The Nashville Teens

Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex

The Nashville TeensThe Blue Moon in Hayes, Middlesex was an important music venue in West London. I have started to collate a comprehensive gig list and would welcome any additions and memories of the club in the comments below.

2 February 1964 – Manfred Mann
10 June 1964 – The Yardbirds
7 September 1964 – The Birds
29 November 1964 – The Stormsville Shakers

3 January 1965 – Ronnie Jones & The Nightimers
17 January 1965 – Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds
31 January 1965 – Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers
21 February 1965 – Ronnie Jones & The Nightimers
7 March 1965 – Spencer Davis Group
11 April 1965 – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
9 May 1965 – Spencer Davis Group and The Vagabonds
16 May 1965 – Spencer Davis Group
30 May 1965 – Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
7 June 1965 – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
20 June 1965 – The Who
27 June 1965 – Spencer Davis Group
25 July 1965 – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
1 August 1965 – Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
5 September 1965 – Spencer Davis Group
19 September 1965 – Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers
3 October 1965 – Steampacket
17 October 1965 – Steampacket
21 November 1965 – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
28 November 1965 – Steampacket
19 December 1965 – Spencer Davis Group

Blue Moon Club Membership card 1966,, Church Road, Hayes, Middlesex30 January 1966 – Steampacket
27 February 1966 – The Nashville Teens
3 April 1966 – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
12 June 1966 – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
18 September 1966 – Cream

Most of the gigs were taken from the following newspapers – the Harrow Weekly Post, the Hayes Gazette and the Greenford Weekly Post.

Thanks also to Don Martin, Greg Russo and Andy Neill for help with some of the entries. Thank you to Alan Cooper for the photo of the membership card.

49 thoughts on “Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex”

  1. Pity ’64 seems to be the start date. I can remember a lot of Rebel Rousers gigs a lot earlier. Re; my post on Southall CC site, I think you’ll find that Ritchie played his first gig with Sutch at the Blue Moon. To my (poor) memory Sutch climbed up through all the roof bracing during his set. Great memories.

    1. Yes he did Bob he also used to come on stage with a toilet seat around his neck on fire .He was stopped doing it as he once set the fur around his coat sleeves alight . the guy was fantastic but a complete nutter Clem Cantini was his drummer very good band .

    2. I remember going in 1962, seeing them all. Georgie Fame, Sonny Boy Williamson with Mick Fleetwood on drums, the name a couple. Those were the days!

  2. Oh the Blue Moon Club was great for me as I had to just walk across Hayes Town Hall park to get there. I saw the Yardbirds there after seeing the Stones at Botwell house club the same week. I also saw Dave Clark 5 and others but those stand out!

    1. Recognise the name ex Mellow Lane Peter Hicks me and Denis Vance saw Brin Auger , Julie Driscoll , LonG John Boardry and of course Rod the Mod

    2. Steve it was a fantastic venue with the best music possible. Some of the artists that played with different bands we didnt realise at the time how good they were .Eric Clapton Ginger Baker Clem Cantini Roy Young Chas and Dave both played with the Rebel Rousers Stevie Windwood so so many could go on for ages .

  3. Don Craine of the Downliners Sect very kindly emailed these dates that they played the Blue Moon.

    5 April 1964
    3 May 1964
    31 May 1964
    26 July 1964

  4. Is that any link to the Cowley Jazz club, as I recall seeing Georgie Fame there, as well Alan Price and the Rebel Rousers?

  5. Found some more gigs in Melody Maker:

    6 February 1966 – Zoot Money & The Big Roll Band
    13 February 1966 – The Alan Walker Group
    6 March 1966 – The Shevells
    13 March 1966 – Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
    27 March 1966 – Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers
    17 April 1966 – Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames
    22 April 1966 – Dee Dee Warwick
    1 May 1966 – Steampacket
    8 May 1966 – Herbie Goins & The Nighttimers
    15 May 1966 – Zoot Money & The Big Roll Band
    19 June 1966 – Jimmy James & The Vagabonds

  6. Remember the blue moon very well,I was a fan of cliff Bennett and the RR.i travelled in the band van a couple of times and even courted a young lady who was Ricky the drummers ex girlfriend called carol(emigrated to aus. With mum and dad). I liked Sid the sax player who worked at A E C early days.my group of friends that also went those days were Paul creek Marshall,who lived over the road opposite the pub in a posh house,peter allen( smiler),Maurice Johnson .Apart from being beaten up outside the cemetery nearby,I have fond memories of the blue moon.Other favourites,boathouse kew(the best),burtons uxbridge,southall com. Centre,Putney ballrooms,the oldfield greenford,and one at ha well,can’t remember the name,building is gone now.

  7. Remember the Moon very well -did a short season in 66 as dj/mc.
    I was the unfortunate object trying to get Cream back on for the second set! Had a lot of fun on those Sunday nights, but got bribed to go to the Angel Islington – which wasn’t nearly so good……I think the demolished venue you have in mind might perhaps be The Railway Hotel, Wealdstone, where I was also known quite well?

    1. Who remembers “Bo street Runners ” at the Railway Harrow Wealstone … They were in final of Ready Steady win and we had large black n white badges to wear ….. Groupie !!!!!

      1. I sang in a group called the Strangers we split up when our lead guitarist Dave Camron left us to join the Bo Street Runners but going back to the Blue Moon I remember seeing Long John Baldry there I think late 1950 and Baldry introduced an unknown singer by the name of Rod Stewart.

  8. hi, did anyone catch the Who at the Blue Moon? If so would like to interview you for a book I’m researching on the Who’s London gigs. Please be in touch if interested.
    cheers
    Ian

    1. No but I remember a gig at the Rikki Tik club in Windsor where Townsend couldn’t stop the feedback from his amp, was so high that h smashed his amp up with his guitar and then smashed his guitar. I believe this was first time he did that but it went down so well that they built it into the act for later gigs. This was some time in Autumn 1964?

    2. i remember seeing the Who at the Blue Moon and smashing up their equipment ..it,s difficult to remember what went on at that time or should i say in that era.We used to finish off the weekend at the Blue Moon on a Sunday evening after spending all weekend at the allnighters in the West End..And go to work on Monday in a semi coma…One thing that does stick in my mind is how small Roger Daltry is(in height),and i,m not tall..
      Happy Days…….

    3. I saw the Who at Botwell House Hayes. 1965 I think. I was about 15 at the time. It wasn’t packed out and we stood right in front of the stage dancing. Bit different to the big concerts these days!

  9. I just heard Sonny Boy Williamson, which triggered a memory of a blues singer at the Blue Moon. To my shame I cannot remember which one. All I know that it was 1964. Is there any one who might be able to shed some light on my poor memory?

    1. We saw Sonny Boy Williams there as well as Cliff Bennett, Long John Baldry, Chris Farlowe, Georgie Fame. I vaguely remember seeing Brian Auger there too. Brilliant times!

  10. Found these missing dates from the list in the Harrow Weekly Post:

    24 January 1965 – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers

    7 February 1965 – Graham Bond Organisation

    4 April 1965 – Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers
    18 April 1965 – Ronnie Jones & The Night Timers
    25 April 1965 – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers

    2 May 1965 – Graham Bond Organisation
    23 May 1965 – Long John Baldry

    4 July 1965 – Ronnie Jones & The Night Timers
    11 July 1965 – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers

    22 August 1965 – Zoot Money & The Big Roll Band

    26 September 1965 – Zoot Money & The Big Roll Band

    10 October 1965 – T-Bone Walker
    24 October 1965 – Ben E King
    31 October 1965 – Zoot Money & The Big Roll Band

    7 November 1965 – Graham Bond Organisation
    14 November 1965 – Alan Price Set

    5 December 1965 – Wilson Pickett

    2 January 1966 – Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers

  11. Did Jimmy Hendrix play at the Blue Moon in the 60.s, I can recollect seeing JH in a club in Hayes, the club was raided by the police on the night JH played.

  12. Does anyone remember seeing Cliff Bennett on Tuesday evenings at Sandgate Hall in Hayes Town,in early 60’s?

  13. Saw the Rebel Rousers there many times, one night they had Chris Farlowe as the support band!. I was there the night that they had to play behind Sonny Boy Williamson, hilarious..I think all the gigs I saw there are pre 1964 . Great times

  14. The blue moon , was a great Sunday night venue, saw all the above bands also Lee Dorsey (working in a coalmine) Millie Small (my boy lollypop)

    1. This is the only entry I have seen for Millie -:) It was a great club and I used to come out to get a drink at the pub down the road – they had not got alcohol licence.

  15. Has anyone got a picture of the Blue Moon or know what building it was held in? I went there in 62/63 and still have my membership card also I have a list they issued with names of acts for the next 6 weeks. April 19 -Chris Farlowe and Thunderbirds plus The Impacts, 26th April Cliff Bennett, 3rd May Downliners, 10th May Poison Ivy and Paramounts, 27th May Georgie Fame 24th May Alex Harvey Soul Band. Not sure what year could be 62/63.

  16. I never went there but did go to the Botwell Beat festival in 1961 and 1963, I think they had a resident band at the Blue Moon called the Sorrows but can’t be 100% sure. I have a photo of them at the Botwell gig and a programme signed by many of the groups. I also have in my autoghraph book Mick Jagger’s autoghraph from the Botwell gig but was not convinced at the time it was really Mick Jagger although he kept insisting he was. Anyone got any idea if it was as I am now not so sure that it wasn’t him. I was 11 in 1961.

  17. Found this site by accident this morning. What great memories it has stirred. Loved the Blue Moon – pre-1964. Enjoyed gigs in the early 60’s at The Boathouse, Southall Community Centre, The Park Hotel, Hanwell; also the ? Ballroom in Putney. Used to follow the Rebel Rousers to so many gigs. Read recently that Sid, the sax player, has died in last few months.

  18. Does anyone have any photographs of andy wren who played with s.l. Sutch. Also any info related to early Art Wood Combo – 1962-1964. Thanks, tony

  19. Hi, I used to go to The Blue Moon Club. My Dad worked as a Barman at the Football club.
    I guess I went there from about 1964 onwards. One band I saw that I cannot see mentioned although I may have missed it were Atomic Rooster ?

  20. I remember the Blue Moon Club so well, we spent many a Sunday evening watching great Bands, and really up close. Clapton on Stage with his ’59 Gibson Les Paul and a vicar’s collar on his shirt, as the fans kept calling him God. We spent many hours talking to the Spencer Davis Group after the gig. That was the time when you not heard good music, talked music and watched well seasoned musicians as Clapton, Bruce, Baker, Mayall and the list goes on. I am grateful I was able to experience so many fantastic evenings

  21. What a great finish to many terrific weekends between 1963 – 1967. Saw any great bands from Chris Farlowe to Georgie Fame, Zoot money , John Mayall, Alexis Korner. Of course who could forget all the blues players from the States – Howling Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson and John Lee Hooker. First memories of Blue Beat music. The weekend started around Uxbridge either st Burtons or at the Georgian Crowley. Sometimes the Ricky Tik Windsor. Then of to town for the all nighters at the Flamingo of Maquee or The Scene. Great memories of early mornings at Brighton on Sundays. Wonderful times never to be repeated.

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