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Julian Covey & The Machine

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Drummer Robert Cromwell Anson (b. 20 October 1940, Sherwood, Nottingham) had played with various jazz bands, including The Don Rendell Quintet before joining The Brian Auger Trinity in July 1963 and working under the name Phil Kinnora.

In August 1964, Anson left to form his own group, The Machine, and adopted a new stage name, Julian Covey. The first line-up of the new formation came together that September.

Over the next three years, Julian Covey & The Machine underwent a staggering number of personnel changes, which often resulted in entirely new formations lasting a handful of months.

One of the first significant musicians to feature in the group’s ranks was Hammond organist Vincent Crane (b. Vincent Rodney Cheesman, 21 May 1943, Reading, Berkshire, d. 14 February 1989), who had previously worked with The Vincent Cheesman Trio, The Simon Magus Band/The Vincent Cheesman Blues Brothers, Lew Hird’s Australian Jazz Band and The Big Sound. It’s quite possible that Crane was part of the formation when Julian Covey & The Machine made its Marquee debut, opening for The Spencer Davis Group, on 4 May 1965.

Noted jazz sax player Bob Downes (b. 22 July 1937, Plymouth, Devon), who had previously worked with The John Barry Seven, remembers Crane being a member of the band for a while but it is unlikely that the Hammond organist was still on-board when Julian Covey & The Machine travelled to Accra in Ghana and performed a weekly-long gig in the city.

Crane, of course, would later go on to play with The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Atomic Rooster after playing with The Word Engine, Vincent Crane’s Freedom Riders and The Vincent Crane Combo in the interim.

Downes meanwhile would also work with The Word Engine before playing with Jimmy Nicol & The Shub Dubs, Chris Andrews and then Dave Antony’s Moods.

Around June 1965, Julian Covey pieced together a new version of The Machine comprising the following:

Julian Covey – drums/vocals

Jim Cregan – lead guitar

Dave Levy – piano

Cliff Barton – bass

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Saxophone player

Cliff Barton (b. 1944, West Ealing, London, d. 16 May 1968) had worked with a host of bands before joining but didn’t stay very long, according to Jim Cregan (b. 9 March 1946, Yeovil, Somerset). Barton’s pedigree included playing with Cyril Davies and The R&B All Stars and Long John Baldry & The Hoochie Coochie Men. He would join The Alan Price Set on leaving Julian Covey.

Jim Cregan told Jason Barnard at the Strange Brew website that he joined Julian Covey and future Yes bass player Chris Squire for a short trip to Ghana to mark the inauguration of the Ghanaian TV service. The trio supported pianist Ramon Bouche and played on TV a couple of times but did not perform any live gigs. Ghana Today Television, the country’s national public broadcaster, run by the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation commenced operations on 31 July 1965, so the band’s trip to Ghana would have been around this time.

Cregan would go on to play with The Ingoes and more significantly Blossom Toes in 1960s among others. He would also become a noted session player during the 1970s.

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In October 1965, Covey formed yet another formation of The Machine which included:

John McVie – bass

Stan Marut – Hammond organ

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Geoff Krivit – lead guitar

John McVie (b. 26 November 1945, Ealing, London) had been sacked from John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers for his drinking in early October (his place taken by Jack Bruce initially).

Hammond organist Stan Marut also joined at this time after working with The Jynx Pack. He had previously been a member of Dickie Pride & The Original Topics.

Before the year was out, guitarist Geoff Krivit (b. 1948) who had subbed for Eric Clapton in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers between September-October 1965 joined The Machine briefly. He’d previously played with The Secrets, Jimmy Powell & The Dimensions and The Five Dimensions.

Marut remembers that The Machine landed a regular Saturday night gig at the Cromwellian during this period.

Shortly after John McVie returned to John Mayall’s band in the first week of January 1966, future Herd drummer Andrew Steele (b. 2 August 1941, Hendon, London, d. 18 April 2005) joined after working with Johnny Halliday. Steele was an old friend of Jim Cregan’s.

Geoff Krivit also departed around February 1966 to spend time with Freddie Mack & The Mack Sound before hooking up with Dr K’s Blues Band.

Guitarist Mike Ward and bass player Steve Rance from The Ad-Libs, the house band at Leicester Square club, the Ad-Lib joined at this time. The band then comprised:

Julian Covey – lead vocals

Mike Ward – guitar

Stan Marut – Hammond organ

Steve Rance – bass

Andrew Steele – drums

Marut remembers the band played Peter Stringfellow’s club, the King Mojo in Sheffield and also at the Britannia Boat Club in Nottingham. On 26 February 1966, they played at the Dungeon in Nottingham. He also remembers sax player Dave Quincy from Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds used to jam with the group regularly.

On the eve of a tour with John Lee Hooker in May 1966, Marut was forced to leave. While playing at Tiles, Oxford Street, the band’s drummer (Ed: Andrew Steele?) had to pull out and Covey took over the drum stool and gained praise from Hooker.

According to David Else, a revamped line-up played in a side tent at the Windsor Festival on 30 July 1966.

Around September 1966, however, Covey reshuffled the band yet again to include:

Julian Covey – lead vocals

Dave Mason – lead guitar

Keith Webb – drums

Dave Mason (b. 10 May 1946, Worcester, Worcestershire) had played in several local Worcester bands, most notably The Hellions before jumping ship to join Covey in late 1966.

Keith Webb (b. 1934, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, d. 31 March 2007) had previously worked with The Hipster Image and was probably the most consistent member of The Machine after Covey, surviving to the band’s split in September 1967.

On 22 September 1966, Julian Covey & The Machine made their second Marquee appearance, opening for The Move.

In late 1966, Julian Covey & The Machine played at the Bag O’Nails in Kingley Street, Soho for a week. However, Mason didn’t stay long and in spring 1967 he formed Traffic and later found success as a solo artist.

Around November 1966, Covey reshuffled the pack again to:

Julian Covey – lead vocals

John Morsehead – lead guitar

Johnny Spence (aka Johnny Holiday) – bass

Keith Webb – drums

Johnny Spence (b. 26 January 1942, Birmingham) had some pedigree, having previously worked (most notably) with Johnny Kidd & The Pirates and The Pirates after splitting from the singer. He’d recently spent time backing US legend, Jerry Lee Lewis.

Indian-born John Morsehead had met Spence while playing with Johnny Kidd & The Pirates and The Pirates. In May 1966, he joined The Shotgun Express where he played with future Machine member Peter Bardens.

A few notable gigs from this period include:

29 November 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton (Melody Maker)

14 December 1966 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne (Fabulous 208)

16 December 1966 – Slade School of Fine Arts, Gower Street, London with The Move (Fabulous 208)

Around February 1967, Covey formed what is probably considered to be the definitive version of the band, which cut the group’s lone 45, “A Little Bit Hurt” c/w “Sweet Bacon”.

Julian Covey – lead vocals

John Morsehead – lead guitar

Johnny Spence – bass

Pete Solley – Hammond organ

Keith Webb – drums

Ex-Trinity College of Music keyboard player Pete Solley (b. 19 October 1948, London) joined the existing line-up.

Having cut a lone single for Island Records, which was produced by Jimmy Miller, “A Little Bit of Hurt” c/w “Sweet Bacon” was released on 12 May 1967.

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The new formation gigged incessantly and included the following shows:

24 March 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton (Melody Maker)

21 April 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton (Melody Maker)

6 May 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton with The All Night Workers (Melody Maker)

On 29 May, Covey also depped on drums for Keith Moon in The Who when the sticks man hurt his stomach throwing his drum kit at the crowd.

28 June 1967 – Corn Exchange, Leicester with Family (Flyer)

In August 1967, they also performed at the 6th National Jazz and Blues Festival but soon after Peter Bardens, who’d briefly worked with The Love Affair, joined on Hammond organ. Bardens had an impressive musical pedigree, which included The Cheynes, Them, The Peter B’s and The Shotgun Express, which is where he worked with Morsehead.

Pete Solley next joined Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds but left in May 1968 to briefly work with Los Bravos. In late 1968, he joined Terry Reid’s backing band (where he reunited with Keith Webb) and then worked with The Crazy World of Arthur Brown before becoming member of Paladin.

In September 1967, Julian Covey & The Machine ran its course. Renamed Philamore Lincoln, Anson joined Graham Bond for several months before embarking on an intriguing solo career.

Morsehead next joined Aynsley Dunbar’s Retaliation while Spence retired but later reformed The Pirates.

NOTE: the band’s history is difficult to trace accurately so I would welcome any additions/corrections below in the comments section

Thanks Stan Marut, Bob Downes, Jim Cregan, Jason Barnard, David Else, Bruno Ceriotti and John Warburg for providing information. This website was also incredibly useful:

http://newuntouchables.com/magazine/tag/julian-covey-the-machine/

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Lloyd Alexander Real Estate

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.

Billy Cox – lead vocals

Howard Werth – guitar/vocals

Tony Crisp – Hammond organ

Trevor Williams – bass

Keith Gemmell – tenor saxophone

Mel Chambers – baritone sax

Dave O’Brien – drums

 

1 November 1967 – Pink Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Melody Maker)

17 November 1967 – Pink Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Horatio Soul Square Deals (Melody Maker)

 

15 December 1967 – London Hotel, Southend, Essex (Southend Standard)

26 December 1967 – Penny Farthing Club, Southend, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

 

5 January 1968 – Steering Wheel, Weymouth, Dorset (Dorset Evening Echo)

29 January 1968 – Penny Farthing Club, Southend, Essex (Southend Standard)

 

10 February 1968 – Middleton Ballroom, Southend, Essex (Southend Standard)

12 February 1968 – Penny Farthing Club, Southend, Essex (Southend Standard)

 

12 April 1968 – Steering Wheel, Weymouth, Dorset (Dorset Evening Echo)

 

13 May 1968 – Penny Farthing Club, Southend, Essex (Southend Standard)

25 May 1968 – Drill Hall, Melton Mowbray with The Dawn Breakers (Grantham Journal)

 

5 August 1968 – Penny Farthing, Southend, Essex (Southend Standard)

 

12 September 1968 – Penny Farthing, Southend, Essex (Southend Standard)

 

21 October 1968 – Penny Farthing, Southend, Essex (Southend Standard)

 

23 November 1968 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks with The Trees (Bucks Free Press)

 

14 December 1968 – St Albans City Hall, St Albans, Hertfordshire with The Big Stampede (Welwyn Times)

Not long after the band split up and Gemmell, Werth and Williams formed Audience

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Lloyd Alexander Blues Band

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.

Billy Cox – lead vocals

Howard Werth – guitar/vocals

Tony Crisp – Hammond organ

Bruce Evans – bass

Steve Reeves – tenor sax

Mel Chambers – baritone sax

Dave O’Brien – drums

The original Lloyd Alexander Blues Band has been formed around 1963/1964 in east London by sax player Steve Reeves and guitarist Howard Werth, who had named the outfit after their middle names, “Lloyd” (Reeves) and “Alexander” (Werth).

In late 1966, the pair joined forces with Walthamstow band The Blue Dukes, who’d been formed in the early 1960s and included Crisp, Evans and O’Brien. Singer Billy Cox had joined The Blue Dukes during late 1965 after working with The Jynx Pack.

4 March 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with She Trinity (Melody Maker)

18 March 1967 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Dynamic Ebonies (Melody Maker)

 

21 April 1967 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Melody Maker)

24 April 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with Lee Hawkins and special guest Jimmy Cliff (Melody Maker)

29 April 1967 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Bobby Johnson & The Atoms (Melody Maker)

 

19 May 1967 – Oasis Club, North End Junction, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Portsmouth News)

25 May 1967 – Disque Rouge, Swan Ballroom, Maldon, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

29 May 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with Lee Hawkins Group and Mike Morgan Sound (Melody Maker)

31 May 1967 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Accent (Melody Maker)

 

23 June 1967 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Melody Maker)

 

1 July 1967 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Bobby Johnson & The Atoms (Melody Maker)

8 July 1967 – Newmarket Memorial Hall, Newmarket, Suffolk with The Trax and The Survivors (Cambridge News)

 

11 August 1967 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Melody Maker)

Around this time, Trevor Williams took over from Bruce Evans. Keith Gemmell, who had previously worked with The Noblemen and The New Faces, took over from the Steve Reeves at the same time. The group then changed name to The Lloyd Alexander Real Estate.

The following gigs are under The Lloyd Alexander Blues Band name though.

6 September 1967 – Pink Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Melody Maker)

22 September 1967 – Pink Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Warren Davis Monday Band (Melody Maker)

24 September 1967 – Nutty Club, Leytonstone, Essex (Melody Maker)

 

21 October 1967 – Ritz, Bournemouth, Dorset (Bournemouth Evening Echo)

 

4 November 1967 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

25 November 1967 – Luton Boys Club, Luton, Bedfordshire with Genesis (Luton band) (Evening Post: Hemel Hempstead)

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John Brown’s Bodies

Clive Barrow – lead vocals

James Shanley – lead guitar

John Reeves – rhythm guitar

Chris Andrews – bass

David Morris – drums

A Hammersmith-based R&B band formed around 1964 who featured future All Night Workers’ singer Clive Barrow. The five piece were regulars at the Goldhawk Social Club and also played twice at the Hammersmith Palais.

They also played at the Cellar Club in Kingston upon Thames, the Bromley Court Hotel, the London Cavern in Shepherd’s Bush/Notting Hill, the Blue Triangle in Ealing, the Starlite Ballroom in Greenford and the Mechanical Orange in Chelsea.

Andrews remembers one show at the Mechanical Orange, a crypt under a church, where there was a big fight and the vicar was hit over the head with a statue of the Madonna.

John Brown’s Bodies also opened for Jimmy James & The Vagabonds several times, including one appearance at Eel Pie Island.

The musicians changed name to The Clive Barrow Group in 1967/1968. Barrow left in early 1969 to join The All Night Workers.

Thanks Chris Andrews for the photo and memories

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Scots of St James

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.

SCOTS OF ST JAMES:

Jimmy Oakley – lead vocals

Hughie Nicholson – lead guitar

Owen “Onnie” McIntyre – lead guitar

Graham Maitland – keyboards

Diego Danalaise – bass

Alan Kelly – drums

Hailing from Glasgow, The Scots of St James began life as The In Crowd but changed name after moving down to London

29 January 1966 – Hermitage Ballroom, Hitchin, Hertfordshire with Flamingo’s Rock House Band and The Gass (Luton News)

 

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

9 September 1966 – Club West Indies, Stonebridge Park, London (Melody Maker)

10 September 1966 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The A-Jaes and The Kirkbys (Melody Maker)

24 September 1966 – Club West Indies, Stonebridge Park, London (Melody Maker)

 

14 October 1966 – Location, Woolwich Arsenal Station, Woolwich, London with Lee Dorsey (Melody Maker)

23 October 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London with Champion Jack Dupree and Five Proud Walkers (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

25 October 1966 – Toft’s, Folkestone, Kent (Melody Maker)

28 October 1966 – Location, Woolwich Arsenal Station with The Artwoods (Melody Maker)

In December, the band issued its debut single, a version of Ben E King’s “Gypsy” c/w “Tic Toc”, for Strike Records

Shortly after its release, lead guitarist Norrie MacLean from The Poets took over from Hughie Nicholson and bass player Alan Gorrie replaced Diego Danalaise. They also added second drummer Stewart Francis

2 February 1967 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

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

4 February 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with Tiles Big Band and Inspiration (Melody Maker)

11 March 1967 – Beachcomber, Nottingham with Lee Dorsey and The Montanas (Nottingham Evening Post)

11 March 1967 – Starlight Room, Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire with Lee Dorsey, The Bystanders and The Equals (Lincolnshire Standard)

 

8 April 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The Scenery and Makin’ Sounds (Melody Maker)

8 April 1967 – Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks with Freddie Fingers Lee and The Upper Hand (website: http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/)

2 May 1967 – The Place, Hanley, Staffordshire (Evening Sentinel)

13 May 1967 – Ricky Tick, Hounslow, London (Melody Maker)

19 May 1967 – Fiesta Hall, Andover, Hampshire (Andover Advertiser)

The band recorded its second 45, “Timothy” c/w “Eiderdown Clown”, for the Spot label, which was released in September 1967

5 August 1967 – Glastonbury Town Hall, Glastonbury, Somerset with Derek and Pete (Somerset County Gazette)

11 August 1967 – The Place, Hanley, Stafforshire with The Gods (Evening Sentinel)

 

1 September 1967 – The Place, Hanley, Staffordshire with Jo Jo Cooke (Evening Sentinel)

There is a good short article and pic in Record Mirror, 16 September 1967, page 10, which shows the following line-up:

Jimmy Oakley – lead vocals

Owen “Onnie” McIntyre – lead guitar

Graham Maitland – keyboards

Alan Gorrie – bass

Stewart Francis – drums

19 September 1967 – Gala Ballroom, Norwich with Deep Purple (Eastern Evening News)

 

7 October 1967 – The Place, Hanley, Staffordshire (Evening Sentinel)

4 November 1967 – The Place, Hanley, Staffordshire with Cats Pyjamas (Evening Sentinel)

9 December 1967 – “Big C”, 1 Camp Road, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

 

20 January 1968 – Big C Club, 1 Camp Road, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

During 1968, the band evolved into Hopscotch

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The Warren Davis Monday Band

The original Warren Davis Monday Band from late 1966. Photo: Bruce Usherwood

Formed from the ashes of Croydon R&B outfit, Warren Davis & The Boardwalkers, who’d recorded two tracks on a private pressing demo single – “A Miracle” and “Any Man’s Girl” (two versions), the original Warren Davis Monday Band came together in late 1966.

Warren Davis – (aka Max Spinks) – lead vocals

Rob Walker – lead guitar/vocals

Andy Wilson – Hammond organ (joined a bit later)

Bruce Usherwood – bass/vocals (ex-The Deltones)

Paul Houlton – tenor saxophone

Martin Grice – tenor saxophone

Peter Mole – drums

The original band in Croydon, 1966, before Andy Wilson joined. Clockwise from top left: Bruce Usherwood, Paul Houlton, Rob Walker, Peter Mole, Warren Davis (aka Max Spinks) and Martin Grice. Photo: Bruce Usherwood

This formation cuts the band’s debut single – Bill Wyman and Peter Gosling’s “Wait For Me” c/w Warren Davis’ “I Don’t Wanna Hurt You” (Columbia BD 8190). Usherwood knew Wyman and Gosling, who was working with Moons Train.

22 January 1967 –  Whisky A Go Go, Wardour Street, Soho, London

29 January 1967 –  Whisky A Go Go, Wardour Street, Soho, London

5 February 1967 –  Whisky A Go Go, Wardour Street, Soho, London

10 February 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with The Rockin’ Berries

12 February 1967 –  Whisky A Go Go, Wardour Street, Soho, London

5 March 1967 –  Whisky A Go Go, Wardour Street, Soho, London

11 March 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

12 March 1967 –  Whisky A Go Go, Wardour Street, Soho, London

19 March 1967 –  Whisky A Go Go, Wardour Street, Soho, London

26 March 1967 –  Whisky A Go Go, Wardour Street, Soho, London

1 April 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with Dave Berries & The Cruisers

2 April 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

8  April 1967 – Booker T & The MGs rave about them in Melody Maker

9 April 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

15 April 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

16 April 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

17 April 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Herd

27 April 1967 – Whisky A Go Go, Wardour Street, Soho, London

28 April 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with Jeff Beck Group

29-30 April 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

4 May 1967 – Whisky A Go Go, Wardour Street, Soho, London

6-7 May 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

13 May 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with Terry Reid with Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers

14 May 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

16 May 1967 – Whisky A Go Go, Wardour Street, Soho, London

21 May 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

Around late May 1967, they were joined briefly by Welshman, guitarist Dave Edmunds, who took over from Rob Walker. Edmunds who would soon move on to join the band that became Love Sculpture later became a successful solo artist.

25 May 1967 – Whisky A Go Go, Wardour Street, Soho, London

27 May 1967 – Roaring 20s, Carnaby Street, Soho, London

28 May 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with Sookie Dolls

4 June 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

Further changes took place this month when Andy Wilson and Paul Houlton also departed.

L-R: Bruce Usherwood, Mick Patel, David Foster, Del Paramor, Martin Grice, Peter Mole and Warren Davis (aka Max Spinks). Photo: Bruce Usherwood

A new line-up comprised:

Warren Davis – lead vocals

David Foster – keyboards (came over from Vancouver with The Canadian Strangers)

Mick Patel – lead guitar/saxophone/vocals (ex-Loose Ends)

Martin Grice – tenor saxophone

Bruce Usherwood – bass/vocals

Peter Mole – drums

10 June 1967 – Starlight Ballroom, Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire with Manfred Mann, Edwin Starr, The Darlings and Ray Bones

11 June 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

12 June 1967 – Atlanta Ballroom, Woking, Surrey with Edwin Starr

18 June 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

25 June 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

2 July 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with Moons Train and The Trap

8 July 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with The Small Faces

9 July 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

While the band was rehearsing at Billy Walker’s Upper Cut, they auditioned tenor saxophone Derek “Del” Paramor, who joined from Vince Edwards’ group. Until May 1967, he’d worked with David Essex & The Mood Indigo.

15 July 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with Wynder K Frog (Paramor’s debut)

16 July 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

22 July 1967 – Central R&B Club, Gillingham, Kent

23 July 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

23 July 1967 – Whisky A Go Go, Wardour Street, Soho, London (late nighter)

29 July 1967 – Leeds International Club, Leeds, West Yorkshire

30 July 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

2 August 1967 – The current formation cuts two tracks at Regent Sound studios with Jeff Collins producing. The recordings are featured on their second single – a cover of the Raleigh/Linden co-write (and recorded by Lou Rawls) “Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing” c/w Warren Davis and David Foster’s “Without Fear” (Columbia BD 8270).

4 August 1967 – Roaring ‘20s, Carnaby Street, Soho, London

6 August 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with Eric Burdon & The Animals

6 August 1967 – Whisky A Go Go, Wardour Street, Soho, London

Soon after, the band headed to Naples, Italy to play at the NATO base from 9-16 August. The trip was a disaster as the club on the base didn’t know anything about the booking and the group only played a few times so they could afford to return to London.

19 August 1967 – Roaring ‘20s, Carnaby Street, Soho, London

26 August 1967 – Nautilus Club, Lowestoft, Suffolk

28 August 1967 – Roaring ‘20s, Carnaby Street, Soho, London

28 August 1967 – Whisky A Go Go, Wardour Street, London

Left to right: Martin Grice, Del Paramor, Warren Davis, Peter Mole, David Foster, Bruce Usherwood and Mick Patel. Photo: Bruce Usherwood

Following the double-nighter in Soho, David Foster, Mick Patel and Bruce Usherwood all departed. Usherwood subsequently joined Patrick Dane & The Front Line Band. Foster returned to Canada where he became a successful solo artist and producer.

The band regrouped, adding two former members of The Overlanders, lead guitarist Paul Brett and bass player Paul Petts. They also brought in keyboard player Keith Beck (real name: Burberry).

Clockwise top left: Keith Beck, Del Paramor, Paul Brett (hat), Peter Mole, Martin Grice, Warren Davis and Paul Petts. Photo: Paul Brett

The line-up now comprised:

Warren Davis – lead vocals

Paul Brett – lead guitar/vocals

Keith Beck – Hammond organ

Martin Grice – tenor saxophone

Del Paramor – tenor saxophone

Paul Petts – bass

Peter Mole – drums

8 September 1967 – Harrow Inn, Woolwich, London

9 September 1967 – Starlite Ballroom, Greenford, London

17 September 1967 – Whisky A Go Go, Wardour Street Soho, London

22 September 1967 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, London

22 September 1967 – Pink Flamingo, Soho, London with Lloyd Alexander’s Blues Band

23 September 1967 – Luton Boys Club, Luton, Bedfordshire

29 September 1967 – Elm Hotel, Leigh on Sea, Essex

30 September 1967 – Ritz, Bournemouth, Dorset

 

1 October 1967 – Lyme Regis, Dorset (possibly Marine Theatre)

4 October 1967 – Flamingo, Soho, London

6 October 1967 – Caeser’s Palace, Bedford, Bedfordshire

7 October 1967 – Croydon Tech, Croydon, London

10 October 1967 – Staircase, Soho, London (opening night of club with Cat Stevens as guest of honour, who wasn’t performing)

13 October 1967 – Beachcomber (Dunstable, Bedfordshire?)

14 October 1967 – Royal Lido, Prestatyn, Wales

16 October 1967 – Birdcage, Harlow, Essex

20 October 1967 – Silver Blades, Streatham, London

21 October 1967 – Starlite Ballroom, Greenford, London

21 October 1967 – Roaring ‘20s, Carnaby Street, Soho, London

28 October 1967 – Assembly Rooms, Oxford Town Hall, Oxford, Oxfordshire

31 October 1967 – Beachcomber, Dunstable, Bedfordshire

4 November 1967 – On this day, the Daily Sketch “Monkees” article appeared, only to be denied later in Variety

The band in late 1967. Photo: Paul Brett

4 November 1967 – Reading University, Reading, Berkshire

8 November 1967 – The band records Paul Petts’ “What’s It Like Down There?” at Tony Pike Music Ltd studios in Putney.

9 November 1967 – The musicians record Paul Brett and Paul Petts’ “Queen Victoria” at Tony Pike Music Ltd studios in Putney. Both tracks are shelved.

10 November 1967 – Staircase, Soho, London

11 November 1967 – Corby (possibly Civic Centre), Northamptonshire

14 November 1967 – Dollar Disco, Slough, Berkshire

16 November 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, London (with either The Syn or Love Affair)

17 November 1967 – Queen’s Hall, Leeds, West Yorkshire with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers

18 November 1967 – St Paul’s College, Shaftesbury Hall, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

22 November 1967 – Dundee University, Dundee, Scotland

23 November 1967 – String of Pearls, Bradford, West Yorkshire

25 November 1967 – Castle Ballroom, Ryde, Isle of Wight

28 November 1967 – Racing Drivers Ball, Savoy Hotel, Strand, London

1 December 1967 – North West Polytechnic, Royal Hotel, Woburn Place, London with Denny Laine’s Electric String Band and Fleetwood Mac

2 December 1967 – Witham (possibly Public Hall), Essex

3-4 December 1967 – String of Pearls, Bradford, West Yorkshire

5 December 1967 – Bradford University, Bradford, West Yorkshire with The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

8 December 1967 – Shooters Hill Grammar School, Shooters Hill, SE10, near Greenwich, London

9 December 1967 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London

10 December 1967 – RAF Witton, Kidderminster, Worcestershire

15 December 1967 – Winter Gardens, Penzance, Cornwall

16 December 1967 – Blue Lagoon, Newquay, Cornwall with The Future Impression (billed as Dave Warren Monday Band)

18-20 December 1967 – Horseshoe Club, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester

22 December 1967 – Jason’s Club, Barnstaple, Devon

23 December 1967 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with Friction

24 December 1967 – Corn Exchange, Maidstone, Kent

29 December 1967 – Pantiles, Bagshot, Surrey

30 December 1967 – Luton Boys Club, Luton, Bedfordshire

31 December 1967 – Blaises, SW7, London

Paul Brett left early in the new year. He joined Tintern Abbey and later led his own group, Paul Brett’s Sage. Tony Ollard joined after working with The Creation (he’d replaced Eddie Phillips).

The new line up now comprised:

Warren Davis – lead vocals

Tony Ollard – lead guitar

Keith Beck – Hammond organ

Martin Grice – tenor saxophone

Del Paramor – tenor saxophone

Paul Petts – bass

Peter Mole – drums

4 January 1968 – Warwick Hall, Kimpton Road, SE5, London

5 January 1968 – Il Grotto, Ilford, London

6 January 1968 – Shades, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

6 January 1968 – String of Beads, Bradford, West Yorkshire

7-8 January 1968 – Hatchetts, Piccadilly, London

9 January 1968 – Carousel Club, Farnborough, Hampshire

9 January 1968 – Sybillas, Swallow Street, London

11 January 1968 – Whisky A Go Go, Wardour Street, Soho, London

13 January 1968 – College of Technology, Brighton, West Sussex

16 January 1968 – The new line up returns to Tony Pike’s Putney studio and record another Paul Petts song, “Thinkin’ About Tomorrow” and Warren Davis’ “Frances”. Both tracks are shelved.

17 January 1968 – Church Hall, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire

18 January 1968 – Yeovil, Somerset (unknown venue)

19 January 1968 – Bristol, Avon (gig was cancelled)

20 January 1968 – YMCA, Gloucester, Gloucestershire

25 January 1968 – Audition for BBC, London

27 January 1968 – Swindon, Wiltshire (unknown venue)

30 January 1968 – The Blue, Rotherhithe Baths, London

Clockwise from top left: Peter Mole, Martin Grice, Warren Davis, Paul Brett, Del Paramor, Paul Petts and Keith Beck. Photo: Paul Brett

1 February 1968 – Whisky A Go Go, Wardour Street, Soho, London

3 February 1968 – RAF Waddington, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

4-5 February 1968 – Leofric Hotel, Coventry, West Midlands

10 February 1968 – Hastings Pier, Hastings, East Sussex with The Block

13-28 February 1968 – Hotel Pino, Turin, Italy

1-17 March 1968 – Blow Up Club, Munich, West Germany

With the German dates completed, Martin Grice and Keith Beck returned to Turin and joined The Patrick Sansom Set.

Back in the UK in March 1968, the remaining members rehearsed new baritone sax player Roger Davis and debuted at Klooks Kleek in West Hampstead on 21 March 1968.

18 March 1968 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts (billed as Warren Davis The Monday Band) This gig was billed but did not happen

However, there was a split in the band’s ranks at this point with Warren Davis, Del Paramor and Roger Davis linking up with the group Still Life to form a new version of The Warren Davis Monday Band. Tony Ollard, Paul Petts and Pete Mole split to work on other projects.

Davis, Paramor and Davis had seen Still Life at the Marquee on 25 March 1968 and were impressed.

The new formation comprised:

Warren Davis – lead vocals

Stuart Cowell – guitar/lead vocals

Tom Tierney – guitar

Con Byrne – bass

Ron Reynolds – Hammond organ

Del Paramor – tenor saxophone

Roger Davis – baritone saxophone

Jim Toomey – drums

The new line-up recorded the track “No 9 Putney Bus” for what they hoped would be a TV series.

30 March 1968 – Cheltenham (Blue Moon?), Gloucestershire

31 March 1968 – Whisky A Go Go, Wardour Street, Soho, London

3 April 1968 – Blaises, SW7, London

5 April 1968 – Queen’s Hall, Barnstaple, Devon

6 April 1968 – Tardebigge, Redditch, Worcestershire (venue unknown)

19 April 1968 – Il Grotto, Ilford, London

20 April 1968 – Hastings Pier, Hastings, East Sussex

24 April 1968 – Blaises, SW7, London

26 April-2 May 1968 – Rose Club, Hannover, West Germany

4 May 1968 – Tofts, Folkestone, Kent

7 May 1968 – Concorde, Southampton, Hampshire (Del Paramor and Roger Davis told they were sacked)

9 May 1968 – Quay Club, Exeter, Devon

10 May 1968 – Torquay, Devon (unknown venue)

11 May 1968 – Cirencester, Gloucestershire (unknown venue)

14 May 1968 – Sybillas, Swallow Street, London

15 May 1968 – Hampstead Country Club, London

Del Paramor and Roger Davis left after this gig. Paramor joined Mr Mo’s Messengers, who morphed into Sonority, where he worked with Peter Mole.

20 May 1968 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with Fish-Hook (billed as Warren Davis Band)

21 May 1968 – New Pink Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London

23 May 1968 – Whisky A Go Go, Wardour Street, Soho, London

28 May 1968 – New Pink Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London

29 May 1968 – Hampstead Country Club, London

3 June 1968 – Whisky A Go, Wardour Street, Soho, London

Guitarist Tom Tierney left around now

15 June 1968 – Hastings Pier, Hastings, East Sussex

By mid-July 1968 the band’s line-up comprised:

Warren Davis – lead vocals

Stuart Cowell – lead guitar/vocals

Ron Reynolds – Hammond organ

Con Byrne – bass

Jim Toomey – drums

The musicians, however, went their separate ways by early August. Cowell and Toomey would form a new band with Jerome Arnold from Paul Butterfield’s Blues Band and later put together Titus Groan.

Huge thanks to Del Paramor for the gigs listings from July 1967-May 1968. Thanks to Del, Bruce Usherwood, Paul Brett and Stuart Cowell for details. Melody Maker also provided gigs for the Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London. I will be writing a more detailed article on the band and would welcome hearing from other former members.

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The Attack 1966-1968

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 ATTACK:

Singer Richard Shirman and bass player Gerry Henderson were working in Earl’s Court-based group, The Soul System with guitarist Bob Taylor.

Guitarist David O’List who was working with The Richard Henry Sensation met Henderson at work in Earl’s Court and was invited to a Soul System rehearsal around November 1966.

After joining The Soul System, O’List changed the name to The Attack, composed some new songs, changed the band’s set list and landed the group a record and agency contract. Taylor left soon after to join The Downliners Sect.

16 December 1966 – Hammersmith College, Hammersmith (Melody Maker)

The remaining trio recruited two musicians who had advertised in Melody Maker. Drummer Alan Whitehead had started out with Bexley, Kent group, The Loose Ends but left in September 1966 to work briefly with Cops ‘n’ Robbers.

Hammond organist Bob Hodges was with Walthamstow-based soul band, The New Jump Band and played his final gig with them on 16 December 1966.

Left to right: Richard Shirman, Bob Hodges, David O’List (front), Gerry Henderson and Alan Whitehead

Richard Shirman – lead vocals

David O’List – lead guitar

Bob Hodges – Hammond organ

Gerry Henderson – bass

Alan Whitehead – drums

In late December, The Attack recorded their debut single “Try It” c/w “We Don’t Know”, which was released on 27 January 1967. Whitehead, who had appeared in early promotional photos, had already secured a job with Marmalade and departed before any gigs were played.

Richard Shirman, Bob Hodges, Alan Whitehead, Gerry Henderson and David O’List

The Attack recruited a couple of drummers to fulfill live dates, starting with former Mark Leeman Five member Brian Davidson, who would reunite with David O’List a few months later in The Nice but briefly worked with Don Shinn’s band, Shinn in early 1967 first.

7 January 1967 – Club Carnaby, Loughbourgh, Leicestershire (Bob Hodges’ diary)

14 January 1967 – Victoria Ballroom, Chesterfield, Derbyshire (Bob Hodges’ diary)

15 January 1967 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (Bob Hodges’ diary)

16 January 1967 – Hearbeat Club, Silver Blades Ice Rink, Birmingham, West Midlands (Bob Hodges’ diary)

21 January 1967 – Alexandra Hotel, Lancaster, Lancashire (Bob Hodges’ diary)

22 January 1967 – Locarno Ballroom, Burnley, Lancashire (Bob Hodges’ diary)

28 January 1967 – Pink Elephant Club, Aspull, Wigan, Greater Manchester (Bob Hodges’ diary)

28 January 1967 – Room at the Top, Wigan, Greater Manchester (all nighter) (Bob Hodges’ diary)

29 January 1967 – Casino Club, Wigan, Greater Manchester (Bob Hodges’ diary)

The original band pictured for Decca’s publicity with Alan Whitehead far left

3 February 1967 – PA at Witchdoctor Club, Catford, London (for Radio London) (Bob Hodges’ diary)

4 February 1967 – PA at Wimbledon Palais, Wimbledon, London (for Radio London) (Bob Hodges’ diary)

Around this time, Peter “Barney” Barnfield joined as full-time drummer. The new line-up was responsible for the band’s second single, “Hi Ho Silver Lining” c/w “Anymore Than I Do”, issued on 3 March 1967.  

10 February 1967 – Alexandra Hotel, Lancaster, Lancashire (Bob Hodges’ diary)

11 February 1967 – Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, Lancashire (Bob Hodges’ diary)

12 February 1967 – Peppermint Lounge, Liverpool (Bob Hodges’ diary)

13 February 1967 – Civic Call, Carnforth, Lancashire (Bob Hodges’ diary)

14 February 1967 – Majestic Ballroom, Darlington, County Durham (Bob Hodges’ diary)

16 February 1967 – Top Rank Suite, Hanley, Staffordshire (Bob Hodges’ diary)

18 February 1967 – Plaza Ballroom, Handsworth, West Midlands (Bob Hodges’ diary)

18 February 1967 – Plaza Ballroom, Oldhill, West Midlands (Bob Hodges’ diary)

19 February 1967 – George and Dragon, Tonbridge, Kent (Bob Hodges’ diary)

21 February 1967 – Lotus Ballroom, Forest Gate, London (Bob Hodges’ diary)

25 February 1967 – Floral Hall, Southport, Lancashire (Lancashire Evening Post/Bob Hodges’ diary)

The second line-up with Peter “Barney” Barnfield (centre)

3 March 1967 – Carlton Ballroom, Erdington, West Midlands (Bob Hodges’ diary)

3 March 1967 – Elbow Room, Aston, West Midlands (Bob Hodges’ diary)

4 March 1967 – Neeld Hall, Chippenham, Wiltshire (Bob Hodges’ diary)

10 March 1967 – Iron Curtain Club, St Mary’s Cray, near Orpington, London (Bob Hodges’ diary)

16 March 1967 – Ritz Ballroom, Skewen, Wales (Bob Hodges’ diary)

17 March 1967 – St. Benedict’s, Sketty, Swansea, Wales (Bob Hodges’ diary)

18 March 1967 – Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, Dorset (Bob Hodges’ diary)

The band after Barney Barnfield joined

Richard Shirman left after the Lyme Regis gig on 18 March and the remaining quartet carried on until the 22 April gig in the West Midlands. In the meantime, Shirman put together a new Attack line-up behind the scenes.

Bob Hodges remembers the current version took on a singer with a name like G D’Amati, who fronted the band on the next three shows

25 March 1967 – Golden Torch, Tunstall, Staffordshire (Bob Hodges’ diary)

31 March 1967 – Locarno Ballroom, Sale, Greater Manchester (Bob Hodges’ diary)

 

8 April 1967 – East Ham Technical College, East Ham, London (Bob Hodges’ diary)

Bob Hodges remembers that for the final three dates, the lead singer was Pete Hodges (no relation), a singer from Birmingham who had previously worked with Jimmy Cliff & The New Generation among others

15 April 1967 – Nottingham College of Further Education, Clifton, Notts (Bob Hodges’ diary)

20 April 1967 – James Finnegan Hall, Redcar, North Yorkshire (Bob Hodges’ diary)

22 April 1967 – Club Ponderosa, Bearley Holiday Centre, Snitterfield, West Midlands (Coventry Evening Telegraph)

After this final gig, the musicians were told that Richard Shirman had formed a new band under the name The Attack and that their services were no longer needed. David O’List soon joined The Nice, who became P P Arnold’s backing band after she left The Blue Jays. Bob Hodges joined Tuesday’s Children later in the year

The Attack, left to right: Chris Allen, Richard Shirman, Kenny Harold, Geoff Richardson and George Watt. Photo from Phil Smee

In April, Shirman launched a new version of The Attack as follows:

Richard Shirman – lead vocals

Geoff Richardson – lead guitar

George Watt – Hammond organ

Kenny Harold – bass

Chris Allen – drums

This formation was responsible for the band’s third single, “Created By Clive” c/w “Colour of my Mind”.

6 May 1967 – Hull College of Commerce Students’ Union, Hull, Humberside (Hull Daily Mail)

2 June 1967 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London with The Trailblazers (South East London Mercury)

3 June 1967 – Floral Hall, Gorleston, Norfolk (Yarmouth Mercury)

17 June 1967 – Royal Lido Ballroom, Prestatyn, Wales with The Raynes (website: www.45worlds.com/live)

Within days of the band’s third single being released on 23 June 1967, second lead guitarist John DuCann joined. George Watt and Kenny Harold left that summer. Geoff Richardson left soon after and later moved to the USA to play with The British Walkers while Chris Allen also departed.

By August, the group’s line-up comprised:

Richard Shirman – lead vocals

John DuCann – lead guitar

Jim Avery – bass

Plug Davies – drums

16 September 1967 – Waggon & Horses, Wall Heath, West Midlands (Express & Star)

This formation recorded The Attack’s fourth single, which was released on 12 January 1968.

Around this time, Plug Davies introduced his friend from Wales, Keith Hodge, who in turn recommended Roger Deane on bass.

Richard Shirman – lead vocals

John DuCann – lead guitar

Roger Deane – bass

Keith Hodge – drums

21 February 1968 – Speakeasy, W1, London (Fabulous 208/Mick Capewell’s Marmalade Skies)

27 February 1968 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Move (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

11 March 1968 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Nice (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

14 March 1968 – Middle Earth, Covent Garden, London with Family, Picadilly Line, Doc K’s Blues Band and Pete Brown’s Poetry (Melody Maker)

Melody Maker notes that The Attack played dates in Helsinki, Finland on 17-18 July 1968

Huge thanks to Bob Hodges for the use of his gig list and photos. Thanks also to David O’List for early insights. Thanks to Mike at Ugly Things and Phil Smee (for the photo of the third line-up by the River Thames).

Copyright © Nick Warburton.  All Rights Reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced or transmitted in any from or by any means, without prior permission from the author.

 

Episode Six gigs 1964-1969

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.  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.

Adopting the name Episode Six in the summer of 1964, the line-up featured in an article published in the Harrow Weekly Post from 22 July, page 15 was as follows:

Andy Ross – lead vocals

Sheila Carter-Dimmock – organ/vocals (b. 18 March 1947, Hatch End, Middlesex)

Graham Carter-Dimmock – rhythm guitar/vocals (b. 27 April 1944, Hatch End, Middlesex)

Tony Lander – lead guitar (b. 10 August 1947, Cambridge)

Roger Glover – bass (b. 30 November 1945, Brecon, Wales)

Harvey Shields – drums (b. 6 September 1946, Twickenham, Middlesex)

1964:

24 July 1964 – Public Hall, Witham, Essex with The Rubies (Essex Chronicle)

 

7 November 1964 – Westcliff Hotel, Clacton, Essex (Essex County Standard)

14 November 1964 – Glendale Hall, N15, London (Tottenham Weekly Herald)

1965:

When Andy Ross left, Ian Gillan (b. 19 August 1945, Hounslow, Middlesex) joined from Wainwright’s Gentlemen after performing his final gig with them on 26 April 1965 at the Seagull Hotel, Southall, London

8 October 1965 – Clay Pigeon, Eastcote, London (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

1966:

1 January 1966 – Royal Oak, Dagenham, London (Brian Long research)

2 January 1966 – Oldfield Hotel, Greenford, London (Brian Long research)

3 January 1966 – The Bluesday Club, Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

6 January 1966 – Coventry Locarno, Coventry, West Midlands (Brian Long research)

7 January 1966 – USAF High Wycombe, High Wycombe, Bucks (Brian Long research)

8 January 1966 – USAF Alconbury, Alconbury, Cambridgeshire (Brian Long research)

11 January 1966 – Overseas Visitors Club, Earls Court, London (Brian Long research)

13 January 1966 – Nottingham Palais, Nottingham (Brian Long research)

14 January 1966 – Black Cat, Woolwich, London (Brian Long research)

15 January 1966 – Ikelstone Palais, Ikelstone, Derbyshire (Brian Long research)

16 January 1966 – Royal Oak, Dagenham, London (Brian Long research)

18 January 1966 – Overseas Visitors Club, Earls Court, London (Brian Long research)

22 January 1966 – Westcliffe Hotel, Clacton, Essex (Brian Long research)

24 January 1966 – Dunstable Civic Hall, Dunstable, Bedfordshire (Brian Long research)

25 January 1966 – Overseas Visitors Club, Earls Court, London (Brian Long research)

27 January 1966 – Nottingham Palais, Nottingham (Brian Long research)

28 January 1966 – Glenlyn Ballroom, Forest Hill, London (South East London Mercury)

The Hounslow Post on 28 January 1966, page 8 has an article and picture on the band

29 January 1966 – Borough Polytechnic, London (Brian Long research)

30 January 1966 – Welcome Inn, Eltham, London (Brian Long research)

 

1 February 1966 – ‘Ready Steady Radio’, Lyceum, Strand, London (Brian Long research)

4 February 1966 – USAF Welford, Welford, Northamptonshire (Brian Long research)

5 February 1966 – Glenlyn Ballroom, Forest Hill, London (South East London Mercury)

6 February 1966 – USAF Alconbury, Alconbury, Cambridgeshire (Brian Long research)

7 February 1966 – Hammersmith Palais, Hammersmith, London (Brian Long research)

8 February 1966 – Overseas Visitors Club, Earls Court, London (Brian Long research)

10 February 1966 – Canon’s Club (unknown location) (Brian Long research)

11 February 1966 – Royal Forest Hotel, Chingford, London (Brian Long research)

12 February 1966 – Acton works social, Acton, London (Brian Long research)

13 February 1966 – Big L Discotheque, Charing Cross Road, London (Brian Long research)

14 February 1966 – Peterborough Nurses’ Home, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire (Brian Long research)

15 February 1966 – Overseas Visitors Club, Earls Court, London (Brian Long research)

16 February 1966 – Silver Blades Ice Rink, Streatham, London (Brian Long research)

18 February 1966 – RAF Abingdon, Abingdon, Oxfordshire (Brian Long research)

19 February 1966 – Woodford Memorial Hall, Woodford, London (Brian Long research)

20 February 1966 – Royal Oak, Dagenham, London (Brian Long research)

21 February 1966 – Kettering Workingmen’s Club, Kettering, Northamptonshire (Brian Long research)

22 February 1966 – Overseas Visitors Club, Earls Court, London (Brian Long research)

24 February 1966 – Nottingham Palais, Nottingham (Brian Long research)

26 February 1966 – Ikelstone Palais, Ikelstone, Derbyshire (Brian Long research)

27 February 1966 – Welcome Inn, Eltam, London (Brian Long research)

28 February 1966 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford (Brian Long research)

 

1 March 1966 – Overseas Visitors Club, Earls Court, London (Brian Long research)

2 March 1966 – New Victoria Cinema (audition) (Brian Long research)

3 March 1966 – Cromwellian Club, South Kensingston, London (Brian Long research)

5 March 1966 – Harrow County School, Harrow, London (Brian Long research)

8 March 1966 – Overseas Visitors Club, Earls Court, London (Brian Long research)

9 March 1966 – USAF Chicksands, Chicksands, Bedfordshire (Brian Long research)

10 March 1966 – Cromwellian Club, South Kensington, London (Brian Long research)

11 March 1966 – Copdock House Hotel (possibly Ipswich), Suffolk (Brian Long research)

12 March 1966 – London School of Economics, Aldywch, London (Brian Long research)

15 March 1966 – Chelmsford Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex (Brian Long research)

17 March 1966 – Overseas Visitors Club, Earls Court, London (Brian Long research)

19 March 1966 – Winter Gardens, Banbury, Oxfordshire (Brian Long research)

22 March 1966 – Overseas Visitors Club, Earls Court, London (Brian Long research)

24 March 1966 – Nottingham Palais, Nottingham (Melody Maker)

25 March 1966 – Royal Forest Hotel, Chingford, London (Brian Long research)

26 March 1966 – Wimbledon Palais, Wimbledon, London (Melody Maker)

27 March 1966 – Windy City Club, Oxford, Oxfordshire (Melody Maker)

29 March 1966 – Overseas Club, Earl’s Court, London (Melody Maker)

 

1 April 1966 – Scotch of St James, Mayfair, London (audition) (Brian Long research)

2 April 1966 – Peterborough Nurses’ Home, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire (Brian Long research)

3 April 1966 – Bournemouth Pavilion, Bournemouth, Dorset (Melody Maker)

5 April 1966 – Overseas Visitors Club, Earls Court, London (Brian Long research)

8 April 1966 – Recording session (Brian Long research)

12 April 1966 – Overseas Visitors Club, Earls Court, London (Brian Long research)

16 April 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Brian Long research)

18 April 1966 – Dunstable Civic Hall, Dunstable, Bedfordshire (Brian Long research)

19 April 1966 – Overseas Visitors Club, Earls Court, London (Brian Long research)

20 April 1966 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London (Brian Long research)

21 April 1966 – Dorchester Hotel, Mayfair, London (Brian Long research)

22 April 1966 – USAF Welford, Welford, Northamptonshire (Brian Long research)

23 April 1966 – USAF Alconbury, Alconbury, Cambridgeshire (Brian Long research)

26 April 1966 – Overseas Visitors Club, Earls Court, London (Brian Long research)

27 April 1966 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London (Brian Long research)

28 April 1966 – RAF Abingdon, Abingdon, Oxfordshire (Brian Long research)

29 April 1966 – Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire (Brian Long research)

The Middlesex Chronicle (Hounslow Edition) on 29 April 1966, page 3 has an article on band

30 April 1966 – Ilkestone Palais, Ilkestone, Derbyshire (Brian Long research)

 

3 May 1966 – Overseas Visitors Club, Earls Court, London (Brian Long research)

7 May 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Brian Long research)

10 May 1966 – Ready Steady Radio (Tiles, Oxford Street, London) (Broadcast 22 May) (Brian Long research)

12 May 1966 – Nottingham Palais, Nottingham (Brian Long research)

13 May 1966 – Coronation Ballroom, Ramsgate, Kent with The Tea Set and Children of The Damned (Brian Long research/East Kent Times)

17 May 1966 – Overseas Visitors Club, Earls Court, London (Brian Long research)

19 May 1966 – Reading University, Reading, Berkshire (Brian Long research)

20 May 1966 – Ready Steady Go (TV) (Brian Long research)

21 May 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Brian Long research)

21 May 1966 – RAF Wittering, Wittering, West Sussex (Brian Long research)

23 May 1966 – BBC audition, Piccadilly, London (Brian Long research)

24 May 1966 – Overseas Visitors Club, Earls Court, London (Brian Long research)

26 May 1966 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London (Brian Long research)

27 May 1966 – Co-Op Hall, Gravesend, Kent (Brian Long research)

28 May 1966 – Recording session (Brian Long research)

 

1 June 1966 – Overseas Visitors Club, Earls Court, London (Brian Long research)

3 June 1966 – Roya Forest Hotel, Chingford, London (Brian Long research)

4 June 1966 – Winter Gardens, Banbury, Oxfordshire (Brian Long research)

7 June 1966 – Overseas Visitors Club, Earls Court, London (Brian Long research)

9 June 1966 – RAF Bicester, Bicester, Oxfordshire (Brian Long research)

10 June 1966 – Winter Gardens, Eastbourne, East Sussex (Brian Long research)

16 June 1966 – Overseas Visitors Club, Earls Court, London (Brian Long research)

17 June 1966 – Coronation Ballroom, Ramsgate, Kent with Sands and Steve & The Corvettes (Brian Long research/East Kent Times)

18 June 1966 – Lloyds Bank, Beckenham, London (Brian Long research)

19 June 1966 – Brands Hatch, West Kingsdown, Kent (Brian Long research)

21 June 1966 – Overseas Visitors Club, Earls Court, London (Brian Long research)

23 June 1966 – RAF Tangmere, Chichester, West Sussex (Brian Long research)

25 June 1966 – Battersea Park, Battersea, London (Brian Long research)

26 June 1966 – USAF Alconbury, Alconbury, Cambridgeshire (Brian Long research)

28 June 1966 – Overseas Visitors Club, Earls Court, London (Brian Long research)

 

1 July 1966 – Beaconsfield Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

2 July 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Brian Long research)

7 July 1966 – Hastings Pier, Hastings, East Sussex with Fag Paper Nose and Chin Band (Roger Bistow research)

8 July 1966 – Alton, Hampshire (Brian Long research)

9 July 1966 – Recording session (Brian Long research)

14-15 July 1966 – Leys Hotel, Clacton, Essex (Brian Long research)

16 July 1966 – Starlite, Greenford, London with The Legend (Melody Maker)

29 July 1966 – Beaconsfield Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

30 July 1966 – Grand Hotel, Brighton, West Sussex (Brian Long research)

 

1 August 1966 – Overseas Visitors Club, Earls Court, London (Brian Long research)

3 August 1966 – Recording session for Pye (Brian Long research)

4 August 1966 – Nottingham Palais, Nottingham (Brian Long research)

5 August 1966 – Hemel Hempstead Pavilion, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire (Brian Long research)

6 August 1966 – Starlite, Greenford, London (Brian Long research)

8 August 1966 – Overseas Visitors Club, Earls Court, London (Brian Long research)

12 August 1966 – Coronation Hall, Ramsgate, Kent (Brian Long research)

13 August 1966 – Coventry Air Pageant, Coventry, West Midlands (Brian Long research)

15 August 1966 – Overseas Visitors Club, Earls Court, London (Brian Long research)

18 August 1966 – Wakefield Locarno, Wakefield, West Yorkshire (Brian Long research)

25 August 1966 – Kew Boathouse, Kew, London (Brian Long research)

27 August 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Soul Agents (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live) (According to Brian Long, show broadcast 5 September)

29 August 1966 – Overseas Visitors Club, Earls Court, London (Brian Long research)

30 August 1966 – Ready Steady Radio at Tiles, Oxford Street (Brian Long research)

31 August 1966 – Pickwick Club, London (audition) (Brian Long research)

 

3 September 1966 – Starlite, Greenford, London (Brian Long research)

9 September 1966 – Princess Club, Chorlton, Greater Manchester (Brian Long)

9 September 1966 – Domino Club, Openshaw, Greater Manchester (Brian Long)

15 September 1966 – RAF Tangmere, Chichester, West Sussex (Brian Long)

16 September 1966 – Co-op Hall, Gravesend, Kent (Brian Long)

17 September 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Good Goods (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

23 September 1966 – Recording session at Pye (Brian Long research)

25 September 1966 – Brands Hatch, Kingsdown, Kent (Brian Long research)

27 September 1966 – Finsbury Park Astoria, Finsbury Park, London  with Dusty Springfield & The Echoes, Boz and His People, The Settlers, The Alan Price Set, The Mindbenders and Dave Berry (Brian Long research) This is the start of The Dusty Springfield tour

28 September 1966 – Bournemouth Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, Dorset (Brian Long research)

29 September 1966 – Cheltenham Odeon, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (Brian Long research)

30 September 1966 – Birmingham Odeon, Birmingham, West Midlands (Brian Long research)

 

1 October 1966 – Cardiff Capitol, Cardiff, Wales (Brian Long research)

2 October 1966 – Colston Hall, Bristol (Brian Long research)

3 October 1966 – Manchester Odeon, Manchester (Brian Long research)

4 October 1966 – Newcastle Odeon, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear (Brian Long research)

5 October 1966 – Liverpool Odeon, Liverpool (Brian Long research)

6 October 1966 – Hanley Gaumont, Hanley, Staffordshire (Brian Long research)

7 October 1966 – Sheffield Gaumount, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (Brian Long research)

8 October 1966 – Leicester gig (Brian Long research)

9 October 1966 – Woburn Abbey gig, Buckinghamshire (Brian Long research)

11 October 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Jimmy James & The Vagabonds (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

15 October 1966 – Harrow County School, Harrow, London (Brian Long research)

18 October 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Action (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

20 October 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (audition) (Brian Long research)

21 October 1966 – Beaconsfield Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

25 October 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

28 October 1966 – Witchdoctor Club, Catford, London (Brian Long research)

29 October 1966 – University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent (Brian Long research)

 

1 November 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Spencer Davis Group (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

4 November 1966 – Beckenham Ballroom, Beckenham, London (Brian Long research)

5 November 1966 – Wimbledon Stadium, Wimbledon, London (Brian Long research)

11 November 1966 – Witchdoctor Club, Catford, London (Brian Long research)

12 November 1966 – Nautilus Club, Lowestoft, Suffolk (Brian Long research)

15 November 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

17 November 1966 – RAF Tangmere, Chichester, West Sussex (Brian Long research)

21 November 1966 – Recording session at Pye (Brian Long research)

22 November 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Action (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

23 November 1966 – ‘Swingalong’ recording at BBC (Brian Long research)

25 November 1966 – Recording session at Pye (Brian Long research)

25 November 1966 – Solvatorian College, Harrow Weald, London (Brian Long research)

The Hounslow Post from 25 November 1966, page 6 has an article and picture on the band

26 November 1966 – Prestatyn, Denbighshire, Wales (most likely Royal Lido Ballroom) (Brian Long research)

28 November 1966 – ‘Monday Monday’ at the BBC (Brian Long research)

 

1-31 December 1966 – Casino du Liban, Beirut, Lebanon (Brian Long research)

1967:

11 February 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with Freddie Mack & The Mack Sound (Melody Maker)

19 February 1967 – Harvest Moon Club, Guidford, Surrey (Surrey Advertiser)

22 February 1967 – Kingsway Theatre, Hadleigh, Essex with Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, Cat Stevens, The Style and The Machine

 

February-May 1967 – Casino du Liban, Beirut, Lebanon (according to John Kerrison, they did a three-month stint at the club)

 

3 March 1967 – Exeter University, Exeter, Devon (Fabulous 208) Could this have happened if they were in Beirut?

4 March 1967 – Nautilus Club, Lowestoft, Suffolk (Fabulous 208) Could this have happened if they were in Beirut?

17 March 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with Bobby Johnson & The Atoms (Melody Maker) Could this have happened if they were in Beirut?

 

13 April 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with Jon (Melody Maker) Could this have happened if they were in Beirut?

15 April 1967 – Civic Hall, Guildford, Surrey with Dilemma (West Surrey Advertiser)

 

6 May 1967 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

23 May 1967 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with Paul Kaye (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

 

18 June 1967 – Brands Hatch Radio London Motor Racing and Pop Festival, Brands Hatch, Kent with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch and Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds (Sutton & Cheam Advertiser)

 

1 July 1967 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

8 July 1967 – Ashton Palais, Ashton-under-Lyme, Greater Manchester (Manchester Evening News and Chronicle)

12 July 1967 – Victoria Rooms, Bristol with Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas (Fabulous 208)

15 July 1967 – Starlite Ballroom, Greenford, London (Fabulous 208)

16 July 1967 – Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London (Fabulous 208)

Episode Six before John Kerrison joined. Fabulous 208, August 1967

Around this time, John Kerrison took over drums

21 July 1967 – Clay Pigeon, Eastcote, London (Hayes Gazette/Hillingdon and Uxbridge Weekly Post)

 

12 August 1967 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

 

1 September 1967 – Clay Pigeon, Eastcote, London (Hayes Gazette/Hillingdon and Uxbridge Weekly Post)

2 September 1967 – Lion Hotel, Warrington, Cheshire with Kanda Grays and Arthur’s Ltd (Warrington Guardian)

9 September 1967 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent (East Kent Times & Mail)

 

7 October 1967 – Luton Boys Club, Luton, Bedfordshire with Friday’s Mind (Evening Post: Hemel Hempstead)

21 October 1967 – City University, London with The Action (Melody Maker)

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

 

3 November 1967 – “Big C”, 1 Camp Road, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

12 November 1967 – Adelphi Ballroom, Slough, Berkshire (Windsor, Slough and Eton Express)

According to Melody Maker, the band embarked on 16-day trip to Germany on 13 November 1967 via Luxembourg

1968:

22 January 1968 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

27 January 1968 – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, Essex with Tramline and Magnus Opus (Southend Standard)

 

30 March 1968 – Hastings Pier, Hastings, East Sussex with Great Xpectations (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

 

11 April 1968 – Beaconsfield Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

13 April 1968 – The Cobweb, St Leonards, East Sussex with The Embers (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

 

6 May 1968 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

 

10 June 1968 – Civic Hall, Guildford, Surrey with The Move and Circus (Surrey Advertiser)

 

12 July 1968 – Kew Boat House, Kew, London (Thames Valley Times)

27 July 1968 – The Barn Ballroom, Little Bardfield Hall, Little Bardfield, Essex (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

Fabulous 208 from 17 August 1968 announces Mick Underwood as John Kerrison’s replacement

19 October 1968 – University College, Gower Street, W1, London with Proteus (Melody Maker)

 

15 November 1968 – Brunel University, Acton, London with Timebox (Melody Maker)

 

14 December 1968 – Tavistock Town Hall, Tavistock, Devon with Blitz (Western Evening Herald)

31 December 1968 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with The Lloyd (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

1969:

1 March 1969 – Bay Hotel, Sunderland (website: www.45worlds.com/live)

 

26 April 1969 – Kingston College of Technology, Kingston upon Thames, London with Orange Rainbow (Melody Maker)

In mid-June Ian Gillian and Roger Glover left to join Deep Purple

21 June 1969 – The Cobweb, St Leonards, East Sussex with Tanglewood (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

27 June 1969 – Pop Supershow, RAE Assembly Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire with Aynsley Dunbar’s Retaliation, Locomotive and Ten Percent Butter (Aldershot News)

 

19 December 1969 – Edgbarrow Youth Club, Crowthorne, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

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