Tony Knight’s Chessmen’s gigs 1964-1967

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.

TONY KNIGHT’S CHESSMEN:

Tony Knight (aka Tony Brown) – drums/lead vocals

Lol Coxhill – tenor/soprano saxophone

John Gummer – baritone saxophone/trumpet

Terry Martin – bass/vocals

Jeff Reed – organ

Formed in 1964 by Tony Knight and Terry Martin, who were from Wolverhampton. Lol Coxhill was a seasoned jazzer

1964:

15 November 1964 – North Warnborough Village Hall, Hampshire (Hampshire & Berkshire Gazette)

16 November 1964 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book) Billed as The Chessmen

 

19 December 1964 – Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex with Rufus Thomas (Essex Chronicle)

1965:

5 January 1965 – Bluesville, Aylesbury, Bucks (website: http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/)

 

2 February 1965 – Lorrain Club, Royal Forest Hotel, Chingford, Essex (Leyton, Leytonstone and Waltham Forest Guardian)

16 February 1965 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book) Billed as The Chessmen

 

16 March 1965 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book) Billed as The Chessmen

Around this time, Johnny Almond joined on baritone sax and John Gummer moved to trumpet

18 April 1965 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with Cops ‘N’ Robbers (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

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

 

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

15 May 1965 – Victoria Hall, Basingstoke, Hampshire (Hampshire & Berkshire Gazette)

30 May 1965 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey (Aldershot News)

 

7 June 1965 – Redcar Mini Festival, Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with Long John Baldry & The Hoochie Coochie Men, Zoot Money & The Big Roll Band, The Crawdaddies (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

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

15 June 1965 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book) Billed as The Chessmen

 

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

27 July 1965 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book) Billed as The Chessmen

 

6 August 1965 – Pontiac, Zeeta House, Putney, London with The Fetish Crowd (NME)

Around this time, Terry Martin and John Reed departed

Former London Beats members Peter Carney (bass) and John Carroll (Hammond organ) filled the vacant spots. Terry Edmunds also joined on lead guitar

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

30 August 1965 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with Long Joh Baldry, Rod Stewart, Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger Trinity, The Mike Cotton Sound and The Crawdaddies (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

 

23 October 1965 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey (Aldershot News)

 

5 November 1965 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Artwoods, Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds and The Crawdaddies (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

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

Around this time, Johnny Almond left to join Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band and John Gummer reverted to baritone trumpet

10 December1965 – Beachcomber, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

16 December 1965 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with Ronnie Jones & The Blue Jays and Steampacket (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

Mojo Club, Sheffield gig with Herbie Goins, 24 December 1965

27 December 1965 – Star Hotel, Croydon, Surrey (Chris Broom book: Rockin’ and Around Croydon)

1966:

9 January 1966 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

 

5 March 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London with The Loose Ends (Melody Maker)

4 April 1966 – Woodhall Community Centre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire (Welwyn Times)

12 April 1966 – Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks (website: http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/)

 

29 May 1966 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

 

9 July 1966 – Bowes Lyon House, Stevenage, Hertfordshire with The Shevells (Welwyn Times)

16 July 1966 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex with King Bees (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

24 July 1966 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

 

5-6 August 1966 – Flamingo, Soho (Melody Maker) Billed as The Chessmen

7 August 1966 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

Around this time, Peter Carney left to join Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band and Liverpudlian Steve Lucas came in on bass for a few months before Rick Eagles took over

18 August 1966 – Harpenden Public Hall, Harpenden, Hertfordshire (Poster) Billed as The Chessmen

29 August 1966 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with Zoot Money & His Big Roll Band, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and The Crawdaddies (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

About this time, Lol Coxhill departed to join The Gass. John Gummer also left and former Mike Rabin Band/Rockhouse members Dave Coxhill (no relation to Lol) and Stan Sulzmann came in on saxophones

23 September 1966 – Beachcomber, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

24 September 1966 – Britannia Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

 

2 October 1966 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

24 October 1966 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey (Aldershot News)

 

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

During November, the band opened the Bag O’Nails in Kingley Street, Soho

1967:

7 January 1967 – Nite Owl, Leicester (Leicester Mercury)

Sometime in early January Rick Eagles left. Later that month, John Carroll landed a job with The Pirates after Rick Eagles told his old friend Nick Simper about the keyboard player. Future Procol Harum keyboard player Matthew Fisher briefly replaced him

Starting in March, Tony Knight’s Chessmen started working on and off with Jamaican singer Owen Grey who’d worked with The Krew in France during 1966. Judging by the gigs below, some of the shows were spent backing Owen Grey while for others Tony Knight’s Chessmen played on their own

18 February 1967 – Manhole, Redhill, Surrey (Crawley Advertiser)

 

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

 

3 April 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Herd (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

7 May 1967 – Carlton Club, Warrington, Cheshire (Warrington Guardian)

21 May 1967 – Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette)

In mid-June Terry Edmunds left to briefly work with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers but it only lasted a few weeks. Around the same time, Dave Coxhill and Stan Sulzmann left

17 June 1967 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Apex R&B All Stars and The Gods (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

28 June 1967 – Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, Cornwall (West Briton & Royal Cornish Gazette)

 

14 August 1967 – Carlton Club, Warrington, Cheshire (Warrington Guardian)

 

The following gigs were billed as Tony Knight’s Chessmen with Owen Grey:

9 March 1967 – Roaring 20’s, Carnaby Street, London (Melody Maker)

11 March 1967 – Roaring 20’s, Carnaby Street, London (Melody Maker)

19 March 1967 – Roaring 20’s, Carnaby Street, London (Melody Maker)

25 March 1967 – Beachcomber, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

 

2 April 1967 – Beachcomber, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

8 April 1967 – Beachcomber, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

8 April 1967 – Britannia Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

15 April 1967 – Blue Moon, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (Gloucestershire Echo)

 

26 June 1967 – 100 Club, Oxford Street, London (Melody Maker)

The group undertook some dates in Cornwall (around mid-June) and played at the Piper Club in Viareggio, Italy (likely July). Tenor sax player Terry Ede (ex-Jeff Elroy & The Blue Boys) remembers both and was a member during this time with Tony Knight, a bass player called Keith, a guitarist and a baritone sax player. He says that Owen Grey was with them.

The following dates are most likely with this formation:

6 August 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington (Melody Maker)

12 August 1967 – The New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1 (Melody Maker)

19 August 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington (Melody Maker)

9 September 1967 – 007 Sun Valley Club, Dalston, London with Sir Dees Sound (Melody Maker)

By early 1968, the following line-up evolved into The Magicians who cut a lone single for MCA ‘Painting on Wood’ c/w ‘Slow Motion’

Dave Watkins – piano/vocals

Fred d’Albert – guitar

Terry Martin – bass

Tony Brown (aka Tony Knight) – drums/vocals

Huge thanks to David Else for his input

Ronnie Jones & The Q-Set’s gigs

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.

Ronnie Jones & The Q-Set

RONNIE JONES & THE Q-SET:

Ronnie Jones – lead vocals

Arthur Pereira – guitar

Tony O’Malley – Hammond organ

Chester Simon – bass

George Lee – tenor sax

Lloyd Smith – tenor sax

Herschell Holder – trumpet

Byron Ly-fook – drums

 1967:

The group started working with Ronnie Jones after they’d supported Maxine Brown on a UK tour

Left to right: Lloyd, Herschell and George

17 March 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker) Most likely the debut show

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

 

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

14 April 1967 – Gaiety Ballroom, Grimsby, Humberside (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

23 April 1967 – Union Rowing Club, Trent Bridge, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

13 May 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker) Billed as The Q-Set Band

28 May 1967 – Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette)

29 May 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker) Billed as The Q-Set Band

 

22 June 1967 – Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield with The Drifters, Alan Bown, The Amboy Dukes and The Pitiful (The Star)

24 June 1967 – Tofts, Folkestone, Kent (Melody Maker)

25 June 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

1-16 July 1967 – Canasta Club, Biarritz, France (Photo)

There appears to have been a temporary split as The Q-Set backed Maxine Brown on a second UK tour in September-October 1967

13 October 1967 – Beaconsfield’s Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

14 October 1967 – Polytechnic, Great Titchfield Street, London, W1 with The Soul Foundation (Melody Maker)

15 October 1967 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent (Poster)

20 October 1967 – Hairy Bob’s Cavern, Scarborough (Scarborough Evening News)

 

10 November 1967 – Gaiety Ballroom, Grimsby, Humberside with Jackie & The Atlantics (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

11 November 1967 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

26 November 1967 – Starlight Ballroom, Crawley, West Sussex (Crawley Advertiser)

 

16 December 1967 – Brave New World, Eastney with Errol Bruce Soul Show (Dave Allen research/Website: http://michaelcooper.org.uk/C/birdcage.htm)

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

30 December 1967 – Chelmsford Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

31 December 1967 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent with Alan Elsdon’s Band (Poster)

Tony O’Malley

1968:

14 January 1968 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent (Poster)

19 January 1968 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with Canal St Philharmonic (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

27 January 1968 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1 (Melody Maker)

Thanks to Tony O’Malley for band photos

Chester Simon
George Lee and Lloyd Smith

Maxine Brown & The Q-Set’s gigs

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 Q-SET:

 Arthur Pereira – guitar

Tony O’Malley – Hammond organ

Chester Simon – bass

George Lee – tenor sax

Lloyd Smith – tenor sax

Herschell Holder – trumpet

Byron Ly-fook – drums

 1967:

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

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

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

31 January 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The Knack and Malcolm Margaron (Melody Maker)

Maxine Brown – lead vocals joins for UK tour

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

10 February 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker)

11 February 1967 – Flamingo, Soho, London with Carl Douglas & The Big Stampede (Melody Maker)

12 February 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

18 February 1967 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with The Wishful Thinking (East Kent Times & Mail)

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

25 February 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London with The Links Band (Melody Maker)

The following month, The Q-Set linked up with singer Ronnie Jones who split with The Blue Jays. However, they returned to working with Maxine Brown for a second UK tour in September-October 1967

22 September 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker) Billed as The Q-Set Band

23 September 1967 – New All Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker) No mention of Q-Set but most likely

25 September 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

26 September 1967 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Melody Maker)

30 September 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker) Billed as Maxine Brown Show

30 September 1967 – The Polytechnic, Great Titchfield Street, London W1 (Melody Maker)

 

7 October 1967 – Nite Owl, Leicester with Family (Melody Maker) Billed as Maxine Brown Show

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

Thanks to Tony O’Malley for band line-up details

Ronnie Jones & The Blue Jays’ gigs 1965-1967

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.

RONNIE JONES & THE BLUE JAYS:

 Ronnie Jones – lead vocals

Tony Allen – sax/lead vocals (left in 1965)

Roger Dean – guitar (ex-John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers)

Tony Bell – bass (replaced by Pat Donaldson)

Jack Maverick – organ

Jack Massarik – alto sax

Clive Thacker – drums (ex-Five Embers)

1965:

18 April 1965 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (Harrow Weekly Post)

 

20 June 1965 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

21 June 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Jimmy James & The Vagabonds (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

26 June 1965 – Birdcage, Kimbells Ballroom, Southsea, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

 

4 July 1965 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (Harrow Weekly Post)

9 July 1965 – Birdcage, Kimbells Ballroom, Southsea, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

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

30 July 1965 – Birdcage, Kimbells Ballroom, Southsea, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

 

8 August 1965 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

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

15 August 1965 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey The Condors (Aldershot News)

27 August 1965 – Pontiac, Zeeta House, Putney, London (NME)

28 August 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

30 August 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, Middlesex (Tottenham Weekly Herald)

31 August 1965 – Flamingo, Soho, London with The Loose Ends (Melody Maker)

 

12 September 1965 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

17 September 1965 – El Partido, Lewisham, London with Duke Lee (Melody Maker)

 

1 October 1965 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Alan Price Set, The Graham Bond Organisation and The Crawdaddies (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

 

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

11 November 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, Middlesex (Tottenham Weekly Herald)

13 November 1965 – El Partido, Lewisham, London with Duke Lee and The Movement (Melody Maker)

14 November 1965 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey with The Condors (Aldershot News)

21 November 1965 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Flowerpot Men (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

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

 

6 December 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

16 December 1965 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with Steampacket and Tony Knight’s Chessmen (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

1966:

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

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

 

6 February 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (The Star)

Sometime during this period, they became resident band at Papagayo in St-Tropez, France

In August 1966, Thacker joined Brian Auger & The Trinity

1 October 1966 – Harpenden Public Hall, Harpenden, Hertfordshire with The Anzacs (Luton News)

2 October 1966 – Beachcomber, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

8 October 1966 – Beachcomber, Nottingham with Robert Parker and Wynder K Frog (Nottingham Evening Post)

14 October 1966 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker) Billed as Ronnie Jones & His Band

19 October 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with The Deakin Lewis Band (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

22 October 1966 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with The Survivors (website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)

 

5 November 1966 – Chelmsford Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex with support (Southend Standard)

6 November 1966 – Beachcomber Club, Nottingham with The Coasters (Nottingham Evening Post)

21 November 1966 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

26 November 1966 – Starlight Ballroom, Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire with The Original Coasters, The Motivation and Heart & Soul (Lincolnshire Standard)

 

2 December 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

7 December 1966 – Plaza Ballroom, Handsworth, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

7 December 1966 – Ritz Ballroom, King’s Heath, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

10 December 1966 – Cue Club, Paddington (Melody Maker)

11 December 1966 – Britannia Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Mail)

16 December 1966 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker)

17 December 1966 – Beachcomber Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

24 December 1966 – Beachcomber Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

1967:

Sometime in early 1967 PP Arnold joined the band

14 January 1967 – Chelmsford Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

 

3 February 1967 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Fleur De Lys (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

17 February 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton with All Night Workers (Melody Maker)

 

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

12 March 1967 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (The Star)

16 March 1967 – Kilburn Polytechnic, Kilburn, London with Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers and The Syn (Melody Maker) Most likely the final gig that Ronnie Jones did with Blue Jays before linking up with The Q-Set

The rhythm section from The Blue Jays became PP Arnold’s backing band (Four of a Kind) and supported her on a Roy Orbison tour with The Small Faces, first gig on 25 March 1967

Ronnie Jones & The Night-Timers’ gigs

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.

RONNIE JONES & THE NIGHT-TIMERS:

Ronnie Jones – lead vocals

Joe Moretti – guitar (replaced by John McLaughlin)

Mick Eve – tenor saxophone

Dave Morse – Hammond organ (replaced by John Baldwin)

Eddie Thornton – trumpet

Dave Price – bass

Bill Stevens – drums

Selected gigs:

1 December 1964 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

 

3 January 1965 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (Harrow Weekly Post/Greenford Weekly Post)

4 January 1965 – Galaxy Club, Town Hall, Basingstoke, Hampshire (Hampshire & Berkshire Gazette)

12 January 1965 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

 

18 February 1965 – Studio, Westcliffe, Essex (Southend Standard and Essex Weekly Advertiser)

21 February 1965 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (Harrow Weekly Post/Greenford Weekly Post)

28 February 1965 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Phantoms (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

 

5 March 1965 – Radio Caroline Sounds of ’65, Fairfield Hall, Croydon, Surrey with The Moody Blues, The Yardbirds and The Mark Leeman Five (Chris Broom book: Rockin’ and Around Croydon)

11 March 1965 – Birdcage, Kimbells Ballroom, Southsea, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

The Night-Timers linked up next with Herbie Goins. Ronnie Jones started working with The Blue Jays

The Rick ‘N’ Beckers

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.

RICK ‘N’ BECKERS:

I have the following list of musicians who were members but have no further information about the band’s history and would welcome readers’ insights.

Rupert Carlton

Alfonso Cahar

Eugent Stirling

Ernie Wright

Abe Strean

Clive Williamson

Reg Isidore

Selected gigs:

19 April 1965 – Clacton Town Hall, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex with The Shades of Blue, The Blue Berries and The Trends (Essex County Standard)

 

16 July 1965 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

 

15 August 1965 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

22 August 1965 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

27 August 1965 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

 

3 September 1965 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

10 September 1965 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

17 September 1965 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

 

13 October 1965 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with Herbie Goins & The Night Timers (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

Opening for Ben E King, 30 October 1965

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

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

11 December 1965 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

12 December 1965 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

15 December 1965 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with The Vagabonds (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

11-18 December 1965 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

25 December 1965 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

13 May 1966 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with Ray Anton & The Pro-Form (Melody Maker)

 

19 June 1966 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The Soul System (Melody Maker)

25 June 1966 – Jazz Cellar, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey (NME)

 

4 August 1966 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The Carl Douglas Set (Melody Maker)

7 August 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

11 August 1966 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The Guests (Melody Maker)

13 August 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London with Dave Antony’s Moods (Melody Maker)

13 August 1966 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker)

18 August 1966 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with Zuider Lee (Melody Maker)

25 August 1966 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The Eyes (Melody Maker)

 

5 September 1966 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker)

11 September 1966 – Britannia Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

12 September 1966 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker)

16 September 1966 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with Otis Redding (Melody Maker)

19 September 1966 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker) Paper says they played every Monday

Tofts, Folkestone, 24 September 1966

1 October 1966 – Cue Club, Paddington (Melody Maker)

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

14 October 1966 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with Ike & Tina Turner Show and The Ike-Ettes (Melody Maker)

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

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

 

7 November 1966 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker)

12 November 1966 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London with The Youth (Melody Maker)

 

13 December 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker) Billed as Rick ‘N’ Beckers Show

 

10 February 1967 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Amboy Dukes (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

12 February 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

26 February 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

3 March 1967 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with Jimmy Cliff & The Sound System (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

12 March 1967 – Britannia Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

8 April 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London with Eyes of Blue (Melody Maker)

15 April 1967 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear with The Gas Board (website: http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)

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

 

1 May 1967 – Queen’s Ballroom, Wolverhampton, West Midlands (Express & Star)

13 May 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The Lonely Ones and The Unsuited Medium (Melody Maker)

20 May 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington (Melody Maker)

 

2 June 1967 – ‘New’ Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

3 June 1967 – Supreme Eastern Esplanade, Ramsgate, Kent with Spectra Quinn Team and Len Marshall Show (East Kent Times & Mail)

 

8 July 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with New York Public Library and Jimmy Powell & The Dimensions (Melody Maker)

15 July 1967 – Maidstone Corn Exchange, Maidstone, Kent (Maidstone Gazette)

 

12 August 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with Essex Five and The Crawdads (Melody Maker)

 

5 September 1967 – Bournemouth Pavilion, Bournemouth, Dorset with The Action (Bournemouth Evening Echo)

24 September 1967 – Maidstone Corn Exchange, Maidstone, Kent (Maidstone Gazette)

27 September 1967 – Steering Wheel, Weymouth, Dorset (Dorset Evening Echo)

 

4 October 1967 – Steering Wheel, Dorchester, Dorset (Dorset Evening Echo)

 

11 November 1967 – Royal Links Pavilion, Cromer, Norfolk with Alex Wilson Set (Julie Fielder book: What Flo Said Next)

 

24 December 1967 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham with Bob Mather & The Trend and The Marvelettes (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

30 December 1967 – Maidstone Corn Exchange, Maidstone, Kent with The Associates and The T-Pots (Maidstone Gazette)

 

10 February 1968 – 007 Sun Valley Club, Dalston Lane, E8 (Melody Maker)

10 February 1968 – Pink Flamingo, Soho with The Traction and Toni Rocket Soul Show with Cleo (Melody Maker)

18 February 1968 – Corn Exchange, Maidstone, Kent with The Reaction (Maidstone Gazette)

24 February 1968 – Weymouth Pavilion Ballroom, Weymouth, Dorset (Dorset Evening Echo)

 

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

 

7 November 1968 – Penny Farthing, Southend, Essex (Southend Standard)

26 December 1968 – Walton Hop, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey (Woking Herald)

The Macabre

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 MACABRE:

Thanks to Peter Vernon-Kell and Chris Downing, I have been able to piece a bit of information together on this West London band, who apparently opened for The Who regularly on Friday nights at the Goldhawk Social Club. Incidentally, Vernon-Kell was an old friend of The Who’s, having been a brief member of its predecessor, The Detours. Ed Hamilton had previously worked with The Crescents with Harvey Hinsley. I would welcome any reader insights.

Peter Vernon-Kell – guitar/vocals

Ed Hamilton – guitar/vocals

 

Chris Downing – guitar/vocals

Carl Broadbent – drums

Downing recalls that he worked with the band for six to eight months (more likely to have been a year). Ed Hamilton, who Downing replaced and who succeeded him around July 1965 when the guitarist moved on, had left The Macabre around July 1964 to later work with Mike Berry & The Outlaws.

Downing remembers that The Macabre featured several bass players during his time with the group.

He also recalls that The Macabre opened for The Who and The Spencer Davis Group in Watford. On a separate occasion, they also played with The Rockin’ Berries in Watford.

Other dates that he recalls are a gig with The Who at Woolwich Town Hall (more likely to have been Greenwich Town Hall on 24 June 1965), several shows with Tony Rivers & The Castaways and a show with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers in Forest Gate.

The band played regularly at the Goldhawk Social Club, which apparently only hosted bands on Fridays and Saturdays. Downing says that they supported The Groundhogs there, including one show where Jimmy Reed guested with The Groundhogs.

The guitarist also remembers The Macabre shared a billing with The Who (actually it was as The High Numbers) on the evening when Roger Daltry’s father-in-law turned up and fight broke up between them (Ed – this was Railway Hotel in Harrow on 11 August 1964).

When the band broke up, Peter Vernon-Kell became a member of the group that became The Hamilton Movement.

Gigs:

2 August 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

9 August 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette) Possible but not confirmed

16 August 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette) Possible but not confirmed

23 August 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette) Possible but not confirmed

30 August 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette) Possible but not confirmed

 

6 September 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette) Possible but not confirmed

13 September 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

20 September 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

27 September 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette) Possible but not confirmed

 

5 October 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

12 October 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

19 October 1964 – Glenlyn Club, Forest Hill, London (Melody Maker)

Thanks to Andy Neill for some of the information

The Penetrators from Crown Point, NY

Penetrators Ferus 45 I'll Make You MineThe Penetrators came from Crown Point, NY, on the west shore of Lake Champlain above Ticonderoga.

Members included Dan Rabideau and Larry Rabideau, Kim Joiner and Joe Dugan on bass. John Hoffman seems to have been a later member of the group.

In March of 1968 they made their first record, the cool garage original “I’ll Make You Mine” by Dan Rabideau and Kim Joiner, backed with a good instrumental, “Splitter Splatter” by Dan Rabideau and Larry Rabideau.

The 45 came out on Ferus Records FR 4958. Ferus had an address of 64-12 60th Pl., Brooklyn 27, New York. Tommy Wilde produced the single, I’m not sure how the band came to find Ferus.

Danny and the Penetrators Ticonderoga Sentinel 1971
1971 Battle of the Bands
This is a styrene 45 with the Columbia custom pressing code ZTSP 124958/9. Both songs published by Ferus Music BMI.

As Danny and the Country Penetrators they put out a single that I haven’t heard, “She’s My Mother-In-Law” / “I’ll Be Waiting” on Delta Records in June of 1968.

The band was well known locally as as Danny and the Penetrators. They appeared on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour and continued with local bookings into the 1970s.

From a 1971 news item, it appears the Rabideau’s mother Doris managed the band.

Info on the band from a Port Henry forum. Thank you to Anthony M. for the original 45.

I’ll be selling records including some local singles (but not this one!) at the Albany Record Riot this Saturday, October 28, 2017. Click for more info.

Anyone have a photo of the group?

Penetrators Ferus 45 Splitter Splatter

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