El Partido, Lewisham

The El Partido in Lewisham, southeast London was located at 8-10 Lee High Road and was a popular spot for young Jamaicans and local mods.

The excellent Transpontine website notes that King Ossie Sound played at the club regularly. Other guests included Jamaicans Jimmy Cliff and The Duke Reid Sound.

Local R&B outfit, The Loose Ends, who cut two singles for Decca, were also house band at some point in late 1965.

I have started a gig list and would welcome any additions plus any memories of the venue, which was closed down in April 1967.

 

4 September 1965 – The Eyes

9 September 1965 – The Duke Lee Sound

10 September 1965 – The Loose Ends (upstairs)

10 September 1965 – Duke Lee (downstairs)

11 September 1965 – Duke Lee (upstairs, first session)

11 September 1965 – The Loose Ends (downstairs, first session)

11 September 1965 – Lou Johnson, Sonny Childe & The TNT, The Loose Ends and Duke Lee (second session)

16 September 1965 – Mixed Feelings (upstairs)

16 September 1965 – Duke Lee (downstairs)

17 September 1965 – Ronnie Jones & The Blue Jays and Duke Lee

18 September 1965 – Duke Lee (upstairs, first and second session)

18 September 1965 – Artwoods (downstairs, first session)

18 September 1965 – Artwoods and Loose Ends (downstairs, second session)

22 September 1965 – Changing Times (upstairs)

22 September 1965 – Duke Lee (downstairs)

23 September 1965 – Plain Facts (upstairs)

23 September 1965 – Duke Lee (downstairs)

24 September 1965 – Memphis Chucks (upstairs)

24 September 1965 – Duke Lee (downstairs)

25 September 1965 – Guy Darrell (upstairs, first session)

25 September 1965 – Duke Lee (downstairs, first session)

25 September 1965 – Guy Darrell, Loose Ends and Duke Lee (second session)

26 September 1965 – Duke Lee Sounds

29 September 1965 – The Minor Birds (upstairs)

29 September 1965 – Duke Lee (downstairs)

30 September 1965 – Sons of Fred and Duke Lee

1 October 1965 – Duke Lee

2 October 1965 – Jesse Fuller, The Spectres and Duke Lee (first session)

2 October 1965 – Jesse Fuller, Loose Ends, The Spectres and Duke Lee (second session)

3 October 1965 – Duke Lee

6 October 1965 – Kiko 6 and Duke Lee

7-8 October 1965 – Duke Lee

9 October 1965 – Dave Antony’s Moods, Next of Kin and Duke Lee (first session)

9 October 1965 – Loose Ends, Dave Antony’s Moods, Duke Lee and Next of Kin (second session)

10 October 1965 – Duke Lee

13 October 1965 – Creeper’s Blues and Duke Lee

14 October 1965 – Diddley Daddies and Duke Lee

16 October 1965 – Stormville Shakers and Duke Lee (first session)

16 October 1965 – Stormville Shakers, Duke Lee and The Minor Birds (second session)

17 October 1965 – Bo Diddley and Duke Lee

20 October 1965 – Long, Short and Tall, Duke Lee and Loose Ends

21 October 1965 – Under-mined and Duke Lee Sounds

22 October 1965 – Duke Lee Sounds

23 October 1965 – Loose Ends and Duke Lee (first session)

23 October 1965 – Loose Ends, The Minor Birds and Duke Lee (second session)

24 October 1965 – Duke Lee

27 October 1965 – John Brown’s Bodies and Duke Lee

28 October 1965 – Next of Kin and Duke Lee

29 October 1965 – Marshall Scott and Duke Lee

30 October 1965 – The Hamilton Movement and Duke Lee Sounds (first session)

30 October 1965 – Loose Ends, The Hamilton Movement and Duke Lee (second session)

31 October 1965 – Duke Lee

3 November 1965 – Blues Roots, Duke Lee and Loose Ends

4 November 1965 – Deacon Louis EP and Duke Lee

5 November 1965 – Duke Lee

6 November 1965 – Bobby King & The Sabres and Duke Lee (first session)

6 November 1965 – Bobby King & The Sabres, The Movement and Duke Lee (second session)

7 November 1965 – Duke Lee

10 November 1965 – Nature’s Boys and Duke Lee

11 November 1965 – Lawson’s Legs and Duke Lee

12 November 1965 – Duke Lee Sounds

13 November 1965 – Ronnie Jones & The Blue Jays and Duke Lee (first session)

13 November 1965 – Ronnie Jones & The Blue Jays, The Movement and Duke Lee (second session)

14 November 1965 – Duke Lee

17 November 1965 – The Links, The Fetish Crowd and Duke Lee

18 November 1965 – Sounds Anon and Duke Lee

19 November 1965 – Duke Lee

20 November 1965 – Guy Darrell, Winds of Change and Duke Lee (first session)

20 November 1965 – Loose Ends, Guy Darrell, Winds of Change and Duke Lee (second session)

21 November 1965 – Duke Lee

24 November 1965 – New Jump Band and Duke Lee

25 November 1965 – Two Squared and Duke Lee

26 November 1965 – Duke Lee

27 November 1965 – The Panics and Duke Lee (first session)

27 November 1965 – Loose Ends, The Panics and Duke Lee (second session)

28 November 1965 – Duke Lee Sounds

1 December 1965 – Group Survival and Duke Lee

17 December 1965 – Duke Lee Sounds

18 December 1965 – Frank Sheen Sound and Duke Lee (first session)

18 December 1965 – Loose Ends, Frank Sheen Sound and Duke Lee (second session)

19 December 1965 – Major Lance (with Bluesology) and Duke Lee

22 December 1965 – Templars, Cardinals and Duke Lee

24 December 1965 – Loose Ends, Duke Lee and Frank Sheen Sound

25-26 December 1965 – Duke Lee

31 December 1965 – Duke Lee

22 January 1966 – Simon Dupree and Duke Lee

23 January 1966 – The Exciters and Duke Lee

26 January 1966 – Just Blues, The Wild Set and Duke Lee

28 January 1966 – Lee Dorsey and Duke Lee

29 January 1966 – Deakin Lewis and Duke Lee

30 January 1966 – The Drifters

11 February 1966 – Doris Troy (with Bluesology) and Duke Lee

12 February 1966 – The Panicks, Duke Lee and Fabulous Sounds

13 February 1966 – Duke Lee

16 February 1966 – Duke Lee and various groups

18 February 1966 – Inez and Charlie Foxx

8 April 1966 – Jimmy Cliff (backed by New Generation?) with The Raisons, King Ossie Sound and Duke Reid

9 April 1966 – New Jump Band with King Ossie Sound

10 April 1966 – Don Covey with King Ossie Sound

11 April 1966 – Owen Gray and Jackie Edwards with The Raisons and King Ossie Sound

22 May 1966 – The Charmers (with Carl Douglas)

11 June 1966 – Carl Douglas & The Charmers

4 August 1966 – Jimmy Cliff

2 September 1966 – James Royal Set

24 September 1966 – Carl Douglas & The Big Stampede

1 October 1966 – Timebox

15 November 1966 – The Iveys

6 January 1967 – Duke Lee

7 January 1967 – The Soul Trinity

13 January 1967 – Duke Lee

14 January 1967 – The Mellow Notes

20 January 1967 – Duke Lee

21 January 1967 – Ossie Layne & The Red Hot Band

Sources: 

Southeast London Mercury, Marmalade Skies website and Melody Maker

3 thoughts on “El Partido, Lewisham”

  1. Re El Partido in Lewisham. My mate Neil Arnold and I were the resident weekend sound system for much of 1966 (three nights a week – Friday allnighter from (I think) 10pm, Saturday allnighter, Sunday evening until 1 am. From (if my memory serves) the end of 1966 Neil ran it on his own for a few months until (as you rightly say) it was closed down after repeated drug raids. It had become a major mod hangout during 1965, which is how we came to the notice of the management.
    Much of this time is a blur 50 years later. If you can get accurate memories from those involved, you’re doing well, but if I’m not wrong Neville The Enchanter also played as the regular sound system for a while before 1966.

    1. I was a regular Friday and Saturday nights and loved the ‘Partido….I remember the Herd playing there but you don’t seem to have a record of that….yeah loads of plain clothed coppers towards the end that spoilt it for us so rather than the ‘Partido and up West we went straight up to the West End…do you remember Lloyd and Pappy?

  2. Bob Hodges with All Night Workers has missing dates from his diary for The New Jump Band:

    24 December 65
    31 December 65-1 January 66
    15 January 66
    19 March 66
    25 March 66
    30 April 66

    9 April 66 – this is listed on the list above with King Ossie Sound but is not on Bob Hodges list

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