Nov 25, 1970

The 813 Club

He bought the nightclub (now defunct), The Zambezi, in 1970, and changed the name to the 813 Club. 

"I never did it for the profit", he insists. I loved to go out and have a good time with my friends on the weekend; I also loved Latin and Caribbean music. So, I thought, why not buy a club where we can all meet and have a party."

The party grew and grew until crowds of sometimes up to 500 would pack the place on weekends. 

The club attracted a lot of people from Latin America and the West Indies, and sought to maintain a multicultural atmosphere by playing music from all over the world.

Goudas, who acquired the nickname Mr. Whoo (because club patrons thought he was Oriental), spun the records sometimes, and is reported to have been the most popular disc jockey at the club. 

In addition, in this club Mr. Goudas tried various products by distributing to people, and he monitored their preferences. 

This was a very helpful method to decide which products should be developed or imported in the future

For more information about the 813 Club, please read in the Archives section.

Take a moment to enjoy The "Mr. Goudas music selection from the 813 Club" Mr Goudas radio songs  1,2,3,4. 

The following story was written in one of Mr. Goudas' memoirs, in 2007.
We thought it was appropriate to include it under the time frame that it happened. 

In the days of the 813 Club, Mr. Goudas was one of the main disc jockeys in the club, and when he was spinning the records, it was an "EVENT" EVERYONE WAS ON THE DANCE FLOOR! 

Even single people danced by themselves! After all it was a night out. Who could resist Mr. Whoo?
He knew exactly what pleased the crowd, and the faster the music, the better the fun. 

Obviously, the working crew, which included waiters, bartenders, cooks etc., did not participate in this particular session. They engaged in private breaks. 

On this particular occasion Willie Williams, the manager of the 813 Club, took the moment to go to the washroom. At one point, while everyone was dancing, shouting and screaming with joy, Willie, who is a 380-pound and almost 7 foot giant, pulled his zipper and accidentally caught something, causing him to jump up and down, and to howl in pain. 

He ran out of the washroom jumping up and down and screaming for mercy.
He then unintentionally joined the crowd who was already jumping up and down to the rhythms of Mr. Whoo playing The Six and Seven Books of Moses (to listen to this song, click on Part 4 and forward the music to fourteen minutes and forty five seconds 14:35:00).
For anyone who knows the song, back then it was referred to as the SKA, and no one ever sat down to this music. 

Needless to say, even when the song was finished, Willie was still screaming and jumping up and down. The crowd did not know the reason for the pain he was suffering, (which was because of what was caught in his fly), and so they requested Mr. Whoo to play the song all over again, to please the manager who was obviously in a dancing mood! 

When they finally realized that Willie was in excruciating pain, all the ladies VOLUNTEERED to assist in comforting him until the ambulance arrived. 

Although it appears to be a funny story, it was actually very painful to even write it! 

NOTE: Willie is 100% okay today, but back then he could not engage in certain activities for a considerable period of time. 

Even after all these years, we still laugh every time this story comes up!

Mr. Goudas' Memoirs and Willie Williams

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