I think it's highly likely but I don't know where that was. I know someone told me his surname was actually Newton and he used to do Sun. and Mon. nights at Tiffany's and Sat. nights at Philips Park Hall in Whitefield. So what was the Reno ?
the reno club was at the crossing of princess parkway and moss lane east - opposite where the brewery is now - i think that's right- i don't actually remember it myself. I believe it was a big hang out for the black and jazz/funk communities.
Reno Club established in 1962 – 1987 by Phil Magbotiwan. This started out as a Salvation Army hostel for African Seaman and was somewhere they could sleep; buy a hot meal & a cigarette. Many people involved in the television/music/entertainment business would come after the clubs in town had shut down. Somewhere there is television archive of them - most likely a BBC documentary on the “coloured” population." Upstairs was housed The NIle Club.
Both venues have songs named after them on A Guy Called Gerald's Lp 'Black Secret Technology'.
I worked the Nile club off 'n on for two years (1970-2). They thought it was 'strange' that a white kid was really into Blue Beat and Ska and had the sounds.. and could do 'The hip grine' to boot (which I learnt there - thanks Charlotte and Ursula). Never went to the Reno though.
Agree with Permafrost regards the Roundtree/Keegan comment... another case of 'seperated at birth'..though you forgot to mention Steve's impression of - Kid Jensen
Thanks to Mat for being able to transfer an old cassette tape which we recorded in Tiffany's back in September 1977, onto a CD which I can now play and so relive the wonderful times I spent in there. Steve Reno was the DJ that evening and is quite a feature on this tape. It does bring back memories! Thanks again Mat for your help- I couldn't have done it without you!
johnny owen and steve reno were best mates in the 70s johnny worked at pips and steve was at cella vie his real name is newton i think he sells double glazing these days. johnny does the breakfast show on signal radio. mike looks cool lol
Oh Blimey I had completely forgotten about this photo..goodnightvienna is spot on.. me and Steve were best mates throughout the70's. and Mike Shaft was later to employ me on Sunset Radio. not seen Mike for years but a lovely guy we worked together at Pips in the mid 70's The other guy is Steve Turner who worked for EMI records www.signal2.co.uk check out my blogs
Ha ha, memories, you could always spot the talent,
(they didn't have shirts and ties on!).
Always a great night at "Tiffanys" queuing up for your coat at the end then trying hard not to fall down the stairs. Then a quick trip next door for a kebab, then leg it to Piccadily for the all night bus!
COMMENT ADDED 17th August 2010
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