Crawdaddy Rhythm and Blues Club

Giorgio Gomelsky: A Man and His Vision

In late 1962, following a little friendly feud with Harold Pendleton, where Harold - says Giorgio - felt he was trying to steal Harold’s audience (oh, trad jazz v. R&B), Giorgio decided to get as far away from Soho as possible.;xNLx;;xNLx;He wanted something totally different to central London clubs. The demographics seemed to work against him in Richmond – there was not much going on there music-wise; however, there was Kingston Art School, and Giorgio knew that art students would likely be into new music.;xNLx;;xNLx;His idea was to give a band residency in order to build an audience, which spread further by word of mouth and written reviews.;xNLx;;xNLx;Giorgio’s efforts went a long way to making British (or Richmond, if you prefer) Rhythm and Blues both a national and global phenomenon.;xNLx;;xNLx;This timeline will not cover simply the chronological history of the Club, but also, in some detail, the social and cultural impact the Crawdaddy had on the bands and enthusiasts who frequented the club. Furthermore, it will delve into the continuing relevance of the Crawdaddy and music performed there, and the implications this has for the future of the Club and R&B.

1962-12-31 00:00:00

Hey Man, What's the Word?

Why is R&B so so important?

1963-02-06 00:00:00

Making Connections

Brian Jones had met with Giorgio a few times before,

1963-02-23 00:00:00

Melody Maker

Giorgio-style advertising.

1963-02-24 00:00:00

Freshman Days

In the very beginning, late 1962/early 1963,

1963-04-13 00:00:00

First Press Report

Barry May interviewed the Rollin' Stones for the Richmond and Twickenham Times.

1963-04-14 00:00:00

What's in a Name?

First gig after the club's 'christening.'

1963-04-14 00:00:00

Surprise Visitors

The Stones Meet the Beatles

1963-04-28 00:00:00

Andrew Oldham

On this day, nineteen year old Andrew Loog Oldham met the Rolling Stones at the Crawdaddy Club. He would serve as their manager and producer until 1967.

1963-05-11 00:00:00

"Genuine R&B"

Norman Jopling's first article on the Stones, in the Record Mirror.

1963-06-13 00:00:00

Movin' on Out - and Up

Twitching the Night Away

1963-06-30 00:00:00

New Home

First gig at the Richmond Athletic Grounds

1963-08-10 00:00:00

3rd National Jazz Festival

Started by Harold Pendleton in 1961,

1963-09-09 00:00:00

Goodnight and Goodbye

The Rolling Stones' last resident performance at the Crawdaddy.

1963-09-16 00:00:00

First Yardbirds Gig?

The Yardbirds would have played their first gig as the house band around this day.

1963-12-08 00:00:00

Sonny Boy Williamson and the Yardbirds

1964-03-14 00:00:00

Getting the Word Out March-April 1964

Advertisements in the Record Mirror

1964-05-02 00:00:00

Getting the Word Out May-June 1964

Record Mirror

1964-07-11 00:00:00

Getting the Word Out July-August 1964

Record Mirror

1964-09-05 00:00:00

Getting the Word Out September-October 1964

Record Mirror

1964-11-07 00:00:00

Getting the Word Out November-December 1964

Record Mirror

1965-01-09 00:00:00

Getting the Word Out January-February 1965

Record Mirror

1965-03-06 00:00:00

Getting the Word Out March-April 1965

Record Mirror

1965-05-01 00:00:00

Getting the Word Out May-June 1965

Record Mirror

1965-07-03 00:00:00

Getting the Word Out July 1965

Record Mirror

1965-07-31 11:57:24

Crawdaddy Closes

New Musical Express

1965-08-07 00:00:00

Final Days, Croydon

Record Mirror

1974-01-01 00:00:00

Meanwhile, I Was Thinkin'

R&B burned briefly yet brightly in the '60s.

1994-12-01 00:00:00

Under the Radar Reopening

Welcome back, Crawdaddy! Late 1994/early 1995.

1995-12-01 00:00:00

Ian McHugh and Co.

Ian McHugh and other house band members took up the reins at the Crawdaddy.

1996-12-01 00:00:00

Doors Close Again

Another hiatus

2012-03-08 00:00:00

Welcome Back, Crawdaddy

50th Anniversary and Grand Reopening

2012-03-09 00:00:00

Then and Now

1960s v. 2010s

2015-07-05 00:00:00

2nd Annual Phoenix Festival

Today the Crawwdaddy hosts festivals to raise money for charities. This year the proceeds went to the Genesis Research Trust.

2015-08-21 00:00:00

What Now?

The Blues had a tremendous influence on Rhythm and Blues,

2015-09-04 00:00:00

Final Thoughts

What can be done from today forward? How can younger musicians and fans pick up the torch?

2015-09-05 00:00:00

A Word from the Author

Hello everyone! My name is Amanda...

2016-01-13 00:00:00

Farewell Giorgio

It is with great sadness that we learned of Giorgio's death, following a long battle with cancer. He was 82.

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