Lloyd Alexander Blues Band

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.

Billy Cox – lead vocals

Howard Werth – guitar/vocals

Tony Crisp – Hammond organ

Bruce Evans – bass

Steve Reeves – tenor sax

Mel Chambers – baritone sax

Dave O’Brien – drums

The original Lloyd Alexander Blues Band has been formed around 1963/1964 in east London by sax player Steve Reeves and guitarist Howard Werth, who had named the outfit after their middle names, “Lloyd” (Reeves) and “Alexander” (Werth).

In late 1966, the pair joined forces with Walthamstow band The Blue Dukes, who’d been formed in the early 1960s and included Crisp, Evans and O’Brien. Singer Billy Cox had joined The Blue Dukes during late 1965 after working with The Jynx Pack.

4 March 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with She Trinity (Melody Maker)

18 March 1967 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Dynamic Ebonies (Melody Maker)

 

21 April 1967 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Melody Maker)

24 April 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with Lee Hawkins and special guest Jimmy Cliff (Melody Maker)

29 April 1967 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Bobby Johnson & The Atoms (Melody Maker)

 

19 May 1967 – Oasis Club, North End Junction, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Portsmouth News)

25 May 1967 – Disque Rouge, Swan Ballroom, Maldon, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

29 May 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with Lee Hawkins Group and Mike Morgan Sound (Melody Maker)

31 May 1967 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Accent (Melody Maker)

 

23 June 1967 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Melody Maker)

 

1 July 1967 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Bobby Johnson & The Atoms (Melody Maker)

8 July 1967 – Newmarket Memorial Hall, Newmarket, Suffolk with The Trax and The Survivors (Cambridge News)

 

11 August 1967 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Melody Maker)

Around this time, Trevor Williams took over from Bruce Evans. Keith Gemmell, who had previously worked with The Noblemen and The New Faces, took over from the Steve Reeves at the same time. The group then changed name to The Lloyd Alexander Real Estate.

The following gigs are under The Lloyd Alexander Blues Band name though.

6 September 1967 – Pink Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Melody Maker)

22 September 1967 – Pink Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Warren Davis Monday Band (Melody Maker)

24 September 1967 – Nutty Club, Leytonstone, Essex (Melody Maker)

 

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

 

4 November 1967 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

25 November 1967 – Luton Boys Club, Luton, Bedfordshire with Genesis (Luton band) (Evening Post: Hemel Hempstead)

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