Still open today in Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn district is the historic nightclub that first featured major artists Gladys Knight, the Four Tops and B.B. King.
Originally opened in the 1930s as The Top Hat, The Royal Peacock was one of the most popular African-American-owned blues and R&B nightclubs in Atlanta for decades. Guests arrived dressed in tuxedos and fancy gowns to hear the most famous artists of that time, such as Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles and Nat King Cole.
Today, The Royal Peacock features a mix of genres, including reggae, dancehall and hip hop.