Sonny Childe & The TNT’s gigs 1966-1967

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.

SONNY CHILDE & THE TNT:

1966:

Having worked with Elders Consolidated from late 1964 to mid-1965 and The Cool School from mid-late 1965, Sonny Childe also worked briefly with The Pyramids.

In March 1966, he played at the Flamingo in Soho with The Alexis Korner Band and then was backed by various groups before joining Freddie Mack around May 1966.

5 March 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire with Dicky Pride (The Star) Backed by The Sidewinders

6 March 1966 – New All Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker) Does not list who backed him

 

1 May 1966 – Cue Club, Paddington, London with The Square Deals (Melody Maker) This was Sonny Childe & The Charms and possibly just before he joined Freddie Mack

Childe worked with Freddie Mack from around early May to early July 1966 when he split with Mack’s backing group This ‘N’ That with the line-up listed below:

 

Sonny Childe – lead vocals

Ernie Hayes – lead guitar

Mike Vaughan-Jones – organ

Derek Bond – bass

Phil Kenzie – saxophone

Ashton Tootell – saxophone

Richard “Nobby” Clarke – saxophone

John Pritchard – trumpet

Marc Charig – trumpet

Eddie Lincoln – congas

Billy Adamson – drums

 

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

23 July 1966 – New All Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker)

 

6 August 1966 – New All Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker) TNT not mentioned in billing

27 August 1966 – New All Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker) TNT not mentioned in the billing

 

3 September 1966 – Holocombe Rogus near Wellington, Devon with The Four Hits Plus and The Shaky Notes Dance Band (Express & Echo) Billed as Explosive TNT

10 September 1966 – St George’s Hall, Exeter, Devon (Express & Echo) Billed as TNT Group

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

20 September 1966 – Chinese R&B Club, Corn Exchange, Bristol (Evening Post)

23 September 1966 – Regency Ballroom, Bath with People’s People (Poster)

 

1 October 1966 – New All Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker) TNT not mentioned

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

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

17 October 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The VIPs (Melody Maker)

21 October 1966 – Starlite, Greenford, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

22 October 1966 – New All Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker) TNT not mentioned

 

1 November 1966 – Chinese R&B Jazz Club, Bristol (Evening Post)

3 November 1966 – Tiles, London with The Question (Melody Maker)

4 November 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire with The Coasters and The Noblemen (The Star)

7 November 1966 – Belfry, Wishaw, West Midlands with The Blaises (Birmingham Evening Mail)

10 November 1966 – Tiles, London with Rey Anton & The Pro Form (Melody Maker)

12 November 1966 – Harpenden Public Hall, Harpenden, Hertfordshire

13 November 1966 – Beachcomber Club, Nottingham with Herbie Goins & The Night Timers (Nottingham Evening Post)

16 November 1966 – Elbow Room, Aston, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

18 November 1966 – New All Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker) TNT not mentioned

 

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

12 December 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Stormville Shakers (Melody Maker)

17 December 1966 – Midnight City, Digbeth, West Midlands with Ike & Tina Turner Revue and Tropical Boot Company (Birmingham Evening Mail)

23 December 1966 – Bath Regency Ballroom, Bath with The Spectres (Poster)

31 December 1966 – Royal Links Pavilion, Cromer, Norfolk with The Knack and The Eyes of Blond (Julie Fielder book: What Flo Said Next)

1967:

1 January 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker) Billed as Sonny Childe & His Band

6 January 1967 – Starlite, Greenford, Middlesex with The Syn (Melody Maker) Billed as just TNT

20 January 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Felders Orioles (Melody Maker)

21 January 1967 – Ricky Tick, Hounslow, Middlesex (Melody Maker)

28 January 1967 – Royal Links Pavilion, Cromer, Norfolk with The New Generation (Julie Fielder book: What Flo Said Next)

 

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

10 February 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Goodtime Band (Melody Maker)

18 February 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker) Billed as & His 15-piece band

23 February 1967 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Melody Maker)

For the Roy Orbison tour, the group were reported as being a ten piece sax band

26 March 1967 – Coventry Theatre, Coventry, West Midlands with Roy Orbison, The Small Faces, Paul & Barry Ryan, Jeff Beck, The Settlers, The Robb Storme Group (David Else research)

31 March 1967 – Odeon Cheltenham, Gloucestershire with Roy Orbison, The Small Faces, Paul & Barry Ryan, Jeff Beck, The Settlers, The Robb Storme Group (Melody Maker)

 

6 April 1967 – Adelphi, Slough, Berkshire with Roy Orbison, The Small Faces, Paul & Barry Ryan, The Settlers and The Robb Storme Group (Windsor, Slough & Eton Express)

8 April 1967 – Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex (Southend Standard)

14 April 1967 – Cue Club, Paddinton, London (Melody Maker) Billed as Sonny Childe Show with The TNT Band

15 April 1967 – Royal Links Pavilion, Cromer, Norfolk with Soul Concern (Julie Fielder book: What Flo Said Next)

22 April 1967 – Nite Owl, Leicester with Mary Wells (Leicester Mercury)

23 April 1967 – Beau Brummel Club, Alvaston Hall Hotel, Nantwich, Cheshire with The Sound Society (Crewe Chronicle)

27 April 1967 – Locarno Ballroom, Coventry, West Midlands (Coventry Evening Telegraph)

29 April 1967 – The Pitch, Birmingham, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

 

20 May 1967 – Royal Links Pavilion, Cromer, Norfolk with New Generation (Julie Fielder book: What Flo Said Next)

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

 

16 June 1967 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with Mud (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

Around July/August, Sonny Childe, who was Sam Cooke’s nephew and later found fame as R B Greaves, split with TNT.

Kenzie joined Tuesday’s Children briefly. Hayes, Vaughan-Jones and Adamson joined the Jet Harris Band for a few months and then added Eddie Philips from The Creation on bass and brought back Phil Kenzie to reform TNT as PP Arnold’s backing group in November.

Sunday early October 1967 – Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette) With Maxine Brown

PP Arnold & The TNT:

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

 

7 December 1967 – Matlock Baths, Matlock, Derbyshire with Locomotive (Derby Evening Telegraph) Does not mention The TNT but seems likely

8 December 1967 – South Bank Jazz Club, Grimsby, Humberside with The Rumble Band (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

1968:

6 January 1968 – Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone, Kent (Folkestone & Hythe Gazette) Does not mention TNT

Kenzie left around February to rejoin Freddie Mack and later played with Sweetwater Canal

12 May 1968 – Beau Brummel, Alvaston Hall Hotel, Nantwich, Cheshire with Jaytree Organisation (Crewe Chronicle)

Many thanks to David Else for providing additional dates and information from his own research.

 

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