The Marquee Club - A tribute site dedicated to the history of the legendary Marquee club at London's 90 Wardour street.

Alvin Lee, 2005

Alvin Lee

"It was the time of the blues. John Mayall was beginning to get noticed as a blues player and brought the music to a lot of people's attention.

So many bands were into blues, but there were not that many blues venues around. And John Mayall kind of started that off. I went to see John Mayall at the Marquee, with Peter Green on guitar, and that was a particularly good gig.

We did an audition for the Marquee, and we happened to know that the manager, John Gee, was a bit of a jazz fan. So we performed an old Woodie Herman number called Woodchopper's Ball, which had him come dashing out the office and got us a residency."

bbc.co.uk, 2005
Interview by Rahul Shrivastava