Golden Eagle, Birmingham
|The Golden Eagle|
|Town or city||Birmingham|
|Client||Holt Brewery Company|
It closed in January 1984 and was demolished soon afterwards.
The building, commissioned by the Holt Brewery Company (and later operated by their successors, Ansells Brewery), in art deco style was clad in black stone, with a bas relief carving of a stylised golden eagle, by sculptor William Bloye, over the main entrance.
It was erected in the 1930s on the site of an earlier pub of the same name.
It was at the Golden Eagle, in 1963, that Spencer Davis met brothers Steve (then aged 14 and still at school) and Muff Winwood, performing there as the Muffy Wood Jazz Band, resulting in them forming the Spencer Davis Group. The Spencer Davis Group made their debut at the Eagle, and subsequently had a Monday-night residency here.
For a year from June 1973, the pub was home to a folk club, run by resident Birmingham folk/rock band 'Scotch Mist' and, from 1976-1979, a club night, 'Shoop Shoop', held on Thursdays. Shoop Shoop was run by Mike Horseman and Pete King, the latter of whom went on to manage Steel Pulse.
In August 2018, Birmingham-based 'Two Towers' brewery launched a "Golden Eagle" ruby ale, in their "Gone but Not Forgotten" range, to commemorate the pub.
The site of the pub subsequently became a car park.
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