Julian Covey & The Machine

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Drummer Robert Cromwell Anson (b. 20 October 1940, Sherwood, Nottingham) had played with various jazz bands, including The Don Rendell Quintet before joining The Brian Auger Trinity in July 1963 and working under the name Phil Kinnora.

In August 1964, Anson left to form his own group, The Machine, and adopted a new stage name, Julian Covey. The first line-up of the new formation came together that September.

Over the next three years, Julian Covey & The Machine underwent a staggering number of personnel changes, which often resulted in entirely new formations lasting a handful of months.

One of the first significant musicians to feature in the group’s ranks was Hammond organist Vincent Crane (b. Vincent Rodney Cheesman, 21 May 1943, Reading, Berkshire, d. 14 February 1989), who had previously worked with The Vincent Cheesman Trio, The Simon Magus Band/The Vincent Cheesman Blues Brothers, Lew Hird’s Australian Jazz Band and The Big Sound. It’s quite possible that Crane was part of the formation when Julian Covey & The Machine made its Marquee debut, opening for The Spencer Davis Group, on 4 May 1965.

Noted jazz sax player Bob Downes (b. 22 July 1937, Plymouth, Devon), who had previously worked with The John Barry Seven, remembers Crane being a member of the band for a while but it is unlikely that the Hammond organist was still on-board when Julian Covey & The Machine travelled to Accra in Ghana and performed a weekly-long gig in the city.

Crane, of course, would later go on to play with The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Atomic Rooster after playing with The Word Engine, Vincent Crane’s Freedom Riders and The Vincent Crane Combo in the interim.

Downes meanwhile would also work with The Word Engine before playing with Jimmy Nicol & The Shub Dubs, Chris Andrews and then Dave Antony’s Moods.

Around June 1965, Julian Covey pieced together a new version of The Machine comprising the following:

Julian Covey – drums/vocals

Jim Cregan – lead guitar

Dave Levy – piano

Cliff Barton – bass

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Saxophone player

Cliff Barton (b. 1944, West Ealing, London, d. 16 May 1968) had worked with a host of bands before joining but didn’t stay very long, according to Jim Cregan (b. 9 March 1946, Yeovil, Somerset). Barton’s pedigree included playing with Cyril Davies and The R&B All Stars and Long John Baldry & The Hoochie Coochie Men. He would join The Alan Price Set on leaving Julian Covey.

Jim Cregan told Jason Barnard at the Strange Brew website that he joined Julian Covey and future Yes bass player Chris Squire for a short trip to Ghana to mark the inauguration of the Ghanaian TV service. The trio supported pianist Ramon Bouche and played on TV a couple of times but did not perform any live gigs. Ghana Today Television, the country’s national public broadcaster, run by the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation commenced operations on 31 July 1965, so the band’s trip to Ghana would have been around this time.

Cregan would go on to play with The Ingoes and more significantly Blossom Toes in 1960s among others. He would also become a noted session player during the 1970s.

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In October 1965, Covey formed yet another formation of The Machine which included:

John McVie – bass

Stan Marut – Hammond organ

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Geoff Krivit – lead guitar

John McVie (b. 26 November 1945, Ealing, London) had been sacked from John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers for his drinking in early October (his place taken by Jack Bruce initially).

Hammond organist Stan Marut also joined at this time after working with The Jynx Pack. He had previously been a member of Dickie Pride & The Original Topics.

Before the year was out, guitarist Geoff Krivit (b. 1948) who had subbed for Eric Clapton in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers between September-October 1965 joined The Machine briefly. He’d previously played with The Secrets, Jimmy Powell & The Dimensions and The Five Dimensions.

Marut remembers that The Machine landed a regular Saturday night gig at the Cromwellian during this period.

Shortly after John McVie returned to John Mayall’s band in the first week of January 1966, future Herd drummer Andrew Steele (b. 2 August 1941, Hendon, London, d. 18 April 2005) joined after working with Johnny Halliday. Steele was an old friend of Jim Cregan’s.

Geoff Krivit also departed around February 1966 to spend time with Freddie Mack & The Mack Sound before hooking up with Dr K’s Blues Band.

Guitarist Mike Ward and bass player Steve Rance from The Ad-Libs, the house band at Leicester Square club, the Ad-Lib joined at this time. The band then comprised:

Julian Covey – lead vocals

Mike Ward – guitar

Stan Marut – Hammond organ

Steve Rance – bass

Andrew Steele – drums

Marut remembers the band played Peter Stringfellow’s club, the King Mojo in Sheffield and also at the Britannia Boat Club in Nottingham. On 26 February 1966, they played at the Dungeon in Nottingham. He also remembers sax player Dave Quincy from Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds used to jam with the group regularly.

On the eve of a tour with John Lee Hooker in May 1966, Marut was forced to leave. While playing at Tiles, Oxford Street, the band’s drummer (Ed: Andrew Steele?) had to pull out and Covey took over the drum stool and gained praise from Hooker.

According to David Else, a revamped line-up played in a side tent at the Windsor Festival on 30 July 1966.

Around September 1966, however, Covey reshuffled the band yet again to include:

Julian Covey – lead vocals

Dave Mason – lead guitar

Keith Webb – drums

Dave Mason (b. 10 May 1946, Worcester, Worcestershire) had played in several local Worcester bands, most notably The Hellions before jumping ship to join Covey in late 1966.

Keith Webb (b. 1934, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, d. 31 March 2007) had previously worked with The Hipster Image and was probably the most consistent member of The Machine after Covey, surviving to the band’s split in September 1967.

On 22 September 1966, Julian Covey & The Machine made their second Marquee appearance, opening for The Move.

In late 1966, Julian Covey & The Machine played at the Bag O’Nails in Kingley Street, Soho for a week. However, Mason didn’t stay long and in spring 1967 he formed Traffic and later found success as a solo artist.

Around November 1966, Covey reshuffled the pack again to:

Julian Covey – lead vocals

John Morsehead – lead guitar

Johnny Spence (aka Johnny Holiday) – bass

Keith Webb – drums

Johnny Spence (b. 26 January 1942, Birmingham) had some pedigree, having previously worked (most notably) with Johnny Kidd & The Pirates and The Pirates after splitting from the singer. He’d recently spent time backing US legend, Jerry Lee Lewis.

Indian-born John Morsehead had met Spence while playing with Johnny Kidd & The Pirates and The Pirates. In May 1966, he joined The Shotgun Express where he played with future Machine member Peter Bardens.

A few notable gigs from this period include:

29 November 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton (Melody Maker)

14 December 1966 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne (Fabulous 208)

16 December 1966 – Slade School of Fine Arts, Gower Street, London with The Move (Fabulous 208)

Around February 1967, Covey formed what is probably considered to be the definitive version of the band, which cut the group’s lone 45, “A Little Bit Hurt” c/w “Sweet Bacon”.

Julian Covey – lead vocals

John Morsehead – lead guitar

Johnny Spence – bass

Pete Solley – Hammond organ

Keith Webb – drums

Ex-Trinity College of Music keyboard player Pete Solley (b. 19 October 1948, London) joined the existing line-up.

Having cut a lone single for Island Records, which was produced by Jimmy Miller, “A Little Bit of Hurt” c/w “Sweet Bacon” was released on 12 May 1967.

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The new formation gigged incessantly and included the following shows:

24 March 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton (Melody Maker)

21 April 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton (Melody Maker)

6 May 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton with The All Night Workers (Melody Maker)

On 29 May, Covey also depped on drums for Keith Moon in The Who when the sticks man hurt his stomach throwing his drum kit at the crowd.

28 June 1967 – Corn Exchange, Leicester with Family (Flyer)

In August 1967, they also performed at the 6th National Jazz and Blues Festival but soon after Peter Bardens, who’d briefly worked with The Love Affair, joined on Hammond organ. Bardens had an impressive musical pedigree, which included The Cheynes, Them, The Peter B’s and The Shotgun Express, which is where he worked with Morsehead.

Pete Solley next joined Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds but left in May 1968 to briefly work with Los Bravos. In late 1968, he joined Terry Reid’s backing band (where he reunited with Keith Webb) and then worked with The Crazy World of Arthur Brown before becoming member of Paladin.

In September 1967, Julian Covey & The Machine ran its course. Renamed Philamore Lincoln, Anson joined Graham Bond for several months before embarking on an intriguing solo career.

Morsehead next joined Aynsley Dunbar’s Retaliation while Spence retired but later reformed The Pirates.

NOTE: the band’s history is difficult to trace accurately so I would welcome any additions/corrections below in the comments section

Thanks Stan Marut, Bob Downes, Jim Cregan, Jason Barnard, David Else, Bruno Ceriotti and John Warburg for providing information. This website was also incredibly useful:

http://newuntouchables.com/magazine/tag/julian-covey-the-machine/

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Lloyd Alexander Real Estate

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

Trevor Williams – bass

Keith Gemmell – tenor saxophone

Mel Chambers – baritone sax

Dave O’Brien – drums

 

1 November 1967 – Pink Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Melody Maker)

17 November 1967 – Pink Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Horatio Soul Square Deals (Melody Maker)

 

15 December 1967 – London Hotel, Southend, Essex (Southend Standard)

26 December 1967 – Penny Farthing Club, Southend, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

 

5 January 1968 – Steering Wheel, Weymouth, Dorset (Dorset Evening Echo)

29 January 1968 – Penny Farthing Club, Southend, Essex (Southend Standard)

 

10 February 1968 – Middleton Ballroom, Southend, Essex (Southend Standard)

12 February 1968 – Penny Farthing Club, Southend, Essex (Southend Standard)

 

12 April 1968 – Steering Wheel, Weymouth, Dorset (Dorset Evening Echo)

 

13 May 1968 – Penny Farthing Club, Southend, Essex (Southend Standard)

25 May 1968 – Drill Hall, Melton Mowbray with The Dawn Breakers (Grantham Journal)

 

5 August 1968 – Penny Farthing, Southend, Essex (Southend Standard)

 

12 September 1968 – Penny Farthing, Southend, Essex (Southend Standard)

 

21 October 1968 – Penny Farthing, Southend, Essex (Southend Standard)

 

23 November 1968 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks with The Trees (Bucks Free Press)

 

14 December 1968 – St Albans City Hall, St Albans, Hertfordshire with The Big Stampede (Welwyn Times)

Not long after the band split up and Gemmell, Werth and Williams formed Audience

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Bob Dorough singing “The Dream Keeper” by Langston Hughes

As you may have heard, Bob Dorough passed away this week at the age of 94. He had a range of talents, including a unique singing voice, arranging, writing and playing piano.

My favorite of his works is “The Dream Keeper”, one of his three adaptions of songs by Langston Hughes, from the Jazz Canto LP on Pacific Jazz. The other two songs are “Daybreak in Alabama” and “Night and Morn”, plus the LP features his setting of Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s “Dog”. None of these were mentioned in reports when he passed, or even on his Wikipedia page.

I wrote to Mr. Dorough in 2013 and this is what he told me about this album:

Billy Bean used to come to NYC, from his native Philadelphia, to blow in a jam session I held at my apt. – in the 50’s.

Then I lived in LA for 3 years. I had already composed and performed the three songs to Langston Hughes, with Ralph Pena on bass, at the Lenox Jazz School.

After Ralph knew I was in LA he spoke to Lawrence Lipton about the songs and Dr. L called me to ask me to record them for Jazz Canto. I said “It’s not ‘Jazz & Poetry’ – they’re ‘art songs’ in the jazz idiom.” “I want them on the album anyway,” he said. So I said, “OK, but let me do one at least that I would think of as ‘Jazz & Poetry.'”

“What would you do” he asked – without hesitation I said “Dog” by Ferlinghetti. He was astounded and said OK.

Bunker and Hardaway were just cats I’d met since moving to LA and also special pals of Pena’s.

The lineup on the album is:

Bob Dorough – piano
Ralph Pena – bass
Billy Bean – guitar
Bob Hardaway – tenor sax
Larry Bunker – drums and vibes

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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John Brown’s Bodies

Clive Barrow – lead vocals

James Shanley – lead guitar

John Reeves – rhythm guitar

Chris Andrews – bass

David Morris – drums

A Hammersmith-based R&B band formed around 1964 who featured future All Night Workers’ singer Clive Barrow. The five piece were regulars at the Goldhawk Social Club and also played twice at the Hammersmith Palais.

They also played at the Cellar Club in Kingston upon Thames, the Bromley Court Hotel, the London Cavern in Shepherd’s Bush/Notting Hill, the Blue Triangle in Ealing, the Starlite Ballroom in Greenford and the Mechanical Orange in Chelsea.

Andrews remembers one show at the Mechanical Orange, a crypt under a church, where there was a big fight and the vicar was hit over the head with a statue of the Madonna.

John Brown’s Bodies also opened for Jimmy James & The Vagabonds several times, including one appearance at Eel Pie Island.

The musicians changed name to The Clive Barrow Group in 1967/1968. Barrow left in early 1969 to join The All Night Workers.

Thanks Chris Andrews for the photo and memories

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David Essex & The Mood Indigo

The Mood Indigo in mid-1966. Left to right: Rick Parker, original sax player, Pete Steed, Dave Dyer and original drummer Mick. Photo: Del Paramor

Keyboard player Pete Steed formed the original Mood Indigo in early 1966 before singer David Essex became involved. The original formation comprised:

Pete Steed – organ/vocals

Dave Dyer – lead guitar

Rick Parker – bass

Mick ? – drums

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A sax player whose name no one can recall

On 11 September 1966, tenor sax player Del Paramor rehearsed with The Mood Indigo before playing his debut gig three days later, succeeding the sax player who’d left. Paramor had previously worked in a group with future Procol Harum keyboard player Matthew Fisher.

14 September 1966 – USAF base, Broughton, Northamptonshire

16 September 1966 – Dorothy Ballroom, Cambridge

17 September 1966 – Memorial Hall, Newmarket, Suffolk

22 September 1966 – Conservative Club, Bedford, Bedfordshire

23 September 1966 – Letchworth Youth Club, Letchworth, Hertfordshire

The Mood Indigo pictured without David Essex in Cambridge, spring 1967. Photo: Del Paramor

1 October 1966 – DeHavilland Social Club, Stevenage, Hertfordshire

3 October 1966 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London

7 October 1966 – Purple Door, Luton, Bedfordshire

8 October 1966 – Maidenhead, Berkshire (possibly Dolphin Hotel)

On the morning of 8 October, the musicians auditioned at the Marquee in Greek Street in London and met David Essex. The singer and his manager Derek Bowman were keen to link up with The Mood Indigo so that Essex could gain some “road” experience with a touring group

12 October 1966 – Dorothy Ballroom, Cambridge

14 October 1966 – Stanford-le-Hope, Essex (unknown venue)

15 October 1966 – Folkestone, Kent (possibly Tofts)

16 October 1966 – Olympia Ballroom, Cromer, Norfolk

On 18 October, Mood Indigo had its first rehearsal with David Essex and baritone sax player Paddy Corea from his early Sixties group, The China Plates in Stevenage

22 October 1966 – Dorothy Ballroom, Cambridge

26 October 1966 – Mecca Ballroom, Stevenage, Hertfordshire with The Searchers

27 October 1966 – Mecca Ballroom, Stevenage, Hertfordshire with The Ted Heath Band

 

4 November 1966 – Garden of Eden Club, Bridge Hotel, Wheatley, Oxfordshire

5 November 1966 – Irchester, near Rushden, Northamptonshire (unknown venue)

12 November 1966 – Leicester University, Leicester

12 November 1966 – Latin Quarter, Leicester

16 November 1966 – Mecca Ballroom, Stevenage, Hertfordshire with Lee Dorsey

18 November 1966 – Drill Hall, Newmarket, Suffolk

19 November 1966 – Wittering near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire (unknown venue)

21 November 1966 – Goldsmith College, New Cross, London

24 November 1966 – Charity show at Bowes Lyon House, Stevenage, Hertfordshire with Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers

25 November 1966 – Caesars Palace, Luton, Bedfordshire

26 November 1966 – Hermitage Ballroom, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

29 November 1966 – Letchworth College of Technology, Letchworth, Hertfordshire

 

1 December 1966 – Dorothy Ballroom, Cambridge with Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band

2 December 1966 – Witchdoctor Club, Catford, London

3 December 1966 – Owl Club, Wanstead, Essex

9 December 1966 – El Grotto, Ilford, London

10 December 1966 – Youth Club, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

16 December 1966 – The Cricketers, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex

Following this gig, Mick, the drummer was sacked after crashing the van and replaced by a drummer called Keith

18 December 1966 – El Grotto, Ilford, London

22 December 1966 – Dorothy Ballroom, Cambridge

24 December 1966 – Mecca Ballroom, Stevenage, Hertfordshire

31 December 1966 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire with The Mooche

Near the Dorothy Ballroom, Cambridge, spring 1967. Left to right: second drummer Keith, Paddy Corea, Del Paramor, Pete Steed and Rick Parker. Photo: Del Paramor

1967

1 January 1967 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London (“Radio Caroline Night Out”)

6 January 1967 – Brackley Town Hall, Brackley, Northamptonshire

7 January 1967 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London

8 January 1967 – Maids Head, King’s Lynn, Norfolk

9 January 1967 – Drill Hall, Newmarket, Suffolk

13 January 1967 – Purple Door, Luton, Bedfordshire

14 January 1967 – Nautilus Club, Lowestoft, Suffolk

20 January 1967 – USAF base, Mildenhall, Suffolk

21 January 1967 – Owl Club, Wanstead, London

22 January 1967 – Hyams Sports and Social Club, Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire

23 January 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London

27 January 1967 – Harvest Moon, Guildford, Surrey with Jon and Great Expectations (West Surrey Advertiser) Paramor says this was cancelled

28 January 1967 – 007 Club, Keys Hall, Brentwood, Essex with The Wishbones

30 January 1967 – Working Men’s Club, Kettering, Northamptonshire

On 3 February, Del Paramor remembers David Essex’s father hired a new Ford van for the group to travel in

3 February 1967 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London

4 February 1967 – Starlite, Greenford, London

8 February 1967 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London

10 February 1967 – Caesar’s Palace, Luton, Bedfordshire

11 February 1967 – Cliff Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, Essex

12 February 1967 – Tiffany’s, Shaftsbury Avenue, London

14 February 1967 – Bournemouth Pavilion, Bournemouth, Dorset with Dave Berry

15 February 1967 – Dorothy Ballroom, Cambridge with The Jimi Hendrix Experience

17 February 1967 – Walton-on-Naze, near Clacton, Essex (unknown venue)

18 February 1967 – Legion Hall, Amersham, Bucks

19 February 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London

23 February 1967 – Weir Hotel, Raleigh, Essex

24 February 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with Jo Jo Gunne

25 February 1967 – El Grotto, Ilford, London

26 February 1967 – Olympia Ballroom, Cromer, Norfolk

1 March 1967 – Dorothy Ballroom, Cambridge

3 March 1967 – RAF Marham, near Swaffham, Norfolk

4 March 1967 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Who

5 March 1967 – Maids Head, King’s Lynn, Norfolk

6 March 1967 – Drill Hall, Newmarket, Suffolk

7 March 1967 – RAF Wyton, near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

12 March 1967 – Brandon, near Mildenhall, Suffolk (unknown venue)

17 March 1967 – Sawston College, near Cambridge

18 March 1967 – Assembly Rooms, Framlingham, Suffolk

19 March 1967 – Tavern Club/Sunshine Floor, East Dereham, Norfolk

25 March 1967 – Thing Club, Oldham, Lancashire

25 March 1967 – Majestic Club, Oldham, Lancashire (“guested”)

27 March 1967 – Dorothy Ballroom, Cambridge

31 March 1967 – Disk-a-Takis Club, Manchester

 

1 April 1967 – Maple Ballroom, Northampton

5 April 1967 – Dorothy Ballroom, Cambridge

6 April 1967 – Samantha’s, New Burlington Street, W1, London

8 April 1967 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London

9 April 1967 – Working Men’s Club, Kettering, Northamptonshire

13 April 1967 – RAF Henlow, Hertfordshire

15 April 1967 – Town Hall, Heacham, Norfolk

16 April 1967 – Co-op Hall, Warrington, Cheshire

17 April 1967 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire

22 April 1967 – Abertillery Jazz Club, Wales

25 April 1967 – Darrell’s Club, Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester

26 April 1967 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear

27 April 1967 – Mecca/Locarno, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

28 April 1967 – Cambridge City Football Club, Cambridge with The Spencer Davis Group, The Yardbirds, Family and The Breed

29 April 1967 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire

3 May 1967 – Dorothy Ballroom, Cambridge with The Barron Knights

5 May 1967 – USAF base, Stanton, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

6 May 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The All Night Walkers and Zany Woodruffe Operation

6 May 1967 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London

10 May 1967 – The Place, Hanley, Staffordshire

12 May 1967 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, London

13 May 1967 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with The Troggs

14 May 1967 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with The Troggs (final gig)

David Essex splits from The Mood Indigo after the Dreamland gigs and goes solo. Del Paramor briefly works with singer Vince Edwards before joining The Warren Davis Monday Band in July. The Mood Indigo reform later in the year

Although the gig advertised Mood Indigo, Del Paramor says it was his next band with Vince Edwards who honoured the booking

Huge thanks to Del Paramor for the gigs listings from September 1966-May 1967. Thanks to Del for the use of photos as well.

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Mood Indigo, spring 1967, left to right: Rick Parker, Paddy Corea, Pete Steed, Keith (drummer) and Del Paramor. Photo: Del Paramor

The Soul Trinity

This little known Reading, Berkshire band featured siblings, Kelvin and Hugh Bullen, who later joined Joe E Young & The Tonicks.

I would welcome any additional information about the band’s personnel and its history in the comments section below. Also, any photos.

23 September 1966 – Ricky Tick, Hounslow, London (Melody Maker)

 

25 October 1966 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Melody Maker)

29 October 1966 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Escorts and Tina and Helen (Melody Maker)

 

2 November 1966 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Melody Maker)

5 November 1966 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Derek Savage Foundation and Tina and Johnny Glover (Melody Maker)

8 November 1966 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Melody Maker)

12 November 1966 – Hounslow Ricky Tick, Hounslow, London (Melody Maker)

19 November 1966 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Derek Savage Foundation and Tina and Johnny Glover (Melody Maker)

22 November 1966 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Johnny Glover (Melody Maker)

25 November 1966 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Winston G Set and Tina and Johnny Glover (Melody Maker)

29 November 1966 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Johnny Glover (Melody Maker)

 

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

1967

7 January 1967 – El Partido, Lewisham, London (South East London Mercury)

13 January 1967 – Newbury Plaza, Newbury, Berkshire (Newbury Weekly News)

21 January 1967 – Newbury Plaza, Newbury, Berkshire (Newbury Weekly News)

28 January 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker)

28 January 1967 – Ricky Tick, Hounslow, London (Melody Maker)

29 January 1967 – New All Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker)

 

12 February 1967 – Riverside Club, Cricketers Hotel, Chertsey, Surrey (Woking Herald)

16 February 1967 – Guildhall, Southampton, Hampshire with Pink Floyd (Melody Maker)

24 February 1967 – Roaring 20s, Caranby Street, Soho, London (Melody Maker)

26 February 1967 – New All Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker)

2 April 1967 – Riverside Club, Cricketers Hotel, Chertsey, Surrey (Woking Herald)

8 April 1967 – Ricky Tick, Thames Hotel, Windsor, Berkshire (Berkshire)

9 April 1967 – Sunday Club, Addlestone, Surrey (Woking Herald)

18 April 1967 – Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks (Melody Maker)

29 April 1967 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

30 April 1967 – Sunday Club, Addlestone, Surrey (Woking Herald)

30 April 1967 – Ricky Tick, Newbury Plaza, Newbury, Berkshire (Newbury Weekly News)

5 May 1967 – Ricky Tick, Hounslow, London (Melody Maker)

6 May 1967 – Ricky Tick, Thames Hotel, Windsor, Berkshire (Melody Maker)

12 May 1967 – Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks with Small Faces (website: http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/) Small Faces may not have performed

14 May 1967 – Co-op Hall, Sunday Club, Addlestone, Surrey (Contract/Woking Herald)

 

17 June 1967 – St Thomas’ Hall, Brentwood, Essex (Melody Maker)

6 July 1967 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Melody Maker)

16 July 1967 – Sunday Club, Addlestone, Surrey (Woking Herald)

23 July 1967 – Beau Brummel Club, Alvaston Hall Hotel, Nantwich, Cheshire with Phil Ryan & The Scorpions (Crewe Chronicle)

28 July 1967 – Bluesville ’67, Manor House, London (Melody Maker)

29 July 1967 – Starlight Ballroom, Boston Gliderdrome, Lincolnshire with The Spellbinders, The Clockwork Orange and The Barry Lee Show (Melody Maker)

30 July 1967 – Tabernacle, Stockport, Greater Manchester (Fabulous 208)

6 August 1967 – Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette)

20 August 1967 – Sunday Club, Addlestone, Surrey (Woking Herald)

31 August 1967 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Melody Maker)

 

2 September 1967 – Chelmsford Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex (Melody Maker)

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

 

15 October 1967 – Sunday Club, Addlestone, Surrey (Woking Herald)

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The Stairway to the Stars on Brite-Star

Stairway To The Stars Brite-Star 45 Dry Run

The Stairway to the Stars came from the Pittsburgh area, but cut this 45 for the Brite-Star label out of Newberry, Ohio, near Cleveland. Newberry is only a couple hours from Pittsburgh, but the labels indicate a Nashville base.

One side has a moody, echoing vocal, “Cry”, written by Tom Sellosi and Dave Benard. The intensity grows for the short recitation at the end.

On the flip is “Dry Run” a great instrumental featuring a lot of tremolo on the guitar, a strong three note riff that sounds like a keyboard more than guitar, and a long and dissonant middle section for the lead break. Phil Dirt pointed out the similarity of the opening melody to the Vistas “No Return” on Tuff, but the Stairway to the Stars really expand on that theme in the rest of the song.

John Barbero produced the 45. The Rite account number is 728 and the release numbers are 17909 (“Dry Run”) / 17910 (“Cry”), released in September or October 1966.

The Library of Congress has a registration for “Cry” from September 12, 1966, to David Benard and Thomas Sollosi. The “Dry Run” label lists T.R. Sollosi, but this song wasn’t registered.

Teen Beat Mayhem indicates this came with a picture sleeve, which I’ve never seen. Anyone have a scan of it?!

On 45 cat, DeadWax suggest the band could have been from Monongahela, outside of Pittsburgh.

Info on Brite-Star came from the 45rpm Records site.

Stairway To The Stars Brite-Star 45 Cry

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