The Fetish Crowd

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.

THE FETISH CROWD:

Ian Le Geyt – lead guitar/vocals

John Hughes – rhythm guitar/vocals

Colin ? – bass/vocals

Tony Richard – drums/vocals

Thanks to Tony Richard, I have the following information about the band but would welcome further insights.

The Fetish Crowd were formed in St Helier, Jersey and were resident band at the Springfield Ballroom. During the summer of 1964, the musicians supported The Rolling Stones, Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas, The Merseybeats, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Gerry & The Pacemakers and The Hollies at the venue.

They soon headed for London and worked at the Crawdaddy in Richmond, the Ricky Tick and the Ad Lib Club in Leicester Square. Richard says that The Beatles and The Rolling Stones were in the audience but did not say which venue(s).

The quartet did some recordings at Abbey Road and then opened for The Nashville Teens and The Small Faces on a showcase gig (possibly in Bournemouth, Dorset), which was promoted by Don Arden. Richard says that Arden signed both The Fetish Crowd and The Small Faces but soon forgot about his group.

Richard also remembers the band played at the Ram Jam in Brixton and the Scots of St James in Mayfair. One notable gig was opening for The Graham Bond Organisation at the Fishmongers Arms on Turnpike Lane in North London. He also says that the band shared a double bill with The Who at the Ealing Club on 26 April but didn’t specify which year.

Richard later formed a band called The Diversions, which later recorded “Fatty Boom Boom” after being introduced to the song by Pete Townsend following a trip to Jamaica. Richard subsequently went into record producing.

1965:

14 March 1965 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

26 March 1965 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex with The Who (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

 

7 April 1965 – Ealing Club, Ealing, London (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

14 April 1965 – Ealing Club, Ealing, London (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

21 April 1965 – Ealing Club, Ealing, London (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

28 April 1965 – Ealing Club, Ealing, London (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

 

5 May 1965 – Ealing Club, Ealing, London (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

7 May 1965 – Staines Town Hall, Staines, Middlesex (Staines and Egham News)

12 May 1965 – Ealing Club, Ealing, London (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

20 May 1965 – Ealing Club, Ealing, London (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

27 May 1965 – Ealing Club, Ealing, London (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

 

3 June 1965 – Ealing Club, Ealing, London (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

10 June 1965 – Ealing Club, Ealing, London (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

17 June 1965 – Ealing Club, Ealing, London (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

25 June 1965 – 32 Club, Harlesden, London  with Tom Jones & The Squires and The Stratones (NME)

 

11 July 1965 – Pontiac, Zeeta House, Putney, London with The Boston Dexters (NME)

 

6 August 1965 – Pontiac, Zeeta House, Putney, London with Tony Knight’s Chessmen (NME)

 

6 November 1965 – Orchid Room, Oxford, Oxfordshire with The Tonebeats (Oxford Mail) Says Decca Artist and from Channel Islands

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

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2 thoughts on “The Fetish Crowd”

  1. Found an old email from Tony Richard. The group played at the Cromwellian, Blaises, Bag O’Nails and Scotch of St James.

    Richard found a ’45 acetate which includes four original tracks recorded at IBC Studios in Portland Place.

    Tracks: ‘I’m Leaving and You Can’t Stop Me’, ‘Talking Big Crime Blues’, ‘Why’ and ‘Lies’.

  2. I saw them at Staines Town Hall in 1965. At the same venue we saw the Yardbirds (with Beck) the Who, John Mayall (twice), the Downliners Sect and others!

    Could it be possible The Fetish Crowd also did ‘warm-up’ gigs at smaller venues, I seem to recall probably the same year them doing a gig at a small possibly village hall type venue in Stanwell (near to Staines).

    I remember talking to pone member about their set in the toilets during the break. I’ve usually got a really good memory, but could this be true?

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