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“By the early Sixties we had the discotheque down on the beach and people said ‘what a pity that in winter we can't dance’, so in 1962 we built the Champagne Room,” which would become one of the little secret hideaways of the group that would become known as the jet set. The famous picture of Gunther Sachs, Brigitte Bardot and Prince Alfonso reminds Rudi of a particularly memorable evening.  “They had dinner and then all ended up in the champagne room dancing flamenco,  Alfonso was dancing with Brigitte and Gunther Sachs went down on his knees in front of one of the girls, a real beauty called Chichi, she was from a typical gypsy family and was the brother of one of the shoeshine boys in Marbella.  But even though the king and queen of the jet set had a great time, it was all still very simple:  “Alfonso and I took it in turns to put the records on, with the help of our then girlfriends, and Alfonso brought the best records from New York or from Mexico, or whenever he come from London.” Conde Rudi

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