The Voyagers on Feature Records

The Voyagers came from Racine, Wisconsin, cutting two 45s for the Feature Records label out of Janesville.

The band first recorded as a quintet with:

Mark Peterson – vocals
Jay Sieger – lead guitar
Ed Hauser – rhythm guitar
Lance Davenport – bass
Steve Porter – drums

Their first 45 was the excellent “Away” backed with “I’m So Lonely”, both songs written by Sieger and Davenport, from August 1966 on Feature Records 817R-111, an RCA custom press. Spad Music would publish all their original songs.

Voyagers Feature 45 Can't Save This Heart

Voyagers Feature 45 I Want You Back

By the time of their second single, in 1967, Marc Peterson and Ed Hauser had left, replaced by Joey Carrion (Tino Gonzales) on lead vocals and rhythm guitar. This lineup recorded two more originals, “Can’t Save This Heart” by Sieger / Davenport, and “I Want You Back” by Carrion. It was released as Feature Records F-101, and produced by RAM Prod. After the single, Jay Sieger left and was replaced on lead guitar by Bob Spock.

Steve Sperry in Chicago, 1966
Steve Sperry in Chicago, 1966

Arthur Sullivan sent me Stephen Sperry’s photo and business card, and wrote to me with some information:

This group, The Voyagers was produced by Steve Sperry who operated Ram Productions during the 1960s. This group was probably managed for bookings by Ken Adamany who lived in Janesville during that time. Steve lived in Janesville WI and also managed Dick Campbell of Monroe WI for a while. I don’t know where it was recorded but it has a very good clean sound. There was Leaf Studio in Janesville or Cuca at Sauk City. 

Stephen Sperry Ram Productions, Janesville
Stephen Sperry & Ram Productions card, Janesville
Steve Sperry had an early 45 on Cuca J-1008 “That Ain’t So” / “Our Summer Love” before starting Ram Productions artist management and the Rampro label.

Arthur Sullivan had his own release on Swan Records ‎S-4153 as Artie Sullivan with the Rhythm Beats ‎– “It’s Time” / “Suzanne”, and produced singles with vocalist Dick Campbell on Camsul Records out of Worcester, MA (The Wild Ones “Surfin’ Time Again” for example), and CineVista Records out of Monroe, Wisconsin, among many others.

Sources: Gary E. Myers Can You Hear That Beat and On That Wisconsin Beat, and 45 cat

The Grim Reepers “Two Souls” on Chalon

Grim Reepers Chalon 45 Two SoulsThe Grim Reepers cut the excellent single “Two Souls”, but are still something of a mystery group. I haven’t been able to find any photos or gig listings for the Grim Reapers or Reepers, however they intended to spell the band name.

Two likely members are Greg Magie and Mark Paterson. Greg Magie’s name is in the song writing credits of the album “Stuntrock” by the late ’70s Los Angeles group Sorcery, (sound track to the movie Stunt Rock), and he is also, I believe, the vocalist in Sorcery as Greg McGee.

J. Sturgis is another name on the song writing credits, but in the BMI database, “Two Souls” shows only Mark Patterson, Richard Serrana and Joanne Funk.

“Two Souls” / “Joanne” was released on Chalon 1003 in January of 1967. Besides a few country singles by Roy Stevens, the Grim Reepers is the only other release on Chalon Records that I know of. Produced by Walker – J-P Productions (including B. Walker?).

Grim Reepers Chalon 45 JoanneChalon Records shared an address of 5539 Sunset Boulevard with Impression Records. Ramhorn Pub. Co. published “Two Souls” and also published many of the songs released on the Impression label. J-P Productions shows up on the Dirty Shames’ Impression single. A. Jones who is credited with arranging the Grim Reepers single is almost certainly Al Jones. Al Jones and Joe Osborn’s names show up on many Impression singles, and on the writing credits to Roy Stevens “Over Again” on Chalon 001.

Greg Magie’s “Joanne” is published through Reklaw Music Co.

Beau Hannon on Dionysian

Beau Hannon Dionysian 45 Who's Got The Right Of Way“Who’s Got the Right of Way” is the snotty, upbeat B-side to the light “Rosie, Rosie”. Beau Hannon was a Canadian singer from Niagara Falls, Ontario. This single on Dionysian from late 1967 comes roughly in the middle of his recording career.

He started as Beau-Hannon and the Mint Juleps with a good rockin’ teen single “It’s All Over” / “Brainstorm” on the Hot Springs, Arkansas label United Southern Artists, Inc in 1961. The song writing credits for “It’s All Over” reveals his actual name, Jim Bohannon; “Brainstorm” is credited to Larry Fite.

His second single “Stop Me From Falling In Love” on Eskee was picked up for release in Canada, Belgium and Germany, and later he had an LP of lighter pop, Most Requested on Birchmont.

This was the first of two releases on Dionysian Records, DP-101 / DP-102. Arnold Rosenthal wrote both songs, published by Appolonian (BMI), and Georgie Dee and Rick Centman produced both sides. Δ-69230 in the deadwax indicates a December 1967 pressing. It was almost certainly cut in Los Angeles.

The only other release I know of is Dionysian DP-103 A/B, Richard Williams singing I’m a Free Man” with a similar arrangement of “Who’s Got the Right of Way” on the flip. Notable on this release is Jesse Edwin Davis credited with arrangement, and a co-writing credit on “I’m a Free Man” to Davis and Bramlett (published by Appolonian / Lawana).

A white label promotional copy of Dionysian DP-103 has the artist credited as “Beyond Good And Evil”. On the label photo I’ve seen, this artist name is crossed out and Richard Williams’ name is written at top.

One source notes Richard Williams was Dick Anthony Williams who had a career as an actor, but I can’t confirm this.

Arnold Rosenthal has many song-writing and occasional production credits, but he doesn’t seem to have held a position at any label or company for long. He seems to have been most active from ’69 to ’72, when he wrote much of Gary Lewis’s ‎”I’m On The Right Road Now” album, and played bass on Jesse Ed Davis’s version of “White Line Fever” and on a couple tracks from Ben Sidran’s Feel Your Groove LP.

Patrick Samson Set

Born in Beirut in Lebanon as Sulaimi Khoury, Patrick Samson and his brothers Sandy, who became his manager and MD, and guitarist Soussou Samson moved to France in 1961.

In the early 1960s, they formed Patrick Samson & Les Pheniciens and recorded a few singles. The group probably included French drummer Christian Vander towards the end of their career in late 1965.

In late 1966, the musicians moved to Turin, Italy and formed The Patrick Samson with Vander and four Englishmen. One of these was baritone sax player Roger Warwick, who was hired by Sandy Samson after he spotted him working with Freddie Mack & The Mack Sound. Before that, Warwick had briefly worked with Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, according to David Else.

Thanks to Nigel Pegrum, it seems likely that two of the other English musicians were a bass player called David and tenor sax player Derek Whitehall.

During 1967, Christian Vander departed and later formed Magma. Another Englishman, Nigel Pegrum, who’d been an early member of The Small Faces and then worked with Lee Grant & The Capitols joined. The group also added a Tunisian trumpet player.

It is this line-up that is probably pictured on the cover of the group’s live LP Sono Nero (see above). I would welcome any help identifying the musicians in the photo. The band also recorded a few singles.

In spring 1968, the group added two more Englishmen, Hammond organist Keith Burberry and tenor sax player Martin Grice, who were playing with The Warren Davis Monday Band (see entry on this site).

Later that year, Pegrum left to return to England and joined Spice but left before they found fame as Uriah Heap. He subsequently played with Steeleye Span before emigrating to Australia.

Italian drummer Christians Euros took his place, who was joined by fellow Italians, sax player Claudio Pascoli; bass player Guido Guglielminetti; and guitarist Umberto Tozzi.

This is a very brief sketch of the band’s history and I would welcome any additions/corrections

 

 

 

The Five Proud Walkers

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 FIVE PROUD WALKERS

Terry Elliott – lead vocals

Colin Forster – lead guitar

Jimmy Horrocks – organ/flute

John Treasis – bass

Richard Hudson – drums (ex-The Gonks)

 1964

29 September 1964 – Cavern, Westcliff, Kent (East Kent Times & Mail)

1965

29 May 1965 – St Peter’s Youth Club, Staines, Middlesex (Staines and Egham News) Billed as The Proud Walkers

 

6 June 1965 – Top Rank Dance Club, Odeon Theatre, Wood Green, London (Tottenham and Edmonton Weekly Herald)

 

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

31 July 1965 – Cricket Club, Ashford, Middlesex (Staines and Egham News) Billed as The Proud Walkers

 

8 August 1965 – St Joseph’s Hall, Basingstoke, Hampshire with The Byrds, Blues Syndicate, and The Bunch (Hampshire & Berkshire Gazette) Billed as The Proud Walkers

 

18 September 1965 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with The Sorrows (East Kent Times)

 

11 December 1965 – 100 Club, Oxford Street, London with The Artwoods (Melody Maker)

1966

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

22 January 1966 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey with the Webb and The Y V L’s and The Partisans (Aldershot News) Billed as The Proud Walkers

 

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

12 March 1966 – Carousel Club, 1 Camp Road, Farnborough, Hampshire with Jimmy Brown Sound (Aldershot News)

 

7 May 1966 – RAE Assembly Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire with Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds (Aldershot News)

 

5 June 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London with Deakin Lewis Band (website: http://www.eelpiemuseum.co.uk/rollcall/rollcall/) Backed Champion Jack Dupree

 

17 July 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London with The Vibro (website: http://www.eelpiemuseum.co.uk/rollcall/rollcall/) Backed Champion Jack Dupree

30 July 1966 – Winter Gardens, Banbury, Oxfordshire (Brackley Advertiser)

 

14 August 1966 – Bluesette Club, Leatherhead, Surrey (Crawley Advertiser)

17 August 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London with VIPs (website: http://www.eelpiemuseum.co.uk/rollcall/rollcall/)

 

16 September 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

 

15 October 1966 – Location, Woolwich Arsenal Station, Woolwich, London (Melody Maker)

23 October 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London with Scots of St James (website: http://www.eelpiemuseum.co.uk/rollcall/rollcall/) Backed Champion Jack Dupree

28 October 1966 – Fiesta Hall, Andover, Hampshire (Andover Advertiser)

30 October 1966 – The Hive Club, Guildford, Surrey (Surrey Advertiser)

 

9 November 1966 – Le Metro, Birmingham (Birmingham Evening Mail) (Express & Star says 10 November)

20 November 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London with The Tea Set (website: http://www.eelpiemuseum.co.uk/rollcall/rollcall/)

 

3 December 1966 – Flamingo, Soho (Melody Maker)

10 December 1966 – New Spot, Gosport, Hampshire (Portsmouth News)

31 December 1966 – Wooden Bridge Hotel, Guildford, Surrey with Whisky Ring (Surrey Advertiser)

1967

 Around January 1967, Dave Terry, who’d previously played with The Impacts, took over from Terry Elliott

1 March 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London with The Pink Floyd (website: http://www.eelpiemuseum.co.uk/rollcall/rollcall/)

3 March 1967 – Bluesette Club, Bridge Street, Leatherhead, Surrey (Caterham Weekly Press)

5 March 1967 – The Bridge, Wooden Bridge Hotel, Guildford, Surrey (Surrey Advertiser)

11 March 1967 – Winter Gardens, Banbury, Warwickshire with The Front Page (Banbury Guardian)

12 March 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London with Doctor K’s Blues Band (website: http://www.eelpiemuseum.co.uk/rollcall/rollcall/) Backed Champion Jack Dupree

 

23 April 1967 – The Bridge, Wooden Bridge Hotel, Guildford, Surrey with Over 2,000 (Surrey Advertiser)

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

Around this time John Treais left and John Ford took over on bass

8 May 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Neat Change (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

27 May 1967 – Civic Hall, Guildford, Surrey with Dave Martin Group (Surrey Advertiser)

24 June 1967 – South Bank Jazz Club, Grimsby, Humberside (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

In early July, the group changed name to Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera. The following month, Jimmy Horrocks left and joined Bluesology

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The Mark Four gigs 1964-1966

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.

1965 gig in East Anglia

THE MARK FOUR

Formed as Kenny Lee & The Mark Four in late 1962

 Kenny Lee (aka Kenny Pickett) – lead vocals

Norman Mitham – lead guitar

Mick Thompson – rhythm guitar

John Dalton – bass

Jack Jones – drums

Everyone except Kenny Lee had previously been members of Danny King & The Blue Jacks, who changed name to Jimmy Virgo and The Blue Jacks in 1961

1963

In January 1963, Eddie Phillips from Bobby Lee & The Travellers took over from Norman Mitham on lead guitar

16 February 1963 – Long’s Ballroom, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with Peter Barlow & The Swallows (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

 

30 March 1963 – Long’s Ballroom, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with Bobby Angelo and The Tuxedoes (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

 

4 May 1963 – Long’s Ballroom, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with Cherry Roland and The Solitaires (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

 

7 September 1963 – Long’s Ballroom, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with Brian Poole & The Tremeloes (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

1964

11 January 1964 – Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

Around this time, they became The Mark Four and Kenny Lee reverted to his real name Kenny Pickett

3 April 1964 – The Phurlow Arms, Norwood, London (John Warburg research)

4 April 1964 – The Athenian, Muswell Hill, London (John Warburg research)

5 April 1964 – The Inferno Club, Welling, Kent (John Warburg research)

6 April 1964 – St Peter’s in The Field, Bocking, Braintree, Essex (John Warburg research)

8 April 1964 – The Robin Hood, Dagenham, Essex (John Warburg research)

9 April 1964 – Dreamland Ballroom, Margate, Kent with Manfred Mann (East Kent Times & Mail)

9 April 1964 – The Public Hall, Epping, Essex (John Warburg research)

10 April 1964 – St. Hellier Arms, Carshalton, Surrey (John Warburg research)

11 April 1964 – Sims Motors, Finchley, London (John Warburg research)

12 April 1964 – The Angel Tavern, 181 Fore Street, Upper Edmonton, London (John Warburg research)

14 April 1964 – The Tigers Head, Catford, London (John Warburg research)

15 April 1964 – The Falcon Inn, Eltham, London (John Warburg research)

16 April 1964 – The Wolsey Hall, Windmill Lane, Cheshunt, Herts (John Warburg research)

17 April 1964 – The Assembly Rooms, Rotherhithe, London (John Warburg research)

18 April 1964 – The Cheshunt Boys and Athletic Club, Cheshunt, Herts (John Warburg research)

19 April 1964 – The Cambridge, Edmonton, London (John Warburg research)

20 April 1964 – The Falcon Inn, Eltham, London (John Warburg research)

21 April 1964 – The White Hart, London (John Warburg research)

22 April 1964 – The Robin Hood, Dagenham, Essex (John Warburg research)

23 April 1964 – The Chaz-Don, Dalston, London (John Warburg research)

24 April 1964 – The Tiger’s Head, Catford, London (John Warburg research)

25 April 1964 – St. Paul’s, Winchmore Hill, London (John Warburg research)

27 April 1964 – St. Hellier Arms, Carshalton, Surrey (John Warburg research)

29 April 1964 – The Blyth Hotel, Sevenoaks, Kent (John Warburg research)

30 April 1964 – The Inferno Club, Welling, Kent (John Warburg research)

 

25 June 1964 – The Big Beat Dance, The Worsley Hall, Windmill Lane, Cheshunt, Herts with Unit Four Plus Two (John Warburg’s research)

 

3 July 1964 – Wood Green Beat Club, Wood Green Assembly Rooms, Wood Green, London (Tottenham Weekly Herald)

11 July 1964 – The Cheshunt Boys and Athletic Club, Cheshunt, Herts with The Talismen (John Warburg research)

 

20 August 1964 – Dreamland Ballroom, Margate, Kent with Sounds Incorporated (East Kent Times & Mail)

22 August 1964 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex with The Habits (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

 

11-12 September 1964 – Streatham Silver Blades, Streatham, London (Streatham News)

26 September 1964 – Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

 

9 October 1964 – The Pill Social Centre, Pill Road, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, South Wales with Little Eva, Danny Storm and the Strollers (John Warburg research)

9 October 1964 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

10 October 1964 – Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, Dorset (Bridport News)

14 October 1964 – The Wolsey, Hall, Windmill Lane, Cheshunt, Herts with The RMO (John Warburg research)

 

8 November 1964 – Rendevous Club, Margate, Kent (East Kent Times & Mail)

 

13 December 1964 – Hermitage Ballroom, Hitchin, Herts (Hertfordshire Express)

26 December 1964 – Streatham Silver Blades, Streatham, London (Streatham News)

31 December 1964 – Dreamland Ballroom, Margate, Kent with Guy Darrell & The Midniters (East Kent Times & Mail)

1965

2 January 1965 – Gala Ballroom, Norwich with The Downlands and The Soundtracks (Eastern Evening News)

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

 

28 February 1965 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

 

2 March 1965 – Witch Doctor Club, The Dolphins, Marine Court, St. Leonards On Sea, Hastings, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

7 March 1965 – Rendevous Club, Margate, Kent (East Kent Times & Mail)

21 March 1965 – Cromer Olympia, Cromer, Norfolk with Barry Lee & The Planets (North Norfolk News)

 

3 April 1965 – The Salisbury City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire with The King Bees (John Warburg research)

15 April 1965 – Acre Hall, Northwood, London with The Delmar Trio (Harrow Weekly Post)

 

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

15 May 1965 – The Cheshunt Boys and Athletic Club, Cheshunt, Herts with The Talismen (John Warburg research)

17 May 1965 – Ritz, Potter’s Bar with Them, The Zephyrs and Screaming Lord Sutch (Enfield Gazette & Observer)

21 May 1965 – The Waltham Abbey Town Hall, Waltham Abbey, Hertfordshire with The Sneakers (John Warburg research)

 

4 June 1965 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Beds with The Herd and Keith Conway & The Aristokats (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

20 June 1965 – Rendevous Club, Margate, Kent (East Kent Times & Mail)

26 June 1965 – Civic Hall, Guildford, Surrey with The Moggies (Surrey Advertiser)

29 June 1965 – Burton’s Ballroom, Uxbridge, London with The Who (John Warburg’s research)

 

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

9 July 1965 – The Avenue R&B Club, Green Pond Road, East London 17 with support (Leyton, Leytonstone and Waltham Forest Guardian)

 

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

19 August 1965 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with The Plus Four (East Kent Times)

29 August 1965 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

 

9 September 1965 – The Gun Tavern, Croydon, Surrey (Chris Broom book: Rockin’ and Around Croydon)

11 September 1965 – Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex with a supporting group (Essex Chronicle)

12 September 1965 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (website https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

19 September 1965 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent (East Kent Times)

25 September 1965 – Savoy Rooms, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

 

25 October 1965 – Woodhall Community Centre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire (Welwyn Times)

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

31 October 1965 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

Mick Thompson and John Dalton left at this point with Dalton later joining The Kinks, Bass player/singer Tony Cooke from The LeRoys joined and they worked as a quartet

10 November 1965 – The Wolsey Hall, Windmill Lane, Cheshunt, Herts with The Concords (John Warburg research)

27 November 1965 – Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex with The High Numbers (Essex Chronicle)

28 November 1965 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent (East Kent Times)

 

5 December 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, London with New Ed Williams Sound System (Wood Green and Southgate Herald/Tottenham Weekly Herald)

11 December 1965 – Britannia Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

24 December 1965 – Coronation Ballroom, Ramsgate, Kent with Eric Delaney Big Band (East Kent Times)

31 December 1965 – Star Ballroom, Maidstone, Kent with The Sons of Fred and The Defenders (Maidstone Gazette)

1966

1 January 1966 – Clacton Town Hall, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex with Davey Sands & The Essex and Curtis & Co (Essex County Standard)

5 January 1966 – The Witchdoctor Club, The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex with The Poor Boys (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

7 January 1966 – Tower Ballroom, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk with Malcolm & The Jetblacks (Eastern Evening News)

8 January 1966 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

14 January 1966 – Orford Cellar, Norwich with Lucas & The Emperors (Eastern Evening News)

15 January 1966 – The Witchdoctor Club, The Dolphin, St. Leonards on Sea, East Sussex (John Warburg research)

27 January 1966 – Harvest Moon, Guildford, Surrey (Surrey Advertiser)

 

4 February 1966 – Beaconsfield Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks with Proof (Bucks Free Press)

4 February 1966 – Gala Ballroom, Norwich with Bobby Gibson and The 004s (Eastern Evening News)

11 February 1966 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Beds with Mike Dean & The Kinsmen and The Associates (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

12 February 1966 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury) Billed as Mark VI

19 February 1966 – Star Ballroom, Maidstone, Kent with The Blues Syndicate (Maidstone Gazette)

 

25 March 1966 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

30 March 1966 – Eel Pie Hotel, Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://www.eelpiemuseum.co.uk/rollcall/rollcall/)

 

8 April 1966 – Tower Ballroom, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk with Unit 4 (Eastern Evening News)

9 April 1966 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex with Clockwork Oranges (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

23 April 1966 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with The Moody Blues (East Kent Times)

24 April 1966 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent (East Kent Times)

30 April 1966 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

 

7 May 1966 – Star Ballroom, Maidstone, Kent (Chatham Observer/Maidstone Gazette)

13 May 1966 – The Club Continental, Eastbourne, East Sussex (John Warburg research)

14 May 1966 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

The group’s manager Tony Stratton-Smith wanted to bring in Rob Garner on bass from Liverpool band The Kinsleys. Shortly afterwards, they became The Creation

29 May 1966 – Starlight, Crawley, West Sussex with The Shindigs (Caterham Weekly Press) Billed as The Mark Four but the group was already operating as The Creation

Thanks to John Warburg for supplying some information

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Mud

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.

Left to right: Rob Davis, Pete Gray, Les Gray and Ray Stiles. Photo copyright: Sport & General Press Agency. From Rockin’ and around Croydon

THE MUD

Les Gray – lead vocals

Rob Davis – lead guitar

Ray Stiles – bass

Pete Gray – drums

 1966

Early gig from August 1966 (North Norfolk News)

30 September 1966 – Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks with The Dark Ages (website: http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/)

 

7 October 1966 – Cricketers Inn, Southend, Essex with Five By Five (Southend Standard)

 

12 November 1966 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks with The Next Move (Bucks Free Press)

1967

24-25 February 1967 – Silver Blades, Streatham, London (Sutton & Cheam Advertiser)

 

9 March 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The Richard Kent Style (Melody Maker)

 

6 May 1967 – Ritz, Bournemouth, Dorset (Bournemouth Echo)

13 May 1967 – The Union, Manchester with Tony Rivers & The Castaways (Manchester Evening News and Chronicle)

26 May 1967 – Silver Blades, Streatham, London with The Next Collection (Sutton & Cheam Advertiser/Croydon Advertiser)

 

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

16 June 1967 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with Sonny Childe & The TNT (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

 

25 August 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

31 August 1967 – Town Hall, Mitcham, London (Fabulous 208)

 

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

There is a great article and picture in the Sutton & Cheam Advertiser, 19 October 1967, page 8

There is another great article and picture in Record Mirror, 21 October 1967, page 10

28 October 1967 – Silver Blades, Streatham, London (Streatham News)

 

4 November 1967 – Scotch of St James, 13 Masons Yard, SW1, London (promotional card on Patto Fan website)

17-18 November 1967 – Scotch of St James, 13 Masons Yard, SW1, London (promotional card on Patto Fan website)

13 December 1967 – Hemel Hempstead Pavilion, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire with The Tremeloes (West Herts & Watford Observer)

30 December 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Neat Change (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

1968

4 January 1968 – Bracknell Boys Club, Bracknell, Berkshire (Bracknell News)

29 January 1968 – Wycombe CLP Club, Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

 

10 February 1968 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks with Joker’s Wild (Bucks Free Press)

 

25-26 March 1968 – Hatchetts, Piccadilly, London (Poster at Jonathan Marks’ website: https://imgur.com/a/sWtBd#0)

30 March 1968 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Gods (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

20 May 1968 – Wycombe CLP Club, Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

29 May 1968 – Steering Wheel, Weymouth, Dorset (Dorset Evening Echo)

 

8 June 1968 – ‘G’ Ranch Discotheque, Maidstone, Kent (Maidstone Gazette)

12 June 1968 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

1 July 1968 – Wycombe CLP Club, Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

 

28 August 1968 – The Wheel, Weymouth, Dorset (Dorset Evening Echo)

30 August 1968 – Hatchetts, Piccadilly London (Melody Maker/Mick Capewell’s Marmalade Skies)

 

16 September 1968 – Aurora Hotel, Gillingham, Kent (Chatham, Rochester and Gillingham Evening Post)

1969

1-4 January 1969 – Hatchetts, Piccadilly, London (Poster at Jonathan Marks’ website: https://imgur.com/a/sWtBd#0)

1970

27 April-2 May 1970 – Hatchetts, Piccadilly, London (Poster at Jonathan Marks’ website: https://imgur.com/a/sWtBd#0)

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The Duprays on Prism Records

The Duprays came from Washington Court House, Ohio, which lies about 40 miles southwest of Columbus and a little further from Dayton.

Duprays Prism 45 You Make MeMembers were:

Bruce Daulton – lead vocals
Ray Joslin – guitar
Mike Burnette – guitar
Dennis Minshall – keyboards
Don Miller – bass
Carl Mullen – drums

Guitarist Ray Joslin wrote the excellent top side, “You Make Me”, which starts with what is supposed to be his girl’s wailing, with some unusual echoed drumming. The wailing continues through the guitar break and short recitation.

The band shares composition credit on the bizarre B-side, “The Frog (Froggy)”.

Released on Prism Records PR-1929, the RCA custom pressing code SK4M-1497/8 dates it to late 1965.

B-W Music, Inc and WWMG Pub. published “You Make Me”, while WelDee Music and WWMG Pub. published “The Frog (Froggy)”, though I couldn’t find Library of Congress registrations for either song.

Unlike many Ohio bands of the era, the Duprays did not seem to get any local press coverage, perhaps because they were young teenagers.

Does anyone have a photo of the group?

More info is at Buckeye Beat.

Duprays Prism 45 The Frog

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