Robert Plant & The Band of Joy

Welcome to another posting of a series of gig listings for 1960s bands. None of these lists is exhaustive and my idea is to add to them in the comments section below over time. They are here for future researchers to draw on.  I have also added a few interesting bits of information and will add images in time.

I’d like to encourage band members to get in touch to share memories, or for anyone to send corrections/clarifications to my email: Warchive@aol.com 

Equally important, if you attended any of the gigs below or played in the support band, please do leave your memories below in the comments section for future historians to use. If you know of any missing gigs, please add them too, if possible, with the sources.

ROBERT PLANT & THE BAND OF JOY:

Robert Plant – lead vocals

Chris Brown – keyboards/vocals

Vernon Pereira – lead guitar/vocals

Lyndon Laney – bass

Pete Robinson – drums

14 April 1967 – Carlton Club, Erdington, West Midlands (Harry Barber’s book, The Band of Joy)

15 April 1967 – Elbow Room, Aston, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

21 April 1967 – Morgue, Bearwood, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail) Not in Barber’s book

24 April 1967 – Carlton Club, Erdington, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

26 April 1967 – Casa Fiesta Disco, Crown, Stourport, Worcestershire (John Combe book) Not in Barber’s book

 

3 May 1967 – Cedar Club, Birmingham with Denny Laine’s Electric String Band (Birmingham Evening Mail) Not in Barber’s book

6 May 1967 – Carlton Club, Erdington, West Midlands (Harry Barber’s book, The Band of Joy)

10 May 1967 – Cedar Club, Birmingham with Denny Laine’s Electric String Band (Birmingham Evening Mail)

15 May 1967 – Cedar Club, Birmingham, West Midlands (Harry Barber’s book, The Band of Joy)

19 May 1967 – Chateau Impney, Droitwich, Worcestershire (John Combe book)

19 May 1967 – Frank Freeman’s, Kidderminster, Worcestershire with Jimmy Cliff & The Shakedown Sound (John Combe book) Not in Barber’s book

19 May 1967 – Bolero, Wednesbury, West Midlands (Express & Star) Not in Barber’s book

22 May 1967 – Broadway Club, Dudley Zoo, West Midlands with The Omen (Express & Star)

27 May 1967 – Hen and Chickens, Langley, West Midlands (Harry Barber’s book, The Band of Joy)

31 May 1967 – Bilston Town Hall, Bilston, West Midlands (Harry Barber’s book, The Band of Joy)

 

10 June 1967 – Bilston Town Hall, Bilston, West Midlands with Shooting Stars (Express & Star)

25 June 1967 – Ship & Rainbow, Wolverhampton, West Midlands with The Track (Express & Star) Not in Barber’s book

 

3 July 1967 – Broadway Club, Dudley Zoo, West Midlands (Harry Barber’s book, The Band of Joy)

4 July 1967 – Malvern Hippie Festival, Malvern, Worcestershire (Harry Barber’s book, The Band of Joy)

16 July 1967 – Le Metro, Birmingham, West Midlands (Express & Star)

22 July 1967 – Malvern Winter Gardens, Malvern, Worcestershire with Derek Bruce & His Show Band (Worcester Evening News) Not in Barber’s book

23 July 1967 – Ship & Rainbow, Wolverhampton, West Midlands with Shooting Stars (Express & Star)

29 July 1967 – Black Horse, Northfield, Birmingham (Harry Barber’s book, The Band of Joy)

30 July 1967 – Gig in Coventry (Harry Barber’s book, The Band of Joy) Final gig by the first version according to Barber.

Pereira, Brown and Robinson formed a rival, second version while Plant put together another line-up together with members from Wolverhampton band, Paper. On 1 October, Pereira’s version had to change name to The Good Egg (Harry Barber)

Robert Plant – lead vocals

John Elston – lead guitar

Dave Evans – rhythm guitar

Pete Bowen – bass

Steve Taylor – drums

6 August 1967 – Tudor Club, Craven Arms, Coventry, West Midlands (Harry Barber’s book, The Band of Joy)

12 August 1967 – Clouds, Derby, Derbyshire (Derby Evening Telegraph) Not in Barber’s book

25 August 1967 – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, West Midlands with The Montanas, The Staffords and Maddening Crowd (Express & Star)

28 August 1967 – Cofton Club, Rednal, West Midlands with Pesky G and Group Therapy (Redditch Indicator) Not in Barber’s book

 

1 September 1967 – Cofton Country Club, Cofton, West Midlands with Virus (Birmingham Evening Mail/Redditch Indicator)

2 September 1967 – Penthouse, Birmingham with Delroy Good-Good Band (Birmingham Evening Mail) Not in Barber’s book

Record Mirror from 2 September 1967, page 10 has a picture and story on the band

4 September 1967 – Queen’s Ballroom, Wolverhampton, West Midlands with Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band (Express & Star)

21 September 1967 – Ringway Club, Birmingham (Harry Barber’s book, The Band of Joy)

The Birmingham Evening Mail from 18 October 1967, page 3 has a story on Robert Plant

14 October 1967 – Penthouse Club, Birmingham with Ray King Soul Band and Haig and Al Capone (Harry Barber’s book, The Band of Joy)

19 October 1967 – Penthouse Club, Birmingham with Haig and Al Capone (Harry Barber’s book, The Band of Joy)

22 October 1967 – Cofton Club, Rednal, West Midlands with Candy Stripes (Redditch Indicator) Barber says the group then embarked on a Scottish tour

In early November 1967, Fabulous 208 says Robert Plant offered his group’s services free of charge to the Chinese Charge D’Affairs

Robert Plant – lead vocals

Kevyn Gammond – lead guitar/vocals

Paul Lockey – bass/vocals

Chris Brown – keyboards

Paul Brittle – drums (soon replaced by John Bonham ex-Way of Life)

4 November 1967 – Blue Lagoon, Newquay, Cornwall with The Atlantic Rollers (Cornish Guardian) Not in Barber’s book

8 November 1967 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/) Billed as Robert Plant & The Explosion. Not in Barber’s book

15 November 1967 – Blue Horizon, Ship & Rainbow, Wolverhampton, West Midlands (Express & Star)

16 November 1967 – Penny Farthing, Hanley, Staffordshire (Evening Sentinel) Not in Barber’s book

16 November 1967 – Crystal Ballroom, Stoke, Staffordshire (Evening Sentinel) Not in Barber’s book

19 November 1967 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Cresters (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book) Not in Barber’s book

20 November 1967 – Broadway Club, Dudley Zoo, West Midlands with The Good Egg (Express & Star) Not in Barber’s book

23 November 1967 – Plaza Handworth, West Midlands (Harry Barber’s book, The Band of Joy)

23 November 1967 – Penthouse Club, Birmingham with Felice Taylor and The League of Gentlemen (Harry Barber’s book, The Band of Joy)

24 November1967 – BSA Ballroom, Small Health, Birmingham (Harry Barber’s book, The Band of Joy)

 

3 December 1967 – Kinema Ballroom, Dunfermline, Scotland (Harry Barber’s book, The Band of Joy)

6 December 1967 – Steering Wheel, Weymouth, Dorset (Dorset Evening Echo) Not in Barber’s book

8 December 1967 – Steering Wheel, Dorchester, Dorset with The Question Marks (Dorset Evening Echo) Not in Barber’s book

12 December 1967 – Ritz Ballroom, Bournemouth, Dorset (Harry Barber’s book, The Band of Joy)

19 December 1967 – Sibyllas, Swallow Street, London (Fabulous 208) Not in Barber’s book

24 December 1967 – Cofton Club, Rednal, West Midlands with Nu-2-U (Redditch Indicator) Barber’s book says this was 23 December

26 December 1967 – Frank Freeman’s, Kidderminster, Worcestershire (John Combe book) Not in Barber’s book

1968:

5-6 January 1968 – Purple Fez Club, Plymouth, Devon (Fabulous 208) Not in Barber’s book

7 January 1968 – Warmingham Country Club, Warmingham, Cheshire (Fabulous 208) Not in Barber’s book

20 January 1968 – Middle Earth, Covent Garden, London (Harry Barber’s book, The Band of Joy)

26 January 1968 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Harry Barber’s book, The Band of Joy)

27 January 1968 – Majestic, Wellington, Somerset (Fabulous 208) Not in Barber’s book

29 January 1968 – Broadway Club, Dudley Zoo, West Midlands with Jo Jo Cooke & The Racket (Express & Star) Not in Barber’s book

 

2 February 1968 – Westfield Tech College, West Ham, London (Fabulous 208)

3 February 1968 – Paddington Tech College, Paddington, London (Fabulous 208)

8 February 1968 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Edwin Starr (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live) Barber’s book says they played Speakeasy on this day but unlikely

11 February 1968 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

17 February 1968 – Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, Lancashire (Steve Chapples research: www.lankybeat.com)

19 February 1968 – Speakeasy, W1, London (Fabulous 208/Mick Capewell’s Marmalade Skies) Barber’s book says they played Marquee this day but unlikely

23 February 1968 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Tim Rose and Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

26 February 1968 – Broadway Club, Dudley Zoo, West Midlands with Jo Jo Cooke & The Racket (Express & Star) Barber’s book says this was on 23 February

 

8 March 1968 – Westfield College, Hampstead, London with Tim Rose and Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation (Melody Maker)

8 March 1968 – Mothers, Erdington, West Midlands (Harry Barber’s book, The Band of Joy)

10 March 1968 – Bolero, Wednesbury, West Midlands (Harry Barber’s book, The Band of Joy)

30 March 1968 – Ewell College, Ewell, Surrey with Herbie Goins & The Nightimers (Melody Maker) Not in Barber’s book

 

5 April 1968 – Bolero, Wednesbury, West Midlands (Express & Star) Not in Barber’s book

12 April 1968 – Mothers, Erdington, West Midlands with Erskene T Sound Specials (Harry Barber’s book, The Band of Joy)

12 April 1968 – Back Room Shanty, Erdington, West Midlands (Harry Barber’s book, The Band of Joy)

19 April 1968 – Impsella Club, Chateau Impney, Droitwich, Worcestershire (Birmingham Evening Mail) Not in Barber’s book

 

17 May 1968 – Bolero, Wednesbury, West Midlands (Express & Star)

25 May 1968 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with The Raid (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday) Not in Barber’s book

28 May 1968 – RAF Sleaford, Lincolnshire (Harry Barber’s book, The Band of Joy)

29 May 1968 – Acorn Hotel, Erdington, West Midlands with Maddening Crowd (Birmingham Evening Mail) Not in Barber’s book

30 May 1968 – Quay Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear (Harry Barber’s book, The Band of Joy)

Robert Plant – lead vocals

John Hill – lead guitar

Mick Strode – bass/vocals

John Bonham – drums

According to Harry Barber’s book, this line-up did a last Scottish tour around early June and then Bonham left to join Tim Rose. A final line-up came together and may be responsible for the gig below (or it could be Plant and Bonham’s version)

Micky Cox – lead guitar/vocals

Paul Lockey – bass/vocals

Chris Brown – keyboards/vocals

Pete Robinson – drums

26 June 1968 – Steering Wheel, Weymouth, Dorset (Dorset Evening Echo)

 

One thought on “Robert Plant & The Band of Joy”

  1. There is a very collectable 45 on UK CBS 2585 from 1967 by Robert Plant. It’s actually a (Northern) Soul track, ‘I’ve Got A Secret’.

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