The Bag O'Nails

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The Bag O'Nails
The Bag
Address 9, Kingly Street, Soho
London
England
Coordinates 51°18′16″N 0°49′12″W / 51.3044°N 0.820°W / 51.3044; -0.820
Operator
Type Private Members Nightclub, Live Music venue
Capacity 100
Opened 1965 (1965)
Closed 1968 (1968) (re-opened 2013)

The Bag O'Nails was a live music club and meeting place for musicians in the 1960s and situated at 9, Kingly Street, Soho London, England.[1] It had had formerly been known as the 'Pinstripe Club' where John Prefumo was first introduced to Christine Keeler, a meeting which led to The Profumo Affair.[2]

Bands and other musicians who played and socialised there included Georgie Fame, Jimi Hendrix, Bobby Tench, Gass and Eric Burdon.[3] The venue also hosted an early gig by the Jimi Hendrix Experience[4] and others frequented the venue including Tom Jones, The Who and The Animals.[5]

After Beatles' recording sessions in London their roadie Mal Evans, personal assistant Neil Aspinall and Paul McCartney would eat at the The Bag O'Nails[6] and it was one of their favourite venues.[7] McCartney met his future wife Linda Eastman at the club on 15 May 1967.[4] Another event is recorded in the Mal Evans's memoirs: "January 19 and 20: I ended up drunk in The Bag O'Nails with McCartney and Aspinall".[8]

In 1967 Rik Gunnell took over the management of the Artist Roster after the The Flamingo Club in Wardour Street London W.1, where he had previously managed club evenings, closed.[9]

In March 2013 The Bag O' Nails re-opened as a private members club.[10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Roby, Steven (2010). Becoming Jimi Hendrix: From Southern Crossroads to Psychedelic London, The Untold Story of A Musical Genius. Da Capo Press. p. 178. ISBN 978-0-306-81910-0. 
  2. ^ Robinson, Nicola. "BAG O’NAILS: Soho kicks back with a 60′s swing…". itsrudetostare.com. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  3. ^ Leslie, Fran (October 2009). Interview with Bobby Tench [Gass]. Blues In Britain. p. 18 Vol 1 issue 94. 
  4. ^ a b "The Bag O'Nails". bbc.co.uk. 13 May 2003. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  5. ^ Vickers, Graham (2010). Rock music landmarks of London (E-book). omnibus.com. Retrieved 2014-11-28. 
  6. ^ "Abracadabra!". bbc.co.uk. 13 May 2003. Retrieved 2006-06-11. 
  7. ^ Miles, Barry. Many Years From Now. Vintage (1998). p. 141. 
  8. ^ Evan, Mal. "Mal Evans's Diaries". beatlesnumber9.com. Retrieved 2007-02-23. 
  9. ^ "Rik Gunnell Obitury". theguardian.com. 18 June 2007. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  10. ^ Hasted, Nick (22 February 2013). "'A social club for The Beatles': return to rock'n'roll clubland". independent.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-12-28. 

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Coordinates: 51°30′44.5″N 0°8′20″W / 51.512361°N 0.13889°W / 51.512361; -0.13889