Muzik City, 297 Portobello shortly before opening of the Westway in the background. Muzik City became Melody became Johnny Dickens’ became Shakedown became Young Blood, [opposite where Honest Jon is today]
Customers hanging outside 297 Portobello at time of Muzik City, next door to Forbidden Fruit at 295.
Big John Patton wrote some classics and will be remembered fondly both by musicians and fans. His stellar work included “Funky Mama” and Along Came John. During the late 60s John recorded some very adventurous music for the Blue Note label with artists such as Harold Alexander and George Coleman on lps such as Understanding and Accent on the Blues. Of particular note on the early sessions recorded for Blue Note both under his own name and also with George Braith, Don Wilkerson and Lou Donaldson was the superlative empathy he developed with guitarist Grant Green and drummer Ben Dixon - an organ trio whose work in the soul jazz genre remains unsurpassed to this day.