Mike Berry & The Innocents

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.

Mike Berry – lead vocals

Billy Kuy – lead guitar

Colin Giffin – rhythm guitar

Dave Brown – bass

Don Groom – drums


16 June 1963 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (Uxbridge Post)

7 September 1963 – Fairfield Hall, Croydon, Surrey with The Beatles and Pat Dane & The Quiet Five (Chris Broom book: Rockin’ and Around Croydon)


22 November 1963 – Winchester Lido, Winchester, Hampshire with The Strangers (Hampshire & Berkshire Gazette)

14 December 1963 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with Steve Crane & The Champions (website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)


18 January 1964 – Colchester Odeon, Colchester, Essex with The Rolling Stones, John Leyton, Mike Sarne, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Don Spencer, Billy Boyle, Billie Davis & The Leroys and Jet Harris (Essex Chronicle)


8 February 1964 – Granada, Edmonton, Middlesex with The Rolling Stones, John Leyton, Jet Harris, Mike Sarne, Billie Davis & The Leroys and Don Spencer (Tottenham Weekly Herald)


14 March 1964 – Palace Dance Hall, Pier Hill, Southend, Essex with The Confederates (Southend Standard & Essex Weekly Advertiser)

21 March 1964 – Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks with Johnny Carr & The Cadillacs (website: http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/)

28 March 1964 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with Mike Sheridan & The Nightriders, Rel Jason & The Blue Stars and Johnny Kaye & The Cossacks (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

17 April 1964 – Continental Dancing Club, Edmonton, Middlesex (Tottenham Weekly Herald)


10 May 1964 – New Central Ballroom, Aldershot, Hampshire with Johnny Anger & His Wild Ones (Aldershot News)

16 May 1964 – Regal, Edmonton, Middlesex with The Rolling Stones, Peter & Gordon, Heinz, Jet Harris and Billie Davis & The Leroys (Tottenham Weekly Herald)

23 May 1964 – Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Walthamstow, London with two supporting groups (Leyton and Leytonstone Guardian)


8 September 1964 – Colchester Odeon, Colchester, Essex with The Rolling Stones, The Mojos, Simon Scott & The Le Roys and Inez and Charlie Foxx (Essex Chronicle/Essex County Standard)


3 October 1964 – Royal Edmonton, Edmonton, Middlesex with The Rolling Stones, The Mojos, Simon Scott & The Leroys and Inez and Charlie Foxx (Leyton and Leytonstone Guardian)

10 October 1964 – Southend Odeon, Southend, Essex with The Rolling Stones, The Mojos, Charlie & Inez Foxx and Simon Scott & The Leroys (Southend Standard and Essex Weekly Advertiser)

24 October 1964 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with The Blobs (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)


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

Giffin and Brown left in October 1965 and formed The End

I found the following dates which were possibly with a new version


5 March 1966 – Town Hall, Louth, Lincolnshire with The Moonspinners (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

4 June 1966 – Royal Links Pavilion, Cromer, Norfolk with The Style (Julie Fielder book: What Flo Said Next)

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4 thoughts on “Mike Berry & The Innocents”

  1. 29 May 1966 – Winter Gardens, Morecambe
    supporting The Who; Phillip Tait & the Stormsville Shakers; She Trinity; “the fabulous new” The Merseys with their Fruit Eating Bears and “introducing” Oscar (Paul Nicholas)

  2. Few more to add to the list that I found:

    11 October 1963 – Farnborough Youth Council, Farnborough, Hampshire with Phil Ryan & The Stormsville Shakers (Aldershot News)

    1 February 1964 – Whitehall, East Grinstead, West Sussex with The Sabres (Evening Argus)

    15 March 1964 – Plaza Ballroom, Newbury, Berkshire with Ricky & His Gamblers (Newbury Weekly News)

    25 April 1964 – Luton Odeon, Luton, Bedfordshire with The Rolling Stones, Mike Sarne, Heinz, Jet Harris and Billie Davis & The Leroys (Luton News)

    24 July 1964 – Whitehall, East Grinstead, West Sussex with The Pitmen (Evening Argus)

    23 August 1964 – Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk with The Migil Five, The Redcaps and The Matadors (Eastern Evening News)

    1 September 1964 – Theatre Royal, King’s Lynn, Norfolk with The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Mersey Monsters, The Band of Angels, The Cockneys and Danny Eves & The Strollers (Eastern Evening News)

    14 November 1964 – Maple Ballroom, Northampton, Northamptonshire with The Ravens (Northampton Chronicle & Echo)

    14 December 1964 – Civic Hall, Guildford, Surrey with J Crow Combo and The Diamonds (Surrey Advertiser)
    27 December 1964 – The Downs, Hassocks, West Sussex (Evening Argus)

    30 January 1965 – Harpenden Public Hall, Harpenden, Herts with The Prowlers (Luton News)

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