Sunday 30th April
6.30pm ‘til late
Celebrating the unique sounds and talents of the late great Joe Meek, Ace Cafe London is  host to the Joe Meek Society’s post AGM get-together party, with an open-mic and live music, from 6.30pm on Sunday 30th April.
In the early 60’s Joe Meek had a string of UK No 1s, including “Telstar” which was the first by British artists to top the US charts. Meek pioneered numerous recording techniques in his studio flat (304 Holloway Road in North London) creating a near mythical collection of almost 2,000 reels of the fabled quarter-inch tapes that contained a vast amount of the producer’s work, known as the ‘Tea Chest Tapes’.
Cherry Red Records acquired the legendary producer Joe Meek’s ‘Tea Chest Tapes’,( they were contained and sold in 67 tea chests), and amongst the recordings are previously unheard songs by David Bowie’s first band The Konrads, recordings by Billy Fury, several songs by Tom Jones, and unheard material from The Honeycombs, Heinz and John Leyton (who had a UK No 1 with Meek).
Working closely with Alan Wilson at Western Star on the tape digitization and mastering side, as well as Pete Rochford and the Joe Meek Society, Cherry Red Records bring these amazing sounds to an audience who have been waiting patiently for many years.
Working hard to solve the mystery of a lorry load of stolen crates of tea, check out the 20 minute film “Routine Job” made in 1945, and released in 1946, about the Metropolitan Police “Flying Squad” and which, at 01.34 minutes to 02.49 minutes, shows the temporary Ace premises erected after the original building was destroyed by air raid bomb during the blitz on November 1940.
The temporary Ace Cafe building was removed with the advent of the subsequent and better known premises that still stands and operates today.
See you at the Ace!