The Mark Four gigs 1964-1966

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.

1965 gig in East Anglia

THE MARK FOUR

Formed as Kenny Lee & The Mark Four in late 1962

 Kenny Lee (aka Kenny Pickett) – lead vocals

Norman Mitham – lead guitar

Mick Thompson – rhythm guitar

John Dalton – bass

Jack Jones – drums

Everyone except Kenny Lee had previously been members of Danny King & The Blue Jacks, who changed name to Jimmy Virgo and The Blue Jacks in 1961

1963

In January 1963, Eddie Phillips from Bobby Lee & The Travellers took over from Norman Mitham on lead guitar

16 February 1963 – Long’s Ballroom, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with Peter Barlow & The Swallows (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

 

30 March 1963 – Long’s Ballroom, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with Bobby Angelo and The Tuxedoes (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

 

4 May 1963 – Long’s Ballroom, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with Cherry Roland and The Solitaires (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

 

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

1964

11 January 1964 – Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

Around this time, they became The Mark Four and Kenny Lee reverted to his real name Kenny Pickett

3 April 1964 – The Phurlow Arms, Norwood, London (John Warburg research)

4 April 1964 – The Athenian, Muswell Hill, London (John Warburg research)

5 April 1964 – The Inferno Club, Welling, Kent (John Warburg research)

6 April 1964 – St Peter’s in The Field, Bocking, Braintree, Essex (John Warburg research)

8 April 1964 – The Robin Hood, Dagenham, Essex (John Warburg research)

9 April 1964 – Dreamland Ballroom, Margate, Kent with Manfred Mann (East Kent Times & Mail)

9 April 1964 – The Public Hall, Epping, Essex (John Warburg research)

10 April 1964 – St. Hellier Arms, Carshalton, Surrey (John Warburg research)

11 April 1964 – Sims Motors, Finchley, London (John Warburg research)

12 April 1964 – The Angel Tavern, 181 Fore Street, Upper Edmonton, London (John Warburg research)

14 April 1964 – The Tigers Head, Catford, London (John Warburg research)

15 April 1964 – The Falcon Inn, Eltham, London (John Warburg research)

16 April 1964 – The Wolsey Hall, Windmill Lane, Cheshunt, Herts (John Warburg research)

17 April 1964 – The Assembly Rooms, Rotherhithe, London (John Warburg research)

18 April 1964 – The Cheshunt Boys and Athletic Club, Cheshunt, Herts (John Warburg research)

19 April 1964 – The Cambridge, Edmonton, London (John Warburg research)

20 April 1964 – The Falcon Inn, Eltham, London (John Warburg research)

21 April 1964 – The White Hart, London (John Warburg research)

22 April 1964 – The Robin Hood, Dagenham, Essex (John Warburg research)

23 April 1964 – The Chaz-Don, Dalston, London (John Warburg research)

24 April 1964 – The Tiger’s Head, Catford, London (John Warburg research)

25 April 1964 – St. Paul’s, Winchmore Hill, London (John Warburg research)

27 April 1964 – St. Hellier Arms, Carshalton, Surrey (John Warburg research)

29 April 1964 – The Blyth Hotel, Sevenoaks, Kent (John Warburg research)

30 April 1964 – The Inferno Club, Welling, Kent (John Warburg research)

 

25 June 1964 – The Big Beat Dance, The Worsley Hall, Windmill Lane, Cheshunt, Herts with Unit Four Plus Two (John Warburg’s research)

 

3 July 1964 – Wood Green Beat Club, Wood Green Assembly Rooms, Wood Green, London (Tottenham Weekly Herald)

11 July 1964 – The Cheshunt Boys and Athletic Club, Cheshunt, Herts with The Talismen (John Warburg research)

 

20 August 1964 – Dreamland Ballroom, Margate, Kent with Sounds Incorporated (East Kent Times & Mail)

22 August 1964 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex with The Habits (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

 

11-12 September 1964 – Streatham Silver Blades, Streatham, London (Streatham News)

26 September 1964 – Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

 

9 October 1964 – The Pill Social Centre, Pill Road, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, South Wales with Little Eva, Danny Storm and the Strollers (John Warburg research)

9 October 1964 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

10 October 1964 – Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, Dorset (Bridport News)

14 October 1964 – The Wolsey, Hall, Windmill Lane, Cheshunt, Herts with The RMO (John Warburg research)

 

8 November 1964 – Rendevous Club, Margate, Kent (East Kent Times & Mail)

 

13 December 1964 – Hermitage Ballroom, Hitchin, Herts (Hertfordshire Express)

26 December 1964 – Streatham Silver Blades, Streatham, London (Streatham News)

31 December 1964 – Dreamland Ballroom, Margate, Kent with Guy Darrell & The Midniters (East Kent Times & Mail)

1965

2 January 1965 – Gala Ballroom, Norwich with The Downlands and The Soundtracks (Eastern Evening News)

3 January 1965 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

 

28 February 1965 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

 

2 March 1965 – Witch Doctor Club, The Dolphins, Marine Court, St. Leonards On Sea, Hastings, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

7 March 1965 – Rendevous Club, Margate, Kent (East Kent Times & Mail)

21 March 1965 – Cromer Olympia, Cromer, Norfolk with Barry Lee & The Planets (North Norfolk News)

 

3 April 1965 – The Salisbury City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire with The King Bees (John Warburg research)

15 April 1965 – Acre Hall, Northwood, London with The Delmar Trio (Harrow Weekly Post)

 

2 May 1965 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

15 May 1965 – The Cheshunt Boys and Athletic Club, Cheshunt, Herts with The Talismen (John Warburg research)

17 May 1965 – Ritz, Potter’s Bar with Them, The Zephyrs and Screaming Lord Sutch (Enfield Gazette & Observer)

21 May 1965 – The Waltham Abbey Town Hall, Waltham Abbey, Hertfordshire with The Sneakers (John Warburg research)

 

4 June 1965 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Beds with The Herd and Keith Conway & The Aristokats (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

20 June 1965 – Rendevous Club, Margate, Kent (East Kent Times & Mail)

26 June 1965 – Civic Hall, Guildford, Surrey with The Moggies (Surrey Advertiser)

29 June 1965 – Burton’s Ballroom, Uxbridge, London with The Who (John Warburg’s research)

 

4 July 1965 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

9 July 1965 – The Avenue R&B Club, Green Pond Road, East London 17 with support (Leyton, Leytonstone and Waltham Forest Guardian)

 

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

19 August 1965 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with The Plus Four (East Kent Times)

29 August 1965 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

 

9 September 1965 – The Gun Tavern, Croydon, Surrey (Chris Broom book: Rockin’ and Around Croydon)

11 September 1965 – Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex with a supporting group (Essex Chronicle)

12 September 1965 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (website https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

19 September 1965 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent (East Kent Times)

25 September 1965 – Savoy Rooms, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

 

25 October 1965 – Woodhall Community Centre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire (Welwyn Times)

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

31 October 1965 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

Mick Thompson and John Dalton left at this point with Dalton later joining The Kinks, Bass player/singer Tony Cooke from The LeRoys joined and they worked as a quartet

10 November 1965 – The Wolsey Hall, Windmill Lane, Cheshunt, Herts with The Concords (John Warburg research)

27 November 1965 – Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex with The High Numbers (Essex Chronicle)

28 November 1965 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent (East Kent Times)

 

5 December 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, London with New Ed Williams Sound System (Wood Green and Southgate Herald/Tottenham Weekly Herald)

11 December 1965 – Britannia Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

24 December 1965 – Coronation Ballroom, Ramsgate, Kent with Eric Delaney Big Band (East Kent Times)

31 December 1965 – Star Ballroom, Maidstone, Kent with The Sons of Fred and The Defenders (Maidstone Gazette)

1966

1 January 1966 – Clacton Town Hall, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex with Davey Sands & The Essex and Curtis & Co (Essex County Standard)

5 January 1966 – The Witchdoctor Club, The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex with The Poor Boys (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

7 January 1966 – Tower Ballroom, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk with Malcolm & The Jetblacks (Eastern Evening News)

8 January 1966 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

14 January 1966 – Orford Cellar, Norwich with Lucas & The Emperors (Eastern Evening News)

15 January 1966 – The Witchdoctor Club, The Dolphin, St. Leonards on Sea, East Sussex (John Warburg research)

27 January 1966 – Harvest Moon, Guildford, Surrey (Surrey Advertiser)

 

4 February 1966 – Beaconsfield Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks with Proof (Bucks Free Press)

4 February 1966 – Gala Ballroom, Norwich with Bobby Gibson and The 004s (Eastern Evening News)

11 February 1966 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Beds with Mike Dean & The Kinsmen and The Associates (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

12 February 1966 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury) Billed as Mark VI

19 February 1966 – Star Ballroom, Maidstone, Kent with The Blues Syndicate (Maidstone Gazette)

 

25 March 1966 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

30 March 1966 – Eel Pie Hotel, Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://www.eelpiemuseum.co.uk/rollcall/rollcall/)

 

8 April 1966 – Tower Ballroom, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk with Unit 4 (Eastern Evening News)

9 April 1966 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex with Clockwork Oranges (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

23 April 1966 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with The Moody Blues (East Kent Times)

24 April 1966 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent (East Kent Times)

30 April 1966 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

 

7 May 1966 – Star Ballroom, Maidstone, Kent (Chatham Observer/Maidstone Gazette)

13 May 1966 – The Club Continental, Eastbourne, East Sussex (John Warburg research)

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

The group’s manager Tony Stratton-Smith wanted to bring in Rob Garner on bass from Liverpool band The Kinsleys. Shortly afterwards, they became The Creation

29 May 1966 – Starlight, Crawley, West Sussex with The Shindigs (Caterham Weekly Press) Billed as The Mark Four but the group was already operating as The Creation

Thanks to John Warburg for supplying some information

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