Timeline

 

Date Events
1953 Gina Lollabrigida opened The Moka espresso bar at 29 Frith St.
1955 Ray Hunter and Paul Lincoln bought the coffee shop from two brothers called Irani
22/04/1956 The 2 Is Coffee Bar opened its doors
14/07/1956 The Vipers stumbled into the 2is during the Soho Fair parade
Summer 1956 The Vipers Skiffle Group took a residency there
27/09/1956 Tommy Steele was spotted there by his soon-to-be Manager John Kennedy singing Rock’n’roll numbers with The Vipers
9/11/1956 Paul Lincoln opened The New 2I’s Club at 44 Gerrard St with The Vipers
1957-1958 The Les Hobeaux Skiffle Group were the new resident band before the arrival of Rock’n’Roll, followed by The Cotton Pickers and The East Siders
31/03/1957 Paul Lincoln organised his all-teenage package show at Romford Odeon, launching his new discovery Rocker Terry Dene
01/06/1957 2is Rock across the Channel’ ferry trip, organised by Paul Lincoln & Rik Gunnell: with Terry Dene & Colin Hicks
23/06/1957 2is Rock across the Channel’ ferry trip, organised by Sam & Fred Irani: with Chas McDevitt, Rory Blackwell
16/11/1957 “6.5. Special” TV Show live from the 2is
Spring 1958 Cliff Richard & the Drifters became the new attraction at the 2i’s
Late 1958-1960 Vince Taylor & the Playboys were the main act for two years before moving to France
06/06/1959 Rory Blackwell sets a new non-stop drumming record of 28 hours at the 2is
Summer 1960 2is Road show starring Vince Taylor & the Playboys, Screaming Lord Sutch and Keith Kelly
1967 The Two Eyes closed its doors
18/09/2006 a Green Plaque was unveiled at its site

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