The Ricky Tick (RT) is a legendary venue referred to by countless UK musicians who ‘cut-their-teeth’ in the early to mid 60’s. Bands such as The Stones, Manfred Mann, GBO, The Who, The Birds, Yardbirds (& many others) passed through the founding Windsor venue and later via the network of (RT) events that took root across southern England.
The producers of Suburban Steps To Rockland – The Story of the Ealing Club recently met with one of the primary instigators of the (RT) Brea Gosling who alongside Philip Hayward and John Mansfield helped kickstart the legendary venue chain that hosted so much ground-breaking musical activity of the 60’s.
Brea has confirmed that the vision to kickstart RT evenings began following a visit to the Ealing Club by promoter John Mansfield who quickly realised that the ‘Trad Jazz scene’ of early 60’s London would soon be superseded by a new kind music …… the sound of what was known in 1962-65 as R & B.
Ealing Club stalwarts such as Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated would be offered gigs in Windsor and were followed by just about every other band who came to ply their trade in the South of England. The Stones, Little Stevie Wonder, John L Hooker …… just some of them!
By 1967, Hounslow’s Ricky Tick was hosting groups such as the Jimi Hendrix Experience while cinema audiences, worldwide became familiar with Ricky Tick via Antonioni’s film ‘Blow Up’
…. Cue the scene featuring the Yardbirds (with both J.Page & J.Beck in the band) ….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zeza1xeWKM
In February 2020, Brea hosts a show on Brooklands Radio and kindly featured Suburban Steps To Rockland & The Ealing Club CIC while playing a few tunes related to the story. Catch up with the interview at the link above^
Thankfully a book on the Ricky Tick was launched in July 2019 prior to John Mansfield’s passing and we understand there are plans underway to launch a Charity Tribute To Ricky Tick in 2020.