The Amboy Dukes’ gigs 1965-1969

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 and, where possible, I have added the sources used, whether they are newspapers or websites.  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 AMBOY DUKES:

1965:

16 September 1965 – New Central Ballroom, Aldershot, Hampshire with The Moggies (Aldershot News)

 

23 October 1965 – Orchid Ballroom, Oxford with The Cameos (Oxford Mail)

 

19 November 1965 – Fiesta Hall, Andover, Hampshire (Andover Advertiser)

 

9 December 1965 – New Central Ballroom, Aldershot, Hampshire with The Bystanders (Aldershot News)

1966:

29 January 1966 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex with All Things Bright (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

 

5 February 1966 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Overlanders and The Tribe (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

 

25 March 1966 – Carousel Club, 1 Camp Road, Farnborough, Hampshire with The Cherokees (Aldershot News)

 

9 April 1966 – Unknown Norfolk venue with The James Royal Set (Eastern Evening News)

15 April 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London with Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames (Melody Maker)

17 April 1966 – Carousel Club, 1 Camp Road, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

23 April 1966 – Flamingo Ballroom, Redruth, Cornwall and The Poets (West Briton & The Royal Cornwall Gazette)

30 April 1966 – Gala Ballroom, Norwich with The Tribe (Eastern Evening News)

 

4 June 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London with Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers (Melody Maker)

16 June 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

23 July 1966 – Latin Quarter, Cellar Club, Leicester with Bluesology (Leicester Mercury)

30 July 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London with The Objects (Melody Maker)

 

6-7 August 1966 – Flamingo, Soho (Melody Maker)

13 August 1966 – Tofts, Folkestone, Kent (Melody Maker)

14 August 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

21 August 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

27 August 1966 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

28 August 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

 

10 September 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

17 September 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield with Shotgun Express and Roll Movement (The Star)

23 September 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield with Vibrations and London’s Ravers (The Star)

 

8 October 1966 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham with Plus Four (Nottingham Evening Post)

8 October 1966 – Union Rowing Club, Trent Bridge, Nottingham with The Nite People (Nottingham Evening Post)

16 October 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

22 October 1966 – Tofts, Folkestone, Kent (Melody Maker)

23 October 1966 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

27 October 1966 – Adam & Eve, Southampton, Hampshire (Southern Evening Echo)

30 October 1966 – Union Rowing Club, Trent Bridge, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

 

4 November 1966 – Beaconsfield Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

17 November 1966 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

19 November 1966 – Flamingo, Soho (Melody Maker)

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

25 November 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire with Little Richard and Johnny B Great & The Quotations (Dave Allen research)

 

3 December 1966 – Flamingo, Soho with Five Proud Walkers (Melody Maker)

14 December 1966 – Adam and Eve, Southampton, Hampshire (Southern Evening Echo)

22 December 1966 – Thorngate Ballroom, Gosport, Hampshire (Portsmouth News)

23 December 1966 – Boulevard, Tadcaster, West Yorkshire with support (Yorkshire Evening Post)

23 December 1966 – Crystal Ballroom, Castleford, West Yorkshire with support (Yorkshire Evening Post)

24 December 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield (The Star)

24 December 1966 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Fabulous 208)

30 December 1966 – Beaconsfield Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

31 December 1966 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Fabulous 208)

1967:

13 January 1967 – Tiger’s Head, Catford, Kent (South East London Mercury)

14 January 1967 – Flamingo, Soho with Jon (Melody Maker)

15 January 1967 – Bluesville, Manor House, London with others (Melody Maker)

19 January 1967 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

21 January 1967 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

 

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

10 February 1967 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Rick ‘N’ Beckers (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

11 February 1967 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear with The Gas Board (website: http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)

12 February 1967 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire with The Move (The Star)

21 February1967 – Bluesville, St Thomas’ Hall, Brentwood, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

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

 

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

16 March 1967 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

18 March 1967 – Toft’s, Folkestone, Kent (Melody Maker)

19 March 1967 – Klue J Klub, Saracen’s Head Hotel, Chelmsford, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

24 March 1967 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

26 March 1967 – Toft’s, Folkestone, Kent (Melody Maker)

28 March 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

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

12 April 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with Chaos Blues Band (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call) May have been The Checkmates instead

14 April 1967 – Dancing Slipper, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

19 April 1967 – Hull College of Commerce Students’ Union, Skyline Ballroom, Hull, Humberside with Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, Tony Rivers & The Castaways, The Locomotion and The Jamm (Hull Daily Mail)

23 April 1967 – Klue J Klub, Sarcens Head Hotel, Chelmsford, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

 

4 May 1967 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

6 May 1967 – Ricky Tick, Hounslow, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

6 May 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker)

12 May 1967 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Don Brewer Band (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

14 May 1967 – King Mojo, Sheffield (The Star)

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

 

3 June 1967 – Toft’s, Folkestone, Kent (Melody Maker)

5 June 1967 – Queen’s Ballroom, Wolverhampton, West Midlands (Express & Star)

6 June 1967 – Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette)

11 June 1967 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent (Poster)

16 June 1967 – Clouds, Derby (Derby Evening Telegraph)

17 June 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker) Billed as The Amboy Dukes Band

22 June 1967 – Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield with The Drifters, Alan Bown, Ronnie Jones & The Q Set and The Pitiful (The Star)

 

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

8 July 1967 – The New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker)

18 July 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

20 July 1967 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

22 July 1967 – Clouds, Derby (Derby Evening Telegraph)

23 July 1967 – Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette)

29 July 1967 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London with Robb Storme Group (South East London Mercury)

There is a great article and picture of the band in Record Mirror, 22 July 1967, page 10

18 August 1967 – Gaiety Ballroom, Grimsby, Humberside with Roger Bloom’s Hammer (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

19 August 1967 – Toft’s, Folkestone, Kent (Melody Maker)

22 August 1967 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

24 August 1967 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

26 August 1967 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

26 August 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The Peddlers and The Mynor Birds (Melody Maker)

 

2 September 1967 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

3 September 1967 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent (Poster)

11 September 1967 – Clouds, Derby (Derby Evening Telegraph)

16 September 1967 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

22 September 1967 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

23 September 1967 – Clockwork Orange, Chester, Cheshire with The Swinging Machine (Crewe Chronicle)

30 September 1967 – Black Prince, Bexley, Kent (Fabulous 208)

 

3 October 1967 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

8 October 1967 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent (Fabulous 208)

14 October 1967 – Starlight Room, Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire with The Tages, The Soul System and Clockwork Orange (Lincolnshire Standard)

17 October 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

20 October 1967 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

21 October 1967 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

22 October 1967 – Toft’s, Folkestone, Kent with Jr Walker & The All Stars and The Wages of Sin (Melody Maker)

 

3 November 1967 – Beaconsfield Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

23 November 1967 – Twang Discotheque, Amersham, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

24 November 1967 – Il Rondo, Leicester (Leicester Mercury)

26 November 1967 – Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette)

 

2 December 1967 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with The Gates of Eden (East Kent Times & Mail)

3 December 1967 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent (Poster)

5 December 1967 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

7 December 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Pride & Joy Buzz Band (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

8 December 1967 – Burton Constable Hall, Hull, Humberside with Ferris Wheel, Joe E Young & The Toniks, Roger Bloom’s Hammer, Gospel Garden and The Mandrakes (Scarborough Evening News)

14 December 1967 – Constantine Students Union Astoria Ballroom, Middlesbrough with The Soul Merchants and Mr Poobah’s Chicago Line (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette)

16 December 1967 – The New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker)

23 December 1967 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

28 December 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Tuesday’s Children (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

29 December 1967 – Beaconsfield Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

31 December 1967 – Beau Brummel Club, Alvaston Hall Hotel, Nantwich, Cheshire, Nantwich, Cheshire with Phil Ryan & The Scorpions and Archie Allen (Crewe Chronicle)

1968:

20 January 1968 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

26 January 1968 – Bluesville, Manor House, London (Melody Maker)

 

2 February 1968 – Beaconsfield Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

3 February 1968 – Brave New World, Eastney, Hampshire (website: http://michaelcooper.org.uk/C/birdcage.htm)

17 February 1968 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear with Junco Partners (http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)

20 February 1968 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

24 February 1968 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

29 February 1968 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

10 March 1968 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent (Poster)

23 March 1968 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

24 March 1968 – Corn Exchange, Maidstone, Kent (Maidstone Gazette)

25 March 1968 – Park Hall Hotel, Goldthorn Park, Wolverhampton, West Midlands with The ‘N’ Betweens and Barmy Barry Show (Express & Star)

30 March 1968 – Beau Brummel Club, Alvaston Hall Hotel, Nantwich, Cheshire with The Jaytree Organisation (Crewe Chronicle)

30 March 1968 – London College of Printing, Elephant & Castle with Timebox and The Grenades (Melody Maker)

 

12 April 1968 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

13 April 1968 – Savoy, Catford (Melody Maker)

16 April 1968 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

18 April 1968 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

20 April 1968 – New Broken Wheel, Retford, Nottinghamshire (Melody Maker)

27 April 1968 – Co-op, Chesham, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

 

1 May 1968 – Summerhill House Hotel, Kingswinford, West Midlands (Express & Star) Opening night

25 May 1968 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

 

3 June 1968 – Queen’s Hall, Leeds, West Yorkshire with The Herd, Bill Haley, Alan Bown, Edwin Starr, Fantastics, Gospel Garden, Clockwork Orange and others (NME)

6 June 1968 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

15 June 1968 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

 

3 August 1968 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

6 August 1968 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

15 August 1968 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

24 August 1968 – New King’s Hall, Herne Bay, Kent (Melody Maker)

25 August 1968 – Byron, Greenford, Middlesex (Thames Valley Times)

 

12 September 1968 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

25 September 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Fabulous 208)

28 September 1968 – Bookfield Hall, Bookfield, Kent with Cair Paravel (Chatham, Rochester and Gillingham Evening Post)

 

10 October 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Fabulous 208)

12 October 1968 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker) Billed as Amboy Dukes Show Band

13 October 1968 – 76 Club, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire (website: http://www.76club.org.uk/gigs.html)

24 October 1968 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

3 November 1968 – Central R&B Club, Central Hotel, Gillingham, Kent (Chatham, Rochester & Gillingham Evening Post)

9 November 1968 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

9 November 1968 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker) Billed as Amboy Dukes Show Band

28 November 1968 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

29 November 1968 – Beaconsfield Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

 

10 December 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Fabulous 208)

17 December 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Fabulous 208)

20 December 1968 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with Joe Cocker & The Grease Band and The Groove Soul Band (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

22 December 1968 – Central R&B Club, Central Hotel, Gillingham, Kent with Delroy Williams Show (Chatham, Rochester & Gillingham Evening Post)

24 December 1968 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

31 December 1968 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

1969:

16 January 1969 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

9 February 1969 – Railway Hotel, Wealdstone, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

22 February 1969 – Hounslow Town Hall, Hounslow, Middlesex (Hounslow Post)

 

6 March 1969 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

11 April 1969 – Mistrale, Beckenham Junction Station, Kent (Melody Maker)

17 April 1969 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

20 April 1969 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Elastic Band (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

21 April 1969 – Orchid Ballroom, Purley, Surrey (Chris Broom book: Rockin’ and Around Croydon)

30 June 1969 – Orchid Ballroom, Purley, Surrey (Chris Broom book: Rockin’ and Around Croydon)

31 June 1969 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

4 July 1969 – Student’s Union, Farnborough Technical College, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

 

One thought on “The Amboy Dukes’ gigs 1965-1969”

  1. other Amboy Dukes dates
    19/11/66 also played Ricky Tick Club, Thames Hotel, Windsor (have photo of poster)
    11/4/68 Manor Court Club, Portsmouth with Harlem Speakeasy & The Groovy Kind (have copy of ticket)
    November 68 Tofts Club, Folkestone (have bad photo of flyer – can’t make out date clearly)
    16/2/69 Crystal Palace Hotel (have copy of flyer)

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