Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Plaque of the Week No.21

Rock and Roll is Here to Stay!

Commemorating: The Two I’s Coffee Bar
Street: Old Compton Street
Postcode: W1
Borough: Westminster

As The Cavern is to Liverpool, so the Two I’s Coffee Bar is to London. Billed, quite rightly, as The Birthplace of British Rock’n’Roll, the Two I’s Coffee Bar rode the skiffle boom of the late 1950s, providing a stage for the fledgling rockers of the day.

The list of stars “discovered” here reads like a who’s who of pre-Beatles music: Tommy Steele, Cliff Richard, Hank Marvin (of the Shadows), Wee Willie Harris, Joe Brown, Screaming Lord Sutch and Tony Sheridan – who was backed by The Beatles on the fabled Polydor recording of My Bonnie, cut in Hamburg.

Keep an eye out for the plaque on the Soho Pubs walk every Sunday – and on the Soho Half & Half, the Soho Pub Quiz Walk next Monday at 7pm.

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