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The '''2i's Coffee Bar''' was a [[coffee bar]] at 59 [[Old Compton Street]], [[Soho]], [[London]], between 1956 and 1970. It played a formative role in the emergence of Britain's [[pop music]] culture in the late 1950s, and several major stars including [[Tommy Steele]] and [[Cliff Richard]] were first discovered performing there.
The name of the 2i's derived from earlier owners, Freddie and Sammy Irani, who ran the venue until 1955.<ref name=storytellers>[ Musicstorytellers: People With 2i’s]. Retrieved 24 October 2013</ref> It was then taken over by Paul Lincoln &ndash; an [[Australian]] [[wrestler]] known as "Dr. Death" and wrestling [[Promoter (entertainment)|promoter]] known as "Dr. Death" &ndash; and Ray Hunter. They opened it as a coffee bar on 22 April 1956.<ref name=birthplace>[ 2 I's Coffee bar, The Birthplace of British Rock]. Retrieved 25 October 2013</ref><ref name=glinert>{{cite web|url=|title=The London Compendium||accessdate=21 December 2014}}</ref> Tom Littlewood, previously its doorman and a [[judo]] instructor, became its manager in 1958.<ref name=storytellers/>
The [[basement]] of the coffee bar had [[live music]] making use of a small, 18-inch wide stage. Lincoln and Hunter started putting on [[skiffle]] groups; the first resident group were [[The Vipers Skiffle Group|the Vipers]], who included [[Wally Whyton]]. It soon won a clientele attracted because of its [[rock'n'roll]] music, and for a time became "the most famous music venue in England," and attracted talent spotters and music promoters such as [[Jack Good (producer)|Jack Good]], [[Larry Parnes]] and [[Don Arden]].<ref name=birthplace/>
On 18 September 2006, a [[Blue plaque|Green Plaque]] was unveiled at the site of the 2i's Coffee Bar to commemorate its existence, and to celebrate 50 years of British [[rock and roll]].<ref name=birthplace/><ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Westminster City Council - Green Plaques Scheme | |date=2004-11-10 |accessdate=2012-12-22}}</ref>
[[Ringo Starr]] mentions the "2i's Cafe" --&ndash; "That's where Tommy Steele playedwould play" --&ndash; in "Rory and the Hurricanes" on his 2015 album [[Postcards From Paradise]].
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