Blaises

Blaises Club was located in the basement of the Imperial Hotel at 121 Queen’s Gate, SW7 (now demolished) and was a magnet for musicians, agents, managers and writers.

The Byrds played here on their debut UK tour in 1965 and many top acts of the day performed on the stage in the mid-late 1960s, most notably Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Yes.

I have started to compile a list of acts that played here and would welcome any additions plus memories of the venue.

Blaises gig Nov 1966 with US band The Young Rascals

6 August 1965 – The Byrds

3 October 1965 – The Stormsville Shakers
20 October 1965 – The Riot Squad

3 August 1966 – The Creation

8 September 1966 – In Crowd
28 September 1966 – Brian Auger & The Trinity

8 November 1966 – Paul Butterfield Blues Band

13 December 1966 – The Farinas (became Family)
21 December 1966 – Jimi Hendrix Experience

13 January 1967 – Savoy Brown Blues Band
17 January 1967 – Roaring Sixties (Family)

28 February 1967 – Pink Floyd and The Majority

18 March 1967 – The Hush

1 May 1967 – The Web
9 May 1967 – Herbie Goins & The Nightimers (starts this Tuesday)
11 May 1967 – Coloured Raisins
11 May 1967 – Jack Hammer & His Hammer Jammers
16 May 1967 – The Web
16 May 1967 – Herbie Goins & The Nightimers (every Tuesday)
23 May 1967 – Herbie Goins & The Nightimers (every Tuesday)
30 May 1967 – The Web

5 June 1967 – Amen Corner
20 June 1967 – Coloured Raisins
25 June 1967 – Jose Feliciano

7 July 1967 – Denny Laine’s Electric String Band
25 July 1967 – Amen Corner

1 August 1967 – Donnie Elbert
18 August 1967 – Granny’s Intentions
26 August 1967 – Chicken Shack

12 September 1967 – Herbie Goins & The Nightimers
14 September 1967 – Big Maybelle & The Majority

19 October 1967 – Freddie King
24 October 1967 – Brian Auger Trinity with Julie Driscoll

2 November 1967 – Coloured Raisins
3 November 1967 – Deuce Coup
4 November 1967 – Mike Stuart Span
6 November 1967 – The Majority
7 November 1967 – Ferris Wheel
8 November 1967 – Ten Years After
9 November 1967 – Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation
10 November 1967 – The Maze
11 November 1967 – Dr K’s Blues Band
28 November 1967 – Mike Cotton Sound with Lucas

1 December 1967 – Glady’s Knight & The Pips
12 December 1967 – The Vibrations
14 December 1967 – Eddie Floyd

8 May 1968 – Ray King Soul Band
23 May 1968 – Spooky Tooth

9 June 1968 – Fairport Convention
30 June 1968 – Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation

3 July 1968 – Ray King Soul Band
20 July 1968 – The Sweet
28 July 1968 – Terry Reid & The Fantasy

17 August 1968 – Juniors Eyes
27 August 1968 – Jethro Tull

6 September 1968 – Juniors Eyes
15 September 1968 – Yes
18 September 1968 – Yes
25 September 1968 – Glass Menagerie

13 October 1968 – Yes
19 October 1968 – Mint Tulip
22 October 1968 – Yes
30 October 1968 – Yes

5 November 1968 – Yes

8 December 1968 – Yes
15-22 December 1968 – The Flame (plays one week)
26 December 1968 – Yes

June 1969 gig

24 January 1969 – The N’Betweens

9 March 1969 – Terry Reid
16 March 1969 – The Pretty Things

4 May 1969 – King Crimson

July 1969 gigs

1 July 1969 – The Majority
2 July 1969 – Babylon
4 July 1969 – The New York Public Library
5 July 1969 – The Fire
7 July 1969 – The Entire Sioux Nation
8 July 1969 – Arcadium
10 July 1969 – Jo Jo Gunne
11 July 1969 – Spirit of John Morgan
12 July 1969 – The Majority
13 July 1969 – Audience
14 July 1969 – The New York Public Library
15 July 1969 – Samson
18 July 1969 – Ashton, Gardner & Dyke
21 July 1969 – East of Eden
22 July 1969 – Circus
25 July 1969 – The Majority
26 July 1969 – Velvet Opera
28 July 1969 – Shy Limbs
30 July 1969 – The Nite People

10 October 1969 – Hawkwind
13 October 1969 – Ashton, Gardner and Dyke
21 October 1969 – Skin Alley

8 December 1969 – Quatermass
30 December 1969 – Hawkwind

Sources: 

Thanks to Marmalade Skies website. Also Melody Maker proved an invaluable resource.

May 1969 gigs

13 thoughts on “Blaises”

  1. Few more from Melody Maker:

    30 December 1966 – Deep Feeling

    4 January 1967 – The Knack

    6 September 1967 – Max Collier’s Rhythm Aces
    20 September 1967 – Max Collier’s Rhythm Aces

  2. Few more from Melody Maker that are missing from this list:

    4 February 1966 – John Lee Hooker

    23 February 1967 – Chuck Berry

    19 April 1967 – Bo Diddley

    5 October 1967 – Vanilla Fudge

  3. More gigs from 1966 from Fabulous 208 magazine:

    4 October 1966 – The Artwoods
    5 October 1966 – Robert Parker and Wynder K Frog
    11 October 1966 – Garnett Mimms

    21 November 1966 – Wynder K Frog
    30 November 1966 – Young Rascals

  4. Slade’s Don Powell’s website has tonnes of memorabilia on it and there is a card with June 1969 Blaises, the Revolution and Speakeasy.

    June 1969 for Blaises reads:

    1 June – Sarolta
    2 June – Methuseleah
    3 June – Ambrose Slade
    4 June – Majority
    5 June – Jo Jo Gunn
    6 June – Blonde on Blonde
    7 June – Exception
    8 June – Root and Jenny Jackson
    9 June – Entire Sioux Nation
    10 June – The Flames
    11 June – East of Eden
    12 June – Spirit of John Morgan
    13 June – Black Velvet

    15 June – Ferris Wheel
    16 June – Soul Committee
    17 June – Springfield Park
    18 June – Village
    19 June – Samson
    20 June – Majority

    22 June – Ski-boo
    23 June – Spirit of John Morgan
    24 June – Brainbox
    25 June – Majority
    26 June – The Web
    27 June – Procession

    29 June – The Flames
    30 June – Clouds

  5. Found these missing ones from the Hounslow Post:

    17 March 1969 – The Majority
    18 March 1969 – New York Public Library

    23 March 1969 – Marv Johnson
    24 March 1969 – Affinity
    25 March 1969 – Ray King Soul Band

    28 March 1969 – The Majority
    29 March 1969 – Trifle
    31 March 1969 – Flames

    4 April 1969 – Affinity

    6 April 1969 – Explosive
    7 April 1969 – Circus

    12 April 1969 – Black Velvet
    13 April 1969 – Herbie Goins & The Night Timers
    14 April 1969 – The Majority

    18 April 1969 – Springfield Park
    19 April 1969 – Pure Gold
    20 April 1969 – Flames
    21 April 1969 – Jerome Arnold
    22 April 1969 – The Web

  6. I’m fairly certain I saw ‘Geno Washington and the Ramjam Band’ and ‘Zoot Money’ there. I would have been going there in 1967 I reckon.

  7. I DJ ed at Blaises on 14th July 1968 a special gig in that Tim’s drummer, John Bonham. got up afterwards and jammed with J Page JP Jones and R Plant

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