are a few of the images from the past...
Remember this? A
big thank you to the couple from Dustable
who gave us the original sign!
California Ballroom 1960 - 1979
Inside the Cali
Stevie Wonder at the Cali 6th October 1967. Notice Stevie's flash cuff links, of which one fell off on the night. An eagle eyed Chris Green, son of owner Edwin Green, salvaged it from a very hectic evening. Chris still has the cuff link to this day.
Courtesy of Dunstable Gazzette
The Drifters at the Cali 1973 - Line up Bill Fredericks with mic in hand Grant Kitchings close to the camera Johnny Moore & Butch Leake
does the California Ballroom mean to me?
For a start, it is where I grew up and got
myself a sound education. A place where
I was entertained to the max and was lucky
enough to be part of the show.
top American band, just about every week,
the latest imports in The Devils Den, later
to be reincarnated as Didoz, all to be shared
with hundreds of people in an atmosphere
full of enthusiasm. But all things come
to an end.....for a while.
the past few years Sid has been DJing and
promoting the California reunion gigs. Top
bands, great music and again I can do my
thing upstairs, all being enjoyed by hundreds
of not only those older original soul rebels,
but by a younger generation too, all able
to see, hear and touch the past. Now that's
what the Cali-r means to me!" Louie
Martin - September 2003
H opens the Devils Den in 1972
Mr H says "It was the first night in
the Devils Den and everything was brand
new. MicK Ilka told me to be careful with
the new decks as he had paid a hundred pound
a piece for them. That was a lot of money
"The night was a blast,
we were all having a great time. What did
I then go and do? I spilled a pint of lager
over Micks new decks. Still we got through
and I went on to have many, many great nights
there. Later I was accompanied by a young
Mr Hudson and a very young Louie Martin."