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There's a reasonably full account of Club60 and the Esquire Club in Don Hale and Terry Thornton's book "Club 60 and The Esquire:Sheffield Sound in the 60's"

It helps if you have some knowledge of what was happening before you read the book because there are many gaps and events just not included.

 

Included in the book is a picture of Gordon Grooby (incorrectly spelled) who had been running a jazz club at the Haigh Tree Inn on Bernard Street between 1954 and 1959.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Club-60-Esquire-Sheffield-Sounds/dp/1500543667/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1527252547&sr=1-3&keywords=terry+thornton

 

Haigh Tree Inn, Bernard Street. That's a blast from the past -not that I'd heard of it before. Wonder what the older patrons of the pub made of Jazz music in the Park district in the mid 1950's ?

 

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One of those books is nearly 80 quid ! but does have Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages on the cover.

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Haigh Tree Inn, Bernard Street. That's a blast from the past -not that I'd heard of it before. Wonder what the older patrons of the pub made of Jazz music in the Park district in the mid 1950's .

 

The licensee, Pat Groobey wife of Dennis, was the youngest licensee in Sheffield when she took the pub on.From memory she was 23 when she took it on.

There were complaints about the noise from locals but the police were happy when Pat showed them her children, both under two years old, sleeping in the bedroom above the concert room. The pub received other complaints about the type of visitor it attracted -customer and musicians alike. Pat's family were part of the Irish community that lived in the area around St Vincent's church on Solly Street and amongst her contacts was the "Mrs Flanagan" landlady character who puts in an appearance in the first volume of George Melly's autobiography. The pub was often used as overflow for visiting musicians when "Flanagan's" was full or musicians just dossed down on the benches in the bar. Big Bill Broonzy was a well documented one when he was on his final tour with Chris Barber but others have recently come to light.

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my brother introduced me to jazz and the first club he took me to was theVat 69 on west bar it was in a cellar,he took me to Nether Edge every tuesday and all the other clubs,sadly he died last year, he had a fabulous collection of records and I'm hoping my sister in law realises how valuable they are,lots of 78's,I'm hoping Ican get some of them,not for the value just for the memories of the two of us listening to some of the greatest jazz performances ever.

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Wasn't the Vat 69 jazz club under/in a pub called the Acorn? If so that was the first and the last time I ever saw Harold McNair the alto player. I remember he did nearly the whole gig playing flute. You had a good brother there Odie.

 

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Wasn't the Vat 69 jazz club under/in a pub called the Acorn? If so that was the first and the last time I ever saw Harold McNair the alto player. I remember he did nearly the whole gig playing flute. You had a good brother there Odie.
And let's hear it for Aretha Franklin.

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Wasn't the Vat 69 jazz club under/in a pub called the Acorn? If so that was the first and the last time I ever saw Harold McNair the alto player. I remember he did nearly the whole gig playing flute. You had a good brother there Odie.

 

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And let's hear it for Aretha Franklin.

 

That was the Club 60

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Icertainly did Kidley,he was the best,he was 5yrs oldef than me but from a very young age he let me tag along. We went pot holing,caving, train spotting,he even bought a tandam bike because Inever learned to ride one of my ownWhen he died he had his wallet sent to me and in it were the first football game tickets we for the Owls,the letter to say I'd passed my 11plus the first cinema tickets he took me to,the tram ticket and all the letters Ihad ever written to him in a big envelope

 

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and thank you too texas.

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Icertainly did Texas,he was the best,he was 5yrs oldef than me but from a very young age he let me tag along. We went pot holing,caving, train spotting,he even bought a tandam bike because Inever learned to ride one of my ownWhen he died he had his wallet sent to me and in it were the first football game tickets we for the Owls,the letter to say I'd passed my 11plus the first cinema tickets he took me to,the tram ticket and all the letters Ihad ever written to him in a big envelope

 

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and thank you too texas.

 

Hi Odie

You was replying to Texas post not mine, i have changed the name to Texas for you.(not sure you would know how to do it)

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Tony Oxley the drummer,or real name Clifford is my Dads cousin.and my Granfather was Tony’s Dads brother,my dad often talks about Tony and I remember my Uncle Clifford coming to our house when I was a child.they call my dad Geoff Oxley and my Grandfather was Percy.

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On 25/01/2019 at 15:04, Andy Oxley said:

Tony Oxley the drummer,or real name Clifford is my Dads cousin.and my Granfather was Tony’s Dads brother,my dad often talks about Tony and I remember my Uncle Clifford coming to our house when I was a child.they call my dad Geoff Oxley and my Grandfather was Percy.

is your dad still alive ime T.O brother

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