Have a look “Memory Lane” at the Cali good old days.
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“What does the California Ballroom mean to me? For a start, it is where I grew up and got myself a sound education. A place where I was entertained to the max and was lucky enough to be part of the show.
A top American band, just about every week, the latest imports in The Devils Den, later to be reincarnated as Didoz, all to be shared with hundreds of people in an atmosphere full of enthusiasm. But all things come to an end…..for a while.
For the past few years Sid has been DJing and promoting the California reunion gigs. Top bands, great music and again I can do my thing upstairs, all being enjoyed by hundreds of not only those older original soul rebels, but by a younger generation too, all able to see, hear and touch the past. Now that’s what the Cali-r means to me!” Louie Martin – September 2003
Mr H says “It was the first night in the Devils Den and everything was brand new. MicK Ilka told me to be careful with the new decks as he had paid a hundred pound a piece for them. That was a lot of money then!”
“The night was a blast, we were all having a great time. What did I then go and do? I spilled a pint of lager over Micks new decks. Still we got through and I went on to have many, many great nights there. Later I was accompanied by a young Mr Hudson and a very young Louie Martin.”
Swinging 60’s California Ballroom fan Alan, sent us some memorabilia of the old days (below). He regularly visited the Cali in the 60’s and has many stories of the old place.
Many thanks Alan.