WAYNEMANOR

 

Latest Update: July 5, 2010

All of this nifty stuff has been created by Corry Arnold and Ross Hannan with the help of Garth Lewis.

 

The History

The Wayne Manor nightclub in Sunnyvale, at Washington and Murphy, was a unique slice of Bay Area music history. Sunnyvale is the town just South of Mountain View, which in turn is just South of Palo Alto. Washington and Murphy is roughly between El Camino Real and Central Expressway (Alma), next to Los Altos Town Center and the train station (now the Cal Train station). Although Sunnyvale is in the heart of Silicon Valley, in 1965 there were more orchards in Santa Clara County than chip factories, and Sunnyvale was just another pleasant but growing community.

Club owner Joe Lewis had bought an old bank building on South Murphy. As told by his son Garth, Joe initially opened the club in late 1965 as a South Bay branch of West Hollywood's famed Whisky A Go Go, although little trace of the Sunnyvale branch has survived beyond this wonderful photograph of the Joel Scott Hill Trio and Joni Lyman with a young Bob Mosley on bass. Looking to re-launch the club in January 1966 with a new theme, Joe took his 11-year old son's advice and created a club based around DC's Batman comic book. Conveniently, soon after the club opened ABC-TV debuted its Batman TV series. Although the show only ran for two years (from January 12, 1966 to March 14, 1968), it had episodes twice a week and was an immediate camp sensation. Wayne Manor served alcohol and was an adult discotheque, but the suburbs were growing and there weren't very many rock clubs catering to the South Bay (Palo Alto's Big Beat was probably the only direct competitor).

The club was decorated like the Bat Cave, and dancers were dressed like Bat Girl or Catwoman. Various acts headlined, but the club was structured like a Las Vegas nightclub, with a band headlining from Tuesday thru Sunday, sometimes staying for weeks at a time. Of the acts we have identified as playing Wayne Manor so far, we can see a clear multi-cultural policy was applied to the booking of acts (Dobie Gray, The Coasters, Rivera Brothers, Sly and the Family Stone).

The hottest place in the San Francisco suburb of Sunnyvale is Wayne manor, named after Batmanís straight self, Bruce Wayne. At the Manor, the Dynamic Duo of Batman and Robin are painted in throbbing colors on the walls, and villains cackle in fluorescents. Behind a plate-glass screen girls dressed like Robin lead the crowd in the Batusi. Batman sells tickets at the front door, the maitre dí is the Joker, and drinks are served by Wonder Woman.

Two particularly noteworthy acts who show up are the Music Machine - Sean Bonniwell's garage rockers who would have a nationwide hit with Talk, Talk and the duo

of Sam The Soul and Bonnie Lynn, who shortly after this engagement would head down the coast ending up on the same bill as Delaney and his Shindogs at the Carolina Lanes bowling alley in Inglewood. Within a week, Delaney and Bonnie were married. The exact ending of Wayne Manor is uncertain. The Batman TV show ended its run by Spring 68 (the last new show was March 14, 1968), and "Go-Go" rock clubs were superseded by either R&B styled dance clubs or Fillmore style rock clubs. Many of the smaller venues ended up as strip clubs by the late 1960s. The building has since been torn down, as part of the construction of Sunnyvale Town Center.

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The Performances

Day Date Performers
Wednesday 16 February 1966  
Tuesday 07 June 1966 Sandi and The Vikings
Wednesday 08 June 1966 Sandi and The Vikings
Thursday 09 June 1966 Sandi and The Vikings
Friday 10 June 1966 Sandi and The Vikings
Saturday 11 June 1966 Sandi and The Vikings
Sunday 12 June 1966 Sandi and The Vikings
Monday 13 June 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 14 June 1966 The Prime Ministers
Wednesday 15 June 1966 The Prime Ministers
Thursday 16 June 1966 The Prime Ministers
Friday 17 June 1966 The Prime Ministers
Saturday 18 June 1966 The Prime Ministers
Sunday 19 June 1966 The Prime Ministers
Monday 20 June 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 21 June 1966 Sandi and The Vikings
Wednesday 22 June 1966 Sandi and The Vikings
Thursday 23 June 1966 Sandi and The Vikings
Friday 24 June 1966 Sandi and The Vikings
Saturday 25 June 1966 Sandi and The Vikings
Sunday 26 June 1966 Sandi and The Vikings
Monday 27 June 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 28 June 1966 The Prime Ministers
Wednesday 29 June 1966 The Prime Ministers
Thursday 30 June 1966 The Prime Ministers
Friday 01 July 1966 The Prime Ministers
Saturday 02 July 1966 The Prime Ministers
Sunday 03 July 1966 The Prime Ministers
Monday 04 July 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 05 July 1966 The Persuaders
Wednesday 06 July 1966 The Persuaders
Thursday 07 July 1966 The Persuaders
Friday 08 July 1966 The Persuaders
Saturday 09 July 1966 The Persuaders
Sunday 10 July 1966 The Persuaders
Monday 11 July 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 12 July 1966 The Persuaders
Wednesday 13 July 1966 The Persuaders
Thursday 14 July 1966 The Persuaders
Friday 15 July 1966 The Persuaders
Saturday 16 July 1966 The Persuaders
Sunday 17 July 1966 The Persuaders
Monday 25 July 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 26 July 1966 Sandi and The Vikings
Wednesday 27 July 1966 Sandi and The Vikings
Thursday 28 July 1966 Sandi and The Vikings
Friday 29 July 1966 Sandi and The Vikings
Saturday 30 July 1966 Sandi and The Vikings
Sunday 31 July 1966 Sandi and The Vikings
Monday 01 August 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 02 August 1966 The Prime Ministers
Wednesday 03 August 1966 The Prime Ministers
Thursday 04 August 1966 The Prime Ministers
Friday 05 August 1966 The Prime Ministers
Saturday 06 August 1966 The Prime Ministers
Sunday 07 August 1966 The Prime Ministers
Monday 08 August 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 09 August 1966 The Prime Ministers
Wednesday 10 August 1966 The Prime Ministers
Thursday 11 August 1966 The Prime Ministers
Friday 12 August 1966 The Prime Ministers
Saturday 13 August 1966 The Prime Ministers
Sunday 14 August 1966 The Prime Ministers
Monday 15 August 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 16 August 1966 The Prime Ministers
Wednesday 17 August 1966 The Prime Ministers
Thursday 18 August 1966 The Prime Ministers
Friday 19 August 1966 The Prime Ministers
Saturday 20 August 1966 The Prime Ministers
Sunday 21 August 1966 The Prime Ministers
Monday 22 August 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 23 August 1966 The Prime Ministers
Wednesday 24 August 1966 The Prime Ministers
Thursday 25 August 1966 The Prime Ministers
Friday 26 August 1966 The Prime Ministers
Saturday 27 August 1966 The Prime Ministers
Sunday 28 August 1966 The Prime Ministers
Monday 29 August 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 30 August 1966 The Prime Ministers
Wednesday 31 August 1966 The Prime Ministers
Thursday 01 September 1966 The Prime Ministers
Friday 02 September 1966 The Prime Ministers
Saturday 03 September 1966 The Prime Ministers
Sunday 04 September 1966 The Prime Ministers
Monday 05 September 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 06 September 1966 The Prime Ministers
Wednesday 07 September 1966 The Prime Ministers
Thursday 08 September 1966 The Prime Ministers
Friday 09 September 1966 The Prime Ministers
Saturday 10 September 1966 The Prime Ministers
Sunday 11 September 1966 The Prime Ministers
Monday 12 September 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 13 September 1966 Gino Dentie Amen Blues
Wednesday 14 September 1966 Gino Dentie Amen Blues
Thursday 15 September 1966 Gino Dentie Amen Blues
Friday 16 September 1966 Gino Dentie Amen Blues
Saturday 17 September 1966 Gino Dentie Amen Blues
Sunday 18 September 1966 Gino Dentie Amen Blues
Monday 19 September 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 20 September 1966 The Aliens
Wednesday 21 September 1966 The Aliens
Thursday 22 September 1966 The Aliens
Friday 23 September 1966 The Aliens
Saturday 24 September 1966 The Aliens
Sunday 25 September 1966 The Aliens
Monday 26 September 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 27 September 1966 The Aliens
Wednesday 28 September 1966 The Aliens
Thursday 29 September 1966 The Aliens
Friday 30 September 1966 The Aliens
Saturday 01 October 1966 The Aliens
Sunday 02 October 1966 The Aliens
Monday 03 October 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 04 October 1966 The Thunderbirds
Wednesday 05 October 1966 The Thunderbirds
Thursday 06 October 1966 The Thunderbirds
Friday 07 October 1966 The Thunderbirds
Saturday 08 October 1966 The Thunderbirds
Sunday 09 October 1966 The Thunderbirds
Monday 10 October 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 11 October 1966 The Thunderbirds
Wednesday 12 October 1966 The Thunderbirds
Thursday 13 October 1966 The Thunderbirds
Friday 14 October 1966 The Thunderbirds
Saturday 15 October 1966 The Thunderbirds
Sunday 16 October 1966 The Thunderbirds
Monday 17 October 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 18 October 1966 The Thunderbirds
Wednesday 19 October 1966 The Thunderbirds
Thursday 20 October 1966 The Thunderbirds
Friday 21 October 1966 The Thunderbirds
Saturday 22 October 1966 The Thunderbirds
Sunday 23 October 1966 The Thunderbirds
Monday 24 October 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 25 October 1966 Music Machine
Wednesday 26 October 1966 Music Machine
Thursday 27 October 1966 Music Machine
Friday 28 October 1966 Music Machine
Saturday 29 October 1966 Music Machine
Sunday 30 October 1966 Music Machine
Monday 31 October 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 01 November 1966 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Wednesday 02 November 1966 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Thursday 03 November 1966 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Friday 04 November 1966 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Saturday 05 November 1966 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Sunday 06 November 1966 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Monday 07 November 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 08 November 1966 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Wednesday 09 November 1966 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Thursday 10 November 1966 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Friday 11 November 1966 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Saturday 12 November 1966 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Sunday 13 November 1966 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Monday 14 November 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 15 November 1966 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Wednesday 16 November 1966 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Thursday 17 November 1966 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Friday 18 November 1966 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Saturday 19 November 1966 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Sunday 20 November 1966 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Monday 21 November 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 22 November 1966 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Wednesday 23 November 1966 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Thursday 24 November 1966 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Friday 25 November 1966 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Saturday 26 November 1966 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Sunday 27 November 1966 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Monday 28 November 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 29 November 1966 The Secrets
Wednesday 30 November 1966 The Secrets
Thursday 01 December 1966 The Secrets
Friday 02 December 1966 The Secrets
Saturday 03 December 1966 The Secrets
Sunday 04 December 1966 The Secrets
Monday 05 December 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 06 December 1966 The Secrets
Wednesday 07 December 1966 The Secrets
Thursday 08 December 1966 The Secrets
Friday 09 December 1966 The Secrets
Saturday 10 December 1966 The Secrets
Sunday 11 December 1966 The Secrets
Monday 12 December 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 13 December 1966 The Secrets
Wednesday 14 December 1966 The Secrets
Thursday 15 December 1966 The Secrets
Friday 16 December 1966 The Secrets
Saturday 17 December 1966 The Secrets
Sunday 18 December 1966 The Secrets
Monday 19 December 1966 Ladies Night
Tuesday 27 December 1966 Dobie Gray
Wednesday 28 December 1966 Dobie Gray
Thursday 29 December 1966 Dobie Gray
Friday 30 December 1966 Dobie Gray
Saturday 31 December 1966 Dobie Gray
Sunday 01 January 1967 Dobie Gray
Monday 02 January 1967 Ladies Night
Tuesday 03 January 1967 Rivera Brothers
Wednesday 04 January 1967 Rivera Brothers
Thursday 05 January 1967 Rivera Brothers
Friday 06 January 1967 Rivera Brothers
Saturday 07 January 1967 Rivera Brothers
Sunday 08 January 1967 Rivera Brothers
Monday 09 January 1967 Rivera Brothers
Tuesday 10 January 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Wednesday 11 January 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Thursday 12 January 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Friday 13 January 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Saturday 14 January 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Sunday 15 January 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Monday 16 January 1967 Rivera Brothers
Tuesday 17 January 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Wednesday 18 January 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Thursday 19 January 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Friday 20 January 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Saturday 21 January 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Sunday 22 January 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Monday 23 January 1967 Rivera Brothers
Tuesday 24 January 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Wednesday 25 January 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Thursday 26 January 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Friday 27 January 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Saturday 28 January 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Sunday 29 January 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Monday 30 January 1967 Rivera Brothers
Tuesday 31 January 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Wednesday 01 February 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Thursday 02 February 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Friday 03 February 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Saturday 04 February 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Sunday 05 February 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Monday 06 February 1967 Rivera Brothers
Tuesday 07 February 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Wednesday 08 February 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Thursday 09 February 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Friday 10 February 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Saturday 11 February 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Sunday 12 February 1967 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers
Monday 13 February 1967 Rivera Brothers
Tuesday 14 February 1967 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Wednesday 15 February 1967 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Thursday 16 February 1967 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Friday 17 February 1967 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Saturday 18 February 1967 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Sunday 19 February 1967 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Monday 20 February 1967 Rivera Brothers
Tuesday 21 February 1967 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Wednesday 22 February 1967 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Thursday 23 February 1967 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Friday 24 February 1967 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Saturday 25 February 1967 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Sunday 26 February 1967 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Monday 27 February 1967 Rivera Brothers
Tuesday 28 February 1967 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Wednesday 01 March 1967 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Thursday 02 March 1967 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Friday 03 March 1967 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Saturday 04 March 1967 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Sunday 05 March 1967 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Monday 06 March 1967 Rivera Brothers
Tuesday 07 March 1967 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Wednesday 08 March 1967 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Thursday 09 March 1967 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Friday 10 March 1967 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Saturday 11 March 1967 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Sunday 12 March 1967 The Persuaders with Joanne Vent 
Monday 13 March 1967 Rivera Brothers
Tuesday 28 March 1967 Sly and The Family Stone
Wednesday 29 March 1967 Sly and The Family Stone
Thursday 30 March 1967 Sly and The Family Stone
Friday 31 March 1967 Sly and The Family Stone
Saturday 01 April 1967 Sly and The Family Stone
Sunday 02 April 1967 Sly and The Family Stone
Monday 03 April 1967 Rivera Brothers
Tuesday 04 April 1967 The Seven Souls
Wednesday 05 April 1967 The Seven Souls
Thursday 06 April 1967 The Seven Souls
Friday 07 April 1967 The Seven Souls
Saturday 08 April 1967 The Seven Souls
Sunday 09 April 1967 The Seven Souls
Monday 10 April 1967 Rivera Brothers
Tuesday 11 April 1967 The Seven Souls
Wednesday 12 April 1967 The Seven Souls
Thursday 13 April 1967 The Seven Souls
Friday 14 April 1967 The Seven Souls
Saturday 15 April 1967 The Seven Souls
Sunday 16 April 1967 The Seven Souls
Monday 17 April 1967 Rivera Brothers
Tuesday 18 April 1967 The Seven Souls
Wednesday 19 April 1967 The Seven Souls
Thursday 20 April 1967 The Seven Souls
Friday 21 April 1967 The Seven Souls
Saturday 22 April 1967 The Seven Souls
Sunday 23 April 1967 The Seven Souls
Monday 24 April 1967 Rivera Brothers
Tuesday 25 April 1967 The Seven Souls
Wednesday 26 April 1967 The Seven Souls
Thursday 27 April 1967 The Seven Souls
Friday 28 April 1967 The Seven Souls
Saturday 29 April 1967 The Seven Souls
Sunday 30 April 1967 The Seven Souls
Monday 01 May 1967 Rivera Brothers
Tuesday 02 May 1967 Sly and The Family Stone, Sam The Soul, Bonnie Lynn
Wednesday 03 May 1967 Sly and The Family Stone, Sam The Soul, Bonnie Lynn
Thursday 04 May 1967 Sly and The Family Stone, Sam The Soul, Bonnie Lynn
Friday 05 May 1967 Sly and The Family Stone, Sam The Soul, Bonnie Lynn
Saturday 06 May 1967 Sly and The Family Stone, Sam The Soul, Bonnie Lynn
Sunday 07 May 1967 Sly and The Family Stone, Sam The Soul, Bonnie Lynn
Monday 08 May 1967 Rivera Brothers
Tuesday 09 May 1967 Sly and The Family Stone, Sam The Soul, Bonnie Lynn
Wednesday 10 May 1967 Sly and The Family Stone, Sam The Soul, Bonnie Lynn
Thursday 11 May 1967 Sly and The Family Stone, Sam The Soul, Bonnie Lynn
Friday 12 May 1967 Sly and The Family Stone, Sam The Soul, Bonnie Lynn
Saturday 13 May 1967 Sly and The Family Stone, Sam The Soul, Bonnie Lynn
Sunday 14 May 1967 Sly and The Family Stone, Sam The Soul, Bonnie Lynn
Monday 15 May 1967 Rivera Brothers
Tuesday 16 May 1967 Sly and The Family Stone, Sam The Soul, Bonnie Lynn
Wednesday 17 May 1967 Sly and The Family Stone, Sam The Soul, Bonnie Lynn
Thursday 18 May 1967 Sly and The Family Stone, Sam The Soul, Bonnie Lynn
Friday 19 May 1967 Sly and The Family Stone, Sam The Soul, Bonnie Lynn
Saturday 20 May 1967 Sly and The Family Stone, Sam The Soul, Bonnie Lynn
Sunday 21 May 1967 Sly and The Family Stone, Sam The Soul, Bonnie Lynn
Monday 22 May 1967 Rivera Brothers
Tuesday 23 May 1967 Sly and The Family Stone, Sam The Soul, Bonnie Lynn
Wednesday 24 May 1967 Sly and The Family Stone, Sam The Soul, Bonnie Lynn
Thursday 25 May 1967 Sly and The Family Stone, Sam The Soul, Bonnie Lynn
Friday 26 May 1967 Sly and The Family Stone, Sam The Soul, Bonnie Lynn
Saturday 27 May 1967 Sly and The Family Stone, Sam The Soul, Bonnie Lynn
Sunday 28 May 1967 Sly and The Family Stone, Sam The Soul, Bonnie Lynn
Monday 29 May 1967 Rivera Brothers

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