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Mothers was voted number one rock venue in the world by America’s Billboard Magazine and John Peal, a regular DJ at the club, was quoted as saying: “People are amazed to hear that for a few years the best club in Britain was in Erdington.”

Well known live recordings that took place in Mothers were the recordings that Pink Floydreleased on Ummagumma, recorded on 27 April 1969, and parts of “Facelift” by Soft Machine, released on Third, recorded 11 January 1970.

The Who performed Tommy and Traffic‘s world debut took place at Mothers along with fledgling heavy metal bands like Black Sabbath playing some of their earliest gigs there.

Some of the other well known rock bands and artists to play Mothers include:

Family, Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Eclection, Edgar Broughton Band, Free, Roy Harper, Blodwyn Pig, Strawbs, Quintessence, Steppenwolf, Deep Purple, The Deviants, Jethro Tull, Jon Hiseman’s Colosseum, Skid Row (with Gary Moore), The Nice, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Elton John, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Soft Machine, The Chicago Transit Authority, Moby Grape, Canned Heat(there is a reference to the club in the sleeve notes of their 1969 compilation Canned Heat Cookbook) and the Bonzo Dog Doo Da Band and Karakorum featuring Martin Chambers later with The Pretenders