Cliff Bennett’s bands’ gigs 1961-1969

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.

CLIFF BENNETT & THE REBEL ROUSERS:

1961:

19 August 1961 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire (website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)

1962:

23 June 1962 – Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall, the Forebury, Sawbridgeworth, Herts with The Delphins (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

 

15 September 1962 – Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, Lancashire (Steve Chapples research: www.lankybeat.com)

 

28 December 1962 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with Ray Dell & The Rocking Deacons (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

1963:

16 March 1963 – Long’s Ballroom, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with The Crestas (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

 

17 May 1963 – St Peter’s Hall, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey (Surrey Comet)

 

4 June 1963 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

 

12 July 1963 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with Roy Star & The Cherokees (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

 

2 August 1963 – St Peter’s Hall, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey with The Impalas (Surrey Comet)

 

22 November 1963 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with Ray Dell & The Rocking Deacons and The Valiants (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

1964:

7 January 1964 – Upper Clatford Village Hall, Andover, Hampshire (Andover Advertiser)

 

24 April 1964 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Hustlers (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

 

18 September 1964 – Granada, Walthamstow, London with Billy J Kramer, The Ronettes, The Yardbirds, The Nashville Teens, The Dakotas and Tim Connor (Leyton & Leytonstone Guardian)

 

21 October 1964 – New Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, Essex with Pamela Blue and Ray Russell Combo (Southend Standard & Essex Weekly Advertiser)

26 October 1964 – 76 Club, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire (website: http://www.76club.org.uk/gigs.html)

27 October 1964 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

 

4 December 1964 – Fairfield Hall, Croydon, Surrey with The Rolling Stones, The Worryin’ Kind, Twinkle, The Quiet Five and Sack O’ Woes (Chris Broom book: Rockin’ and Around Croydon)

1965:

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

 

19 February 1965 – Granada, East Ham with Roy Orbison, The Rockin’ Berries, Marianne Faithful, Three Quarters and Frank Berry & The Untamed (Leyton, Leytonstone and Waltham Forest Guardian)

 

4 April 1965 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (Harrow Weekly Post)

26 April 1965 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex with The Impacts (Dorothy Bullock list) This might be another year

 

1 May 1965 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with Vandels Blues (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

2 May 1965 – Southall Community Centre, Southall, Middlesex with Mike Dee & The Prophets (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

15 May 1965 – Graven Hill Theatre, Bicester, Oxfordshire with The Apollos (Oxford Mail)

21 May 1965 – Beaconsfield Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

30 May 1965 – Southall Community Centre, Southall, Middlesex (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

 

16 June 1965 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey (Aldershot News)

 

4 August 1965 – Top Hat, Littlehampton, West Sussex (Littlehampton Post)

8 August 1965 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with Ronnie Jones & The Blue Jays (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

30 August 1965 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Mark Leeman Five and Heinz & The Wild Boys (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

 

 

3 September 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire with St Louis Checks (Dave Allen research)

12 September 1965 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey with The Condors (Aldershot News)

19 September 1965 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (Harrow Weekly Post/Greenford Weekly Post)

 

16 October 1965 – Starlight Ballroom, Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire with Tom Jones & The Squires, The Gaylords and The Planets (Lincolnshire Standard)

17 October 1965 – Southall Community Centre, Southall, Middlesex (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

20 October 1965 – Farnborough Town Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

23 October 1965 – Victoria Cross Gallery, Wantage, Oxfordshire with The Voyds (Oxford Mail)

 

4 December 1965 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with support (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

19 December 1965 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham with The In Crowd (Nottingham Evening Post)

1966:

2 January 1966 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (Harrow Weekly Post)

12 January 1966 – Farnborough Town Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

21 January 1966 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Triads and The Walker Show Band (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

23 January 1966 – Winter Gardens, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire with Tandi & The Overtones (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

5 February 1966 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with The Donne Boys (website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)

 

27 March 1966 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

 

24 April 1966 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Alan Bown Set (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

30 April 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

 

1 May 1966 – Plaza Ballroom, Newbury, Berkshire (Andover Advertiser)

2 May 1966 – Atlanta Ballroom, Woking, Surrey (Aldershot News)

4 May 1966 – Tower Ballroom, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk with The John Lofty Sounds (Yarmouth Mercury)

25 May 1966 – Farnborough Town Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

 

4 June 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London with The Amboy Dukes (Melody Maker)

 

1 July 1966 – Grimsby Mecca, Grimsby, Humberside (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

 

17 August 1966 – Orchid Ballroom, Purley, Surrey (Coulson & Purley Advertiser)

 

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

11 September 1966 – Black Prince, Bexley, Kent (Fabulous 208)

13 September 1966 – Sherwood Rooms, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

13 September 1966 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

16 September 1966 – Midnight City, Birmingham with The Moody Blues (Birmingham Evening Mail)

17 September 1966 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with The Sounds (website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)

23 September 1966 – Cardiff Capitol Theatre, Cardiff, Wales with The Moody Blues, The Scaffold, The Fourmost and others (Melody Maker)

27 September 1966 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

 

2 October 1966 – Union Rowing Club, Trent Bridge, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

10 October 1966 – Atlanta Ballroom, Woking, Surrey (Aldershot News)

11 October 1966 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

13 October 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

21 October 1966 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with Easy Come Easy Go (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

25 October 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Episode Six (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

4 November 1966 – Gaiety Ballroom, Grimsby, Humberside (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

5 November 1966 – Beachcomber Club, Nottingham with Farinas (Nottingham Evening Post)

5 November 1966 – Britannia Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Mail)

15 November 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Episode Six (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

1 December 1966 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (website: http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)

3 December 1966 – Faculty of Technology Union, Manchester with The Senators (Manchester Evening News and Chronicle)

8 December 1966 – Locarno, Coventry, West Midlands (Coventry Evening Telegraph)

10 December 1966 – Floral Hall, Southport, Lancashire (Manchester Evening News and Chronicle)

16 December 1966 – Starlite, Greenford, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

18 December 1966 – Britannia Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Mail)

22 December 1966 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Fenmen, Sounds Incorporated and The Skyliners (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

28 December 1966 – Top Rank Suite, Southampton, Hampshire (Southern Evening Echo)

1967:

7 January 1967 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with The Beat Syndicate (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

7 January 1967 – Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London with Herbie Goins & The Night Timers, The Creation, The Artwoods and St Louis Union (Melody Maker)

21 January 1967 – Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone, Kent with Mixed Feelings (Folkestone & Hythe Gazette)

 

2 February 1967 – St Giles Youth Club, Willenhall Baths Assembly Hall, Willenhall, West Midlands with The ‘N’ Betweens, The Ensemble and Scarab (Express and Star)

26 February 1967 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey (Aldershot News)

 

5 March 1967 – Union Rowing Club, Trent Bridge, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

18 March 1967 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with The Epics (East Kent Times & Mail)

27 March 1967 – Blue Lagoon, Newquay, Cornwall with The Other Five and The Triple Vintage (West Briton & Royal Cornwall Gazette)

31 March 1967 – Harvest Moon Club, Guildford, Surrey (Aldershot News)

 

1 April 1967 – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, Essex with Daddy Linburg with The Fingers and The Committee (Southend Standard)

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

14 April 1967 – Brighton Arts Festival, Brighton, West Sussex with Paul Jones, The Move, Geno Washington, Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, Mike Stuart Span and others (Melody Maker)

20 April 1967 – Sherwood Rooms, Nottingham with The Alan Price Set (Nottingham Evening Post)

30 April 1967 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Mooche (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

13 May 1967 – New Cornish, Riviera Lido, St Austell, Cornwall with Cousin Jacks (West Briton & Royal Cornish Gazette)

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

27 May 1967 – Hertford Balls, Oxford with Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Swinging Blue Jeans, The Action and Hamilton & The Movement (Cherwell)

29 May 1967 – Civic Hall, Nantwich, Cheshire with The Shades (Crewe Chronicle)

 

8 June 1967 – Waggon and Horses, Wall Heath, West Midlands (Express & Star)

25 June 1967 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent (Poster)

 

1 July 1967 – Clockwork Orange, Chester, Cheshire with Monopoly (Crewe Chronicle)

3 July 1967 – Park Hall Hotel, Goldthorn Park, Wolverhampton, West Midlands with The Uglys and Choice (Express & Star)

8 July 1967 – Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone, Kent (Folkestone & Hythe Gazette)

21 July 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The Courtells (Melody Maker)

22 July 1967 – Victoria Cross Gallery, Wantage, Oxfordshire with Steam Machine (Oxford Mail/Wiltshire Gazette/Newbury Weekly News)

 

5 August 1967 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

23 August 1967 – Regal Ballroom, Minehead, Somerset with The West Coast Sound (Somerset County Gazette)

26 August 1967 – Glastonbury Town Hall, Glastonbury, Somerset with Jangless Gallery (Somerset County Gazette)

28 August 1967 – Pynkney Hall Blues Festival, Fakenham, Norfolk with The Move, Alan Bown, Family and The Workshop (Melody Maker)

 

10 September 1967 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Pleasure Machine (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

17 September 1967 – Hotel Leofric, Coventry, West Midlands with Taylor Upton Big Jump Band (Coventry Evening Telegraph)

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

30 September 1967 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

 

8-14 October 1967 – Towers Theatre Club, Warrington, Cheshire with others (St Helens Newspaper)

8-14 October 1967 – Garrick, Leigh, Greater Manchester with others (St Helens Newspaper)

29 October 1967 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent (Poster)

1 November 1967 – Warmingham Grange Country Club, Warmingham, Cheshire (Crewe Chronicle)

3 November 1967 – Hairy Bob’s Cavern, Scarborough (Scarborough Evening News)

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

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

12 November 1967 – Newbury Plaza, Newbury, Berkshire (NewburyWeekly News)

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

17 November 1967 – G-Ranch Discotheque, Maidstone, Kent (Maidstone Gazette)

18 November 1967 – Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone, Kent (Folkestone & Hythe Gazette)

19 November 1967 – Starlight Ballroom, Crawley, West Sussex with All Night Workers (Crawley Advertiser)

24 November 1967 – Queens Rink Ballroom, Hartlepool, County Durham with The Tony King Sound (Hartlepool Mail)

 

4 December 1967 – Park Hall Hotel, Goldthorn Park, Wolverhampton, West Midlands (Express & Star)

5 December 1967 – Samantha’s, Bournemouth, Dorset (Bournemouth Echo) Billed as Cliff Bennett & His Band/debut in Bournemouth

17 December 1967 – Beau Brummel Club, Alvaston Hall Hotel, Nantwich, Cheshire, Nantwich, Cheshire with Jaytree Organisation (Crewe Chronicle)

25 December 1967 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

1968:

22 January 1968 – Queen’s Ballroom, Wolverhampton, West Midlands with The Soul Seekers (Express & Star) Billed as Cliff Bennet & His Band

 

4 February 1968 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent (Poster) Billed as Cliff Bennett Show

10 February 1968 ­– Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

17 February 1968 – Walsall Town Hall, Walsall, West Midlands (Express & Star) Billed as Cliff Bennett Band

25 February 1968 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Candy Choir (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book) Billed as Cliff Bennett Band

 

14 March 1968 – Zodiac Club, Eden Park Hotel, Beckenham, Kent (Melody Maker)

16 March 1968 – Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex (Melody Maker) Billed as Cliff Bennett & His Band

29 March 1968 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker) Billed as Cliff Bennett & His Band

31 March 1968 – Crown and Cushion, Perry Barr, West Midlands with Traction (Birmingham Evening Mail) Billed as Cliff Bennett & His Band

12 April 1968 – Clockwork Orange, Chester, Cheshire with Adges Convention (Crewe Chronicle) Billed as Cliff Bennett & His Band

14 April 1968 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

15 April 1968 – Park Hall Hotel, Goldthorn Park, Wolverhampton, West Midlands with The Montanas (Express & Star)

19 April 1968 – Punchbowl, Lapworth, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

19 May 1968 – Warmingham Country Club, Warmingham, Cheshire (according to Crewe Chronicle, this is the first gig by The Rebel Rousers after their split with Cliff Bennett). I would welcome any insights from readers

CLIFF BENNETT BAND:

8 June 1968 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with supporting groups (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/) Billed as Cliff Bennett & His Band

21 June 1968 – Kursaal Ballroom, Southend, Essex with Georgie Fame’s Band (Southend Standard)

 

27 July 1968 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

 

22 August 1968 – Blue Lagoon, Newquay, Cornwall with The Sweetshop and The Fire Brigade (West Briton & The Royal Cornwall Gazette)

 

22 September 1968 – Kew Boathouse, Kew, Surrey (Thames Valley Times) Billed as Cliff Bennett & His Band

26 September 1968 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

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

1969:

13 February 1969 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

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