The Ealing Club


Site of the Ealing Jazz Club, photo taken December, 2010
The Ealing Jazz Club (or the Ealing Club as it was more commonly known) was one of London’s most historically important music venues during the 1960s. Situated below the ABC bakery, opposite Ealing Broadway station, in the leafy West London suburb of Ealing, the club became renowned as London’s first significant R&B venue when blues enthusiasts Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies’s band Blues Incorporated debuted in March 1962.

Nicknamed the “Moist Hoist” because of the condensation that used to drip down the walls, the club hosted many of London’s most distinguished R&B acts, and in April of that year provided the setting for the first meeting between Messrs.’ Jagger and Richard and Brian Jones, who formed the nucleus of The Rolling Stones, a club regular during 1962 and 1963.

A virtual who’s who of famous British R&B enthusiasts appeared on the club’s tiny stage over the next three years, most notably Blues Incorporated members Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker (who went on to Cream among others); Eric Clapton; Graham Bond; John Mayall; Long John Baldry; Eric Burdon; and Paul Jones, Manfred Mann’s lead singer, to mention just a few names.

Another of London’s top R&B acts The Who performed their first advertised show at the club in November 1964 and played regularly there during the early part of 1965. Jeff Beck’s band The Tridents also graced the club’s stage and, according to Melody Maker, appeared regularly on the Wednesday and Friday night slots during the summer of 1964.

And let’s not forget Dick Taylor, who left an early incarnation of The Rolling Stones to form his own pioneering R&B band, The Pretty Things. Incidentally, future Rolling Stone, Ron Wood was another famous musician who frequented the club with his band, the unforgettable Birds. His brother, the late Art Wood also appeared there, playing with Blues Incorporated and fronting his own band, The Artwoods.

As an R&B hotbed, the club became a magnet for London’s music crowd, drawing in the likes of Rod Stewart; future Jimi Hendrix drummer Mitch Mitchell; Don Craine and the rest of The Downliners Sect; future Faces keys man Ian McLagan, who was working with Twickenham band, The Muleskinners; and future Deep Purple founder Nick Simper, whose early Sixties outfit, The Delta Five were one of the many acts to appear.

Many of the British musicians that either played at the club or witnessed the burgeoning R&B scene emerging from it, took what they had learnt and/or seen to overseas markets as part of the British invasion.

Locals, the late Frank Kennington, who later managed Motorhead, and lead guitarist Mick Liber, whose band Frankie Reid and The Casuals (with future Episode Six drummer John Kerrison among others) had played at the Ealing Club, headed Down Under and formed one of Australia’s finest R&B groups, the original Python Lee Jackson.

Singer Andy Keiller caught many of the acts, including an embryonic Rolling Stones with Carlo Little on drums and Ricky Brown on bass and was so inspired that he headed off to South Africa and subsequently formed The Upsetters in late 1965.

Keiller’s soon-to-be collaborator, Irish guitarist Louis McKelvey and drummer Malcolm Tomlinson, meanwhile, had played with Jeff Curtis & The Flames, the house band at the Ealing Club during its formative years.

After their brief stint together in South Africa, Andy Keiller and Louis McKelvey amazingly reunited in Canada in the late 1960s, founding the experimental band, Influence.

McKelvey subsequently returned to the UK to pick up Malcolm Tomlinson, who’d been working with a pre-Jethro Tull Martin Barre and then headed back to Toronto to form Milkwood, authors of a soon-to-be released LP, recorded with the legendary Jerry Ragovoy at the NYC’s Hit Factory in summer of 1969.

Likewise, many other not so famous musicians who played the Ealing Club went on to produce fascinating music in the burgeoning psychedelic scene. Locals Chris Jackson and Tom Newman fronted R&B band The Tomcats (who also worked as The Thoughts) and later formed one of Britain’s more interesting psych ventures, July, after a stint in Spain.

Jon Field and Tony Duhig were also members of July and had earlier worked with another Ealing Club regular – The Second Thoughts, alongside future Thunderclap Newman, drummer/vocalist Speedy Keen and Patrick Campbell Lyons, who later formed the core of another top psych act, Nirvana.

Jimmy Royal, yet another local talent, was a club regular and fronted one of the area’s most respected bands, The Hawks, which featured former Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers (the recently deceased) guitarist Mick King (real name Mick Borer) and drummer Terry Mabey among others.

And let’s not forget the many obscure bands that got to play at this prestigious club – groups like The Fairlanes, The Four Sounds, Johnnie Harris and The Shades and The Fantastic Soul Messengers.

With many of these great musicians already gone, Garagehangover would like to use this space to encourage musicians, club regulars, promoters and any others with any memories, memorabilia, photos and details of live dates to share this on the site in the comment box below.

Thank you to Andy Neill for some of the background information on the Ealing Club.

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39 thoughts on “The Ealing Club”

  1. I remember seeing Eric Clapton as an audience member. He was quite a style leader and had the nickname ‘chicken’ due to his dance moves!!! We had no idea he was a musician until he turned up in The Yardbirds at the ‘Scene’ club some time later. I saw John Mayall play solo one Satuday at Ealing, he was down from Manchester for the weekend. He played guitar and had a harmonica hooked up around his neck. Admission charge on Sat nights was probably 4 or 5 shillings. The ‘Scene’ on Thurdays was better value, the Stones would play for 2/6 admission. I lived in Notting Hill at the time, so all these clubs were easy to get to.

    Andy Keiller, The Upsetters and Influence

  2. Hi, you asked for a comment, ‘k.
    Back in ’67 I was called Sid Squeek and working on Oz 12 with Barney Bubbles. This was his first job using that name. I’d gone latent skinhead in protest against hair. Barney was still called Fulcher when he began the job and in full hippie mode, all shirt and striped socks, he changed to Bubbles when we wrote the credits in January ’68. Like I say we was working on a cover for Oz 12, and I think it was was Jon Goodchild who arranged for Cream to come by our place at A1 Leigh Court, West Kensington for me to photograph. I’d found, somewhere, a roll of 35mm infra-red film to shoot ’em. Reacts to heat in weird ways. 24 frames.
    Eric Clapton was out of it, looking glazed, hung in jeans and shirt; Ginger Baker glared, looked like he could hit you, in fringed leather; Jack Bruce was dressed to meet an attorney in some sort of brown suit with lapels big enough to fly, he was sharp, aware and couldn’t wait to leave…
    They all crowded into my room, with white walls and the nobbly brown carpet (that I mention elsewhere Fuulcher and Mary Lexa, the dancer, had got up close on). The Cream had attitude to spare, sullenly milling around up tight in a circle as I snapped. I suppose that Jon and their agent or rep, a woman, was there too. Nobody said much, they were there about twenty minutes I guess and split.
    I have no idea why we didn’t use the pictures, it may have been because Barney and I were ‘Stones oriented and didn’t feel like Cream in our tea. The negs got filed, I came across them in storage about ten years ago, fuck knows where they are now, in a box in a container in Sausalito I think, I’ll dig ’em out one day, blow yo’ mind.
    Later, Wills.

    1. Thought the following links might be of interest, in case you played there. Please do leave a comment if you have any memories and pass on to any other interested parties.

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  3. The Hounslow Edition of the Middlesex Chronicle has an entry on the above group in its 26 February 1965 issue (page 3), which says this band played at the Ealing Club and also Beat City, Studio 51 (both in central London) and the Attic in nearby Hounslow.

    The line up was:

    Barry Allmark (harmonica, vocals)
    John Roberts (drums)
    Joe Miller (rhythm guitar)
    Phil Wallington (bass, vocals)
    Andy Allsup (lead guitar)

    Please get in touch if you have any more info on this band and whether they did any recordings

  4. i managed this group in the 1960s the entry is correct except for th drummers name was john salisbury.the group also played eel pie island,the were a hounslow based team who came from youth clubs, in the area,no recordings hope this helps, also i was the roady for the day b four the lead singer went on in the love affair.

  5. Hi Roy

    I am planning an article on the Dae-B-Four. This is what I have so far and would welcome any feedback you might have via these pages or you can contact me via Chris who runs the site:

    Dae-b-Four #1 (Hounslow Ed of Middlesex Chronicle, 23 July 1965)

    Ian Pitwell – lead vocals (ex-Stringbeats)
    Rex Brayley – lead guitar
    Reg Brayley – rhythm guitar
    Roger Side – bass
    Malcolm Randall – drums (ex-Roy Anton &The Peppermint Men)

    This Hounslow band formed in 1962 with the Brayley brothers plus Roger Side. Pitwell joined in spring 1965. Randall may have joined earlier. They are listed as playing at the Jolly Gardeners in Isleworth on 24 August 1965.

    Dae-b-Four #2 (Hounslow Ed of Middlesex Chronicle, 26 November 1965)

    Ian Pitwell – lead vocals
    Rex Brayley – lead guitar
    Reg Brayley – rhythm guitar
    Roger Sidey – bass
    John Kerrison – drums (ex-Mick Liddell Band)

    I think the second line up split when Kerrison joined The James Royal Set briefly in spring 1966. In early 1967, Kerrison joined The Pirates and then between October 1967-July 1968 he was in Episode Six. The Dae-b-Four carried on until end of the year with another drummer and then split. Rex Brayley joined The Love Affair in early 1967 while Pitwell joined The All Night Workers.

    The Dae-b-Four were hailed as Hounslow legends as they were the first local band to become ‘Mod’ icons.

  6. We all enjoyed playing the Blues. Like every other young Blues band at that time, we were always looking for American Blues artists whose work was not already played at every venue in the area. We wanted to find the tracks that no one else was playing. We knew we could not sound like the originals, often recorded live, sometimes even outdoors, and with very basic equipment. So we did not try. Instead, we played our own versions with Drums, Electric Guitars and amplified harmonica. The sound of British R&B.

    Our first singer was Bobby Gee. He had a voice with a great range, and could move through slow gospel tracks onto Delta work music, and then lift the audience with driving tracks from well-known Blues artists such as B B King.

    Tragically, Bobby was killed in a road traffic accident in France. This was a great shock to the band members, and a severe setback, both personally and musically.

    Soon after the accident, the band’s luck improved rapidly when we met ex Downliner Sect Singer, Harmonica and Guitar player, Barry Allsop. He came with a repertoire of early Blues, Folk Blues and American Delta work music; the ability to play guitar and harmonica to a very high standard, and a lifestyle that lent itself to travelling, singing and playing the Blues. He could also write and play his own compositions. Barry had the appearance of someone who had lived the Blues, which made him very popular with our audiences.
    We continued with the same guitar line–up, Andy on lead Guitar, Joe on Rhythm, Phil on Base, with Barry also using an amplified acoustic guitar or harmonica on some tracks.Phil provided backing vocals, and John was now using an expanded array of drums and cymbals.

    At this time, we started working through booking agents and we were given bookings at a variety of venues around, and outside London. Our Manager, Roy Harris, also approached a number of interesting local Venues including The Attic and The Ealing Club, and secured direct bookings.

    The Ealing Club was small, intimate, and frequented by authentic Blues enthusiasts. Whereas The Attic, a larger venue in a less attractive area of West London booked a variety of Acts and attracted bigger audiences that displayed a great enthusiasm for more mainstream British R&B music. The response from the audiences at The Attic made this my personal favourite.

    During our time on the performance circuit, we were lucky enough to meet many of the popular R&B acts, and in our spare time, we joined the audiences at local Blues clubs including the Railway Hotel at Richmond, (the club later moved to the Richmond Rugby Club). The Ricky Tick at Windsor, and The Eel Pie Island Hotel at Twickenham. All great venues with fantastic atmospheres, and great Acts. We learnt a lot from watching other performers, especially, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, and Sonny Boy Williamson.

    We gradually attracted a strong local following, and we had the opportunity to develop the Band with offers of a move to bigger and better-paid performance circuits around the UK. But Pop music was on its way. The Blues that we loved, even with the British R&B treatment, was being slowly replaced by sanitised Pop, and a form of smooth Blues that would eventually evolve into Soul. Looking ahead, there would be fewer Blues venues, and fewer opportunities for Blues musicians.

    At this point, my story ends, because I left the Band.
    John Salisbury.
    (Performed as John Roberts).
    Former Drummer, and founder member of Miston-Tuac.

  7. My book ‘Friday on my Mind Pts 1 and 2’is a witness account of the mid 60’s mod scene in Hounslow. The Dae-b-four are among many groups mentioned. Has anyone got a photo of them as I plan a coffee table book as the final part of my trilogy.Many thanks…Don Hughes

  8. Hi, I’m producing a documentary about Ealing Club history, to be broadcasted on local radio in May. I’d be grateful if you could met me for an interview. Should you be interested or have any questions about the project please don’t hesitate to contact me on ealing.club.documentary@gmail.com.

  9. Hi Chas, I formed the band and will provide any information you require.I have a photograph which I can forward on to you.It was fifty odd years ago but I still remember it well.

    Kind regards,

    Rex

  10. I am the partner of Barry Allmark’s(not Allsop)niece. Sadly Barry passed away on the 23rd March 2012 as a result of a tragic accident in his home. If you have any pictures from those days his sister Kathy who remembers the band practising and them coming round for a photo shoot when she was young would love to see them.

    1. I am Marie Allsup, daughter of Andy (lead guitarist) and we have photos of the band. We could scan them and send them on if you would like. Sorry for your loss.
      Let me know how to get them to you!

  11. I went to school with Rex Brayley and his brother Reg,I was in the same class as his sister cheryl and Its really nice to see that he is still around (I would love to hear from him if that is possible)Pehaps he also remembers the drummer Graheme Oliver (“0llie” to his mates) who I beleive played with Rexs band before he started playing in another band with me (Im a guitar player who was around at the same time as Dae B four) like them I performed a number of times at the Attic club in Hounslow run by the wonderful Bill Channel. It was also the place where I met and became good friends with Stevie Marriot who regularly played there on a Sunday night with his band the Moments they were really good days and it is good to know someone is recording it all

    Regards John birch AKA “felix” or “Luigi” formally of the “Casuals” “Blue Dolphins” “On The Other Hand”

  12. Hi John

    I am in touch with Rex. I think he may be attending at gig on Sunday, 6 May at the Bulls’ Head in Barnes featuring the Night Workers

    The line up is

    Clive Burrows – lead vocals (All Night Workers ’69-’72)
    Dave Mumford – lead guitar (Colin Shane & The Shannons and Calum Bryce)
    Doug Ayris – second guitar (The Legend, All Night Workers ’66-’72)
    Brian Hosking – bass (The Legend, Smoke-stacks, All Night Workers ’66, The Kool)
    Mel Wayne – sax (Colin Shane & The Shannons, Mike Dee & The Prophets, Simon Scott & The All Nite Workers, Jimmy Cliff & The New Generation, Hamilton & The Hamilton Movement, Carl Douglas & The Big Stampede, Calum Bryce)
    John Sergeant – drums (The Legend)

    Would be good to speak to you about your bands too.

    best
    Nick

  13. Anyone interested in researching a gig listing for this venue, should check out the Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette, which listed who played at the Ealing Club in its “Coming Events” section towards the back. Also lists other local venues

  14. The following (incomplete) gigs listing is from the Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette, which advertised who played at the Ealing Club in its “Coming Events” section towards the back

    April 1964

    Wednesday 1 – The Tridents (billed to play every Wednesday on 18 March; this was Jeff Beck’s band pre-Yardbirds)
    Thursday 2 – Jeff Curtis & The Flames (members went on to Manchester’s Playboys, Influence, Penny Peeps among others)
    Friday 3
    Saturday 4 – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
    Sunday 5 – The Soul Messengers
    Monday 6
    Tuesday 7
    Wednesday 8 – R&B group (The Tridents perhaps?)
    Thursday 9
    Friday 10 – R&B group
    Saturday 11
    Sunday 12
    Monday 13 – Mitz Mitton New Orleans Jazz Band
    Tuesday 14
    Wednesday 15 – Possibly The Tridents
    Thursday 16 – Geoff Cortez & The Flame (sic) (this is Jeff Curtis & The Flames)
    Friday 17
    Saturday 18 – The Soul Messengers
    Sunday 19 – The Second Thoughts (members went on to Nirvana, Thunderclap Newman and Jade Warrior)
    Monday 20 – The Casuals (most likely Frankie Reid & The Casuals)
    Tuesday 21
    Wednesday 22
    Thursday 23 – Jeff Cortez & The Flame (sic) (this is Jeff Curtis & The Flames)
    Friday 24
    Saturday 25 – Mark Leemen Five
    Sunday 26 – The Second Thoughts
    Monday 27 – The Casuals (most likely Frankie Reid & The Casuals)
    Tuesday 28
    Wednesday 29
    Thursday 30 – Jeff Curtis & The Flames

  15. More gigs from the same newspaper. Again, an incomplete listing:

    May 1964

    Friday 1
    Saturday 2 – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
    Sunday 3 – The Fabulous Second Thoughts (this is The Second Thoughts)
    Monday 4
    Tuesday 5
    Wednesday 6 – R&B group
    Thursday 7
    Friday 8 – R&B group
    Saturday 9
    Sunday 10 – The Second Thoughts
    Monday 11 – The Soul Messengers
    Tuesday 12
    Wednesday 13
    Thursday 14 – Jimmy Royal & The Hawks (aka James Royal & The Hawks)
    Friday 15
    Saturday 16 – Mark Leemen’s Five (aka Mark Leemen Five)
    Sunday 17 – Fabulous Second Thoughts (this is The Second Thoughts)
    Monday 18 – The Hobos
    Tuesday 19
    Wednesday 20
    Thursday 21 – Jimmy Royal & The Hawks (aka James Royal & The Hawks)
    Friday 22
    Saturday 23 – Mark Leemen Five
    Sunday 24 – The Second Thoughts
    Monday 25 – The Hobos
    Tuesday 26
    Wednesday 27
    Thursday 28 – Jimmy Royal & The Hawks (aka James Royal & The Hawks)
    Friday 29
    Saturday 30 – Mark Leemen Five
    Sunday 31 – The Second Thoughts

  16. Final one from 1964 that I’ve collated. Again, an incomplete listing from the Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette

    June 1964

    Monday 1 – The Hobos
    Tuesday 2
    Wednesday 3
    Thursday 4 – Manfred Mann
    Friday 5
    Saturday 6 – Mark Leemen Five
    Sunday 7 – The Second Thoughts
    Monday 8 – The Hobos
    Tuesday 9
    Wednesday 10
    Thursday 11 – Manfred Mann
    Friday 12
    Saturday 13 – Mark Leemen Five
    Sunday 14 – The Second Thoughts
    Monday 15 – The Hobos
    Tuesday 16
    Wednesday 17 – The Tridents (Jeff Beck’s band)
    Thursday 18 – Frankie Reid & The Casuals (members went on to Python Lee Jackson, Episode Six)
    Friday 19 – The Fairlanes
    Saturday 20 – The Tridents
    Sunday 21 – The Second Thoughts
    Monday 22 – The Hobos
    Tuesday 23
    Wednesday 24 – The Tridents
    Thursday 25 – Frankie Reid & The Casuals
    Friday 26 – R&B group
    Saturday 27– Mark Leemen Five
    Sunday 28 – The Second Thoughts
    Monday 29 – The Hobos
    Tuesday 30

  17. The following (incomplete) gigs listing is from the Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette, which advertised who played at the Ealing Club in its “Coming Events” section towards the back

    July 1964

    Wednesday 1 – R&B group
    Thursday 2 – Frankie Reid & The Casuals
    Friday 3 – R&B group
    Saturday 4 – Mark Leemen Five
    Sunday 5 – The Second Thoughts
    Monday 6 – The Hobos
    Tuesday 7
    Wednesday 8
    Thursday 9 – Frankie Reid & The Casuals
    Friday 10
    Saturday 11 – Mark Lemon (sic) – (this is Mark Leeman Five)
    Sunday 12 – The Second Thoughts
    Monday 13 – The Hobos
    Tuesday 14
    Wednesday 15 – The Tridents
    Thursday 16 – Frankie Reid & The Casuals
    Friday 17 – R&B
    Saturday 18 – Mark Lemon (sic) – (this is Mark Leemen Five)
    Sunday 19 – The Second Thoughts
    Monday 20 – Gerry Hart & The Heartbeats
    Tuesday 21
    Wednesday 22
    Thursday 23 – Frankie Reid & The Casuals
    Friday 24
    Saturday 25 – The Second Thoughts
    Sunday 26 – The Second Thoughts
    Monday 27 – The Hobos
    Tuesday 28
    Wednesday 29 – R&B
    Thursday 30 – Frankie Reid & The Casuals
    Friday 31 – R&B

  18. The following (incomplete) gigs listing is from the Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette, which advertised who played at the Ealing Club in its “Coming Events” section towards the back

    August 1964

    Saturday 1 – Mark Leemen Five
    Sunday 2 – The Macabre (Guitarist Peter Vernon-Kell had been very early member of The Who when they were The Detours)
    Monday 3 – R&B (possibly The Hobos)
    Tuesday 4
    Wednesday 5 – R&B
    Thursday 6 – R&B
    Friday 7 – R&B
    Saturday 8 – R&B (possibly Mark Leemen Five)
    Sunday 9 – R&B (possibly The Macabre)
    Monday 10 – R&B (possibly The Hobos)
    Tuesday 11
    Wednesday 12 – The Tridents (Jeff Beck’s pre-Yardbirds band)
    Thursday 13 – R&B
    Friday 14 – R&B
    Saturday 15 – R&B (possibly Mark Leemen Five)
    Sunday 16 – R&B (possibly The Macabre)
    Monday 17 – R&B (possibly The Hobos)
    Tuesday 18
    Wednesday 19 – The Tridents
    Thursday 20 – R&B
    Friday 21 – R&B
    Saturday 22 – R&B (possibly Mark Leemen Five)
    Sunday 23 – R&B (possibly The Macabre)
    Monday 24 – R&B (possibly The Hobos)
    Tuesday 25
    Wednesday 26 – R&B
    Thursday 27 – R&B
    Friday 28 – R&B
    Saturday 29 – R&B (possibly Mark Leemen Five)
    Sunday 30 – R&B (possibly The Macabre)
    Monday 31 – R&B (possibly The Hobos)

  19. The following (incomplete) gigs listing is from the Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette, which advertised who played at the Ealing Club in its “Coming Events” section towards the back

    September 1964

    Tuesday 1
    Wednesday 2 – R&B
    Thursday 3 – R&B
    Friday 4 – R&B
    Saturday 5 – R&B (possibly Mark Leemen Five)
    Sunday 6 – R&B (possibly The Macabre)
    Monday 7 – R&B (possibly The Hobos)
    Tuesday 8
    Wednesday 9 – R&B
    Thursday 10 – R&B
    Friday 11 – R&B
    Saturday 12 – Mark Leemen Five (Saturdays)
    Sunday 13 – The Macabre (Sundays)
    Monday 14 – The Hobos (Mondays)
    Tuesday 15
    Wednesday 16 – Buddy Britten & The Regents (every Wednesday)
    Thursday 17 – Frankie Reid & The Casuals (guest star Jimmy Royal)
    Friday 18 – R&B
    Saturday 19 – Mark Leemen Five
    Sunday 20 – The Macabre
    Monday 21 – The Hobos
    Tuesday 22
    Wednesday 23 – Buddy Britten & The Regents
    Thursday 24 – Frankie Reid & The Casuals (guest star Jimmy Royal)
    Friday 25 – R&B
    Saturday 26 – possibly Mark Leemen Five
    Sunday 27 – possibly The Macabre
    Monday 28 – possibly The Hobos
    Tuesday 29
    Wednesday 30 – possibly Buddy Britten & The Regents

  20. The following (incomplete) gigs listing is from the Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette, which advertised who played at the Ealing Club in its “Coming Events” section towards the back

    October 1964

    Thursday 1 – possibly Frankie Reid & The Casuals
    Friday 2 – R&B
    Saturday 3 – Mark Leemen Five
    Sunday 4 – The Hobos
    Monday 5 – The Macabre
    Tuesday 6
    Wednesday 7 – R&B
    Thursday 8 – The Next 5 (formerly The Soul Messengers) (Mitch Mitchell on drums, Terry Marshall (Jim Marshall’s son) on sax
    Friday 9 – R&B
    Saturday 10 – The Birds (Ronnie Wood on lead guitar)
    Sunday 11 – The Hobos
    Monday 12 – The Macabre
    Tuesday 13
    Wednesday 14 – R&B
    Thursday 15 – The Next 5
    Friday 16 – R&B
    Saturday 17 – Mark Leehan Five (sic) (actually Mark Leemen Five)
    Sunday 18 – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
    Monday 19 – The Dee Lobs
    Tuesday 20
    Wednesday 21 – R&B
    Thursday 22 – The Next 5
    Friday 23 – R&B
    Saturday 24 – Mark Leehan Five (sic) (actually Mark Leemen Five)
    Sunday 25 – The Hobos/Bluesbreakers (John Mayall’s band)
    Monday 26 – The Dee Lobs
    Tuesday 27
    Wednesday 28 – R&B
    Thursday 29 – The Next 5
    Friday 30 – R&B
    Saturday 31 – Mark Leehan Five (sic) (actually Mark Leemen Five)

  21. The following (incomplete) gigs listing is from the Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette, which advertised who played at the Ealing Club in its “Coming Events” section towards the back

    November 1964

    Sunday 1 – The Hobos
    Monday 2 – The Dee Lobs
    Tuesday 3
    Wednesday 4
    Thursday 5 – The Next 5
    Friday 6
    Saturday 7 – Mark Leemen Five
    Sunday 8 – The Hobos
    Monday 9 – The Dee Lobs
    Tuesday 10
    Wednesday 11
    Thursday 12 – Jimmy Royal & The Hawks
    Friday 13
    Saturday 14 – Mark Leemen Five
    Sunday 15 – The Dee Lobs
    Monday 16 – The De’ils (possibly The Devils)
    Tuesday 17
    Wednesday 18
    Thursday 19 – Jimmy Royal & The Hawks
    Friday 20
    Saturday 21 – The High Numbers (The Who) (documented as club debut but may not be)
    Sunday 22 – The Dee Lobs
    Monday 23 – The De’els (possibly The Devils)
    Tuesday 24
    Wednesday 25
    Thursday 26 – Jimmy Royal & The Hawks
    Friday 27
    Saturday 28 – Mark Leemen Five
    Sunday 29 – South West Five (this was probably before Arthur Brown joined on vocals)
    Monday 30 – Rockin’ Eccentrics

  22. The following (incomplete) gigs listing is from the Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette, which advertised who played at the Ealing Club in its “Coming Events” section towards the back

    December 1964

    Tuesday 1
    Wednesday 2
    Thursday 3 – Jimmy Royal & The Hawks
    Friday 4
    Saturday 5 – Mark Leemen Five
    Sunday 6 – South West Five
    Monday 7 – The Dee Lobs
    Tuesday 8
    Wednesday 9
    Thursday 10 – Rockin’ Eccentrics
    Friday 11
    Saturday 12 – The Limelights
    Sunday 13 – Mark Leemen Five
    Monday 14 – The Dee Lobs
    Tuesday 15
    Wednesday 16 – Alexis Korner
    Thursday 17 – Rockin’ Eccentrics
    Friday 18
    Saturday 19 – Jeff Curtis & The Flames and The Hobos
    Sunday 20 – Mark Leemen Five
    Monday 21 – The Dee Lobs
    Tuesday 22
    Wednesday 23 – possibly Alexis Korner
    Thursday 24 – Rockin’ Eccentrics and South West Five
    Friday 25
    Saturday 26 – Mark Leemen Five and The Hobos
    Sunday 27 – The Who
    Monday 28 – The Hobos
    Tuesday 29
    Wednesday 30 – possibly Alexis Korner
    Thursday 31 – Rockin’ Eccentrics and South West Five

  23. The following (incomplete) gigs listing is from the Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette, which advertised who played at the Ealing Club in its “Coming Events” section towards the back

    January 1965

    Friday 1
    Saturday 2 – The Who
    Sunday 3 – The Hobos
    Monday 4 – The Dee Lobs
    Tuesday 5
    Wednesday 6 – Alexis Korner
    Thursday 7
    Friday 8
    Saturday 9 – The Who
    Sunday 10 – Mark Leemen Five
    Monday 11 – The Dee Lobs
    Tuesday 12
    Wednesday 13 – Alexis Korner
    Thursday 14 – Rockin’ Eccentrics
    Friday 15
    Saturday 16 – Ray Martin Group (Terry Marshall, Jim’s Marshall’s son was a member)
    Sunday 17 – Mark Leemen Five
    Monday 18 – The Dee Lobs
    Tuesday 19
    Wednesday 20 – Alexis Korner
    Thursday 21 – Rockin’ Eccentrics
    Friday 22
    Saturday 23 – Ray Martin Group
    Sunday 24 – Mark Leemen Five
    Monday 25 – The Dee Lobs
    Tuesday 26
    Wednesday 27 – Alexis Korner
    Thursday 28 – Rockin’ Eccentrics
    Friday 29
    Saturday 30 – The Who
    Sunday 31 – Ray Martin Group

  24. The following (incomplete) gigs listing is from the Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette, which advertised who played at the Ealing Club in its “Coming Events” section towards the back

    February 1965

    Monday 1 – The Dee Lobs
    Tuesday 2
    Wednesday 3
    Thursday 4 – Rockin’ Eccentrics (and Jimmy Royal & The Hawks?)
    Friday 5 – Wainwright’s Gentlemen (Ian Gillan on vocals) and Unit 5
    Saturday 6 – Ray Martin Group
    Sunday 7 – Group Competition – 5 Top Groups!
    Monday 8 – The Dee Lobs
    Tuesday 9
    Wednesday 10 – Alexis Korner
    Thursday 11 – The Who (billed as “The Who London 1965” for next four Thursdays)
    Friday 12 – Miston-Tuac
    Saturday 13
    Sunday 14 – Mark Leemen Five
    Monday 15 – Rockin’ Eccentrics
    Tuesday 16
    Wednesday 17 – Blue Ravens
    Thursday 18 – The Who
    Friday 19 – Beaux Oddlot
    Saturday 20 – Ray Martin Group
    Sunday 21 – Mark Leemen Five
    Monday 22 – Rockin’ Eccentrics
    Tuesday 23
    Wednesday 24 – Blue Ravens
    Thursday 25 – The Who
    Friday 26
    Saturday 27 – Ray Martin Group
    Sunday 28 – Mark Leemen Five

  25. The following (incomplete) gigs listing is from the Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette, which advertised who played at the Ealing Club in its “Coming Events” section towards the back

    March 1965

    Monday 1 – The Birds
    Tuesday 2
    Wednesday 3 – Blue Ravens
    Thursday 4 – The Who
    Friday 5
    Saturday 6 – Mark Leemen Five
    Sunday 7 – Ray Martin Group
    Monday 8 – The Birds
    Tuesday 9
    Wednesday 10 – Blue Ravens
    Thursday 11 – The Birds
    Friday 12 – Blue Ravens
    Saturday 13 – Ray Martin Group
    Sunday 14 – The Fetish Crowd
    Monday 15 – The Birds
    Tuesday 16
    Wednesday 17 – The Who
    Thursday 18
    Friday 19 – The Clique
    Saturday 20 – Five Dimension
    Sunday 21 – Mark Leemen Five
    Monday 22 – Just Four
    Tuesday 23
    Wednesday 24 – The Who
    Thursday 25 – The Birds
    Friday 26 – The Who and The Fetish Crowd
    Saturday 27 – Ray Martin Group
    Sunday 28 – Mark Leemen Five
    Monday 29 – Just Four
    Tuesday 30
    Wednesday 31 – The Maroons

  26. The following (incomplete) gigs listing is from the Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette, which advertised who played at the Ealing Club in its “Coming Events” section towards the back

    April 1965

    Thursday 1 – The Birds (Thursdays)
    Friday 2 – The Clique
    Saturday 3 – Mark Leemen Five
    Sunday 4 – Ray Martin Group
    Monday 5 – Just Four
    Tuesday 6
    Wednesday 7 – The Fetish Crowd
    Thursday 8 – The Maroons
    Friday 9 – The Clique
    Saturday 10 – Mark Leemen Five
    Sunday 11 – The Shondells
    Monday 12 – The Dee Lobs
    Tuesday 13
    Wednesday 14 – The Fetish Crowd
    Thursday 15 – The Maroons
    Friday 16 – The Clique
    Saturday 17 – The Footprints
    Sunday 18 – Ray Martin Group
    Monday 19 – The Rakes
    Tuesday 20
    Wednesday 21 – The Fetish Crowd
    Thursday 22 – The Birds
    Friday 23 – The Clique
    Saturday 24 – Mark Leemen Five
    Sunday 25 – Ray Martin Group
    Monday 26 – The Tramps
    Tuesday 27
    Wednesday 28 – The Fetish Crowd
    Thursday 29 – The Birds
    Friday 30 – The Eccentrics

  27. The following (incomplete) gigs listing is from the Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette, which advertised who played at the Ealing Club in its “Coming Events” section towards the back

    May 1965

    Saturday 1 – Mark Leemen Five
    Sunday 2 – The Tribe
    Monday 3 – The Tramps
    Tuesday 4
    Wednesday 5 – The Fetish Crowd
    Thursday 6
    Friday 7 – The Maroons
    Saturday 8 – Ray Martin Group
    Sunday 9 – The Rakes
    Monday 10 – The Tramps
    Tuesday 11
    Wednesday 12 – The Fetish Crowd
    Thursday 13 – The Tribe
    Friday 14 – The Eccentrics (no listing but most likely)
    Saturday 15 – Ray Martin Group (no listing but most likely)
    Sunday 16 – The Tribe (no listing but most likely)
    Monday 17 – The Rakes (no listing but most likely)
    Tuesday 18
    Wednesday 19 – C C Riders (no listing but most likely)
    Thursday 20 – The Fetish Crowd (no listing but most likely)
    Friday 21 – The Eccentrics
    Saturday 22 – Ray Martin Group
    Sunday 23 – The Tribe
    Monday 24 – The Rakes
    Tuesday 25
    Wednesday 26 – C C Riders
    Thursday 27 – The Fetish Crowd
    Friday 28 – The Birds
    Saturday 29 – Ray Martin Group
    Sunday 30 – Initial Four
    Monday 31 – The Tribe

  28. The following (incomplete) gigs listing is from the Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette, which advertised who played at the Ealing Club in its “Coming Events” section towards the back

    June 1965 (only part of this month has listings)

    Tuesday 1
    Wednesday 2 – C C Riders
    Thursday 3 – The Fetish Crowd
    Friday 4 – Senate IV
    Saturday 5 – Ray Martin Group
    Sunday 6 – Initial Four
    Monday 7 – Blues Dynasty
    Tuesday 8
    Wednesday 9 – C C Riders
    Thursday 10 – The Fetish Crowd
    Friday 11 – The Tramps
    Saturday 12 – Ray Martin Group
    Sunday 13 – Initial Four
    Monday 14 – Blues Dynasty
    Tuesday 15
    Wednesday 16 – C C Riders
    Thursday 17 – The Fetish Crowd

  29. The following (incomplete) gigs listing is from the Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette, which advertised who played at the Ealing Club in its “Coming Events” section towards the back

    I have to point out that the newspaper stopped listing many of the dates in the second half of 1965. Some of these dates are from band’s personal recollections/diaries

    July 1965

    Thursday 1 – Jeff Curtis & The Flames

    Friday 16 – Rock’ n Breckers (actually Rick ‘n’ Beckers)

    Saturday 24 – Mark Leemen Five

    Saturday 31 – Ray Martin Group

    August 1965

    Friday 6 – Mark Leemen Five
    Saturday 7 – Ray Martin Group
    Friday 13 – James Royal & The Hawks
    Saturday 14 – Ray Martin Group
    Friday 20 – James Royal & The Hawks
    Saturday 21 – Ray Martin Group
    Friday 27 – Ricken Beckers (actually Rick ‘n’ Beckers)
    Saturday 28 – Fab 5

    September 1965

    Friday 10 – Rick ‘n’ Beckers
    Saturday 11 – Ray Martin Group
    Friday 17 – Rick ‘n’ Beckers
    Saturday 18 – Ray Martin Group

    December 1965

    Friday 10 – Ray Martin Group
    Saturday 11 – Rick ‘n’ Beckers
    Sunday 12 – 2/3 Left Jazz Blues
    Friday 17 – Ray Martin Group
    Saturday 18 – Rick ‘n’ Beckers (most likely)
    Sunday 19 – 2/3 Left Jazz Blues
    Thursday 23 – Jeff Curtis & The Flames
    Friday 24 – Ray Martin Group
    Saturday 25 – Rick ‘n’ Beckers
    Sunday 26 – 2/3 Left Jazz Blues
    Friday 31 – Ray Martin Group

  30. The following (incomplete) gigs listing is from the Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette, which advertised who played at the Ealing Club in its “Coming Events” section towards the back

    I have to point out that the newspaper did not list many of the dates in the first half of 1964. Some of these dates are from band’s personal recollections/diaries

    January 1964

    Monday 20 – Mitz Mitton New Orleans Jazz Band (every Monday)
    Monday 27 – Mitz Mitton New Orleans Jazz Band
    Thursday 30 – James Royal & The Hawks

    February 1964

    Saturday 1 – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
    Sunday 2 – The Soul Messengers (Mitch Mitchell played with them at some point)
    Monday 3 – Mitz Mitton New Orleans Jazz Band
    Thursday 6 – The Chessmen
    Saturday 8 – The Soul Messengers
    Sunday 9 – Frankie Reid & The Casuals

    March 1964

    Wednesday 18 – The Tridents (with Jeff Beck) (billed to play every Wednesday)

    Wednesday 25 – The Tridents (presume this Wednesday too)
    Monday 30 – Mitz Mitton New Orleans Jazz Band

  31. I was the Drummer and Bandleader of the Fetish Crowd.
    Originally from Jersey we moved to London in the early 60’s and did many gigs at the Ealing Club including a 2 band gig on friday 26th April with The Who as we were taking over their Friday residency.
    The Band played all over London. The Ram Jam Club, The Scotch of St. James, The Fishmongers Arms in Turnpike Lane with The Graham Bond Organisation and many others, Band split in the mid sixties and I now live in Scottsdale Arizona and still play with local Rock Bands and do some Producing

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