The Watts Club Mozambique was established in 1969 by Detroiter Cornelius Watts. Since the early 1960s, the African country of Mozambique had been fighting for independence, Mr. Watt fell in love with the exotic sounding name. By the late 60s, African consciousness had swept to the forefront of American culture and Mr. Watt named his latest venture Watt’s Club Mozambique. He carried the theme on and decorated the interior with bamboo wallpaper and had banana leaves draped around the ceiling. It was a hit from day one. McKinley Jackson and former Correctone artist Danny Woods shared the opening bill in April 1969 – along with The Terrifics, a group signed with James “Diamond Jim” Riley’s recording company.
The club initially opened as a jazz venue and featured performers, including Grant Green, Lonnie Smith, Peabo Bryson and the O’Jays. But when jazz didn’t pay the bills, Watts came up with another idea: a strip club, but with male performers for women.
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