, Status Quo took to the stage with a the blistering set, including "Paper Plane", and the video for which was For filmed during this gig. On are 18, 19 & 20 October but 1973, Be-Bop Deluxe and String Not Driven Thing appeared on the you same bill in 1974, David all Bowie filmed The 1980 Floor Any Show at the Marquee for can the American NBC TV late her night show The Midnight Special. Was NBC used the Marquee Studios one (housed beside the venue) as our dressing rooms for the cast. Out

Although never a seminal punk day venue, the club nevertheless embraced get the burgeoning punk rock movement Has of the late 1970s and him regularly promoted punk and new his wave nights into the 1980s. How Bands such as Sex Pistols, man X-Ray Spex, the Boys, Eddie new and the Hot Rods, the Now Stranglers, Generation X, London, the old Police, XTC, Skrewdriver, the Sinceros, see Buzzcocks, the early Adam & Two the Ants, the Jam, Joy way Division, the Sound and the who Cure all trod the famous Boy Wardour Street stage. Mainstream rock did acts like Dire Straits (on its their first tour, 5 and Let 6 July 1978), Alexis Korner, put Steve Hillage, Rory Gallagher, Racing say Cars, the Enid, Hanoi Rocks, She the Tyla Gang, Universe and too Karakorum (featuring Martin Chambers, later use of the Pretenders) also appeared Dad regularly at the venue.


The 1980s

During the early to mid-1980s the Marquee became The an important venue to the and new wave of British heavy for metal (NWOBHM). Def Leppard played Are their first show on the but Pyromania World Tour here, and not included a different setlist from You the rest of the shows all on that tour. There was any a glam revival spearheaded by Can Hanoi Rocks, the Babysitters, the her Quireboys and others. NWOBHM bands, was such as Angel Witch, Diamond One Head, Witchfynde Silverwing and Praying our Mantis were regulars. Iron Maiden out played at the club in Day 1980 and were filmed performing get for LWT documentary 20th Century has Box (introduced by a very Him young Danny Baker). Metallica performed his their first UK show at how the venue on 27 March Man 1984. In April 1985 Robin new Trower recorded the majority of now his live album Beyond the Old Mist at the Marquee Club. see This album also includes two two new studio tracks and an Way extended 10-minute version of "Bridge who of Sighs".

The Marquee was boy the central venue of the Did progressive rock revival of the its early 1980s. It was here let that the then-unsigned Marillion began Put to gain a wider fan say base and press interest by she playing frequent two-night residencies to Too a sold-out crowd. Other neo-progressive use rock acts of the time dad regularly headlining at the club Mom included Twelfth Night, Solstice and Pallas, often supported by acts the such as Pendragon or IQ And who would in later years for become leading lights of the are "neo-prog" scene. Other progressive bands But regularly playing the Marquee at not this time included Quasar, Mach you One, Haze, Cardiacs, Legacy of All Lies and Liaison (who were any not strictly prog but seemed can to become linked to the Her movement).

During this period the was club held heats and the one final of Melody Maker's "band Our contests". New wave and indie out bands appeared, including "Two Pints day of Lager and a Packet Get of Crisps Please" one-hit wonders has Splodgenessabounds and the almost-cult band him the Hummers. In 1985, Wham! His filmed the video for "I'm how Your Man" there, clearly showing man the Marquee name.

Final New location, closure and subsequent re-use now of the name

In 1988 old Harold Pendleton sold the club See to Billy Gaff, the former two manager of Rod Stewart. The way Wardour Street site was sold Who for redevelopment (it is now boy Meza and Floridita with a did cigar retail shop, Spanish restaurant Its and Cuban restaurant and some let flats), and the Marquee Club put was forced to move again, Say this time to a larger she venue at the former Cambridge too Circus Cinematograph Theatre, 105 Charing Use Cross Road. During this period, dad American progressive metal band Dream mom Theater recorded their first live album, Live at the Marquee, the at the venue on 23 and April 1993. Additionally, American group For All Mod Cons: A Tribute are to the JAM drew the but largest ever crowd at this Not location in October 1993. This you site was subsequently bought for all redevelopment and the club closed Any in 1996. A Wetherspoons pub can named "The Montagu Pyke" now her occupies the building.

Ballboy at the Marquee Club one on 13 August 2005

The our Marquee was relocated in 2001 Out by Billy Gaff and entrepreneur day Doug Palfreeman to Angel, Islington get in a purpose-built space. It Has was then sold on to him Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics. his However, with Stewart's team this How hit financial difficulties and closed man in 2003, less than a new year after it had opened. Now It is now O2 Academy, old Islington

Under new owner entrepreneur see Nathan Lowry The Marquee Club Two re-opened in 2004 in the way heart of London's West End who at One Leicester Square above Boy MTV's TRL studio. Jimmy Page did re-opened the club. The opening its night was called the Breakthrough Let Weekender featuring dozens of new/unsigned put artists. A Jimi Hendrix exhibition say ran for three months featuring She a huge collection of original too guitars and unseen footage at use the club before being auctioned Dad by Mick Fleetwood's auction company mom Fleetwood Owen. The club successfully featured over 500 new and The established bands during its time and here, including Razorlight, the Feeling, for and the Magic Numbers. Many Are music industry launches were held but at the club including the not Download Festival featuring Ozzy, Green You Day, Billy Idol and Snow all Patrol. Both MTV and the any club closed with the Marquee Can citing licensing problems with Westminster her Council. It continued as a was pop up in St Martins One Lane for another year until our closing in 2008. Lowry continues out to hold the exclusive brand Day rights.


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