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Fact #133067


Short story:

The Byrds play at The Flamingo Club, Soho, London, England, UK, supported by Geno Washington And The Ram Jam Band. The Byrds also play at Blaises, after which they visit Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones in his flat.

Full article:

Derek Taylor (PR man, The Byrds] : The Flamingo club was awful. Paul McCartney (of The Beatles] came to that and there were people with blood-stained shirts when we arrived. It was quite the wrong place.

Chris Welch (reviewer, Melody Maker] : Enough people packed in for it to take on the appearance of the Black Hole of Calcutta. Apart from being utterly airless, the heat was intense enough to bake Bread or fry eggs on the floor, if anybody felt so inclined … A roar of applause greeted The Byrds when they finally arrived and fought their way to the stand. Paul McCartney was among the Byrd diggers, which helped to raise the temperatures of several young ladies present even more.

Eventually, The Byrds began their act, lasting only half an hour, during which they performed about six numbers, mostly in the familiar Dylan-cum-Tambourine Man-cum-Searchers mould. Their reception grew markedly tepid and the biggest applause came when club proprietor Rik Gunnell announced that gramophone records would be played, and the return of Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band was imminent.