The Gass’ gigs 1966-1968

The original formation with lead guitarist Stuart Cowell (Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush Gazette and Post)

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.

THE GASS:

1966:

21 January 1966 – Galaxy Club, Town Hall, Basingstoke, Hampshire (Hampshire & Berkshire Gazette)

29 January 1966 – Hermitage Ballroom, Hitchin, Herts with Flamingo’s Rock House Band and The Scots of St James (Luton News)

 

14 February 1966 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham with The Dawnbreakers (Down at the Boat book)

25 February 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

27 February 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

 

5 March 1966 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/) Billed as Gas

6 March 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

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

12 March 1966 – Haymarket Lounge, Basingstoke, Hampshire (Hampshire & Berkshire Gazette)

18 March 1966 – Carousel Club, 1 Camp Road, Farnborough, Hampshire with Mark Barry (Aldershot News)

 

7 April 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London with Martha & The Vandellas (Melody Maker)

 

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

Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush Gazette and Post from June 1965. This relates to the image at the top of the page

3 June 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

13 June 1966 – Atlanta Ballroom, Woking, Surrey (Aldershot News) Says straight from the Flamingo, Soho

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

 

2 July 1966 – Carousel Club, 1 Camp Road, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News) Says straight from the Flamingo, Soho

15 July 1966 – Beaconsfield Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks with J J Jackson (Bucks Free Press)

31 July 1966 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

Around this time Stuart Cowell left (possibly to form Jon) and Alan Roskams came in from The Mark Leeman Five

6-7 August 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London with Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band (Melody Maker)

7 August 1966 – Toft’s, Folkestone, Kent (Melody Maker)

21 August 1966 – Toft’s, Folkestone, Kent (Melody Maker)

22 August 1966 – Woodhall Community Centre, Welwyn Garden City, Herts (see website above)

27 August 1966 – Penthouse, Birmingham (Birmingham Evening Mail)

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

 

3 September 1966 – Bowes Lyon House, Stevenage, Herts with The Minor Portions (website: http://www.coda-uk.co.uk/60’s_music_scene.htm)

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

19 September 1966 – Rainbow Rooms, Nottingham with Jimmy Payne Sound (Nottingham Evening Post)

26 September 1966 – Woodhall Community Centre, Welwyn Garden City, Herts (see website above)

 

10 October 1966 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

14 October 1966 – Hastings Pier, Hastings, East Sussex with Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and The Shotgun Express (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website/Maidstone Gazette)

21 October 1966 – Flamingo, Soho (Melody Maker)

29 October 1966 – Toft’s, Folkestone, Kent (Melody Maker)

 

19 November 1966 – Smethwick Baths, Smethwick, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

 

6 December 1966 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

21 December 1966 – Adam & Eve, Southampton, Hampshire (Southern Evening Echo)

23 December 1966 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Mantimes (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

23 December 1966 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1 (Melody Maker)

24 December 1966 – New Spot, Gosport, Hampshire with Mark Leeman Five (Portsmouth News) Billed as featuring Roscoe

26 December 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

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

1967:

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

 

17 February 1967 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with support (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

Record Mirror, 15 April 1967

2 March 1967 – Tiger’s Head, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

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

There’s a great article and pic in Record Mirror, 15 April 1967, page 10

4 April 1967 – Ritz, Bournemouth, Dorset (Bournemouth Evening Echo)

22 April 1967 – Matlock Bath Pavilion, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire with John Smith Affair (Nottingham Evening Post)

29 April 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London with The Shevelles (Melody Maker)

5 May 1967 – St Birinus Youth Club, St Birinus School, Didcot, Berkshire (North Berks Herald)

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

27 May 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington (Melody Maker) Billed as Gass Band

 

2 June 1967 – Gaiety Ballroom, Grimsby, Humberside with Family (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

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

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

30 June 1967 – Lanchester College, Coventry, West Midlands with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and From The Sun (Coventry Evening Telegraph)

1 July 1967 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with The Voyd (website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)

2 July 1967 – Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette)

16 July 1967 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent (Poster)

 

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

11 August 1967 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with Craig King Midnight Train (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

12 August 1967 – Maidstone Corn Exchange, Maidstone, Kent with The T-Pots (Maidstone Gazette)

13 August 1967 – Union Rowing Club, Trent Bridge, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

21 August 1967 – Ritz, Bournemouth, Dorset (Bournemouth Evening Echo)

27 August 1967 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent (Poster)

 

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

9 September 1967 – Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette)

 

14 October 1967 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

20 October 1967 – Fiesta Hall, Andover, Hampshire (Andover Advertiser) They appear to have replaced The House of Orange

22 October 1967 – Khyber Club, Taunton, Somerset with The System (Somerset County Gazette)

23 October 1967 – Ritz, Bournemouth, Dorset (Bournemouth Evening Echo)

Industrial Club, Norwich, 8 November 1967

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

10 November 1967 – Il Rondo, Leicester (Leicester Mercury)

11 November 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker)

10 December 1967 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent (Poster)

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

24 December 1967 – Rendevous Club, Margate, Kent with The Candy Choir (East Kent Times & Mail)

1968:

6 January 1968 – Brave New World, Eastney, Hampshire (website: http://michaelcooper.org.uk/C/birdcage.htm)

 

4 February 1968 – Corn Exchange, Maidstone, Kent with Garefield Tate (Maidstone Gazette)

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

 

9 March 1968 – The New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1 (Melody Maker)

16 March 1968 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

 

11 April 1968 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London with Carl Douglas (& The Big Stampede) (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

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

 

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

 

7 September 1968 – Corn Exchange, Melton Mowbray, Lincolnshire with The Ides of March (Grantham Journal)

15 September 1968 – Riverside Club, Cricketers, Chertsey, Surrey (Woking Herald)

 

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

2 thoughts on “The Gass’ gigs 1966-1968”

  1. Harpenden on 29/08/66 was a Ricky Tick Club gig.
    other dates –
    22/04/66 – Ricky Tick Club, Harvest Moon, Guildford
    25/08/66 – Ricky Tick Club, Stoke Hotel, Guildford
    26/11/66 – Chelsea College, London with the Summer Set
    16/03/67 – Cadenas Club, Stoke Hotel, Guildford (I was the DJ !)
    08/04/67 – Ricky Tick Club, High St. Hounslow

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