Three Coins (64 Fountain Street off Market Street, Manchester)

The Three Coins was at 64 Fountain Street off Market Street, Manchester 2 and opened on Tuesday, November 29, 1960 with Eduardo Martinez and his Steel Band.

The venue was a coffee bar cellar club, with the stage at the far end. The Club was owned and run by the Kennedy Street Enterprises and was part-owned by radio presenter / D.J. Jimmy Savile (b. James Wilson Vincent Savile, Sunday, October 31, 1926, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England d. Saturday, October 29, 2011, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England).

In The Manchester Evening News of Friday, November 4, 1960 under the heading of Coffee Clubs, it said Members Notice. Manchester's Newest Coffee Dance Club The Three Coins Will Open Shortly In Fountain Street.

The Three Coins Coffee Bar had originally opened in November 1960, in a grand manner by the Italian Consul, as such was the influence of Italy on the coffee bar scene on the young people of Manchester at the time.

So on Tuesday, November 29, 1960 the venue held it's first live gig with Eduardo Martinez and his Steel Band and was officially opened by Paul Saulino Esq of the Italian Consulate.

The club had two DJ's Ian Hamilton and Pete Doyle (b. Peter Doyle).

On Sunday, November 19, 1961 The Beatles made their début gig at this famous Manchester club. Also on the bill was local band The Dakotas. So this little-known Liverpool band The Beatles made their first appearance in Manchester.

Another band who played here regularly was local group The Dreamers, who became the house band. In March 1962 they appeared for the first time on posters as Freddie and the Dreamers. It seems they played their first gig here as Freddie and the Dreamers on  Saturday, March 24, 1962.

On Saturday, September 28, 1963 The Three Coins had a grand re-opening with The Marauders ​(from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire).

In 1964 The Three Coins was taken over by new owner Barrie Collens in partnership with D.J. Jimmy Savile (who had been part owner of The Three Coins) and was renamed The Beat City which ​opened on Friday, August 28, 1964 with Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, The Traders and Savile. Collens also owned The Top Twenty Club, Tollbar House, Ashton New Road, Droylsden, Lancashire now Manchester 41, Greater Manchester which opened on Friday, March 6, 1964 also with Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders.

The Beat City was not successful and became derelict and about two year's later in Late 1966 DJ Roger Earle (b. Thursday, July 15, 1942, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England d. Tuesday, May 4, 1999, Llanfairfechan, Clwyd, North Wales of cancer) a famous D. J. at The Twisted Wheel at 30 Brazenose Street off Albert Square, Manchester 2 took over The Beat City and re-opened it as a Soul Club called The Staxx Club, but it did not last long as again it flopped.

John Warburg
13 April 2020


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