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Soho’s Club Americana: where the GIs danced all night long

by | 22nd, October 2015

London’s ‘Club Americana’, a Saturday night jazz club open from midnight until 7 a.m.

The ‘colour bar’ was still legal and enforced at many British dance halls. Mecca’s Locarno Ballroom in Bradford refused admission to a black man in November 1961. After the Musicians’ Union told its members not to play there until the situation changed, Mecca executive, and originator of Miss World, Eric Morley responded by saying, ‘Why doesn’t the MU mind its own business?’  The MU’s position on the ‘colour bar’ can be applauded, but their arcane rules about American musicians performing in Britain were still being enforced.

 

Couples take a break from dancing at the 'Club Americana', a Saturday night jazz club open from midnight until 7 a.m., London, 25th November 1955. (Photo by Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Couples take a break from dancing at the ‘Club Americana’, a Saturday night jazz club open from midnight until 7 a.m., London, 25th November 1955. (Photo by Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

 

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Waiting for the first Tube ride home:

 

 

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