Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds’ gigs 1963-1969

Welcome to the first posting of a series of gig listings for 1960s bands. None of these lists is exhaustive and my idea is to add to them in the comments section below over time. They are here for future researchers to draw on and, where possible, I have added the sources used, whether they are newspapers or websites.  I have also added a few interesting bits of information and will add images in time.

I’d like to encourage band members to get in touch to share memories, or for anyone to send corrections/clarifications to my email: Warchive@aol.com 

Equally important, if you attended any of the gigs below or played in the support band, please do leave your memories below in the comments section for future historians to use. If you know of any missing gigs, please add them too, if possible, with the sources.

CHRIS FARLOWE & THE THUNDERBIRDS:

1963:

9 March 1963 – Long’s Ballroom, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with Ron Diamond & The Cutters (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

1 June 1963 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire (website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)

29 July 1963 – Marquee, Oxford Street, London with (Mann-Hugg) Blues Brothers (Tony Bacon book: London Live)

2 November 1963 – Long’s Ballroom, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with Brian Poole & The Tremeloes (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

1964:

12 April 1964 – Olympia Ballroom, Reading, Berkshire (Bucks Free Press)

18 April 1964 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, Tony Holland & The Pack-A-Beats and The Renegades (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

22 April 1964 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

30 April 1964 – Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex with Dean Austen & The Dominators (Essex Chronicle)

 

15 May 1964 – Pussycat Club, Bruce Grove Ballroom, N17, London with The Zephyrs (Tottenham Weekly Herald)

25 May 1964 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

27 June 1964 – Continental Dancing Club, Edmonton, Middlesex (Tottenham Weekly Herald)

29 June 1964 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

11 July 1964 – Galaxy Club, Haymarket Lounge, Basingstoke, Hampshire (Hampshire & Berkshire Gazette)

 

4 August 1964 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

6 October 1964 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

30 October 1964 – Trend Club, Colchester, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

 

9 November 1964 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

15 December 1964 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

1965:

17 January 1965 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (Harrow Weekly Post/Greenford Weekly Post)

23 January 1965 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with The Shakedowns (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

 

4 March 1965 – Birdcage, Kimbells Ballroom, Southsea, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

16 March 1965 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

18 March 1965 – Birdcage, Kimbells Ballroom, Southsea, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

 

8 April 1965 – Birdcage, Kimbells Ballroom, Southsea, Hampshire with Brian Auger Trinity (Dave Allen research)

18 April 1965 – Studio, Westcliffe, Essex with The Flowerpots (Southend Standard & Essex Weekly Advertiser)

18 April 1965 – Riverside Club, Cricketers Hotel, Chertsey, Surrey (Woking Herald)

19 April 1965 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex with The Impacts (Dorothy Bullock list) (please note could be another year)

 

11 May 1965 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

23 May 1965 – Riverside Club, Cricketers Hotel, Chertsey, Surrey (Woking Herald)

25 May 1965 – The Bluesday Club, Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

27 May 1965 – Ettington Park Hotel, Alderminster, Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire (Coventry Evening Telegraph)

 

7 June 1965 – Flamingo, Soho, London (Melody Maker)

10 June 1965 – Birdcage, Kimbells Ballroom, Southsea, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

11-12 June 1965 – Flamingo, Soho, London with Doris Troy (Melody Maker)

 

1 July 1965 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

11 July 1965– Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

16 July 1965 – Birdcage, Kimbells Ballroom, Southsea, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

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

29 July 1965 – Bowes Lyon House, Stevenage, Hertfordshire with The Saracens (website: http://www.coda-uk.co.uk/60’s_music_scene.htm)

31 July 1965 – Birdcage, Kimbells Ballroom, Southsea, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

 

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

22 August 1965 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

 

3 September 1965 – Pontiac, Zeeta House, London, SW15, Surrey (NME)

13 September 1965 – Garden of Eden Club, Blackbird Leys Community Centre, Wheatley, Oxfordshire with The Un-named (Oxford Mail)

16 September 1965 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

24 September 1965 – Archer Hall, Billericay, Essex with The Trends (Southend Standard & Essex Weekly Advertiser)

30 September 1965 – Farnborough Rag Week, RAE Assembly Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire with Sounds Incorporated and The Thee (Aldershot News)

 

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

14 October 1965 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

23 October 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

 

5 November 1965 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Artwoods, Tony Knight’s Chessmen and The Crawdaddies (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

11 November 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

15 November 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, London (Tottenham Weekly Herald)

16 November 1965 – Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks (website: http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/)

21 November 1965 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

21 November 1965 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (website: http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)

24 November 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

26 November 1965 – Beachcomber, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

27 November 1965 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (website: http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)

 

6 December 1965 – Star Hotel, Croydon, London (Chris Broom book: Rockin’ and Around Croydon)

8 December 1965 – Farnborough Town Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

28 December 1965 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

1966: 

9 January 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (The Star)

19 January 1966 – Orford Cellar, Norwich (Eastern Evening News)

 

2 February 1966 – Farnborough Town Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

3 February 1966 – Star Hotel, Croydon, London (Chris Broom book: Rockin’ and Around Croydon)

6 February 1966 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

23 February 1966 – Orford Cellar, Norwich (Eastern Evening News)

 

2 March 1966 – Rag Week ’66, College of Advanced Technology, Great Hall, Gosta Green, West Midlands with Acker Bilk (Birmingham Evening Mail)

3 March 1966 – Plebeians Jazz Club, Halifax, West Yorkshire with Thursday’s Children (website: http://www.musictrailuk.com/index.php/venues/the-plebeians-jazz-club)

6 March 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (The Star)

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

12 March 1966 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Fleur De Lys and The Essex Five (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

14 March 1966 – Woodhall Community Centre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire with Trekkas (website: http://www.coda-uk.co.uk/60’s_music_scene.htm)

 

11 April 1966 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Artwoods, Jimmy James & The Vagabonds and The Rockhouse Band (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

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

 

7 May 1966 – RAE Assembly Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire with Five Proud Walkers (Aldershot News)

8 May 1966 – Dereham Tavern, Dereham, Norfolk with Ian and Danny Eves with Sounds Reformed (Eastern Evening News)

14 May 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

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

18 May 1966 – Orford Cellar, Norwich (Eastern Evening News)

28 May 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London with The Stormsville Shakers (Melody Maker)

 

1 June 1966 – Farnborough Town Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

6 June 1966 – Atlanta Ballroom, Woking, Surrey (Aldershot News)

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

23 June 1966 – Unknown venue, Hastings, East Sussex with In Crowd (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

25 June 1966 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with The Wreckers (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

 

6 July 1966 – Orchid Ballroom, Purley, London (Chris Broom book: Rockin’ and Around Croydon)

8 July 1966 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

10 July 1966 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey (Aldershot News)

16 July 1966 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with Billy Storm & The Original Falcons (website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)

The South East London Mercury’s 29 July 1966 edition, page 1 has a good band story and picture. The line up is Chris Farlowe, Albert Lee, Bruce Waddell, Ian Hague and Dave Greenslade

2 August 1966 – Locarno Ballroom, Bristol (Evening Post)

4 August 1966 – Locarno Ballroom, Bristol (Evening Post)

5 August 1966 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Washington DCs (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

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

11 August 1966 – Harpenden Public Hall, Harpenden, Hertfordshire (Poster)

28 August 1966 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Skyliners (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

 

2 September 1966 – Grimsby Mecca, Grimsby, Humberside (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

9 September 1966 – Beat Festival, Scunthorpe United Football Ground, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire with Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, The Troggs, Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers, Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas, The Ram Jam Band, The Creation, The Mindbenders and The Fenmen (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

11 September 1966 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey (Aldershot News)

18 September 1966 – The New Scene, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

18 September 1966 – Beachcomber, Nottingham with Jimmy James & The Vagabonds (Nottingham Evening Post)

22 September 1966 – Salisbury City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire with The Impacts (Frogg Moody and Richard Nash’s book Hold Tight!)

30 September 1966 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with Good Time Band (Melody Maker)

 

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

2 October 1966 – Dereham Tavern, Dereham, Norfolk with Eyes of Blond (Eastern Evening News)

In October, the band joined The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Georgie Fame, Geno Washington and others for a package tour. Full listing in the comments below

 

11 November 1966 – Hoverton Village Hall, Hoverton, Norfolk (Eastern Evening News)

18 November 1966 – Flamingo, Soho, London (Melody Maker)

23 November 1966 – Plaza Ballroom, Handsworth, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

26 November 1966 – Jigsaw, Manchester (Manchester Evening News and Chronicle)

3 December 1966 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with The Apex R&B All Stars (website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)

16 December 1966 – Twisted Wheel, Manchester (Manchester Evening News and Chronicle)

18 December 1966 – Beachcomber Club, Nottingham with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (Nottingham Evening Post)

23 December 1966 – Twisted Wheel, Manchester (Manchester Evening News and Chronicle)

24 December 1966 – Adelphi Ballroom, West Bromwich, West Midlands with New Street Station and Barmy Barry (Birmingham Evening Mail/Express & Star)

31 December 1966 – Midnight City, Digbeth, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

1967:

15-21 January 1967 – Towers Theatre Club, Warrington, Cheshire (St Helens Newspaper/Fabulous 208)

15-21 January 1967 – Garrick, Leigh, Greater Manchester (St Helens Newspaper/Fabulous 208)

 

19 February 1967 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Bluecaps (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

 

4 March 1967 – Beachcomber, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

7 March 1967 – St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, Norfolk with Sensational Anglians (Eastern Evening News)

10 March 1967 – Public Baths, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire with The Alan Price Set (The Star)

10 March 1967 – Nottingham Tech College, Nottingham with Robert Hirst & The Big Taste, Our Young and The In Crowd (Nottingham Evening Post)

11 March 1967 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with The Nite People (East Kent Times & Mail)

18 March 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

25 March 1967 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire with The Academy (Dave Allen research)

27 March 1967 – Barnsley Civic Hall, Barnsley, South Yorkshire with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, The Tiles Big Band, The Pityful and Moss’s Mixtures (Melody Maker)

27 March 1967 – Northwich Memorial Hall, Northwich, Cheshire (Crewe Chronicle)

31 March 1967 – Starlight Ballroom, Crawley, West Sussex (Crawley Advertiser)

 

5 April 1967 – St Michael’s Youth Centre, Sydenham, London with Citations (Fabulous 208)

15 April 1967 – Adelphi Ballroom, West Bromwich, West Midlands (Express and Star)

18 April 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Wynder K Frog (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

In early May, Dave Greenslade left to join Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band

14 May 1967 – Plaza, Newbury, Wiltshire (Melody Maker/Newbury Weekly News)

19 May 1967 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Crew (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

20 May 1967 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with The Motown Trinity (website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)

 

10 June 1967 – Supreme Eastern Esplanade, Ramsgate, Kent with Len Marshall Show (East Kent Times & Mail)

18 June 1967 – Brands Hatch Radio London Motor Racing and Pop Festival, Brands Hatch, Kent with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich and Episode Six (Sutton & Cheam Advertiser)

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

30 June 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with Syrian Blues and All Night Workers (Melody Maker)

7 July 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The Chanters (Melody Maker)

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

13 July 1967 – Oak Leaf Ballroom, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire with The Denmen and Steve Brown Soul Sect (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette)

16 July 1967 – Union Rowing Club, Trent Bridge, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

 

4 August 1967 – Nautilus, South Pier, Lowestoft, Norfolk (Eastern Evening News)

24 August 1967 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent (East Kent Times & Mail)

26 August 1967 – Matlock Bath, Matlock, Derbyshire (Derby Evening Telegraph)

27 August 1967 – Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette)

 

11 September 1967 – Queen’s Ballroom, Wolverhampton, West Midlands (Express & Star)

16 September 1967 – Nautilus, South Pier, Lowestoft, Norfolk (Eastern Evening News)

17 September 1967 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, London (Poster)

24 September 1967 – Hotel Leofric, Coventry, West Midlands with Legay (Coventry Evening Telegraph)

30 September 1967 – Bracknell Sports Centre, Bracknell, Berkshire with The Ziggy Turner Mob (Windsor, Slough and Eton Express/Bracknell News)

 

6 October 1967 – Queens Rink Ballroom, Hartlepool, County Durham with The Sect and The Tony King Sound (Hartlepool Mail)

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

29 October 1967 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Skyliners (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

 

18 November 1967 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with The Dual Purpose (East Kent Times & Mail)

 

31 December 1967 – Plaza Ballroom, Old Hill, Bearwood, West Midlands (Express & Star)

1968:

6 January 1968 – Southend gig but not sure of venue with support (Southend Standard)

8 January 1968 – Park Hall Hotel, Goldthorn Park, Wolverhampton, West Midlands with Finders Keepers and Barmy Barry Show (Express & Star)

13 January 1968 – Alex’s Disco, Salisbury, Wiltshire (Frogg Moody and Richard Nash’s book Hold Tight!)

14 January 1968 – Starlight Ballroom, Crawley, West Sussex (Crawley Advertiser)

28 January 1968 – Carlton Club, Erdington, West Midlands (Melody Maker)

 

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

10 February 1968 – Drill Hall, Melton Mowbray with Pesky Gee (Grantham Journal)

16 February 1968 – Impsella Club, Chateau Impney, Droitwich, Worcestershire (Redditch Indicator)

17 February 1968 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with supporting groups (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

25 February 1968 – Swan, Yardley, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

29 February 1968 – Zodiac Club, Eden Park Hotel, Beckenham, Kent (Melody Maker)

3 March 1968 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Amazingly Friendly Apple (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

9 March 1968 – Cat-Balou Club, Grantham, Lincolnshire (Melody Maker/Grantham Journal)

16 March 1968 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with The New England Mood (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

29 March 1968 – Crown and Cushion, Perry Barr, West Midlands with The Vogues (Birmingham Evening Mail)

 

6 May 1968 – Queen Mary Ballroom, Dudley Zoo, West Midlands with Sound Syndicate (Express & Star)

11 May 1968 – Gig in Grantham area, Lincolnshire with The Cortinas (Paul Griggs book)

According to Paul Griggs, Albert Lee did not appear at the above gig and he recommended his friend Alan Shacklock as a replacement when Lee left soon after. 

1 June 1968 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with Granny’s Antics (website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)

9 June 1968 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Keith Herd Group (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

22 June 1968 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

28 June 1968 – Kursaal Ballroom, Southend, Essex with Coloured Raisins (Southend Standard)

 

27 July 1968 – Alex’s Disco, Salisbury, Wiltshire (Frogg Moody and Richard Nash’s book Hold Tight!)

 

1 August 1968 – Fishmonger’s Arms, Wood Green, London (Melody Maker)

16 August 1968 – Boat House, Kew, London (Thames Valley Times)

2 September 1968 – Bank Holiday, Bluesology Festival, Chateau Impney, Droitwich, Worcestershire with Fleetwood Mac, The Move, The Freddy Mack Show and Family (Melody Maker)

21 September 1968 – Drill Hall, Melton Mowbray with Donnell Jackson and The Broadway Crowd (Grantham Journal)

 

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

 

1 November 1968 – Brunel University, Uxbridge, London (Melody Maker)

8 November 1968 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

16 November 1968 – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, Essex (Southend Standard)

30 Novemer 1968 – Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks with Paper Lemon (website: http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/)

 

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

1969:

23 January 1969 – Alex’s Disco, Salisbury, Wiltshire (Frogg Moody and Richard Nash’s book Hold Tight!)

 

1 March 1969 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

9 March 1969 – 76 Club, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire (website: http://www.76club.org.uk/gigs.html)

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10 thoughts on “Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds’ gigs 1963-1969”

  1. I’ll need to find out the source for this and add later but this is the package tour noted above in October-November 1966:

    20 October 1966 – Finsbury Park, London with The New Animals, Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, Eyes of Blue
    21 October 1966 – Odeon, Birmingham with The New Animals, Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, Eyes of Blue
    22 October 1966 – Odeon, Leeds with The New Animals, Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, Eyes of Blue
    23 October 1966 – Gaumont, Doncaster with The New Animals, Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, Eyes of Blue
    25 October 1966 – Odeon, Manchester with The New Animals, Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, Eyes of Blue
    26 October 1966 – Odeon, Liverpool with The New Animals, Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, Eyes of Blue
    27 October 1966 – Gaumont, Sheffield with The New Animals, Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, Eyes of Blue
    28 October 1966 – Colston Hall, Bristol with The New Animals, Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, Eyes of Blue
    29 October 1966 – Odeon, Cheltenham with The New Animals, Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, Eyes of Blue
    31 October 1966 – Gaumont, Southampton with The New Animals, Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, Eyes of Blue

    1 November 1966 – Odeon, Bolton with The New Animals, Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, Eyes of Blue
    2 November 1966 – ABC, Carlisle with The New Animals, Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, Eyes of Blue
    3 November 1966 – Odeon, Glasgow with The New Animals, Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, Eyes of Blue
    4 November 1966 – Odeon, Newcastle with The New Animals, Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, Eyes of Blue

  2. Farlowe dates –
    Sandfield TA Hall, Guildford 14.03.64 with Phil & The Stormsville Shakers
    Ricky Tick Club, READING ST. JOHNS 06.12.63 (Frid)
    Ricky Tick Club, PLAZA, GUILDFORD 27.12.63
    Ricky Tick Club, READING OLYMPIA 12.04.64 (Sun) Chris Farlow (no ‘e’)
    Ricky Tick Club, WINDSOR (Barry Avenue) 08.08.64
    Ricky Tick Club, WINDSOR (Barry Avenue) 20.11.64
    Ricky Tick Club, WINDSOR (Barry Avenue) 05.03.65 Chris Farlow (no E)
    Ricky Tick Club, PLAZA, GUILDFORD 30.04.65 with Jimmy James & Vagabonds
    Ricky Tick Club, PLAZA, GUILDFORD 24.10.65
    Ricky Tick Club, WINDSOR (Barry Avenue) 20.11.65
    Ricky Tick Club, WINDSOR (Barry Avenue) 18.12.65
    Ricky Tick Club, WINDSOR (Barry Avenue) 28.12.65
    King Edwards Dance (location ?) 01.01.66 with The Action – have copy of poster
    World Cup Ball, Mayfair Ballroom, Newcastle 14.07.66 with Alan Price Set, Junco Partners, Gas Board,The Colts
    Ricky Tick Club, HARPENDEN 11.08.66
    Ready Steay Go TV show (Otis Redding special 16.09.66
    Starlight Room, Boston 17.09.66 with Otis Redding & his American Band
    Ricky Tick Club, NEWBURY PLAZA 26.03.67
    Ricky Tick Club, WINDSOR (Thames Hotel) 01.04.67

  3. I have Forever Changes supporting Chris Farlow at the Gaeity Ballroom Ramsey on 1st June 1968, although the group called Grannys Antics.

  4. Found some more gigs and info to add:

    5 April 1964 – Savoy Rooms, Catford, London (Kentish Mercury)

    22 August 1964 – West Runton Pavilion, West Runton, Norfolk (North Norfolk News)

    4 October 1964 – Trend Club, Colchester, Essex (Essex County Standard)
    9 October 1964 – Trend Club, Colchester, Essex (Essex County Standard)

    7 May 1965 – Ricky Tick, Plaza Ballroom, Guildford, Surrey (Surrey Advertiser)

    27 May 1966 – Starlite, Greenford, London (Melody Maker)

    30 June 1966 – Ritz Ballroom, Skewen, South Wales (Fabulous 208)

    9 July 1966 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with The Nite People (East Kent Times)
    29 July 1966 – Il Rondo, Leicester (Fabulous 208)

    6 August 1966 – Floral Hall, Southport, Lancashire (Fabulous 208)
    23 August 1966 – Kinema, Dunfermline, Scotland (Fabulous 208)
    25 August 1966 – Palais, Dundee, Scotland (Fabulous 208)
    26 August 1966 – City Hall, Perth, Scotland (Fabulous 208)
    29 August 1966 – Grays Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear (Fabulous 208)

    10 September 1966 – Casino Ballroom, Taggs Island, Hampton Court, Middlesex (Fabulous 208)
    16 September 1966 – Corn Exchange, Newbury, Berkshire (Fabulous 208)
    17 September 1966 – Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire (Fabulous 208)
    23 September 1966 – Top Spot Ballroom, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire (Fabulous 208)

    2 October 1966 – Dereham Tavern, Dereham, Norfolk with Eyes of Blond (Eastern Evening News) Fabulous 208 refers to this venue as The Sunshine Floor

    5-8 December 1966 – Carousel Club, Copenhagen, Denmark (Melody Maker)
    12 December 1966 – Oxfam Charity Show, Albert Hall, London (Melody Maker)

    7 April 1967 – Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks (Melody Maker)
    8 April 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with Lunar-2 Honey Band (Melody Maker)

    7 May 1967 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, London (Melody Maker)

    11 June 1967 – The Place, Hanley, Staffordshire (Evening Sentinel)

    1 September 1967 – Twisted Wheel, Manchester (Manchester Evening News and Chronicle)

    21 October 1967 – At the Union, Manchester with The Waterboard (Manchester Evening News and Chronicle)
    22 October 1967 – The Place, Hanley, Staffordshire (Evening Sentinel)

    Fabulous 208 lists the band’s line up as follows in late October:

    Chris Farlowe – lead vocals
    Albert Lee – lead guitar
    Dave Greenslade – organ (he’d already left for Geno Washington)
    Ricky Charman – bass
    Ian Hague – drums (he’d recently left for Herbie Goins & The Nighttimers)

    16 December 1967 – Westminster Technical College, Westminster, London with Hamilton’s Blues Messengers (Melody Maker)

  5. Few more missing ones to add to the list:

    9 June 1964 – Jumbo Club, King George’s Hall, Esher, Surrey with Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band (Melody Maker)

    27 December 1965 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with The Javelins (East Kent Times)

    24 April 1966 – Central R&B Club, Central Hotel, Gillingham, Kent (Chatham, Rochester and Gillingham News)

    7 October 1966 – Marine Ballroom, Morecambe, Lancashire (Fabulous 208)
    8 October 1966 – Golden Torch, Tunstall, Staffordshire (Fabulous 208)
    14 October 1966 – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, West Midlands (Fabulous 208)
    15 October 1966 – Floral Hall, Southport, Lancashire (Fabulous 208)

    12 November 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)
    12 November 1966 – Pavilion Ballroom, Buxton, Derbyshire (Fabulous 208)
    17 November 1966 – Victoria Ballroom, Chesterfield, Derbyshire (Fabulous 208)

    2 December 1966 – Leeds University, Leeds, West Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)
    24 December 1966 – Civic Hall, Southport, Lancashire (Fabulous 208)
    31 December 1966 – Severn Club, Shrewsbury, Shropshire (Fabulous 208)

    6 January 1967 – Ricky Tick, Newbury, Berkshire (Fabulous 208)
    13 January 1967 – St Luke’s College, Exeter, Devon (Fabulous 208)
    14 January 1967 – Boulevard, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)
    14 January 1967 – Crystal Bowl, Castleford, North Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)
    22-23 January 1967 – Club Latino, South Shields, Tyne & Wear (Fabulous 208)
    22-23 January 1967 – Dolce Vita, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear (Fabulous 208)

    3 February 1967 – Leicester University, Leicester, Leicestershire (Fabulous 208)
    4 February 1967 – University Park, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (Fabulous 208)
    10 February 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Fabulous 208)
    10 February 1967 – Battersea College, Battersea, London (Fabulous 208)
    11 February 1967 – Queen Mary’s College, Mile End, London (Fabulous 208)
    13 February 1967 – Liverpool University, Liverpool with The Searchers (Fabulous 208)
    18 February 1967 – Town Hall, Morley, West Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)

    3 March 1967 – Clouds, Derby, Derbyshire (Fabulous 208)
    4 March 1967 – Starlight Ballroom, Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire (Fabulous 208)
    9 March 1967 – Locarno Ballroom, Coventry, West Midlands (Fabulous 208)
    10 March 1967 – College of Tech, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (Fabulous 208)
    15 March 1967 – Dorothy Ballroom, Cambridge with The Question (Cambridge News)
    20 March 1967 – Star Hotel, Croydon, London (Fabulous 208)

    9 April 1967 – Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London (Fabulous 208)
    14 April 1967 – Il Rondo, Leicester, Leicestershire (Fabulous 208)
    20 April 1967 – Town Hall, Loughborough, Leicestershire (Fabulous 208)
    21 April 1967 – Gondola Club, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)
    22 April 1967 – St George’s Ballroom, Hinckley, Leicestershire (Fabulous 208)
    23 April 1967 – Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)
    12 May 1967 – Central Pier, Morecambe, Lancashire (Fabulous 208)
    13 May 1967 – Nottingham University, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (Fabulous 208)
    23 May 1967 – Swansea College, Swansea, Wales (Fabulous 208)
    26 May 1967 – Town Hall, Loughborough, Leicestershire (Fabulous 208)
    27 May 1967 – Belfry Hotel, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands (Fabulous 208)

    23 June 1967 – Benn Memorial Hall, Rugby, Warwickshire (Fabulous 208)

    9 July 1967 – Pavilion, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk (Fabulous 208)
    12 July 1967 – Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, Norfolk (Fabulous 208)
    15 July 1967 – Swan, Yardley, West Midlands (Fabulous 208)
    28 July 1967 – Palace Ballroom, Douglas, Isle of Man (Fabulous 208)
    29 July 1967 – Riviera Club, Carlyon Bay, Cornwall (Fabulous 208)
    30 July 1967 – Central R&B Club, Central Hotel, Gillingham, Kent (Fabulous 208)

    5 August 1967 – Pier Pavilion, Hastings, East Sussex (Fabulous 208)

    1 September 1967 – Marine Ballroom, Morecambe, Lancashire (Fabulous 208)
    20 September 1967 ¬– Fifth Dimension Club, Leicester, Leicestershire (Fabulous 208)
    23 September 1967 – Winter Gardens, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset (Fabulous 208)

    5 October 1967 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear (Fabulous 208)
    7 October 1967 – Reading University, Reading, Berkshire (Fabulous 208)
    8 October 1967 – Starlite Ballroom, Greenford, London (Fabulous 208)
    14 October 1967 – Southampton University, Southampton, Hampshire (Fabulous 208)
    20 October 1967 – Locarno Ballroom, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear (Fabulous 208)
    28 October 1967 – Sheffield University, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)

    17 November 1967 – Salford University, Salford, Greater Manchester (Fabulous 208)

  6. Some more I have found below:

    18 June 1964 – Civic Hall, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames (Luton News)

    1 August 1964 – Attic Club, 1a High Street, Hounslow, Middlesex with The Ray Clevelands (Kingston & Malden Borough News)

    13 March 1966 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, London (South East London Mercury)

    1 May 1966 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, London (South East London Mercury)
    22 May 1966 – Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley, London (South East London Mercury)

    26 June 1966 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, London (Fabulous 208)
    27 June 1966 – Manor House, Ipswich, Suffolk (Fabulous 208)

    3 July 1966 – Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)
    8 July 1966 – Nottingham University, Nottingham (Fabulous 208)
    11 July 1966 – Top Rank Ballroom, Wolverhampton, West Midlands (Fabulous 208)
    13 July 1966 – Top Rank Ballroom, Doncaster, South Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)
    31 July 1966 – Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley, London (South East London Mercury)

    12 August 1966 – The Gaff, North Bar, Banbury, Oxfordshire (Fabulous 208)

    10 November 1966 – Dorothy Ballroom, Cambridge (Fabulous 208)
    13 November 1966 – Central Hotel, Gillingham, Kent (Fabulous 208)

    15 December 1966 – Aston University, Aston, West Midlands (Fabulous 208)
    17 December 1966 – St George’s Ballroom, Hinckley, Leicestershire (Fabulous 208)

    24 February 1967 – Durham University, Durham with Alan Price Set (Fabulous 208)

    23 March 1967 – Cavern, Liverpool (Fabulous 208)

    5 May 1967 – Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham (Fabulous 208)
    20 May 1967 – Night Owl, Leicester (Fabulous 208)
    21 May 1967 – Union Rowing Club, Nottingham (Fabulous 208)

    13 June 1967 – Caius College, Oxford, Cambridge with Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band (Fabulous 208)
    17 June 1967 – Tofts, Folkestone, Kent (Fabulous 208)

    21 July 1967 – Il Rondo, Leicester (Fabulous 208)
    22 July 1967 – Town Hall, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex (Fabulous 208)

    12 September 1967 – Lotus Ballroom, Forest Gate, London (Newham & Stratford Express)

    30 November 1967 – Queen’s Hall, Wolverhampton, West Midlands (Fabulous 208)

    1 December 1967 – Starlight Ballroom, Crawley, West Sussex (Fabulous 208)
    23 December 1967 – Lotus Ballroom, Forest Gate, London (Newham & Stratford Express)

    5 January 1968 – Chateau Impney, Droitwich, Worcestershire (Fabulous 208)
    12 January 1968 – Leicester College of Education, Leicester (Fabulous 208)
    30 January 1968 – Cheltenham Spa, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (Fabulous 208)

    2 February 1968 – Queen’s Hall, Leeds, West Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)

    24 May 1968 – Victoria & Bull, Dartford, Kent (Fabulous 208)
    25 May 1968 – College of Technology, Slough, Berkshire (Fabulous 208)

    20 July 1968 – Condor Club, Arbroath, Scotland (Fabulous 208)

    2 August 1968 – Mistrale Club, Beckenham, London (Fabulous 208)
    3 August 1968 – Seagull Ballroom, Ryde, Isle of Wight (Fabulous 208)
    8 August 1968 – Dreamland Ballroom, Margate, Kent (Fabulous 208)
    17 August 1968 – The Factory, Birmingham (Fabulous 208)
    31 August 1968 – Elms Court, Botley, Oxford (Fabulous 208)

    17 January 1969 – Teachers Training College, Edgbaston, West Midlands (Fabulous 208)
    18 January 1969 – St Mary’s Technical College, Twickenham, London (Fabulous 208)
    19 January 1969 – The Place, Hanley, Staffordshire (Fabulous 208)

    1 February 1969 – Hatfield College, Hatfield, Herts (Fabulous 208)
    7 February 1969 – The Factory, Birmingham (Fabulous 208)
    8 February 1969 – Dreamland Ballroom, Margate, Kent (Fabulous 208)
    14 February 1969 – Leeds University, Leeds, West Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)
    16 February 1969 – Carousel Club, Piccadilly, London (Fabulous 208)

  7. Few more

    13 September 1968 – Victoria Cross, Wantage (Fabulous 208)
    18 September 1968 – YMCA, Tunbridge Wells, Kent (Fabulous 208)

    3 October 1968 – Broken Wheel, Macclesfield (Fabulous 208)
    4 October 1968 – Goldsmith College, New Cross Gate, London (Fabulous 208)
    18 October 1968 – Chelsea College, Chelsea, London (Fabulous 208)
    19 October 1968 – Bangor University, Bangor, Wales (Fabulous 208)

    9 November 1968 – Gala Ballroom, Norwich, Norfolk (Fabulous 208)
    22 November 1968 – Top Rank Suite, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)
    23 November 1968 – The Factory, Birmingham (Fabulous 208)
    28-29 November 1968 – Annabel’s, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear (Fabulous 208)

    6 December 1968 – Ranmore House, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)
    9 December 1968 – Leicester University, Leicester (Fabulous 208)
    11 December 1968 – King’s Lynn Tech College, King’s Lynn, Norfolk (Fabulous 208)
    19 December 1968 – Shipley Club, Watton (Fabulous 208)
    22 December 1968 – Bird Cage, Harlow, Essex (Fabulous 208)

  8. Few more to add

    5 January 1966 – Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley, London (Melody Maker)

    13 February 1966 – Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley, London (Melody Maker)

    6 April 1966 – Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley, London (Melody Maker)

    27 April 1968 – Dreamland Ballroom, Margate, Kent with Le Gaye (East Kent Times)

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