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DIRE STRAITS - Sultans of Swing - The Backstory
Footage and soundtrack from 'Take it Or Leave it' (Philip McDonald David Robinson) used for educational purposes only - not for profit. Here's the fascinating backstory to one of the greatest pop songs ever written. "You get a shiver in the dark It's a raining in the park but meantime - South of the river you stop and you hold everything A band is blowing Dixie, double four time You feel alright when you hear the music ring Well now you step inside but you don't see too many faces Coming in out of the rain to hear the jazz go down Competition in other places Uh but the horns they blowin' that sound Way on down south Way on down south London town.." There has been, down the years, much speculation about exactly which South London pub Mark Knopfler visited on that rainswept night many years ago. The White Swan, 85 -87 Greenwich High Street - add it to the ever growing list of London's lost watering holes. Please don't forget to subscribe and click 'Like' - Thank you!
THE ANGEL PUB, ST GILES HIGH ST
FROM BHO: The "Bowl" would appear to have been succeeded by the "Angel," or to have had a rival in that inn. At all events, in 1873, the City Press reported that another memorial of ancient London was about to pass away, namely, the "Angel" Inn, at St. Giles's, the "half-way house" on the road to Tyburnthe house at which Jack Ketch and the criminal who was about to expiate his offence on the scaffold were wont to stop on their way to the gallows for a "last glass." Mr. W. T. Purkiss, the proprietor, however, was prevailed upon to stay the work of demolition for a time.
LONDON PARTICULARS VOL.1 - Whitechapel Road & Boston Manor
The Hammersmith Nude Murders: https://www.douggiejohn.com/post/jack-the-stripper-never-existed Nipper Pat Daley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dARs1MV0DI 'Old Soul' by Kate Mann: https://www.discogs.com/Kate-Mann-Devils-Rope/release/4584151 Douggie John: https://www.douggiejohn.com/
LONDON PARTICULARS VOL. 2 - Freddie Mills and the St.Giles Blackbirds
I jumped off the tube at Tottenham Court Road, and hardly recognised the place. So much has changed in London's regeneration game. Let's hope they leave Tin Pan Alley alone! Still, to quote James Mason; "we'd be foolish to mourn it too readily". That said, I was gutted to discover that 143 Charing Cross Road has been demolished. Back in the early 1960's it had been the Freddie Mills Nite Spot. Freddie was once a household name across Britain, his mysterious death rocked the nation to its boots. Thank you for checking in - please don't forget to click "like" & subscribe to the channel! https://www.douggiejohn.com