Nashville Teens’ gigs 1962-1970

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 and, where possible, I have added the sources used, whether they are newspapers or websites.  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 NASHVILLE TEENS:

Ray Philips – lead vocals (b. 16 January 1939, Tiger Bay, Cardiff)

Art Sharp – lead vocals (b. 26 May 1941, Woking, Surrey)

John Hawken – keyboards (b. 9 May 1940, Bournemouth, Dorset)

Mick Dunford – lead guitar (b. 8 July 1944, Addlestone, Surrey)

Pete Shannon (Harris) – bass (b. Peter Shannon Harris, 23 August 1941, Antrim, County Antrim, Northern Ireland)

Dave Maine – drums

1962:

Sometime in 1962, Roger Groom (b. Woking, Surrey) replaced Dave Maine.

14 July 1962 – Cellar, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey

21 July 1962 – Cellar, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey

28 July 1962 – Cellar, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey

 

22 September 1962 – Cellar, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey

1963:

The Surrey Comet has a great story on the band going professional in its 6 July 1963 issue, page 10

Terry Crowe joined as a third vocalist in 1963 for the band’s trip to Hamburg.

Also, this year Peter Jones temporarily replaced Roger Groom who left to join The End before Barry Jenkins (b. 22 December 1944, Leicester, Leicestershire) joined full-time on drums. Terry Crowe and Mick Dunford also departed and John Allen (b. 23 April 1945, St Albans, Hertfordshire) took over guitar.

 1964:

15 January 1964 – Golders Green Refectory, Golders Green, London

 

16 February 1964 – Co-Op, Addlestone, Surrey

 

15 March 1964 – Co-Op, Addlestone, Surrey

 

11 July 1964 – Hi Fi Hop, Walton Playhouse, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey

18 July 1964 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex with Buddy Britten & The Regents

24 July 1964 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with Venders

 

1 August 1964 – Club Noreik, Tottenham, London with The Wild Ones

 

18 September 1964 – Granada, Walthamstow, London with Billy J Kramer, The Ronettes, The Yardbirds, Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers, The Dakotas and Tim Connor

26 September 1964 – Astoria, Finsbury Park, London with Manfred Mann, Bill Haley & His Comets, The Rockin’ Berries, The Untamed Four and The Bobby Patrick Big Six

 

20 October 1964 – Royal Edmonton, Edmonton, Middlesex with The Animals, Carl Perkins, The Quotations, Tommy Tucker, Elkie Brooks and Ray Cameron

 

4 November 1964 – Fairfield Hall, Croydon, Surrey with The Animals, Carl Perkins, Elkie Brooks, Tommy Tucker, The Quotations and Ray Cameron

 

11 December 1964 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Sonics and The Hustlers

1965:

23 January 1965 – Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, Lancashire

 

1 February 1965 – Galaxy Club, Town Hall, Basingstoke, Hampshire with Saphenas

13 February 1965 – Redhill Market Hall, Redhill, Surrey

16 February 1965 – Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks

 

27 March 1965 – The Gaiety, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with Fernando’s Hideaways and The Pythons

 

15 April 1965 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Fenmen and The Nightshades

 

12 May 1965 – Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks

30 May 1965 – Riverside Club, Cricketers Hotel, Chertsey, Surrey

 

4 June 1965 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex with The Lonely Ones

5 June 1965 – Cavern, London

 

10 August 1965 – Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks

14 August 1965 – Clacton Town Hall, Clacton, Essex with Fernando & The Hideaways and The Trends

18 August 1965 – Farnborough Town Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire

21 August 1965 – Malborough Hall, Halifax, West Yorkshire

 

4 September 1965 – Royal Hotel Lowestoft, Lowestoft, Norfolk with The Leader

6 September 1965 – Galaxy Club, Town Hall, Basingstoke, Hampshire

9 September 1965 – Salisbury City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire with The Bunch

18 September 1965 – Starlight Ballroom, Boston Gliderdrome, Lincolnshire with The Objects and The Montanas

24 September 1965 – Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks

 

10 October 1965 – Plaza, Newbury, Berkshire with The Just Men

 

26 November 1965 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with two supporting groups

 

2 December 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, Middlesex

18 December 1965 – Ready Steady Go, Aylesbury, Bucks

1966:

1 January 1966 – Starlight Ballroom, Boston Gliderdrome, Lincolnshire with Jeff Curtis & The Flames and The Game

21 January 1966 – Beaconsfield Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks

 

10 February 1966 – Poor Man’s Ball, Bradford University, Bradford, West Yorkshire with The Mouldy Ways and Clayton Squares

27 February 1966 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex

Barry Jenkins joined The Animals after John Steele played his final gig on 5 March. Former member Roger Groom from The End replaced him

11 March 1966 – Cricketer’s Inn, Southend, Essex with The Orioles

25 March 1966 – Ross Group Sports Club, Gaitey Ballroom, Grimsby, Lincolnshire with The Fourmost and The She Trinity

 

1 April 1966 – Farnborough Technical College Students’ Union, Farnborough, Hampshire with The Clayton Squares and Cops ‘N’ Robbers

24 April 1966 – Catacombe, Eastbourne, East Sussex

27 April 1966 – Gala Ballroom, Norwich, Norfolk with Five X 5

29 April 1966 – Stratford Town Hall, Stratford, London

 

27 May 1966 – Cricketers Inn, Southend, Essex with The Avengers

 

2 July 1966 – Toft’s, Folkestone, Kent

6 July 1966 – Headland Pavilion, Bude, Cornwall

8 July 1966 – Liskeard Public Hall, Liskeard, Cornwall with Package Deal and Jaguars

16 July 1966 – Butterley Grange, Swanage, Dorset

22 July 1966 – Corn Exchange, Diss, Norfolk with En-Devers

23 July 1966 – King’s Hall, Aberystwyth, Wales

24 July 1966 – Cavendish Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear

24 July 1966 – Weatheralls, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

 

22 August 1966 – Bath Pavilion, Bath, Somerset

28 August 1966 – Hastings Pier, Hastings, East Sussex

 

16 September 1966 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with Stacey’s Circle

19 September 1966 – Black Cat, Woolwich, London

23 September 1966 –Axminster Guidhall, Axminster, Devon with The Legends

28 September 1966 – Church Hall, Stroud, Gloucestershire

29 September 1966 – Rugby Club, Garndiffaith, Pontypool, Wales

30 September 1966 – RAF Station, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset

 

1 October 1966 – Town Hall, Walsall, West Midlands

2 October 1966 – Khyber Club, Taunton, Somerset with The Germs

6 October 1966 – Salisbury City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire with The Meddy Evils

15 October 1966 – ABC Cinema, Aldershot, Hampshire with The Hollies, The Small Faces, Paul & Barry Ryan, Peter Jay & The New Jaywalkers and Robb Storme & The Whispers

16 October 1966 – ABC Cinema, Romford, Essex

18 October 1966 – Odeon Theatre, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

19 October 1966 – Capitol Theatre, Cardiff, Wales

20 October 1966 – Gaumont Cinema, Taunton, Somerset

21 October 1966 – Gaumont Cinema, Wolverhampton, West Midlands

22 October 1966 – ABC Theatre, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

23 October 1966 – ABC Cinema, Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

24 October 1966 – Gaumont Theatre, Ipswich, Suffolk

26 October 1966 – ABC Cinema, Northampton, Northamptonshire

27 October 1966 – Regal Cinema, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

28 October 1966 – ABC Cinema, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

29 October 1966 – ABC Cinema, Chester, Cheshire

30 October 1966 – Gaumont Theatre, Coventry, West Midlands

 

1 November 1966 – Gaumont Theatre, Worcester, Worcestershire

2 November 1966 – ABC Cinema, Wigan, Lancashire

3 November 1966 – Odeon Theatre, Manchester, Greater Manchester

4 November 1966 – Odeon Theatre, Leeds, West Yorkshire

5 November 1966 – Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

6 November 1966 – Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear

10 November 1966 – Pier, Worthing, West Sussex

10 November 1966 – Quay Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear

11 November 1966 – De Montfort, Leicester, Leicestershire

12 November 1966 – College of Technology, Luton, Bedfordshire

13 November 1966 – Wheatsheaf Club, Brandon, Suffolk

19 November 1966 – Faculty of Technology Union, Manchester, Greater Manchester with The Things

26 November 1966 – London College of Printing, Elephant and Castle, London

 

3 December 1966 – Club Nevada, Redhill Market Hall, Redhill Surrey

17 December 1966 – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, Essex with The Fingers and Sounds Around

18-24 December 1966 – New 77 Club and Cabaret Club, Burnley, Lancashire

30 December 1966 – Wimbledon Palais, Wimbledon, London

1967:

7 January 1967 – Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone, Kent with The Mixed Feelings

8 January 1967 – Old Crown & Cushion, Perry Barr, West Midlands

28 January 1967 – Walton Hop, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey

 

6 February 1967 – Kingfisher Country Club, Kingswinford, West Midlands with The ‘N’ Betweens

18 February 1967 – Royal Lido Ballroom, Prestatyn, Wales with The Raynes

26 February 1967 – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, Essex with The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, The Koobas and Force Five

 

18 March 1967 – Spa Royal Hall, Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire with Big Change and The Voice

25 March 1967 – Tabernacle, Stockport, Greater Manchester

 

9 May 1967 – South Pier, Lowestoft, Suffolk with Ray King Soul Band

28 May 1967 – Kisstadion, Budapest, Hungary

 

9 June 1967 – Tiles, London with The Downliners Sect

 

1 July 1967 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with The Washington DC’s

15 July 1967 – Rave Nite, Irchester near Wellingborough, Northamptonshire with The Symbols

Neil Korner from The New Vaudeville Band took over from Pete Shannon around September 1967

9 September 1967 – Spa Royal Hall, Bridlington with The Sons of Witch and The Exodus

 

16 October 1967 – Glastonbury Town Hall, Glastonbury, Somerset

21 October 1967 – KSL Club, Brackley Town Hall, Brackley, Northamptonshire

 

11 November 1967 – Glastonbury Town Hall, Glastonbury, Somerset with The Lotion

21 November 1967 – Queens Rink Ballroom, Hartlepool, County Durham with The Gasboard and Tony King Sound

23 November 1967 – Cleveland Technical College Students’ Union, Astoria Ballroom, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire with The St Louis Union and The Crescendos

30 November 1967 – Penthouse, Birmingham, West Midlands with Amen Corner

 

December 1967 – Osprey Club, Portland, Dorset with Bill Collins & His Orchestra (Christmas show)

1968:

3 February 1968 – Clockwork Orange, Chester, Cheshire with Bujjies

 

8 March 1968 – Punchbowl, Lapworth, West Midlands

18-21 March 1968 – Hatchetts Playground, London

22 March 1968 – St Albans City Hall, St Albans, Herts with The Cortinas

30 March 1968 – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, Essex with support

 

22 April 1968 – Raven, Strechford, West Midlands

26 April 1968 – Belfry, Wishaw, West Midlands with Youngblood, Lionel Rubins and Don McLean

 

4 May 1968 – Walsall Town Hall, Walsall, West Midlands with Traction

Fabulous 208 says that in late May 1968 road manager Dick Philips took over from Neil Korner on bass but this seems unlikely unless it was temporary as Korner left later in the year

15 June 1968 – Winsford Civic Hall, Winsford, Cheshire

28 June 1968 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with support

 

10 August 1968 – Barn Ballroom, Little Bardfield Hall, Little Bardfield, Essex

 

4 October 1968 – John Dalton College, Manchester, Greater Manchester with The Stroll Band and The Kondours

5 October 1968 – Solihull Civic Hall, Solihull, West Midlands

24 October 1968 – Tall Trees Club, Newquay, Cornwall

25 October 1968 – Van Dike, Plymouth, Devon with Inner Circle

26 October 1968 – University College, London with Grapefruit and Mustang Proteus

 

15 November 1968 – Nottingham University, Nottingham with Marmalade and The Cortinas

26 November 1968 – University College, London, Gower Street, W1 with Grapefruit, Mustang and Proteus

John Hawken left around November initially to start a band with Chris Dreja and B J Cole. He subsequently formed Renaissance. Roger Groom also departed and was replaced briefly by Chris West

 

13 December 1968 – Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex with Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and Krisis

Neil Korner, Chris West and John Allen all left around this time

Roger Deane (bass) and Len Tuckey (lead guitar) from The Chasers joined with James Smith (drums), who’d previously worked with Hamilton & The Hamilton Movement among others

 1969:

20 February 1969 – Imperial College, Charity Concert, Royal Albert Hall, London with The Spencer Davis Group, The Move, Status Quo and East of Eden (Melody Maker)

James Smith left in late February/early March to join House of Orange, who backed The Fantastics. His replacement was Lenny Butcher, another ex-Chaser

 

23 November 1969 – London Palladium, London with Gene Vincent and Wild Angels

1970:

27 July 1970 – Telegraph, Brixton, London

 

5 September 1970 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London

Gig sources include:

Aldershot News, Andover Advertiser, Banbury Guardian, Birmingham Evening Mail, Bucks Free Press (High Wycombe), Cornish Gazette, Cornish Guardian, Crawley Advertiser, Crewe Chronicle, Eastern Evening News, East Kent Times & Mail, Express and Echo (Exeter), Fabulous 208 Magazine, Folkestone & Hythe Gazette, Hayes Gazette, Hull Daily Mail, Lincolnshire Standard, Manchester Evening News and Chronicle, Melody Maker, Newcastle Evening Chronicle, Newham, Barking and Stratford Express, Northwich Chronicle, Somerset County Gazette, Southend Standard, Surrey Comet, Time out, Tottenham Weekly Herald, Western Evening Herald, West Briton & Royal Cornwall Gazette, Woking Herald, Wood Green and Southgate Weekly Herald. Also Roger Bistow’s research on Dizzy Tiger Music website and the California Ballroom website.

The Amboy Dukes’ gigs 1965-1969

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 and, where possible, I have added the sources used, whether they are newspapers or websites.  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 AMBOY DUKES:

1965:

16 September 1965 – New Central Ballroom, Aldershot, Hampshire with The Moggies (Aldershot News)

 

23 October 1965 – Orchid Ballroom, Oxford with The Cameos (Oxford Mail)

 

19 November 1965 – Fiesta Hall, Andover, Hampshire (Andover Advertiser)

 

9 December 1965 – New Central Ballroom, Aldershot, Hampshire with The Bystanders (Aldershot News)

1966:

29 January 1966 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex with All Things Bright (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

 

5 February 1966 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Overlanders and The Tribe (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

 

25 March 1966 – Carousel Club, 1 Camp Road, Farnborough, Hampshire with The Cherokees (Aldershot News)

 

9 April 1966 – Unknown Norfolk venue with The James Royal Set (Eastern Evening News)

15 April 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London with Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames (Melody Maker)

17 April 1966 – Carousel Club, 1 Camp Road, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

23 April 1966 – Flamingo Ballroom, Redruth, Cornwall and The Poets (West Briton & The Royal Cornwall Gazette)

30 April 1966 – Gala Ballroom, Norwich with The Tribe (Eastern Evening News)

 

4 June 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London with Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers (Melody Maker)

16 June 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

23 July 1966 – Latin Quarter, Cellar Club, Leicester with Bluesology (Leicester Mercury)

30 July 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London with The Objects (Melody Maker)

 

6-7 August 1966 – Flamingo, Soho (Melody Maker)

13 August 1966 – Tofts, Folkestone, Kent (Melody Maker)

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

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

27 August 1966 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

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

 

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

17 September 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield with Shotgun Express and Roll Movement (The Star)

23 September 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield with Vibrations and London’s Ravers (The Star)

 

8 October 1966 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham with Plus Four (Nottingham Evening Post)

8 October 1966 – Union Rowing Club, Trent Bridge, Nottingham with The Nite People (Nottingham Evening Post)

16 October 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

22 October 1966 – Tofts, Folkestone, Kent (Melody Maker)

23 October 1966 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

27 October 1966 – Adam & Eve, Southampton, Hampshire (Southern Evening Echo)

30 October 1966 – Union Rowing Club, Trent Bridge, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

 

4 November 1966 – Beaconsfield Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

17 November 1966 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

19 November 1966 – Flamingo, Soho (Melody Maker)

20 November 1966 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

25 November 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire with Little Richard and Johnny B Great & The Quotations (Dave Allen research)

 

3 December 1966 – Flamingo, Soho with Five Proud Walkers (Melody Maker)

14 December 1966 – Adam and Eve, Southampton, Hampshire (Southern Evening Echo)

22 December 1966 – Thorngate Ballroom, Gosport, Hampshire (Portsmouth News)

23 December 1966 – Boulevard, Tadcaster, West Yorkshire with support (Yorkshire Evening Post)

23 December 1966 – Crystal Ballroom, Castleford, West Yorkshire with support (Yorkshire Evening Post)

24 December 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield (The Star)

24 December 1966 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Fabulous 208)

30 December 1966 – Beaconsfield Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

31 December 1966 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Fabulous 208)

1967:

13 January 1967 – Tiger’s Head, Catford, Kent (South East London Mercury)

14 January 1967 – Flamingo, Soho with Jon (Melody Maker)

15 January 1967 – Bluesville, Manor House, London with others (Melody Maker)

19 January 1967 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

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

 

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

10 February 1967 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Rick ‘N’ Beckers (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

11 February 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/)

12 February 1967 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire with The Move (The Star)

21 February1967 – Bluesville, St Thomas’ Hall, Brentwood, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

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

 

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

16 March 1967 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

18 March 1967 – Toft’s, Folkestone, Kent (Melody Maker)

19 March 1967 – Klue J Klub, Saracen’s Head Hotel, Chelmsford, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

24 March 1967 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

26 March 1967 – Toft’s, Folkestone, Kent (Melody Maker)

28 March 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

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

12 April 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with Chaos Blues Band (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call) May have been The Checkmates instead

14 April 1967 – Dancing Slipper, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

19 April 1967 – Hull College of Commerce Students’ Union, Skyline Ballroom, Hull, Humberside with Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, Tony Rivers & The Castaways, The Locomotion and The Jamm (Hull Daily Mail)

23 April 1967 – Klue J Klub, Sarcens Head Hotel, Chelmsford, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

 

4 May 1967 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

6 May 1967 – Ricky Tick, Hounslow, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

6 May 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker)

12 May 1967 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Don Brewer Band (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

14 May 1967 – King Mojo, Sheffield (The Star)

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

 

3 June 1967 – Toft’s, Folkestone, Kent (Melody Maker)

5 June 1967 – Queen’s Ballroom, Wolverhampton, West Midlands (Express & Star)

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

11 June 1967 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent (Poster)

16 June 1967 – Clouds, Derby (Derby Evening Telegraph)

17 June 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker) Billed as The Amboy Dukes Band

22 June 1967 – Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield with The Drifters, Alan Bown, Ronnie Jones & The Q Set and The Pitiful (The Star)

 

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

8 July 1967 – The New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker)

18 July 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

20 July 1967 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

22 July 1967 – Clouds, Derby (Derby Evening Telegraph)

23 July 1967 – Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette)

29 July 1967 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London with Robb Storme Group (South East London Mercury)

There is a great article and picture of the band in Record Mirror, 22 July 1967, page 10

18 August 1967 – Gaiety Ballroom, Grimsby, Humberside with Roger Bloom’s Hammer (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

19 August 1967 – Toft’s, Folkestone, Kent (Melody Maker)

22 August 1967 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

24 August 1967 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

26 August 1967 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

26 August 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The Peddlers and The Mynor Birds (Melody Maker)

 

2 September 1967 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

3 September 1967 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent (Poster)

11 September 1967 – Clouds, Derby (Derby Evening Telegraph)

16 September 1967 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

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

23 September 1967 – Clockwork Orange, Chester, Cheshire with The Swinging Machine (Crewe Chronicle)

30 September 1967 – Black Prince, Bexley, Kent (Fabulous 208)

 

3 October 1967 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

8 October 1967 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent (Fabulous 208)

14 October 1967 – Starlight Room, Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire with The Tages, The Soul System and Clockwork Orange (Lincolnshire Standard)

17 October 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

20 October 1967 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

21 October 1967 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

22 October 1967 – Toft’s, Folkestone, Kent with Jr Walker & The All Stars and The Wages of Sin (Melody Maker)

 

3 November 1967 – Beaconsfield Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

23 November 1967 – Twang Discotheque, Amersham, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

24 November 1967 – Il Rondo, Leicester (Leicester Mercury)

26 November 1967 – Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette)

 

2 December 1967 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with The Gates of Eden (East Kent Times & Mail)

3 December 1967 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent (Poster)

5 December 1967 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

7 December 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Pride & Joy Buzz Band (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

8 December 1967 – Burton Constable Hall, Hull, Humberside with Ferris Wheel, Joe E Young & The Toniks, Roger Bloom’s Hammer, Gospel Garden and The Mandrakes (Scarborough Evening News)

14 December 1967 – Constantine Students Union Astoria Ballroom, Middlesbrough with The Soul Merchants and Mr Poobah’s Chicago Line (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette)

16 December 1967 – The New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker)

23 December 1967 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

28 December 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Tuesday’s Children (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

29 December 1967 – Beaconsfield Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

31 December 1967 – Beau Brummel Club, Alvaston Hall Hotel, Nantwich, Cheshire, Nantwich, Cheshire with Phil Ryan & The Scorpions and Archie Allen (Crewe Chronicle)

1968:

20 January 1968 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

26 January 1968 – Bluesville, Manor House, London (Melody Maker)

 

2 February 1968 – Beaconsfield Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

3 February 1968 – Brave New World, Eastney, Hampshire (website: http://michaelcooper.org.uk/C/birdcage.htm)

17 February 1968 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear with Junco Partners (http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)

20 February 1968 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

24 February 1968 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

29 February 1968 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

10 March 1968 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent (Poster)

23 March 1968 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

24 March 1968 – Corn Exchange, Maidstone, Kent (Maidstone Gazette)

25 March 1968 – Park Hall Hotel, Goldthorn Park, Wolverhampton, West Midlands with The ‘N’ Betweens and Barmy Barry Show (Express & Star)

30 March 1968 – Beau Brummel Club, Alvaston Hall Hotel, Nantwich, Cheshire with The Jaytree Organisation (Crewe Chronicle)

30 March 1968 – London College of Printing, Elephant & Castle with Timebox and The Grenades (Melody Maker)

 

12 April 1968 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

13 April 1968 – Savoy, Catford (Melody Maker)

16 April 1968 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

18 April 1968 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

20 April 1968 – New Broken Wheel, Retford, Nottinghamshire (Melody Maker)

27 April 1968 – Co-op, Chesham, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

 

1 May 1968 – Summerhill House Hotel, Kingswinford, West Midlands (Express & Star) Opening night

25 May 1968 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

 

3 June 1968 – Queen’s Hall, Leeds, West Yorkshire with The Herd, Bill Haley, Alan Bown, Edwin Starr, Fantastics, Gospel Garden, Clockwork Orange and others (NME)

6 June 1968 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

15 June 1968 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

 

3 August 1968 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

6 August 1968 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

15 August 1968 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

24 August 1968 – New King’s Hall, Herne Bay, Kent (Melody Maker)

25 August 1968 – Byron, Greenford, Middlesex (Thames Valley Times)

 

12 September 1968 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

25 September 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Fabulous 208)

28 September 1968 – Bookfield Hall, Bookfield, Kent with Cair Paravel (Chatham, Rochester and Gillingham Evening Post)

 

10 October 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Fabulous 208)

12 October 1968 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker) Billed as Amboy Dukes Show Band

13 October 1968 – 76 Club, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire (website: http://www.76club.org.uk/gigs.html)

24 October 1968 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

3 November 1968 – Central R&B Club, Central Hotel, Gillingham, Kent (Chatham, Rochester & Gillingham Evening Post)

9 November 1968 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

9 November 1968 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker) Billed as Amboy Dukes Show Band

28 November 1968 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

29 November 1968 – Beaconsfield Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

 

10 December 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Fabulous 208)

17 December 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Fabulous 208)

20 December 1968 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with Joe Cocker & The Grease Band and The Groove Soul Band (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

22 December 1968 – Central R&B Club, Central Hotel, Gillingham, Kent with Delroy Williams Show (Chatham, Rochester & Gillingham Evening Post)

24 December 1968 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

31 December 1968 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

1969:

16 January 1969 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

9 February 1969 – Railway Hotel, Wealdstone, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

22 February 1969 – Hounslow Town Hall, Hounslow, Middlesex (Hounslow Post)

 

6 March 1969 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

11 April 1969 – Mistrale, Beckenham Junction Station, Kent (Melody Maker)

17 April 1969 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

20 April 1969 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Elastic Band (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

21 April 1969 – Orchid Ballroom, Purley, Surrey (Chris Broom book: Rockin’ and Around Croydon)

30 June 1969 – Orchid Ballroom, Purley, Surrey (Chris Broom book: Rockin’ and Around Croydon)

31 June 1969 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

4 July 1969 – Student’s Union, Farnborough Technical College, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

 

The Artwoods’ gigs 1963-1968

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 and, where possible, I have added the sources used, whether they are newspapers or websites.  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 ARTWOODS:

1963:

15 April 1963 – Marquee, Oxford Street, London with Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers (Tony Bacon book: London Live)

18 May 1963 – Long’s Ballroom, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with The Altones (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday) Billed as Art Wood & His R&B Combo

 

27 July 1963 – Long’s Ballroom, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with Mick Emery (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday) Billed as Art Wood & His R&B Combo

 

1964:

 

22 June 1964 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

16 July 1964 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, Middlesex (Tottenham Weekly Herald)

20 July 1964 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

4 August 1964 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

16 August 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

 

6 September 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

15 September 1964 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

23-24 October1964 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear with The Aztecs (website: http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)

 

1 December 1964 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

1965:

 

10 January 1965 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

19 January 1965 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

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

16 February 1965 – Southall Community Centre, Southall, Middlesex (Ron Wood’s 1965 diary)

 

11 April 1965 – New Theatre, Oxford with Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, The Pretty Things, The Ivy League, Elkie Brooks, Syd & George, The Chapters and The Guards (Oxford Mail)

13 April 1965 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

13 June 1965 – Southall Community Centre, Southall, Middlesex (Ron Wood’s 1965 diary)

19 June 1965 – Farnborough Technical College Assembly Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire with The Muleskinners (Camberley News and Bagshot Observer/Aldershot News)

26 June 1965 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Fenmen, Justin Tyme, The Sorrows and The Dyaks (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

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

29 June 1965 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

30 June 1965 – Pontiac, Zeeta House, Putney, London, SW15 (NME)

 

12 July 1965 – Blue Boar, South East Essex Blues Centre, Southend (Southend Standard & Essex Weekly Advertiser)

 

18 August 1965 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

26 August 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, Middlesex (Leyton, Leytonstone and Waltham Forest Guardian)

 

18 September 1965 – El Partido, Lewisham with The Loose Ends (Melody Maker)

 

3 October 1965 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

4 October 1965 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

16 October 1965 – 100 Club, Oxford Street, London with The Loose Ends and Dave Antony’s Moods (Melody Maker)

27 October 1965 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

31 October 1965 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

 

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

17 November 1965 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

26 November 1965 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

 

3 December 1965 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with Boz & The Boz People and support (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

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

11 December 1965 – 100 Club, Oxford Street, London with Five Proud Walkers (Melody Maker)

26 December 1965 – Beachcomber, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

 

1966:

 

7 January 1966 – Il Rondo, Leicester (Leicester Mercury)

10 January 1966 – Galaxy Club, Basingstoke, Hampshire (Hampshire & Berkshire Gazette)

16 January 1966 – Le Metro Club, Birmingham (Birmingham Evening Mail)

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

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

 

5 March 1966 – Carousel Club, 1 Camp Road, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

13 March 1966 – Le Metro Club, Birmingham (Birmingham Evening Mail)

16 March 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

25 March 1966 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Original Dyaks and The Vivas (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

27 March 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

 

6 April 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

11 April 1966 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds Jimmy James & The Vagabonds and The Rockhouse Band (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

 

1 May 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

6 May 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with Spencer’s Washboard Kings and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (see website above)

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

17 May 1966 – Pilgrim, Hayward’s Heath, West Sussex with The Mike Stuart Span (Melody Maker)

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

 

12 June 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with Dave Antony’s Moods (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

26 June 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with Tea Set (see website above)

 

17 July 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with Champion Jack Dupree with The Five Proud Walkers (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

24 July 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with Deakin Lewis Band (see website above)

31 July 1966 – Downs Ballroom, Hassocks, West Sussex with Long Boat Men (Evening Argus)

 

7 August 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

22 August 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Herd (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

28 August 1966 – South Bank Jazz Club, Grimsby, Humberside with The Rumble Band (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

 

5 September 1966 – Woodhall Community Centre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire (website: http://www.coda-uk.co.uk/60’s_music_scene.htm)

9 September 1966 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Soul & Roll Band (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

24 September 1966 – Beachcomber, Nottingham with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (Nottingham Evening Post)

24 September 1966 – Mansfield Blues, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire (Nottingham Evening Post)

 

1 October 1966 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with The Characters (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

3 October 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The MI5 (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

9 October 1966 – Britannia Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

9 October 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

26 October 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with The After Eight Blues Band (see website above)

28 October 1966 – Location, Woolwich Arsenal Station with The Scots of St James (Melody Maker)

 

5 November 1966 – Blue Moon, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (Gloucestershire Echo)

7 November 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Embers West (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

13 November 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with Syrian Blues Group (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

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

23 November 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with The Fantastic Footprints (see website above)

27 November 1966 – Union Rowing Club, Trent Bridge, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

 

5 December 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Nite People (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

10 December 1966 – Clouds, Derby (Derby Evening Telegraph)

11 December 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with The Layman (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

24 December 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with A Q Blues Band (see website above)

 

1967:

 

1 January 1967 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

4 January 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with The Footprints (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

7 January 1967 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

7 January 1967 – Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London with Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers, The Creation, Herbie Goins & The Night Timers and The St Louis Union (Melody Maker)

12 January 1967 – Marquee, London with The Mike Stuart Span (Melody Maker)

13 January 1967 – Eastbourne, East Sussex (Melody Maker)

14 January 1967 – Chelsea, London (Melody Maker)

15 January 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with The Battery (see website above)

20 January 1967 – Hartlepool, County Durham (Melody Maker)

21 January 1967 – Sunderland, Tyne and Wear (Melody Maker)

26 January-2 February 1967 – Tour of Denmark (Melody Maker)

 

22 February 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with Apostolic Intervention (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

25 February 1967 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with Rhythm & Song (website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)

 

5 March 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with The Battery (see website above)

22 March 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with The Footprints (see website above)

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

 

1 April 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton with Carl Douglas & The Big Stampede (Melody Maker)

2 April 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

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

9 April 1967 – South Bank Jazz Club, Grimsby, Humberside (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

15 April 1967 – Wolverhampton College of Technology, Wolverhampton, West Midlands with The Soul Method (Express & Star)

16 April 1967 – Klue J Klub, Saracens Head Hotel, Chelmsford, Essex (Southend Standard)

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

23 April 1967 – Klue J Klub, Saracens Head Hotel, Chelmsford, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

26 April 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with The Syrian Blues Band (see website above)

30 April 1967 – Le Metro, Birmingham, West Midlands (Express & Star)

 

6 May 1967 – Blue Lagoon, Newquay, Cornwall with The Reaction (West Briton & Royal Cornish Gazette)

7 May 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with Chicago Line Blues Band (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

19 May 1967 – Oriel Ball, Oxford with The Mickey Finn, The Nightgales, The Pretty Things and The Burlington Sound (Cherwell)

24 May 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex with The Down and Outs (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

26 May 1967 – Beachcomber, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

27 May 1967 – The Pitch, Digbeth, West Midlands (Express & Star)

29 May 1967 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with Sonny Childe & The TNT and The Real McCoy (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

 

25 June 1967 – The Swan, Yardley, West Midlands with The Stormville Shakers (Coventry Evening Telegraph)

 

1 July 1967 – South Bank Jazz Club, Grimsby, Humberside (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

 

3 September 1967 – South Bank Jazz Club, Grimsby, Humberside (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

3 September 1967 – Steering Wheel, Dorchester, Dorset (Dorset Evening Echo)

16 September 1967 – Matlock Bath, Matlock, Derbyshire with Michael’s Angels (Derby Evening Telegraph)

17 September 1967 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

 

24 October 1967 – Concorde, Southampton, Hampshire (Southern Echo)

29 October 1967 – Le Metro, Birmingham (Birmingham Evening Mail)

 

1968:

As St Valentine’s Day Massacre (with Rod Goodway):

30 January 1968-4 February 1968 – Gigs in Paris (Rod Goodway)

 

8 February 1968 – Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, Wales with The Move and Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band (Rod Goodway)

10 February 1968 – Gig in Twickenham, Middlesex (Rod Goodway)

The Maze gigs 1966-1968

Welcome to another posting in 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 and, where possible, I have added the sources used, whether they are newspapers or websites.  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 MAZE:

The following are billed as MI5. They started using the name The Maze in November 1966 but occasionally used the MI5 for a month or so.

1966:

12 May 1966 – New Central Ballroom, Aldershot, Hampshire with The Tybern Ashes (Aldershot News)

The 22 July 1966 edition of the Windsor, Slough and Eton Express, page 5 has a good story and picture on the band

27 July 1966 – Ricky Tick, Windsor, Berkshire (Windsor, Slough and Eton Express)

30 July 1966 – Royal Links Pavilion, Cromer, Norfolk with The Ultimate (Julie Fielder book: What Flo Said Next)

31 July 1966 – Britannia Theatre, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk with Dave Berry, Geneve, Oscar, Wolf and Griff and The Stuart Taylor Trio (Yarmouth Mercury)

 

13 August 1966 – St Clement’s Hall, Southend, Essex with The Avengers and The Spooks (Southend Standard)

19 August 1966 – Cricketers Inn, Southend, Essex with support (Southend Standard)

21 August 1966 – Britannia Theatre, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk with Freddie & The Dreamers Oscar, Geneve, The Versions and The Stuart Taylor Trio (Yarmouth Mercury)

 

8 September 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Move (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

12 September 1966 – Elm Hotel, Southend, Essex (Southend Standard)

14 September 1966 – Elm Hotel, Southend, Essex (Southend Standard)

 

3 October 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Artwoods (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

14 November 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Alan Bown Set (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

18 November 1966 – Wy-Key Club, Burnham, Berkshire (billed as The Maze, formerly MI5) (Windsor, Slough and Eton Express)

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

26 November 1966 – Royal Links Pavilion, Cromer, Norfolk with The Ultimate (Julie Fielder book: What Flo Said Next)

The group became The Maze at this point

22 December 1966 – Concorde, Southampton, Hampshire (Southern Evening Echo)

1967:

7 January 1967 – Lion Hotel, Warrington (Warrington Guardian)

 

20-21 May 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London (Melody Maker)

29 May 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with The Moody Blues (Melody Maker)

 

3 June 1967 – Lion Hotel, Warrington with Technique and In-Time (Warrington Guardian)

4 June 1967 – Carlton Club, Warrington (Warrington Guardian)

15 June 1967 – New Central Ballroom, Aldershot, Hampshire with The Sneakers (Aldershot News)

 

1 July 1967 – Floral Hall, Gorleston, Norfolk with The Soul Doubt (Yarmouth Mercury)

8 July 1967 – Floral Hall, Gorleston, Norfolk with Deep Purple (Eastern Evening News)

14 July 1967 – Chateau Impney, Droitwich, Worcestershire with Delroys Good Good Band (Worcester Evening News)

15 July 1967 – Royal Links Pavilion, Cromer, Norfolk with The Y Division (Julie Fielder book: What Flo Said Next)

20 July 1967 – New Central Ballroom, Aldershot, Hampshire with The Shame (Aldershot News)

22 July 1967 – Dungeon, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

23 July 1967 – Royal Ballrooms, Boscombe with The Freebooters (Bournemouth Evening Echo)

28 July 1967 – Beaconsfield Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

 

3 August 1967 – New Central Ballroom, Aldershot, Hampshire with The Shame (Aldershot News)

12 August 1967 – Lion Hotel, Warrington with Zekes and Do-Does (Warrington Guardian)

13 August 1967 – Carlton Club, Warrington (Warrington Guardian)

14 August 1967 – Cambridge Discotheque, Camberley, Surrey (Aldershot News)

20 August 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with The Art Movement and The Army (Melody Maker)

26 August 1967 – Cottingham Civic Hall, Hull, Humbershire with The ABC and One In a Million (Hull Daily Mail)

 

 

2 September 1967 – Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks (website: http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/)

3 September 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London (Melody Maker)

17 September 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London (Melody Maker)

21 September 1967 – New Central Ballroom, Aldershot, Hampshire with support (Aldershot News)

 

2 October 1967 – Penny Farthing Club, Southend, Essex (Essex Chronicle/Southend Standard)

13 October 1967 – Chateau Impney, Droitwich, Worcestershire with Union Blues (Worcester Evening News)

14 October 1967 – Salisbury City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire with Bob Deane (Frogg Moody and Richard Nash’s book Hold Tight!)

28 October 1967 – Penthouse, Birmingham with Winston G (Express & Star)

 

10 November 1967 – Blaises, London (Melody Maker)

12 November 1967 – Carlton Club, Warrington (Warrington Guardian)

 

3 December 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with Taylor Mayde (Melody Maker)

15 December 1967 – Fiesta Hall, Andover, Hampshire (Andover Advertiser)

19 December 1967 – 67 Club, Bracknell, Berkshire (Bracknell News)

21 December 1967 – Cambridge Discotheque, Camberley, Surrey (Aldershot News)

30 December 1967 – Papa’s, Landsdowne, Dorset (Bournemouth Echo)

1968:

11 January 1968 – Cambridge Hotel, Cambridge Discotheque, Camberley, Surrey (Camberley News & Bagshot Observer)

18 January 1968 – Cambridge Discotheque, Camberley, Surrey (Camberley News & Bagshot Observer/Aldershot News)

20 January 1968 – Royal Lido Ballroom, Prestatyn, Wales with The Missing Links (website: www.45worlds.com/live)

 

3 February 1968 – Lion Hotel, Warrington with Peeps (Warrington Guardian)

17 February 1968 – Sperry Canteen, Sperry, Berkshire with Old Nick’s Train Set (Bracknell News)

22 February 1968 – Cambridge Discotheque, Camberley, Surrey (Aldershot News)

23 February 1968 – Quarry Club, Upper Gornal, West Midlands (Express & Star)

 

7 March 1968 – Cambridge Hotel, Cambridge Discotheque, Camberley, Surrey (Camberley News & Bagshot Observer/Aldershot News)

8 March 1968 – Bracknell Boys Club, Bracknell, Berkshire (Bracknell News)

Rod Evans and Ian Paice left in March to join Deep Purple so not sure if they played on next gig

30 March 1968 – Lion Hotel, Warrington with Almost Blues (Warrington Guardian)

 

27 April 1968 – Weymouth Pavilion Ballroom, Weymouth, Dorset with The Dictators (Dorset Evening Echo)

 

5 May 1968 – The Raven, Stechford, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

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

 

12 September 1968 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham with The Big Stax Show and Little Baby May (Down at the Boat book)

 

30 November 1968 – Royal Lido Ballroom, Prestatyn, Wales with American Blues Busters and The Hand (website: www.45worlds.com/live)

The Action gigs 1965-1968

Welcome to another posting in 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 and, where possible, I have added the sources used, whether they are newspapers or websites.  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 ACTION:

1965:

17 April 1965 – Goldhawk Social Club, Shepherd’s Bush (poster) Billed as The Boys

5 June 1965 – Ticky Rick and Rang-A-Tang Club, Carnival Hall, Basingstoke, Hampshire (Hampshire & Berkshire Gazette) Billed as The Boys

 

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

24 July 1965 – Pontiac, Zeeta House, Putney, London, SW15 with Peter Fenton & The Tasty Mob (NME)

 

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

21 August 1965 – Pontiac, Zeeta House, Putney, London, SW15 with Sonny Childe & The Cool School (NME)

26 August 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire with Steampacket, Long John Baldry and Brian Auger Trinity (Dave Allen research)

27 August 1965 – Goldhawk Social Club, Shepherd’s Bush with The Birds (Ron Wood’s 1965 diary)

 

5 September 1965 – Pontiac Club, Zeeta House, Putney, London, SW15 (Melody Maker)

12 September 1965 – Pontiac Club, Zeeta House, Putney, London, SW15 (Melody Maker)

16 September 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire with Goldie & The Gingerbreads (Dave Allen research)

19 September 1965 – Pontiac Club, Zeeta House, Putney, London, SW15 (Melody Maker)

26 September 1965 – Pontiac Club, Zeeta House, Putney, London, SW15 (Melody Maker)

 

15 October 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

21 October 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire with Jimmy James & The Vagabonds and Johnny B Great & The Quotations (Dave Allen research)

23 October 1965 – Royal Links Pavilion, Cromer, Norfolk with The Cheaters (Julie Fielder book: What Flo Said Next)

 

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

28 November 1965 – Tavern, Dereham, Norfolk (Eastern Evening News)

 

5 December 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Who (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live) Billed as The Boys

14 December 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Mark Leeman Five (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

17 December 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

24 December 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Roscoe Brown Combo (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

27 December 1965 – Goldhawk Social Club, Shepherd’s Bush (Melody Maker)

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

31 December 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

1966:

1 January 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

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

4 January 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

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

18 January 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

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

28 January 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

3 February 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

8 February 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Roscoe Brown Combo (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

13 February 1966 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

15 February 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Bo Street Runners (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

18 February 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

27 February 1966 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

 

2 March 1966 – Bromel Club, Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley, Kent (Melody Maker)

6 March 1966 – Black Prince, Bexley, Kent (Fabulous 208/Mick Capewell’s Marmalade Skies)

13 March 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire with St Louis Union (The Star)

19 March 1966 – City Hall, Sheffield, South Yorkshire with P J Proby, The Searchers, Thane Russell & Three and The Shelley (The Star)

29 March 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Loose Ends (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

30 March 1966 – Bromel Club, Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley, Kent (Melody Maker)

 

5 April 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

17 April 1966 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

26 April 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Clayton Squares (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

29 April 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

 

8 May 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (The Star)

15 May 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (The Star)

19 May 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Herd (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

28 May 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

 

14 June 1966 – Grand Black Daffodil, Odeon Ballroom, Chesterfield, Derbyshire (The Star)

18 June 1966 – Uxbridge Blues Festival, Hillingdon, Middlesex with Manfred Mann, Alan Walker Group and Steampacket (Hounslow edition of Middlesex Chronicle)

30 June 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Alan Bown Set (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

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

4 July 1966 – Atlanta Ballroom, Woking, Surrey (Aldershot News) Says Straight from the Marquee in the advert

11 July 1966 – Catacombe, Eastbourne, East Sussex (Evening Argus)

12 July 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Creation (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

14 July 1966 – Assembly Room, Worthing, West Sussex (Evening Argus)

23 July 1966 – Starlight Ballroom, Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire with Paul & Barry Ryan, James Royal Set, Rob Storme & The Whispers and The Ferry Boys (Lincolnshire Standard)

 

7 August 1966 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey (Aldershot News)

23 August 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Clayton Squares (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

25 August 1966 – Locarno Ballroom, Bristol with Strange Fruits (Evening Post)

27 August 1966 – Bowes Lyon House, Stevenage, Hertfordshire (Welwyn Times)

 

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

3 September 1966 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with supporting groups (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

6 September 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Graham Bell Trend (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

10 September 1966 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

18 September 1966 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Johnny Rogers Band (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

23 September 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Syn (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

10 October 1966 – Top Rank Suite, Southampton, Hampshire (Southern Evening Echo)

18 October 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Episode Six (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

21 October 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire with The Move (Dave Allen research)

25 October 1966 – Venue in Croydon (Chris Broom book: Rockin’ and Around Croydon)

 

1 November 1966 – Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks with The Neat Change (website: http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/)

6 November 1966 – Le Discotheque, Grimsby, Humberside (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

16 November 1966 – Eight-day tour of Scandinavia starts in Oslo, Norway (Melody Maker)

22 November 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Episode Six (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

24 November 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

 

8 December 1966 – Concorde, Southampton, Hampshire (Southern Evening Echo)

10 December 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research) Last gig as a five piece

17 December 1966 – Smethwick Baths, Bearwood, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

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

1967: 

27 January 1967 – 1600, Hereford, Herefordshire (Worcester Evening News)

 

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

4 February 1967 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with The First Light (East Kent Times & Mail)

9 February 1967 – Clifton Hall, Rotherham, South Yorkshire (South Yorkshire & Rotherham Advertiser)

18 February 1967 – Blue Moon, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (Worcester Evening News)

19 February 1967 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (The Star)

23 February 1967 – Salisbury City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire with Systems Go (Frogg Moody and Richard Nash’s book Hold Tight!)

28 February 1967 – Ritz, Bournemouth, Dorset with The Bossmen (Bournemouth Evening Echo)

 

1 March 1967 – Bromel Club, Downham, Kent (South East London Mercury)

16 March 1967 – New Locarno Ballroom, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (The Star)

19 March 1967 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

 

1 April 1967 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with The Cortinas (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

3 April 1967 – Adelphi Ballroom, West Brom, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

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

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

14 April 1967 – Civic Hall, Wulfun Halls, Wolverhampton, West Midlands with The Vogues, Cyril Stapleton & His Band and Reg Bradley & His Band (Express and Star)

 

27 May 1967 – Hertford Balls, Oxford with Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Swinging Blue Jeans, Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers and Hamilton & The Movement (Cherwell)

 

3 June 1967 – Victoria Cross Gallery, Wantage, Oxfordshire (Wiltshire Gazette)

13 June 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Prime Apples (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

24 June 1967 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

 

8 July 1967 – Royal Lido Ballroom, Prestatyn, Wales with The Raynes (website: www.45worlds.com/live)

15 July 1967 – Floral Hall, Gorleston, Norfolk with St Willie Cool School (North Norfolk News)

 

1 August 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Timebox (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

7 August 1967 – Park Hall Hotel, Goldthorn Park, Wolverhampton, West Midlands with The Del Roy Good Good Band and Dual Purpose (Express & Star)

8 August 1967 – Holywell Community Centre, West Watford, Hertfordshire with Gene & The Cossacks (West Herts & Watford Observer)

19 August 1967 – South Bank Jazz Club, Grimsby, Humberside (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

27 August 1967 – Rowley Rag, Whiteheath, West Midlands with The Acoustics (Express & Star)

 

5 September 1967 – Bournemouth Pavilion, Bournemouth, Dorset with Rick ‘N’ Beckers (Bournemouth Evening Echo)

9 September 1967 – Britannia Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Mail)

23 September 1967 – Twisted Wheel, Manchester (Manchester Evening News and Chronicle)

 

3 October 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Timebox (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

23 October 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Nite People (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

5 November 1967 – Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette)

8 November 1967 – Britannia Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Mail)

1968:

21 January 1968 – Le Metro Club, Birmingham (Birmingham Evening Mail)

27 January 1968 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (website: http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)

 

17 February 1968 – Britannia Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

 

9 March 1968 – Hastings Pier, Hastings, East Sussex with Next In Line (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

 

20 April 1968 – Royal Lido Ballroom, Prestatyn, Wales with The Konda Group (website: www.45worlds.com/live)

 

3 June 1968 – Blue Lagoon, Newquay, Cornwall with Fantastics (West Briton & The Royal Cornwall Gazette)

22 June 1968 – Hastings Pier, Hastings, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

 

29 November 1968 – East London Tech, London (Time Out)

30 November 1968 – Imperial College, London (Time Out)

 

13 December 1968 – Fishmongers Hall, Wood Green, Middlesex with Sundae Times (Melody Maker)

 

Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds’ gigs 1963-1969

Welcome to the first 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 and, where possible, I have added the sources used, whether they are newspapers or websites.  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.

CHRIS FARLOWE & THE THUNDERBIRDS:

1963:

9 March 1963 – Long’s Ballroom, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with Ron Diamond & The Cutters (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

1 June 1963 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire (website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)

29 July 1963 – Marquee, Oxford Street, London with (Mann-Hugg) Blues Brothers (Tony Bacon book: London Live)

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

1964:

12 April 1964 – Olympia Ballroom, Reading, Berkshire (Bucks Free Press)

18 April 1964 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, Tony Holland & The Pack-A-Beats and The Renegades (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

22 April 1964 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

30 April 1964 – Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex with Dean Austen & The Dominators (Essex Chronicle)

 

15 May 1964 – Pussycat Club, Bruce Grove Ballroom, N17, London with The Zephyrs (Tottenham Weekly Herald)

25 May 1964 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

27 June 1964 – Continental Dancing Club, Edmonton, Middlesex (Tottenham Weekly Herald)

29 June 1964 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

11 July 1964 – Galaxy Club, Haymarket Lounge, Basingstoke, Hampshire (Hampshire & Berkshire Gazette)

 

4 August 1964 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

6 October 1964 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

30 October 1964 – Trend Club, Colchester, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

 

9 November 1964 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

15 December 1964 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

1965:

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

23 January 1965 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with The Shakedowns (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

 

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

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

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

 

8 April 1965 – Birdcage, Kimbells Ballroom, Southsea, Hampshire with Brian Auger Trinity (Dave Allen research)

18 April 1965 – Studio, Westcliffe, Essex with The Flowerpots (Southend Standard & Essex Weekly Advertiser)

18 April 1965 – Riverside Club, Cricketers Hotel, Chertsey, Surrey (Woking Herald)

19 April 1965 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex with The Impacts (Dorothy Bullock list) (please note could be another year)

 

11 May 1965 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

23 May 1965 – Riverside Club, Cricketers Hotel, Chertsey, Surrey (Woking Herald)

25 May 1965 – The Bluesday Club, Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

27 May 1965 – Ettington Park Hotel, Alderminster, Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire (Coventry Evening Telegraph)

 

7 June 1965 – Flamingo, Soho, London (Melody Maker)

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

11-12 June 1965 – Flamingo, Soho, London with Doris Troy (Melody Maker)

 

1 July 1965 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

11 July 1965– Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

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

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

29 July 1965 – Bowes Lyon House, Stevenage, Hertfordshire with The Saracens (website: http://www.coda-uk.co.uk/60’s_music_scene.htm)

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

 

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

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

 

3 September 1965 – Pontiac, Zeeta House, London, SW15, Surrey (NME)

13 September 1965 – Garden of Eden Club, Blackbird Leys Community Centre, Wheatley, Oxfordshire with The Un-named (Oxford Mail)

16 September 1965 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

24 September 1965 – Archer Hall, Billericay, Essex with The Trends (Southend Standard & Essex Weekly Advertiser)

30 September 1965 – Farnborough Rag Week, RAE Assembly Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire with Sounds Incorporated and The Thee (Aldershot News)

 

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

14 October 1965 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

23 October 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

 

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

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

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

16 November 1965 – Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks (website: http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/)

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

21 November 1965 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (website: http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)

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

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

27 November 1965 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (website: http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)

 

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

8 December 1965 – Farnborough Town Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

28 December 1965 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

1966: 

9 January 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (The Star)

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

 

2 February 1966 – Farnborough Town Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

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

6 February 1966 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

23 February 1966 – Orford Cellar, Norwich (Eastern Evening News)

 

2 March 1966 – Rag Week ’66, College of Advanced Technology, Great Hall, Gosta Green, West Midlands with Acker Bilk (Birmingham Evening Mail)

3 March 1966 – Plebeians Jazz Club, Halifax, West Yorkshire with Thursday’s Children (website: http://www.musictrailuk.com/index.php/venues/the-plebeians-jazz-club)

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

8 March 1966 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

12 March 1966 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Fleur De Lys and The Essex Five (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

14 March 1966 – Woodhall Community Centre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire with Trekkas (website: http://www.coda-uk.co.uk/60’s_music_scene.htm)

 

11 April 1966 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Artwoods, Jimmy James & The Vagabonds and The Rockhouse Band (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

18 April 1966 – Carousel Club, 1 Camp Road, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

 

7 May 1966 – RAE Assembly Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire with Five Proud Walkers (Aldershot News)

8 May 1966 – Dereham Tavern, Dereham, Norfolk with Ian and Danny Eves with Sounds Reformed (Eastern Evening News)

14 May 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

17 May 1966 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

18 May 1966 – Orford Cellar, Norwich (Eastern Evening News)

28 May 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London with The Stormville Shakers (Melody Maker)

 

1 June 1966 – Farnborough Town Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

6 June 1966 – Atlanta Ballroom, Woking, Surrey (Aldershot News)

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

23 June 1966 – Unknown venue, Hastings, East Sussex with In Crowd (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

25 June 1966 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with The Wreckers (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

 

6 July 1966 – Orchid Ballroom, Purley, Surrey (Chris Broom book: Rockin’ and Around Croydon)

8 July 1966 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

10 July 1966 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey (Aldershot News)

16 July 1966 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with Billy Storm & The Original Falcons (website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)

The South East London Mercury’s 29 July 1966 edition, page 1 has a good band story and picture. The line up is Chris Farlowe, Albert Lee, Bruce Waddell, Ian Hague and Dave Greenslade

 

2 August 1966 – Locarno Ballroom, Bristol (Evening Post)

4 August 1966 – Locarno Ballroom, Bristol (Evening Post)

5 August 1966 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Washington DCs (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

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

11 August 1966 – Harpenden Public Hall, Harpenden, Hertfordshire (Poster)

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

 

2 September 1966 – Grimsby Mecca, Grimsby, Humberside (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

9 September 1966 – Beat Festival, Scunthorpe United Football Ground, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire with Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, The Troggs, Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers, Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas, The Ram Jam Band, The Creation, The Mindbenders and The Fenmen (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

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

18 September 1966 – The New Scene, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

18 September 1966 – Beachcomber, Nottingham with Jimmy James & The Vagabonds (Nottingham Evening Post)

22 September 1966 – Salisbury City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire with The Impacts (Frogg Moody and Richard Nash’s book Hold Tight!)

30 September 1966 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with Good Time Band (Melody Maker)

 

1 October 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

2 October 1966 – Dereham Tavern, Dereham, Norfolk with Eyes of Blond (Eastern Evening News)

In October, the band joined The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Georgie Fame, Geno Washington and others for a package tour. Full listing in the comments below

 

11 November 1966 – Hoverton Village Hall, Hoverton, Norfolk (Eastern Evening News)

18 November 1966 – Flamingo, Soho (Melody Maker)

23 November 1966 – Plaza Ballroom, Handsworth, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

26 November 1966 – Jigsaw, Manchester (Manchester Evening News and Chronicle)

3 December 1966 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with The Apex R&B All Stars (website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)

16 December 1966 – Twisted Wheel, Manchester (Manchester Evening News and Chronicle)

18 December 1966 – Beachcomber Club, Nottingham with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (Nottingham Evening Post)

23 December 1966 – Twisted Wheel, Manchester (Manchester Evening News and Chronicle)

24 December 1966 – Adelphi Ballroom, West Bromwich, West Midlands with New Street Station and Barmy Barry (Birmingham Evening Mail/Express & Star)

31 December 1966 – Midnight City, Digbeth, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

1967:

19-21 January 1967 – Towers Theatre Club, Warrington, Cheshire (St Helens Newspaper)

19-21 January 1967 – Garrick, Leigh, Greater Manchester (St Helens Newspaper)

 

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

 

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

7 March 1967 – St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, Norfolk with Sensational Anglians (Eastern Evening News)

10 March 1967 – Public Baths, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire (The Star)

10 March 1967 – Nottingham Tech College, Nottingham with Robert Hirst & The Big Taste, Our Young and The In Crowd (Nottingham Evening Post)

11 March 1967 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with The Nite People (East Kent Times & Mail)

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

25 March 1967 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire with The Academy (Dave Allen research)

27 March 1967 – Barnsley Civic Hall, Barnsley, South Yorkshire with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, The Tiles Big Band, The Pityful and Moss’s Mixtures (Melody Maker)

27 March 1967 – Northwich Memorial Hall (Crewe Chronicle)

31 March 1967 – Starlight Ballroom, Crawley, West Sussex (Crawley Advertiser)

 

5 April 1967 – St Michael’s Youth Centre, Sydenham, Kent with Citations (Fabulous 208)

15 April 1967 – Adelphi Ballroom, West Bromwich, West Midlands (Express and Star)

18 April 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Wynder K Frog (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

In early May, Dave Greenslade left to join Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band

14 May 1967 – Plaza, Newbury, Wiltshire (Melody Maker/Newbury Weekly News)

19 May 1967 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Crew (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

20 May 1967 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with The Motown Trinity (website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)

 

10 June 1967 – Supreme Eastern Esplanade, Ramsgate, Kent with Len Marshall Show (East Kent Times & Mail)

18 June 1967 – Brands Hatch Radio London Motor Racing and Pop Festival, Brands Hatch, Kent with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich and Episode Six (Sutton & Cheam Advertiser)

25 June 1967 – Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette)

30 June 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with Syrian Blues and All Night Workers (Melody Maker)

 

7 July 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The Chanters (Melody Maker)

11 July 1967 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

13 July 1967 – Oak Leaf Ballroom, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire with The Denmen and Steve Brown Soul Sect (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette)

16 July 1967 – Union Rowing Club, Trent Bridge, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

 

4 August 1967 – Nautilus, South Pier, Lowestoft, Norfolk (Eastern Evening News)

24 August 1967 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent (East Kent Times & Mail)

26 August 1967 – Matlock Bath, Matlock, Derbyshire (Derby Evening Telegraph)

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

 

11 September 1967 – Queen’s Ballroom, Wolverhampton, West Midlands (Express & Star)

16 September 1967 – Nautilus, South Pier, Lowestoft, Norfolk (Eastern Evening News)

17 September 1967 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent (Poster)

24 September 1967 – Hotel Leofric, Coventry, West Midlands with Legay (Coventry Evening Telegraph)

30 September 1967 – Bracknell Sports Centre, Bracknell, Berkshire with The Ziggy Turner Mob (Windsor, Slough and Eton Express/Bracknell News)

 

6 October 1967 – Queens Rink Ballroom, Hartlepool, County Durham with The Sect and The Tony King Sound (Hartlepool Mail)

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

29 October 1967 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Skyliners (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

 

18 November 1967 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with The Dual Purpose (East Kent Times & Mail)

 

31 December 1967 – Plaza Ballroom, Old Hill, Bearwood, West Midlands (Express & Star)

1968:

6 January 1968 – Southend gig but not sure of venue with support (Southend Standard)

8 January 1968 – Park Hall Hotel, Goldthorn Park, Wolverhampton, West Midlands with Finders Keepers and Barmy Barry Show (Express & Star)

13 January 1968 – Alex’s Disco, Salisbury, Wiltshire (Frogg Moody and Richard Nash’s book Hold Tight!)

14 January 1968 – Starlight Ballroom, Crawley, West Sussex (Crawley Advertiser)

28 January 1968 – Carlton Club, Erdington, West Midlands (Melody Maker)

 

9 February 1968 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (website: http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)

10 February 1968 – Drill Hall, Melton Mowbray with Pesky Gee (Grantham Journal)

16 February 1968 – Impsella Club, Chateau Impney, Droitwich, Worcestershire (Redditch Indicator)

17 February 1968 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with supporting groups (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

25 February 1968 – Swan, Yardley, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

29 February 1968 – Zodiac Club, Eden Park Hotel, Beckenham, Kent (Melody Maker)

 

3 March 1968 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Amazingly Friendly Apple (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

9 March 1968 – Cat-Balou Club, Grantham, Lincolnshire (Melody Maker/Grantham Journal)

16 March 1968 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with The New England Mood (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

29 March 1968 – Crown and Cushion, Perry Barr, West Midlands with The Vogues (Birmingham Evening Mail)

 

6 May 1968 – Queen Mary Ballroom, Dudley Zoo, West Midlands with Sound Syndicate (Express & Star)

11 May 1968 – Gig in Grantham area, Lincolnshire with The Cortinas (Paul Griggs book)

According to Paul Griggs, Albert Lee did not appear at the above gig and he recommended his friend Alan Shacklock as a replacement when Lee left soon after. 

1 June 1968 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with Granny’s Antics (website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)

9 June 1968 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Keith Herd Group (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

22 June 1968 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

28 June 1968 – Kursaal Ballroom, Southend, Essex with Coloured Raisins (Southend Standard)

 

27 July 1968 – Alex’s Disco, Salisbury, Wiltshire (Frogg Moody and Richard Nash’s book Hold Tight!)

 

1 August 1968 – Fishmonger’s Arms, Wood Green, London (Melody Maker)

16 August 1968 – Boat House, Kew, London (Thames Valley Times)

 

2 September 1968 – Bank Holiday, Bluesology Festival, Chateau Impney, Droitwich, Worcestershire with Fleetwood Mac, The Move, The Freddy Mack Show and Family (Melody Maker)

21 September 1968 – Drill Hall, Melton Mowbray with Donnell Jackson and The Broadway Crowd (Grantham Journal)

 

2 October 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Fabulous 208)

 

1 November 1968 – Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

8 November 1968 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

16 November 1968 – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, Essex (Southend Standard)

30 Novemer 1968 – Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks with Paper Lemon (website: http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/)

 

8 December 1968 – Central R&B Club, Central Hotel, Gillingham, Kent (Chatham, Rochester & Gillingham Evening Post)

1969:

23 January 1969 – Alex’s Disco, Salisbury, Wiltshire (Frogg Moody and Richard Nash’s book Hold Tight!)

 

1 March 1969 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

9 March 1969 – 76 Club, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire (website: http://www.76club.org.uk/gigs.html)

 

The Tierdrops

Tierdrops Photo
The Tierdrops, back row left to right: Rick Shelton and Wendell Peterson; front row: Joey Wilbur, George Browning, and Steve Hill

Steve Hill sent in the cool photo and news clippings about the Tierdrops, a fellow band to the Devil’s Own, and one of several groups from Portsmouth, New Hampshire in the mid-60s. Steve gives info on the band:

The Tierdrops were a Portsmouth top 40 rock band. We were the house band for the EM club at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and frequently played at the Pine Grove Pavillion as well as the PAL club in Lewiston, ME and the PAL club in Rockland, ME.

Tierdrops at the Pine Grove PavilionJoey Wilbur – lead singer
Rick Shelton – lead guitar
George “Spike” Browning – organ
Steve Hill – bass guitar
Wendell “Pete” Peterson – drummer

“Spike” Browning managed the Devil’s Own and us. Joey played guitar with the Devil’s Own and later became our lead singer and Spike wanted to play so he came to us and became our organist. We did not record a record. Spike did record us on many occasions with his Akai reel to reel, however, the tapes are lost.

We had tried out to become a “surf” band along with bands such as the Rockin’ Ramrods, the Pilgrims, the Techniques, and several others and were accepted, however, I was drafted before we had our first gig as a surf band.

Thank you for keeping the bands of that era alive.

Steve Hill

Tierdrops, Devil's Own, & Cobras, Lewiston P.A.L. Dance, February
Awesome lineup: Tierdrops, Devil’s Own, & the Cobras!

The Alan Franklin Explosion – The Blues Climax

Alan Franklin Explosion Blues Climax Horne 45 Piece of Your LoveThe Alan Franklin Explosion have received some attention from collectors of private underground albums, but this 45 is worth discussing. Both “Piece of My Heart” and “Bye Bye Baby” were taken from Alan Franklin’s second LP, the one that has his b&w photo and both “The Alan Franklin Explosion” and “The Blues Climax” on the front cover, on the Horne label, J.C. 888-L.

Franklin was from Tampa, Florida, but recorded at Bee Jay Recording Studio in Orlando. The musicians were:

Alan Franklin – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Chris Russel – lead guitar
Buzzy Meekins – bass
Dave Dix – drums

Apparently this was not an actual band but consisted of some teenage musicians invited to play with Alan in the studio.

“Piece of My Heart” is a wild, weird come-on, you can hear this version on youtube. “Bye Bye Baby” more conventional blues-based rock. The label was Horne, with a release # J.C. 888-4. These two songs were included on the first side of the album, Alan Franklin Explosion – The Blues Climax cut in 1969 and 1970. Alan Franklin produced and Bill Vermillion engineered. Alan Franklin wrote all the songs, published by Penetraion Sound Publishing Company.

The notes on the back cover of the LP are worth quoting in full for their hype:

This is a wild savage approach to hard rock blues combining vicious jungle rock rhythm with very tight and lightening fast rhythm and lead progressions with a base that goes right inside of you. The vocals are wild and insane yet loving and caressing. The sound that these four cats put out is so fantastic that you won’t be able to turn it off. This is a new sound, a sound as wild and free as the Climax itself. For the Climax is made up of four rebellious wild fanatical musicians who literally go insane on stage, causing riots at every performance. People are going all the way with the Blues Climax. If you like hard rock music then you will love the Blues Climax.

– Albert Freeman ~ Penetration Publishing Company

Alan Franklin Explosion Billboard 1971, July 24The LP was chosen as Album of the Week in a small ad featuring “Brite Star’s Pick Hits”, run by a Nashville promotion company that was probably paid for the endorsement.

Alan Franklin’s first LP was called simply Blues Climax, recorded about 1968. The musicians are only Alan Franklin on guitar and vocals and Ray Vaughn on drums. It was released with red Horne labels, J.C. 333-7. Three of songs on this first would appear on the second LP in somewhat more polished versions. This earlier version of “Piece of My Heart” is so amazingly raw and crude, with great Bo Diddley type rhythm guitar playing:

His next LP seems to be titled Alan Roy Franklin released sometime in the 1970s. I haven’t heard any of it, nor his 1980 LP, Come Home Baby, credited to The Alan Franklin Explosion. This last one has a cover that has to be seen to be believed: Alan reclines on a bed, long-haired and shirtless, a jug of wine, copy of High Times, some cash and what looks to be a bong next to him on the red velour sheet.

Alan Franklin Explosion Blues Climax Horne 45 Bye Bye Baby

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