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The club, which started towards the end of 1962, was the idea of Giorgio Gomelsky, film-maker and blues enthusiast, who had filmed Chris Barber's band at the first Richmond Jazz Festival. His first resident group was the Dave Hunt R & B Band which briefly featured Ray Davies, who later formed The Kinks.
In February 1963, The Rolling Stones played their first gig at the Crawdaddy, then located at the Station Hotel, Richmond, opposite the railway station. The Stones soon became so popular that audiences overflowed onto the street, and the Crawdaddy was forced to move to a larger venue, the Richmond Athletic Ground. By April 1963, the Stones had two gigs a week at the Crawdaddy and a weekly slot at Eel Pie Island, two miles away in Twickenham. During this time, the band had their first chart hit, Come On.
When The Stones became too big for small local clubs and went on tour, their residency at the Crawdaddy was taken over by another leading R & B group from nearby Kingston upon Thames, The Yardbirds, featuring Eric Clapton.
It also was the source for the name of the American music magazine Crawdaddy!
The Crawdaddy Club was revived in March 2011 by Mike Rivers and his wife Sylvie in the same venue at The Richmond Athletic Ground. Gigs are held on a monthly basis and feature some of today's top R&B bands including The Others who were the third house band at the original club after The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds.
- Official website of the revived Crawdaddy Club in Richmond
- Eel Pie Club.com – gives information on the current Eel Pie Club in Twickenham and other 1960s r'n'b sites in the locality
- New Crawdaddy Blues Club – Billericay/Basildon Essex
- Heartland – provides current photos of the Crawdaddy and other "Rolling Stones London sites"