The Warren Davis Monday Band

The original Warren Davis Monday Band from late 1966. Photo: Bruce Usherwood

Formed from the ashes of Croydon R&B outfit, Warren Davis & The Boardwalkers, who’d recorded two tracks on a private pressing demo single – “A Miracle” and “Any Man’s Girl” (two versions), the original Warren Davis Monday Band came together in late 1966.

Warren Davis – (aka Max Spinks) – lead vocals

Rob Walker – lead guitar/vocals

Andy Wilson – Hammond organ (joined a bit later)

Bruce Usherwood – bass/vocals (ex-The Deltones)

Paul Houlton – tenor saxophone

Martin Grice – tenor saxophone

Peter Mole – drums

The original band in Croydon, 1966, before Andy Wilson joined. Clockwise from top left: Bruce Usherwood, Paul Houlton, Rob Walker, Peter Mole, Warren Davis (aka Max Spinks) and Martin Grice. Photo: Bruce Usherwood

This formation cut the band’s debut single – Bill Wyman and Peter Gosling’s “Wait For Me c/w Warren Davis’ “I Don’t Wanna Hurt You” (Columbia BD 8190). Usherwood knew Wyman and Gosling, who was working with Moons Train.

10 February 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with The Rockin’ Berries

 

11 March 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

 

1 April 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with Dave Berries & The Cruisers

2 April 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

8  April 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London (Booker T & The MGs rave about them in Melody Maker)

9 April 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

15 April 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

16 April 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

 

13 May 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

14 May 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

21 May 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

Around late May 1967, they were joined briefly by Welshman, guitarist Dave Edmunds, who took over from Rob Walker. Edmunds who would soon move on to join the band that became Love Sculpture later became a successful solo artist.

4 June 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

Further changes took place this month when Andy Wilson and Paul Houlton also departed.

L-R: Bruce Usherwood, Mick Patel, David Foster, Del Paramor, Martin Grice, Peter Mole and Warren Davis (aka Max Spinks). Photo: Bruce Usherwood

A new line-up comprised:

Warren Davis – lead vocals

David Foster – keyboards (came over from Vancouver with The Canadian Strangers)

Mick Patel – lead guitar/saxophone/vocals (ex-Loose Ends)

Martin Grice – tenor saxophone

Bruce Usherwood – bass/vocals

Peter Mole – drums

10 June 1967 – Starlight Ballroom, Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire with Manfred Mann, Edwin Starr, The Darlings and Ray Bones

12 June 1967 – Atlanta Ballroom, Woking, Surrey with Edwin Starr

25 June 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

2 July 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with Moons Train and The Trap

8 July 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

9 July 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

While the band was rehearsing at Billy Walker’s Upper Cut, they auditioned tenor saxophone Derek “Del” Paramor, who joined from Vince Edwards’ group. Until May 1967, he’d worked with David Essex & The Mood Indigo.

That same month, they cut two more tracks which formed their second single – a cover of the Raleigh/Linen co-write (and recorded by Lou Rawls) “Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing” c/w Warren Davis and David Foster’s “Without Fear” (Columbia BD 8270). The tracks were produced by Jeffrey Collins at Regent’s Sound.

15 July 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with Wynder K Frog (Paramor’s debut)

16 July 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

22 July 1967 – Central R&B Club, Gillingham, Kent

23 July 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

23 July 1967 – Whisky A Go Go, Wardour Street, Soho, London (late nighter)

29 July 1967 – Leeds International Club, Leeds, West Yorkshire

30 July 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

4 August 1967 – Roaring ‘20s, Carnaby Street, Soho, London

5 August 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with Eric Burdon & The Animals

5 August 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

Soon after, the band headed to Naples, Italy to play at the NATO base from 9-16 August. The trip was a disaster as the club on the base didn’t know anything about the booking and the group only played a few times so they could afford to return to London.

19 August 1967 – Roaring ‘20s, Carnaby Street, Soho, London

26 August 1967 – Nautilus Club, Lowestoft, Suffolk

28 August 1967 – Roaring ‘20s, Carnaby Street, Soho, London

28 August 1967 – Whisky A Go Go, Wardour Street, London

Left to right: Martin Grice, Del Paramor, Warren Davis, Peter Mole, David Foster, Bruce Usherwood and Mick Patel. Photo: Bruce Usherwood

Following the double-nighter in Soho, David Foster, Mick Patel and Bruce Usherwood all departed. Usherwood subsequently joined Patrick Dane & The Front Line Band. Foster returned to Canada where he became a successful solo artist and producer.

The band regrouped, adding two former members of The Overlanders, lead guitarist Paul Brett and bass player Paul Petts. They also brought in keyboard player Keith Beck (real name: Burberry).

Clockwise top left: Keith Beck, Del Paramor, Paul Brett (hat), Peter Mole, Martin Grice, Warren Davis and Paul Petts. Photo: Paul Brett

The line-up now comprised:

Warren Davis – lead vocals

Paul Brett – lead guitar/vocals

Keith Beck – Hammond organ

Martin Grice – tenor saxophone

Del Paramor – tenor saxophone

Paul Petts – bass

Peter Mole – drums

8 September 1967 – Harrow Inn, Woolwich, London

9 September 1967 – Starlite Ballroom, Greenford, London

17 September 1967 – Whisky A Go Go, Wardour Street Soho, London

22 September 1967 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, London

22 September 1967 – Pink Flamingo, Soho, London with Lloyd Alexander’s Blues Band

23 September 1967 – Luton Boys Club, Luton, Bedfordshire

29 September 1967 – Elm Hotel, Leigh on Sea, Essex

30 September 1967 – Ritz, Bournemouth, Dorset

 

1 October 1967 – Lyme Regis, Dorset (possibly Marine Theatre)

4 October 1967 – Flamingo, Soho, London

6 October 1967 – Caeser’s Palace, Bedford, Bedfordshire

7 October 1967 – Croydon Tech, Croydon, London

10 October 1967 – Staircase, Soho, London (opening night of club with Cat Stevens as guest of honour, who wasn’t performing)

13 October 1967 – Beachcomber (Dunstable, Bedfordshire?)

14 October 1967 – Royal Lido, Prestatyn, Wales

16 October 1967 – Birdcage, Harlow, Essex

20 October 1967 – Silver Blades, Streatham, London

21 October 1967 – Starlite Ballroom, Greenford, London

21 October 1967 – Roaring ‘20s, Carnaby Street, Soho, London

28 October 1967 – Assembly Rooms, Oxford Town Hall, Oxford, Oxfordshire

31 October 1967 – Beachcomber, Dunstable, Bedfordshire

4 November 1967 – On this day, the Daily Sketch “Monkees” article appeared, only to be denied later in Variety

The band in late 1967. Photo: Paul Brett

4 November 1967 – Reading University, Reading, Berkshire

10 November 1967 – Staircase, Soho, London

11 November 1967 – Corby (possibly Civic Centre), Northamptonshire

14 November 1967 – Dollar Disco, Slough, Berkshire

16 November 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, London (with either The Syn or Love Affair)

17 November 1967 – Queen’s Hall, Leeds, West Yorkshire with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers

18 November 1967 – St Paul’s College, Shaftesbury Hall, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

22 November 1967 – Dundee University, Dundee, Scotland

23 November 1967 – String of Pearls, Bradford, West Yorkshire

25 November 1967 – Castle Ballroom, Ryde, Isle of Wight

28 November 1967 – Racing Drivers Ball, Savoy Hotel, Strand, London

 

1 December 1967 – North West Polytechnic, Royal Hotel, Woburn Place, London with Denny Laine’s Electric String Band and Fleetwood Mac

2 December 1967 – Witham (possibly Public Hall), Essex

3-4 December 1967 – String of Pearls, Bradford, West Yorkshire

5 December 1967 – Bradford University, Bradford, West Yorkshire with The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

8 December 1967 – Shooters Hill Grammar School, Shooters Hill, SE10, near Greenwich, London

9 December 1967 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London

10 December 1967 – RAF Witton, Kidderminster, Worcestershire

15 December 1967 – Winter Gardens, Penzance, Cornwall

16 December 1967 – Blue Lagoon (most likely in Newquay), Cornwall

18-20 December 1967 – Horseshoe Club, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester

22 December 1967 – Jason’s Club, Barnstaple, Devon

23 December 1967 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with Friction

24 December 1967 – Corn Exchange, Maidstone, Kent

29 December 1967 – Pantiles, Bagshot, Surrey

30 December 1967 – Luton Boys Club, Luton, Bedfordshire

31 December 1967 – Blaises, SW7, London

 

4 January 1968 – Warwick Hall, Kimpton Road, SE5, London

5 January 1968 – Il Grotto, Ilford, London

6 January 1968 – Shades, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

6 January 1968 – String of Beads, Bradford, West Yorkshire

7-8 January 1968 – Hatchetts, Piccadilly, London

9 January 1968 – Carousel Club, Farnborough, Hampshire

9 January 1968 – Sybillas, Swallow Street, London

11 January 1968 – Whisky A Go Go, Wardour Street, Soho, London

13 January 1968 – College of Technology, Brighton, West Sussex

17 January 1968 – Stonehouse, Gloucestershire (unknown venue)

18 January 1968 – Yeovil, Somerset (unknown venue)

19 January 1968 – Bristol, Avon (gig was cancelled)

20 January 1968 – YMCA, Gloucester, Gloucestershire

25 January 1968 – Audition for BBC, London

27 January 1968 – Swindon, Wiltshire (unknown venue)

30 January 1968 – The Blue, Rotherhithe Baths, London

Clockwise from top left: Peter Mole, Martin Grice, Warren Davis, Paul Brett, Del Paramor, Paul Petts and Keith Beck. Photo: Paul Brett

1 February 1968 – Whisky A Go Go, Wardour Street, Soho, London

3 February 1968 – RAF Waddington, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

4-5 February 1968 – Leofric Hotel, Coventry, West Midlands

10 February 1968 – Hastings Pier, Hastings, East Sussex with The Block

The group recorded some demos, including “Queen Victoria” before Paul Brett left on the eve of the band’s Italian trip. He joined Tintern Abbey and later led his own group, Paul Brett’s Sage. Tony Ollard joined after working with The Creation (he’d replaced Eddie Phillips).

The new line up now comprised:

Warren Davis – lead vocals

Tony Ollard – lead guitar

Keith Beck – Hammond organ

Martin Grice – tenor saxophone

Del Paramor – tenor saxophone

Paul Petts – bass

Peter Mole – drums

13-28 February 1968 – Hotel Pino, Turin, Italy

1-17 March 1968 – Blow Up Club, Munich, West Germany

With the German dates completed, Martin Grice and Keith Beck returned to Turin and joined The Patrick Sansom Set.

Back in the UK in March 1968, the remaining members rehearsed new baritone sax player Roger Davis and debuted at Klooks Kleek in West Hampstead on 21 March 1968.

18 March 1968 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts (billed as Warren Davis The Monday Band) This gig was billed but did not happen

However, there was a split in the band’s ranks at this point with Warren Davis, Del Paramor and Roger Davis linking up with the group Still Life to form a new version of The Warren Davis Monday Band. Tony Ollard, Paul Petts and Pete Mole split to work on other projects.

Davis, Paramor and Davis had seen Still Life at the Marquee on 25 March 1968 and were impressed.

The new formation comprised:

Warren Davis – lead vocals

Stuart Cowell – guitar/lead vocals

Tom Tierney – guitar

Con Byrne – bass

Ron Reynolds – Hammond organ

Del Paramor – tenor saxophone

Roger Davis – baritone saxophone

Jim Toomey – drums

The new line-up recorded the track “No 9 Putney Bus” for what they hoped would be a TV series.

30 March 1968 – Cheltenham (Blue Moon?), Gloucestershire

31 March 1968 – Whisky A Go Go, Wardour Street, Soho, London

 

3 April 1968 – Blaises, SW7, London

5 April 1968 – Queen’s Hall, Barnstaple, Devon

6 April 1968 – Tardebigge, Redditch, Worcestershire (venue unknown)

19 April 1968 – Il Grotto, Ilford, London

20 April 1968 – Hastings Pier, Hastings, East Sussex

24 April 1968 – Blaises, SW7, London

26 April-2 May 1968 – Rose Club, Hannover, West Germany

4 May 1968 – Tofts, Folkestone, Kent

7 May 1968 – Concorde, Southampton, Hampshire (Del Paramor and Roger Davis told they were sacked)

9 May 1968 – Exeter, Devon (unknown venue)

10 May 1968 – Torquay, Devon (unknown venue)

11 May 1968 – Cirencester, Gloucestershire (unknown venue)

14 May 1968 – Sybillas, Swallow Street, London

15 May 1968 – Hampstead Country Club, London

Del Paramor and Roger Davis left after this gig. Paramor joined Mr Mo’s Messengers, who morphed into Sonority, where he worked with Peter Mole.

20 May 1968 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with Fish-Hook (billed as Warren Davis Band)

In early June, guitarist Tom Tierney left

15 June 1968 – Hastings Pier, Hastings, East Sussex

By mid-July 1968 the band’s line-up comprised:

Warren Davis – lead vocals

Stuart Cowell – lead guitar/vocals

Ron Reynolds – Hammond organ

Con Byrne – bass

Jim Toomey – drums

The musicians, however, went their separate ways soon after. Cowell and Toomey would form a new band with Jerome Arnold from Paul Butterfield’s Blues Band and later put together Titus Groan.

Huge thanks to Del Paramor for the gigs listings from July 1967-May 1968. Thanks to Del, Bruce Usherwood, Paul Brett and Stuart Cowell for details. Melody Maker also provided gigs for the Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London. I will be writing a more detailed article on the band and would welcome hearing from other former members.

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