Trevor talks the night Jerry Lewis came to Woking
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There was the Atalanta which was the sprung hall, sprung floor. There was Electric Light which was one floor up, that was a sprung dance floor. There was the Labour Hall, there was the Christchurch Hall and there was the Liberal Hall and there was the Club Butacko, which is long gone now and that was run by a guy called Tony Haley, they had this little music venue. No booze, it was just cups of tea and that but he had a dance band which he used to do – Monday night used to be a rock ’n’ roll night.
The best music night in Woking was 1965, Jerry Lee Lewis’s comeback tour and he came in the Atalanta on a £200-a-night gig and he got the microphone out and he threw it in the piano and the piano didn’t work. Well, it never worked anyway because that was Bob Potter’s lot and Potter never put any money in the Atalanta. He got up there, and about two numbers in, it just fell apart the piano. Chrissie Dennis, who was with the Plebs, then he had a Hammond organ, a three-tier Hammond. Jerry Lewis got on this Hammond - took him a couple of numbers to get into it. My goodness, did he get into it! I can remember him halfway through a number, the girls are screaming, they’re going mad and he stopped and said, ‘Hold on, boys, hold on,’ and he walked down to the girls and he said, ‘If you just wait till the end of the show, you can all have a piece of me.’ But he could play. That was the best night in Woking but there was many good nights.
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