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Known as Atlanta’s “Club Beautiful,” the Royal Peacock was the preeminent black club in the city during the 1950s and ’60s. To chart the constellations of artists who played the Peacock is to chart the firmament of black southern – which is to say, American – music. Miles and Dizzie; Muddy, B.B., and Howlin; Bobby “Blue” Bland, Little Willie John, Nina Simone, Sam Cooke. Nat King Cole played there before he started singing; James Brown before he was the Godfather; Jimi before the shredding, Otis Redding before Stax; Marvin Gaye before Motown, Gladys Knight when she was still a Pip.
It was in the wings of the Royal Peacock where, in 1951, Little Richard met his idol Billy Wright (“I thought he was the most fantastic entertainer I’d ever seen,”) and Wright divulged to Richard the name of his preferred stage makeup: Pancake 31.
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