Eel Pie Island
A small island in the Thames was home to a legendary jazz venue on a hotel, which soon morphed to become a hotbed of the nascent R 'n B movement in London in the early 1960s. The Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, the Who and countless others made their name and cut their live teeth at this hotel.
The venue lived on over the years in various formats until a fire closed the hotel and put and end to the free-spirited island of music in the Thames.
Michele Whitby curated an exhibition on Eel Pie Island in Twickenham in 2013, before opening a pop-up museum which ran for five months in Twickenham Library in 2015. The Museum is currently looking for a permanent location.
She spoke to us at length in 2013 about what made the Island so special, and we recorded a podcast on the music history of the Island in 2015.
Pete Watt has been meticulously researching the acts that played the venue. Please do check out his roll-call which reveals the full list of performers, from American Jazz greats to classic English rock bands. Using this roll call we created the Eel Pie Island Playlists which charts the musical evolution of the time through the acts which graced the stage on the small island in the Thames.
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Lost record shops
Rock 'n Roll plaques
60s sheet music collection
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