Purple History: 48 Margaret Street once
housed the famous 'The Speakeasy' club, where Mk 2 played their
The Details: Deep Purple
played twice at The Speakeasy in 1969, Mk 1 on March 20th just
before their second US tour, Mk 2 on July 10th in front of what
Ian Gillan has since described as a small audience of '35 or so'.
venue opened in 1966, and became well known as a late night drinking
club popular with customers associated with the music industry,
ranging from roadies through to The Beatles. The Who included
it in the "Radio London / Speakeasy / Rotosound Strings"
commercial insert for their Sell Out album in 1967. The Speakeasy
also hosted performances by some of the finest acts of the time,
including Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, and King Crimson (who debuted
at the club).
As well as offices, 48 Margaret Street is now a nightclub
I joined the Metroplitan Police in 1995 I was first posted to
Marylebone Division, which contains Seymour Place (Safari Records
were briefly based at no.44, later on it was Connoisseur Records
who were based there), Margaret St and Newman
St.(Purple Records). Whilst learning my ground, expeirenced
PCs would point out local places of historical interest, so when
my time came to tutor probationers, I would do the same, but include
my Purple Places as well!" Ian Williams
Getting there: Just north
of Oxford Circus tube station.
Archive collection. Thanks to Ian Williams