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belushi
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107 of 116  Sun 7th Jun 2020 6:23pm  
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Just read that the 'N Betweens, the group that became Slade, played two gigs in Coventry in 1966 - way before they were famous. On 22 November they played at the Casablanca Club, while on 25 November they played at The Sportman's Arms, Birmingham Road, Allesley (now the Quality Hotel). My question is - where was the Casablanca Club? I've lived in Coventry all my life, since 1952, and I haven't got a clue. Mr Google doesn't seem to know either.

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Heathite
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108 of 116  Sun 7th Jun 2020 7:13pm  
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belushi
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109 of 116  Sun 7th Jun 2020 7:37pm  
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Thanks Heathite. Wonder why the website I got my information from listed the two gigs at seemingly different venues? http://www.donpowellofficial.com/dons-gigs-1963---1970.html
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Rob Orland
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110 of 116  Sun 7th Jun 2020 7:38pm  
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Ah, also interesting to notice Mike Sheridan and the Nightriders on the bill. Roy Wood would've been playing & singing with them at that time - then the following year left to join the newly formed Move. Roy's departure left a vacancy that was filled by a very young (17) Jeffrey Lynne, who renamed the band the Idle Race. Five years later Jeff accepted Roy's offer to join The Move, and almost immediately they began working on their next project.... the Electric Light Orchestra.
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Rob Orland
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111 of 116  Sun 7th Jun 2020 7:54pm  
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On 7th Jun 2020 7:37pm, belushi said: Thanks Heathite. Wonder why the website I got my information from listed the two gigs at seemingly different venues?
That does seem strange belushi! I wonder, however.... is it possible that the "Casablanca Club" wasn't actually a venue, but just a "club" that could be held at various venues, and the Sportsman's Arms was just one place it was held on that occasion? Only a thought, and I'm usually wrong!
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belushi
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112 of 116  Sun 7th Jun 2020 8:01pm  
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My wife is an Allesley girl and she's never heard of the Casablanca club at The Sportsman's. She says she just knew it as the disco! Edited by member, 7th Jun 2020 8:07 pm
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belushi
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113 of 116  Wed 10th Jun 2020 5:07pm  
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Having recently learned about the Casablanca Club at the Sportsman's Arms in the mid-1960s, I began thinking that there was a trend at that time for similarly-named clubs and bars. I can think of the Blue Nile Club at the Savoy, the Bali Hai at the Locarno and the Shanghai Waterfront at the Jules Verne. Were there any others? I know there were a number of coffee bars/cafes that would also fit the bill. Interesting that all the above locations have changed their name and/or their usage
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114 of 116  Wed 17th Jun 2020 1:35am  
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According to Don Powell's site they also played the Parkstone club in Foleshill on the 10th August 1966.
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belushi
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115 of 116  Wed 17th Jun 2020 8:18am  
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Thanks Jonny, I missed that. They were supported by/were supporting Muzzle Toft. The only reference to them I can find on the internet is Don's website. I wonder what happened to them? Were they a local band, or were they from the Black Country like Slade? Were they the Parksone's house band?
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116 of 116  Wed 17th Jun 2020 6:25pm  
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Hi Jonnybgood, welcome to the forum. Wave
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