Ronnie Jones & The Blue Jays’ gigs 1965-1967

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

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

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

RONNIE JONES & THE BLUE JAYS:

 Ronnie Jones – lead vocals

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

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

Tony Bell – bass (replaced by Pat Donaldson)

Jack Maverick – organ

Jack Massarik – alto sax

Clive Thacker – drums (ex-Five Embers)

1965:

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

1966:

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

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

 

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

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

In August 1966, Thacker joined Brian Auger & The Trinity

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1967:

Sometime in early 1967 PP Arnold joined the band

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

6 thoughts on “Ronnie Jones & The Blue Jays’ gigs 1965-1967”

    1. Tony

      It is a small paper book from what I recall that I saw in Nottingham library. To be honest all the dates will have been drawn from the Nottingham Evening Post. Are there any artists you are after as I may have a copy of the book buried somewhere

      1. Thanks for your reply. Just wondered if there was copies of advertisements or reviews of shows. Looking for details of the Artwoods. Obviously I have the dates of appearances, but looking for reviews of shows. Thanks.

        1. Hi Tony

          The book doesn’t have reviews. The newspaper might. If I come across any reviews on my trips to the British Library, I will let you know

  1. Roger Dean’s website has a picture of the band in the French Alps in June 1966, which suggests that a new line up came together in the spring of that year. Roger Dean was the only surviving member from the line-up above. Pat Donaldson had already taken on bass, Chris Dennis (ex-The Plebs and Lee Curtis & The All Stars) was on organ and Colin Davy was on drums.

    When they split around April 1967, Dean and Dennis went to Italy and joined The Bad Boys, with Dennis later playing with Dave Antony’s Moods. Colin Davy I believe spent some time with Georgie Fame in his post Flames band in ’67 before joining Freddie Mack around December of that year. He also did a short stint with Geno Washington in July-August 1968

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