Various: Club America: All-Night Dancing At The Mapleton

Club America: All-Night Dancing At The Mapleton


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  • Release Date 15 June 2018
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Outta Sight

THE MAPLETON HOTEL (now the Thistle Piccadilly), In the heart of London’s West End, was the original home of the legendary Flamingo Club (OSVLP014). However, it is a little known fact that there was a second club, cloistered in the basement of the Mapleton, the ‘Americana’. The club was run by the Gunnell brothers, Rik and Johnny, who would go on to manage the Flamingo when it moved to Wardour Street and the Bag O’Nails, in Soho, where Jimi Hendrix first played in 1966 and where Paul McCartney met his future wife Linda Eastman.

The Americana was named to cash-in on the obsession at the time for all things American – food, drink, fashion, film, music – and attracted a large contingent of G.I.’s, still stationed in the home counties after the war. The club opened in 1955 and hosted All-Night sessions for two years. A ‘ten bob’ note gave you passage to a secret, subterranean world filled with exotic sounds and cultures and a 3 course meal of tomato soup, chicken & chips and ice cream. You got to dance all-night long to live acts playing a fusion of R&B, blues, jazz, calypso and ska which, in the mid-fifties, was the hottest sound in the world and heralded the Mod generation.

1 Wobble Time - Lester Young and His California Playboys  
2 Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles  
3 Good Mambo Tonight - Wynonie Harris  
4 Loose Lips - Percy Mayfield  
5 Later Gator - Freddie Mitchell & His Orchestra  
6 Oh Lover - Sarah Vaughan  
7 Mambo Baby - Ruth Brown and Her Rhythm Makers  
8 I'm Going Upstairs - John Lee Hooker  
9 I'm Getting Richer - The Famous Ward Singers feat. Clara Ward  
10 Soup-Bone - Chaz + 2  
11 Please Tell Me I'm Yours - Fay Simmons  
12 Humpty Dumpty - Eric Humpty Dumpty Morris Drumbago All Stars  
13 Tell Me Darling - Wilfred Edwards And The Caribs  
14 Everything Is Go - Cab Kaye with His Music from Ghana  
15 Lights Are Low - El Dorados  
16 Moody Mood For Love - King Pleasure vocal with Teacho And Band