Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band gigs 1963-1967

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.

Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band:

The band featured in Fabulous 208, circa August 1965 before Clive Burrows (second left) departed

Zoot Money – Hammond organ/vocals

Andy Somers – lead guitar

Paul Williams – bass/vocals

Nick Newall – tenor saxophone

Colin Allen – drums

25 November 1963 – Marquee, Oxford Street, London with Manfred Mann (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live) Billed as Zoot Money R&B Group

 

23 December 1963 – Marquee, Oxford Street, London with Manfred Mann (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live) Billed as Zoot Money R&B Group

1964

1 January 1964 – Clacton Town Hall, Clacton, Essex with Nix and The Nomads and The Nite Sect (Essex County Standard)

 

20 February 1964 – Studio, Westcliffe, Essex with Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames (Southend Standard & Essex Weekly Advertiser)

 

16 March 1964 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Cheynes (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

4 April 1964 – Coronation Hall, Denmark Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey with Dave Davani & The D-Men (Kingston & Malden Borough News)

10 April 1964 – Ricky Tick, Plaza Ballroom, Guildford, Surrey (Aldershot News)

17 April 1964 – Brighton Chinese Jazz Club, Florida Room, Brighton, West Sussex with Long John Baldy & The Hoochie Coochies (Evening Argus)

 

16 May 1964 – Ricky Tick, Plaza Ballroom, Guildford, Surrey (Aldershot News)

Around this time Clive Burrows joins on baritone saxophone

13 June 1964 – Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex with The Evergreens (Essex Chronicle)

 

4 July 1964 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with Russ Sainty & The Nu Notes and Terry Judge & The Barristers (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

12 July 1964 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey with support (Aldershot News)

15 July 1964 – Orford Cellar, Norwich, Norfolk (Eastern Evening News)

8 August 1964 – Attic Club, 1a High Street, Hounslow, Middlesex with The Clique (Kingston & Malden Borough News)

26 August 1964 – Orford Cellar, Norwich, Norfolk (Eastern Evening News)

30 August 1964 – Starlight Rooms, Montpellier Road, Brighton, West Sussex with The Alexanders (Evening Argus)

31 August 1964 – Modern Jazz Studio, Westcliffe, Essex (Southend Standard & Essex Weekly Advertiser)

5 September 1964 – Attic Club, 1a High Street, Hounslow, Middlesex with Them (aka The Themselves) (Kingston & Malden Borough News)

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

7 September 1964 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, Middlesex (Leyton and Leytonstone Guardian)

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

 

24 October 1964 – Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

 

17 November 1964 – Aylesbury Bluesville, Borough Assembly Hall, Market Square, Aylesbury, Bucks (Bucks Advertiser)

19 November 1964 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, Middlesex (Leyton and Leytonstone Guardian)

21 November 1964 – Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex with The RBQ (Essex Chronicle)

 

6 December 1964 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Crawdaddies (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

7 December 1964 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, Middlesex (Leyton and Leytonstone Guardian)

12 December 1964 – Petersfield Town Hall, Petersfield, Hampshire with The Overriders (Surrey Advertiser)

1965

7 January 1965 – Majestic Ballroom, Luton, Bedfordshire with The Rebounds (Luton News)

21 January 1965 – Studio, Westcliffe, Essex (Southend Standard & Essex Weekly Advertiser)

27 January 1965 – Forum Ballroom, Oxford, Oxfordshire (Oxford Mail)

 

11 March 1965 – Studio, Westcliffe, Essex (Southend Standard & Essex Weekly Advertiser)

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

24 March 1965 – Orford Cellar, Norwich, Norfolk (Eastern Evening News)

27 March 1965 – Royal Star Ballroom, Maidstone, Kent with The Lonely Ones (Maidstone Gazette)

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

29 March 1965 – Bluesville, Manor House Ballroom, Ipswich, Suffolk (Essex County Standard)

 

2 April 1965 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with Mal Ryder & The Spirits and The Ricochets (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

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

29 April 1965 – Birdcage, Kimbells Ballroom, Southsea, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

 

13 May 1965 – Bowes Lyon Youth Centre, Stevenage, Herts with Mike Dean & The Kinsmen (Hertfordshire Express)

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

24 May 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, London (Leyton, Leytonstone and Waltham Forest Guardian)

26 May 1965 – Bromel Club, Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley, London (Melody Maker)

 

7 June 1965 – Redcar Mini Festival, Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with Long John Baldry with Hoochie Coochie Men, Tony Knight’s Chessmen and The Crawdaddies (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

10 June 1965 – Bowes Lyon Youth Centre, Stevenage, Herts with The Mastersounds (Hertfordshire Express)

 

21 July 1965 – Farnborough Town Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

22 July 1965 – Birdcage, Kimbells Ballroom, Southsea, Hampshire with Charlie and Inez Foxx (Dave Allen research) They may have replaced The Ram Jam Band

 

13 August 1965 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with Bern Elliott & The Klan and The Tribe (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

15 August 1965 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with Greg Burman’s Soul Band (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

22 August 1965 – Blue Moon, Hayes, London (Harrow Weekly Post)

24 August 1965 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with Vince Everett & The Orchids (East Kent Times)

29 August 1965 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (Down at the Boat book)

Around this time Clive Burrows leaves to join The Alan Price Set. Johnny Almond takes his place. Trumpet player Geoff Condon joined around the same time.

 

13 September 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, London (Tottenham Weekly Herald)

18 September 1965 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with Dave & The Strollers (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

26 September 1965 – Blue Moon, Hayes, London (Harrow Weekly Post)

 

2 October 1965 – The House of Aden, Witham Public Hall, Witham, Essex with Cole Train Union (Essex Chronicle)

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

19 October 1965 – Ready Steady Go Club, Aylesbury, Bucks (website: http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/)

23 October 1965 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear with The Dawnbreakers (website: http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)

31 October 1965 – Blue Moon, Hayes, London (Harrow Weekly Post)

 

4 November 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

5 November 1965 – New All Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, London, E1 (Melody Maker)

7 November 1965 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (Down at the Boat book)

8 November 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, London (Tottenham Weekly Herald)

10 November 1965 – Farnborough Town Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

28 November 1965 – Beachcomber, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (Nottingham Evening Post)

 

18 December 1965 – Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex with Grant Tracey & The Sunsets (Essex Chronicle)

26 December 1965 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

1966

3 January 1966 – Star Hotel, Croydon, London (Chris Broom book: Rockin’ and Around Croydon)

9 January 1966 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Skyliners (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

19 January 1966 – Farnborough Town Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

26 January 1966 – Orford Cellar, Norwich, Norfolk (Eastern Evening News)

 

2 February 1966 – Bromel Club, Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley, London (Melody Maker)

6 February 1966 – Blue Moon, Hayes, London (Melody Maker)

19 February 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

25 February 1966 – Chislehurst Caves, Chislehurst, London (South East London Mercury)

27 February 1966 – Black Prince, Bexley, London (Fabulous 208)

 

2 March 1966 – Orford Cellar, Norwich, Norfolk (Eastern Evening News)

6 March 1966 – Chelmsford Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

7 March 1966 – Star Hotel, Croydon, London (Chris Broom book: Rockin’ and Around Croydon)

9 March 1966 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (website: http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)

16 March 1966 – Farnborough Town Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

24 March 1966 – Harvest Moon, Guildford, Surrey (Surrey Advertiser)

27 March 1966 – Dereham Tavern, Dereham, Norfolk with The News (Eastern Evening News)

 

6 April 1966 – Orford Cellar, Norwich, Norfolk (Eastern Evening News)

14 April 1966 – Winter Gardens, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire with The Image (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

17 April 1966 – Chelmsford Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

23 April 1966 – Bowes Lyon House, Stevenage, Herts with Saracens (website: http://www.coda-uk.co.uk/60’s_music_scene.htm)

8 May 1966 – Central R&B Club, Central Hotel, Gillingham, Kent (Chatham, Rochester and Gillingham News)

15 May 1966 – Blue Moon, Hayes, London (Melody Maker)

18 May 1966 – Farnborough Town Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

27 May 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

 

4 June 1966 – South East Jazz and Blues Festival, Blackheath with Manfred Mann, Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, Roy C and The Loose Ends (Melody Maker)

4 June 1966 – Toft’s, Folkestone, Kent (Melody Maker)

8 June 1966 – Orchid Ballroom, Purley, London (Chris Broom book: Rockin’ and Around Croydon)

12 June 1966 – Carousel Club, 1 Camp Road, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

 

2 July 1966 – Ricky Tick, Windsor, Berkshire (Fabulous 208)

3 July 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)

4 July 1966 – Manor House, Ipswich, Suffolk (Fabulous 208)

7 July 1966 – KD Club, Billingham, County Durham (Fabulous 208)

8 July 1966 – Starlight Ballroom, Wembley, London (Fabulous 208)

9 July 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

10 July 1966 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, London (Fabulous 208)

11 July 1966 – Supreme Ballroom, Ramsgate, Kent (Fabulous 208)

13 July 1966 – Orford Jazz Cellar, Norwich, Norfolk (Fabulous 208)

17 July 1966 – Hastings Pier, Hastings, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

19 July 1966 – Youth Centre, Wednesbury, West Midlands (Fabulous 208)

22 July 1966 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Spectrum (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

23 July 1966 – Zambesi, Hounslow, London (Fabulous 208)

24 July 1966 – Central R&B Club, Central Hotel, Gillingham, Kent (Fabulous 208)

25 July 1966 – Top Rank Ballroom, Wolverhampton, West Midlands (Fabulous 208)

30 July 1966 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire (website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)

 

4 August 1966 – Stoke Hotel, Guildford, Surrey (Fabulous 208)

5 August 1966 – Corn Exchange, Newbury, Berkshire (Fabulous 208)

9 August 1966 – Blue Lagoon, Southsea, Hampshire (Fabulous 208)

11 August 1966 – Pier Pavilion, Herne Bay, Kent (Fabulous 208)

13 August 1966 – Bowes Lyon House, Stevenage, Herts with Saracens (website: http://www.coda-uk.co.uk/60’s_music_scene.htm)

14 August 1966 – Hastings Pier, Hastings, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

15 August 1966 – Royal Albion Hotel, Walton-on-The-Naze, Essex (Fabulous 208)

16 August 1966 – Fishmonger’s Arms, Wood Green, London (Fabulous 208)

17 August 1966 – Discoblue Club, Ryde, Isle of Wight (Fabulous 208)

18 August 1966 – RAF Tangmere, West Sussex (Fabulous 208)

19 August 1966 – Starlite Ballroom, Wembley, London (Fabulous 208)

20 August 1966 – Toft’s, Folkestone, Kent (Melody Maker)

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

27 August 1966 – Twisted Wheel, Manchester (Fabulous 208)

28 August 1966 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (Down at the Boat book)

29 August 1966 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with Tony Knight’s Chessmen, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and The Crawdaddies (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

 

3 September 1966 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear (Fabulous 208) This seems unlikely with the following gig

3 September 1966 – St George’s Hall, Exeter, Devon with The Bunch and The Spectres (Express & Echo)

4 September 1966 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey (Aldershot News)

5 September 1966 – Manor House Club, Ipswich, Suffolk (Fabulous 208)

7 September 1966 – Orford Cellar, Norwich, Norfolk (Fabulous 208)

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

10 September 1966 – Starlight Ballroom, Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire with The Vibrations & The Noblemen and The Little People (Lincolnshire Standard)

11 September 1966 – Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)

12 September 1966 – Colston Hall, Bristol with Otis Redding and St Louis Union (Fabulous 208)

20 September 1966 – Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Fabulous 208)

21 September 1966 – Top Rank Ballroom, Southampton, Hampshire (Fabulous 208)

22 September 1966 – McIllroy’s Ballroom, Swindon, Wiltshire (Fabulous 208)

23 September 1966 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Sound Trekkers (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

24 September 1966 – Grantham Drill Hall, Grantham, Lincolnshire with The Small Faces (Nottingham Evening Post)

25 September 1966 – Sunshine Ballroom, East Dereham, Norfolk (Fabulous 208)

27 September 1966 – Corn Exchange, Bedford, Bedfordshire (Fabulous 208)

28 September 1966 – Scene Club, Cardiff, Wales (Fabulous 208)

29 September 1966 – Stoke Hotel, Guildford, Surrey (Fabulous 208)

 

1 October 1966 – Subscription Rooms, Stroud, Gloucestershire (Fabulous 208)

2 October 1966 – Leofric Hotel, Coventry, West Midlands (Fabulous 208)

5 October 1966 – Swansea University, Swansea, Wales (Fabulous 208)

6 October 1966 – Ritz Ballroom, Skewen, Wales (Fabulous 208)

7 October 1966 – Town Hall, Stratford, London (Fabulous 208)

8 October 1966 – Ricky Tick, Windsor, Berkshire (Fabulous 208)

9 October 1966 – Central R&B Club, Central Hotel, Gillingham, Kent (Fabulous 208)

10 October 1966 – Queen’s Ballroom, Wolverhampton, West Midlands (Fabulous 208)

11 October 1966 – Ricky Tick, Windsor, Berkshire (Fabulous 208)

13 October 1966 – Golden Torch, Tunstall, Staffordshire (Fabulous 208)

14 October 1966 – Mark Altman Ballroom, Leeds, West Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)

15 October 1966 – Durham University, Durham, County Durham (Fabulous 208)

16 October 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)

19 October 1966 – Bromel Club, Bromley, London (Fabulous 208)

20 October 1966 – Dorothy’s Ballroom, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire (Fabulous 208)

21 October 1966 – Aston University, Aston, West Midlands (Fabulous 208)

22 October 1966 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Felder’s Orioles (Melody Maker)

25 October 1966 – Rag Ball, Sherwood Rooms, Nottingham with Ivy League with The Jaybirds, Lee Dorsey and Our Young (Nottingham Evening Post)

26 October 1966 – City Hall, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)

27 October 1966 – Ricky Tick, Bedford, Bedfordshire (Fabulous 208)

28 October 1966 – Jazz Club, Manor House, London (Fabulous 208)

29 October 1966 – Chelsea College, Chelsea, London (Fabulous 208)

30 October 1966 – Starlite Ballroom, Wembley, London (Fabulous 208)

31 October 1966 – Shakespeare Hotel, Woolwich, London (Fabulous 208)

 

2 November 1966 – Locarno Ballroom, Stevenage, Herts (Fabulous 208)

3 November 1966 – New Yorker Discotheque, Swindon, Wiltshire (Fabulous 208)

4 November 1966 – Market Hall, St Albans, Herts (Luton News)

5 November 1966 – Lancaster University, Lancaster, Lancashire (Fabulous 208)

8 November 1966 – Winter Gardens, Malvern, Worcestershire (Fabulous 208)

12 November 1966 – Midnight City, Digbeth, West Midlands with New York Public Library (Birmingham Evening Mail)

13 November 1966 – Belle Vue, New Elizabethan, Greater Manchester (Manchester Evening News and Chronicle)

15 November 1966 – Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Fabulous 208)

17 November 1966 – West Park Pavilion, St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands (Fabulous 208)

18 November 1966 – Jazz Club, Manor House, London (Fabulous 208)

19 November 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Fabulous 208)

20 November 1966 – Bluesette, Leatherhead, Surrey (Caterham Weekly Press/Melody Maker) Advert says the club reopens

21 November 1966 – Majestic Ballroom, Reading, Berkshire (Fabulous 208)

24 November 1966 – Links International Club, Maxwell Park Youth Centre, Borehamwood, Herts (Simon Gee research)

25 November 1966 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The Situation and Clem Dalton Show (Melody Maker)

26 November 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

29 November 1966 – St Thomas Hall, Brentwood, Essex (Fabulous 208)

 

1 December 1966 – Dorothy Ballroom, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire with David Essex & The Mood Indigo (Cambridge News/Fabulous 208)

3 December 1966 – Morley Town Hall, Morley, West Yorkshire (Yorkshire Evening Post)

3 December 1966 – Jigsaw, Manchester, Greater Manchester (Fabulous 208)

4 December 1966 – Mr Smith’s, Manchester, Greater Manchester (Fabulous 208)

7 December 1966 – Liverpool University, Liverpool, Merseyside (Fabulous 208)

8 December 1966 – York University, York, North Yorkshire with The Brian Auger Trinity (Fabulous 208)

10 December 1966 – Blue Moon, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (Fabulous 208)

11 December 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London with Bobby Hebb (Melody Maker)

12 December 1966 – St Luke’s College, Exeter, Devon with Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers (Fabulous 208)

13 December 1966 – Pavilion Ballroom, Bournemouth, Dorset (Fabulous 208)

14 December 1966 – Ritz Ballroom, Kings Heath, West Midlands (Fabulous 208)

14 December 1966 – Plaza Ballroom, Handsworth, West Midlands (Fabulous 208)

15 December 1966 – Great Hall, Reading, Berkshire with Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band (Fabulous 208)

17 December 1966 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with Davey Sands & The Essex (East Kent Times)

18 December 1966 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, London (Fabulous 208)

19 December 1966 – Baths Hall, Ipswich, Suffolk (Fabulous 208)

20 December 1966 – Bray’s Grove Youth Centre, Harlow, Essex (Fabulous 208)

21 December 1966 – College of Technology, Durham, County Durham (Fabulous 208)

22 December 1966 – De Montfont Hall, Leicester, Leicestershire (Fabulous 208)

24 December 1966 – Chelmsford Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex with The Coletraine Union (Southend Standard)

29 December 1966 – Civic Hall, Connah’s Quay, Wales (Fabulous 208)

30 December 1966 – Boulevard, Tadcaster, West Yorkshire (Yorkshire Evening Post)

30 December 1966 – Crystal Ballroom, Castleford, West Yorkshire with Ray King Soul Band and Sweet Image (Yorkshire Evening Post)

31 December 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)

1967

1 January 1967 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Zephrons (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

4 January 1967 – Bromel Club, Bromley, London (Fabulous 208)

5 January 1967 – White Icicle Ballroom, Northampton, Northamptonshire (Fabulous 208)

6 January 1967 – Dancing Slipper, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (Fabulous 208)

7 January 1967 – Floral Hall, Southport, Lancashire (Lancashire Evening Post)

9 January 1967 – Majestic Ballroom, Reading, Berkshire (Fabulous 208)

10 January 1967 – St Thomas Hall, Brentwood, Essex (Fabulous 208)

13 January 1967 – Market Hall, St Albans, Hertfordshire (Fabulous 208)

14 January 1967 – Golden Torch, Tunstall, Staffordshire (Fabulous 208)

17 January 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Syn (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

21 January 967 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with The Fireflies (website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)

22 January 1967 – Dereham Tavern Club, Dereham, Norfolk with The Rubber Band (North Norfolk News)

24 January 1967 – Ritz, Bournemouth, Dorset with The Bossmen (Bournemouth Evening Echo)

27 January 1967 – Civic and Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton, West Midlands with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, The Zombies, The ‘N’ Betweens, The Savoy Jazz band and Ken Ingram’s Jazz band (Express & Star)

28 January 1967 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (website: http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)

 

1 February 1967 – Locarno Ballroom, Stevenage, Herts (Fabulous 208)

3 February 1967 – Bluesville, Manor House, London (Fabulous 208)

4 February 1967 – Chelmsford Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

5 February 1967 – Central R&B Club, Central Hotel, Gillingham, Kent (Fabulous 208)

7 February 1967 – Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire (Poster)

9 February 1967 – Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Wales (Fabulous 208)

10 February 1967 – Clouds, Derby, Derbyshire (Fabulous 208)

11 February 1967 – Twisted Wheel, Manchester (Fabulous 208)

13 February 1967 – Baths Hall, Ipswich, Suffolk (Fabulous 208)

18 February 1967 – Faculty of Tech, Manchester (Fabulous 208)

20 February 1967 – Belfry Hotel, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands (Fabulous 208)

22 February 1967 – Dorothy Ballroom, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire (Fabulous 208)

23 February 1967 – Nicholas Youth Centre, Basildon, Essex (Fabulous 208)

24 February 1967 – Aston University, Birmingham (Fabulous 208)

25 February 1967 – Leicester University, Leicester (Fabulous 208)

25 February 1967 – Beachcomber, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (Fabulous 208)

26 February 1967 – Starlite Ballroom, Greenford, London (Fabulous 208)

 

3 March 1967 – Baths Hall, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire (Fabulous 208)

3 March 1967 – Northgate Hall, Sleaford, Lincolnshire (Fabulous 208)

4 March 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Fabulous 208)

4 March 1967 – Queen Mary’s College, Mile End, London (Fabulous 208)

11 March 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

13 March 1967 – Granby Halls, Leicester with The Who and The Alan Price Set (Fabulous 208)

15 March 1967 – Top Rank Suite, Southampton, Hampshire (Fabulous 208)

17 March 1967 – Gaiety Ballroom, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

18 March 1967 – Golden Torch, Tunstall, Staffordshire (Fabulous 208)

19 March 1967 – Top Rank Suite, Chesterfield, Derbyshire (Fabulous 208)

20 March 1967 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, London (Fabulous 208)

22 March 1967 – College of Commerce, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)

23 March 1967 – Salisbury City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire with First Lites (Frogg Moody and Richard Nash’s book Hold Tight!)

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

26 March 1967 – Troutbeck Hotel, IIkley, West Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)

27 March 1967 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Real McCoy and T D Backus & The Powerhouse and The Frame (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

31 March 1967 – Gaiety Ballroom, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

31 March 1967 – Cadillac Ballroom, Scarborough, North Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)

 

1 April 1967 – Chelmsford Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

2 April 1967 – Starlight Ballroom, Crawley, West Sussex (Melody Maker)

14 April 1967 – Rugby Town Hall, Rugby, Warwickshire (Coventry Evening Telegraph)

15 April 1967 – Floral Hall, Southport, Lancashire (Fabulous 208)

16 April 1967 – The Thing, Oldham, Greater Manchester (Fabulous 208)

18 April 1967 – Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)

21 April 1967 – Central Pier, Morecambe, Lancashire (Fabulous 208)

22 April 1967 – Spa Ballroom, Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)

23 April 1967 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, London (Fabulous 208)

24 April 1967 – El Dorado, Leith, Scotland (Fabulous 208)

28 April 1967 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear (Fabulous 208)

29 April 1967 – Manchester University, Manchester with Brian Poole (Fabulous 208)

30 April 1967 – Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)

 

3 May 1967 – Caravelle Club, Viewing Lounge, Birmingham Airport with Monopoly (Coventry Evening Telegraph)

5 May 1967 – Princess Club, Chorlton, Greater Manchester (Fabulous 208)

5 May 1967 – Domino Club, Openshaw, Greater Manchester (Fabulous 208)

6 May 1967 – Twisted Wheel, Manchester (Fabulous 208)

7 May 1967 – Beau Brumell Club, Nantwich, Cheshire (Fabulous 208)

8 May 1967 – Feathers, Ealing, London (Fabulous 208)

12 May 1967 – Southampton University, Southampton, Hampshire (Fabulous 208)

14 May 1967 – Central Hotel, Gillingham, Kent (Fabulous 208)

15 May 1967 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, London (Fabulous 208)

18 May 1967 – Majestic Ballroom, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear (Fabulous 208)

20 May 1967 – Ricky Tick, Windsor, Berkshire (Fabulous 208)

21 May 1967 – Airmen’s Club, USAF base, Bentwaters, Suffolk (Fabulous 208)

22 May 1967 – Bamboo Club, Manchester (Manchester Evening News and Chronicle)

23 May 1967 – Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)

26 May 1967 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The New Jump Band (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

27 May 1967 – Corby Civic Centre, Corby, Northamptonshire (Fabulous 208)

28 May 1967 – Shoreline Club, Bognor Regis, West Sussex (Fabulous 208)

31 May 1967 – Scotch Club Discotheque, Torquay Devon (Fabulous 208)

 

1 June 1967 – Quay Club, Exeter, Devon (Fabulous 208)

2 June 1967 – Queen’s Hall, Barnstaple, Devon (Fabulous 208)

4 June 1967 – Purple Fez Club, Devonport, Plymouth, Devon (Fabulous 208)

6 June 1967 – Pavilion, Bournemouth, Dorset with The Fingers (Bournemouth Echo)

8 June 1967 – RAF Wyton, Wyton, Cambridgeshire (Fabulous 208)

9 June 1967 – Il Rondo, Leicester (Fabulous 208)

10 June 1967 – Baths, Matlock, Derbyshire (Fabulous 208)

13 June 1967 – Winter Gardens, Malvern, Worcestershire (Fabulous 208)

15 June 1967 – RAF Cottesmore, Rutland (Fabulous 208)

16 June 1967 – University College, Gower Street, London (Fabulous 208)

17 June 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London (Fabulous 208)

18 June 1967 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, London (Poster)

25 June 1967 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Bluecaps (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

28 June 1967 – Cellar Jazz Club, South Shields, Tyne & Wear (Fabulous 208)

30 June 1967 – Edgehill Training College, Liverpool, Merseyside (Fabulous 208)

 

1 July 1967 – Summerfield Technical College, Kidderminster, Worcestershire (Fabulous 208)

2 July 1967 – Swan, Birmingham (Fabulous 208)

3 July 1967 – Club Rado, Belfast, Northern Ireland (Fabulous 208)

4 July 1967 – Embassy Ballroom, Londonderry, Northern Ireland (Fabulous 208)

6 July 1967 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear (Fabulous 208)

7 July 1967 – Skyline Ballroom, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire with The Jeff Beck Group (Fabulous 208)

8 July 1967 – Floral Hall, Southport, Lancashire (Fabulous 208)

9 July 1967 – Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)

10 July 1967 – Belfry Hotel, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands (Fabulous 208)

14 July 1967 – Bluesville, Manor House, London (Fabulous 208)

15 July 1967 – Seagull Ballroom, Ryde, Isle of Wight (Fabulous 208)

21 July 1967 – McGoo’s, Edinburgh, Scotland (Fabulous 208)

21 July 1967 – Victoria Ballroom, Dunbar, Scotland (Fabulous 208)

22 July 1967 – Community Centre, Auchinleck, Scotland (Fabulous 208)

23 July 1967 – Top Ten Club, Dundee, Scotland (Fabulous 208)

27 July 1967 – Caledonian Hotel, Inverness, Scotland (Fabulous 208)

28 July 1967 – Douglas Hotel, Aberdeen, Scotland (Fabulous 208)

29 July 1967 – Market Hall, Carlisle, Cumbria (Fabulous 208)

3 August 1967 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent (Fabulous 208)

4 August 1967 – Winter Gardens Ballroom, Penzance, Cornwall (Fabulous 208)

5 August 1967 – Flamingo, Redruth, Cornwall with The Passion (West Briton & Royal Cornish Gazette)

7 August 1967 – Town Hall, Torquay, Devon (Fabulous 208)

The horn section left around this time

August 1967 – This month, they play Le Papagayo, Saint Tropez, France (Melody Maker) Record Mirror says the residency starts on 14 August

Around this time, the group changes name to Dantalion’s Chariot and Paul Williams leaves to replace John McVie in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers

Copyright © Nick Warburton. All Rights Reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced or transmitted in any from or by any means, without prior permission from the author

Julian Covey & The Machine

Image may be subject to copyright

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

+

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.

Image may be subject to copyright. This image dates from 1965. I would welcome any comments on who the musicians are

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

John McVie – bass

Stan Marut – Hammond organ

+

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.

Image may be subject to copyright

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/

Copyright © Nick Warburton. All Rights Reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced or transmitted in any from or by any means, without prior permission from the author

 

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

Copyright © Nick Warburton.  All Rights Reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced or transmitted in any from or by any means, without prior permission from the author.

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)

Copyright © Nick Warburton.  All Rights Reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced or transmitted in any from or by any means, without prior permission from the author.

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

Copyright © Nick Warburton.  All Rights Reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced or transmitted in any from or by any means, without prior permission from the author.

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

+

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.

Copyright © Nick Warburton.  All Rights Reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced or transmitted in any from or by any means, without prior permission from the author.

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)

Copyright © Nick Warburton.  All Rights Reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced or transmitted in any from or by any means, without prior permission from the author.

The site for '60s garage bands since 2004