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The Downliners Sect’s gigs 1963-1968

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 Downliners Sect, August 1965 in Fabulous 208. Clockwise from left: Don Craine, Keith Grant, Johnny Sutton, Terry Gibson and (centre) Pip Harvey

Formed from the ashes of The Downliners, whose original members included Don Craine (real name: Mick O’Donnell), the line-up below is from August 1963.

Keith Grant – lead vocals/bass

Don Craine – rhythm guitar/autoharp/lead vocals

Terry Gibson – lead guitar

Johnny Sutton – drums

1963:

6 October 1963 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

1964:

3 January 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

13 January 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

15 January 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

18 January 1964 – Chez Don, Dalston, London (Don Craine’s diary)

20 January 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

22 January 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

24 January 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

26 January 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

29 January 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (Don Craine’s diary)

31 January 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

 

1 February 1964 – Oxford Town Hall, Oxford (Don Craine’s diary)

2-4 February 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

7 February 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

8 February 1964 – Olympia, Reading, Berkshire with The Blues Committee (Poster)

9-10 February 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

12 February 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

14 February 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

17 February 1964 – Riverboat Jazz Club, Colwyn Bay, Wales (Don Craine’s diary)

19 February 1964 – Star Hotel, Croydon, Surrey (Don Craine’s diary)

22 February 1964 – Trinity Jazz Club, Wandsworth, London (Don Craine’s diary)

23 February 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

26 February 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

28 February 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

29 February 1964 – Club Noreik, Tottenham, London (Don Craine’s diary)

 

1-2 March 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

4 March 1964 – Hammersmith Town Hall, Hammersmith, London (Don Craine’s diary)

6 March 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

7 March 1964 – Kingston Ballroom, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

8 March 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (afternoon) (Don Craine’s diary)

8 March 1964 – Trinity Jazz Club, Wandsworth, London (evening) (Don Craine’s diary)

9 March 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

10 March 1964 – Railway Hotel, Harrow Wealdstone, Middlesex (Don Craine’s diary)

11 March 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

13 March 1964 – Café Royal, London (Don Craine’s diary)

14 March 1964 – Nottingham University, Nottingham (Don Craine’s diary)

15 March 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (afternoon) (Don Craine’s diary)

15 March 1964 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent (Don Craine’s diary)

16 March 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

18 March 1964 – Blue Beat Club, Hayes, Middlesex (Don Craine’s diary)

19 March 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London (see website above)

20 March 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

21 March 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

22 March 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (afternoon) (Don Craine’s diary)

22 March 1964 – Trinity Jazz Club, Wandsworth, London (evening) (Don Craine’s diary)

23 March 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

24 March 1964 – Technical College, Dagenham, Essex (Don Craine’s diary)

25 March 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

26 March 1964 – Ealing Town Hall, Ealing, Middlesex (Don Craine’s diary)

27 March 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

28 March 1964 – Disc A Go Go, Bournemouth, Dorset (Don Craine’s diary)

29-30 March 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

 

1 April 1964 – Dancing Slipper, Nottingham (Don Craine’s diary)

2 April 1964 – Feathers Hotel, Lydney, Gloucester, Gloucestershire (Don Craine’s diary)

3 April 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

4 April 1964 – The Loft, Banbury, Oxfordshire (Don Craine’s diary)

5 April 1964 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (Don Craine’s diary)

8 April 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

10 April 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

11 April 1964 – Rendezous Club, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

12 April 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

14 April 1964 – Borough Assembly Rooms, Aylesbury, Bucks (Don Craine’s diary)

17 April 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

18 April 1964 – Trinity Jazz Club, Wandsworth, London (evening) (Don Craine’s diary)

18 April 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (All Nighter) (Don Craine’s diary)

19 April 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

22 April 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

24 April 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

25 April 1964 – South Eastern Technical College, Dagenham, London (evening) (Don Craine’s diary)

25 April 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London with Them (All Nighter) (Melody Maker/Don Craine’s diary) Them was a West London group who changed name to Themselves when Van Morrison’s group arrived in London

26 April 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

28 April 1964 – Britannia Hotel, Barking, Essex (Don Craine’s diary)

29 April 1964 – Disc A Go Go, Bournemouth, Dorset (Don Craine’s diary)

 

1 May 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

2 May 1964 – Trinity Jazz Club, Wandsworth, London (Don Craine’s diary)

3 May 1964 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (Don Craine’s diary)

5 May 1964 – Concorde, Southampton, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

13 May 1964 – Northampton College, London (Don Craine’s diary)

17 May 1964 – Savoy Ballroom, Catford, London (Don Craine’s diary)

19 May 1964 – Concorde, Southampton, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

22 May 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

23 May 1964 – Club Noreik, Tottenham, London (Don Craine’s diary)

24 May 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (afternoon) (Don Craine’s diary)

24 May 1964 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, London (evening) (Don Craine’s diary)

27 May 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

29 May 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

31 May 1964 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (Don Craine’s diary)

Around this point, Ray Sone joined on harmonica

2 June 1964 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

3 June 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

5 June 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

6 June 1964 – Rendezvous Club, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

7 June 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

9 June 1964 – Concorde, Southampton, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

12 June 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

13 June 1964 – Nottingham University, Nottingham (Don Craine’s diary)

14 June 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

16 June 1964 – Greenwich Town Hall, Greenwich, London (Don Craine’s diary)

17 June 1964 – Forum Balloom, Oxford (Don Craine’s diary)

19 June 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

20 June 1964 – Centre Youth Club, Crawley, West Sussex (Don Craine’s diary)

21 June 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

22 June 1964 – Masonic Hall, Harrow & Wealdstone, Middlesex (Don Craine’s diary)

24 June 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London (see website above)

25 June 1964 – Lotus Ballroom, Forest Gate, London (Don Craine’s diary)

26 June 1964 – Alexandria Palace, London (Don Craine’s diary)

27 June 1964 – Trinity Jazz Club, Wandsworth, London (Don Craine’s diary)

28 June 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

29 June 1964 – King Edward Hall, Windsor, Berkshire (Don Craine’s diary)

 

1 July 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

2 July 1964 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, Middlesex (Leyton and Leytonstone Guardian)

3 July 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

4 July 1964 – El Rondo Ballroom, Leicester (Don Craine’s diary)

10 July 1964 – Rock Boat Trip, Bournemouth, Dorset (Don Craine’s diary)

14 July 1964 – Concorde, Southampton, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

15 July 1964 – Disc A Go Go, Bournemouth, Dorset (Don Craine’s diary)

16 July 1964 – Kimbells, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

17 July 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

18 July 1964 – Rendezvous Club, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

19 July 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

22 July 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (Don Craine’s diary)

24 July 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

25 July 1964 – BEA, London Airport (evening) (Don Craine’s diary)

25 July 1964 – Club Noreik, Tottenham, London (All Nighter) (Don Craine’s diary)

26 July 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (afternoon) (Don Craine’s diary)

26 July 1964 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (evening) (Don Craine’s diary)

27 July 1964 – Bromley Club, Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley (Don Craine’s diary)

28 July 1964 – Corn Exchange, Bristol (Don Craine’s diary)

30 July 1964 – Lotus Ballroom, Forest Gate, London (Don Craine’s diary)

31 July 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

 

2 August 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

7 August 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

8 August 1964 – Runcorn Town Hall, Runcorn, Cheshire (Don Craine’s diary)

9 August 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

11 August 1964 – Melroye Ballroom, Swindon, Wiltshire (Don Craine’s diary)

14 August 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

15 August 1964 – Bure Country Club, Bure, Dorset (Don Craine’s diary)

16 August 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

21 August 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

22 August 1964 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

23 August 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (afternoon) (Don Craine’s diary)

23 August 1964 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent (evening) (Don Craine’s diary)

24 August 1964 – EMI Friday Spectacular radio show, London (Don Craine’s diary)

26 August 1964 – Il Rondo, Leicester (Don Craine’s diary)

28 August 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

29 August 1964 – Denis Drew Dance Studios, Hackney, London (evening) (Don Craine’s diary)

29 August 1964 – Club Noreik, Tottenham, London with Laurie Jay Combo (All Nighter) (Melody Maker)

30 August 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

31 August 1964 – Hermitage Ballroom, Hitchin, Herts (Don Craine’s diary)

1 September 1964 – Dancing Party radio show, EMI, London (Don Craine’s diary)

3 September 1964 – Lotus Ballroom, Forest Gate, London (Don Craine’s diary)

5 September 1964 – Rendezvous Club, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

6 September 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

10 September 1964 – Ipswich Corn Exchange, Ipswich, Suffolk (Essex County Standard)

11 September 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

12 September 1964 – Goldhawk Social Club, Shepherd’s Bush, London (Don Craine’s diary)

13 September 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

18 September 1964 – Glenlyn Ballroom, Forest Hill, London (Don Craine’s diary)

19 September 1964 – Private Function, Oakham, Rutland (Don Craine’s diary)

20 September 1964 – Attic Club, Hounslow, Middlesex (Don Craine’s diary)

21 September 1964 – EMI Friday Spectacular radio show, London (Don Craine’s diary)

23 September 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

24 September 1964 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, Middlesex (Don Craine’s diary)

25 September 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

27 September 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

30 September 1964 – St Albans Market Hall, St Albans, Herts (Don Craine’s diary)

 

1 October 1964 – Trowbridge Town Hall, Trowbridge, Wiltshire (Don Craine’s diary)

2 October 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

3 October 1964 – Nottingham University, Nottingham (Don Craine’s diary)

4 October 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

6 October 1964 – The Church Elms, Dagenham, Essex (Don Craine’s diary)

7 October 1964 – The Jazz Cellar, Norwich, Norfolk (Don Craine’s diary)

9 October 1964 – Co-op Hall, Peckham, London (Don Craine’s diary)

10 October 1964 – Rendezvous Club, Portsmouth, Hampshrie (Don Craine’s diary)

11 October 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

13 October 1964 – Red Lion, Leytonstone (Don Craine’s diary)

16 October 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

17 October 1964 – Lainsbury Hall, Stanford, Norfolk (Don Craine’s diary)

18 October 1964 – St Michaels Hall, Camden Town, London (Don Craine’s diary)

19 October 1964 – Hermitage Hall, Hitchin, Herts (Don Craine’s diary)

20 October 1964 – New Civic Hall, Grays, Essex (Don Craine’s diary)

21 October 1964 – Il Rondo, Leicester (Don Craine’s diary)

22 October 1964 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, Essex (Don Craine’s diary)

23 October 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

24 October 1964 – Queen Mary’s College, Mile End Road, London (Don Craine’s diary)

29 October 1964 – Robin Hood, Dagenham, Essex (Don Craine’s diary)

30 October 1964 – Southampton University, Southampton, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

31 October 1964 – Attic Club, Hounslow, London (Don Craine’s diary)

 

1 November 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

4 November 1964 – South West Essex Technical College, Walthamstow, London (Don Craine’s diary)

5 November 1964 – Kidderminster Town Hall, Kidderminster, Worcestershire

6 November 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

7 November 1964 – Rendezvous Club, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

8 November 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

9 November 1964 – Pavilion, Bath (Don Craine’s diary)

10 November 1964 – Wallington Public Hall, Wallington, Surrey (Don Craine’s diary)

11 November 1964 – Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, Norfolk (Don Craine’s diary)

12 November 1964 – STV appearance, Glasgow, Scotland (Don Craine’s diary)

13 November 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

15 November 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

16 November 1964 – Glenlyn Ballroom, Forest Hill, London (Don Craine’s diary)

17 November 1964 – Guildford Odeon, Guildford, Surrey (Don Craine’s diary)

18 November 1964 – Unknown venue in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire (Don Craine’s diary)

19 November 1964 – Granada, Aylesbury, Bucks with Manfred Mann, The Soul Sisters, The Spencer Davis Group, Wayne (Kelly) Gibson and The Dynamic Sounds, Bern Elliott & His Klan, The Mark Leeman Five, Blues by Five and Dave Kaffey (Don Craine’s diary/Bucks Advertiser)

20 November 1964 – ABC Wakefield, Wakefield, West Yorkshire (Don Craine’s diary)

21 November 1964 – ABC Ipswich, Ipswich, Suffolk (Don Craine’s diary)

22 November 1964 – Regal Boston, Boston, Lincolnshire (Don Craine’s diary)

23 November 1964 – Colston Hall, Bristol (Don Craine’s diary)

24 November 1964 – Church Elms, The Heathway, Dagenham, Essex (Don Craine’s diary)

25 November 1964 – Forum Ballroom, Oxford (Don Craine’s diary)

30 November 1964 – Bridgewater Town Hall, Bridgewater, Somerset (Don Craine’s diary)

 

2 December 1964 – Clarence Pier Ballroom, Southsea, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

3 December 1964 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, Middlesex (Leyton and Leytonstone Guardian)

4 December 1964 – Fishmongers Arms, Wood Green, London (Don Craine’s diary)

5 December 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (afternoon) (Don Craine’s diary)

5 December 1964 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, London (evening) (Don Craine’s diary)

9 December 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

11 December 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

12 December 1964 – Rendezvous Club, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

13 December 1964 – Civic Hall, Crawley, West Sussex (Don Craine’s diary)

18 December 1964 – Bromley Technicl College, Bromley (Don Craine’s diary)

19 December 1964 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

20 December 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

21 December 1964 – Eltham Baths, Eltham, Kent (Don Craine’s diary)

27 December 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

28 December 1964 – Mojo Club, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (Don Craine’s diary)

30 December 1964 – Bromel Club, Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley (Don Craine’s diary)

31 December 1964 – George Ballroom, Hinckley, Leicestershire (Don Craine’s diary)

1965:

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

7 February 1965 – Long John Club, Maxwell Park Youth Centre, Boreham Wood, Herts (Simon Gee research)

10 February 1965 – Forum Ballroom, Oxford (Oxford Mail)

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

 

8 March 1965 – Bluesville, Manor House Ballroom, Ipswich, Suffolk (Essex County Standard)

 

1 April 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, London (Wood Green & Southgate Weekly Herald)

5 April 1965 – Bluesville, Manor House Ballroom, Ipswich, Suffolk (Essex County Standard)

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

Around this time Ray Stone left and Pip Harvey joined on harmonica

3 May 1965 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (Dorothy Bullock list) This is the most likely year

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

6 May 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, London (Wood Green & Southgate Weekly Herald)

15 May 1965 – Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

22 May 1965 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks with Crow (Bucks Free Press)

30 May 1965 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

 

18 June 1965 – The Avenue R&B Club, Green Pond Road, London, E17 (Leyton, Leytonstone and Waltham Forest Guardian)

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

 

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

 

5 August 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, London (Wood Green & Southgate Weekly Herald)

7 August 1965 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with The Exiles (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

 

9 September 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, London (Wood Green & Southgate Weekly Herald)

 

13 October 1965 – 100 Club, Oxford Street, London with The Arthur Brown Union (Melody Maker)

21 October 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, London (Wood Green & Southgate Weekly Herald)

 

14 November 1965 – Union Rowing Club, Trent Bridge, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

 

9 December 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, London (Wood Green & Southgate Weekly Herald)

16 December 1965 – Gig in Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex with The Birds (Ron Wood’s 1965 diary)

1966:

11 February 1966 – Chislehurst Caves, Chislehurst, London (South East London Mercury) Opened the venue

 

1 March 1966 – Ready Steady Go Club, Aylesbury, Bucks (website: http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/)

4 March 1966 – Cricketer’s Inn, Southend, Essex with support (Southend Standard)

11 March 1966 – Parkside Hall, Ampthill, Bedfordshire with The Mantis Set (Luton News)

 

23 April 1966 – Civic Hall, Guildford, Surrey with The Just Five (Surrey Advertiser)

Around this time Pip Harvey left

28 May 1966 – Harpenden Public Hall, Harpenden, Hertfordshire with Hudson’s Night Train (Luton News)

 

5 June 1966 – Black Prince, Bexley, London (Fabulous 208/Mick Capewell’s Marmalade Skies)

18 June 1966 – Bowes Lyon House, Stevenage, Hertfordshire with The Cat (website: http://www.coda-uk.co.uk/60’s_music_scene.htm)

 

9 July 1966 – Penthouse, Birmingham with Deep Feeling and Andy Ferris (Birmingham Evening Mail)

13 July 1966 – Pavilion, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire (Fabulous 208)

 

14 August 1966 – Bromel Club, Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley, London (Melody Maker)

 

16 September 1966 – Dancing Slipper, Nottingham with Our Young (Nottingham Evening Post)

31 September 1966 – Stoke Hole, Stoke Hotel, Guildford, Surrey with The Primevals (Surrey Advertiser)

 

5 October 1966 – Flamingo, Soho, London with Timebox (Melody Maker)

26 October 1966 – Bowes Lyon House, Stevenage, Hertfordshire with Saracens (see website above)

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

 

20 November 1966 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

20 November 1966 – Black Prince, Bexley, London (Fabulous 208/Mick Capewell’s Marmalade Skies)

Around this time Johnny Sutton and Terry Gibson left

9 December 1966 – Police Ballroom, Coventry, West Midlands with The Matadors (Coventry Evening Telegraph)

17 December 1966 – Willesden College of Technology, Willesden, London with The Bo Street Runners and The Torque (Poster)

30 December 1966 – Tiger’s Head, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

31 December 1966 – St George’s Ballroom, Hinkley, Leicestershire (Leicester Mercury)

1967:

In January 1967, Don Craine and Keith Grant relaunched the band with guitarist Bob Taylor, keyboard player Matthew Fisher and drummer Kevin Flanagan

19 February 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London (Melody Maker) Billed as Don Craine’s New Downliners Sect

Matthew Fisher left (later to join Procol Harum) and Barry Cooper took over

27 March 1967 – White Buck Inn, Burley, Dorset (Bournemouth Evening Echo) Billed as The New Downliners Sect

 

9 June 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The Nashville Teens (Melody Maker)

24 June 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with Carl Douglas & The Big Stampede and The Ebonys (Melody Maker)

 

8 July 1967 – Hoffman Ballroom, Chelmsford, Essex with Lee Scott & The Roulettes (Essex Chronicle)

22 July 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The Survivors and The Klubs (Melody Maker)

Tiles gig from July 1967

2 August 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London (Billed as Downliners Sect Show) (Melody Maker)

9 August 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London (Billed as Downliners Sect Show) (Melody Maker)

16 August 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London (Billed as Downliners Sect Show) (Melody Maker)

 

2 September 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The Magic Lanterns, Change Place and The Big Roll Band (Melody Maker)

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

Sometime around this period Don Craine left

2 October 1967 – Wycombe CLP Club, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

 

4 November 1967 – Clockwork Orange, King’s Chester, Cheshire with Phil Ryan & The Scorpions (Melody Maker/Northwich Chronicle)

6-8 November 1967 – Scotch of St James, Mayfair, London (Melody Maker)

9 November 1967 – Grotto, Ilford, Essex (Melody Maker)

10 November 1967 – Scotch of St James, Mayfair, London (Melody Maker)

11 November 1967 – Cricketers Inn, Westcliff, Essex (Melody Maker)

13 November 1967 – WMC Kettering, Kettering, Northamptonshire (Melody Maker)

14 November 1967 – Blaises, London (Melody Maker)

25 November 1967 – Woodhall Community Centre, Welwyn Garden City (Welwyn Times)

 

3 December 1967 – Sunday Club, Luton Boys Club, Luton, Bedfordshire (Evening Post: Hemel Hempstead)

26 December 1967 – Broadway Club, Dudley Zoo, West Midlands with Breakthru (Express & Star)

31 December 1967 – Maidstone Corn Exchange, Maidstone, Kent with The Stak (Maidstone Gazette)

1968:

13 January 1968 – Cofton Country Club, Rednal, West Midlands with Rare Breed (Birmingham Evening Mail)

 

19 February 1968 – George Hotel, Walsall, West Midlands with The Uglys (Express & Star)

Shortly after this gig, the band split for a few months. Later in the year, Keith Grant reformed the band bringing back Johnny Sutton on drums and retaining guitarist Bob Taylor. The final member was keyboard player Nathaniel Dumaine.

The Hounslow Post, 13 September 1968, page 14 has a story on the new line up and mentions a single in the pipeline

5 October 1968 – Blue Lagoon, Newquay, Cornwall with Sams Brothers Band (West Briton & Royal Cornwall Gazette)

 

15 November 1968 – Fishmonger’s Arms, Wood Green, London with The Pretty Things (Melody Maker)

13 December 1968 – Ealing Tech College, Ealing, London with Simon Dupree & The Big Sound and Free (Melody Maker)

By the end of 1968, Keith Grant had left and was replaced by bass player Paul Martinez. Singer Dave Terry from Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera joined the group and soon after they became a revamped version of that band.

Nathaniel Dumaine, who used the stage name as a pseudonym, later changed name to Maynard Williams and became an actor, appearing in the BBC TV series “Truckers” and “Starlight Express” in the West End. He also recorded a lone solo LP for CBS called Ten Songs. Williams also became lead singer in the band Ryder, which represented the UK in the Eurovision song contest in 1986, held in Bergen, Norway.

Thanks to Don Craine for sharing his 1964 diary

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Delroy Williams – lead vocals

Dave Mumford – lead guitar

Malcolm Wainman – organ

Pete Browning – tenor sax

Les Batt – baritone sax

Dick Merrit – bass

Geoff Coxon – drums

The Sugar Band was formed in late 1966 out of the ashes of West London R&B/soul outfit, Colin Shane & The Shannons. Coxon had joined the outfit that summer after working with Hampton, Middlesex group, The Others.

Around September 1967, the group’s agent linked the band with Jamaican singer Delroy Williams and they worked initially as Delroy Williams & The Sugar Band before becoming The Delroy Williams Shows. Go go dancers Una and Paula joined them on stage.

During 1968, Dave Mumford and Dick Merrit departed and were replaced by new members. However, a combination of poor management and artistic differences led to a split in early 1969 when Coxon left to join The Kool. He subsequently reunited with Dave Mumford in Calum Bryce alongside sax player Mel Wayne, who had been Colin Shane & The Shannons from 1962-1964.

Mumford had recorded the track ‘Love Maker’ under the name Calum Bryce and needed a group to tour to promote the single. The band recorded a second single, “In My Valley”, which was never released.

Notable gigs:

8 October 1967 – Flamingo, London

20 October 1967 – Flamingo, London

29 January 1968 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire

10 February 1968 – Blue Lagoon, Newquay, Cornwall with Spirit of John Morgan

1 March 1968 – Galashiels, Scotland

2 March 1968 – Glasgow, Scotland

3 March 1968 – Edinburgh, Scotland

4 March 1968 – Aberdeen, Scotland

5 March 1968 – Elgin, Scotland

6 March 1968 – Stonehaven, Scotland

7 March 1968 – Dundee, Scotland

8 March 1968 – Forfar, Scotland

9 March 1968 – Edinburgh, Scotland

10 March 1968 – Glasgow, Scotland

11-16 March 1968 – Playboy, London

17 March 1968 – Leytonstone, Essex

18-23 March 1968 – Playboy, London

24 March 1968 – Burton-on-Trent

25 March 1968 – Recording

26 March 1968 – Bournemouth, Dorset

27 March 1968 – Catford, Kent

28 March 1968 – Ealing, Middlesex

29 March 1968 – Flamingo, Soho, London

30 March 1968 – Gloucester, Gloucestershire

31 March 1968 – Gillingham, Kent

1 April 1968 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire

11 April 1968 – Colchester, Essex

12 April 1968 – Eastbourne, East Sussex

13 April 1968 – Yeovil, Somerset

14 April 1968 – Stockport, Greater Manchester

15 April 1968 – Leeds

16 April 1968 – Hanley, Staffordshire

17 April 1968 – Revolution, London

18 April 1968 – Abingdon, Oxfordshire

19 April 1968 – Perton

20 April 1968 – Waddington

21 April 1968 – Silver Ends

22-23 April 1968 – London

26 April 1968 – Weymouth, Dorset

27 April 1968 – Torquay, Devon

29 April 1968 – London

14 September 1968 – Alex Disco, Salisbury

Most gigs were sourced from Melody Maker.

Many thanks to Geoff Coxon for background information on the Sugar Band.  

Garage Hangover would love to hear from anyone who can provide more information on the band and its members.

Johnny & The Pursuers

The Pursuers
Johnny Eaton – lead vocals
Dave Thompson – lead guitar
Louis McKelvey – rhythm guitar
Dave Wigginton – bass
Alan Worrell – drums

Johnny & The Pursuers was a short-lived R&B outfit from Twickenham, Middlesex, formed around 1961. Drummer Alan Worrell had gone to Spring Grove Grammar School in Isleworth and was classmates with future Small Faces keyboard player Ian McLagan. They had previously worked together in a skiffle group with Terry Munro.

According to Worrell, Ian McLagan designed and produced the group’s business cards in black and silver.

Johnny & The Pursuers Wimbledon TheatreOn 28 April 1962, the band took part in the Twickenham Rhythm contest alongside local rivals Colin Shane & The Shannons and The Bullets. They also played at Wimbledon Theatre for a week in the Tommy Trinder variety show.

In June 1962, Dave Wigginton and Louis McKelvey departed to join Jeff Curtis & The Flames while Worrell went on to play with Colin Shane & The Shannons.

Garage Hangover would be interested to hear more about this band and what happened to its members.

Thanks to Alan Worrell for the information and images.

The Bullets

E Biggs – vocals
P Ravenill – lead guitar
B Brown – rhythm guitar
J Bennett – bass
Keith McGregor – drums

The Bullets were a little known West London R&B band who participated in the 1962 Borough of Twickenham Rhythm contest on 28 April 1962 alongside Johnny & The Pursuers and Colin Shane & The Shannons.

Keith McGregor later played with Nightshift who had featured Jeff Beck on guitar before he had joined.

Garage Hangover would be interested to hear more about this band and what happened to its members.

Thanks to Alan Worrell for the information

Eel Pie Island, Twickenham

Gethesemane, The Action, The Nice, David Booth at Eel Pie Island
Gethesemane, The Action, The Nice, David Booth at Eel Pie Island

Eel Pie Island in Twickenham, Middlesex has often been described as the birthplace of British rhythm and blues. Alongside the Ealing Club (where The Rolling Stones came together) and the Crawdaddy in Richmond, Surrey (where The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds both held down residencies), the hotel on Eel Pie Island featured a virtual who’s who of soon-to-be famous British artists.

However, unlike the two above venues, Eel Pie Island bridged the gap between the early 1960s R&B scene and the late 1960s British psychedelic/heavy rock period.

From 1962-1967, The Rolling Stones (who held a residency there from April-September 1963), The Downliners Sect, David Bowie (with The Mannish Boys), Jon Lord (with The Artwoods), Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck (with The Tridents), The Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, Pink Floyd and many others graced the stage.

The hotel closed briefly in the summer of 1967 but reopened the following summer. During late 1968-early 1969, top groups like The Who, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, The Moody Blues and Joe Cocker & The Grease Band performed there. During 1969, the venue changed name and became Colonel Barefoot’s Rock Garden.

Below is a list of gigs that I have started to compile. I would welcome any additions in the comments box below and any memories people have of this historically important venue.

24 April 1963 – The Rolling Stones
1 May 1963 – The Rolling Stones
8 May 1963 – The Rolling Stones
15 May 1963 – The Rolling Stones
22 May 1963 – The Rolling Stones
29 May 1963 – The Rolling Stones
5 June 1963 – The Rolling Stones
12 June 1963 – The Rolling Stones
19 June 1963 – The Rolling Stones
26 June 1963 – The Rolling Stones
3 July 1963 – The Rolling Stones
10 July 1963 – The Rolling Stones
12 July 1963 – The Rolling Stones
14 July 1963 – The Yardbirds and Cyril Davies All Stars (unconfirmed)
17 July 1963 – The Rolling Stones
24 July 1963 – The Rolling Stones
31 July 1963 – The Rolling Stones
7 August 1963 – The Rolling Stones
14 August 1963 – The Rolling Stones
21 August 1963 – The Rolling Stones
28 August 1963 – The Rolling Stones
4 September 1963 – The Rolling Stones
11 September 1963 – The Rolling Stones
21 September 1963 – The Rolling Stones
28 September 1963 – The Rolling Stones
8 December 1963 – Manfred Mann

25 May 1964 – The Manish Boys
18 June 1964 – Manfred Mann
21 June 1964 – The Manish Boys
26 July 1964 – The Manish Boys
19 August 1964 – Davie Jones & The Manish Boys
2 September 1964 – Davie Jones & The Manish Boys
7 October 1964 – Davie Jones & The Manish Boys
23 October 1964 – The Second Thoughts
8 November 1964 – Davie Jones & The Manish Boys
21 November 1964 – Dave Hunt’s R&B Band featuring Hamilton King

30 October 1965 – The Who (unconfirmed)
15 December 1965 – The Stormville Shakers
26 December 1965 – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers

20 March 1966 – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
23 March 1966 – Graham Bond Organisation
29 May 1966 – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
8 July 1966 – The Stormville Shakers
24 August 1966 – Cream
18 September 1966 – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
21 September 1966 – Dave Anthony’s Moods and The Stormville Shakers (check)
27 November 1966 – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (cancelled)

1 March 1967 – Pink Floyd
26 March 1967 – Carl Douglas & The Big Stampede
29 March 1967 – Pink Floyd
18 June 1967 – Carl Douglas & The Big Stampede
23 June 1967 – Carl Douglas & The Big Stampede
28 June 1967 – Pink Floyd
5 July 1967 – Pink Floyd
26 July 1967 – Family

31 July 1968 – Spooky Tooth and Spice
7 August 1968 – Blossom Toes and Spice
14 August 1968 – Skip Bifferty and Juniors Eyes
21 August 1968 – The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
24 August 1968 – David Booth
25 August 1968 – Gethsemane
28 August 1968 – The Nice and East of Eden
4 September 1968 – The Action
11 September 1968 – The Moody Blues
14 September 1968 – Gracious
18 September 1968 – Family and The Downliners Sect
25 September 1968 – Eclection and Village
28 September 1968 – Gracious
2 October 1968 – Joe Cocker & The Grease Band and Terry Reid
5 October 1968 – Gracious
6 October 1968 – John Thomas Blues Band
9 October 1968 – Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera and Freedom
16 October 1968 – Colosseum and July
23 October 1968 – Alan Bown, Gethsemane, Proteus and David Booth
30 October 1968 – The Who and East of Eden
6 November 1968 – Crazy World of Arthur Brown
13 November 1968 – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers

23 January 1969 – Eire Apparent
24 January 1969 – Van Der Graaf Generator
7 February 1969 – The Pretty Things and Ian Whitcombe with Turnstyle    

14 February 1969  – Roy Harper, Juniors Eyes and Edgar Broughton

Most of the late 1960s gigs were sourced from Melody Maker and Mick Capewell’s Marmalade Skies. Other useful sources were Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette, Richmond & Twickenham Times and Time Out. Thanks also to Andy Neill, Ken Baxter, Alan Clayson and Greg Russo

The Legend (UK)


from left: Doug Ayris, John Sergeant (hidden) and Brian Hoskins
The Legend were a Twickenham band that never recorded. Their members were bassist Brian Hoskins, lead guitarist Doug Ayris, Nigel Kingswell on lead vocals and John Sergeant on drums. Hoskins later joined the Kool. John Sergeant sent in the photos here and wrote to me about the band:

As promised here are some photos of myself and the Legend at Firestone’s tyre factory on the Great West Road, at Isleworth, near Heathrow. I look so young I can’t believe that it really is me. Doug Ayris is the one walking off the stage. Brian Hoskins is the one pointing at me! The buggers left me to do a 15 minute drum solo while they went for a pint and to chat up the girls.

We did lots of gigs in and around Twickenham area which took in Isleworth, Feltham R & B Club, Heatham House in Twickenham was one of our regular spots. They still have music and youth work there even now in 2011. Amazing! We must have deafened everybody because we played in a very small room.

All the bands at that time were doing R & B, all Howling Wolf and that sort of thing. We had been doing that stuff too but we discovered Zoot Money, Georgie Fame, plus some soul and out and out rock and roll and that was where we wanted to be. We played a wide range of stuff but NOT the R & B that everybody else was doing. We had Cliff Bennett, Johnny Kidd, the Drifters, the Impressions plus the best stuff of our own groups like the Hollies etc. It was a two guitar, drums and vocals line up and (we were told) was pretty damn good! Loved it anyway.

I am still very friendly with all the other guys in the band and we see each other quite regularly. However, I have lost touch with Brian and have been trying for years to find him. Last time I saw him was at a jam session above his battery business in Slough circa 1970.

John Sergeant


John Sergeant with the Legend