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The Artwoods’ 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 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.

THE ARTWOODS:

1963:

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

18 May 1963 – Long’s Ballroom, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with The Altones (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday) Billed as Art Wood & His R&B Combo

 

27 July 1963 – Long’s Ballroom, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with Mick Emery (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday) Billed as Art Wood & His R&B Combo

 

1964:

 

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

 

16 July 1964 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, Middlesex (Tottenham Weekly Herald)

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

 

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

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

 

6 September 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

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

 

23-24 October1964 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear with The Aztecs (website: http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)

 

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

 

1965:

 

10 January 1965 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

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

 

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

16 February 1965 – Southall Community Centre, Southall, Middlesex (Ron Wood’s 1965 diary)

 

11 April 1965 – New Theatre, Oxford with Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, The Pretty Things, The Ivy League, Elkie Brooks, Syd & George, The Chapters and The Guards (Oxford Mail)

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

 

13 June 1965 – Southall Community Centre, Southall, Middlesex (Ron Wood’s 1965 diary)

19 June 1965 – Farnborough Technical College Assembly Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire with The Muleskinners (Camberley News and Bagshot Observer/Aldershot News)

26 June 1965 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Fenmen, Justin Tyme, The Sorrows and The Dyaks (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

27 June 1965 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

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

30 June 1965 – Pontiac, Zeeta House, Putney, London, SW15 (NME)

 

12 July 1965 – Blue Boar, South East Essex Blues Centre, Southend (Southend Standard & Essex Weekly Advertiser)

 

18 August 1965 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

26 August 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, Middlesex (Leyton, Leytonstone and Waltham Forest Guardian)

 

18 September 1965 – El Partido, Lewisham with The Loose Ends (Melody Maker)

 

3 October 1965 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

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

16 October 1965 – 100 Club, Oxford Street, London with The Loose Ends and Dave Antony’s Moods (Melody Maker)

27 October 1965 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

31 October 1965 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

 

5 November 1965 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds and The Crawdaddies (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

17 November 1965 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

26 November 1965 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

 

3 December 1965 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with Boz & The Boz People and support (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

5 December 1965 – Beachcomber, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

11 December 1965 – 100 Club, Oxford Street, London with Five Proud Walkers (Melody Maker)

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

 

1966:

 

7 January 1966 – Il Rondo, Leicester (Leicester Mercury)

10 January 1966 – Galaxy Club, Basingstoke, Hampshire (Hampshire & Berkshire Gazette)

16 January 1966 – Le Metro Club, Birmingham (Birmingham Evening Mail)

17 January 1966 – Carousel Club, 1 Camp Road, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

24 January 1966 – Star Hotel, Croydon, Surrey (Chris Broom book: Rockin’ and Around Croydon)

 

5 March 1966 – Carousel Club, 1 Camp Road, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

13 March 1966 – Le Metro Club, Birmingham (Birmingham Evening Mail)

16 March 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

25 March 1966 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Original Dyaks and The Vivas (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

27 March 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

 

6 April 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

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

 

1 May 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

6 May 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with Spencer’s Washboard Kings and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (see website above)

8 May 1966 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

17 May 1966 – Pilgrim, Hayward’s Heath, West Sussex with The Mike Stuart Span (Melody Maker)

25 May 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with Deakin Lewis Band (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

 

12 June 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with Dave Antony’s Moods (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

26 June 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with Tea Set (see website above)

 

17 July 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with Champion Jack Dupree with The Five Proud Walkers (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

24 July 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with Deakin Lewis Band (see website above)

31 July 1966 – Downs Ballroom, Hassocks, West Sussex with Long Boat Men (Evening Argus)

 

7 August 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

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

28 August 1966 – South Bank Jazz Club, Grimsby, Humberside with The Rumble Band (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

 

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

9 September 1966 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Soul & Roll Band (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

24 September 1966 – Beachcomber, Nottingham with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (Nottingham Evening Post)

24 September 1966 – Mansfield Blues, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire (Nottingham Evening Post)

 

1 October 1966 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with The Characters (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

3 October 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The MI5 (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

9 October 1966 – Britannia Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

9 October 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

26 October 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with The After Eight Blues Band (see website above)

28 October 1966 – Location, Woolwich Arsenal Station with The Scots of St James (Melody Maker)

 

5 November 1966 – Blue Moon, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (Gloucestershire Echo)

7 November 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Embers West (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

13 November 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with Syrian Blues Group (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

18 November 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

23 November 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with The Fantastic Footprints (see website above)

27 November 1966 – Union Rowing Club, Trent Bridge, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

 

5 December 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Nite People (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

10 December 1966 – Clouds, Derby (Derby Evening Telegraph)

11 December 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with The Layman (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

24 December 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with A Q Blues Band (see website above)

 

1967:

 

1 January 1967 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

4 January 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with The Footprints (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

7 January 1967 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

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

12 January 1967 – Marquee, London with The Mike Stuart Span (Melody Maker)

13 January 1967 – Eastbourne, East Sussex (Melody Maker)

14 January 1967 – Chelsea, London (Melody Maker)

15 January 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with The Battery (see website above)

20 January 1967 – Hartlepool, County Durham (Melody Maker)

21 January 1967 – Sunderland, Tyne and Wear (Melody Maker)

26 January-2 February 1967 – Tour of Denmark (Melody Maker)

 

22 February 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with Apostolic Intervention (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

25 February 1967 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with Rhythm & Song (website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)

 

5 March 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with The Battery (see website above)

22 March 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with The Footprints (see website above)

27 March 1967 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (website; http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)

 

1 April 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton with Carl Douglas & The Big Stampede (Melody Maker)

2 April 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

8 April 1967 – Britannia Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

9 April 1967 – South Bank Jazz Club, Grimsby, Humberside (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

15 April 1967 – Wolverhampton College of Technology, Wolverhampton, West Midlands with The Soul Method (Express & Star)

16 April 1967 – Klue J Klub, Saracens Head Hotel, Chelmsford, Essex (Southend Standard)

20 April 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London (Melody Maker)

23 April 1967 – Klue J Klub, Saracens Head Hotel, Chelmsford, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

26 April 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with The Syrian Blues Band (see website above)

30 April 1967 – Le Metro, Birmingham, West Midlands (Express & Star)

 

6 May 1967 – Blue Lagoon, Newquay, Cornwall with The Reaction (West Briton & Royal Cornish Gazette)

7 May 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with Chicago Line Blues Band (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

19 May 1967 – Oriel Ball, Oxford with The Mickey Finn, The Nightgales, The Pretty Things and The Burlington Sound (Cherwell)

24 May 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with The Down and Outs (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

26 May 1967 – Beachcomber, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

27 May 1967 – The Pitch, Digbeth, West Midlands (Express & Star)

29 May 1967 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with Sonny Childe & The TNT and The Real McCoy (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

 

25 June 1967 – The Swan, Yardley, West Midlands with The Stormville Shakers (Coventry Evening Telegraph)

 

1 July 1967 – South Bank Jazz Club, Grimsby, Humberside (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

 

3 September 1967 – South Bank Jazz Club, Grimsby, Humberside (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

3 September 1967 – Steering Wheel, Dorchester, Dorset (Dorset Evening Echo)

16 September 1967 – Matlock Bath, Matlock, Derbyshire with Michael’s Angels (Derby Evening Telegraph)

17 September 1967 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

 

24 October 1967 – Concorde, Southampton, Hampshire (Southern Echo)

29 October 1967 – Le Metro, Birmingham (Birmingham Evening Mail)

 

1968:

As St Valentine’s Day Massacre (with Rod Goodway):

30 January 1968-4 February 1968 – Gigs in Paris (Rod Goodway)

 

8 February 1968 – Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, Wales with The Move and Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band (Rod Goodway)

10 February 1968 – Gig in Twickenham, Middlesex (Rod Goodway)

The Maze gigs 1966-1968

Welcome to another posting in 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.

 THE MAZE:

The following are billed as MI5. They started using the name The Maze in November 1966 but occasionally used the MI5 for a month or so.

1966:

12 May 1966 – New Central Ballroom, Aldershot, Hampshire with The Tybern Ashes (Aldershot News)

The 22 July 1966 edition of the Windsor, Slough and Eton Express, page 5 has a good story and picture on the band

27 July 1966 – Ricky Tick, Windsor, Berkshire (Windsor, Slough and Eton Express)

30 July 1966 – Royal Links Pavilion, Cromer, Norfolk with The Ultimate (Julie Fielder book: What Flo Said Next)

31 July 1966 – Britannia Theatre, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk with Dave Berry, Geneve, Oscar, Wolf and Griff and The Stuart Taylor Trio (Yarmouth Mercury)

 

13 August 1966 – St Clement’s Hall, Southend, Essex with The Avengers and The Spooks (Southend Standard)

19 August 1966 – Cricketers Inn, Southend, Essex with support (Southend Standard)

21 August 1966 – Britannia Theatre, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk with Freddie & The Dreamers Oscar, Geneve, The Versions and The Stuart Taylor Trio (Yarmouth Mercury)

 

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

12 September 1966 – Elm Hotel, Southend, Essex (Southend Standard)

14 September 1966 – Elm Hotel, Southend, Essex (Southend Standard)

 

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

 

14 November 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Alan Bown Set (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

18 November 1966 – Wy-Key Club, Burnham, Berkshire (billed as The Maze, formerly MI5) (Windsor, Slough and Eton Express)

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

26 November 1966 – Royal Links Pavilion, Cromer, Norfolk with The Ultimate (Julie Fielder book: What Flo Said Next)

The group became The Maze at this point

22 December 1966 – Concorde, Southampton, Hampshire (Southern Evening Echo)

1967:

7 January 1967 – Lion Hotel, Warrington (Warrington Guardian)

 

20-21 May 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London (Melody Maker)

29 May 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with The Moody Blues (Melody Maker)

 

3 June 1967 – Lion Hotel, Warrington with Technique and In-Time (Warrington Guardian)

4 June 1967 – Carlton Club, Warrington (Warrington Guardian)

15 June 1967 – New Central Ballroom, Aldershot, Hampshire with The Sneakers (Aldershot News)

 

1 July 1967 – Floral Hall, Gorleston, Norfolk with The Soul Doubt (Yarmouth Mercury)

8 July 1967 – Floral Hall, Gorleston, Norfolk with Deep Purple (Eastern Evening News)

14 July 1967 – Chateau Impney, Droitwich, Worcestershire with Delroys Good Good Band (Worcester Evening News)

15 July 1967 – Royal Links Pavilion, Cromer, Norfolk with The Y Division (Julie Fielder book: What Flo Said Next)

20 July 1967 – New Central Ballroom, Aldershot, Hampshire with The Shame (Aldershot News)

22 July 1967 – Dungeon, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

23 July 1967 – Royal Ballrooms, Boscombe with The Freebooters (Bournemouth Evening Echo)

28 July 1967 – Beaconsfield Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

 

3 August 1967 – New Central Ballroom, Aldershot, Hampshire with The Shame (Aldershot News)

12 August 1967 – Lion Hotel, Warrington with Zekes and Do-Does (Warrington Guardian)

13 August 1967 – Carlton Club, Warrington (Warrington Guardian)

14 August 1967 – Cambridge Discotheque, Camberley, Surrey (Aldershot News)

20 August 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with The Art Movement and The Army (Melody Maker)

26 August 1967 – Cottingham Civic Hall, Hull, Humbershire with The ABC and One In a Million (Hull Daily Mail)

 

 

2 September 1967 – Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks (website: http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/)

3 September 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London (Melody Maker)

17 September 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London (Melody Maker)

21 September 1967 – New Central Ballroom, Aldershot, Hampshire with support (Aldershot News)

 

2 October 1967 – Penny Farthing Club, Southend, Essex (Essex Chronicle/Southend Standard)

13 October 1967 – Chateau Impney, Droitwich, Worcestershire with Union Blues (Worcester Evening News)

14 October 1967 – Salisbury City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire with Bob Deane (Frogg Moody and Richard Nash’s book Hold Tight!)

28 October 1967 – Penthouse, Birmingham with Winston G (Express & Star)

 

10 November 1967 – Blaises, London (Melody Maker)

12 November 1967 – Carlton Club, Warrington (Warrington Guardian)

 

3 December 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with Taylor Mayde (Melody Maker)

15 December 1967 – Fiesta Hall, Andover, Hampshire (Andover Advertiser)

19 December 1967 – 67 Club, Bracknell, Berkshire (Bracknell News)

21 December 1967 – Cambridge Discotheque, Camberley, Surrey (Aldershot News)

30 December 1967 – Papa’s, Landsdowne, Dorset (Bournemouth Echo)

1968:

11 January 1968 – Cambridge Hotel, Cambridge Discotheque, Camberley, Surrey (Camberley News & Bagshot Observer)

18 January 1968 – Cambridge Discotheque, Camberley, Surrey (Camberley News & Bagshot Observer/Aldershot News)

20 January 1968 – Royal Lido Ballroom, Prestatyn, Wales with The Missing Links (website: www.45worlds.com/live)

 

3 February 1968 – Lion Hotel, Warrington with Peeps (Warrington Guardian)

17 February 1968 – Sperry Canteen, Sperry, Berkshire with Old Nick’s Train Set (Bracknell News)

22 February 1968 – Cambridge Discotheque, Camberley, Surrey (Aldershot News)

23 February 1968 – Quarry Club, Upper Gornal, West Midlands (Express & Star)

 

7 March 1968 – Cambridge Hotel, Cambridge Discotheque, Camberley, Surrey (Camberley News & Bagshot Observer/Aldershot News)

8 March 1968 – Bracknell Boys Club, Bracknell, Berkshire (Bracknell News)

Rod Evans and Ian Paice left in March to join Deep Purple so not sure if they played on next gig

30 March 1968 – Lion Hotel, Warrington with Almost Blues (Warrington Guardian)

 

27 April 1968 – Weymouth Pavilion Ballroom, Weymouth, Dorset with The Dictators (Dorset Evening Echo)

 

5 May 1968 – The Raven, Stechford, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

10 May 1968 – Steering Wheel, Weymouth, Dorset (Dorset Evening Echo)

 

12 September 1968 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham with The Big Stax Show and Little Baby May (Down at the Boat book)

 

30 November 1968 – Royal Lido Ballroom, Prestatyn, Wales with American Blues Busters and The Hand (website: www.45worlds.com/live)

The Action gigs 1965-1968

Welcome to another posting in 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.

THE ACTION:

1965:

17 April 1965 – Goldhawk Social Club, Shepherd’s Bush (poster) Billed as The Boys

5 June 1965 – Ticky Rick and Rang-A-Tang Club, Carnival Hall, Basingstoke, Hampshire (Hampshire & Berkshire Gazette) Billed as The Boys

 

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

24 July 1965 – Pontiac, Zeeta House, Putney, London, SW15 with Peter Fenton & The Tasty Mob (NME)

 

19 August 1965 – Birdcage, Kimbells Ballroom, Southsea, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

21 August 1965 – Pontiac, Zeeta House, Putney, London, SW15 with Sonny Childe & The Cool School (NME)

26 August 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire with Steampacket, Long John Baldry and Brian Auger Trinity (Dave Allen research)

27 August 1965 – Goldhawk Social Club, Shepherd’s Bush with The Birds (Ron Wood’s 1965 diary)

 

5 September 1965 – Pontiac Club, Zeeta House, Putney, London, SW15 (Melody Maker)

12 September 1965 – Pontiac Club, Zeeta House, Putney, London, SW15 (Melody Maker)

16 September 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire with Goldie & The Gingerbreads (Dave Allen research)

19 September 1965 – Pontiac Club, Zeeta House, Putney, London, SW15 (Melody Maker)

26 September 1965 – Pontiac Club, Zeeta House, Putney, London, SW15 (Melody Maker)

 

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

21 October 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire with Jimmy James & The Vagabonds and Johnny B Great & The Quotations (Dave Allen research)

23 October 1965 – Royal Links Pavilion, Cromer, Norfolk with The Cheaters (Julie Fielder book: What Flo Said Next)

 

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

28 November 1965 – Tavern, Dereham, Norfolk (Eastern Evening News)

 

5 December 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Who (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live) Billed as The Boys

14 December 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Mark Leeman Five (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

17 December 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

24 December 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Roscoe Brown Combo (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

27 December 1965 – Goldhawk Social Club, Shepherd’s Bush (Melody Maker)

30 December 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

31 December 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

1966:

1 January 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

2 January 1966 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

4 January 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

8 January 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

18 January 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

21 January 1966 – Carousel Club, 1 Camp Road, Farnborough, Hampshire with The Soul Pushers (Aldershot News)

28 January 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

3 February 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

8 February 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Roscoe Brown Combo (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

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

15 February 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Bo Street Runners (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

18 February 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

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

 

2 March 1966 – Bromel Club, Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley, Kent (Melody Maker)

6 March 1966 – Black Prince, Bexley, Kent (Fabulous 208/Mick Capewell’s Marmalade Skies)

13 March 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire with St Louis Union (The Star)

19 March 1966 – City Hall, Sheffield, South Yorkshire with P J Proby, The Searchers, Thane Russell & Three and The Shelley (The Star)

29 March 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Loose Ends (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

30 March 1966 – Bromel Club, Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley, Kent (Melody Maker)

 

5 April 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

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

26 April 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Clayton Squares (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

29 April 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

 

8 May 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (The Star)

15 May 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (The Star)

19 May 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Herd (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

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

 

14 June 1966 – Grand Black Daffodil, Odeon Ballroom, Chesterfield, Derbyshire (The Star)

18 June 1966 – Uxbridge Blues Festival, Hillingdon, Middlesex with Manfred Mann, Alan Walker Group and Steampacket (Hounslow edition of Middlesex Chronicle)

30 June 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Alan Bown Set (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

2 July 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

4 July 1966 – Atlanta Ballroom, Woking, Surrey (Aldershot News) Says Straight from the Marquee in the advert

11 July 1966 – Catacombe, Eastbourne, East Sussex (Evening Argus)

12 July 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Creation (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

14 July 1966 – Assembly Room, Worthing, West Sussex (Evening Argus)

23 July 1966 – Starlight Ballroom, Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire with Paul & Barry Ryan, James Royal Set, Rob Storme & The Whispers and The Ferry Boys (Lincolnshire Standard)

 

7 August 1966 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey (Aldershot News)

23 August 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Clayton Squares (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

25 August 1966 – Locarno Ballroom, Bristol with Strange Fruits (Evening Post)

27 August 1966 – Bowes Lyon House, Stevenage, Hertfordshire (Welwyn Times)

 

2 September 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

3 September 1966 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with supporting groups (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

6 September 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Graham Bell Trend (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

10 September 1966 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

18 September 1966 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Johnny Rogers Band (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

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

 

10 October 1966 – Top Rank Suite, Southampton, Hampshire (Southern Evening Echo)

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

21 October 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire with The Move (Dave Allen research)

25 October 1966 – Venue in Croydon (Chris Broom book: Rockin’ and Around Croydon)

 

1 November 1966 – Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks with The Neat Change (website: http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/)

6 November 1966 – Le Discotheque, Grimsby, Humberside (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

16 November 1966 – Eight-day tour of Scandinavia starts in Oslo, Norway (Melody Maker)

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

24 November 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

 

8 December 1966 – Concorde, Southampton, Hampshire (Southern Evening Echo)

10 December 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research) Last gig as a five piece

17 December 1966 – Smethwick Baths, Bearwood, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

19 December 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

1967: 

27 January 1967 – 1600, Hereford, Herefordshire (Worcester Evening News)

 

3 February 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Marmalade (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

4 February 1967 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with The First Light (East Kent Times & Mail)

9 February 1967 – Clifton Hall, Rotherham, South Yorkshire (South Yorkshire & Rotherham Advertiser)

18 February 1967 – Blue Moon, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (Worcester Evening News)

19 February 1967 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (The Star)

23 February 1967 – Salisbury City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire with Systems Go (Frogg Moody and Richard Nash’s book Hold Tight!)

28 February 1967 – Ritz, Bournemouth, Dorset with The Bossmen (Bournemouth Evening Echo)

 

1 March 1967 – Bromel Club, Downham, Kent (South East London Mercury)

16 March 1967 – New Locarno Ballroom, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (The Star)

19 March 1967 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

 

1 April 1967 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with The Cortinas (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

3 April 1967 – Adelphi Ballroom, West Brom, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

4 April 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Stalkers (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

7 April 1967 – Rugby Town Hall, Rugby, Warwickshire (Coventry Evening Telegraph)

14 April 1967 – Civic Hall, Wulfun Halls, Wolverhampton, West Midlands with The Vogues, Cyril Stapleton & His Band and Reg Bradley & His Band (Express and Star)

 

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

 

3 June 1967 – Victoria Cross Gallery, Wantage, Oxfordshire (Wiltshire Gazette)

13 June 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Prime Apples (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

24 June 1967 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

 

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

15 July 1967 – Floral Hall, Gorleston, Norfolk with St Willie Cool School (North Norfolk News)

 

1 August 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Timebox (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

7 August 1967 – Park Hall Hotel, Goldthorn Park, Wolverhampton, West Midlands with The Del Roy Good Good Band and Dual Purpose (Express & Star)

8 August 1967 – Holywell Community Centre, West Watford, Hertfordshire with Gene & The Cossacks (West Herts & Watford Observer)

19 August 1967 – South Bank Jazz Club, Grimsby, Humberside (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

27 August 1967 – Rowley Rag, Whiteheath, West Midlands with The Acoustics (Express & Star)

 

5 September 1967 – Bournemouth Pavilion, Bournemouth, Dorset with Rick ‘N’ Beckers (Bournemouth Evening Echo)

9 September 1967 – Britannia Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Mail)

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

 

3 October 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Timebox (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

23 October 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Nite People (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

5 November 1967 – Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette)

8 November 1967 – Britannia Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Mail)

1968:

21 January 1968 – Le Metro Club, Birmingham (Birmingham Evening Mail)

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

 

17 February 1968 – Britannia Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

 

9 March 1968 – Hastings Pier, Hastings, East Sussex with Next In Line (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

 

20 April 1968 – Royal Lido Ballroom, Prestatyn, Wales with The Konda Group (website: www.45worlds.com/live)

 

3 June 1968 – Blue Lagoon, Newquay, Cornwall with Fantastics (West Briton & The Royal Cornwall Gazette)

22 June 1968 – Hastings Pier, Hastings, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

 

29 November 1968 – East London Tech, London (Time Out)

30 November 1968 – Imperial College, London (Time Out)

 

13 December 1968 – Fishmongers Hall, Wood Green, Middlesex with Sundae Times (Melody Maker)

 

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, Middlesex (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, Surrey (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, Surrey (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 Stormville 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, Surrey (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 (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:

19-21 January 1967 – Towers Theatre Club, Warrington, Cheshire (St Helens Newspaper)

19-21 January 1967 – Garrick, Leigh, Greater Manchester (St Helens Newspaper)

 

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 (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 (Crewe Chronicle)

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

 

5 April 1967 – St Michael’s Youth Centre, Sydenham, Kent 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, Kent (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, Middlesex (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)

 

Cats Pyjamas

Left to right: Colin Pullen, Roy Manderson, Kenny Bernard, Phil Lanzon and Alan Griffin. Thanks to Colin for the image.

Kenny Bernard – lead vocals
Alan Griffin – lead guitar
Colin Pullen – bass
Phil Lanzon – keyboards
Roy Manderson – drums

Hailing from South London Cats Pyjamas released two highly inventive yet extremely rare and collectable 45s for the Direction label during 1968. The quintet’s music bridged psychedelia and progressive rock with hints of soul/R&B and both releases were notable for their top notch production and the superlative musicianship of its players.

Trinidad-born singer Kenny Bernard had first come to prominence with R&B outfit The Wranglers during 1963. Formed around the Lewisham area, the previous year, the group subsequently recorded a lone single for the Pye label, “The Tracker”, which was released in August 1965. Around the same time, the musicians were captured live at the Ad Lib Club in Leicester Square for a rare acetate that years later found its way into the hands of Mark Lamarr. The DJ passed the live tracks to the Acid Jazz label, which released the recordings as the Kenny Bernard & The Wranglers Live ’65 CD in 2011.

When The Wranglers splintered a few months later, Bernard stayed with Pye Records and recorded a cache of stylish R&B/soul-inspired singles during 1966 and 1967, none of which troubled the charts. However, as Bernard noted in his autobiography, You Came Into My Life, he found going solo a daunting experience and missed working with a band on stage.

One night (the most plausible date is sometime in June 1967), the singer was out at the Scotch of St James nightclub in Mayfair with his old friend Pete Gage, former guitarist in Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, when he heard that South London group, The Loose Ends, were looking for a singer to front the band.

Originally from Bexley Heath in Kent, The Loose Ends had cut a couple of singles for Decca Records with singer Alan Marshall at the helm before undergoing a major overhaul in October 1966, which left the singer with the name. Marshall’s manager Bryan Mason then linked him with Croydon outfit, The Subjects, who featured guitarist Alan Griffin, keyboard player Phil Lanzon and drummer Roy Manderson.

The Subjects, 1966. Left to right: John Manderson, Malcolm Rudkin, Roy Manderson, Phil Lanzon and Alan Griffin. Thanks to Alan for the image.

Over the next few months, The Loose Ends’ manager also started to bring in musicians from Bexley band, Bob ‘N’ All to replace outgoing musicians. These included new bass player Colin Pullen and second singer Bob Saker. However, shortly before taking up a residency at the Bang Bang Club in Milan in mid-January 1967, first Roy Manderson and then Alan Griffin dropped out to make way for new recruits. Both, however, kept in touch with Phil Lanzon.

Fast forward to early March and The Loose Ends were back in London, and with Alan Griffin back in the fold, the group performed at the Scotch of St James and the Speakeasy. Shortly after a gig at the Central London Polytechnic on 15 April, where they opened for The Savoy Brown Blues Band, singers Alan Marshall and Bob Saker took up soul legend Otis Redding’s offer to fly to the US to record at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals.

Left without their two front men, The Loose Ends, who’d brought Roy Manderson back on board after his replacement Tony Glyde had left to join first The Fenmen and then Simon K & The Meantimers, put out feelers for another singer. With Marshall and Saker out of the picture, the musicians also decided to revamp themselves as Cats Pyjamas.

After spending a month or so working up a stage set with Kenny Bernard, Colin Pullen recalls that the group’s debut gig took place at a college in Epsom, Surrey, which quite possibly could have been nearby Ewell Technical College Refectory, a popular local venue for up and coming bands to perform at.

Over the next few months, Cats Pyjamas gigged fairly incessantly, and one of the band’s most notable gigs during this period was an appearance at the Starlight Room at Boston Gliderdrome in September with The Original Drifters. Pullen also recalls playing in Bournemouth’s Winter Gardens during the first few months of the group’s existence.

However, in early December, Cats Pyjamas secured a crucial deal with the Rik Gunnell Agency, which most likely was brokered by their manager Pete Gage, who’d co-written one of the band’s standout songs, “Virginia Water” with Kenny Bernard and had previous dealings with the agency during his time with The Ram Jam Band.

Selected gigs:
13 August 1967 – Starlight Ballroom, Crawley, West Sussex with The Geranium Pond (Crawley Advertiser)

30 September 1967 – Starlight Room, Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire with Original Drifters and The Magic Roundabout (Lincolnshire Standard)

22 October 1967 – Elm Hotel, Southend, Essex (Southend Standard)

2 December 1967 – Cliff’s Pavilion, Southend, Essex with John Walker and The Timebox and The Seychells (Southend Standard)
2 December 1967 – Luton Boys Club, Luton, Bedfordshire with Tramline (Evening Post: Hemel Hempstead)

The link-up with the Rik Gunnell Agency brought in steady stream of live work and importantly gave the band a regular spot to shine at the agency’s top Soho club, the Bag O’Nails on Kingley Street. It also led to a recording deal with the Direction label and, that same month, the musicians recorded a superb version of Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector’s “Baby, I Love You”, originally a top 30 US hit for The Ronettes in 1963, at Olympic Studio’s in Barnes.

To this listener’s ears, however, it is the flip, the Pete Gage/Kenny Bernard penned “Virginia Water” that is the more impressive recording. A psych/prog-rock masterpiece, the song, named after the Surrey commuter town, benefits greatly from Mervyn Conn’s excellent production and demonstrates the inventiveness of a band that is only a few months old.

Alan Griffin sets the scene with a sizzling “nosediving” guitar effect, which is soon buried in the rhythm section’s intricate, syncopated bass and percussion lines. The action then cuts back to the guitarist, who interjects with a series of strident riffs, signalling the arrival of Phil Lanzon’s majestic, prog-rock Hammond fills. As the brooding atmosphere threatens to spill over, Kenny Bernard joins the fray with his distinctive, powerful and soulful lead vocals.

The single, when released on 26 January 1968, should have been a massive hit, but instead sank without a trace. Perhaps “Virginia Water” would have fared better had it been promoted as the A-side but then again the band’s unique style, marrying psych-progressive rock with soul influences was probably far too inventive and dare I say it, “ahead of its time” to meet the narrow demands of the pop charts. Needless to say, breaking into top echelons of the charts was practically an impossibility anyway given The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and others’ virtual stranglehold.

Interestingly, “Virginia Water” caught the attention of Scottish progressive-rock band, Writing on The Wall, who later recorded the track under an “unknown” title for their Power of The Picts LP.

Selected gigs:
15 December 1967 – Sibyllas, Swallow Street, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
16 December 1967 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
18 December 1967 – Kettering Working Men’s Club, Kettering, Northamptonshire (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
19 December 1967 – Pantiles, Bagshot, Surrey (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
22 December 1967 – Roaring 20’s, Carnaby Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
23 December 1967 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
24 December 1967 – Beachcomber, Nottingham (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
26 December 1967 – Pantiles, Bagshot, Surrey (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
28 December 1967 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
29-30 December 1967 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
31 December 1967 – Rasputin’s, New Bond Street, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)

2 January 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
5 January 1968 – “Big C”, 1 Camp Road, Farnborough, Hampshire (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
6 January 1968 – Cliff’s Pavilion, Southend (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
9 January 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
11-12 January 1968 – Sibyllas, Swallow Street, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
13 January 1968 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Gods (Tony Bacon’s Book: London Live)
13-14 January 1968 – Il Grotto, Ilford, Essex (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
15 January 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
17 January 1968 – Sibyllas, Swallow Street, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
19 January 1968 – Pantiles, Bagshot, Surrey (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
20 January 1968 – Margon’s College, King’s Road, Chelsea (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
21 January 1968 – Alex’s Disco, Salisbury, Wiltshire (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
25-26 January 1968 – Sibyllas, Swallow Street, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
27 January 1968 – Holborn College of Law, Red Lion Square, WC1 (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
28 January 1968 – Kettering Working Men’s Club, Kettering, Northamptonshire (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
29 January 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)

1 February 1968 – RAF Wyton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
2 February 1968 – Sibyllas, Swallow Street, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
3 February 1968 – Luton Boys Club, Luton, Bedfordshire (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
5 February 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
9-10 February 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
10 February 1968 – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, Essex with The Merseys and North Sea Bubble (Southend Standard)
13-15 February 1968 – Rasputin’s, New Bond Street, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
16 February 1968 – Pantiles, Bagshot, Surrey (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
17 February 1968 – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, Essex with Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
18 February 1968 – Carlton Ballroom, Erdington, West Midlands (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
20 February 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
23 February 1968 – Boat 27, Sibyllas, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
24 February 1968 – Ceasar’s, Bedford, Bedfordshire (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
28 February 1968 – Rasputin’s, New Bond Street, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)

2 March 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
3 March 1968 – Beachcomber, Nottingham (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)

Undeterred by the chart failure of their debut 45, Cats Pyjamas returned to Olympic Studios in Barnes with Mervyn Conn to record a follow up release. According to Rik Gunnell’s agency bookings, the group spent two days recording (4 and 5 March).

Colin Pullen remembers that The Steve Miller Band were recording tracks for Children of The Future in the studio next door and when Cats Pyjamas had finished their session they watched the San Francisco group at work.

During the sessions, Cats Pyjamas recorded two new Kenny Bernard songs, “Camera Man” and “Houses”. Bernard would revisit the pedestrian “Houses” in later years and but here the rest of the band give the song a semi-acoustic treatment complete with progressive organ fills. To this listener’s ears, the track wouldn’t sound out of place on The Small Faces’ Autumn Stone or Family’s Music From a Doll’s House. Far better is the raving Mod/prog cross-over “Camera Man” with its infectious chorus and stomping, driving beat.

Like “Virginia Water”, “Camera Man” demonstrates just how innovative Cats Pyjamas could be in the studio; unfortunately the group’s second outing would follow its predecessor into obscurity. The tragedy is that the group never got the opportunity to cut more material towards an LP.

Selected gigs:
7 March 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
8 March 1968 – Meridan Youth Club, Royston, Hertfordshire (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
9 March 1968 – Locarno, Swindon, Wiltshire (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
11-12 March 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
16 March 1968 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
17 March 1968 – King Alfred, Bellingham, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
20 March 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
23 March 1968 – Central School of Art, Southampton Row, WC1, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
24 March 1968 – Foseco Sports & Social Club, Drayton Manor, Tamworth, Staffordshire (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
25-27 March 1968 – Rasputin’s, New Bond Street, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
25-27 March 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
29 March 1968 – Pantiles, Bagshot, Surrey (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
30 March 1968 – Twickenham College, Twickenham, Middlesex with Mystic Romance (Melody Maker)

Cats Pyjamas 7 April 1968

3 April 1968 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker)
5 April 1968 – Ministry of Health, Alexander Fleming House, Elephant & Castle, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
6 April 1968 – Stax Club, Cirencester, Gloucestershire (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
7 April 1968 – Bull’s Head, Yardley, West Midlands (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
9 April 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
11 April 1968 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker)
13 April 1968 – White Tiles Disco, Swindon, Wiltshire (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
14-15 April 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
19-20 April 1968 – Rasputin’s, New Bond Street, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
21 April 1968 – Tower Ballroom, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
25 April 1968 – Station Hotel, Selly Oak, West Midlands (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
26 April 1968 – Bolero Club, Wednesbury, West Midlands (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
27 April 1968 – Adelphi Ballroom, West Bromwich, West Midlands with The Happenings (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
27 April 1968 – Elbow Room, Aston, West Midlands (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
28 April 1968 – Carlton Ballroom, Erdington, West Midlands (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
29 April-3 May 1968 – Rasputin’s, New Bond Street, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)

Cats Pyjamas 25 April 1968

4 May 1968 – Brave New World, Eastney, Hampshire (Website: http://michaelcooper.org.uk/C/birdcage.htm)
9-10 May 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
11 May 1968 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
12 May 1968 – Bull’s Head, Yardley, West Midlands (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
13 May 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
17 May 1968 – Rasputin’s, New Bond Street, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
18 May 1968 – Dandylion Club, Cross Hands Inn, Brockworth, Gloucestershire (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
20 May 1968 – Yeoman, Stafford, Staffordshire (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
21-22 May 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
24 May 1968 – Rasputin’s, New Bond Street, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
30-31 May 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)

Cats Pyjamas 27 April 1968

Released on 24 May 1968, “Camera Man” c/w “Houses” was another creative step forward but all was not well within the band. As Bernard later admitted in his autobiography, the singer was increasingly coming to blows with the rest of the group, both musically and personally. A rare high point was a month-long residency at the Stones Club in Madrid during June where Cats Pyjamas took over from Carl Douglas & The Big Stampede.

Selected gigs:
June 1968 – Stones Club, Madrid, Spain (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)

3 July 1968 – Hyde Park Hotel, Debs Ball, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
4 July 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
5 July 1968 – Rasputin’s, New Bond Street, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
6 July 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
7 July 1968 – King Alfred, Bellingham, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
10 July 1968 – Elbow Room, Aston, West Midlands (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
11 July 1968 – Station Inn, Selly Oak, West Midlands (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
12 July 1968 – Bolero Club, Wednesbury, West Midlands (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
13 July 1968 – Mothers, Erdington, West Midlands (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
14 July 1968 – Bull’s Head, Yardley, West Midlands (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
15-19 July 1968 – Rasputin’s, New Bond Street, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
20 July 1968 – Fellowship Inn, Bellingham, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
26 July 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
27 July 1968 – Petersfield Town Hall, Petersfield, Hampshire (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)

Cats Pyjamas Adelphi Ballroom 27 April 1968

3 August 1968 – Kirklevington Country Club, North Yorkshire (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
4 August 1968 – Beau Brummell Club, Alvaston Hall Hotel, Nantwich, Cheshire (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
9 August 1968 – County Hall, Weybridge, Surrey (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
10 August 1968 – Rasputin’s, New Bond Street, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
12 August 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
17 August 1968 – Swan Hotel, Yardley, West Midlands (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
23 August 1968 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker)
24 August 1968 – Twisted Wheel, Manchester with Ben E King (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
25 August 1968 – Excel Bowling Alley, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
25 August 1968 – Cellar Club, Hartlepool, County Durham (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
30-31 August 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)

2 September 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
5 September 1968 – John Gunnell’s Wedding Reception, 55, Jermyn St, W1, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
8 September 1968 – Surrey Rooms, Kennington, Oval (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
14 September 1968 – Britannia Club, Nottingham (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
15 September 1968 – Pantiles, Bagshot, Surrey (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
11-13 September 1968 – Rasputin’s, New Bond Street, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
20-21 September 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
28 September 1968 – Rainbow Suite, Co-op, Birmingham (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
29 September 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)

4 October 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
5 October 1968 – Fellowship Inn, Bellingham, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
6 October 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
11 October 1968 – Kingston College of Art, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
18-19 October 1968 – Rasputin’s, New Bond Street, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
20 October 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
21 October 1968 – Rasputin’s, New Bond Street, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
25 October 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
26 October 1968 – White Hart, Acton, Middlesex (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
27 October 1968 – Mercer’s Arms, Swan Lane, Coventry, West Midlands (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
28-31 October 1968 – Playboy Club, Park Lane, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)

1-9 November 1968 – Playboy Club, Park Lane, London (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)
10 November 1968 – Swan Hotel, Yardley, West Midlands (Rik Gunnell Agency bookings)

The band late 1968. Left to right: Phil Lanzon, Alan Griffin, Kenny Bernard, Roy Manderson (back) and Colin Pullen. Thanks to Alan for the photo.

Having returned to the UK after working in Madrid for a month during June 1968, tensions between Kenny Bernard and the rest of the band continued to grow and following some final gigs for Rik Gunnell in mid-November, the singer parted ways to resume a solo career.

Cats Pyjamas stuck together a bit longer but sometime in 1969 Colin Pullen left. Around November of that year, remaining members Alan Griffin, Phil Lanzon and Roy Manderson joined Geno Washington and worked as his Ram Jam Band until the spring of 1970. Griffin remained with the singer when he put together a new version that year.

Phil Lanzon, however, maintained the greatest profile over the succeeding years, later working with Grand Prix, Chris Spedding and Sweet among others before joining Uriah Heep in 1986 with whom he continues to play.
Huge thanks to Colin Pullen (who kindly shared the Rik Gunnell Agency booking list), Alan Griffin and Phil Lanzon for providing information about the band.

Joe E Young & The Toniks

Colin Young – lead vocals

Wendell Richardson – lead guitar

Calvin ‘Fuzzy’ Samuel – bass

Richard London – keyboards

Tony Bauman – saxophone

Denis Overton – saxophone

Conrad Isidore – drums

London-based West Indian soul outfit, Joe E Young & The Toniks recorded a superb, ultra-rare, and highly collectable, LP called Soul Buster! for Vicki Wickham’s small Toast label during 1968 before splintering when singer Colin Young joined British chart toppers The Foundations, subsequently singing lead on the UK #2 hit, ‘Build Me Up A Buttercup” and UK #8 hit, “In The Bad Bad Old Days (Before You Loved Me)”.

The band’s career is shrouded in mystery and very little is known about its tangled history, not to mention its origins. What we do know, however, is that Colin Young was born in Barbados on 12 September 1944 and first came to London for a holiday with his father in the mid-Sixties (most likely during 1966). A former bookkeeper, Colin Young presumably gravitated to the Stoke Newington/Tottenham area of the city as that was where Antiguan-born bass player Calvin Samuel and drummer Conrad Isidore were both living after moving to London as kids.

Samuel’s first notable musical outfit appears to have been The Blue-Ace-Unit, formed sometime in late 1965/early 1966 with future Bob Marley sideman, Junior Marvin, who at the time used the name Junior Kerr and played keyboards rather than guitar. Apparently, it was Kerr who coined Samuel’s nickname ‘Fuzzy’ after the musician used a fuzz box on his bass.

When Kerr departed to join Herbie Goins & The Night-Timers, Samuel hooked up with another Antiguan immigrant, guitarist Wendell Richardson, who’d grown up in Tottenham after moving to the UK at the age of 11. This may (or may not) be the same band that Richardson refers to on his website as The Four Aces.

During the summer of 1966, school friends Calvin ‘Fuzzy’ Samuel and Conrad Isidore linked up with Richardson and three other musicians to form The Toniks. These were fellow West Indians, Richard London (organ) and Tony Bauman (sax), and a second sax player, Denis Overton, who is most likely the same South African-born musician who had previously played with John O’Hara & His New Playboys during 1965-1966 and then briefly worked with Liverpool band, The Roadrunners.

Incidentally, Richardson, Samuel and Isidore were also close friends with The Equals and apparently Eddy Grant used Calvin ‘Fuzzy’ Samuel as a session bass player on some of The Equals’ recordings. He would later produce and pen material for all three musicians in their post-Toniks band, The Sundae Times.

Billed as either The Toniks or The Tonicks, the sextet quickly found work gigging across the north London club scene in venues that catered for the city’s burgeoning West Indian population. British music magazine, Melody Maker, lists the following gigs for the band, which included a few forays into central London. The New All-Star Club near Liverpool Street railway station became a favourite haunt.

Selected gigs:

7 September 1966 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London

11 September 1966 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London with The Pilgrims

5 October 1966 – Zebra Club, W1, London

8 October 1966 – Club West Indies, Stonebridge Park, Middlesex

9 October 1966 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London

17 November 1966 – Whisky A Go Go, London

3 December 1966 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London

9 December 1966 – Beachcomber Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

17 December 1966 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London

25 December 1966 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London

26 December 1966 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London with The Sugar Simone Show

Judging by the gigs listed above and below, it appears that Colin Young may not have joined forces with The Toniks until early January 1967. Unless, that is, his billing as frontman didn’t start until this month. As the list below makes clear, some gigs continued to be attributed solely to The Toniks/Tonicks. The gigs below are all from Melody Maker unless otherwise stated.

As well as the New All-Star Club, Joe E Young & The Toniks also became regulars at Count Suckle’s Cue Club in Paddington and the Roaring 20’s in Carnaby Street, Soho. Joe E Young & The Toniks also started to venture further afield to play gigs nationally.

According to Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band guitarist Pete Gage, who would work with the band later in the year, it was Colin Young’s manager Ken Edwards, who owned the Cue Club who renamed the singer Joe E Young.

Selected gigs:

8 January 1967 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London

28 January 1967 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London

28 January 1967 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with Dave Berry & The Crusiers and The Crestas (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/) (Billed as the band only but unlikely that Colin Young wasn’t fronting them)

28 January 1967 – Chalk Farm, London with The Vaudeville Band, The Soft Machine and The Hectic Poets (Billed as the band only)

 4 February 1967 – Ricky Tick, Hounslow, Middlesex (Poster) (Billed as The Tonicks featuring Joey Young)

5 February 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Billed as Joey Young & The Tonicks Band)

11 February 1967 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

11 February 1967 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London

17 February 1967 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London

17 February 1967 – Roaring 20’s, Carnaby Street, Soho, London

19 February 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Billed as Tonicks Band)

24 February 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Billed as Tonicks Band)

25 February 1967 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London

25 February 1967 – Roaring 20’s, Carnaby Street, Soho, London

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

4 March 1967 – Roaring 20’s, Carnaby Street, Soho, London

5 March 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Billed as Tonicks Band)

7 March 1967 – The Place, Hanley, Staffordshire (Poster)

16 March 1967 ­– Roaring 20’s, Carnaby Street, Soho, London

18 March 1967 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London

23 March 1967 – Roaring 20’s, Carnaby Street, Soho, London

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

24 March 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Billed as Tonicks Band)

25 March 1967 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London

27 March 1967 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London

31 March 1967 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London

8 April 1967 – Bluesville, St Thomas’ Hall, Brentwood, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

9 April 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Billed as Tonicks Band)

16 April 1967 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London

14 May 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Billed as Tonicks Band)

22 May 1967 – Queen’s Ballroom, Wolverhampton, West Midlands (Express & Star)

29 May 1967 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London with Nyla Rose

2 June 1967 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London

17 June 1967 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with The Kinsmen (Website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130) (Billed as the band only)

17 June 1967 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Billed as John Lee Hooker & The Tonicks)

24 June 1967 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London with The Toys (Billed as the band only)

9 September 1967 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London

9 September 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Billed as Tonicks Band)

15 September 1967 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London

23 September 1967 – Royal Links Pavilion, Cromer, Norfolk with Soul Concern (North Norfolk News)

24 September 1967 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London

28 September 1967 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London

13 October 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Billed as The Tonicks Band)

From late October-mid-November 1967, Melody Maker reports that Joe E Young & The Toniks were resident band at the New All-Star Club but did not say if this was every night. In early November, Ruby James & The Stax were also residents.

Selected gigs:

21 October 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Billed as The Tonicks with Joey Young)

21 October 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London

23 November 1967 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London

Sometime around October/November 1967, Joe E Young & The Toniks landed a recording deal with Vicki Wickham’s Toast label. Paired with former Ram Jam Band guitarist Pete Gage as an arranger, the band started to record material for an LP with producer Tommy Scott, which appears to have been cut over several sessions, starting in late 1967 and culminating with a final session in mid-1968.

According to Gage, it was Vicki Wickham (Dusty Springfield’s manager) who approached him via Rik Gunnell to arrange and produce Joe E Young & The Toniks. Gage believes that session players, which possibly included keyboard player Tim Hinkley and guitarist Ivan Zagni, who’d previously played with Mike Patto in The Chicago Blues Line and worked with his girlfriend Elkie Brooks in early 1968, may have been employed on some tracks. He also thinks that Colin Young’s friend Jimmy Chambers and Trinidad-born singer Ebony Keyes may have contributed vocals to the sessions.

Two of the earliest tracks to be recorded were two Pete Gage songs, co-written with Ebony Keyes (aka Kenrick Pitt), “Lifetime of Lovin’” c/w “Flower In My Hand”. Paired as a single, the tracks were issued on Toast in January 1968 but did not chart. Incidentally, the single also saw a South African release on the Continental label.

Debut single promotion. Courtesy David Else

Selected gigs:

8 December 1967 – Burton Constable Stately Home, Hull, Humberside with The Amboy Dukes, Ferris Wheel, Roger Bloom’s Hammer, Gospel Garden and The Mandrakes

9 December 1967 – Enfield Technical College, Enfield, Middlesex with Ten Years After (Poster)

9 December 1967 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London

10 December 1967 – Ram Jam Club, Brixton, London

11 December 1967 – Hull University Union at the Skyline Ballroom, Hull, Humberside with The Moody Blues and The Gods

16 December 1967 – Royal Links Pavilion, Cromer, Norfolk with The Rubber Band (North Norfolk News)

23 December 1967 – Royal Lido, Central Beach, North Wales

25 December 1967 – Co-Op, Addlestone, Surrey

25 December 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London with Ronnie Jones, Owen Grey, The Youth and Herbie Goins

26 December 1967 – Shelimar Club, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

30 December 1967 – Israeli Student Association, West Hampstead, London

30 December 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London

31 December 1967 – “Big C”, 1 Camp Road, Farnborough, Hampshire

31 December 1967 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London

13 January 1968 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Billed as Tonicks Band)

9 February 1968 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Page, E1, London with James and Bobby Purify

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

2 March 1968 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex

2 March 1968 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London

30 March 1968 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London

31 March 1968 – Cue Club, Paddington, London with Count Suckle Sound System (Billed as Tonicks Band)

12 April 1968 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London

21 April 1968 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Billed as Tonicks Band)

22-25 April 1968 – Cue Club, Paddington, London with Count Suckle Sound System

26 April 1968 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London

Sometime around April 1968, Wendell Richardson and Calvin ‘Fuzzy’ Samuel departed to form The Sundae Times, who landed a record deal with President Records thanks to their friendship with Eddy Grant. Conrad Isidore also participated but appears to have continued to play with Joe E Young & The Toniks simultaneously. It’s not clear why the two musicians quit the group they had helped to form but the fact that session musicians were employed on some of The Toniks’ studio recordings may have been a contributory factor.

Trinidad and Tobago-born siblings Kelvin Bullen (lead guitar) and Hugh Bullen (bass), who had started out with Reading, Berkshire band, The Soul Trinity, took Richardson and Samuel’s places.

Left to right: Kelvin Bullen, Richard London, Hugh Bullen, Colin Young, Conrad Isidore (sitting), Denis Overton and Tony Bauman

Colin Young – lead vocals

Kelvin Bullen – lead guitar

Hugh Bullen – bass

Richard London – keyboards

Tony Bauman – saxophone

Denis Overton – saxophone

Conrad Isidore – drums

One of the first series of gigs that the new members appeared on was a short tour that Joe E Young & The Toniks participated in supporting American soul legend Aretha Franklin. Also on the bill was Johnnie Walker, Robert Knight and Lucas with The Mike Cotton Sound. One of the highlights was a show at what later became the Hammersmith Odeon in May 1968.

Selected gigs:

4 May 1968 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Billed as Tonicks Band)

17 June 1968 – Barn Club, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

22 June 1968 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with The Soul Mates (Website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)

22 June 1968 – Cue Club, Paddington, London

27 July 1968 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Billed as Joey Young & The Tonicks Band)

18 August 1968 – Railway Hotel, Wealdstone, Middlesex

Melody Maker lists some gigs under the name The New Toniks, which may or may not be the same band. The ‘new’ prefix suggests that a new formation was put together and this writer would welcome any further information.

Selected gigs (New Toniks):

22 August 1968 – White Hart, London

23-25 August 1968 – Scotland

25-26 August 1968 – Manchester

27-28 August 1968 – Recording

Colin Young joins The Foundations. Courtesy David Else

According to Melody Maker, Colin Young joined The Foundations in late September and made his debut at Aberdeen University on 4 October 1968. By this point, Conrad Isidore had already jumped ship to commit to The Sundae Times full-time. With the band splitting, the Bullen siblings ended up joining Herbie Goins & The Night-Timers.

With the album ready to release, Toast quickly shipped a second single in November 1968, pairing the soul classic, “Sixty Minutes of Your Love” with Lennon & McCartney’s “Good Day Sunshine”.

Around the same time, the label also belatedly issued the Soul Buster! LP, highlights of which include one of the best covers of Darrell Banks’ “Open The Door To Your Heart”. Sadly, it was all too little, too late. With few copies pressed and scant promotion, the LP slipped out unnoticed. In subsequent years, however, it became a highly prized collector’s item, not least due to the band’s personnel and individual members’ post-Toniks career.

In a final, last gasp, Toast paired “Good Day Sunshine” with the year old “Lifetime of Lovin’” for a final single, issued on 31 January 1969, but it also failed to dent the charts.

Besides Colin Young’s chart success with The Foundations, original members Wendell Richardson, Calvin ‘Fuzzy’ Samuel and Conrad Isidore all went on to greater things.

Richardson was a founding member of Osibisa and subsequently worked briefly with Free. The guitarist also released a solo LP, Pieces of a Jigsaw in 1972.

During his time with The Sundae Times, Isidore also played and recorded with Alan Marshall’s band One, who released a rare eponymous LP for Fontana. After a stint with Manfred Mann Chapter 3 during 1970, he became a noted session player, working with the likes of Joe Cocker, Linda Lewis, Terry Reid, Vinegar Joe and Eddy Grant to name a few. He also later played with Junior Marvin in his band Hanson and with Hummingbird.

Isidore appeared on Stephen Stills’ first two solo albums, thanks to his connections with Calvin ‘Fuzzy’ Samuel, who landed the gig after Stephen Stills reportedly caught Samuel playing at the Bag O’Nails in March 1970 (possibly in PP Arnold’s backing band).

The bass player was hired for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, appearing on the single, “Ohio” and subsequently worked in Stephen Stills’s Manassas before also finding work as a session player, including with Graham Nash, Rita Coolidge and Taj Mahal. Samuel later wrote and recorded songs with Marianne Faithfull and Stevie Winwood and worked with The Alvin Lee Band and Tumbling Dice with Mick Taylor and Nicky Hopkins. In 1999, he self-released two CDs, This Train Still Runs and Love Don’t Taste Like Chicken.

Latter day member Kelvin Bullen went on to work with Swiss rock band, Toad, while his brother Hugh found success with the highly revered British funk band, Gonzalez after a spell in Italy with Herbie Goins. Hugh Bullen also cut an Italian solo LP, Feeling, in 1978.

Colin Young meanwhile went solo and recorded for Pye Records. He later joined UK group Mercy, Mercy who had a hit with “It Must Be Heaven” in the 1980s. Since then he has participated in various Foundations reunions.

Many thanks to Pete Gage for his recollections. I would be particularly interested to hear from anyone who can add or correct any of the information here.

Thanks to David Else for this image.

The Sundae Times

Wendell Richardson – guitar/vocals

Calvin “Fuzzy” Samuel – bass

Conrad Isidore – drums

A noted yet relatively obscure late 1960s rock/soul outfit formed by three former members of Joe E Young & The Toniks around April 1968, who cut a great lone LP, Us Coloured Kids, and a handful of singles for President Records.

Born in Antigua, guitarist Wendell Richardson had moved to London at the age of 11 and grown up in Tottenham. During 1966, he befriended fellow Antiguan-born musicians Calvin “Fuzzy” Samuel and Conrad Isidore, who were living around Stoke Newington, and the trio formed The Toniks (later joined by singer Colin Young aka Joe E Young). Through the local West Indian population, the trio got to know Eddy Grant and his band The Equals and became firm friends.

Having lost interest in The Toniks, Richardson and Samuel jumped ship in April 1968 shortly after the band’s debut single on Toast, “Lifetime of Lovin’” c/w “Flower In My Hand” had been released. Isidore, however, remained with The Toniks but agreed to help out on the pair’s next project, The Sundae Times, who landed a deal with President Records thanks to their connection with The Equals (Ed: Samuel reportedly played bass on some of their recordings).

With Eddy Grant producing and penning the trio’s first release, “Baby Don’t Cry” c/w “Aba-Aba”, The Sundae Times’ debut was issued by President on 7 June 1968 but failed to chart in the UK. In the US, the single appeared on the small Seville imprint the following month. German and Spanish releases also followed but somewhat bizarrely it was in Israel where The Sundae Times made the biggest impact. Released as the A-side, “Aba-Aba” broke into the top 10.

With The Sundae Times starting to pick up gigs and with further hits potentially in the pipeline, Conrad Isidore left The Toniks around September 1968 to commit to the project full-time. In retrospect, it was a sensible move as singer Colin Young quit The Toniks soon after to join British hit-makers, The Foundations.

With Isidore fully committed, The Sundae Times began work on an LP for President Records’ subsidiary Joy during the autumn of 1968 with Eddy Grant producing. Richardson dominated the song-writing, penning the tracks, “Angels In The Sky”, “Adam and Eve”, “Electric Tree” and “Jack Boy”, which graced the A-side of The Sundae Times’ second single, issued on President on 22 November 1968. Coupled with “I Don’t Want Nobody”, a Richardson co-write with Isidore and Samuel, the single failed to chart.

The three musicians also collaborated on three other tracks on the LP, “Take Me Back Again”, “Psychedelic Dream” and “Do You Know What Love Is”. Samuel meanwhile penned two tracks, “On The Run” and “Live Today”, which belatedly headed up The Sundae Times’ final single outing (issued on 13 March 1970), and was coupled with Eddy Grant’s “Take Me Higher Baby”.

By then, Samuel and Isidore had been snapped up by Stephen Stills for sessions for his debut solo LP. Samuel was working with PP Arnold at the time and Isidore was working with Alan Marshall’s band One, who’d cut a lone LP for Fontana during 1969.

While Samuel subsequently landed a gig with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (replacing Greg Reeves), Richardson formed Osibisa and Isidore joined Manfred Mann Chapter 3.

The Sundae Times’ own LP, Us Coloured Kids, had slipped out on Joy Records during 1969 and has since become an extremely rare, yet highly collectable item thanks in part to the Eddy Grant connection.

Selected gigs:

6 October 1968 – Mistrale Club, Beckenham Junction, Kent (Poster)

2 November 1968 – Weymouth Pavilion Ballroom, Weymouth, Dorset with The Firestones (Dorset Evening Echo)

13 December 1968 – Fishmongers Hall, Wood Green, Middlesex with The Action (Melody Maker)

For more on the band members’ post career, see the Joe E Young & The Toniks entry on Garage Hangover. I’d be interested if anyone can add or correct any information below.

 

 

Junior Kerr’s 1960s bands

Junior Kerr (second left) with White Rabbit in early 1968. Photo courtesy of Rod Goodway

Born in Jamaica in 1949, Donald Hanson Marvin Kerr Richards Jr, moved to London as a young teenager and at the age of 16 appeared in The Beatles’ movie, Help!

Based around the Stoke Newington area in North London, Kerr was inspired to learn the Hammond organ after hearing Booker T & The MG’s “Green Onions” and soon befriended local musicians, Calvin Samuel (bass) and Conrad Isidore (drums).

Together with Samuel, who he allegedly nicknamed “Fuzzy” because the musician played his bass through a “fuzz box”, the pair formed the short-lived Blue-Ace-Unit in late 1965/early 1966. The outfit played clubs around North London for about a year before Kerr moved on.

Around October 1966, he joined Herbie Goins & The Night-Timers (where he met guest singer Linda Lewis) and it was during this period that Kerr saw Jimi Hendrix playing at the Bag O’Nails in Soho. Inspired by his incendiary guitar work, Kerr started to practise guitar in his free time.

During September 1967, Kerr left Herbie Goins to form The Junior (Pretty Boy Kerr) Group. The Aldershot News lists the band playing at the “Big C”, a popular club on 1 Camp Road, Farnborough in Hampshire on 4 November. It’s not clear who else was involved in this band and whether it was the same line-up of musicians that became White Rabbit but Linda Lewis was featured as singer.

In July 1967, Polydor Records had issued Linda Lewis’ debut solo single, “You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet” but it had not been a chart success.

Towards the end of the year, Kerr and Lewis put together White Rabbit, which comprised lead guitarist Andy Rickell from Calne, Wiltshire groups, The Pack and J P Sunshine, and his friend (and former Pack member) drummer Terry Stannard, who’d recently been working with Freddie Mack & The Mack Sound. A photo of the group reveals that the group was a sextet and this author would be interested to hear from anyone who can add any further details about this short-lived band.

During the early months of 1968, White Rabbit toured France and Italy but after their return from the latter in April, Kerr decided to leave and briefly re-joined Herbie Goins & The Night-Timers for a few months.

In the late summer of 1968, Kerr ran into guitarist Mike Piggott, who had just left The System Soul Band, led by singer Ivan Sinclair. The pair formed a new outfit, Junior’s Conquest, who landed a regular gig at the Pheasantry on the King’s Road in Chelsea.

Junior’s Conquest, late 1968. Courtesy of Mike Piggott

With drummer Pete Dobson and a bass player, who was replaced by John Best, Junior’s Conquest played together for about six months, including a show at the Broken Wheel in Retford, Nottinghamshire on 5 October 1968 and the popular West End club, Hatchettes in Piccadilly on 22-23 November 1968. However, according to Piggott, Kerr increasingly started to play guitar and after a short tour of Sweden in late 1968/early 1969, the group splintered.

While he was fronting Junior’s Conquest, Kerr had also participated in the London production of Hair on Shaftsbury Avenue, which debuted on 27 September. It was here that he met singer Marsha Hunt whose band he briefly worked with in 1969. The following year, Kerr would work with Keef Hartley and then move to the US before subsequently changing his name to Junior Marvin and finding fame with Bob Marley during the late 1970s.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who can add any further details to Kerr’s 1960s career.