Davey Sands & The Essex

Welcome to another posting of a series of gig listings for 1960s bands. None of these lists is exhaustive and my idea is to add to them in the comments section below over time. They are here for future researchers to draw on.  I have also added a few interesting bits of information and will add images in time.

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

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

Davey Sands – lead vocals

Howard Alexander (aka Shaffer) – lead guitar

Peter James – bass (replaced by Len Hawkes)

Chris Daryl – keyboards

Ian Barry – drums (replaced by Ian Warner after first single)

1965:

2 October 1965 – Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Walthamstow, London with the Eastsiders (Leyton, Leytonstone and Waltham Forest Guardian)

 

13 November 1965 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex with The Defiants (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

 

31 December 1965 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex with The Lonely Ones (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

1966:

1 January 1966 – Clacton Town Hall, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex with Curtis & Co and The Mark Four (Essex County Standard)

15 January 1966 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

24 January 1966 – Co-Op, Rainbow Suite, Birmingham with The Cyclons (Birmingham Evening Mail)

29 January 1966 – Gala Ballroom, Norwich with Yes and No (Eastern Evening News)

 

12 February 1966 – Star Ballroom, Maidstone, Kent with The Poor Boys (Maidstone Gazette)

20 February 1966 – Tower Ballroom, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk with Ye Kingwaymen (Eastern Evening News)

 

11 March 1966 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

18 March 1966 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Fenmen and The Fuzz-Bangs (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

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

26 March 1966 – Star Ballroom, Maidstone, Kent with The Clockwork Oranges (Maidstone Gazette)

 

19 April 1966 – Co-Op, Rainbow Suite, Birmingham with The Cellarmen (Birmingham Evening Mail)

 

15 May 1966 – Tower Ballroom, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk with Hi-Jacks (Eastern Evening News)

 

9 July 1966 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

There is a great story and picture on the band in Wellingborough News from 12 August 1966, page 8

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

15 August 1966 – Atlanta Ballroom, Woking, Surrey (Aldershot News)

27 August 1966 – Corn Exchange, Maidstone, Kent with support (Maidstone Gazette)

 

3 September 1966 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

13 September 1966 – Flamingo, Soho, London (Melody Maker)

 

6 November 1966 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

 

3 December 1966 – El Rondo, Leicester (Leicester Mercury)

16 December 1966 – Dancing Slipper Ballroom, West Bridgeford, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

1967:

7 January 1967 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

29 January 1967 – Cromer Olympia, Cromer, Norfolk (North Norfolk News)

 

1 February 1967 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent (East Kent Times & Mail)

 

4 March 1967 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

11 March 1967 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

17 March 1967 – Tabernacle, Stockport, Greater Manchester with Cryan Shames with Paul and Ritchie (Manchester Evening News and Chronicle)

19 March 1967 – Adelphi Ballroom, Slough, Berkshire (Windsor, Slough and Eton Express)

31 March 1967 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

 

1 April 1967 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex with Irvin John Jump Band (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

 

19 May 1967 – Tiger’s Head, Catford, Kent (South East London Mercury)

 

 

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