I built the Blue Note and opened it as owner and manager on my 29th birthday – 4 August 1979.
I sold the Blue Note business in June 1982 when I emigrated to Sydney, Australia to start another Nightclub (and have now had 4 over here) and a DJ/Band entertainment agency. I retained ownership of the Blue Note building until 1986 when I sold it.
It is pleasing to see that the club is still operating after all these years under the same name (named after the Blue Note jazz label and the blue note being the home of black music at that time).
Many great artists were on at Blue note 1979-1982 – Bo Diddley, UB 40, Thomson Twins, Culture Club, Spandau Ballet, Human League and Soft Cell amongst them.
Brother Jim started Boom Club at 8/9 Sadler gate and opened Soda Bar later – he is now working with me over here and still DJing at the age of 66 !! He does the Sydney Opera House bar every Sunday. His history is massive as well – opened Clouds in London Rd in 1966.