Magic Roundabout

Dave Martin Group, 1966. Left to right: Dave Martin, John Chinnery, Roger Flavell and Albert Woodward.  Photo credit: John Chinnery
Dave Martin Group, 1966. Left to right: Dave Martin, John Chinnery, Roger Flavell and Albert Woodward. Photo credit: John Chinnery

This West London band’s roots can be found in The Dave Martin Group, which was formed around September 1966.

The original formation comprised:

Martin Thomas (aka Dave Martin) – lead vocals

John Chinnery – guitar/vocals

Roger Flavell – bass/vocals

Albert Woodward – drums

The Dave Martin Group was managed by John Chinnery’s older brother Geoff, who’d played with Mike Forde & The Fortunes in the late 1950s and early 1960s and briefly managed The Tridents (with a young Jeff Beck).

Guitarist John Chinnery had started out in a Hillingdon school band with Richard Walker and John Morgan. Albert Woodward, who attended another local school, completed the group.

Woodward introduced Martin Thomas and Roger Flavell and together with John Chinnery, the quartet began rehearsing at Ickenham Hall near Ruislip, Middlesex.

According to John Chinnery’s detailed gig list (complete with earnings for each performance), the new outfit’s debut show appears to have taken place on 28 October 1966 (most likely) at the Fisheries in Harefield, Middlesex. The gig list notes that The Dave Martin Group played at the same venue on 11, 18-19 and 26 November and also 3-4, 11 and 17 December.

The following gigs are then listed (during which period Roger Flavell was briefly replaced on bass while he had his tonsils out. John Chinnery suspects it was his school friend John Morgan, who covered Flavell’s absence).

Dave Martin Group gigs:

21 December 1966 – Ickenham Hall, Ickenham, Middlesex

23 December 1966 – Warburton Arms, Hackney

24 December 1966 – Harefield Football Club, Harefield, Middlesex

30 December 1966 – Warburton Arms, Hackney

31 December 1966 – the Fisheries, Harefield, Middlesex

 

6 January 1967 – Warburton Arms, Hackney

7 January 1967 – the Fisheries, Harefield, Middlesex

14 January 1967 – the Fisheries, Harefield, Middlesex

21 January 1967 – the Fisheries, Harefield, Middlesex

24 January 1967 – Kew Boathouse, Kew, Surrey

28 January 1967 – the Fisheries, Harefield, Middlesex (Roger Flavell returns after this show)

29 January 1967 – Hesden Hall, Ruislip, Middlesex

31 January 1967 – Kew Boathouse, Kew, Surrey

 

4 February 1967 – Warburton Arms, Hackney

5 February 1967 – the Fisheries, Harefield, Middlesex

8-9 February 1967 – Kew Boathouse, Kew, Surrey

10 February 1967 – Warburton Arms, Hackney

11 February 1967 – the Fisheries, Harefield, Middlesex

13-16 February 1967 – Kew Boathouse, Kew, Surrey

17-18 February 1967 – Warburton Arms, Hackney

19 February 1967 – the Fisheries, Harefield, Middlesex

20-23 February 1967 – Kew Boathouse, Kew, Surrey

26 February 1967 – the Fisheries, Harefield, Middlesex

27 February-2 March 1967 – Kew Boathouse, Kew, Surrey

 

4 March 1967 – Hanwell Sports Club, Hanwell, Middlesex

5 March 1967 – the Fisheries, Harefield, Middlesex

6-9 March 1967 – Kew Boathouse, Kew, Surrey

12 March 1967 – the Fisheries, Harefield, Middlesex

13 March 1967 – Kew Boathouse, Kew, Surrey

Dave Martin Group, 1967. Left to right: Lindsey Bex, Roger Flavell, John Chinnery and Dave Martin. Photo credit: John Chinnery
Dave Martin Group, 1967. Left to right: Lindsey Bex, Roger Flavell, John Chinnery and Dave Martin. Photo credit: John Chinnery

At this point, Lindsey Bex replaced Albert Woodward on drums, who later became a percussion lecturer.

Older than the others, Lindsey Bex had worked with Geoff Chinnery in Mike Forde & The Fortunes during the late 1950s and early 1960s. In early 1964, Bex joined Chiswick band, The Tridents (who were managed by Geoff Chinnery). He remained with the group until about September 1964 during which time Jeff Beck joined on lead guitar.

In early 1965, Bex went to Germany for three months with The Redcaps and then played with various scratch bands before returning to Germany in 1966 to play American air bases with The Kathy Sampson Set. When Albert Woodward left suddenly, he accepted the call to join.

 

Dave Martin Group gigs (continued):

14-16 March 1967 – Kew Boathouse, Kew, Surrey

18 March 1967 – Wedding reception, Teddington, Middlesex

20-23 March 1967 – Kew Boathouse, Kew, Surrey

24 March 1967 – Blue Coat Boy, Bishopsgate, City of London

25 March 1967 – Wedding reception, Old Kent Road, London

26 March 1967 – the Fisheries, Harefield, Middlesex

27-30 March 1967 – Kew Boathouse, Kew, Surrey

31 March 1967 – All Stars Club, Artillery Passage, Liverpool Street, London (audition)

 

2 April 1967 – the Fisheries, Harefield, Middlesex

3-6 April 1967 – Kew Boathouse, Kew, Surrey

7 April 1967 – West Dulwich Sports Club, West Dulwich

8 April 1967 – Derwentwater Club, Acton, Middlesex

9 April 1967 – the Fisheries, Harefield, Middlesex

15 April 1967 – The Pheasant, South Oxhey, Watford

17 April 1967 – Whisky A Go Go, London (audition)

22 April 1967 – Saracens Rugby Club, Finchley, Middlesex

23 April 1967 – the Fisheries, Harefield, Middlesex

27 April 1967 – Byron Hotel, Greenford, Middlesex (audition)

30 April 1967 – the Fisheries, Harefield, Middlesex

 

7 May 1967 – the Fisheries, Harefield, Middlesex

8 May 1967 – St Moritz Club, Wardour Street, London (audition)

13 May 1967 – Rank Xerox private party, Denham, Buckinghamshire

14 May 1967 – the Fisheries, Harefield, Middlesex

19 May 1967 – Kew Boathouse, Kew, Surrey

20 May 1967 – Rank Xerox, Denham, Buckinghamshire

27 May 1967 – Civic Hall, Guildford, Surrey with Five Proud Walkers

28 May 1967 – the Fisheries, Harefield, Middlesex

 

3 June 1967 – Wedding Reception, Tea Rooms, Kenton, Middlesex

4 June 1967 – Byron Hotel, Greenford, Middlesex

8 June 1967 – RAF Northwood

9 June 1967 – Unknown venue, Purfleet, Essex

10 June 1967 – Clay Pigeon, Eastcote, Middlesex

12-15 June 1967 – Kew Boathouse, Kew, Surrey

16 June 1967 – ILI Co, Wembley, Middlesex

17 June 1967 – Pavilion, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

19-23 June 1967 – Kew Boathouse, Kew, Surrey

23 June 1967 – UKAEA, Harwell, Oxfordshire with Brian Poole & The Unity

24 June 1967 – Wedding reception, Hendon, Middlesex

26-29 June 1967 – Kew Boathouse, Kew, Surrey

30 June 1967 – Greenway School, Uxbridge, Middlesex

During 1967, the band recorded a couple of demos at a studio in Denham, Buckinghamshire comprising Martin Thomas/Roger Flavell co-writes.

 

Dave Martin Group gigs (continued): 

3-6 July 1967 – Kew Boathouse, Kew, Surrey

8 July 1967 – Rank Xerox, Denham, Buckinghamshire

20 July 1967 – Pinn Club, RAF Uxbridge

28 July 1967 – Epsom Youth Club, Epsom, Surrey

29 July 1967 – Pavilion, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

 

5 August 1967 – Thames Boat Trip, Westminster to Teddington

6 August 1967 – Clay Pigeon, Eastcote, Middlesex

12 August 1967 – Thing-a-me-jig, Reading, Berkshire

 

31 August 1967 – Sword & Wheel Club, RAF Northolt

At midnight, immediately after finishing the gig at RAF Northolt near Ruislip, the band had to pack up in order to drive down to Dover to catch the ferry to the continent and only just made the boat by the ‘skin of their teeth’. Having just turned professional, The Dave Martin Group changed its name to The Magic Roundabout and headed to Germany and then Switzerland.

Magic Roundabout in Bad Vilbel. Left to right: Roger Flavell, Dave Martin, John Chinnery and roadie Stuart Cook. Photo credit: John Chinnery
Magic Roundabout in Bad Vilbel. Left to right: Roger Flavell, Dave Martin, John Chinnery and roadie Stuart Cook. Photo credit: John Chinnery

The Magic Roundabout gigs:

1-30 September 1967 – Ritterkelleer (9 performances) and Western Club (11 performances), Bad Vilbel, Frankfurt

1-15 October 1967 – Haus Der Music, Wuppertal, Germany (15 performances)

 

Arriving in Zurich, Switzerland, the band now briefly includes organist Dave Eldridge, a musician from Leicester, whose group has returned home after fulfilling commitments in Frankfurt.

16 October-1 November 1967 – ‘Beat Club’, Hotel Hirschen, Zurich, Switzerland (17 performances) (Eldridge leaves after this gig)

 

3-6 November 1967 – ‘Taverns Bar’, Ingolstadt, Germany (4 performances) (the band’s final night is cancelled; a fight had broken out the previous night between US servicemen and German police and the club was wrecked. The club is closed for refurbishment and The Magic Roundabout head home to the UK.)

On the band’s return to the UK, organist John Elliott joined. Elliott had previously played with Ealing band, Magnus Pike with lead guitarist/singer Jerry Smith, bass player Roger Searle and drummer Tony Haslam. Searle and Haslam will later go on to work with The Who’s road crew.

Magic Roundabout’s new line up comprised:

Martin Thomas (aka Dave Martin) – lead vocals

John Chinnery – lead guitar/vocals

John Elliott – organ/vocals

Roger Flavell – bass/vocals

Lindsey Bex – drums

 

The Magic Roundabout gigs (continued):

17 November 1967 – Women’s teachers’ training college (location not known)

18 November 1967 – Young Conservative’s Club, Twickenham, Middlesex

25 November 1967 – YMCA, Baldock, Hertfordshire

 

4-7 December 1967 – Kew Boathouse, Kew, Surrey

8 December 1967 – Guild Hall, Ilford, Essex

9 December 1967 – The Pavilion, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

15 December 1967 – Gillettes, Great West Road with Fortunes and Episode Six

16 December 1967 – RAF Feltwell

23 December 1967 – Rugby Club, Upton Park, Slough, Berkshire

26 December 1967 – Halfway House, Dunstable, Hertfordshire

31 December 1967 – Sword & Wheel Club, RAF Northolt

 

1-4 January 1968 – Kew Boathouse, Kew, Surrey

5 January 1968 – Youth Club, West Drayton, Middlesex

6 January 1968 – Baker’s Row Club, Cardiff (Bex’s bass drums falls off the roof rack on the way)

12 January 1968 – USAF Woodbridge, Suffolk

13 January 1968 – Hanwell Community Centre, Hanwell, Middlesex

20 January 1968 – Mildway Tavern, Highbury

24-25 January 1968 – Mildway Tavern, Highbury

26 January 1968 – Scotch of St James, Mayfair

27 January 1968 – Kodak Hall, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

30 January 1968 – BBC Maida Vale (audition)

31 January-1 February 1968 – Mildway Tavern, Highbury

 

Magic Roundabout, spring 1968. Left to right: Miki Anthony, Lindsey Bex, John Elliott, John Chinnery and Roger Flavell. Photo credit: John Chinnery
Magic Roundabout, spring 1968. Left to right: Miki Anthony, Lindsey Bex, John Elliott, John Chinnery and Roger Flavell. Photo credit: John Chinnery

 

2 February 1968 – Northcote Arms, Southall, Middlesex

3 February 1968 – Queen’s Hall, Halstead, Braintree, Essex

10 February 1968 – Thing-a-me-jig, Reading, Berkshire

12-15 February 1968 – Kew Boathouse, Kew, Surrey

16 February 1968 – Northcote Arms, Southall, Middlesex

17 February 1968 – Rank Xerox, Denham, Buckinghamshire

21 February 1968 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle Upon Tyne

29 February 1968 – Bluebell Inn, Hackenthorpe, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

 

1 March 1968 – County Ballroom, Carlisle, Cumbria

2 March 1968 – Sheridan Rooms, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

3 March 1968 – Woodhouse WMC, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

8 March 1968 – RAF Club, Tredegar, Wales

9 March 1968 – Howard Winstone Club, Merthyr, Wales

10 March 1968 – Beech Grove, Pengham, Wales

13 March 1968 – Faculty of Technology, Manchester

14 March 1968 – Bluebell Inn, Hackenthorpe, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

15 March 1968 – Northcote Arms, Southall, Middlesex

18 March 1968 – Quaintways, Chester, Cheshire

24 March 1968 – The Pheasant, South Oxhey, Watford, Hertfordshire

25-27 March 1968 – Kew Boathouse, Kew, Surrey

29 March 1968 – Brighton Tech College, Brighton, West Sussex

After the above gig, singer Michael Derrick (aka Miki Anthony) took over from Martin Thomas and brought his own manager with him (which would later cause problems).

 

The Magic Roundabout gigs (continued):

20 April 1968 – Northcote Arms, Southall, Middlesex

21 April 1968 – Warmingham Grange Country Club, Sandbach, Cheshire

26 April 1968 – Kiosk Ballroom, Castleford, West Yorkshire

27 April 1968 – Sheridan Rooms, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

28 April 1968 – The Pavilion, Bournemouth, Dorset

29 April-2 May 1968 – Kew Boathouse, Kew, Surrey

 

3 May 1968 – Bluebell Inn, Hackenthorpe, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

4 May 1968 – Morley Town Hall, Morley, West Yorkshire

5 May 1968 – Woodhill, WMC, Normanton, West Yorkshire

11 May 1968 – Bradford University with Jeff Beck Group

17 May 1968 – Board of Trade, Eastcote, Middlesex

18 May 1968 – Faculty of Technology, Manchester with Fleetwood Mac

19 May 1968 – Warmingham Grange Country Club, Sandbach, Cheshire

23 May 1968 – Arundel WMC, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

24-25 May 1968 – Raven Club, RAF Waddington

26 May 1968 – Kiosk Ballroom, Castleford, West Yorkshire

30 May 1968 – Kimbleworth Park Social Club, Rotherham, South Yorkshire

31 May 1968 – 270 Discotheque, Barnsley, West Yorkshire

Sometime around this time, the group recorded at Abbey Road, including a track called “Everything Under The Sun”.

 

Magic Roundabout, 1968. Left to right: Roger Flavell, John Elliott, John Chinnery, Miki Anthony and Lindsey Bex. Photo credit: John Chinnery
Magic Roundabout, 1968. Left to right: Roger Flavell, John Elliott, John Chinnery, Miki Anthony and Lindsey Bex. Photo credit: John Chinnery

 

The Magic Roundabout gigs (continued):

1 June 1968 – Manchester University

8 June 1968 – The Pavilion, Weymouth, Dorset

14 June 1968 – The Place, Hanley, Staffordshire

15 June 1968 – Alexander Hall, Halifax, South Yorkshire with Jackson Union

20 June 1968 – Kimbleworth Park Social Club, Rotherham, South Yorkshire

21 June 1968 – Woodhill, WMC, Normanton, West Yorkshire

22 June 1968 – Morley Town Hall, Morley, West Yorkshire

24-27 June 1968 – Kew Boathouse, Kew, Surrey

28 June 1968 – Shades, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

29 June 1968 – University of Aston, Birmingham

30 June 1968 – Arundel WMC, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

 

1 July 1968 – Wilbeck Country Club, Hatfield, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire

2 July 1968 – Top Ranke Suite, Southampton, Hants

5 July 1968 – Cossack Club, Sir James Altham School, Oxhey, Watford, Hertfordshire

6 July 1968 – Bellpunch, Uxbridge, Middlesex

14 July 1968 – Industrial Club, Norwich, Norfolk

18 July 1968 – Cossack Club, Sir James Altham School, Oxhey, Watford, Hertfordshire

19 July 1968 – Victoria & Bull, Dartford, Kent

20 July 1968 – Bourne School, Ruislip Manor, Middlesex

25 July 1968 – Oasis Club, RAF Biggin Hill, Kent

26 July 1968 – Catacombe, Eastbourne, East Sussex

28 July 1968 – A Train, Hayes, Middlesex

29 July-1 August 1968 – Kew Boathouse, Kew, Surrey

 

2 August 1968 – Harrow Inn, Woolwich

3 August 1968 – Thing-a-me-jig, Reading, Berkshire

10 August 1968 – Airman’s Club, USAF, West Ruislip, Middlesex

11 August 1968 – Wake Arms, Epping, Essex

16 August 1968 – Kiosk Ballroom, Castleford, West Yorkshire

17 August 1968 – Black Swan, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

18 August 1968 – Manor House, near Skipton, North Yorkshire

20 August 1968 – Almonbury WMC, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

21 August 1968 – Ponderose, Barnsley, West Yorkshire

22 August 1968 – Blue Bell, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

24 August 1968 – Morley Town Hall, Morley, West Yorkshire

30 August 1968 – RAF Whitton, Middlesex

Michael Derrick’s manager warned the band that he would take the singer away unless he can assume sole management and the musicians begrudgingly agreed as Geoff Chinnery had been managing them from the outset. However, the newly-installed manager fired Lindsey Bex and John Elliott after the RAF Whitton gig, which (ironically) Chinnery believes was the band’s best performance to date.

Two weeks later, it was clear that nothing was happening and the band broke up. While Chinnery briefly abandoned a musical career and returned to work in insurance, Flavell subsequently joined Grand Union, the backing band for US soul act, Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon in 1969.

In late 1970, Flavell briefly played with Geno Washington before working with Tony Hazzard/Richard Barnes, Judd, Kris Ife and The Tommy Hunt Band. In the early Seventies, Flavell joined Christie and then went on to Johnny Wakelin & The Kinshasha Band, The Lonnie Donegan Band and The David Byron Band.

Miki Anthony meanwhile established a highly successful solo career.

John Chinnery and drummer Roger Willis, who have known each other since childhood and are Arsenal FC fans, decided to reform The Magic Roundabout around February 1969 with John Elliott, who has been working in a bank since the band’s break up in September 1968.

The Kool, 1967, featuring Ray Brown (far left). Photo credit: Ray Brown
The Kool, 1967, featuring Ray Brown (far left). Photo credit: Ray Brown

Ray Brown, who had previously played with Jeff Curtis & The Flames and The Kool agreed to join after his next band, Champagne appeared on the same bill as The Magic Roundabout.

Ray Brown (centre) with Champagne in 1968. Photo credit: Ray Brown
Ray Brown (centre) with Champagne in 1968. Photo credit: Ray Brown

Lead guitarist Ian Hollands, who had previously played with Frankie Reid & The Casuals and The Legends answered an advert in the music press and completed the new formation.

The new Magic Roundabout formation now comprised:

Ian Hollands – lead guitar/vocals

John Chinnery – rhythm guitar/vocals

John Elliott – organ/vocals

Ray Brown – bass/vocals

Roger Willis – drums/vocals

 

The Magic Roundabout gigs (continued):

9 May 1969 – Harefield Youth Club, Harefield, Middlesex

17 May 1969 – R&B Club, Feltham, Middlesex

18 May 1969 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, Middlesex

23 May 1969 – Lorraine Club, Chingford, Essex

31 May 1969 – Wake Arms, Epping, Essex

 

6 June 1969 – Salvatorian College, Wealdstone, Middlesex

7 June 1969 – White Hart, Tottenham

13 June 1969 – Lorraine Club, Chingford, Essex

21 June 1969 – Greenford Hotel, Greenford, Middlesex

27 June 1969 – Woodford Youth Club, St Barnabos School

28 June 1969 – St Annes School, Hanwell, Middlesex

 

3 July 1969 – New Penny Disco, Watford, Hertfordshire

4 July 1969 – Pinkwell Youth Centre, Hayes, Middlesex

6 July 1969 – Cambridge Hotel, Edmonton, Middlesex

12 July 1969 – Bourne School, Ruislip Manor, Middlesex

13 July 1969 – the Cherry Tree, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

18 July 1969 – King’s Head Disco, Harrow, Middlesex

19 July 1969 – Wake Arms, Epping, Essex

26 July 1969 – King’s Head, Harrow, Middlesex

 

1 August 1969 – Lorraine Club, Chingford, Essex

2 August 1969 – King’s Head, Harrow, Middlesex

7 August 1969 – Top Rank Suite, Watford, Hertfordshire

15 August 1969 – El Grotto, Ilford, Essex

16 August 1969 – Oldfield Tavern, Greenford, Middlesex

22 August 1969 – King’s Head, Harrow, Middlesex

23 August 1969 – Spa Ballroom, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

24 August 1969 – Cambridge Hotel, Edmonton, Middlesex

30 August 1969 – Links Pavilion, Cromer, Norfolk

31 August 1969 – Industrial Club, Norwich, Norfolk

26 September 1969 – Greenford Hotel, Greenford, Middlesex

27 September 1969 – New Penny Disco, Watford, Hertfordshire

28 September 1969 – Oldfield Tavern, Greenford, Middlesex

 

3 October 1969 – King’s Head, Harrow, Middlesex

4 October 1969 – Oldfield Tavern, Greenford, Middlesex

10 October 1969 – Grange Youth Centre, Hayes, Middlesex

11 October 1969 – King’s Head, Harrow, Middlesex

24 October 1969 – Greenford Hotel, Greenford, Middlesex

25 October 1969 – Industrial Club, Norwich, Norfolk

 

1 November 1969 – King’s Head, Harrow, Middlesex

2 November 1969 – Oldfield Tavern, Greenford, Middlesex

7 November 1969 – King’s Head, Harrow, Middlesex

8 November 1969 – Oldfield Tavern, Greenford, Middlesex

9 November 1969 – Hunter’s Club, Horn Hotel, Braintree, Essex

14 November 1969 – Lorraine Club, Chingford, Essex

21 November 1969 – Kettering WMC, Kettering, Northamptonshire

28 November 1969 – Greenford Hotel, Greenford, Middlesex

 

5 December 1969 – King’s Head, Harrow, Middlesex

6 December 1969 – Oldfield Tavern, Greenford, Middlesex

7 December 1969 – Headstone Hotel, North Harrow, Middlesex

11 December 1969 – Oldfield Tavern, Greenford, Middlesex

12 December 1969 – Harefield Youth Club, Harefield, Middlesex

13 December 1969 – Greenford Hotel, Greenford, Middlesex

19 December 1969 – Greenford Hotel, Greenford, Middlesex

 

Magic Roundabout in 1969. Left to right: Ian Hollands, Ray Brown, John Chinnery and John Elliott. Photo credit: Ray Brown
Magic Roundabout in 1969. Left to right: Ian Hollands, Ray Brown, John Chinnery and John Elliott. Photo credit: Ray Brown

2 January 1970 – King’s Head, Harrow, Middlesex (Hollands ill)

8 January 1970 – Oldfield Tavern, Greenford, Middlesex (Hollands ill)

16 January 1970 – King’s Head, Harrow, Middlesex

17 January 1970 – Oldfield Tavern, Greenford, Middlesex

23 January 1970 – El Grotto Disco, Ilford, Essex

24 January 1970 – King’s Head, Harrow, Middlesex

30 January 1970 – Greenford Hotel, Greenford, Middlesex

 

7 February 1970 – Gillettes, Isleworth, Middlesex

8 February 1970 – Cambridge Hotel, Edmonton, Middlesex

12 February 1970 – Oldfield Hotel, Greenford, Middlesex

13 February 1970 – Cook’s Ferry Inn, Edmonton, Middlesex

14 February 1970 – King’s Head, Harrow, Middlesex

20 February 1970 – King’s Head, Harrow, Middlesex

22 February 1970 – Oldfield Hotel, Greenford, Middlesex

24 February 1970 – Civic Hall, St Albans, Hertfordshire

27 February 1970 – Greenford Hotel, Greenford, Middlesex

 

6 March 1970 – King’s Head, Harrow, Middlesex

7 March 1970 – Spotlight Club, RAF Brize Norton

12 March 1970 – Oldfield Hotel, Greenford, Middlesex

14 March 1970 – Civic Hall, St Albans, Hertfordshire

20 March 1970 – King’s Head, Harrow, Middlesex

21 March 1970 – Airmen’s Mess, USAF Wethersfield

26 March 1970 – Oldfield Hotel, Greenford, Middlesex

28 March 1970 – King’s Head, Harrow, Middlesex

 

Ray Brown (left) and Roger Willis on stage with Magic Roundabout. Photo credit: Ray Brown
Ray Brown (left) and Roger Willis on stage with Magic Roundabout. Photo credit: Ray Brown

3 April 1970 – AYA USAF West Ruislip, Middlesex

4 April 1970 – Andromeda Club, Colchester, Essex

10 April 1970 – King’s Head, Harrow, Middlesex

11 April 1970 – Oldfield Hotel, Greenford, Middlesex

16 April 1970 – Oldfield Hotel, Greenford, Middlesex

18 April 1970 – King’s Head, Harrow, Middlesex

19 April 1970 – Links, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire

24 April 1970 – West Ham College, West Ham

 

2 May 1970 – Airmen’s Club, USAF Mildenhall

9 May 1970 – Oldfield Hotel, Greenford, Middlesex

14 May 1970 – Oldfield Hotel, Greenford, Middlesex

26 May 1970 – Oldfield Hotel, Greenford, Middlesex

29 May 1970 – King’s Head, Harrow, Middlesex

30 May 1970 – NCOs Club, USAF High Wycombe

 

1 June 1970 – King’s Head, Edmonton (audition)

The band auditioned for the John Edwards Agency (most likely the above date), performing three songs, including a cover of The Moody Blues’ “Ride My See-Saw”.

 

The Magic Roundabout gigs (continued):

4 June 1970 – Galaxy Club, RAF Northwood

6 June 1970 – King’s Head, Harrow, Middlesex

13 June 1970 – Oldfield Hotel, Greenford, Middlesex

18 June 1970 – Oldfield Hotel, Greenford, Middlesex

19 June 1970 – King’s Head, Harrow, Middlesex

20 June 1970 – Braintree College, Braintree, Essex

26 June 1970 – Oases Club, RAF Biggin Hill, Kent

 

1 July 1970 – NCOs Club, USAF High Wycombe

3 July 1970 – Beaconsfield Youth Club

4 July 1970 – Airmen’s Annexe, USAF Upper Hayford

9 July 1970 – Angelique, King’s Road, London

10 July 1970 – King’s Head, Harrow, Middlesex

11 July 1970 – North Park, WMC, Kettering, Northamptonshire

15 July 1970 – Winston Churchill Hall, Ruislip, Middlesex

16 July 1970 – RAF High Wycombe

24 July 1970 – Spotlight Club, RAF Brize Norton

25 July 1970 – Pavilion, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

31 July 1970 – The Pheasantry, King’s Road, London

PLEASE NOTE: There are some missing gigs from this list. John Chinnery believes that the group played until at least November 1970.

 

Around October 1970, John Elliott was invited to sing lead on a backing track – the Findon, Shelley, Hazelwood and Hammond collaboration, “Dark Side of the Moon”. Incidentally, Elton John had earlier cut a version.

Not long after, the rest of the band was brought into the studio and recorded an instrumental track composed by Ian Hollands. For some reason, Ray Brown was not available and former member Roger Flavell, who named the track “Black Boots”, provided bass. However, the song was later credited to producers Ben Findon and Pete Shelley.

Tragically, the band’s career then came to a dramatic halt after returning from a gig in Bedford around late October/early November 1970. Stopping off at Toddington Services on the M1, the band’s roadies went into the service station to get some food and someone broke into the van and stole much of the band’s equipment. Only John Chinnery was insured!

All of the remaining the gigs were cancelled but The Magic Roundabout did play its final gig on 31 December 1970 on borrowed gear because the money (£100) was too good to give up.

In the meantime, Findon and Shelley brought John Elliott back into the studio to add more vocals to “Dark Side of the Moon”.

With the band no longer active and unable to use The Magic Roundabout name, the producers released the single on Decca in May 1971 under The Outer Limits name.

Ian Hollands later played with a group called Mobius. Ray Brown briefly played with a harmony group from Tooting from January-February1971 before joining Easy Virtue and then Crackers.

Roger Willis meanwhile joined Capability Brown in 1972. After several albums, Willis and two other band members joined Christie, which featured original Magic Roundabout bass player Roger Flavell in the group.

Willis later played with a number of groups, including Crazy Kat, before reuniting with Ray Brown in Crackers.

In recent years, John Chinnery, Roger Flavell, John Elliott and Lindsey Bex have held four reunions.

A huge thanks to John Chinnery and Lindsey Bex for providing the gig lists and to Roger Flavell, John Chinnery, Lindsey Bex, John Elliott, Ray Brown and Ian Hollands for helping with the group’s history. Thank you Roger Flavell and Ray Brown for photos.

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Tornado Records of Greensboro, NC

The Nomads
The Nomads

Nomads Tornado 45 Thoughts of a MadmanNorth Carolina had many record labels in the 1960’s, but few were as prolific as Tornado Records. Based in Greensboro, the label had offices at 1712 Farrell Avenue, but also did business via PO Drawer 6787.

Tornado’s stock in trade was regional Country & Western music, although artists from as far away as Pennsylvania and Maine were released by the label. Tornado was owned by David Lee Perkins, whose name appears frequently with author credits on many releases.

The years of operation for the label seem to have been rather compact, roughly estimated to range from late 1964 to mid-1967, referencing Mike Markesich’s excellent tome, “Teenbeat Mayhem.”

Caravans Tornado 45 Twistin', Rockin', BabyAlthough typically beyond the scope of Garage Hangover, Tornado registers in the minds of garage fans as the home of the second single by The Nomads of Mt. Airy, North Carolina. As far as Tornado was concerned, The Nomads were a “Sensational New Discovery,” and said just that right on the record label. “Thoughts of a Madman” b/w “From Zero Down” was released in April of 1967, and ranks high among garage rock enthusiasts nationwide. It was the Nomads second single, the first being on the Stark label profiled on this site.

Also of note are the Caravans from Greensboro. Their single, “Twistin’ Rockin’ Baby” b/w “Rainbow of Love” from a couple of years earlier rocks pretty well, with an occasionally cool, John Lennon-esque vocal on the A-side.

Profile of Tornado Records artist Gail Day, Feb. 2, 1967
Profile of Tornado Records artist Gail Day, Feb. 2, 1967

Tornado Records Discography (if anyone can help fill in the gaps, more power to them):

Tornado T-101 – Glenn Thompson “My Mary” / “What A Line”
Tornado T-102 – ?
Tornado T-103 – Dewey Ritter & the Panhandle Boys “I Walk A Lonely Road (Because of You)” / “Be My Sunshine Forever”
Tornado T-104 – South Mountain Boys “Gonna Hand You A Ticket” / “Dial My Number”
Tornado T-105 – Roy Baker & the South Mountain Boys “Jocassee Nona” / “Close As The Nearest Phone”
Tornado T-106 – Caravans “Twistin’ Rockin’ Baby” / “Rainbow of Love” (Greensboro)
Tornado T-107EP – Gloria Weston “Missing in Action (In Vietnam),” Kenny Craft “What A Fool Am I,” and Rod Rodgers “Hot Game of Dice” and “A Daughter Never Fools Her Mother”
Tornado T-108 – Joyce Mills “You’re Not the Boy I Used To Know” / ??
Tornado T-109 – ?

Harold Crosby
Harold Crosby

Tornado T-110 – Harold Crosby “Big Big Truck” / “I Will Mend Your Heartaches Tomorrow” (Maine)
Tornado T-111 – ?
Tornado T-112 – ?
Tornado T-113 – Dick Mosely “Cry No More” / “Wagons-Ho”
Tornado T-114 – ?
Tornado T-115 – ?
Tornado T-116 – ?
Tornado T-117 – ?
Tornado T-118 – Dick Mosely “Getting My Kicks in ’66” / ??
Tornado T-119 – Margie Lee “It’s Too Late” / “Let’s Fall In Love Together”
Tornado T-120 – ?
Tornado T-121 – Carl Pride “You Can’t Catch My Mustang” / “If I Don’t Miss You” (Greensboro)
Tornado T-122 – ?
Tornado T-123 – Larry Campbell & the Country Playboys “Break-Through” / “Bluegrass Mountain Home”
Tornado T-124 – Bobby Adkins & Allen Mills “Bluegrass in Kentucky” / “I’m So Sorry That I Threw Your Love Away”
Tornado T-125 – George Dry & the Daydreamers “One Lung Charlie” / ?? (PA)
Tornado T-126 – ?
Tornado T-127 – Joe Stone & Bobby Atkins “Singing Love Songs (Bluegrass Style)” / “Tears and Roses”
Tornado T-128 – ?
Tornado T-129 – Billy Beal “Rainy Day Blues” / “Cold, Dark And Deep”
Tornado T-130 – Tommy Jones & the Hayriders “Ballad of Gamblin’ Lil” / “God – Dollar”
Tornado T-131 – ?
Tornado T-132 – Joni Day “I Wonder If” / “Again He Said to Me” (PA)
Tornado T-133 – Johnny Jones “You’ve Turned Me Down” / “A Million Times”
Tornado T-134 – Harold Crosby “Bright Lights (and Blond Haired Women)” / “Let’s Fall in Love Together” (Maine)
Tornado T-135 – ?
Tornado T-136 – Joe Stone & Bobby Atkins “Stolen Kisses Are The Sweetest” / “Mister Bluegrass (Here’s To You)”
Tornado T-137 – Gail Day “Santa Didn’t Come” / “Please, Mr. Santa” (8 year old daughter of George and Joni Day) (PA)
Tornado T-138 – Bobby Adkins “Bluest Guy In Town” / “You Stopped Loving Me”
Tornado T-139 – Ray Josey “Orchids & Diamonds” / “Silver Tears”
Tornado T-140 – ?
Tornado TLP-141 – George & Joni Day EP “Tears In My Heart,” “Sorry,” “The One You Left Me For,” “Make Up Your Mind,” “Too Many – Too Few,” “We’ll Work It Out” (PA)
Tornado T-142 – ?
Tornado T-143 – Glenn Thompson “Bad, Bad Dream” / “Thirteen Stripes in Old Glory”
Tornado T-144 – Glenn Thompson “Walk Softly (You’re Walking On My Heart)” / “You Didn’t Want Me Yesterday (I Don’t Want You Today)”
Tornado T-145 – Hank Brooks & the Midnite Rangers “Big, Big Heart” / “Pretty Picture On My Wall”

Lefty Hales
Lefty Hales

Tornado T-146 – Lefty Hales & the Carolina Partners “Stop Me” / “Anywhere, Anytime” (Goldsboro)
Tornado T-147 – Mettie Lou “A Soldier’s Prayer” / ??
Tornado T-148 – Bobby Adkins “Soldier’s Return” / “There’s Not Enough Words”
Tornado T-149 – Tommy Jones & the Hayriders “The Commies Are Coming” / “Love Is A Mountain Of Gold”
Tornado T-150 – ?
Tornado T-151 – ?
Tornado T-152 – Garland Atkins & the Sunny Mountain Partners “I Miss You Most Of All” / “Singin’ The Blues”
Tornado T-153 – Tommy Harrell & the Country Valients “One Drink Too Many” / You Sure Got The Best Of Me” (Eastern NC)
Tornado T-154 – ?
Tornado T-155 – ?
Tornado T-156 – ?
Tornado T-157 – Cousin Lee & Little Hank EP “Lonely and Blue,” “Don’t Judge Another Person,” “Lifetime To Forget,” “Little Hank’s Shuffle”
Tornado T-158 – ?
Tornado T-159 – The Nomads “Thoughts Of A Madman” / “From Zero Down” (Mt. Airy)
Tornado T-160 – Glenn Thompson Sunshine Through The Rain” / “You’re Not The Girl I Used To Know”
Tornado T-161 – Dick Mosely “Truck Stop Number Three” / “Under the Double Eagle”
Tornado T-162 – Billy Beal  “A Lifetime to Forget”  /  “Queen Without a Throne”
Tornado T-163 – Bobby Adkins “Ballad of Gamblin’ Lil” / “What About My Blue Heart”
Tornado T-164 – Bobby Adkins “Miss Thirteen, Teenage Queen” / “Day of God’s Wrath”
Glenn Thompson Tornado LP Best OfTornado T-165 – ?
Tornado T-166 – Glenn Thompson “Where The Red River Flows” / “King of the Endless Highways”

One Tornado LP has been identified thus far:

Tornado LP-102 The Best of Glenn Thompson

Thanks to Chris Bishop for additions, Lightnin’ Wells, Bob Clere for jpegs and helpful comments, and to Mike Markesich for key dates.

Glenn Thompson Tornado 45 What a LineGeorge Dry & the Daydreamers Tornado 45 One-Lung Charlie

Tommy Jones & the Hayriders Tornado 45 The Commies Are CommingCarl Pride Tornado 45 You Can't Catch My Mustang

The Nomads
The Nomads
The Nomads
The Nomads

Flowerpot Men

This is the start of a short timeline covering the career of The Flowerpot Men, famous for the UK hit “Let’s Go To San Francisco”.

I’d like to thank Miguel Terol for helping to piece together the following timeline. I would welcome any input from anyone who can add or correct information below. The following sources were also very useful:

http://forgottenbands.blogspot.co.uk/2011/03/next-band_5259.html

http://www.nicksimper.com/nicks_story3.htm#Chap15

 

Neil Landon – lead vocals

Pete Nelson – lead vocals

Tony Burrows – lead vocals

Robin Shaw – lead vocals

Neil Landon and Pete Nelson replace John Carter and Ken Lewis who sang on the single, ‘Let’s Go To San Francisco’.

Ged Peck – lead guitar (ex-Billie Davis & Quality)

+ Nick Simper – bass (ex-Billie Davis & Quality)

+ Billy Davidson – keyboards (ex-Freddie Mack & The Mack Sound)

+ Carlo Little – drums (ex-Billie Davis & Quality)

 

Notable gigs (most sourced from Melody Maker):

29 September 1967 – Floral Hall, Southport

Tour with Traffic, Tomorrow, Art, The Mindbenders and Vanilla Fudge:

1 October 1967 – Mr Smiths, Manchester

4 October 1967 – Finsbury Park Astoria, Finsbury Park, London

6 October 1967 – Rugby Benn Memorial Hall, Rugby, Warwickshire

6 October 1967 – ABC, Chesterfield

7 October 1967 – City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne

8 October 1967 – Empire, Liverpool

10 October 1967 – ABC Croydon, Surrey

11 October 1967 – Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham

13 October 1967 – Colston Hall, Bristol

14 October 1967 – Gaumont, Wolverhampton

15 October 1967 – De Montfort Hall, Leicester

17 October 1967 – Gaumont, Ipswich, Suffolk

25 October 1967 – King’s Hall, Derby (needs confirmation)

28 October 1967 – St George’s Ballroom, Hinckley

 

4 November 1967 – Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, Lancashire

14 November 1967 – King’s Hall, Derby (needs confirmation)

15 November 1967 – Locarno, Stevenage

19 November 1967 – Saville Theatre, London with The Bee Gees and The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

20 November 1967 – Stokley S&S Club

25 November 1967 – German TV Beat Club (most likely broadcast date)

NME announces in its 18 November issue that The Flowerpot Men have formed a four-piece backing group called The Sundial. The magazine reports that the group performs at the following venues:

November – Flowerpot Club, Birmingham (Saturday)

26 November 1967 – Week’s cabaret split between Latino, South Shields and Wetherall’s, Sunderland

 

The following gigs are from Melody Maker:

8 December 1967 – California Ballroom, Dunstable

9 December 1967 – Nottingham University

12 December 1967 – Keele University

16 December 1967 – St George Ballroom, Hinckley

23 December 1967 – Civic Hall, Nantwich, Cheshire with Sun Dial and Sound Society

30 December 1967 – German TV Beat Club

 

Billy Davidson is ill and various keyboard players fill in, possibly John Carroll 

+ Jon Lord – keyboards (ex-Artwoods)

3 February 1968 – California Ballroom, Dunstable

24 February 1968:  Nick Simper and Jon Lord leave for Roundabout on this date

 + Tex Makins – bass

+ John Carroll – keyboards

24-30 March 1968 – La Dolce Vita, Birmingham

Early May 1968:

Tex Makins and John Carroll both leave. Carroll goes to Germany to play club in Essen for three months. Makins will reunite with Peck and Little shortly

+ Gordon Haskell – bass (ex-Fleur De Lyes)

12 May 1968 – NME awards (one of Haskell’s first shows)

12 May 1968 – Hatchetts Playground, Piccadilly, London

18 May 1968 – California Ballroom, Dunstable with O’Hara’s Playboys

Circa mid-July 1968:

Gordon Haskell leaves to join Cupid’s Inspiration

 + Tex Makins returns 

11 July 1968 – Blue Lagoon, Newquay, Cornwall with Bystanders and Sam’s Brothers Band

Circa late July/early August 1968:

Ged Peck, Tex Makins and Carlo Little join David Garrick’s band in Switzerland

+ Mick Stewart – lead guitar (ex-James Royal Set)

Also another drummer and bass player

17 August 1968 – The Marquee, Baston with The Iveys and Muffin Bank

Circa late August 1968:

+ Carlo Little rejoins on drums after David Garrick show

30 September 1968 – Club Cavendish, Birmingham (play for a week?)

Circa early October 1968:

Mick Stewart leaves to rejoin James Royal Set. The bass player leaves too

+ Robin Box – lead guitar

+ Ricky Wolff – keyboards, flute and sax

+ Tony Hall – saxophone

+ Gordon Haskell – bass rejoins from Cupid’s Inspiration

8 March 1969 – Grand Hall, Kilmarnock, Scotland with Ambrose Slade

Many thanks to John Carroll and Gordon Haskell for providing information

GARAGE HANGOVER WOULD WELCOME ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. PLEASE LEAVE COMMENTS BELOW

 

D’Arcy Sound Studios, Sounds International & Nottingham Disc Co.

Gentle-Men Sounds International 45 Only LoveThe Sheepherders with Bubba Bailey Sounds International 45 If Ever You Need Me

D’Arcy Studios was started by Warren Miller, who had cut “Everybody’s Got a Baby But Me” / “Say You’ll Be True” for United Artists in 1958. In 1964 Miller had a label called D’Arcy with two country releases, one each by Charlie Wiggs and Jesse Travers.

In 1966 Miller started D’Arcy Sound Studios in Norfolk, and Sounds International seems to have been the house label for the studio.

About half the label’s releases were soul, of which the Sheepherders is most in demand. The Nite Liters and Del-Notes are good blue eyed soul.

The Rude Awakening is garage, the Outcasts single is heavy organ-based rock. The Common Wealth has been described as folky rock. The Holmes Brothers singles are country.

Of course many artists recorded their at D’Arcy and for release on other labels, such as the Regents with Mel Gaines and the Del Notes.

The Journey Back Nottingham Disc Co. 45 Synthetic PeopleIn 1968 Miller started using a new label, Nottingham Disc Co., which continued the last two digits of the numbering system (for example, changing from Sounds International 640, 641, 642 to 849, 850, 851 for Nottingham Disc Co). Nottingham 853 and 854 read “D’Arcy Studio Center” on the labels instead of “D’Arcy Sound Studios”.

The Journey Back’s single on Nottingham Disc is much sought after, and New Directions “Springtime Lady” is also very good. I haven’t heard the Russ Spooner or Mark III singles yet.

Around 1970 Miller changed the name of the studio to simply Studio Center and began a new five-digit numbering system beginning with “50”. He revived the Sounds International label for at least two releases in a 70s rural rock style.

Twenty Grand Music BMI published all original songs on Sounds International and Nottingham Disc Co.

Sounds International and Nottingham Disc Co. discography:
Any help with this discography would be appreciated.

Sounds International 631 – Nite Liters – “Set Me Free” / “Harlem Shuffle”
Sounds International 633 – Gentle-Men – “Only Love” (Wilson) / “Old McDonald”
Sounds International 634 – Rude Awakening – “Certain Girl” / “Fortune Teller”
Sounds International 635 – ?
Sounds International SI-636 – The Del-Notes – “I Love You” b/w “I Wish I Was Home”
Sounds International SI-637 – ?
Sounds International SI-638 – The Sheepherders with Bubba Bailey – “If You Ever Need Me” (Jones, Lowder, O’Sullivan) / “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”
Sounds International SI-639 – The Outcasts – “While I’m Here” / “Spell” (J.G. Heisler)
Sounds International SI 640 – Elsie Strong “This is the Last Time” (Gene Casey) / “Ask the Lonely” (William Stevenson, Jobete BMI)
Sounds International SI 641 – Holmes Brothers – “September Love” / “Splendor of Love”
Sounds International SI 642 – Pop Tops featuring Roy Hines – “I Want to Make It With You” (Hines, Weaver, Leibman, Esenberg, Barthlow) / “I Can Live”
Sounds International SI 643 – ?
Sounds International SI 644 – Holmes Brothers – “Searching Eyes” / “It’s a Big Big World”

Nottingham Disc Co. 848 – Russ Spooner with the Sheep Herders – “We Got That” (Bobby Moore) / “The Truth”
Nottingham Disc Co. 849 – The Journey Back – “Synthetic People” / “Run Away Baby” (L. Burnell, B. Sutton)
Nottingham Disc Co. 850 – New Directions – “Springtime Lady” (L.H. Jones) / “Swlabr” (arranged by Chip Golden III)
Nottingham Disc Co. 851 – The Machine – “Hey Grandma” / “Roll With It”
Nottingham Disc Co. 852 – ?
Nottingham Disc Co. 853 – Mark III “Gigolo” / “39-21-46″ (Norman Johnson)
Nottingham Disc Co. 854 – Plague – “Brighter Side” (T. Charauros, J. Burcham) / “Cherry Road”

The following releases have a different numbering system and credit “A Product of Sound Center, Norfolk, Va.” on the labels:

Nottingham Disc Co. 50104 – New Directions – “Lalena” / “Them Changes”
Sounds International 50120 – Franklin Freight Train – “Full on the Hill” / “Loving What You Can” (Seale-Leighton-Mahl-Seale)
Sounds International 50166 – Common Wealth – “Circles” (Carl Brody) / “It’s Over” (Phil Liebman)

Thank you to Matt Beck for his videos of the Plague 45 on Youtube.

Russ Spooner and the Sheep Herders Nottingham Disc Co. 45 We Got ThatNew Directions Nottingham Disc Co. 45 Lalena

Danny and the Del Notes

The Del Notes
The Del Notes (photo from the Peninsula Garage group)

Del Notes Top Cat 45 Don't Leave Me GirlThe Del Notes came from Newport News, Virginia. Danny O’Brien attended Newport News High School and formed the group at school.

Early members included:

Danny O’Brien – vocals and keyboards
Tom Clark – guitar
Earl Howard – guitar and vocals
Ronny Methany (also written as Ronnie Matheny) – bass guitar
Dickey Moore – drums

Danny O'Brien of the Del Notes
Danny O’Brien of the Del Notes

An early photo shows Earl Howard and Ronny Methany jamming with members of another group, including Steve K. (surname?) on rhythm guitar, Harrell Baker on lead guitar and sax and Donny Falk on bass guitar.

The Del Notes recorded their singles at D’Arcy Studios across the James River in Norfolk, VA.

The first included two original songs, “Don’t Leave Me Girl” by Danny O’Brien b/w “I Been Thinking Lately” by Earl Howard, released on Top Cat 968 in April of 1968.

Earl Howard of the Del Notes
Earl Howard of the Del Notes
For their second single on the Sounds International label, Danny O’Brien wrote a great blue-eyed soul song “I Love You” b/w another Earl Howard ballad “I Wish I Was Home” which a commentator said was written for Ronnie Matheny who had been sent to Vietnam.

Twenty Grand Music BMI published their original songs.

Del Notes Top Cat 45 I Been Thinking LatelyDanny O’Brien periodically revived the Del-Notes over the next few decades. Later members included bassist Garland Reese, guitarist Fred Ordonio and drummer Randy Jackson.

Earl Howard was killed in an auto accident on May 16, 1991. Dan O’Brien passed away on December 4, 2003.

The photos seen here Tom Hudgins submitted to the Peninsula Garage yahoo group some years back.

An article in the Daily Press from November 1991 was a good source of information for this post.

I don’t know of any other releases on this Top Cat label, but D’Arcy Sound Studios and Twenty Grande Music publishing show up on many releases on the Sounds International label. I’ll publish a discography of Sounds International next.

members of the Del Notes jam with another group
members of the Del Notes jam with another group

Freddie Mack’s bands: December 1965-April 1967

Freddy front copy
Freddy Mack’s album recorded in 1967 (not 1966). Thanks to Dave Tedstone for image

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.

In December 1965, Freddie Mack was briefly paired with The Phil Wainman Band for a Christmas/New Year show with female singer Cleo Sylvester. The group’s line up at the time comprised lead guitarist Mick Stewart; bass player Ron Thomas; organist Mick Fletcher; sax players Mel Wayne and Dave Mahoney; and drummer Phil Wainman.

Mel Wayne says that if he recalls correctly, Mick Fletcher was staying with him in Twickenham and the pair had problems with the trains and arrived late. Mack was going to fine them but the rest of the band rallied and said they’d leave if he did.

Unfortunately, the show proved to be a one off and Wainman’s band went on to work with a succession of Jamaican artists, including Millie, Owen Grey and most notably Jimmy Cliff.

Around April 1966 Freddie Mack approached Screaming Lord Sutch & The Savages to form a new (and larger) stage show, which already had Cleo Sylvester plus another American singer, Ronald Bertram Greaves (aka Sonny Childe) lined up to join (although Melody Maker lists Sonny Childe playing with The Charms at the Cue Club, Paddington on 11 May 1966).

Screaming Lord Sutch had been using Liverpool band, Derry Wilkie & The Others as a backing group for several months but the musicians were keen to break away from Lord Sutch.

The entire outfit – singer Derry Wilkie; lead guitarist Ernie Hayes; tenor sax player Phil Kenzie; baritone sax player Ashton Tootell; bass player Derek Bond; and drummer Billy Adamson accepted Mack’s offer and signed up, debuting at the Ram Jam in Brixton on 22 April 1966 under the name Freddie Mack’s This ‘N’ That.

The excellent Derry Wilkie website also lists a number of other players that were part of this larger show: singer Jo Baker; lead guitarist Geoff Krivit; tenor sax player “Nobby Clarke”; trumpet player Mark Charig; organist Mike Vaughn-Jones; and percussionist Eddie Lincoln.

Krivit, incidentally, had briefly been a member of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers in 1965 and would go on to play with Dr K’s Blues Band. Charig meanwhile had been a member of The Sidewinders (recently playing at Count Suckle’s Cue Club in Paddington) and later worked with Bluesology (alongside Elton John).

Billed as This ‘N’ That, the line-up recorded a lone single, “Get Down With It” c/w “I Care About You” for the Strike label, which was released on 10 June 1966.

Judging by an advert printed in 11 June 1966 edition of Melody Maker, the single features singers Derry Wilkie, Sonny Childe, Cleo Sylvester and Leon plus “the explosive sound of TNT and Mack Sound”.

But Derry Wilkie didn’t hang around long and briefly embarked on a solo career (possibly when Sonny Childe came fully on-board).

The rest of Mack’s group left in early July 1966 to work as Sonny Childe & The TNT. According to Ernie Hayes, when Sonny Childe returned to the US around August 1967, the guitarist, plus organist Mike Vaughan-Jones and drummer Billy Adamson joined forces with bass player Jet Harris and singer Pete Gage for a few months. Phil Kenzie meanwhile joined Tuesday’s Children for four months.

In December 1967, Ernie Hayes, Mike Vaughan-Jones, Billy Adamson and Phil Kenzie reunited in TNT to back American singer PP Arnold with former Creation’s member Eddie Phillips on bass. Adamson later played with The Searchers while Kenzie returned to Freddie Mack’s band in spring 1968 (see forthcoming entry).

Back in late August 1966, Derry Wilkie returned to sing with The Mack Sound. By this time, Freddie Mack had brought in baritone sax player Roger Warwick, whose CV included spells with The Tornados and Screaming Lord Sutch & The Savages, to put together a new formation.

Drawing on a number of web sources, and accounts from several musicians, it looks like the new line up’s formation, which signed to Dumont Associates (as advertised in Melody Maker’s 15 October issue), comprised the following at some point between September 1966 and January 1967:

Freddie Mack – lead vocals

Derry Wilkie – lead vocals

Tony Morgan – lead vocals, congas

Kenneth Harry – lead vocals

Kookie Eaton – lead vocals

Ged Peck – lead guitar

Billy Davidson – organ 

Art Regis – organ (most likely from January 1967)

Alan Cartwright – bass

Roger Warwick – baritone saxophone

Dick Morrisey – tenor saxophone

Clarence Jackson – trombone

Bernie Wehrman – tenor saxophone

Chris Burdett – alto saxophone (possibly joined later in 1966)

Jeff Bridge – tenor saxophone (possibly joined later in 1966)

Phil Presland – baritone saxophone (possibly joined later in 1966)

Eddie ‘Tan Tan’ Thornton – trumpet (joined October 1966)

B J Wilson – drums

Art Regis with The Defenders
Art Regis with The Defenders

Hammond organist Art Regis, who’d previously performed with Mel Turner & Rupert and The Red Devils, Dutch band The Defenders, The SW5 and The Arthur Brown Union, remembers Derry Wilkie, Tony Morgan, Kookie Eaton, Dick Morrisey, Bernie Wehrman, Clarence Jackson and Eddie Thornton being in the band at the same time as him.

Clarence Jackson was a member of Otis Redding’s touring band when the singer had made his UK debut in September 1966, so it’s probably safe to assume he joined after the tour had finished.

Eddie ‘Tan Tan’ Thornton, however, was still working with Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames until October 1966, and therefore it’s possible that another trumpet player was there before.

Thanks to recollections from Ged Peck, it appears that the first keyboard player was Billy Davidson (who later worked with The Flowerpot Men among others) but he was replaced by Art Regis at some point.

One thing is clear from tracing Freddie Mack’s bands during the 1960s, the line-ups tended to be pretty fluid and (particularly) horn players appeared to come and go on a regular basis, making pinning down definitive formations almost impossible.

Of the other musicians listed above, lead guitarist Ged Peck had been a member of The Favourite Sons before briefly playing with Chris Lamb & The Universals. Dick Morrisey came from The Ian Hamer Sextet while B J Wilson had played with The Paramounts and George Bean & The Runners.

In late February 1967, Wilson joined Sands and then Procol Harum, so would only have been there a matter of months. Alan Cartwright was an old friend of Wilson’s and would later play with Procol Harum in the Seventies.

Art Regis recalls Freddie Mack coming to his flat in Portobello Road and discussing the possibility of forming “an extravagant international soul show”. The Hammond organist also remembers playing at Silver Blades Ice Rink in Streatham and a trek down to Cornwall to play an air sea rescue base in Falmouth (possibly gig listed below on 30 March 1967).

More importantly, Art Regis also recalls performing with Freddie Mack at Billy Walker’s The Upper Cut in Forest Gate, which opened on 21 December 1966. According to Melody Maker, Mack’s band was the resident support band at this notable venue until early February 1967.

Throughout this period, musicians appear to have come and gone on a regular basis. According to Nick Simper’s excellent website, Roger Truth, who had played with the future Deep Purple bass player in Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, took over the drum stool in late November 1966.

Like B J Wilson, Roger Warwick also left in the winter of 1966. Warwick moved to Italy to form a band for Lebanese singer Patrick Samson.

The New Pirates in February 1967. Mick Stewart (far left) who played with Mack in December 1965 and Nick Simper (far right) who briefly played with Mack in early 1967. Photo: John Kerrison
The New Pirates in February 1967. Mick Stewart (far left) who played with Mack in December 1965 and Nick Simper (second from right) who briefly played with Mack in early 1967. Photo: John Kerrison

Nick Simper also spent a week with the band when it was resident support act at the Upper Cut (most likely the first week in January 1967) after working with Bobby Hebb’s touring band. However, Alan Cartwright was soon back and Simper formed The New Pirates the following month.

Art Regis would reunite with Nick Simper and Ged Peck June 1967 in Billie Davis & The Quality before working briefly with Engelbert Humperdinck. Regis confirms that he then joined Jimmy James & The Vagabonds on 27 July 1967.

The Loose Ends in 1966 with Roy Davies (far left). Photo: Alan Whitehead
The Loose Ends in 1966 with Roy Davies (far left). Photo: Alan Whitehead

Another keyboard player that is often associated with Freddie Mack during this time is future Gonzalez member Roy Davies, who’d previously been a member of Southeast London band, The Loose Ends. It looks most likely that Davies came on-board when Art Regis left.

Notable gigs:

10 September 1966 – The Cavern, Liverpool with Eddie Cave & The Fix, The Kop, The Hideaways, The Seftons and The Rocking Vicars

 

1 October 1966 – Flamingo Ballroom, Redruth, Cornwall with Jaguars

 

8 November 1966 – The Place, Hanley, Staffordshire

26-27 November 1966 – Tofts, Folkestone, Kent

 

4 December 1966 – Douglas House, London (listed as 13-piece band) with Herbie Goins & The Nighttimers)

5 December 1966 – Whisky A Go Go, London

10 December 1966 – King’s Hall, Stoke-on-Trent with In-Betweens and Lonnie’s Few

11 December 1966 – Golden Torch, Tunstall, Staffordshire

11 December 1966 – Esquire Club, Sheffield with The Orginators Creed, The Hobo Flats and The Chicago Line

16 December 1966 – Tofts, Folkestone, Kent

21 December 1966-12 February 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate:

21 December 1966 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate with Who

22 December 1966 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate with Easybeats

23 December 1966 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch

24 December 1966 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate with Eric Burdon & The Animals

26 December 1966 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate with Jimi Hendrix Experience (day)

26 December 1966 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate with Pretty Things (evening)

27-29 December 1966 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate

30 December 1966 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate with Spencer Davis Group

31 December 1966 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate with Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band

 

1 January 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate with The Move

2-5 January 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate

6 January 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate with The Small Faces

7 January 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate with The Bitter End Singers

8 January 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate with The Mindbenders (Nick Simper’s website says Pink Floyd replaced them)

9-12 January 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate

13 January 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate with Four Pennies

14 January 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate with Terry Lightfoot’s Jazzmen

15-19 January 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate

20 January 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate with Sounds Incorporated

21 January 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate with The Fourmost

22-26 January 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate

27 January 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate with Jimmy James & The Vagabonds

28 January 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate with Jimi Hendrix Experience

29-31 January 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate

 

1-2 February 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate

3 February 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate with Winston’s Fumbs (now listed as 15-piece band)

4 February 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate

5-12 February 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest

13 February 1967 – Winter Gardens Ballroom, Penzance, Cornwall with The Jaguars

14 February 1967 – Flamingo Ballroom, Redruth, Cornwall with The Dissatisfied

25 February 1967 – Tofts, Folkestone, Kent

 

18 March 1967 – Starlight Ballroom, Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire with The Kool Combination, The Bone and The Steel Band

23 March 1967 – Cleethorpes

24 March 1967 – Scotland

25 March 1967 – Scotland

26 March 1967 – Scotland

27 March 1967 – Scotland

30 March 1967 – RNAS Culdrose, Cornwall (Art Regis a member?)

31 March 1967 – Penzance, Cornwall (most likely Winter Gardens Ballroom)

 

1-2 April 1967 – Flamingo Ballroom, Redruth, Cornwall with The Hoboes

Other changes around this time included another drummer (possibly B J Wilson), who would have filled in when Roger Truth temporarily bailed to rehearse with Nick Simper’s New Pirates but then had a change of heart and returned. Also, some sources note that West Indian trumpet player Sonny Corbett joined during early 1967.

Ged Peck certainly was gone sometime in late March/early April 1967 and joined Nick Simper in Billie Davis & The Quality that May before going on to a number of notable acts, including Warhorse (alongside Simper). His temporary replacement was former Tornados and Echoes guitarist Stuart Taylor.

Lead guitarist Dave Tedstone, who had previously been a member of The Doc Thomas Group, remembers going to Eel Pie Island to see Freddie Mack’s band and says that it was one of Roger Truth’s final gigs (before he left to join Simon Raven Cult). Tedstone also recalls that Stuart Taylor was on guitar. Thanks to Pete Watt’s excellent research this gig can be confirmed as 4 April 1967.

TO BE CONTINUED…

I would personally like to thank the following for helping to piece this story together: Mel Wayne, Art Regis, Dave Tedstone and Nick Simper.

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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Tapestry

TAPESTRYMike Hutson – lead vocals

Pete Frolich – guitar (replaced original guitarist)

Martin Woodward – keyboards

Dave Moses – bass

Chic – drums

This five-piece harmony band was formed at Warlingham School in Surrey during 1968. The group recorded two singles for NEMS, kicking off with “Like the Sun” c/w “Florence”, which was released in September 1968. Both sides were produced by guitarist Pete Gage, who co-wrote “Like the Sun” with the band. “Florence” was written by Mike Hutson with a school friend.

A second single, “Heart and Soul” c/w “Who Wants Happiness” came out on 24 January 1969 by which point the band had split up. Produced again by Pete Gage, “Heart and Soul” was composed by R MacDonald and M Green while Dave Moses penned “Who Wants Happiness”. Pete Gage made the decision that Pete Frolich rather than Mike Hutson should sing on “Heart and Soul”.

Martin Woodward joined The Fantastics’ backing group, The House of Orange and later recorded with Aquila before working with the Tommy Hunt Band. Mike Hutson subsequently took up a post in promotions at United Artists and RCA.

Thank you Martin Woodward for providing information about this band and also to Pete Gage. Garage Hangover would be interested to hear from anyone that can add more information about the group.

 

The Fantastics – British tours 1967-1969

Originally known as The Velours, US soul band, The Fantastics had enjoyed Stateside success before being brought to the UK by promoter Roy Tempest in late 1967.

Billed as the “Fabulous Temptations” (even though there was no connection with the more famous Motown act), the group’s debut UK tour took place in September 1967.

Bournemouth 65-67
The Sovereigns, circa 1966. Sitting on elephant, left to right: Mich Tomich, Freddie Tillyer, Pip Williams and Keith Franklin. Standing: Roy St John (pic: Pip Williams)

To support the soul act on the road, Roy Tempest’s agency hired West London band, The Sovereigns, who had been formed in mid-1965 and comprised singer Roy St John (real name: Roy Thwaites), lead guitarist Pip Williams, bass player Mick Williams, tenor sax player Freddie Tillyer and drummer Keith Franklin.

When the band turned professional, Pip’s brother Mick dropped out and Mick Tomich took over on bass. Shortly after, sax player Freddie Tillyer also left. Just before the band got picked up by Roy Tempest’s agency, Scotsman Brian Johnson, keyboard player in The Senate, came on board.

Pip 65-67
Pip Williams, circa 1966.

Selected gigs:

1 September 1967 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Hertfordshire (billed as “Fabulous Temptations”) (possibly debut show)

2 September 1967 – Starlight Room, Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire with The Equals, The Sovereigns and The Rubber Band (billed as “Fabulous Temptations”)

3 September 1967 – King Mojo, Sheffield (billed as “Temptations”)

5 September 1967 – Whisky A Go Go, London (billed as “Temptations”)

Within weeks of the tour starting, Mick Tomich departed and Ron Thomas was brought in from Hamilton & The Movement. Tomich went on to play with Pickettywitch among others. By this point, the group had changed name from The Sovereigns to The House of Orange.

Selected gigs:

16 September 1967 – The Place, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

 

14 November 1967 – Whisky A Go Go, London (billed as “Fabulous Temptations”).

17 November 1967 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire (billed as “Fabulous Temptations”)

 

Fantastics Dec 19673 December 1967 – Starlight Ballroom, Crawley, West Sussex with The Army (billed as Temptations)

5 December 1967 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (billed as “Fabulous Temptations”)

 

17 February 1968 – Princes Pavilion, Falmouth, Cornwall with Peace & Quiet

25 February 1968 – Beau Brummel Club, Nantwich, Cheshire (bills backing group, The House of Orange) with The Jaytree Organisation

 

2 March 1968 – Starlight Ballroom, Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire with Gospel Garden, The Reformation (bills backing group, The House of Orange)

2 March 1968 – Brave New World, Portsmouth, Hampshire (billed but replaced by Mike Cotton & Lucas)

3 March 1968 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London

17 March 1968 – Beau Brummel Club, Nantwich, Cheshire (bills backing group, The House of Orange) with The Jaytree Organisation

 

Fantastics March 196826 April 1968 – Clockwork Orange, Chester, Cheshire (bills backing group, The House of Orange)

27 April 1968 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London with Duke Reid Sound

 

6 May 1968 – Belfry, Wishaw, West Midlands with Immediate Pleasure

13 May 1968 – Cromwellian, London

 

3 June 1968 – Queen’s Hall, Leeds with The Herd, Bill Haley & The Comets, Alan Bown, Edwin Starr, Amboy Jukes, Gospel Garden, Clockwork Orange and others

3 June 1968 – Blue Lagoon, Newquay, Cornwall with The Action (unlikely with gig in Leeds on the same day)

10 June 1968 – Carlton Club, Warrington

11 June 1968 – Klooks Kleek, London

15 June 1968 – Bulmershe College of Education, Woodley, Berkshire

 

11 August 1968 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent

16 August 1968 – Fishmonger’s Arms, Wood Green, London

22 August 1968 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London

24 August 1968 – “Middle Earth”, Torquay Town Hall, Torquay, Devon (bills backing group, The House of Orange) with The Royals and Howard Stephen Shape

 

1 September 1968 –Queen’s Hall, Leeds with Ben E King, Clyde McPhattter, Flirtations, Tim Rose, Timebox and The World of Oz

2 September 1968 – Brave New World, Portsmouth, Hampshire

14 September 1968 – Blue Lagoon, Newquay, Cornwall with Same Brothers and Confusion

17 September 1968 – Hatchettes Playground, London

 

11 October 1968 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham

12 October 1968 – Links, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire with Fragrant Blend

29-31 October 1968 – Rum Runner, Birmingham with Catz

31 October 1968 – Birdcage, Harlow, Essex

 

1 November 1968 – Bird Cage, Harlow, Essex with Chuck Jackson and Carla Thomas

2 November 1968 – Rawtenstall Baths, Rawtenstall, Lancashire

5 November 1968 – Concord, Southampton, Hampshire

8 November 1968 – Swimming Baths, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire

22 November 1968 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire

23 November 1968 – Odeon Manchester (or was this Manchester Free Trade Hall?) with Diana Ross & The Supremes and others

24 November 1968 – London Palladium, London with Diana Ross & The Supremes and others

29 November 1968 – Cue Club, Paddington, London

30 November 1968 – New Century Hall, Manchester

 

1 December 1968 – Princes and Domino clubs, Manchester

3 December 1968 –The Place Club, Henley, Berkshire (sure not The Place, Hanley, Staffordshire?)

6 December 1968 – City Hall, Sheffield

7 December 1968 – Elm Court Ballroom, Botley, Hampshire

9 December 1968 – Ramsgate Coronation Ballroom, Ramsgate, Kent

12 December 1968 – Pavilion, Worthing, West Sussex

13 December 1968 – Top Rank, Doncaster

15 December 1968 – RAF Mildenhall

16 December 1968 – Tithe Farm, Harlow, Essex

20 December 1968 – Tabernacle, Stockport, Greater Manchester

21 December 1968 – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, Essex

22 December 1968 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent

23 December 1968 – Golden Torch, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

24 December 1968 – Plaza Ballroom, Newbury, Berkshire

26 December 1968 – Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, Lancashire

27 December 1968 – Newmarket Hotel, Bridgewater, Somerset

28 December 1968 – Civic Hall, Nantwich, Cheshire with The Hideaways

29 December 1968 – Mercers Arms, Coventry, West Midlands

30 December 1968 – Belfry Hotel, Wishaw, West Midlands

31 December 1968 – Morecambe Pier, Morecambe, Lancashire

 

2 January 1969 – Sloopy’s, Middlesbrough

3 January 1969 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham

4 January 1969 – Civic Hall, Winsford, Cheshire

17 January 1969 – Town Hall, Birmingham

18 January 1969 – Town Hall, Glastonbury, Somerset

19 January 1969 – Surrey Oval Rooms, Kennington, Surrey

21 January 1969 – King’s Hall, Aberystwyth, Wales

24 January 1969 – White Lion, Edgware, Middlesex

25 January 1969 – Winter Gardens Pavilion, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset

 

1 February 1969 – New Astoria Ballroom, Rawtenstall, Lancashire and Bin Lid Club, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire

2 February 1969 – The Place, Hanley, Staffordshire

7 February 1969 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham

14-15 February 1969 – Scene 2 Club, Scarborough

16 February 1969 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent

22 February 1969 – Cliff’s Pavilion, Southend, Essex

23 February 1969 – Good Companion’s Hotel, Slough, Berkshire

In late February, Keith Franklin and Brian Johnson both departed. Pip Williams and Ron Thomas brought in drummer James Smith from The Nashville Teens and organist Martin Woodward from Tapestry.

Selected gigs:

19 March 1969 – The Lyceum, the Strand, London with The Move (debut show with new line up)

Martin Woodward remembers playing the following venues but doesn’t remember the dates:

Civic Hall, Winsford, Cheshire

400 Ballroom Torquay (at least twice)

Scene 2 Club, Scarborough (two or three times)

The Place, Hanley, Staffordshire

Lyceum, Sheffield

Mecca Derby (at least twice)

Mecca Plymouth

Winter Gardens Pavilion, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset

Dunstable (possibly California Ballroom)

Middlesbrough Showboat for a week plus one night stands

Middlesbrough (with Three Dog Night)

Kenilworth Grange

Bolton Casino, Wigan Casino, Garrick Lea (for seven days)

Sheffield University for last two nights

April – US airbases in Germany and then Zurich, Switzerland with Gun

Selected gigs:

25 April 1969 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham

25 May 1969 – Skegness Seaside Soul Festival, Skegness, Lincolnshire with Amen Corner, Inez and Charlie Foxx, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band and Jimmy James & The Vagabonds

According to James Smith, the Fantastics had problems with UK work permits around this time and had to work in Europe for six months. Just before the following gigs in Germany, Ron Thomas left (later to play, most notably, with The Heavy Metal Kids) and one of the roadie’s mates joined on bass.

Selected gigs:

June-July 1969 – US airbases in Germany

July 1969 – NATO airbase in Naples, Italy

Martin Woodward in Rome
Martin Woodward in Rome

Pip Williams, who wasn’t long married and needed to return home, left while the band was in Naples and returned home, later joining Jimmy James & The Vagabonds. A guitarist called Fred was flown out to Majorca after the bass player filled in briefly for shows in Cannes, France.

Pip Williams later became a top session player, working with producer Phil Wainman among others. Later on, he became a successful producer, and is best known for producing Status Quo and The Moody Blues, among others.

August 1969 – Majorca (for one month)

Aquila (L-R: Phil Childs, Ralph Denyer, George Lee, Martin Woodward, James Smith)
Aquila (L-R: Phil Childs, Ralph Denyer, George Lee, Martin Woodward, James Smith)

When the band folded in 1970, Martin Woodward and James Smith formed Aquila who, after gigging around the UK, Rome, Paris and Amsterdam, recorded a lone ‘prog rock’ album for RCA. They then teamed up again backing Geno Washington for a short time. Woodward then joined the Tommy Hunt Band and Smith hooked up with a German-based American soul band working in Spain.

Gig sources:

Fabulous 208 Magazine, Lincolnshire Standard, Melody Maker, Crawley Advertiser, West Briton & Royal Cornwall Gazette, Birmingham Evening Mail, Northwich Chronicle, Sheffield Star, Warrington Guardian

A huge thanks to Pip Williams, Martin Woodward, Ron Thomas and James Smith for their help piecing the band history together. Thank you to Pip Williams for The Sovereigns photos. Thanks to Martin Woodward for personal photo and to James Smith for Aquila image.

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The Hum Drum Band

Hum Drum BandJan Ball – lead vocals

Anne ? – lead vocals

Jon Guyett – lead vocals

Tony Bramwell – lead guitar

John Iggleden – keyboards

Norman Rowe (aka Big Norm) – bass

Steve Dunkley – drums

Band photosFormed in early 1967, the original line up played regularly at the Railway Hotel, Greenford on Sunday mornings. Tony Bramwell had previously played with The Fantoms.

The Hum Drum Band also performed regularly at the White Bear in Hounslow where they often ran into Dave Cousins who played there before The Strawbs became famous.

When John Iggleden left (possibly to join The Downliners Sect), the group subsequently brought in a sax player called Brian (Marshall?).

The Hum Drum Band broke up in 1969 and Steve Dunkley went on to play with several local bands before drumming on cruise ships. He later ran his own roofing firm.

Jon Guyett, who was an industrial chemist, went on to run his own business. Tony Bramwell, who subsequently married Jan Ball, qualified as chartered quantity surveyor.

Norman Rowe became a well-respected draughtsman in an architect’s practice.

Garage Hangover would be interested to hear from anyone who can provide more information on this group.

Thanks to Tony Bramwell for the information and photos.

Delroy Williams & The Sugar Band/Delroy Williams Show

Delroy Williams – lead vocals

Dave Mumford – lead guitar

Malcolm Wainman – organ

Pete Browning – tenor sax

Les Batt – baritone sax

Dick Merrit – bass

Geoff Coxon – drums

The Sugar Band was formed in late 1966 out of the ashes of West London R&B/soul outfit, Colin Shane & The Shannons. Coxon had joined the outfit that summer after working with Hampton, Middlesex group, The Others.

Around September 1967, the group’s agent linked the band with Jamaican singer Delroy Williams and they worked initially as Delroy Williams & The Sugar Band before becoming The Delroy Williams Shows. Go go dancers Una and Paula joined them on stage.

During 1968, Dave Mumford and Dick Merrit departed and were replaced by new members. However, a combination of poor management and artistic differences led to a split in early 1969 when Coxon left to join The Kool. He subsequently reunited with Dave Mumford in Calum Bryce alongside sax player Mel Wayne, who had been Colin Shane & The Shannons from 1962-1964.

Mumford had recorded the track ‘Love Maker’ under the name Calum Bryce and needed a group to tour to promote the single. The band recorded a second single, “In My Valley”, which was never released.

Notable gigs:

8 October 1967 – Flamingo, London

20 October 1967 – Flamingo, London

29 January 1968 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire

10 February 1968 – Blue Lagoon, Newquay, Cornwall with Spirit of John Morgan

1 March 1968 – Galashiels, Scotland

2 March 1968 – Glasgow, Scotland

3 March 1968 – Edinburgh, Scotland

4 March 1968 – Aberdeen, Scotland

5 March 1968 – Elgin, Scotland

6 March 1968 – Stonehaven, Scotland

7 March 1968 – Dundee, Scotland

8 March 1968 – Forfar, Scotland

9 March 1968 – Edinburgh, Scotland

10 March 1968 – Glasgow, Scotland

11-16 March 1968 – Playboy, London

17 March 1968 – Leytonstone, Essex

18-23 March 1968 – Playboy, London

24 March 1968 – Burton-on-Trent

25 March 1968 – Recording

26 March 1968 – Bournemouth, Dorset

27 March 1968 – Catford, Kent

28 March 1968 – Ealing, Middlesex

29 March 1968 – Flamingo, Soho, London

30 March 1968 – Gloucester, Gloucestershire

31 March 1968 – Gillingham, Kent

1 April 1968 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire

11 April 1968 – Colchester, Essex

12 April 1968 – Eastbourne, East Sussex

13 April 1968 – Yeovil, Somerset

14 April 1968 – Stockport, Greater Manchester

15 April 1968 – Leeds

16 April 1968 – Hanley, Staffordshire

17 April 1968 – Revolution, London

18 April 1968 – Abingdon, Oxfordshire

19 April 1968 – Perton

20 April 1968 – Waddington

21 April 1968 – Silver Ends

22-23 April 1968 – London

26 April 1968 – Weymouth, Dorset

27 April 1968 – Torquay, Devon

29 April 1968 – London

14 September 1968 – Alex Disco, Salisbury

Most gigs were sourced from Melody Maker.

Many thanks to Geoff Coxon for background information on the Sugar Band.  

Garage Hangover would love to hear from anyone who can provide more information on the band and its members.

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