This is Speedy Acquaye on Gerrard Street in Soho. He was a Ghanian drummer. He had been in London since the 50s. Everyone on the jazz scene knew him. He was a Soho character—he knew every nook and cranny of the area. He worked with Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames at the Flamingo Club in Wardour Street.
The Continental Fruit Stores on the corner of Frith Street and Old Compton Street. The Continental Fruit Stores was the scene of the infamous fight between local tough guys Albert Dimes and Jack "Spot" Comer in 1955.
Flamingo Jazz Club, Soho1964, photograph by Jeremy Fletcher. The Flamingo Club was a nightclub that operated in Soho, London, between 1952 and 1967. It was located at 33-37 Wardour Street from 1957 onwards, and played an important role in the development of British rhythm and blues and jazz.
Ronnie Knight - club owner and then husband of UK actress Barbara Windsor - was charged with the murder of Alfredo Zomparelli at the Golden Goose amusement arcade in Old Compton Street in 1974. Knight was subsequently found not guilty.