Saturday, 1 August 2009

The Lucky 13, 1106 Solano Avenue, Albany, CA (at San Pablo)

At the junction of San Pablo and Solano in Albany there was a somewhat mysterious place called The Lucky 13. “Lucky 13” was the tag for a popular Oakland soul station (KDIA 1310 AM), and the Lucky 13 was an after hours teen club, only open between 2-6 am. East Bay soul groups (like Tower of Power) would play there, promoted by the radio station, but the history of this venue has been very hard to unravel - so any memories would really help out.

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  1. Among the many confusing aspects of The Lucky 13 is that there was another "Lucky 13" in Oakland, several miles and two cities away. The Oakland "Lucky 13" was at 3432 MacArthur. It was a bar that sometimes had music, unlike the Albany club which was a restaurant that may not have even had a liquor license.

    Corry

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  2. The one ad I have seen for the Albany Lucky 13 had the address of 901 San Pablo Avenue. It appears the building is L-shaped, and both addresses (910 San Pablo and 1106 Solano) are "correct."

    Corry

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  3. Around 1966, The Lucky 13 featured "teen" rock bands, playing British Invasion style music. Since they did not serve liqour, teenagers could patronize the place. Apparently the police had complaints about the noise, however. One has to wonder, however, why complaints about teenage rock band noise in the early evening did not lead to complaints about noisy soul music from 2-6am on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

    Corry

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  4. Would it be possible to mail me the familytrees
    in a printable version?
    Thanx
    Rgds
    Dag Warner
    dagwarner@gmail.com

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  5. I think they got it wrong THE BAYLANDER'S were the first I know because I was the lead singer my name is WILLIAM BOSTIC and Mr PETE PETERSON was the owner and we had a great time being young at the lucky 13 Iam still in the music game owning my own record company and would love to hear from the people who made being young fun topdogrecordz@att.net see u soon BILL BOSTIC

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  6. my name is Linda I have such great memories about the lucky 13 .I work before ours serving cocktails and dinner enjoying great bands and I also work after hours supervising the waitresses near beer with the big commodity no alcohol served I would love to chat more about these wonderful memories I love that club and working for Dan and Pete was also a great experience they expected a lot but they were very fair.

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  7. Glad to see the Lucky 13 commemorated. My band, The Loading Zone, played there many a night in the .60s. The owner, Pete Peterson, had an uncanny way of predicting when the band was desperate enough to take the $125 he paid for playing an entire night - from 8:00 PM or so until 6:00 AM in the morning. (Yup the original entry is wrong - the club was open evenings as well -- it just stopped serving booze after hours.) This was a very rough crowd. I don't remember it as teens at all. Although the bar closed at 1 or 2, they still served mixers and the customers had no shortage of their own intoxicants.

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  8. my name is william bostic and there was a bar tender murell that i would love to see my name is william bostic i can be reach at topdogrecordz@att.net

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  9. My father-in-law was Pete "Red" Peterson, although I did not have the pleasure of meeting him. My husband says he remembers that Marvyn Gaye played at the club. He also mentioned a that the club had a go-go dancer and there was a bouncer named Juan who was a former Mr. California. He said that Sly Stone may have appeared at the club too.

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