Once in a Blue Moon: Club Once Hosted Some of Rock's Biggest Names

Written by Chief Editor.

A plaque has been unveiled to celebrate a nightclub where Elton, Rod Stewart, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Steve Winwood and the Who once played.

The Blue Moon club was open between July 1965 and May 1967 in Cheltenham, hosting young artists who later become household names.

Former owner, John Norman, said: "It was like the Wild West - bands were breaking all over the place."

The plaque was unveiled on a paving slab outside 170 High Street, where the establishment used to be based.

"This is great for Cheltenham. This is their heritage, this is Cheltenham at its best. People who come here, they can walk by and see this, and it means so much," remarked Mr Norman.

 The club was run by Mr Norman and his late brother, Eddie, as well as John's partner, Bill Reid.

The plaque was commissioned, paid for and organised by the Blue Moon Society.