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PUBLISHED: 17:22 27 January 2010 | UPDATED: 10:30 12 August 2010
ARTISTS who performed with the likes of The Beatles and Elvis are set to share the stage to celebrate the birthplace of British Rock n Roll. An evening of 50s and 60s music is being planned for the legendary 100 Club in Oxford Street by Bromley resi
ARTISTS who performed with the likes of The Beatles and Elvis are set to share the stage to celebrate the birthplace of British Rock 'n' Roll.
An evening of '50s and '60s music is being planned for the legendary 100 Club in Oxford Street by Bromley resident Keith Woods on January 31.
Performers are due to include Tony Sheridan, who performed and recorded with The Beatles and a close friend of Buddy Holly (pictured left), Margaret Lewis, who shared the stage with a young Elvis.
The event, called '2i's 4 Rockin' at the TV Hop' is to celebrate the famous 2i's coffee shop which opened in Old Compton Street in 1956 before closing 15 years later.
Mr Woods said: "This is going to be a fantastic night. It is the fourth year that I have run this type of event and this is the best line up so far. It's going to be a fun evening.
"A lot of people are coming from abroad, from France and so on which shows how much interest there has been in it.
"The fact that we have Tony Sheridan, as effectively an ex-Beatle is bound to get people interested."
The event is due to be filmed and a book about the 2i's coffee shop, written by Mr Woods and his friend Andrew Ings, entitled Rockin At The 2i's will also be on sale on the night.
The book tells the story of the characters and performers who frequented the legendary venue which made the names of many of the world's biggest musical names.
Hank Marvin, Jeff Beck and Cliff Richard all played there and Led Zeppelin's manager, Peter Grant, was a bouncer there before he got involved in the music industry.
Retired signal man Mr Woods added: "Most of the names in British rock 'n' roll started out there.
"This is an opportunity for the people who inspired the music of the '60s to strut their stuff before it's too late."
A blue plaque placed at the 2i's in 2006 by Westminster council commemorates it as the birthplace of British rock 'n' roll. Tickets cost £17 in advance and £20 on the door. Phone or fax 020 8460 6941 or call 07941 540574.