The 2i's Coffee Bar: Difference between revisions

Ray Hunter was not just a promoter, he was also a professional wrestler
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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]], an Australian [[professional wrestler]known as "Dr Death".], and Ray Hunter, a wrestling [[Promoter and professional wrestler known as Rebel Ray Hunter [[(entertainment)|promoter(entertainment)]] 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 book|url=|title=The London Compendium|isbn=9780141907253|accessdate=21 December 2014|last1=Glinert|first1=Ed|date=July 2004}}</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 deep 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/>