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Orange Rainbow

Orange Rainbow, lock, Uxbridge, Middlesex, 1969. Left to right: Martin Hayes, Robin Lawrence, Geoff Foster, Rodney Barrett, Martin Bryan, Alan Ray, Dave Goodman and Terry May

Alan Ray – lead vocals

Kenny Surmon – lead guitar (replaced by Geoff Foster)

Terry May – keyboards

Dave Goodman – bass

Martin Hayes – trumpet

Robin Lawrence – tenor sax

Rodney Barrett – trombone

Tony Hampton – drums (replaced by Martin Bryan)

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George Russell – alto sax (played on and off 1969-1970)

John Barter – tenor and baritone sax (played on and off 1969-1970)

Orange Rainbow at the Railway Hotel (Iron Bridge), Southall, Middlesex
Orange Rainbow at the Railway Hotel (Iron Bridge), Southall, Middlesex

Orange Rainbow were a West London soul band that had worked as The Bluesville Soul Band, changing name around December 1968/January 1969.

Little is known about the group and Garage Hangover would welcome any additional information.

According to tributes to the late Dave Goodman, who went on to become sound engineer for the Sex Pistols, Orange Rainbow began as seven-piece group.

Frinton Bassett Blues in Feltham in 1967. Photo from Scot and Patricia Whetton

Goodman had started out with The Frinton Bassett Blues band, who were profiled in the 22 September 1967 edition (page 2) of the Middlesex Chronicle, Hounslow Edition.

The article lists the band’s seven-piece line up as Steve Crawford (lead vocals); Alan Cook (lead guitar); Dave Goodman (bass); Denis Smithers (drums); Pete Watson (alto sax); Ray Johnson (tenor sax) and an unnamed keyboard player.

Singer Alan Ray at the Railway Hotel
Singer Alan Ray at the Railway Hotel

According to the newspaper, The Frinton Bassett Blues Band had been formed around the spring of 1966 and added the sax players in the summer of 1967, prompting the slight name change to New Frinton Bassett Blues Band.

Goodman and Martin Hayes (who had joined later) subsequently worked with The Bluesville Soul Band, which formed the nucleus of Orange Rainbow.

Article on The Bluesville Show Band, Kingston and Malden Borough News, 12 July 1968

 

Alan Ray had started out with The Keyes, who also included guitarist Geoff Foster and keyboard player Terry May.

However, around December 1967, Geoff Foster left to play with West Londoners The Casuals (Frankie Reid’s former group) and Terry May joined The James Royal Set and then The Huckle Buck Band.

Alan Ray put together The Bluesville Soul Band with lead guitarist Kenny Surmon; sax player Robin Lawrence; trumpet player Martin Hayes; bass player Dave Goodman; and drummer Tony Hampton. Terry May joined in June 1968. Rodney Barrett joined soon after.

Alan Ray and Kenny Surmon (plus Geoff Foster who was playing in The Army after Steve Priest left to join The Sweet) all auditioned for Tangerine Peel around this time but turned the offer to join down.

The Kingston & Malden Borough News, which profiled the band in its 12 July 1968 issue, lists the following gigs:

20 July 1968 – Excel Bowl, Tolworth, Surrey

3 August 1968 – Apple Tree Club, Kingston Hotel, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey

27 September 1968 – Apple Tree Club, Kingston Hotel, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey

21 December 1968 – Excel Bowl, Tolworth, Surrey

Around January 1969, Geoff Foster took over from Kenny Surmon and Martin Bryan replaced Tony Hampton. Around this time they became Orange Rainbow.

According to Goodman’s webpages, Orange Rainbow toured the UK extensively and even worked on the continent. They also backed Ben E King, The Drifters, Nicky Thomas, The Flirtations and The Fantastics (from mid-1970 onwards after Pip Williams’ band, The House of Orange). Orange Rainbow also supported The Four Seasons and The Jackson Five on UK tours.

Left to right: Rodney Barrett, Martin Hayes and Robin Lawrence

From mid-July to early August 1969, the band was booked to perform at the Ye Ye Club in Rimini, Italy for three weeks. Geoff Foster also remembers the musicians playing at Sloopy’s Disco in Manchester, the Place in Hanley, Staffordshire and the Pavilion Ballroom in Gillingham, Kent.

Orange Rainbow played Sunday lunchtimes at the Railway Hotel in Southall, Middlesex and were also regulars at Samantha’s in central London.

orange-rainbow-from-1968Geoff Foster’s former band mates in the Army, George Russell and John Barter worked with the band on and off throughout 1969-1970 but never officially joined as permanent members. All three left during 1970.

Orange Rainbow continued into the early Seventies during which time the group underwent many personnel changes (see comments below). Dave Rose took over from Terry May on keyboards and Graham Board replaced Martin Bryan on drums. Eventually, the group morphed into Polecat.

Left to right: Martin Bryan, Dave Goodman and Geoff Foster

Selected gigs

26 April 1969 – Kingston College of Technology, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey with Episode Six and The Giant

10 May 1969 – Pavilion Ballroom, Gillingham, Kent

8 June 1969 – Woodhall Community Centre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

28 June 1969 – Railway Hotel, Southall, Middlesex

28 July 1969 – Ye Ye Scandinavian Club, Rimini, Italy with Root and Jenny Jackson

7-8 August 1969 – Samantha’s, Burlington Street, London

11 August 1969 – Samantha’s, Burlington Street, London

14 August 1969 – Samantha’s, Burlington Street, London

26 August 1969 – Samantha’s, Burlington Street, London

31 August 1968 – Samantha’s, Burlington Street, London

I would like to thank Geoff Foster for helping with the story and supplying the excellent photos.

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Orange Rainbow, mid 1970s. Back, left to right: Bob Gorman, Graham Broad (drummer from Feltham), Robin Lawrence (sax from Hanworth) Dave Goodma (bass from Feltham), Derek ? Front, left to right: Martin Hayes, Mel Day and Paul Sheath. Photo from Mel Day.

 

Feltham R&B Club, Feltham, Middlesex

The Feltham R&B Club was a notable venue for up and coming West London bands. From a historical perspective, perhaps the most noted outfit to play there was 1984, which featured future Queen guitarist Brian May.

I would welcome any history on this venue and also any additional information on bands that played there.

10 September 1966 – The Trendbender Band with Barney J Barnes

15 October 1966 – The Trendbender Band with Barney J Barnes

15 July 1967 – The Sugar Band

22 July 1967 – 1984

Gigs from Hounslow, Brentford and Chiswick Post and the Middlesex Chronicle

Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex

Carl Douglas & The Big Stampede 1967
Carl Douglas & The Big Stampede 1967, courtesy of Ken Baxter

Burton’s in Uxbridge, Middlesex was an important music venue in West London throughout the 1960s. I have started to compile a list below and would welcome any additions.

23 March 1965 – The Yardbirds
29 June 1965 – The Who

18 March 1967 – Carl Douglas & The Big Stampede
3 June 1967 – Jeff Beck Group
9 June 1967 – Gnomes of Zurich
10 June 1967 – Marmalade
16 June 1967 – Alan Bown
24 June 1967 – Carl Douglas & The Big Stampede
26 August 1967 – The Amboy Dukes
2 September 1967 – Alan Bown
16 September 1967 – The Amboy Dukes
23 September 1967 – Carl Douglas & The Big Stampede
7 October 1967 – Marmalade
14 October 1967 – The Gass
4 November 1967 – Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

20 January 1968 – The Amboy Dukes
23 March 1968 – The Amboy Dukes
30 March 1968 – Jimmy Cliff and Wynder K Frog
20 April 1968 – Alan Bown
27 April 1968 – Jimmy Cliff and Wynder K Frog
20 July 1968 – Jimmy Cliff and Wynder K Frog
21 September 1968 – Jimmy Cliff and Wynder K Frog
9 November 1968 – The Amboy Dukes
16 November 1968 – Alan Bown
14 December 1968 – Spectrum
24 December 1968 – The Amboy Dukes

5 April 1969 – Timebox

The above gigs are from Melody Maker, the Hillingdon & Uxbridge Weekly Post and Mick Capewell’s Marmalade Skies. Thanks also to Ken Baxter, Alan Clayson and Andy Neill for dates.

Botwell House, Hayes, Middlesex

Frankie Reid & The Casuals at Botwell House
Frankie Reid & The Casuals at Botwell House, 1964. Thank you to Frankie Reid for use of the photo.

Botwell House played host to many of the leading British bands during the early to mid 1960s. I would be grateful for any additions to the list below. Gigs were sourced from the Harrow Weekly Post and the Hayes Gazette. Thanks also to Brian Mansell and Andy Neill

4 August 1962 – Frankie Reid & The Casuals
1 September 1962 – Frankie Reid & The Casuals

5 August 1963 – The Rolling Stones

19 February 1965 – Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames and Hogsnort Rupert
19 March 1965 – Them
19 April 1965 – The Who

Nurses Club, the Jolly Gardeners, Isleworth, Middlesex

Jo Jo Gunne
Jo Jo Gunne

Not far from Twickenham’s more famous Eel Pie Island, the Nurses Club, based in the Jolly Gardeners pub in Isleworth, was a popular music venue with local bands.

I would be interested to hear from anyone that can add any further dates or memories below.

30 June 1964 – The Mark Leeman Five and Frankie Reid & The Casuals
25 August 1964 – Miston-Tuac
8 September 1964 – The Second Thoughts
29 September 1964 – Davie Jones & The Manish Boys

12 January 1965 – The Second Thoughts
30 March 1965 – The Mark Leeman Five and The Tribe
24 August 1965 – The Dae-b-Four
5 October 1965 – Jo Jo Gunne

The above gigs are from the Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette and the Middlesex Chronicle (Hounslow Edition)

The White Hart, Southall, Middlesex

Another popular West London venue in Southall, besides the town’s community centre, was the White Hart. The Who played the venue several times and Jimmy Royal & The Hawks were also regulars. Frankie Reid & The Casuals (with future Jimi Hendrix drummer Mitch Mitchell and Danny McCulloch, who was later in the New Animals) also played frequently.

I would be interested to hear from anyone that can add any further dates below.

13 May 1961 – Mike Dee & The Jaywalkers

26 May 1962 – Frankie Reid & The Casuals
9 June 1962 – Frankie Reid & The Casuals
23 June 1962 – Frankie Reid & The Casuals
6 July 1962 – Frankie Reid & The Casuals
24-25 August 1962 – Frankie Reid & The Casuals
22 September 1962 – Frankie Reid & The Casuals

6 June 1964 – The Who
18 June 1964 – The Who
25 June 1964 – The Who
6 August 1964 – The Who
25-26 September 1964 – Jimmy Royal & The Hawks
2-3 October 1964 – Jimmy Royal & The Hawks

26 March 1965 – Mike Dee & The Prophets

6 September 1968 – Greatest Show on Earth

The above gigs were taken from Melody Maker and Mick Capewell’s Marmalade Skies. Thanks also to Brian Mansell, Don Martin and Andy Neill for some dates.

Kalvin Starr Movement

This Hounslow, Middlesex-based group was featured in the Hounslow, Brentford & Chiswick Post in the early months of 1968.

The line up was:

Kalvin Starr (real name: Ken Nichols) – vocals, guitar
Eddy Davis – organ
Ray Wilson – tenor sax
Derek Johnson – trumpet
Alan Blackman – bass
Mick Nichols – drums

I would be interested to hear from anyone that can add any more to the band’s history.

Byron Hotel, Greenford, Middlesex

The Locomotion
The Locomotion, scan courtesy of Gray Newell

Besides Greenford’s more famous Starlite Ballroom, the town’s Byron Hotel was also a popular venue for up and coming bands throughout the 1960s. I have started to compile a list of groups that played there and would welcome any additions.

23 August 1964 – Bo Brumells
20 September 1964 – Mike Dee Combo
5 November 1964 – Some Other Guys and Group One

25 February 1965 – Phantom Creed
28 February 1965 – Group One and Phantom Creed
5 September 1965 – Group One and The Missing Links
21 October 1965 – The Henchmen
28 October 1965 – The Shanes
11 November 1965 – The Flames and The Keystones
18 November 1965 – Sons of Fred and The Legends
9 December 1965 – The Flames and The Harmonies

16 January 1966 – Group One and Impact
17 February 1966 – Flames and Mode
6 March 1966 – George Bean & The Runners
10 March 1966 – The Penny Blacks
31 March 1966 – The Flames and The Legends
21 April 1966 – The Penny Blacks and The Unnamed
10 July 1966 – Group One and Miston-Tuac
10 November 1966 – The Flames and The 10 Boots

16 April 1967 – The Penny Blacks and Captain Ridley Group
9 November 1967 – Coloured Raisins
24 November 1967 – Washington DC’s and Motives
30 November 1967 – The Gods and Locomotion

17 March 1968 – Lemon Tree Men and Locomotion
19 April 1968 – Firestones
26 July 1968 – Pinkerton’s Colours
11 August 1968 – Marmalade
25 August 1968 – Amboy Dukes
15 September 1968 – The Foundations
29 September 1968 – Coloured Raisins
13 October 1968 – The Mojos
24 October 1968 – Plastic Penny
3 November 1968 – Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
17 November 1968 – Plastic Penny

The above gigs were taken from a wide range of sources – the Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette, Harrow Observer, Harrow Weekly Post, Hayes Gazette, Hounslow, Brentford and Chiswick Post and Thames Valley Times