HMV Retail Ltd, formerly HMV Group plc, is a British entertainment retailing company operating in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. It was listed on the London Stock Exchange and was a constituent of the FTSE Fledgling Index. The first HMV branded store was opened by the Gramophone Company on Oxford Street in 1921, and the HMV name was also used for television and radio sets manufactured from the 1930s onwards. The retail side of the business began to expand in the 1960s, and in 1998 was divested from EMI, the successor to the Gramophone Company, to form what would become HMV Group. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) prior to administration was Trevor Moore; he replaced Simon Fox on 3 September 2012.
HMV stands for His Master's Voice, the title of a painting by Francis Barraud of the dog Nipper listening to a cylinder phonograph, which was bought by the Gramophone Company in 1899. For advertising purposes this was changed to a wind-up gramophone, and eventually used simply as a silhouette.
Acquisitions by the HMV Group have included Waterstone's in 1998 from W H Smith (sold in 2011), the music retailer Fopp in August 2007, and selected Zavvi retail outlets in February 2009. The group branched out into live music venue management in 2009 by purchasing MAMA Group, though sold the group in December 2012.
On 15 January 2013, HMV Group entered administration. Deloitte were appointed to deal with the administration of the company. On 16 January 2013, HMV Ireland declared receivership, and all Irish stores were closed. A week later, on 22 January 2013, it was reported that Hilco UK would buy the debt of HMV, a step towards potentially taking control of the company. The sale of HMV's Hong Kong and Singapore business to private equity firm Aid Partners was completed on 28 February 2013. On 5 April 2013, HMV was bought out of administration by Hilco UK for an estimated £50 million.
BM Soho, London’s longest running independent underground dance music record shop, is specializing in house music, deep house, soulful house, minimal house, tech house, funky house, uk funky house, electro house, jackin' house, classic house, disco, re-edits, jump up drum & bass, liquid drum & bass, tech/dark drum & bass, classic drum & bass and dubstep.
Denmark StreetDistance: 0.3 miTourist Information Denmark St London WC2H St Giles, Holborn, London London, WC2H 8NJ
Denmark Street is a street on the edge of London's West End running from Charing Cross Road to St Giles. It is near St Giles in the Fields Church and Tottenham Court Road station. The street was developed in the late 17th century and named after Prince George of Denmark. Since the 1950s it has been associated with British popular music, first via publishers and later by recording studios and music shops. A blue plaque was unveiled in 2014 commemorating the street's importance to the music industry.The street was originally residential, but became used for commercial purposes in the 19th century. At first, metalwork was a popular trade but it became most famous as Britain's "Tin Pan Alley" housing numerous music publishers' offices. This market declined in the 1960s to be replaced by music shops and independent recording studios. The Rolling Stones recorded at Regent Sound Studio at No. 4 and popular musicians often socialised around the Gioconda café at No. 9, including David Bowie and the Small Faces. Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote songs at offices on the street through the 1960s, while the Sex Pistols lived above No. 6, and recorded their first demos there. The comic book store, Forbidden Planet and the Helter Skelter music bookshop have also been based on the street. In the 2010s, the surrounding area was redeveloped. Parts of Denmark Street are listed to protect them, but other parts, away from the street itself, are planned to be demolished.
The Jazz Era
Live music began at 100 Oxford Street on 24th October 1942. It was first played at Mack's restaurant (as it was then known) when British jazz drummer Victor Feldman's father hired the venue on a regular Sunday night to showcase the talents of his jazz loving sons and their band. The band consisted of Victor and his two brothers Robert on clarinet and Monty on accordion. They were joined by legendary British saxophonist Jimmy Skidmore for the opening night.
News of the venue spread and American servicemen and Britons who wanted to dance and listen to jazz began to arrive. Some of the GIs were well known as jazz musicians in their own right. An early visitor to the club in those days was big band legend Glen Miller, who appeared at the Club around this time accompanied by several members of his famous band including Ray McKinley, Mel Powell and Peanuts Hucko. This was during World War 2 and quite often as people enjoyed their night out, bombs were falling, but the crowd carried on regardless - safe in the knowledge that the club's location in the basement made it a very effective shelter. In fact the Feldman's advertising at the time read 'Forget the Doodle bug-Come and Jitterbug-At the Feldman Club'. Soon the likes of Jack Parnell and George Webb were performing on a regular basis and the club started to enjoy its first period of success.
By 1948 the club's name had changed to the London Jazz Club and reintroduced the dance music of the era - Jitterbug and Swing. In the 1950s when Lyn Dutton became the new leaseholder - Lyn was Humphrey Lyttelton's agent and decided to name the club after his hugely popular client. The Humphrey Lyttelton Club scored a major coup in 1956 when the legendary New Orleans band leader and trumpeter Louis Armstrong played with his band during a break on his British tour with the Lyttelton. Other visitors to the club around that time included the great Billie Holliday who came to listen to The Alex Welsh Band. In 1958 the Humphrey Lyttelton Band had a Top Twenty hit with 'Bad Penny Blues'. Unwittingly for Humph, this became one of the records to kick start the 'Trad Jazz' boom over the next few years. 'Trad' was to become absolutely huge in Britain from 1959 into the early 1960's with the club at its epicentre.
Bands such as Humph's and the Chris Barber Jazz and Blues Band had been playing at the club on a regular basis but became so big that they were now concert hall outfits. So in came the Trad Jazz scene - the likes of Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball and Terry Lightfoot all played the club.
The Blues comes to the 100 Club
The 100 Club as we know it today was born in the mid 1960s. Chris Barber had been bringing some of the finest American Blues artists to Britain and soon they were treading the boards and wooing the crowds at the 100 Club. Huge names like: Muddy Waters, Little Brother Montgomery, Cousin Joe Pleasant, Albert King, Sunnyland Slim, Otis Span, Jimmy Rushing, Louisiana Red, Bo Diddley and B.B. King, alongside their American soul cousins Jackie Wilson and George Jackson. The British Blues and Beat scene was also well represented in this period with Steam Packet featuring Rod Stewart, Long John Baldry and Julie Driscoll appearing, along with Alexis Korner, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and The Animals.
Many bands who went on to become world famous also played the club at this time including The Who, The Kinks, The Pretty Things and The Spencer Davis Group.
The '70s saw some of the toughest times in the club's history. The unions' work to rule policy and the subsequent three day week reduced the public's spending money. Electricity was automatically switched off between 6 and 9pm. This meant either closure on these nights or later opening hours. There were bright spots, noticeably the appearance of Maynard Ferguson and the success of the live pirate radio broadcasts by Radio London (the first time DJs learnt their trade at the Club), but it was becoming increasingly difficult to attract customers to the Club.
The mood of the nation eventually manifested itself in the biggest music phenomenon since Mersey Beat, and the 100 Club was the home of its dissidents! On Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st September 1976 it was host to the first ever Punk festival. On the 100 Club stage the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Damned, Siouxsie & The Banshees, the Buzzcocks, the Vibrators and Subway Sect were seen for the first time in London. All of them were unsigned. The Melody Maker's opening line of its review stated "The 600 strong line that stretched across two blocks was indisputable evidence that a new decade in rock is about to begin." It was to be one of the most famous events in the club's history. The Punk festival of '76 also had an enormous effect on music in general. It changed the club's fortunes and its image for good. No other venue wanted to put on Punk at all so it stayed at the club on and off for the next eight or nine years incorporating its second wave with bands like UK Subs, G.B.H., Peter & the Test Tube Babies, The Exploited and Discharge. The 100 Club is still the spiritual home of the Punk movement.
The Reggae Sessions
Around this time another the Saturday lunchtime Reggae sessions were becoming the place in London to listen to reggae and acts that played the Club included the Equals with Eddie Grant, The Mighty Diamonds and Steel Pulse. There was also the Saturday soul club which was a big success and was hosted by Capital Radio's Greg Edwards.
The famous 6T's Northern Soul All Nighter also made its 100 Club debut at this time, in May 1980 to be precise. Organised and Promoted by Northern Soul DJ and Record Collector Ady Croasdell, it is still going today and has included live sets from Soul luminaries such as Doris Troy, Ray Pollard, Barbara Acklan, Tommy Hunt, The Flirtations, Terry Callier, Lou Ragland and Tony Middleton and has had famous Northern DJ's like Ian Levene spinning the decks frequently.
South African Jazz
As the eighties began, yet another form of music arrived at the 100 Club. South African township music was first initiated by Chris McGregor, leader of the highly acclaimed The Blue Notes and The Brotherhood of Breath, championed the scene. Julian Bahula, the distinguished African drummer, ran a regular Friday night featuring many musicians who were political refugees isolated from their South African homeland because of the apartheid laws and who were members of the outlawed A.N.C.
The weekly Friday nights became a whole movement for change. Great African musicians like Fela Kuti, Marion Makeba and Hugh Masekela appeared on the Friday night bill as did Youssou N'Dour, Thomas Mapfumo, Dudu Pukwana and Spirits Rejoice. They ran for almost ten very successful years until the release of Nelson Mandela.
The Indie scene
A chance phone call from concert promoter Chris York enquiring whether the club would be interested in showcasing one of his new bands started it all. The band were called Suede and in September 1992 they kicked off the club's successful period in Indie music. Over the next four years Oasis, Kula Shaker, Echobelly, Catatonia, Travis, Embrace, Cornershop, The Aloof, Heavy Stereo and Baby Bird would be just a few of the names to play the club and right up to the present day, the club has seen gigs from Semisonic, Toploader, Muse, Shack, Doves, JJ72, Jo Strummer, Squarepusher, Ocean Colour Scene and The Webb Brothers.
Over the years there have been many weekly nights dedicated to particular kinds of music. The Speakeasy Sunday evening ran for over ten years and showcased the best of British and American Blues and R'n'B. The London Swing Dance Society have been teaching people how to Jitterbug and Jive since 1988 and are still going strong. The Comedy nights have seen Al Murray, Arthur Smith, Rich Hall, Harry Hill, Bill Bailey and Mark Lamarr appear here. Mark has often DJ'd on other nights too. Jazz has continued to run through these decades of course: Humphrey Lyttelton and Chris Barber have returned frequently along with many of the British jazz names mentioned earlier. Teddy Edwards, Ruby Braff, Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis, Lee Konitz, Al Casey, Stephane Grappelli, Barney Kessell, Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd and Teddy Wilson to name but a few. Even 'Wild' Bill Davison has returned to play the club as a very old man.
The club has remained special to many people over the years and a lot of well known bands and musicians have come back long after they met with fame and fortune. Paul Weller, who played here with The Jam during the early Punk days and is a good friend of the club, has returned on numerous occasions to showcase new material. The Rolling Stones and Metallica have used the club for secret warm up shows before world tours and festivals.
We hope you'll come and experience the magic of the club - see you soon!
Over the past four decades KJ West One has built up an enviable reputation as the leading purveyor of high-end audio products. You are invited to visit our newly refurbished Central London showroom to enjoy the world's finest sound and visual reproduction systems, represented by major international brands, including Audio Research, Harbeth, Naim Audio, Focal, dCS, Devialet, Martin Logan, Magico, Krell Industries, Dan D'Agostino, Linn Products, Stax and Audeze Headphones, Wilson Audio and Sonus Faber loudspeakers.
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J.McCarthy Ltd was established in 1798, we pride ourselves on delivering the same old fashioned customer service today as we did then. We supply antique jewelley but also have a wide range of modern lines in gold and silver to cater for all tastes.
As well as our range of jewelley, we also specialise in antique and modern silver, perfect for weddings or other special occasions.
For customers with a much loved item in need of attention, we provide a repair service to deal with jewellery and silver in need of restoration.
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Here at These&Those Vintage we source out the best quality vintage items, specialising in the 60s, 70s and in particular the Mod scene in the UK. We sell a range of products including clothing (ladies and gents) handbags, accessories and home wear. We are always happy to try to source a particular item that you are looking for just drop us an email.
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Wayuu Life Distance: 0.7 miTourist Information 110 oakethg avenue London, United Kingdom N20 9N3
Hand made bags, made by Colombia indigenous Indians called the Wayuu. Each takes approximately 3 weeks to make. They are 100% cotton and are of extremely good quality.
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