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The Ricky-Tick was an influential 1960s rhythm & blues club[1] in Windsor, Berkshire, England, host to many important acts such as The Rolling Stones,[2] The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Cream. It was set up as an R&B venue after founder Jon Mansfield saw the success in early 1962 of the Ealing Club.

The club was resident at several Windsor locations over its lifespan, and in later days included clubs in Guildford, Hounslow, Reading and High Wycombe, but its most famous venue was the Windsor river-side mansion at Clewer Mead.

Gigs were also organized at the Drill Hall at Maidenhead in 1963, and hosted bands like Yardbirds, The Pretty Things and the Stones. The original venue for the Ricky-Tick was an upstairs room behind the Star and Garter pub. It then moved to another pub called the Thames Hotel, not in Peascod Street, Windsor but down on the Thamesriver front, before moving to Clewer Manor. Sunday nights saw the Disco-Tick evenings with Fridays and Saturdays devoted to live bands. Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band were regulars as were Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, The Alan Price Set, [] and others including Herbie Goins, John Mayall, and Zoot Money. The Ricky-Tick also helped introduce Motown to the UK with The Supremes, Temptations, and Stevie Wonder all appearing. There was also an in-house "Boutick" where patrons could buy shirts and other clothes of the day.[citation needed]

Pop Culture[edit]

An Elstree Studios mock-up of the Ricky-Tick was meant to be the club where the Yardbirds are playing Stroll-On while Thomas (David Hemmings) looks for Jane (Vanessa Redgrave) in Antonioni's film Blowup (1966).[3]

US meaning[edit]

"Ricky-tick" can also express quickness in the way something might be accomplished, as in "This needs to get done most ricky-tick." The term is used often in US military and law enforcement.[4][5] The phrase in this context was first used in the US Marine Corps, but its origin is disputed: either derived from the Japanese phrase "riki-tik", or from Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book short story Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, in which the titular character is a quick, snake-slaying mongoose.


  1. ^ Serck, Linda (2006-11-06). "Berkshire > History > Local History > Ricky Tick memories". BBC Online. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  2. ^ John Pidgeon's Rock'sbackpages blog: "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2011-01-25. 
  3. ^ Go to time 3:31, YouTube.
  4. ^ Gustav Hasford. The Phantom Blooper. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Glossary of Military Terms & Slang from the Vietnam War" (most ricky-tick). page K-P. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 

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