The Sounds, Ltd. featuring Phil Jackson

Sounds, Ltd. Peak 45 Slimy Sue“Slimy Sue” by the Sounds, Ltd. featuring Phil Jackson is the kind of odd, non-commercial record of the ’60s garage era that I love.

These lyrics are bizarre, with plenty of humor in the masochism of the second and third verses.

I got me a woman, buddy, she’s got purple hair
Ain’t no other woman, buddy, that can compare, that can compare
To my girl, true blue, back alley Sue
Slimy Sue, yeah, well alright now

When I want some lovin,’ buddy, Sue knows what to do
She can kiss so gently, buddy, turns me black and blue
My girl, true blue, back alley Sue
Slimy Sue, yeah, well alright now

Hit it [guitar break]

When I get in trouble, buddy, with someone tough like you
Me, I never worry, buddy, I call on Sue, I call on Sue
My girl, black belt, weight lifting, Sue
Slimy Sue, yeah, well alright now

Philip W. Jackson wrote this song as well as the flip, “Fly Away”, for Cookie Crumb Music, BMI.

The Sounds, Ltd. recorded at Midwestern Recording Studios at 3140 The Paseo, Kansas City, Missouri. The studio’s own Peak label released the single on P-108 in October 1966. I’d like to know more about the band, who maintain a rough but great sound throughout “Slimy Sue”.

The band was from St. Joseph, Missouri, about 45 miles north of Kansas City. “Fly Away” was the ostensible A-side at the time, a kind of folky almost hippie-sounding song featuring lead vocalist Kathy Helmick.

Midwestern Recorders operated a studio since at least 1952 if not earlier, originally releasing records on the Central label. I assume other garage bands must have used Midwestern but haven’t found evidence of that yet.

Sounds, Ltd. Peak 45 Fly Away

Organized Confusion

Organized Confusion Promo Photo

Organized Confusion Golden 45 Tell Me WhyI wrote about Alva Starr, who had two interesting garage releases on Golden Records of La., based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This single by the Organized Confusion is the other garage single on that label. It features two good original songs by Bill Richards, “Tell Me Why” b/w “Makes Me Sad”. Production credited to Ebb Tide and Randy Darnell, published by Darn-L. Copyrights for these two songs plus one called “Bad Girl” were registered with the Library of Congress in May 1968.

Ebb-Tide Golden Records Billboard February 3, 1968
One of Ebb-Tide ‘s ads in Billboard looking for songs and master tapes.
Interestingly, the band was from the Detroit, Michigan area. Ebb-Tide (Ebb Harris) of Golden Records ran classified ads in Billboard in 1967 and 1968 looking for songs and finished songs. Randy Darnell of “The Darnell Sound” may have seen these ads and responded, or A&R man Bob Balog may have brought the band to Golden.

A promotional photo from the old G45 Central forum shows the band in a tree, and the songs for the single list “Hang On, He’s Not Coming” instead of “Tell Me Why”. Contact info is given both for the label, Golden Records and the production company, Darnell Sound Production, which has an address of 13079 Northline, Southgate, MI, south of downtown Detroit.

Organized Confusion Golden 45 Makes Me Sad

Alva Starr

Alva Starr Golden 45 Clock on the WallAlva Starr Golden 45 Light of 1000 YearsAlva Starr was a character in the Tennessee Williams play This Property Is Condemned. Natalie Wood portrayed Alva Starr in the 1966 flim of the same name, with a screenplay written in part by Francis Ford Coppola.

Alva is not a common name now, but you may recall it was phonograph inventor Thomas Edison’s middle name. Alva Starr became the stage name for Alva Snelling, a songwriter and singer from, possibly, Denham Springs, Louisiana, a few miles east of Baton Rouge.

Snelling recorded two singles in August and September 1967 for the Baton Rouge label Golden Records, owned by Ebb-Tide, short for Ebenezer K. Harris.

The first, on Golden 102 is the psychedelic-garage classic “Clock on the Wall”, where Alva intones lyrics like “time has made slaves of us all … the clock ticks away at our destiny … the hands they move with such a pace as to control the lives of the human race” while the band vamps with a monotonous drum beat in the background.

The flip side is the bizarre and cool patriotic ode “Space Race to the Moon” which includes lyrics like “the moon must be free, because that’s the way God meant it to be”. Alva Snelling wrote both songs, published by Sano Pub. Co BMI.

His second single is another fine original “Light of 1000 Years” played with a defter touch than the first, and backed with a cover of Arthur Alexander’s “Anna”. Snelling registered “Light of 1000 Years” with the Library of Congress in March of 1966.

As to who was backing Alva Starr, one commentator on youtube suggests the band was named the Luvrakers. I can’t find info on the Luvrakers other than they had a guitarist named Susan Owens probably at a later date than these recordings.

Alva Starr Golden 45 AnnaAlva Starr and Ebb Tide produced both of these singles on “Golden=Records of La.” Golden Records had an address of PO Box 2544 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Both singles were released with gold-colored labels, though some copies of “Light of 1000 Years” have blue labels.

Alva Snellling seems to have died in 1995, but I can’t find confirmation of this.

Other than Alva Starr and an interesting release by a Detroit group, Organized Confusion, most releases on Golden Records were country or soul music. 45 Cat has a nearly complete discography.

Blue label version scan taken from Mojama Records.

Alva Starr Golden 45 Light of 1000 Years
Unusual blue label version of “Light of 1000 Years”

The Johnnys

Warner Bros Buys Valiant, Billboard April 22, 1967
Warner Bros Buys Valiant, April 22, 1967

The Johnnys Warner Bros 45 Nothing Sacred“Nothing Sacred” blends mournful sustained guitar with bright harmony vocals for a captivating song. Unfortunately it was relegated to the B-side of the only release by the Johnnys.

The Johnnys get a mention in an April 22, 1967 article in Billboard as one of the artist contracts transferred to Warner Bros when it purchased the Valiant Records label. Song writer Bodie Chandler is also named in the article. He and Edward McKendry wrote “Nothing Sacred”, and Chandler arranged the song. Chandler had been part of Barry & The Tamerlanes and has an extensive writing catalog.

The ostensible A-side is the more conventional “I Remember” written and arranged by Jack Walker. Both sides were published by Tamerlane Music, BMI

This single had release in July of 1967 on Warner Bros 7057. I can’t find any other mention of the Johnnys or who was in the group. I assume they were from California but that is only a guess. If anyone has more info please contact me.

The Johnnys Warner Bros 45 I Remember

The Phantoms – unknown band

The Phantoms, Concord Camera Club photo
The Phantoms, Concord Camera Club photo

Here’s a good photo of a band that would be anonymous but luckily the photo was mounted to a backing board which names the band as the Phantoms, and the photographer as Newell Wood of Ulfinian Way in Martinez, CA. It also tells that the photo placed second in the Concord California Club miniprints competition in June of 1966.

Martinez is about 8 miles from Concord, and the band could be from anywhere around the East Bay, Vallejo or Walnut Creek. I’m not aware of any group named the Phantoms from that area, or if they made any recordings.

The Phantoms photo detail
The Phantoms photo detail

The Phantoms, Concord Camera Club Photo Contest

Lord Douglas and the Serfs

Lord Douglas and the Serfs HR 45 Your Turn to CryLord Douglas and the Serfs were students at Hiram College, about 40 miles Southeast of Cleveland. Producer Howard Russell brought them to Cleveland radio station WSLR to record two originals for their only single on HR Records 606.

Gerald Johnson and Robert Kopp wrote “Your Turn to Cry” which features harmony vocals and a great bass line in the break. Kopp, Alexander and Smith wrote the flip side, “The Way of a Man” which has a catchy chorus and a brief subdued solo that reminds me of something on the Velvet Underground’s third LP.

The band registered “Your Turn to Cry” with the Library of Congress on August 29, 1966 but the single’s release date is approximately February 1967.

Lord Douglas and the Serfs HR 45 The Ways Of A Man

Freddie Mack’s bands February 1968-January 1969

Cover of Freddy Mack's Live album, re-released by Acid Jazz
Cover of Freddy Mack’s Live album, re-released by Acid Jazz

Retired American light-heavyweight boxer Freddie Mack, sometimes spelt Freddy Mack and also known as Mr Superbad, relocated to the UK in 1965 and established a second career as a soul singer and disc jockey.

Between late 1965 and the mid-1970s, Mack fronted a succession of bands featuring a staggering number of notable British R&B and soul musicians. Originally called The Mack Sound, the singer’s bands also worked under the names The Freddie Mack Sound, The Fantastic Freddie Mack Show and the Freddie Mack Extravaganza.

Thanks to tenor sax player Geoff Driscoll, it’s possible to pin down the line-up for Freddie Mack’s band from about February 1968 through to about January 1969.

According Driscoll, drummer Colin Davy left shortly before he joined (later playing with Joe Cocker among many others). The band, he adds, had just returned from playing the Blow Up club in Munich. When he hooked up with Freddie Mack, the band comprised:

Freddie Mack – lead vocals

Tony Morgan – lead vocals

Sonny Gibbons – lead vocals

Tony St Clair (Sinclair) – lead guitar

Roy Davies – organ

Alan Cartwright – bass

Sonny Corbett – trumpet

Phil Kenzie – tenor saxophone

Dave Potter – tenor saxophone

Geoff Driscoll – tenor saxophone

Dave Coxhill – baritone saxophone

Pete Hunt – drums

Of the new line-up, Pete Hunt came from the Southampton area and had worked with a number of bands, most notably The Quik, The Meddyevils and The Soul Agents.

Tony St Clair, who came from Hackney, had joined Phil Wainman’s band literally a few weeks after they’d played the Christmas/New Year show with Freddie Mack in 1965. He would remain with Wainman’s band as it became The New Generation and backed Jimmy Cliff during 1966. The formation then joined forces with Gary Hamilton and became The Hamilton Movement. When St Clair left in late 1967, it’s reported that he played with Lace.

Phil Kenzie of course had worked with Freddie Mack in 1966 and had gone on to play with Sonny Childe & The TNT, Tuesday’s Children and PP Arnold & TNT in the interim.

Geoff Driscoll recalls that the new line-up soon returned to the Blow Up club in Munich via a gig in Belgium and then travelled to Rome (around April/May 1968) to play at the famous Piper Club for three weeks. Some of the band met an RCA record executive who informed the musicians that the label was about to release a single by an actor that was going to be an enormous hit – it was Richard Harris’ “McArthur Park”.

However, after nearly a year of playing with Mack and moaning about not getting paid, the band split from the singer whereupon they were approached by Dave Hadfield to work as the house band (The Breed) at his Maximum Sound Studio on the Old Kent Road. The Breed backed a few reggae singers on Hadfield’s label before Manfred Mann got involved and lured the horn section away for Manfred Mann Chapter 3.

While Dave Coxhill and Sonny Corbett remained with Manfred Mann Chapter 3, Geoff Driscoll and Phil Kenzie reunited with Roy Davies and Alan Cartwright in Sweet Water Canal. Pete Hunt later worked with The Jess Roden Band among many others.

Notable gigs:

10 February 1968 – Starlight Ballroom, Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire with The Informers and Plus 2

23 February 1968 – Birmingham University with Elmer Gantry

24 February 1968 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex

 

8 March 1968 – Bradford University, Student Union with The Attack, The Quick Selection and The Collection (Source: https://100objectsbradford.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/music-at-the-students-union-1965-1979.pdf)

 

16 March 1968 – Chateau Impney, Droitwich, Worcestershire

31 March 1968 – Carlton Ballroom, Erdington, West Midlands

 

12 April 1968 – Flamingo Ballroom, Penzance, Cornwall (listed as 7-piece Mac Sounds)

13 April 1968 – Winter Gardens Ballroom, Penzance, Cornwall

14 April 1968 – Flamingo Ballroom, Penzance, Cornwall (listed as 15-piece)

15 April 1968 – Blue Lagoon, Newquay, Cornwall with Vigilantes (listed as 15-piece)

Most likely travelled to Munich via Belgium and then Piper Club, Rome here

8 June 1968 – Bull’s Head, Yardley, West Midlands

16 June 1968 – Mothers, Birmingham

25 June 1968 – Droitwich Winter Gardens, Droitwich, Worcestershire with Breakdown

 

6 July 1968 – The Swan, Yardley, West Midlands with Soul Express

20 July 1968 – Flamingo Ballroom, Redruth, Cornwall

 

14 August 1968 – Winter Gardens Ballroom, Penzance, Cornwall

15 August 1968 – Blue Lagoon, Newquay, Cornwall with Fire and Sons and Lovers

23 August 1968 – The Factory, Birmingham, West Midlands

 

7 September 1968 – Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, Cornwall with The Mood

 

6 October 1968 – Bull’s Head, Yardley, West Midlands

26 October 1968 – The Factory, Birmingham

 

4-6 November – Hatchettes Playground, London

 

13 December 1968 – The Factory, Birmingham with The Gun

21 December 1968 – The Swan, Yardley, West Midlands

 

GARAGE HANGOVER WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE THAT CAN PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT THE 1969-1970 PERIOD.

I would personally like to thank Geoff Driscoll for helping to piece together this part of the band’s story. Thanks also to Greg Russo and Bruce Welsh.

PLEASE LEAVE COMMENTS BELOW TO ADD/CORRECT INFORMATION

Live gig sources:

During my research on Freddie Mack from 1965-1969, I have found gigs from the following sources:

The Cornish Guardian, Derby Evening Telegraph, Evening Sentinel, Melody Maker, West Briton & Royal Cornwall Gazette, Lincolnshire Guardian, Birmingham Evening Mail, NME, Northwich Chronicle, Sheffield Star, Warrington Guardian, Wrexham Leader

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Freddie Mack’s bands: April 1967-January 1968

Cover of Freddy Mack's Live album, re-released by Acid Jazz
Cover of Freddy Mack’s Live album, re-released by Acid Jazz

Retired American light-heavyweight boxer Freddie Mack, sometimes spelt Freddy Mack and also known as Mr Superbad, relocated to the UK in 1965 and established a second career as a soul singer and disc jockey.

Between late 1965 and the mid-1970s, Mack fronted a succession of bands featuring a staggering number of notable British R&B and soul musicians. Originally called The Mack Sound, the singer’s bands also worked under the names The Freddie Mack Sound, The Fantastic Freddie Mack Show and the Freddie Mack Extravaganza.

Thanks to the recollections of former Doc Thomas Group lead guitarist Dave Tedstone, who took over from Stuart Taylor on 5 April 1967, the band’s formation comprised the following when he joined:

Freddie Mack – lead vocals

Derry Wilkie – lead vocals

Tony Morgan – lead vocals, congas

Kenneth Harry – lead vocals

Kookie Eaton – lead vocals

Dave Tedstone – lead guitar

Roy Davies – organ

Alan Cartwright – bass

Dick Morrisey – tenor saxophone

Sonny Corbett – trumpet

Roger Truth – drums (replaced days later by Ron Berg and Terry Stannard on dual drums)

While this line-up appears to have remained quite stable, until at least November 1967, there were a few changes throughout the year.

Dave Tedstone remembers that Dick Morrisey departed sometime during the summer. Derry Wilkie left in June 1967 to pursue a solo career.

Ron Berg, who later went on to Blodwyn Pig among others, and Terry Stannard, who later played with Kokomo among others, both played drums after Roger Truth departed days after Tedstone joined.

Back cover of the Acid Jazz re-release
Back cover of the Acid Jazz re-release. The album was recorded in 1967 not 1966

Mistakenly credited to 1966, it was this formation (minus Derry Wilkie) that appeared on the album, The Fantastic Freddy Mack Show – ‘Live’ at ‘Toft’s Club’ Folkestone. Tedstone says that not many venues at the time had stages large enough to accommodate both drums so on the album, Stannard played the first set, and Berg the second.

However, future tenor sax player Geoff Driscoll reports that the album wasn’t recorded live but was in fact cut at Tony Pike’s studio and the crowd noise was dubbed on later.

Notable gigs:

5 April 1967 – Birmingham gig (marks Dave Tedstone’s debut)

6 April 1967 – Overseas Visitors Club, London

19 April 1967 – Weymouth, Dorset (most likely Steering Wheel)

20 April 1967 – Stafford (most likely Dorset)

21 April 1967 – Dorchester, Dorset (most likely Steering Wheel)

22 April 1967 – Nottingham (possibly one of the boat clubs)

23 April 1967 – Cromer, Norfolk

24 April 1967 – BBC recording

25 April 1967 – Concorde, Southampton, Hampshire

 

5 May 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with Bohemians

11 May 1967 – Overseas Visitors Club, London

12 May1967 – Hitchin, Hertfordshire

13 May 1967 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire

13 May 1967 – Nite Owl, Leicester

14 May 1967 – Garden Club (location not known but possibly London)

16 May 1967 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

17 May 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex

18 May 1967 – Tiles, London

19 May 1967 – King Alfred’s College, Winchester, Hampshire

20 May 1967 – Maple Ballroom, Northampton

21 May 1967 – Swan, Yardley, West Midlands

22 May 1967 – Carlton Club, Erdington, West Midlands

23 May 1967 – Carlton Club, Warrington

24 May 1967 – Pavilion, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

26 May 1967 – Golden Diamond, Sutton in Ashfield

27 May 1967 – Tofts, Folkestone, Kent

29 May 1967 – Belfry Hotel, Sutton Coldfield

30 May 1967 – Beachcomber, Nottingham

31 May 1967 – RANS Lossiemouth, Scotland

 

1 June 1967 – RANS Arbroath, Scotland

2 June 1967 – Hawick, Scotland

3 June 1967 – Kelso, Scotland

4 June 1967 – Cosmo Club, Carlisle

5-8 June 1967 – Paris, France

9 June 1967 – Lee West Lanes, Bedford

10 June 1967 – Ad-Hocs Festival, Norwich

11 June 1967 – Beachcomber, Nottingham

12 June 1967 – Three Horseshoes, Letchworth

13 June 1967 – Concorde Club, Southampton

14 June 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex

17 June 1967 – Matlock Bath, Matlock, Derbyshire

18 June 1967 – Le Metro, Birmingham

19 June 1967 – Carton Club, Warrington

20 June 1967 – Ritz, Bournemouth

21 June 1967 – Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, Cornwall

22 June 1967 – Blue Lagoon, Newquay, Cornwall

23-24 June 1967 – Winter Gardens Ballroom, Penzance, Cornwall

25 June 1967 – Steering Wheel, Dorchester, Dorset

26 June 1967 – Cook’s Ferry Inn, Edmonton

28 June 1967 – De Valance Ballroom, Tenby

30 June 1967 – Pavilion, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

 

1 July 1967 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex

2 July 1967 – Central Hotel, Gillingham, Kent

4 July 1967 – Concorde, Southampton, Hampshire

6 July 1967 – Huntington Youth Centre, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

7 July 1967 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Hertfordshire

8 July 1967 – St George’s Ballroom, Hinckley, Leicestershire

9 July 1967 – Beachcomber, Nottingham

10 July 1967 – Melody Maker says they are recording

11 July 1967 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

14 July 1967 – Grammar School, Gravesend, Kent

15 July 1967 – Tofts, Folkestone, Kent

16 July 1967 – Golden Torch, Tunstall, Staffordshire

18 July 1967 – Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

19 July 1967 – Blue Lagoon, Newquay, Cornwall

23 July 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex

25 July 1967 – Carlton Club, Erdington, West Midlands

27 July 1967 – RAF Witham, Lincolnshire

28 July 1967 – Pavilion, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

29 July 1967 – Memorial Hall, Barry, Glamorgan, Wales

30 July 1967 – Swan, Yardley, West Midlands

 

1-2 August 1967 – Paris, France

9 August 1967 – Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, Cornwall with Modesty Blues

10 August 1967 – Blue Lagoon, Newquay, Cornwall with The Californians

12 August 1967 – Flamingo Ballroom, Redruth, Cornwall

14 August 1967 – Whisky A Go Go, London

15 August 1967 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

16 August 1967 – Scotland

18 August 1967 – Gay Tower Ballroom, Edgbaston with Bobby Johnson Big Band

19 August 1967 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex

21 August 1967 – Carlton Club, Warrington, Cheshire

22 August 1967 – Beau Brummel Club, Nantwich, Cheshire

25 August 1967 – Caesars, Bedford, Bedfordshire

26-27 August 1967 – Tofts, Folkestone, Kent

28 August 1967 – Hemel Hempstead Town Hall, Hertfordshire

29 August 1967 – Ritz Ballroom, Bournemouth, Dorset

30 August 1967 – Tropicana Club, Croydon, Surrey

31 August 1967 – Scottish tour commences to 8 September

 

5 September 1967 – Two Red Shoes, Elgin (billed as Freddie Mack Show) (Source: https://tworedshoes.wordpress.com/)

8 September 1967 – Ballerina Ballroom, Nairn, Scotland

8 September 1967 – Civic, Wrexham, Wales with Dynamic Honey and System 5 (unlikely considering other Scottish dates)

9 September 1967 – Aberdeen

10 September 1967 – RNAS Lossiemouth, Moray, Scotland

11-12 September 1967 – Scotland

13 September 1967 – Belgium

29 September 1967 – Flamingo, London with The Gabb and Scots of St James

30 September 1967 – Tin Hat, Kettering

 

1 October 1967 – Co-op Hall, Warrington, Cheshire

2 October 1967 – Park Hall, Wolverhampton, West Midlands

4 October 1967 – Hemel Hempstead Town Hall, Hertfordshire

6 October 1967 – Il Rondo, Leicester

7 October 1967 – Enfield College of Technology

8 October 1967 – Le Metro, Birmingham

9 October 1967 – St Matthew’s Bath Hall, Ipswich

12 October 1967 – Brays Grove Youth Club, Harlow, Essex

13 October 1967 – Pavilion Ballroom, Weymouth, Dorset

14 October 1967 – Tofts, Folkestone, Kent

15 October 1967 – Corn Exchange, Maidstone

16 October 1967 – 100 Club, London

17 October 1967 – Concorde, Southampton

18 October 1967 – Travel to Paris

19-30 October 1967 – Belgium

31 October 1967 – Shenley Green Youth Club, Birmingham

 

2 November 1967 – Golden Torch, Tunstall, Staffordshire

3 November 1967 – Apex Club, Ashford, Kent

4 November 1967 – Earlham Park, Norwich

5 November 1967 – Cosmo Club, Carlisle

6 November 1967 – Quaintways, Chester

7 November 1967 – Ritz, Bournemouth, Dorset

8 November 1967 – Skyline Ballroom, Hull

10 November 1967 – Mayfair Ballroom, Birmingham

11 November 1967 – Bradford University, Student Union

12 November 1967 – South Bank Jazz Club, Grimsby

13 November 1967 – 100 Club, London

15 November 1967 – The Catacombs, Eastbourne

17 November 1967 – Topspot Ballroom, Ross-on-Wye

18 November 1967 – Royal Lido, Prestayn, Wales

19 November 1967 – Beau Brummel Club, Nantwich, Cheshire with Jaytree Organisation

20 November 1967 – Bamboo Club, Stockport

 

21-26 November 1967 – Dates in Scotland

21 November 1967 – Two Red Shoes, Elgin (billed as Freddie Mack & His Road Show) (advert lists 16-piece band) (Source: https://tworedshoes.wordpress.com/)

 

27 November 1967 – Carlton Club, Warrington, Cheshire

29 November 1967 – Reading Town Hall, Reading

Around December 1967, Colin Davy, who’d briefly been a member of Georgie Fame’s post Blue Flames band, took over the drum stool.

However, sometime in January 1968, Dave Tedstone departed to join Jimmy James & The Vagabonds (and briefly reunited with Colin Davy in Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band in July/August 1968 for some recordings).

Notable dates:

7 December 1967 – Medway College of Art, Rochester, Kent

8 December 1967 – Southampton University

9 December 1967 – Clacton Town Hall, Clacton, Essex

10 December 1967 – Samantha’s, Bournemouth, Dorset

11 December 1967 – St Matthew’s Bath Halls, Ipswich

12 December 1967 – Keele University

14 December 1967 – RAF Whitton

15 December 1967 – Red Spot Club, Leicester

16 December 1967 – Night Prowler, Yarmouth, Norfolk

17 December 1967 – Leofric Hotel, Coventry

19 December 1967 – Queen’s Hotel, Grays, Essex

 

13 January 1968 – Winter Gardens Ballroom, Penzance, Cornwall

 

STORY CONTINUED

I would personally like to thank Dave Tedstone for helping to piece this part of the story together.

PLEASE LEAVE COMMENTS BELOW TO ADD/CORRECT INFORMATION

Live gig sources:

During my research on Freddie Mack from 1965-1969, I have found gigs from the following sources:

The Cornish Guardian, Derby Evening Telegraph, Evening Sentinel, Melody Maker, West Briton & Royal Cornwall Gazette, Lincolnshire Guardian, Birmingham Evening Mail, NME, Northwich Chronicle, Sheffield Star, Warrington Guardian, Wrexham Leader

Copyright © Nick Warburton, 2015. All Rights Reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced or transmitted in any from or by any means, without prior permission from the author. To contact the author, email: Warchive@aol.com or nick_warburton@hotmail.com

 

 

The Tridents

John Lucas – rhythm guitar

Mike Jopp – lead guitar

Paul Lucas – bass/vocals

Ray Cook – drums

Chiswick band The Tridents were formed in 1963 with the above line up and are best known for containing Jeff Beck in their ranks from around July 1964-March 1965.

According to Christopher Hjort and Doug Hinman in their excellent, Jeff’s Book, Mike Jopp left The Tridents when the musicians decided to go professional.

Lead guitarist Pete Hammerton says that he played with The Tridents for a few weeks in 1963 before the band went to Germany to play some dates. He adds that the singer was Barry Bunting and the drummer was Dave Nibblett, who had previously played with Hammerton in another Chiswick band called The Blue Jays. It’s not clear, however, whether he replaced Ray Cook or whether another drummer was there at the outset.

Soon after, Hammerton left to play with Unit 5 before joining Hampton, Middlesex band, The Others in the summer of 1964.

In February 1964, The Tridents signed up with The Rik Gunnel Agency by which point, lead guitarist Leslie Jones had replaced Hammerton and Lindsay Bex, who’d previously played with Mike Forde & The Fortunes, had joined on drums.

It was this formation that sent an application to the BBC on 9 March to request an audition, which, according to Hjort and Hinman in their book, was politely rejected. The group also started playing regularly at Eel Pie Island during this time.

During the summer of 1964, the Lucas brothers asked Jones to leave after seeing Jeff Beck playing with The Nightshift, who had shared the bill with The Tridents at Eel Pie Island.

Around September, Lindsay Bex was also given the elbow and Ray Cook returned to the band’s line-up. Lindsay Bex later worked with Magic Roundabout.

When Jeff Beck left to join The Yardbirds in March 1965, original lead guitarist Mike Jopp returned and remained until the band split in spring 1966. Ray Cook then joined Sands (featuring former member Pete Hammerton) while Jopp later played with Affinity.

Notable gigs:

18 March 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (start playing Wednesdays)

25 March 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (needs confirmation)

 

1 April 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (needs confirmation)

8 April 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (needs confirmation)

14 April 1964 – 100 Club, Oxford Street with Mark Leeman Five and The Pretty Things

22 April 1964 – Cellar Club, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey

 

6 May 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (could be when Jeff Beck joins – needs confirmation)

20 May 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex

27 May 1964 – Cellar Club, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey (may also play Ealing Club today)

29 May 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex

 

3 June 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex

17 June 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex

24 June 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex

 

1 July 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex

2 July 1964 – 100 Club, Oxford Street

10 July 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex

13 July 1964 – The Attic, Hounslow, Middlesex

15 July 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex

16 July 1964 – 100 Club, Oxford Street

17 July 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex

23 July 1964 – 100 Club, Oxford Street

28 July 1964 – 100 Club, Oxford Street

 

3 August 1964 – 100 Club, Oxford Street

10 August 1964 – 100 Club, Oxford Street

12 August 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex

13 August 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square

14-15 August 1964 – All Nighter Club, Windsor, Berkshire

17 August 1964 – 100 Club, Oxford Street with The Birds

19 August 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex

20 August 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square

22 August 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square

23 August 1964 – Flamingo Club, Soho, London with Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames

23 August 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square

24 August 1964 – 100 Club, Oxford Street with The Birds

27 August 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square

31 August 1964 – 100 Club, Oxford Street

 

3 September 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square

10 September 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square

17 September 1964 – 100 Club, Oxford Street

17 September 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square

19 September 1964 – Playhouse, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey

24 September 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square

26 September 1964 – The Cavern, Olympia, Reading, Berkshire

29 September 1964 – 100 Club, Oxford Street with Brian Knight’s Blues By Six

 

15 October 1964 – 100 Club, Oxford Street with The Epitaphs

29 October 1964 – 100 Club, Oxford Street with Blues By Night

 

7 November 1964 – Playhouse, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey

10 November 1964 – 100 Club, Oxford Street with Brian Knight’s Blues By Six

17 November 1964 – 100 Club, Oxford Street

24 November 1964 – 100 Club, Oxford Street

 

4 December 1964 – East Ham Town Hall with The Herd

8 December 1964 – 100 Club, Oxford Street with The Long and The Short and The Tall

15 December 1964 – 100 Club, Oxford Street with King B Four

19 December 1964 – Mitcham R&B Club, Romany Dance Hall, Mitcham, Surrey

26 December 1964 – Playhouse, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey

 

30 January 1965 – Playhouse, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey

 

6 February 1965 – Playhouse, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey

9 February 1965 – 100 Club, Oxford Street

13 February 1965 – Waterfront Club, Southampton, Hants

15 February 1965 – 100 Club, Oxford Street

23 February 1965 – 100 Club, Oxford Street

 

6 March 1965 – Playhouse, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey

This is a very brief overview of The Tridents career and Garage Hangover would welcome any further information for a more complete story. Please contact the writer at Warchive@aol.com or nick_warburton@hotmail.com

Gig sources:

Playhouse, Walton-on-Thames (Woking Herald), Cellar, Kingston Upon Thames (Surrey Comet), Ealing Club (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette), 100 Club and Studio 51 (Melody Maker). Remaining gigs sourced from Christopher Hjort and Doug Hinman Jeff’s Book.

Many thanks to Lindsay Bex for providing some more information on The Tridents

The Five Embers

Gary Boyle – guitar/vocals

Roger Sutton – bass/vocals

Ray Deville – organ/vocals

Ron Foster – saxophone

Clive Thacker – drums

Lead guitarist Gary Boyle, bass player Roger Sutton, keyboard player Ray Deville, drummer Clive Thacker and sax players Dave Quincy and Ian Thomas had backed singer Brian Bentley as Brian Bentley & The Kingsmen during 1962.

In early 1963, the remaining members (minus Quincy and Thomas) became The Five Embers after ditching Brian Bentley and recruiting sax player Ron Foster. Initially, the musicians played under their own name and then in March 1964 started backing Jamaican singer Millie.

Notable gigs as The Five Embers:

22 March 1964 – Star & Garter, Windsor, Berkshire

24 March 1964 – Café Des Artistes, Fulham, Middlesex

Notable gigs with Millie Small:

25 March 1964 – Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley, Kent

28 March 1964 – Café Des Artistes, Fulham, Middlesex

29 March 1964 – Star & Garter, Windsor, Berkshire

31 March 1964 – Peter’s Club, High Wycombe, Bucks

 

5-11 April 1964 – Cavern, Liverpool

 

16 May 1964 – City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire with The Initials

17 May 1964 – Blackpool ABC, Blackpool, Lancashire

18 May 1964 – Scarborough Futurist, Scarborough with others

 

5 June 1964 – Palace Ballroom, Maryport, Cumbria with The Defenders

16 June 1964 – Locarno, Swindon, Wiltshire with The Soul Agents

 

27 August 1964 – ABC Theatre, Plymouth, Cornwall with Rolling Stones and others

 

After splitting with Millie, The Five Embers continued to gig into 1965 before breaking up that spring.

In August 1966, Clive Thacker joined Julie Driscol, Brian Auger & The Trinity and was joined two months later by Roger Sutton.

While Thacker remained with Brian Auger and Julie Driscol throughout the late 1960s, Sutton left in May 1967 and played with several groups before briefly joining The Krew in August 1968.

Roger Sutton subsequently played with a number of notable bands, including The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, Nucleus, Mark-Almond and Riff Raff.

Gary Boyle initially played with Lulu’s backing band during 1965. Then, in 1966, he worked with Dusty Springfield’s support group, The Echoes before reuniting with Roger Sutton and Clive Thacker in Julie Driscol, Brian Auger and The Trinity in January 1967.

After leaving in November of that year, Boyle subsequently played with Eclection in March 1969 and then returned to Julie Driscol and The Brian Auger Trinity that June.

Ray Deville meanwhile joined The Missing Links in February 1966 and stayed with this band when it took on the name, The All Night Workers in October 1967. He left in January 1968 and is rumoured to have worked with Dusty Springfield. Deville died in 2013.

Please note: this is a very brief overview of the band and its history. Garage Hangover would welcome any additional material and corrections.

Mike Collins’s interviews with Roger Sutton and Gary Boyle were really useful resources. Please see above links to his work.

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