I am AMAZED why DENO'S club is not mentioned more frequently! This club employed some phenomenal musicians in its heyday, including most of the NDO musicians.
Also, Deno (Mr Kitromeledes) famously barred Mick Jagger for not wearing a tie!
I played drums/vocals there from 1975/7 with a trio, Les Clarke on double bass, and Roy Powell on accoustic piano. We had a wonderful time at the latter end of the cabaret scene, until the "quality street gang" decided to have a row, and completely wreck the place. It was never quite the same after that, and eventually closed.
Deno's brother also owned the TAKIS diners club, where the great drummer /vocalist Phil Keen played with my brother Steve on bass, and Dave on piano. Phil had a giant Pontiac car at the time, and after work, we would usually end up at Phyliss's showbiz bar, and get mortalled with George Best or Bob Greeves, or some hookers!! (or any combination!!).
Phil (still in make up, and a bow tie) would then drive back to Stockport at 7 am, drop us off, and we would do the same the night after.
What a happy time!! years before any health and safety act, or political correctness!
WE HAD THE BEST OF IT!
Nice to hear someone saying something nice about my late brother Roy Powell.
He could be an awkward get at times but we loved him for it. He passed away back in 1999 so did his great friend and bass player Les at some time around then..
His last big jobs where as resident piano/keyboard and entertainer with Butlins. I am sure he would of put a lot of Red Coats through their paces. One of his favorite things was to pull an artists dots to pieces and decide for them what key for them to sing in and then while they where on he would be playing piano-foot playing intricate bass parts-singing backing vocals and reading through his Model Railway magazines while busking what ever song they wanted to play in any key known..
Any body remember any more of his antics please get in touch.
POP ON Bass.
PS Deno's bar and grill was also - I think - the place mentioned in Thin Lizzys hit The Boys are back in town.
Hi Ian, don't know if we ever met, but your brother was some pianist!!! I remember him playing left hand piano, and melody on a glockenspiel with his right hand!
He was probably the finest natural piano player it has been my privilege to play with, and along with Les Clarke on double bass, we had a great sound. I did'nt know he had passed away. God bless him.
Brill times, I we'll remember the doormen of the time especially Neil Brockbank? & Crazy Horse, well looked after me as I was a bit of a cocky dick.
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Deno's bar and Grill was in the song The Boys are back in town by Thin Lizzy. The lyrics go......... Down at deno's bar and grill, the drinks will flow and the blood will spill and if the boys wanna fight you better let them. The famous fight broke out with the Quality street gang when Ricky Gore smashed a bottle over somebody's head and that was it. Joe leech told Phil Lynott about the incident and the song was written. I know this because joe leech was there and also inspired that other song Waiting for an alibi.
I had two happy years dj'ing at Deno's used to alternate Friday nights with Simon Barton-Bates between Deno's and Cellar Vie. Jackie Richmond was the compere at the time and we had "Big Maurice" on the door. Used to open the little hatch on the door to see who it was as you came down the stairs. Remember the fountain at the side of the stage?