Post 1959 The Flamingo’s 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 Keeler’s 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.
- James Brown And The Famous Flames - Think
- Little Stevie Wonder - Fingertips
- Lulu Reed & Freddy King - You Can't Hide
- Ruth Brown - (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean
- Byron Lee And The Dragonaires - Dumplins
- Folks Brothers with Prince Buster And The All Stars - Oh Carolina
- Professor Longhair and his Blues Scholars - Tipitina
- Ketty Lester - Love Letters
- Ray Charles And His Orchdestra - Unchain My Heart
- Sarah Vaughan - One Mint Julep
- Don Lang and his Boulder Rollers - Wicked Woman
- Chris Columbo - You Can't Sit Down
- Jimmy Powell - Sugar Babe - Part 1
- Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds - Air Travel
- Derrick And Patsy - Housewife’s Choice
- Earl Bostic And His Orchestra - Flamingo
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