Herbie Goins & The Night-Timers’ gigs 1965-1969

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

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

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

HERBIE GOINS & THE NIGHT-TIMERS:

 Herbie Goins – lead vocals

John McLaughlin – lead guitar

Mick Eve – tenor saxophone

Harry Beckett – trumpet

Nigel Stanger – Hammond organ/saxophone

Dave Price – bass

Bill Stevens – drums

1965:

23 March 1965 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book) This might have been before the link-up with The Night-Timers who were working with Ronnie Jones

 

25 April 1965 – Flamingo, Soho, London with Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band (Melody Maker)

 

8 May 1965 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/) Says straight from the Flamingo, Soho, London

16 May 1965 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

29 May 1965 – Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

 

7 June 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, Middlesex (Leyton, Leytonstone and Waltham Forest Guardian) Billed as The Night-timers

11 June 1965 – Pontiac, Zeeta House, Putney, London with support (NME) Billed as The Night-timers with Herbie Goins

13 June 1965 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with Kim & The Kinetics (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

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

27 June 1965 – Galaxy Club, Woburn Park Hotel, Addlestone, Surrey (Woking Herald)

 

4 July 1965 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

10 July 1965 – Pontiac, Zeeta House, Putney, London with Gary L Thompson & The Sidewinders (NME)

23 July 1965 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

 

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

7 August 1965 – Pontiac, Zeeta House, Putney, London with Group Survival (NME) Billed as The Night-timers with Herbie Goins

28 August 1965 – Pontiac, Zeeta House, Putney, London (NME) Billed as The Night-timers with Herbie Goins

Sometime in late August/early September 1965, Nigel Stanger returned to Newcastle upon Tyne and worked with Alan Price. Former member Dave Morse returned on Hammond organ

12 September 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

17 September 1965 – Archer Hall, Billericay, Essex (Southend Standard & Essex Weekly Advertiser)

24 September 1965 – Orford Cellar, Norwich (Eastern Evening News)

 

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

13 October 1965 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with The Rick ‘N’ Beckers (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

16 October 1965 – Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex with Loomers Ltd (Essex Chronicle)

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

 

3 November 1965 – Farnbrough Town Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

12 November 1965 – Beachcomber, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

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

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

 

5 December 1965 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey (Aldershot News)

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

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

Herbie Goins’ gig, 26 December 1965

1966:

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

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

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

30 January 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (The Star)

 

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

19 February 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire with Jimmy James & The Vagabonds and The Blueberries (The Star)

Dave Morse departed on the eve of a Swiss tour and former member Nigel Stanger recommended his friend Mike Carr

March 1966 – Hazyland Club, Hazy Osterveld, Zurich, Switzerland (one month) (Mike Carr recollections)

 

4 April 1966 – Penthouse, Birmingham, West Midlands with Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (Birmingham Evening Mail)

10 April 1966 – Plaza Ballroom, Handsworth West Midlands with Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (Birmingham Evening Mail)

15 April 1966 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham with Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

16 April 1966 – Carousel Club, 1 Camp Road, Farnbrough, Hampshire with Screaming J Hawkins (Aldershot News)

18 April 1966 – Atlanta Ballroom, Woking, Surrey with support (Aldershot News)

30 April 1966 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear with The Score (website: http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)

 

2 May 1966 – Esquire, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (The Star)

4 May 1966 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear with The Score (website: http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)

8 May 1966 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

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

27 May 1966 – Carousel Club, 1 Camp Road, Farnbrough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

Around May John McLaughlin left and first Mick Barker and then John Smith came in on guitar (Ed: would welcome any insights from readers)

10 June 1966 – Carousel Club, 1 Camp Road, Farnbrough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

15 June 1966 – Orford Cellar, Norwich (Eastern Evening News)

19 June 1966 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

24 June 1966 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with support (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

29 June 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with Nocturnal (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

 

2 July 1966 – Bowes Lyon House, Stevenage, Hertfordshire (Welwyn Times)

July 1966 – Papagayos, St-Tropez, France with Steampacket (Mike Carr recollections)

 

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

9 September 1966 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker)

10 September 1966 – Tofts, Folkestone, Kent (Melody Maker)

11 September 1966 – Beachcomber, Nottingham with The Jimmy Brown Sound (Nottingham Evening Post)

19 September 1966 – Locarno Ballroom, Bristol (Evening Post)

25 September 1966 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker)

30 September 1966 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Washington DCs (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

Sometime in early October, Speedy Acquaye joined on congas from Georgie Fame’s Blue Flames, having appeared on the sessions for “Number One in Your Heart” earlier in the year

1 October 1966 – Beachcomber, Nottingham with Broodly-Hoo (Nottingham Evening Post)

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

15 October 1966 – The New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker)

23 October 1966 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker)

27 October 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

31 October 1966 – The Village, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

Sometime in late October Mike Carr departed. His replacement was Jamaican musician Junior Kerr, who may have joined as late as December.

Kerr came in via backing singers and dancers Cassie and Candy (aka The Satin Dolls) who were part of the Ready Steady Go dancing troupe. They joined around November (Ed: would welcome any reader insights)

2 November 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with The Coloured Raisins (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

5 November 1966 – The Union, Manchester University with Cock-A-Hoops and All Soul Band (Manchester Evening News and Chronicle)

13 November 1966 – Beachcomber Club, Nottingham with Sonny Childe & The TNT (Nottingham Evening Post)

14 November 1966 – Stafford College of Art, Stafford, Staffordshire with Powerhouse (Express & Star)

18 November 1966 – South Bank Jazz Club, Grimsby, Humberside (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

 

2 December 1966 – Dancing Slipper Ballroom, West Bridgeford, Nottingham with The Tribe (Nottingham Evening Post)

4 December 1966 – Douglas House, London with Freddie Mack & The Mack Sound (Melody Maker)

4 December 1966 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker)

14 December 1966 – Stourbridge Town Hall, Stourbridge, West Midlands with The Satin Dolls (Poster)

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

23 December 1966 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The Satin Dolls and The Situation (Melody Maker)

30 December 1966 – Chislehurst Caves, Chislehurst, Kent (Melody Maker)

1967:

1 January 1967 – Beachcomber Club, Nottingham with The Satin Dolls (Nottingham Evening Post)

5 January 1967 – Locarno Ballroom, Coventry, West Midlands with The Silverstone Set (Coventry Evening Telegraph)

6 January 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Wynder K Frog (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

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

11 January 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with John Bryan Fraternity (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

13 January 1967 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Satin Dolls and The All Night Workers (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

21 January 1967 – Starlight Room, Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire with The Satin Dolls, Timebox with Richard Henry, Triads and Ferryboys (Lincolnshire Standard)

26 January 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Jimmy Cliff & The Shakedown Sound (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

February 1967 – Stage Club, Oxford (Cherwell)

6 February 1967 – Queen’s Ballroom, Wolverhampton, West Midlands (Express & Star)

9 February 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Satin Dolls and The In Crowd (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

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

16 February 1967 – Cadenas Club, Stoke Hotel, Guildford with The Jeremiah Thing (David Else)

21 February 1967 – Pavilion, Bournemouth Colleges Student’s Union, Landsdowne, Dorset with The Palmer James Group (Bournemouth Evening Echo)

23 February 1967– Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The In Crowd (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

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

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

9 April 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

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

18 April 1967 – Ritz, Bournemouth, Dorset with The Bossmen (Bournemouth Evening Echo)

23 April 1967 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

26 April 1967 – Bromel Club, Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley, Kent (Melody Maker)

29 April 1967 – Nite Owl, Leicester (Melody Maker)

Sometime around this period, Linda Lewis also sang with the group briefly having worked with The Q-Set in late 1966. She didn’t stay long and cut a solo single for Polydor that summer. She would reunite though with Kerr soon after

6 May 1967 ­– Shoreline Club, Bognor Regis, West Sussex with The In Crowd (Dave Allen research)

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

29 May 1967 – Supreme Eastern Esplanade, Ramsgate, Kent with The Satin Dolls and Len Marshall Sound (Melody Maker/East Kent Times & Mail)

 

2 June 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with The Satin Dolls (Melody Maker)

 

1 July 1967 – Supreme Eastern Esplanade, Ramsgate, Kent (East Kent Times & Mail)

8 July 1967 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

10 July 1967 – Queen’s Ballroom, Wolverhampton, West Midlands (Express & Star)

29 July 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The Fraternity and The Army (Melody Maker)

I would welcome any further insights from readers but I believe that in late July/early August, the group headed to Italy for a short tour. John Smith and Bill Stevens left on the eve of the tour and former Pack/Flowers of Wisdom members Andy Rickell and Terry Stannard joined. Stannard had recently worked with Freddie Mack.

The tour was a disaster and all of the equipment was stolen. Most of the group returned home and Junior Kerr, Andy Rickell and Terry Stannard formed White Rabbit with former member Linda Lewis

A new formation was formed on Goins’ return:

Herbie Goins – lead vocals

John Smith – guitar (may have returned or another guitarist?)

Mick Eve – tenor saxophone

Harry Beckett – trumpet

Speedy Acquaye – congas

John Carroll – Hammond organ

Dave Price – bass

Ian Hague – drums (ex-Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds/The Nice)

+ Satin Dolls backing singers/dancers Cassie and Candy

 

19 August 1967 – Wellington Club, Dereham, Norfolk with The Midnight Times (North Norfolk News)

20 August 1967 – Beachcomber, Nottingham with Satin Dolls (Nottingham Evening Post)

25 August 1967 – Steering Wheel, Dorchester, Dorset with The Cellar Rats (Dorset Evening Echo)

27 August 1967 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Bluecaps (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

30 August 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London (Melody Maker)

 

6 September 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London (Melody Maker)

11 September 1967 – Ritz, Bournemouth, Dorset (Bournemouth Evening Echo)

13 September 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London (Melody Maker)

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

27 September 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London (Melody Maker)

30 September 1967 – Glastonbury Town Hall, Glastonbury, Somerset with The Safety Catch (Somerset County Gazette)

 

3 October 1967 – Bournemouth Pavilion, Bournemouth, Dorset with Granny’s Intentions and The Palmer James Group (Bournemouth Evening Echo)

Top Rank Suite, Cardiff, 9 October 1967

20 October 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker)

21 October 1967 – Northwich Memorial Hall, Northwich, Cheshire (Crewe Chronicle)

29 October 1967 – South Bank Jazz Club, Grimsby, Humberside (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

 

2 December 1967 – Pearce Hall, Maidenhead, Berkshire with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch and The Echoes (Bucks Free Press)

9 December 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with Ferris Wheel (Melody Maker)

14 December 1967 – Student’s Union, University of East Anglia, Norwich with Jimmy James & The Vagabonds and The Reasons (Eastern Evening News)

25 December 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker) Guest with The Tonicks, Ronnie Jones, Owen Grey and The Youth

1968:

Sometime in early 1968, Alan Roskams joined on guitar from The Gass

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

18 March 1968 – Park Hall Hotel, Goldthorn Park, Wolverhampton, West Midlands with Time and Mr Showbiz (Express & Star)

30 March 1968 – Ewell College, Ewell, Surrey (Melody Maker)

John Carroll left about this time to join The Flowerpot Men’s backing band. Former member Junior Kerr briefly returned as footage from French TV show Bouton Rouge dated 4 April suggests

Eddie Thornton, who’d worked with Georgie Fame, also joined in time for the French tour on trumpet, took over from Harry Beckett

21 April 1968 – Le Metro, Birmingham (Birmingham Evening Mail)

26 April 1968 – Cue Club, Paddington (Melody Maker)

27 April 1968 – Ettington Park Hotel, Alderminster, near Stratford, Warwickshire (Birmingham Evening Mail)

 

4 May 1968 – Wolverhampton College of Technology, Wolverhampton, West Midlands with Soul Seekers (Express & Star)

19 May 1968 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent (Poster)

Junior Kerr left again to form Junior’s Conquest. Not sure if he was replaced on Hammond organ

16 June 1968 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent with The Satin Dolls (Poster)

Around September 1968, Dave Price and Alan Roskams left. Would welcome insights from readers but I think a new formation featured the following:

Herbie Goins – lead vocals

Kelvin Bullen – lead guitar (ex-Joe E Young & The Tonicks)

Hugh Bullen – bass (ex-Joe E Young & The Tonicks)

Mick Eve – tenor saxophone

Eddie Thornton – trumpet

Speedy Acquaye – congas

Ian Hague – drums

+ Satin Dolls backing singers/dancers Cassie and Candy

 

7 October 1968 – Quaintways, Chester, Cheshire with Perfumed Garden, The Hands and Wall City Jazzmen (website: www.45worlds.com/live)

 

10 December 1968 – King’s College, Strand, London with The Nice and The Circus (Melody Maker)

1969:

Sometime in early 1969, Ian Hague left to join J J Jackson’s backing band

21 February 1969 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker)

 

1 March 1969 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker)

 

13 April 1969 – Blaises, London (Hounslow Post)

 

2 May 1969 – Lyceum Ballroom, Strand, London with Alan Bown, Spooky Tooth, Jon Hiseman’s Colosseum and Portrait (Melody Maker)

24 May 1969 – Farnborough Technical College Students’ Union, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

Soon after the above gig, the band landed a part-time residency in Rome, Italy

I would welcome any insights from readers on what happened next with the band’s formation

I’d like to thank David Else for generously sharing his own history on the band and helping to cross check timelines and facts. Also, thanks to Mick Eve for his insights.

6 thoughts on “Herbie Goins & The Night-Timers’ gigs 1965-1969”

  1. CORRECTION: New Musical Express from 16 July 1965, page 7, lists The Alan Price Combo as John Walters (trumpet), Cliff Barton (bass), Nigel Stanger (sax), Geoff Robinson (drums). They became resident band at Club A Go Go, Newcastle this night. That means Nigel Stanger must have left earlier than August/September as listed above and more likely in June 1965

    1. No! It is the other way round. It means that he has joined the
      The Night-Timers after that date. He left them either in January or
      February 1966.

      Johann

  2. Few missing gigs found in Melody Maker:

    4 February 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with The Satin Dolls

    17 February 1967 – Ricky Tick, Hounslow, Middlesex
    18 February 1967 – Ricky Tick, Thames Hotel, Windsor, Berkshire

  3. According to Melody Maker, 26 August 1967 issue, page 4, Alan Roskams (aka Roscoe Roskams) left The Gass to join Herbie Goins around this time and not early 1968

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