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I agree - Jimmy's was the best live music venue in town by far at that time. We used to go every week and some fond memories include: Mississippi Fred McDowell - he held the audience spellbound. At the end of the evening, the landlord had to turn off the electricity as Fred wouldn't stop so he carried on acoustic style for a few more numbers anyway. Free - what a fabulous live band. The place was full to the rafters and the music was loud and brilliant. Does anyone remember when some skinheads got in and tried to cause a scene - it all ended amicably in the end. Duster Bennett - what a nice chap, now so sadly missed. A brilliant one man band. Non appearance of Jeff Beck - he pulled out at the last minute so the organisers put on the more folksy Eclection and they were wonderful. I could go on and on - but its somebody else's turn now.

By Michael Wade (03/11/2011)

I used to go to Jimmy's but for the Friday (?) disco of blues and Motown, Soul etc. I think it was called Jimmy's as it was the rear of the St James' Street bar, The Southern Hotel, an old Edlins pub. It is still there but as an amusement arcade. I was going there in 1968/69.

By Geoffrey Mead (03/11/2011)

Thanks Chris for reminding me of this venue. It was, as you say during this period the best place to see decent known or unknown bands. Most other venues were moving over to DJ's and recorded music so sadly live performances were on the decline. Among the bands not on your list, I'm fairly sure that was where I first saw 'The Equals' and they really brought the house down with their stomping reggae beat. Not sure though if it was '68 or '69. Most likely '69 as they were just getting well known. Maybe someone out there can confirm this. Your comments in your link re. Miller may well be right although I think he may actually live somewhere north of Worthing now. I used to see him back in the 80's at 'The Burrell Arms' in Shoreham as on Wednesday nights they would hold a jam session where anyone could turn up with their instruments and join in. Last time I saw him he was at 'The Vine' in Tarring with a few friends on Friday nights but that was maybe 6 years or more ago and he did say he lived locally.

By Bob. formerly from Brighton. (03/11/2011)

FREE's early gigs at some of these smaller venues in the early days were some of the best days of our lives. Piled in a van with all the equipment and one roadie. "Jimmy's was a favorite of ours, it being a real music place that had a good sound naturally. Great to be reminded of this. BTW what a cool site this is...

By Andy Fraser (09/11/2011)

Wow. Many thanks for taking the time to add your comments Andy. It is really appreciated and it is great to hear that you enjoyed your gigs there as much as we all did.

By Chris Dawson (09/11/2011)

Wow, its taken me years to find this. Jimmy's, I did a support gig there for Spider John Korner, I played with a flute/guitar player Roy Pennington, we were a disaster! I have improved somewhat since those happy 1960s years.

By Dave J (22/05/2013)

Is the Roy Pennington above the same person who became a B&H Council member for the Regency Square area? He always looks like someone who would have fitted into a Jethro Tull type combo!

By Geoffrey Mead (23/05/2013)

Wow Chris! This is great to read about all the groups that appeared at this fabulous little venue. I was born in 1957 so I was a little young to have known about it but at the time I was beginning to love the sort of music that 'Jimmy's' attracted so if I'd have known, I would most definitely have hung around outside to see if I could hear the groups. I did exactly this when the Rolling Stones played the Big Apple, no hope of getting in at my age (at the time) so I settled for the next best thing! I am a huge fan of 'Free' and saw them in 1972 at the Dome but what you saw must have been brilliant, one of the greatest blues/rock bands in their early stages. Have you seen the page I contributed about the gigs I saw at the Dome in '72? it's on this link http://www.mybrightonandhove.org.uk/page_id__11327.aspx Is the building that housed 'Jimmy's' still there Chris? I'd love to go and see where all this happened.

By Paul Clarkson (24/05/2013)

The building is there at the NE corner of Steine St opposite the pub [which used to be the Queen's Head...?] with some rather ornate decoration.

By Geoffrey Mead (26/05/2013)

Chris: Thanks for a lovely little resource. Where would all this history be without such dedication! I've put together an answer to most of your questions and added a few other memories and clarifications; which altogether is a bit long for here. If you'd like to e-mail me, I'll copy it to you. Cheers!

By dirigibledave (02/06/2013)

I spent many fabulous evenings with friends in Jimmy's bar on the UOS blues nights. I especially remember one night sitting right in front of Champion Jack Dupree and his piano, what an entertainer, what an evening!

By Graham Dawson (13/05/2014)

Well !! I was a helper at Brighton Blues Club at Jimmys and my flat mate John R was the one who started it all. We were at Sussex Univ 67-70. To start , John just booked the function room at Jimmy's and got some posters printed and the whole thing just took off. There was no stage so I had to carry 3 or 4 pallet sized stage boxes, in my Ford Anglia van, from the uni and set them up at Jimmy's every Thursday!!  We left in 1970 so the club stopped. We had a poster with a blues guitar motif.

By Dal Birk (22/08/2015)

I've some great memories of Jimmy's. I certainly remember seeing Stefan Grossman and Dr. K's Blues Band in addition to all the other acts already mentioned. I've got some posters somewhere so I will look them out and add some dates. As far as I remember, the gigs were organised by the University of Sussex Blues Society.

By Ian Page (07/03/2016)

I used to go to Jimmy's during 1969-70 when I was 15/16. Oddly enough only one of the bands I remember seeing (Caravan) was in the list and none mentioned in the comments above, so, here's what I remember: Liverpool Scene - Liverpool band containing Percy Jones on bass before he joined Brand X and Adrian Henri on vocals/poetry. Henri was a huge man and seeing him writhing on the floor during a particularly exhiliaring poetry ready was quite something .  Caravan - some delay at the beginning as their singer, Pye Hastings, had been electrocuted on stage only a few days earlier and was alarmed to find Jimmys had only two pin plugs. A wire was run down the stairs and attached to the plumbing to ground their amplifiers. High Tide - a great performance and very loud, but when the crowd demanded more they looked embarassed as they had no more material, so they repeated the first track off their first album. Traffic - the first gig of their reformation tour having just released 'John Barleycorn' - the place was absolutely packed and I think someone passed out in the heat and crush. I remember Steve Winwood changing the lyrics on one song to "and I'm feeling... pretty p*ssed off" . East of Eden - great set with a considerable amount of improvisation and swapping instruments - seeing the two front men wander through the audience, both swapping phrases with each other on saxophones was an eye-opener for me. Van Der Graaf Generator - fantastic set playing all of their second album, only just released and a selection from their first. I do have a date for this 21/05/1970. (http://www.vandergraafgenerator.co.uk/pawnhearts/vdgg_brighton210570_listing.jpg). I met my wife in August 1970 and we never went there together so it must have closed by then.

By Alan Terrill (08/11/2016)

Like Alan, I remember Jimmy's from the same period and saw pretty much the same line up of bands. I seem to recall there were safety concerns during the Traffic gig because of the overcrowding (and that there was supposed to be a limit on the number of people allowed in). Those were the days.

By Graeme Talboys (09/11/2016)

Wow, I have also just found this! I was at UOS '67-70 and was at most of the gigs. I remember the hole in the wall 'bar'. Met some of the fellow Jimmyers at the UOS reunion in '97. Wonderful.

By Richard Hipkiss (03/01/2017)

I think Jimmy's must have been a popular pub/function venue long before the '60s. I remember my father talking fondly about it as popular during (presumably) the '30s.

By Geoffrey Stoner (04/01/2017)

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