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 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.

Terry Stannard, who had previously played with The Pack and The Flowers of Wisdom and would go on to work with White Rabbit, The Mirrors, One and Kokomo among others and Ron Berg, who succeeded him in White Rabbit before playing with Blodwyn Pig took over from Roger Truth in June 1967.

Freddie Mack back coverMistakenly 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. The most likely recording date would have been July 1967.

Notable gigs:

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

6 April 1967 – Overseas Visitors Club, London

19 April 1967 – Steering Wheel, Weymouth, Dorset

20 April 1967 – Stafford (most likely Dorset)

21 April 1967 – Steering Wheel, Dorchester, Dorset

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 with Small Faces, Ronnie Scott Quartet, Spencer’s Washboard Kings, The Settlers, Mike Daniels’ Big Band and Broads City Blueblowers

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

26 June 1967 – Orford Cellar, Norwich

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 (billed as Freddy Mack & The Mack Sound featuring Hon-ey!)

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 with Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera

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

11 November 1967 – Industrial Club, Norwich

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 with The Rayners

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/)

 

25 November 1967 – West Runton Pavilion, West Runton, Norfolk with The Sonics

27 November 1967 – Carlton Club, Warrington, Cheshire

29 November 1967 – Reading Town Hall, Reading

29 November 1967– Industrial Club, Norwich with Shevelles

 

1 December 1967 – Industrial Club, Norwich

2 December 1967– West Runton Pavilion, West Runton, Norfolk

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 with Combined Achievement

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, Eastern Evening News

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11 thoughts on “Freddie Mack’s bands: April 1967-January 1968”

  1. I have been trying to find information on Freddie Mack’s Band concert dates between 1969- 70-72 -73. I played keys back then with Freddie’s band. Was wondering if you can give me some information for my own bio… Thanks

  2. Found tonnes more gigs in Melody Maker, which suggest that Dave Tedstone may well have stayed until mid-late February and not left in January 1968.

    8 January 1968 – 100 Club, Oxford Street, London
    11 January 1968 – Concord, Southampton, Hampshire
    12 January 1968 – Exeter University

    Says in 13 January issue, page 13 that a continental tour is planned but does not say when.

    14 January 1968 – Gillingham Central Hotel, Gillingham, Kent
    15 January 1968 – Laker’s Arms, Redhill, Surrey

    19 January 1968 – Yarmouth
    21 January 1968 – Bexley
    22 January 1968 – Whisky A Go Go, London
    23 January 1968 – Aberystwyth, Wales
    24 January 1968 – Cardiff, Wales
    25 January 1968 – Epsom, Surrey
    26 January 1968 – Birmingham
    27 January 1968 – Southport, Lancashire
    28 January 1968 – Hanley, Staffordshire
    30 January 1968 – Whisky A Go Go, London with Lamb Brothers and Co

  3. The above gig on the 13 October 1967 in Weymouth is notable as the band shared the billing with Pink Floyd. Also on that night were Dennis Scott & The Soundsmen

  4. The full details for the 2 October 1967 gig was the Park Hall Hotel, Goldthorn Park, Wolverhampton with The Californians and Barmy Barry Show

  5. Nottingham Evening Post lists one missing gig:

    5 August 1967 – Britannia Rowing Club, Nottingham

    It also says gig above on 9 July 1967 was at the Britannia and not the Beachcomber.

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