The Continentals and Tortoise Records

Continentals Tortoise 45 Rufus RastasThe Continentals cut two fratty originals, “Rufus Rastas” / “Donna” on Tortoise Records. I found a copy with an inscription on the “Rufus Rastas” label “First copy to Jim McKee, Oct. 12, 1965 … Joe Doll, President, Tortoise Records”.

I wrote to Mr. Doll and he while he didn’t recall Jim McKee, he replied,

I was president (and janitor, too!) of Tortoise Records. I began college at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio in 1963, then transferred to U. of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1966 to complete my Electrical Engineering degree.

I most likely met the Continentals when they were entertaining at one of the numerous fraternity/sorority parties in Delaware. Too bad, I have no recollection or documentation of the band members. I do remember the general parameters of the recording session with The Continentals, at the WSLN studios in Delaware, OH, north of Columbus. I also remember thinking at the time that their “Rufus Rastas” made a pretty good side. I don’t think we did a test pressing, so what you found was probably the top copy in the shipment from the pressing factory.

When it was over, they departed with their box of pressings and we had no further contact.

Tortoise Records was named for the very first band on the label, the Turtles, with their “Pungfoo Watusi” from 1964:

“Pungfoo Watusi” was the not-very-carefully-conceived B side of “Pungfoo”. It was the first record I produced.
 
“Pungfoo” originated with me and some fraternity brothers fooling around with a piano, sax, and drum set in the parlor of our fraternity house. We whimsically called ourselves Tuggy and the Turtles. The original title and lyric was “Fungu”. It was a made-up word, but someone thought that meant something bad in another language. One unreleased recording is “Fungu” recorded on cheap equipment in the fraternity house.
 
The record was taped at Fortune Studios in Detroit. I played piano, whistled, and hollered into some sort of trash can. Jim Guiness played saxophone. Our usual drummer, “Tuggy,” could not make it, so we picked up a drummer in Detroit. That’s why the group name is just The Turtles. A couple others assisted with clapping, which I believe we overdubbed. 

I had done some work for the [Fortune] studio the previous summer, and they allowed me to use it without charge. I didn’t do a lot of work there, just came in to help them adjust and maintain their equipment from time to time.
  
Frank Uhle, who took on the project to do a 50th Anniversary re-release of the Beau Biens record, at one time contemplated a vinyl album that would contain some unreleased material. I have about a half hour of covers recorded by the Mark V, a pretty good rock band that played fraternity/sorority parties at Ohio Wesleyan.  I recorded them in the WSLN studios, like the Continentals. There was an outfit called the Crystal Set Radio Band for whom I taped several tunes, originals I believe, in the WCBN studios. Ken Phillips, a U of M student, recorded with a small group a couple of tunes he had written and had them pressed as a demo record.

Joe Doll would become a DJ at WCBN at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he would record the Aftermath and the Beau Biens on Malibu Records. For more info please look at Joe’s website.

Tortoise Records discography:

Tortoise T 64001 – Turtles “Pungfoo” / “Pungfoo Watusi” (both by Joe Doll)

Tortoise T-65001 – Continentals – “Rufus Rastas” / “Donna”

Tortoise T-66003 – Aftermath – “Messing With the Kid” / “Bury My Body” (Campbell, Connelly)

Malibu MB-67001 – Beaubiens (aka Beau Biens) – “Times Passed” (arr. by Salvo & Palazzolo) / “A Man Who’s Lost” (both by Kleene & Tapert, Linnoah Music BMI, produced by Joe Doll)

A special thank you to Joe Doll for his help answering my questions and allowing me to quote him.

Continentals Tortoise 45 Donna

Davey Sands & The Essex

Welcome to another posting of a series of gig listings for 1960s bands. None of these lists is exhaustive and my idea is to add to them in the comments section below over time. They are here for future researchers to draw on.  I have also added a few interesting bits of information and will add images in time.

I’d like to encourage band members to get in touch to share memories, or for anyone to send corrections/clarifications to my email: Warchive@aol.com 

Equally important, if you attended any of the gigs below or played in the support band, please do leave your memories below in the comments section for future historians to use. If you know of any missing gigs, please add them too, if possible, with the sources.

Davey Sands – lead vocals

Howard Alexander (aka Shaffer) – lead guitar

Peter James – bass (replaced by Len Hawkes)

Chris Daryl – keyboards

Ian Barry – drums (replaced by Ian Warner after first single)

1965:

2 October 1965 – Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Walthamstow, London with the Eastsiders (Leyton, Leytonstone and Waltham Forest Guardian)

 

13 November 1965 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex with The Defiants (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

 

31 December 1965 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex with The Lonely Ones (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

1966:

1 January 1966 – Clacton Town Hall, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex with Curtis & Co and The Mark Four (Essex County Standard)

15 January 1966 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

24 January 1966 – Co-Op, Rainbow Suite, Birmingham with The Cyclons (Birmingham Evening Mail)

29 January 1966 – Gala Ballroom, Norwich with Yes and No (Eastern Evening News)

 

12 February 1966 – Star Ballroom, Maidstone, Kent with The Poor Boys (Maidstone Gazette)

20 February 1966 – Tower Ballroom, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk with Ye Kingwaymen (Eastern Evening News)

 

11 March 1966 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

18 March 1966 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Fenmen and The Fuzz-Bangs (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

19 March 1966 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex with The Original Dyaks (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

26 March 1966 – Star Ballroom, Maidstone, Kent with The Clockwork Oranges (Maidstone Gazette)

 

19 April 1966 – Co-Op, Rainbow Suite, Birmingham with The Cellarmen (Birmingham Evening Mail)

 

15 May 1966 – Tower Ballroom, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk with Hi-Jacks (Eastern Evening News)

 

9 July 1966 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

There is a great story and picture on the band in Wellingborough News from 12 August 1966, page 8

13 August 1966 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

15 August 1966 – Atlanta Ballroom, Woking, Surrey (Aldershot News)

27 August 1966 – Corn Exchange, Maidstone, Kent with support (Maidstone Gazette)

 

3 September 1966 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

13 September 1966 – Flamingo, Soho, London (Melody Maker)

 

6 November 1966 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

 

3 December 1966 – El Rondo, Leicester (Leicester Mercury)

16 December 1966 – Dancing Slipper Ballroom, West Bridgeford, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

1967:

7 January 1967 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

29 January 1967 – Cromer Olympia, Cromer, Norfolk (North Norfolk News)

 

1 February 1967 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent (East Kent Times & Mail)

 

4 March 1967 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

11 March 1967 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

17 March 1967 – Tabernacle, Stockport, Greater Manchester with Cryan Shames with Paul and Ritchie (Manchester Evening News and Chronicle)

19 March 1967 – Adelphi Ballroom, Slough, Berkshire (Windsor, Slough and Eton Express)

31 March 1967 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

 

1 April 1967 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex with Irvin John Jump Band (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

 

19 May 1967 – Tiger’s Head, Catford, Kent (South East London Mercury)

 

 

Pantiles, Bagshot, Surrey

According to Christopher Hjort’s excellent “Strange Brew” book, promoters Philip Hayward and John Mansfield opened the old inn Pantiles as a bar and music venue in July 1967 after they gave up their chain of Ricky Tick clubs. The following gigs are taken from Melody Maker unless otherwise noted. I would welcome any additions as it’s difficult to find dates for this venue

1967:

11 August 1967 – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (Christopher Hjort’s book “Strange Brew”)

28 November 1967 – Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac (Christopher Hjort’s book “Strange Brew”)

8 December 1967 – Tuesday’s Children

1968:

2 February 1968 – Ferris Wheel

11 February 1968 – Ferris Wheel

23 February 1968 – The Shevelles

24 February 1968 – The All Night Workers

27 February 1968 – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers

 

3 March 1968 – Ferris Wheel

12 March 1968 – Ferris Wheel

 

31 May 1968 – Herbie Goins & The Night-Timers

 

2 June 1968 – The Shevelles

 

9 July 1968 – Ray King Soul Band

 

4 August 1968 – Dave Davani Five

20 August 1968 – Dave Davani Five

1969:

17 June 1969 – Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac (Christopher Hjort’s book “Strange Brew”)

Miston-Tuac

Welcome to another posting of a series of gig listings for 1960s bands. None of these lists is exhaustive and my idea is to add to them in the comments section below over time. They are here for future researchers to draw on.  I have also added a few interesting bits of information and will add images in time.

I’d like to encourage band members to get in touch to share memories, or for anyone to send corrections/clarifications to my email: Warchive@aol.com 

Equally important, if you attended any of the gigs below or played in the support band, please do leave your memories below in the comments section for future historians to use. If you know of any missing gigs, please add them too, if possible, with the sources.

John Salisbury, Andy Allsup, Stuart Mead, Bobby Gee and Peter Buckner

MISTON-TUAC:

I have the following list of musicians who were members but have no further information about the band’s history and would welcome readers’ insights.

Barry Allmark – lead vocals

Andy Allsup – lead/rhythm guitar

Joe ? – rhythm

Phil ? – bass

John Roberts – drums (real name: John Salisbury)

 

Peter Buckner – bass

Stuart Mead – lead/rhythm guitar

Bobby Gee – lead vocals

 

Andrew Perry – drums

The band’s manager Roy Harris, who had left a message on the Ealing Club entry, and has since been in touch, said that they were a Hounslow band, which was confirmed by Peter Buckner, who added that they may have rehearsed in the Lord Palmerston.

According to the message that drummer John Salisbury left on the Ealing Club entry, the band’s original lead singer Bobby Gee died in France in a road accident. Former Downliner’s Sect member Barry Allmark came in as his replacement. However, Roy Harris says that it was the other way round; Bobby Gee replaced Barry Allmark.

Peter Buckner confirms that the line-up he worked with was Bobby Gee, Andy Allsup, Stuart Mead and John Salisbury.

At some point, John Salisbury (who worked under the name John Roberts) left and Andrew Perry joined on drums.

According to Roy Harris, another group billed as Mistral-Tuac appeared on the scene but bore no relation to this band. However, I’ve listed any gigs I have found by this band below.

Selected gigs:

13 June 1964 – Attic Club, Hounslow, Middlesex with Alex Harvey Soul Band (Kingston & Malden Borough News)

23 June 1964 – Attic Club, Hounslow, Middlesex with The Faires (Kingston & Malden Borough News)

 

4 July 1964 – Attic Club, Hounslow, Middlesex with Blues By Six (Kingston & Malden Borough News)

14 July 1964 – Attic Club, Hounslow, Middlesex with Alex Harvey Soul Band (Kingston & Malden Borough News)

 

25 August 1964 – Nurses Club, Jolly Gardeners, Isleworth, Middlesex (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

 

30 October 1964 – Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks with The Berries (http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/) By other group, billed as Mistral Tuac

30 October 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette) May have played other Fridays around this time

 

5 December 1964 – Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks with The Penny Blacks (http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/) By other group, billed as Mistral Tuac

 

2 January 1965 – Egham Hythe Social Centre, Egham, Surrey (Staines and Egham News) By other group, billed as Mistral Tuac

16 January 1965 – Royal Links Pavilion, Cromer, Norfolk with The Brokers (Julie Fielder book: What Flo Said Next) By other group, billed as Mistral Tuac

 

12 February 1965 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

 

6 March 1965 – Graven Hill Theatre, Bicester, Oxfordshire with The Primitives (Oxford Mail) By other group, billed as Mistral Tuac

20 March 1965 – Carfax Ballroom, Oxford with The Trolls (Oxford Mail) By other group, billed as Mistral Tuac

 

29 October 1965 – Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks with The Quantum (http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/) By other group, billed as Mistral Tuac

 

10 July 1966 – Byron, Greenford, Middlesex with Group One (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

Thanks to Peter Buckner for the photo

 

 

 

Tony Knight’s Chessmen’s gigs 1964-1967

Welcome to another posting of a series of gig listings for 1960s bands. None of these lists is exhaustive and my idea is to add to them in the comments section below over time. They are here for future researchers to draw on.  I have also added a few interesting bits of information and will add images in time.

I’d like to encourage band members to get in touch to share memories, or for anyone to send corrections/clarifications to my email: Warchive@aol.com 

Equally important, if you attended any of the gigs below or played in the support band, please do leave your memories below in the comments section for future historians to use. If you know of any missing gigs, please add them too, if possible, with the sources.

TONY KNIGHT’S CHESSMEN:

Tony Knight (aka Tony Brown) – drums/lead vocals

Lol Coxhill – tenor/soprano saxophone

John Gummer – baritone saxophone/trumpet

Terry Martin – bass/vocals

Jeff Reed – organ

Formed in 1964 by Tony Knight and Terry Martin, who were from Wolverhampton. Lol Coxhill was a seasoned jazzer

1964:

15 November 1964 – North Warnborough Village Hall, Hampshire (Hampshire & Berkshire Gazette)

16 November 1964 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book) Billed as The Chessmen

 

19 December 1964 – Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex with Rufus Thomas (Essex Chronicle)

1965:

5 January 1965 – Bluesville, Aylesbury, Bucks (website: http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/)

 

2 February 1965 – Lorrain Club, Royal Forest Hotel, Chingford, Essex (Leyton, Leytonstone and Waltham Forest Guardian)

16 February 1965 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book) Billed as The Chessmen

 

16 March 1965 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book) Billed as The Chessmen

Around this time, Johnny Almond joined on baritone sax and John Gummer moved to trumpet

18 April 1965 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with Cops ‘N’ Robbers (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

23 April 1965 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

 

8 May 1965 – Flamingo, Soho, London with Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band (Melody Maker)

15 May 1965 – Victoria Hall, Basingstoke, Hampshire (Hampshire & Berkshire Gazette)

30 May 1965 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey (Aldershot News)

 

7 June 1965 – Redcar Mini Festival, Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with Long John Baldry & The Hoochie Coochie Men, Zoot Money & The Big Roll Band, The Crawdaddies (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

13 June 1965 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

15 June 1965 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book) Billed as The Chessmen

 

11 July 1965 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

27 July 1965 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book) Billed as The Chessmen

 

6 August 1965 – Pontiac, Zeeta House, Putney, London with The Fetish Crowd (NME)

Around this time, Terry Martin and John Reed departed

Former London Beats members Peter Carney (bass) and John Carroll (Hammond organ) filled the vacant spots. Terry Edmunds also joined on lead guitar

30 August 1965 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

30 August 1965 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with Long Joh Baldry, Rod Stewart, Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger Trinity, The Mike Cotton Sound and The Crawdaddies (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

 

23 October 1965 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey (Aldershot News)

 

5 November 1965 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Artwoods, Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds and The Crawdaddies (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

14 November 1965 – Beachcomber, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

Around this time, Johnny Almond left to join Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band and John Gummer reverted to baritone trumpet

10 December1965 – Beachcomber, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

16 December 1965 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with Ronnie Jones & The Blue Jays and Steampacket (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

27 December 1965 – Star Hotel, Croydon, Surrey (Chris Broom book: Rockin’ and Around Croydon)

1966:

9 January 1966 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

 

5 March 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London with The Loose Ends (Melody Maker)

4 April 1966 – Woodhall Community Centre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire (Welwyn Times)

12 April 1966 – Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks (website: http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/)

 

29 May 1966 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

 

9 July 1966 – Bowes Lyon House, Stevenage, Hertfordshire with The Shevells (Welwyn Times)

16 July 1966 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex with King Bees (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

24 July 1966 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

 

5-6 August 1966 – Flamingo, Soho (Melody Maker) Billed as The Chessmen

7 August 1966 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

Around this time, Peter Carney left to join Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band and Liverpudlian Steve Lucas came in on bass for a few months before Rick Eagles took over

18 August 1966 – Harpenden Public Hall, Harpenden, Hertfordshire (Poster) Billed as The Chessmen

29 August 1966 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with Zoot Money & His Big Roll Band, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and The Crawdaddies (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

About this time, Lol Coxhill departed to join The Gass. John Gummer also left and former Mike Rabin Band/Rockhouse members Dave Coxhill (no relation to Lol) and Stan Sulzmann came in on saxophones

23 September 1966 – Beachcomber, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

24 September 1966 – Britannia Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

 

2 October 1966 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

24 October 1966 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey (Aldershot News)

 

12 November 1966 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear with The Elcort (website: http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)

During November, the band opened the Bag O’Nails in Kingley Street, Soho

1967:

7 January 1967 – Nite Owl, Leicester (Leicester Mercury)

Sometime in early January Rick Eagles left. Later that month, John Carroll landed a job with The Pirates after Rick Eagles told his old friend Nick Simper about the keyboard player. Future Procol Harum keyboard player Matthew Fisher briefly replaced him

Starting in March, Tony Knight’s Chessmen started working on and off with Jamaican singer Owen Grey who’d worked with The Krew in France during 1966. Judging by the gigs below, some of the shows were spent backing Owen Grey while for others Tony Knight’s Chessmen played on their own

18 February 1967 – Manhole, Redhill, Surrey (Crawley Advertiser)

 

18 March 1967 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with The Friction (website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)

 

3 April 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Herd (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

7 May 1967 – Carlton Club, Warrington, Cheshire (Warrington Guardian)

21 May 1967 – Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette)

In mid-June Terry Edmunds left to briefly work with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers but it only lasted a few weeks. Around the same time, Dave Coxhill and Stan Sulzmann left

17 June 1967 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Apex R&B All Stars and The Gods (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

28 June 1967 – Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, Cornwall (West Briton & Royal Cornish Gazette)

 

14 August 1967 – Carlton Club, Warrington, Cheshire (Warrington Guardian)

 

The following gigs were billed as Tony Knight’s Chessmen with Owen Grey:

9 March 1967 – Roaring 20’s, Carnaby Street, London (Melody Maker)

11 March 1967 – Roaring 20’s, Carnaby Street, London (Melody Maker)

19 March 1967 – Roaring 20’s, Carnaby Street, London (Melody Maker)

25 March 1967 – Beachcomber, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

 

2 April 1967 – Beachcomber, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

8 April 1967 – Beachcomber, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

8 April 1967 – Britannia Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

15 April 1967 – Blue Moon, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (Gloucestershire Echo)

 

26 June 1967 – 100 Club, Oxford Street, London (Melody Maker)

The group undertook some dates in Cornwall (around mid-June) and played at the Piper Club in Viareggio, Italy (likely July). Tenor sax player Terry Ede (ex-Jeff Elroy & The Blue Boys) remembers both and was a member during this time with Tony Knight, a bass player called Keith, a guitarist and a baritone sax player. He says that Owen Grey was with them.

The following dates are most likely with this formation:

6 August 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington (Melody Maker)

12 August 1967 – The New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1 (Melody Maker)

19 August 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington (Melody Maker)

9 September 1967 – 007 Sun Valley Club, Dalston, London with Sir Dees Sound (Melody Maker)

By early 1968, the following line-up evolved into The Magicians who cut a lone single for MCA ‘Painting on Wood’ c/w ‘Slow Motion’

Dave Watkins – piano/vocals

Fred d’Albert – guitar

Terry Martin – bass

Tony Brown (aka Tony Knight) – drums/vocals

Huge thanks to David Else for his input

Ronnie Jones & The Q-Set’s gigs

Welcome to another posting of a series of gig listings for 1960s bands. None of these lists is exhaustive and my idea is to add to them in the comments section below over time. They are here for future researchers to draw on.  I have also added a few interesting bits of information and will add images in time.

I’d like to encourage band members to get in touch to share memories, or for anyone to send corrections/clarifications to my email: Warchive@aol.com 

Equally important, if you attended any of the gigs below or played in the support band, please do leave your memories below in the comments section for future historians to use. If you know of any missing gigs, please add them too, if possible, with the sources.

Ronnie Jones & The Q-Set

RONNIE JONES & THE Q-SET:

Ronnie Jones – lead vocals

Arthur Pereira – guitar

Tony O’Malley – Hammond organ

Chester Simon – bass

George Lee – tenor sax

Lloyd Smith – tenor sax

Herschell Holder – trumpet

Byron Ly-fook – drums

 1967:

The group started working with Ronnie Jones after they’d supported Maxine Brown on a UK tour

Left to right: Lloyd, Herschell and George

17 March 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker) Most likely the debut show

19 March 1967 – Beau Brummel Club, Alvaston Hall Hotel, Nantwich, Cheshire with Phil Ryan & The Scorpions (Crewe Chronicle)

 

2 April 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

14 April 1967 – Gaiety Ballroom, Grimsby, Humberside (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

23 April 1967 – Union Rowing Club, Trent Bridge, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

13 May 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker) Billed as The Q-Set Band

28 May 1967 – Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette)

29 May 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker) Billed as The Q-Set Band

 

22 June 1967 – Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield with The Drifters, Alan Bown, The Amboy Dukes and The Pitiful (The Star)

24 June 1967 – Tofts, Folkestone, Kent (Melody Maker)

25 June 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

1-16 July 1967 – Canasta Club, Biarritz, France (Photo)

There appears to have been a temporary split as The Q-Set backed Maxine Brown on a second UK tour in September-October 1967

13 October 1967 – Beaconsfield’s Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

14 October 1967 – Polytechnic, Great Titchfield Street, London, W1 with The Soul Foundation (Melody Maker)

15 October 1967 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent (Poster)

20 October 1967 – Hairy Bob’s Cavern, Scarborough (Scarborough Evening News)

 

10 November 1967 – Gaiety Ballroom, Grimsby, Humberside with Jackie & The Atlantics (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

11 November 1967 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

26 November 1967 – Starlight Ballroom, Crawley, West Sussex (Crawley Advertiser)

 

16 December 1967 – Brave New World, Eastney with Errol Bruce Soul Show (Dave Allen research/Website: http://michaelcooper.org.uk/C/birdcage.htm)

25 December 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker) Ronnie Jones guests with The Tonicks, Herbie Goins, Owen Grey and The Youth

30 December 1967 – Chelmsford Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

31 December 1967 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent with Alan Elsdon’s Band (Poster)

Tony O’Malley

1968:

14 January 1968 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent (Poster)

19 January 1968 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with Canal St Philharmonic (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

27 January 1968 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1 (Melody Maker)

Thanks to Tony O’Malley for band photos

Chester Simon
George Lee and Lloyd Smith

Maxine Brown & The Q-Set’s gigs

Welcome to another posting of a series of gig listings for 1960s bands. None of these lists is exhaustive and my idea is to add to them in the comments section below over time. They are here for future researchers to draw on.  I have also added a few interesting bits of information and will add images in time.

I’d like to encourage band members to get in touch to share memories, or for anyone to send corrections/clarifications to my email: Warchive@aol.com 

Equally important, if you attended any of the gigs below or played in the support band, please do leave your memories below in the comments section for future historians to use. If you know of any missing gigs, please add them too, if possible, with the sources.

THE Q-SET:

 Arthur Pereira – guitar

Tony O’Malley – Hammond organ

Chester Simon – bass

George Lee – tenor sax

Lloyd Smith – tenor sax

Herschell Holder – trumpet

Byron Ly-fook – drums

 1967:

14 January 1967 – New All Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker)

20 January 1967 – Newbury Plaza, Newbury, Berkshire (Newbury Weekly News)

22 January 1967 – New All Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker)

31 January 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The Knack and Malcolm Margaron (Melody Maker)

Maxine Brown – lead vocals joins for UK tour

5 February 1967 – Beau Brummel Club, Alvaston Hall Hotel, Nantwich, Cheshire with Phil Ryan & The Scorpions (Crewe Chronicle)

10 February 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker)

11 February 1967 – Flamingo, Soho, London with Carl Douglas & The Big Stampede (Melody Maker)

12 February 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

18 February 1967 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with The Wishful Thinking (East Kent Times & Mail)

18 February 1967 – New All Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker)

25 February 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London with The Links Band (Melody Maker)

The following month, The Q-Set linked up with singer Ronnie Jones who split with The Blue Jays. However, they returned to working with Maxine Brown for a second UK tour in September-October 1967

22 September 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker) Billed as The Q-Set Band

23 September 1967 – New All Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker) No mention of Q-Set but most likely

25 September 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

26 September 1967 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Melody Maker)

30 September 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker) Billed as Maxine Brown Show

30 September 1967 – The Polytechnic, Great Titchfield Street, London W1 (Melody Maker)

 

7 October 1967 – Nite Owl, Leicester with Family (Melody Maker) Billed as Maxine Brown Show

8 October 1967 – Beau Brummel Club, Alvaston Hall Hotel, Nantwich, Cheshire with Phil Ryan & The Scorpions (Crewe Chronicle)

Thanks to Tony O’Malley for band line-up details

Ronnie Jones & The Blue Jays’ gigs 1965-1967

Welcome to another posting of a series of gig listings for 1960s bands. None of these lists is exhaustive and my idea is to add to them in the comments section below over time. They are here for future researchers to draw on.  I have also added a few interesting bits of information and will add images in time.

I’d like to encourage band members to get in touch to share memories, or for anyone to send corrections/clarifications to my email: Warchive@aol.com 

Equally important, if you attended any of the gigs below or played in the support band, please do leave your memories below in the comments section for future historians to use. If you know of any missing gigs, please add them too, if possible, with the sources.

RONNIE JONES & THE BLUE JAYS:

 Ronnie Jones – lead vocals

Tony Allen – sax/lead vocals (left in 1965)

Roger Dean – guitar (ex-John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers)

Tony Bell – bass (replaced by Pat Donaldson)

Jack Maverick – organ

Jack Massarik – alto sax

Clive Thacker – drums (ex-Five Embers)

1965:

18 April 1965 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (Harrow Weekly Post)

 

20 June 1965 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

21 June 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Jimmy James & The Vagabonds (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

26 June 1965 – Birdcage, Kimbells Ballroom, Southsea, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

 

4 July 1965 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (Harrow Weekly Post)

9 July 1965 – Birdcage, Kimbells Ballroom, Southsea, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

17 July 1965 – Pontiac, Zeeta House, Putney, London with Gary L Thompson & The Sidewinders (NME)

30 July 1965 – Birdcage, Kimbells Ballroom, Southsea, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

 

8 August 1965 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

14 August 1965 – Birdcage, Kimbells Ballroom, Southsea, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

15 August 1965 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey The Condors (Aldershot News)

27 August 1965 – Pontiac, Zeeta House, Putney, London (NME)

28 August 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

30 August 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, Middlesex (Tottenham Weekly Herald)

31 August 1965 – Flamingo, Soho, London with The Loose Ends (Melody Maker)

 

12 September 1965 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

17 September 1965 – El Partido, Lewisham, London with Duke Lee (Melody Maker)

 

1 October 1965 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Alan Price Set, The Graham Bond Organisation and The Crawdaddies (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

 

5 November 1965 – Beachcomber, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

11 November 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, Middlesex (Tottenham Weekly Herald)

13 November 1965 – El Partido, Lewisham, London with Duke Lee and The Movement (Melody Maker)

14 November 1965 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey with The Condors (Aldershot News)

21 November 1965 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Flowerpot Men (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

27 November 1965 – Beachcomber, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

 

6 December 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

16 December 1965 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with Steampacket and Tony Knight’s Chessmen (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

1966:

11 January 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

21 January 1966 – Carousel Club, 1 Camp Road, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

 

6 February 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (The Star)

Sometime during this period, they became resident band at Papagayo in St-Tropez, France

In August 1966, Thacker joined Brian Auger & The Trinity

1 October 1966 – Harpenden Public Hall, Harpenden, Hertfordshire with The Anzacs (Luton News)

2 October 1966 – Beachcomber, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

8 October 1966 – Beachcomber, Nottingham with Robert Parker and Wynder K Frog (Nottingham Evening Post)

14 October 1966 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker) Billed as Ronnie Jones & His Band

19 October 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with The Deakin Lewis Band (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

22 October 1966 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with The Survivors (website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)

 

5 November 1966 – Chelmsford Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex with support (Southend Standard)

6 November 1966 – Beachcomber Club, Nottingham with The Coasters (Nottingham Evening Post)

21 November 1966 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

26 November 1966 – Starlight Ballroom, Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire with The Original Coasters, The Motivation and Heart & Soul (Lincolnshire Standard)

 

2 December 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

7 December 1966 – Plaza Ballroom, Handsworth, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

7 December 1966 – Ritz Ballroom, King’s Heath, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

10 December 1966 – Cue Club, Paddington (Melody Maker)

11 December 1966 – Britannia Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Mail)

16 December 1966 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker)

17 December 1966 – Beachcomber Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

24 December 1966 – Beachcomber Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

1967:

Sometime in early 1967 PP Arnold joined the band

14 January 1967 – Chelmsford Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

 

3 February 1967 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Fleur De Lys (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

17 February 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton with All Night Workers (Melody Maker)

 

4 March 1967 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with The Heretics (website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)

12 March 1967 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (The Star)

16 March 1967 – Kilburn Polytechnic, Kilburn, London with Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers and The Syn (Melody Maker) Most likely the final gig that Ronnie Jones did with Blue Jays before linking up with The Q-Set

The rhythm section from The Blue Jays became PP Arnold’s backing band (Four of a Kind) and supported her on a Roy Orbison tour with The Small Faces, first gig on 25 March 1967

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