People With 2i’s

May 29, 2009 at 4:19 pm Leave a comment

2i’s Managers

 

The Irani Brothers

Freddie & Sammy Irani were the first who ran the place until 1955,hence the name of the café: “2i’s Coffee Bar.”

By 1956, they opened a nightclub,“The Cote d’Azur” at 47 Frith Sreet.

They also organised an alternate version of “2is Rock across the Channel” ferry trip headlining Chas McDevitt and Rory Blackwell

 

Paul Lincoln & Ray Hunter

Two Australian wrestlers, they took over the lease from The Irani Brothers in April 1956.PLincoln_DrDeath

Paul Lincoln arrived at Tilbury from Australia, with only 20 pounds in 1951.

He was a wrestler by profession under the moniker “Dr. Death”, wore a Black leather hood, and also promoted wrestling bouts.

He promoted the wrestling match, appeared on the bill as Paul Lincoln, had a rest between bouts, and appeared again as Dr. Death !!

He use to phone up records company men to come down.

 

Roy Heath

Was the former doorman/deputy manager and had adopted a laissez-faire attitude: the musicians could go behind the counter and helped themselves. They sometimes used to sleep down there too.

 

Tom Littlewood


Tom Littlewood, a Judo instructor, had graduated from doorman to manager of the 2is in 1958. He was managing singers such as Vince Taylor, Keith Kelly and “Screaming Lord” Sutch…

Tom Littlewood was strict – plus he used to demand 10 per cent commission from anybody who played down there… so he’d give musicians a quid but then take back 2 shillings…”Tom Littletongiving as judo instructor

 

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