The Who & Graham Bond Organisation (1964)
The Who’s & Graham Bond Organisation gig at the Glenlyn Ballroom, Forrest Hill, which took place on the 23th and 27th of March 1964.
The Graham Bond gig was probably a bigger draw. Bond’s band included Ginger Baker on drums, a South East London lad born in Lewisham General Hospital. Baker, along with Bond’s bass player Jack Bruce, went on to form two thirds of Cream when they teamed up with Eric Clapton in 1966.
Bond was supported by - or more accurately - shared the bill with Bobby King & The Sabres. Hailing from Camberwell in South East London, this was an outfit consistently tipped for bigger things, how alas, never managed to make made the transition from Beat Hall, to recording studio, to Chart recognition and fame
The Who, while beginning to make a name for themselves on the saturated Beat scene of the early 60’s, were still relatively unknown. They were months away from the release there first single ‘Zoot Suit,’ a flop released under the short-lived name of The High Numbers, and nearly a year away from releasing their first Chart hit ‘I Can’t Explain.’
The Glenlyn ballroom, an ornate Art Décor Building sitting on Perry Vale, was originally conceived for Orchestrates and Ballroom dancers when it opened its doors in the 1930’s. Like a number of these types of venues, when Rock N Roll ushered in a change of tastes and attitudes from the late 50’s onwards, it became a venue for aspiring Beat bands and a focal point for South East London Mods. Following the fashion of the times, it had a spell as a Snooker Hall during the 70’s and 80’s and is currently the JK Banqueting Suite.
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