Eel Pie Island Roll-call

The following ‘roll-call’ of performers at Eel Pie Island has been compiled mainly from the contracts held by the estate of Arthur Chisnall, who operated the club between 1956 and 1967. Brian Rutland’s Grove Jazz Band were the first band to play at the Island in the modern context, their appearances having outgrown The Barmy Arms, with Michael Snapper, the hotel / ballroom owner supplying the venue, only too happy to accommodate the extra custom. When Arthur Chisnall took on the booking of bands, John Winstone (working with Chisnall) wrote to local Student Unions advising them that “the inevitable party will be held at Eel Pie Island this Friday 1/6/56, with the Terra Buona Jazz Band playing for dancing, followed by a Skiffle Group, who will play until their audience has fallen exhausted”, and advised of a 1/6 entrance fee, and 2/6 for a membership ‘Passport’, with the heavy hint that very soon entrance would soon be by Passport only due to the physical limitation of the venue, obviously expecting oversubscribed attendances by the near future. These fees were initially to provide the rent for the venue. After a short while, due to police pressure the venue became legitimised as a club “Eelpiland”, following the introduction of those memberships and entrance fees, which allowed for payment for the performers, rather than the previous crates of beer. It is from that point that records exist, in the form of contracts and flyers that have allowed the following roll-call to be compiled, though there are numerous gaps. Unlike similar pieces of work written about other venues, such The Cavern and The Marquee, as far as the Island is concerned, typically no adverts appeared in either the local or musical press, so that avenue for research is largely unavailable: publicity about forthcoming events was limited to word of mouth and some discreetly distributed flyers. Please note that the comments appearing in italics are no-one’s opinions but my own, though facts have been sourced from all over, and I apologise if any of said comments appear to be teaching any grannies to suck eggs, but I am aiming at a broad audience. Grateful thanks are due to Susanne Fischer for the kind use of Arthur’s ephemera.

1956

Fri. Aug 10thKen Colyer’s Jazzmen
The first act to appear professionally at Eel Pie Island, on this, the official opening of the Eel Pie Island Jazz Club, or ‘Eelpiland’, and its ‘Guest Register’

From flyers:

1957

Fri. Jan 4thMick Mulligan
George Melly at Eel Pie? Probably, given he’d first been enticed to the Island to see Cy Laurie, with Melly equating ‘Eel Pie Island’ to ‘Honky Tonk’ and ‘Gut Bucket’ linguistically and thematically…
Fri. Jan 11thCrane River Jazz Band
A kind of ‘supergroup’ of their day, any number of performers listed below passed through the ranks of the Crane River Jazz Band, most notably Ken Colyer, Sonny Morris, and Monty Sunshine
Sat. Jan 12thAlex Welsh
Sat. Jan 19thSandy Brown

During 1957, Sandy and old schoolmate Al Fairweather (who features later in his own right), both alumni of Edinburgh’s Royal High School, recorded and released the seminal “McJazz” album, which, as far as Melody Maker’s critic Steve Race was concerned, was “one of the twelve greatest Jazz recordings of all time” – heady praise indeed. Sandy went on to perform on the Island many times over the next few years, before leaving ‘trad’ for a more mainstream direction. He died in 1975 in front of his TV, watching Scotland lose to England at rugby, but with a whisky in his hand

Fri. Feb 1stCrane River Jazz Band

Sat. Feb 2nd – Omega Jazz Band

Arthur Chisnall’s choice won out in a stand-off with the Cy Laurie Agency’s preferred Alec Revell Band – see next entry

Sat. Feb 9thCy Laurie, Bill Brunskill’s Jazzmen, The Alpha Jazzmen

Though Terry Lightfoot had been down to play, other accounts quote this evening as Eel Pie Island Jazz Club’s “Grand Gala Opening Night – A Three Band Session” with Cy Laurie as headline, together with Bill Brunskill’s Jazzmen, and The Alpha Jazzmen. This was, in fact, to mark the opening of the new footbridge over to the Island. Over and above this particular activity, there had been a power struggle going on between Arthur Chisnall and the Cy Laurie Agency surrounding the running of the club: whilst Chisnall ultimately won out, tonight had been promoted by the Cy Laurie Agency, hence Laurie’s appearance tonight – I guess Terry Lightfoot’s New Orleans Jazzmen had been Chisnall’s intended performers (for details of that power struggle, Michele Whitby describes the whole episode in full in her book “Eel Pie Island”)

Fri. Feb 15thClyde Valley Stompers
Sat. Feb 16thIan Bell
Fri. Feb 22ndAlex Welsh
Sat. Feb 23rdPiltdown Seven
Thu. Feb 28thKen Colyer
Sat. Mar 2ndIan Bell
Fri. Mar 8thCrane River Jazz Band
Fri. Mar 15thDave Carey
Sat. Mar 16thSandy Brown
Fri. Mar 22ndCrane River Jazz Band
Sat. Mar 23rdIan Bell
Fri. Mar 29thCrane River Jazz Band
Sat. Mar 30thSandy Brown
Fri. Apr 5thIan Bell
Sat. Apr 6thDick Bishop’s Skiffle Group & Omega

A rare concession to skiffle being the main musical action here: Dickie Bishop recorded with Chris Barber, and ‘Omega’ was the Omega Brass Band, a marching band at that, who used to feature Ken Colyer within its ranks, and whose elusive only recording of themselves was issued with Ken Colyer as “Colyer Plays Standards”

Fri. Apr 12thIan Bell
Sat. Apr 13thAvon Cities
Fri. Apr 19thSandy Brown or The Gateway Jazzmen from Carlisle
Who actually showed up to play tonight? It looks from the flyer that options were being kept open: perhaps Sandy Brown was on the subs bench in case the Gateway chaps couldn’t make it from the far North West, though they were able to make a TV appearance on “Six Five Special” the following year
Sat. Apr 20thIan Bell
Fri. Apr 26thRob Thornton
Sat. Apr 27thAlex Welsh
Fri. May 3rdCrane River Jazz Band
Sat. May 4thIan Bell
Fri. May 10thRob Thornton
Sat. May 11thAcker Bilt [sic]
While they may have misspelt his name on the flyer, Mr Acker Bilk had his huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic some five years later with “Stranger On The Shore”, when he could also be found sharing the bill on an occasional ‘Riverboat Shuffle’, organised as an alternative night’s entertainment by Liverpool’s Cavern Club, with a bunch called The Beatles

Fri. May 17thCrane River
Sat. May 18thSandy Brown
Fri. May 24th Casey Bottom
Sat. May 25thPurest In The West
Both Casey Bottom and Purest In The West are bracketed together on the flyer, so whether that meant both played on both days is unclear

Thu. May 30thKen Colyer’s Jazzmen

A live album was recorded tonight, and while, no doubt, the album itself is rare, the CD reissue is just as much so, being out of print at the moment. The CD, at least, is entitled “The Classic Years Volume 2”. The fact that tonight was recorded may explain why it was a Thursday night performance, which rather bucks the Friday / Saturday trend prevalent at this point

Fri. May 31stAlex Welsh
Sat. Jun 1stOmega Jazz Band
Fri. Jun 7th Ian Bell
Sat. Jun 6thAlex Welsh

Fri. Jun 14thTerry Lightfoot
Sat. Jun 15thIan Bell
Fri. Jun 21stMike Peters
Sat. Jun 22ndMitz Mitton

Responsible for the wonderfully titled read “Don’t take the pith (helmet): A safari through the jungles of jazz”

Sat. Jun 29thAlex Welsh
Fri. Jul 5thAlex Welsh
Sat. Jul 6thMitz Mitton

Fri. Aug 16thGraham Stewart
Sat. Aug 17thMerseysippi

Referred to in 1962 by John Lennon as “the old buggers” – Lennon’s Quarrymen supported Merseysippi in January 1958, in what was Paul McCartney’s Cavern debut – and a Liverpool institution since 1949, the Merseysippi Jazz Band headlined on the opening night of that city’s esteemed venue back in January, and performances proliferated thereafter, though not, it appears, in this neck of the woods

Fri. Aug 23rdThe Storyville Jazz Band
The Storyville Jazz Band were still playing on the Island ten years after tonight, so some sort of long service award should be due
Sat. Aug 24thAcker Bilk
Thu. Aug 29thKen Colyer

Fri. Aug 30thThe Storyville Jazz Band

Sat. Aug 31stIan Bell
Fri. Sep 6thThe Storyville Jazz Band
Sat. Sep 7thSandy Brown
Fri. Sep 13thJubilee

Fri. Oct 25thJubilee
Sat. Oct 26thIan Bell
Fri. Nov 1stSonny Morris
Sat. Nov 2ndSandy Brown
Fri. Nov 8thIan Bell
Sat. Nov 9thAlex Welsh
Fri. Nov 15thTemperance 7 and Jamaican Steel Band
Sat. Nov 16thTerry Lightfoot
Fri. Nov 22ndMike Peters
Sat. Nov 23rdBruce Turner

Having left Humphrey Lyttelton’s band, Bruce Turner formed his Jump Band, and as such represented a more swing / mainstream approach to jazz, as opposed to the Trad style which was prevalent in virtually every other act appearing at the Island at this point. On his debut with Lyttelton’s band in 1953, his alto sax work was unappreciated by the band’s fans, who unfurled a banner bearing the legend “Go Home Dirty Bopper” – he had developed a be-bop style during the Forties.

Fri. Nov 29thDon Steele’s Jazzmen

Sun. Dec 1st“Grand Opening of the Hacienda Ballroom” (From invite)

The invite (from owner Michael Snapper, actually) only describes the performers as “A well known Dance Band” and “Also a celebrated Caribean [sic] Steel Band”. Who were these mystery bands? And how did this differ from the “Grand Opening” back in February?

1958

Fri. Jan 17thAcker Bilk
Sat. Jan 18thMick Mulligan
Fri. Jan 24thMike Peters also Sandy Paton and Caroline (American Folk Singers)

This deviation from jazz featured Sandy and Caroline Paton who were indeed American folk singers: in his obituary appearing in The Guardian in 2009, Sandy was bracketed with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Bob Dylan, as examples of US folk merchants breaking over here in the late 50s and early 60s. Sandy went on to co-found the influential Folk-Legacy record label in 1961. Incidentally, Sandy and Caroline’s first son was born during this year-long sojourn in the UK: “a free baby, courtesy of the National Health Service”, as Sandy put it. Thinking about it, as they had no work permits, it may have been a bit risky to have been advertised and they certainly would have been paid “under the table”

Sat. Jan 25thSandy Brown
Fri. Jan 31stAl Fairweather

Tonight, it appears Al Fairweather appeared without usual oppo Sandy Brown, with whom he’d started with back in Edinburgh as members of the Royal High School Gang: at one stage they played at Edinburgh’s Oddfellows Hall, where one of their buddies, one Tom Connery, was the bouncer – Tom went and changed his name to Sean, and look what that did for him!

Sat. Feb 1stLes Six Orleanais
Fri. Feb 7thDick Charlesworth
Sat. Feb 8thAcker Bilk
Fri. Feb 14thTrad & Folk Song
That’s all it says on the flyer. Maybe it was a return visit from Sandy and Caroline Paton, only this time discretion having led to some anonymity?

Sat. Feb 15thSandy Brown
Fri. Feb 21stRay Galliers Prelude Six
Sat. Feb 22ndAl Fairweather

Mon. Mar 10th – Elesto Cortez and Robin Hall
This was Eelpiland branching out in a different direction: tonight is billed as “Eelpiland presents International Folk Music every Monday 8 to 10:30” and for tonight the aforementioned Sandy Paton “will be introducing ELESTO CORTEZ (Nigerian songs) and ROBIN HALL (Scottish songs) with visiting artists from floor”. Admission to what is billed as its opening night is free, with “Spiritual and Caffeic refreshment available”. While certainly Robin Hall became something of a household name due to his TV appearances in the 60s with Jimmy McGregor, it is not clear whether this folk venture endured beyond tonight

Fri. May 9thIan Bell

Sat. May 10thSandy Brown

Fri. May 16thAcker Bilk

Fri. May 16thCy Laurie

Fri. May 16thDave Carey

An unusually rich bill for a Friday: must have been something special about tonight

Sat. May 17thBruce Turner

Fri. May 23rdBrian Taylor

Sat. May 24thSonny Morris

Fri. May 30thMike Peters

Sat. May 31stBrian Taylor

Fri. Jun 6thSonny Morris
Sat. Jun 7thAlex Welsh
Fri. Jun 13thAcker Bilk
Sat. Jun 14thMick Mulligan
Fri. Jun 20thBrian Taylor
Sat. Jun 21stTerry Lightfoot
Fri. Jun 27thSonny Morris
Sat. Jun 28thSandy Brown
Fri. Jul 4thBrian Taylor
Sat. Jul 5thAcker Bilk
Fri. Jul 11thMike Peters
Sat. Jul 12thBruce Turner
Fri. Jul 18thCity Ramblers

The City Ramblers were a skiffle outfit who had not come through the ranks of trad jazz, but who were initially a barely proficient trio (after ditching early member John Pilgrim on washboard and pet monkey Saki(!?)), often found busking outside Charing Cross station. Two years before tonight, they had embarked on what appears to have been a fairly chaotic tour of Germany and Scandinavia with Woody Guthrie-inspired American ‘cowboy singer’, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and cutting an EP in Copenhagen, before cutting their losses and returning to London, with Elliott electing to stay in Germany with his wife June. A year later, and they were playing at the Moscow International Youth Festival, so they certainly put the miles in. Incredibly, the City Ramblers embarked on a revival recently, appearing at Herne Hill Music Festival, and are still gigging as City Ramblers Revival, featuring original member Hylda Sims, whose first guitar was gifted to her by Ivor Cutler when she was a teenager

Sat. Jul 19thBrian Woolley
Fri. Jul 25thAcker Bilk, Sonny Morris, Dixie’s Marching Band and The Riversiders
‘Jazz Parade’ (on behalf of the Borough of Twickenham Fair) starting at First Cross Road, Twickenham Green, according to the flyer. Seeing as there were a number of ‘Jazz Parades’ during this era, what my imagination is struggling to come to terms with is how was the inevitable bottleneck handled at the other side of Eel Pie Island’s bridge, when all (performers and acolytes) had to pay their toll to the little old ladies?

Sat. Jul 26thAl Fairweather

Fri. Aug 1stSonny Morris

Fri. Sep 12thDon Steele
Sat. Sep 13thMicky Ashman

Double bass player Micky Ashman graduated through the ranks of Humphrey Lyttelton and Chris Barber before stepping out with his own band

Fri. Sep 19thMike Peters (Esq.)
I don’t know how Mike Peters earned the “Esq” soubriquet for tonight particularly, as he was well known to the Eel Pie fraternity by now, but I do know he seems to have been the only person around with a camera in those black and white days, one of only a few to document Eel Pie Island photographically, so he gets my vote for that at least!
Sat. Sep 20thAcker Bilk
Fri. Sep 26thDave Nelson
Sat. Sep 27thGraham Stewart
Fri. Oct 3rdTerry Layton
Sat. Oct 4thTerry Lightfoot
Fri. Oct 10thIan Bell
Sat. Oct 11thAlex Welsh

Sat. Oct 25thGraham Stewart
Fri. Oct 31stDave Nelson
Sat. Nov 1stAcker Bilk
Fri. Nov 7thBrian Taylor
Sat. Nov 8thWally Fawkes
While clarinet is his instrument of choice for tonight, it was the pen for his other day job, as satirical cartoonist Trog, in creating “Flook”, which ran in the Daily Mail for 35 years. The pen-name ‘Trog’ came from his earlier jazz band, Wally Fawkes and The Troglodytes
Fri. Nov 14thMicky Ashman
Sat. Nov 15thSandy Brown / Al Fairweather
Fri. Nov 21stMole Ben
Sat. Nov 22ndMicky Ashman
Fri. Nov 28thPete Wells Benefit

Sat. Nov 29th – Diz Disley & Brian Woolley
Fri. Dec 5th – Dick Charlesworth
Sat. Dec 6th – Graham Stewart
Fri. Dec 12th – Brian Taylor
Sat. Dec 13th – Acker Bilk
Sat. Dec 13th – Riversiders
Sat. Dec 20th – Terry Lightfoot
Wed. Dec 24th – Graham Stewart (late night)
Fri. Dec 26th – “Members night”
Sat. Dec 27th – Micky Ashman
Wed. Dec 31st – Alex Welsh (late night)

1959

Sat. Feb 7thMicky Ashman
Sun. Feb 8thDis [sic] Disley
Described by George Melly as “having the face of a satyr, en route to a cheerful orgy”, Diz Disley was a comparative rarity, being a jazz guitarist in these times of trumpet, trombone and clarinet. Inspired by Django Reinhardt, he continued his fruitful career long after tonight, playing with such diverse musicians as Stephane Grappelli, Dave Swarbrick and Nigel Kennedy (must be something about violinists)
Sat. Feb 17th Graham Stewart
Sun. Feb 18th Dis Disley
Sat. Feb 21st Crane River Jazz Band
Sun. Feb 22nd Dis Disley
Sat. Feb 28th Bruce Turner
Sun. Mar 1st Dis Disley
Sat. Mar 7th Micky Ashman
Sun. Mar 8th Dis Disley
Sat. Mar 14th Sandy Brown
Sun. Mar 15th Dis Disley
Sat. Mar 21st Mick Mulligan
Sun. Mar 22nd Dis Disley
Sat. Mar 28th Graham Stewart
Fri. Apr 3rd Ken Colyer & Neil Millett (Celebration Dance)
Sat. Apr 4th Crane River Jazz Band
Sat. Apr 11th Micky Ashman
Sat. Apr 18th Brian Woolley
Sat. Apr 25th Mike Daniels
Sat. May 2nd Terry Lightfoot

From this point (unless otherwise stated), the following entries are largely from contracts, together with the agreed fee, though it has been pointed out that during the purely jazz phase of Eelpiland, there was inevitably a skiffle act that would typically play during the main band’s break between sets, and of course these skifflers would be neither contracted nor advertised at all:

Sat. May 9thThe Graham Stewart Seven (£25)

Fri. May 15th – Terry Lightfoot’s Jazz Band
Fri. May 15th – Mike Daniel’s Delta Jazzmen
Fri. May 15th –Cy Laurie
All the above for this night appeared under the banner “SKINTS BALL”, whatever that was meant to mean, according to the flyer

Sat. May 16thBill Brunskill’s Jazzband (£10)

Trumpeter Bill Brunskill first played with Cy Laurie, and up until the late 90s was still leading his band, usually at The Lord Napier in Thornton Heath. Back in 1957, in a date on the Island that I’ve been unable to trace, he was supported by the mighty First Molesey Skiffling Scouts, who featured a 13-year old Mick Avory on drums, who went on to the even mightier Kinks. In 1995, Bill was the subject of a TV documentary, “Whatever Happened To Bill Brunskill?”, presented by George Melly

Sat. May 16thThe Kid Shillito Jazz Band (£15)
Fri. May 22ndBob Wallis’ Storyville Jazzmen (£15)

Fri. May 22ndMr. Acker Bilk’s Paramount Jazz Band (£25)

There is a clause on Bob Wallis’ contract (above) for tonight stating that “This is a shared session with Acker Bilk (Club Anniversary)” with Mr Bilk starting at 7:30 and Bob to start playing at “9:00 prompt”. This was the 3rd anniversary of the club, and advertised as such on the flyer

Sat. May 23rdBrian Woolley’s Jazzmen (£25)
Sat. May 30thMicky Ashman and his band (£25)
Sat. Jun 6thThe Kid Shillito Jazzband (£25)

Sounding like a middleweight boxing contender, Kid Shillito is still tooting his trumpet in John Shillito’s Select 4, or Select 6, all over the shop – mainly Devon – even now. Later in the year he would join Micky Ashman’s band, who have a number of credits here, both before and after tonight

Sat. Jun 13thTerry Lightfoot’s New Orleans Jazzmen (£25)
Sat. Jun 20thAlex Welsh and his band (£25)
Fri. Jun 26thKen Colyer’s Jazzmen (£25) (Celebration Dance)
Fri. Jun 26thThe Kid Shillito Jazzband (£15)(Celebration Dance)
Sat. Jun 27thMicky Ashman and his Jazzband (£25)
Sat. Jul 4thMike Daniels’ Delta Jazzmen featuring Doreen Beatty (£25)
Sat. Jul 11thThe Graham Stewart Seven (£25)
Sat. Jul 18thAl Fairweather / Sandy Brown All Stars Band (£25)
Fri. Jul 24thIan Bell’s Jazzmen (£25)
Fri. Jul 24thBob Wallis’ Storyville Jazzmen (£25)
“Parade from Twickenham Green to Eel Pie Island”, with the club session starting at 8pm

Sat. Jul 25thMicky Ashman and his Jazzband (£25)
Sat. Aug 1stDick Charlesworth and his City Gents (£25)
Sat. Aug 8thMr Acker Bilk’s Paramount Jazz Band (£25)
Sat. Aug 15thThe Kenny Ball Jazzmen (£25)
Kenny Ball appears in his own right, having had previous with both Charlie Galbraith and Terry Lightfoot, both familiar to Eel Pie Island, and still two years away from his massive “Midnight In Moscow” hit
Sat. Aug 22ndGraham Stewart’s Jazz Band (£25)
Sat. Aug 29thMicky Ashman and his Jazz Band (£25)
Sat. Sep 6thAlex Welsh and his Band (£25)
Sat. Sep 12thAl Fairweather / Sandy Brown All Stars Band (£25)
Sat. Sep 19thTerry Lightfoot’s New Orleans Jazzmen (£25)
Sat. Sep 26thMr Acker Bilk’s Paramount Jazz Band (£25)
Fri. Oct 2ndBill Brunskill and his Band (£17)
Sat. Oct 3rdMike Daniels’ Delta Jazzmen featuring Doreen Beatty (£25)
Sat. Oct 10thIan Bell’s Jazzmen (£25)
Sat. Oct 17thBrian Woolley’s Jazzmen (£25)
Sat. Oct 24thThe Storyville Jazz Band (£25)
Sat. Oct 31stMicky Ashman and his Band (£25)
Sat. Nov 7thMicky Ashman and his Band (£25)
Sat. Nov 14thKenny Ball’s Jazzmen (£25)
Thu. Nov 19th‘Jerks Jump’
“Dancing to four popular jazz bands, including The Bill Brunskill Group, and The Riversiders“, according to a flyer, the event having been organised by Kingston & District Student Charities Committee, hence the Thursday
Sat. Nov 21stMr Acker Bilk’s Paramount Jazz Band (£25)
Sat. Nov 28thSonny Morris and his Jazzmen (£25)
Sat. Dec 5thBill Brunskill and his Band (£25)
Sat. Dec 12thThe Storyville Jazz Band (£25)
Sat. Dec 19thDick Charlesworth and his City Gents (£25)
Thu. Dec 24thDave Nelson’s Marlborough Jazzband (£15)

According to the contract, this was a shared session, with Dave’s boys doing sets 1 and 3. Who played the second set?

Sat. Dec 26thKenny Ball’s Jazzmen (£25)

1960

Sat. Jan 2ndThe Storyville Jazz Band (£25)
Sun. Jan 3rdNeil Millett Jazz Band (£5)

Neil Millett’s band had to start at 9:00 for only a half hour set (hence the paucity of the payment), and had to wear band uniforms. Obviously they were the half-time entertainment, but for whom?

Sat. Jan 9thMicky Ashman and his Band (£25)
Sat. Jan 16thMr Acker Bilk’s Paramount Jazz Band (£25)
Sat. Jan 23rdThe Riversiders (£11)
“Band uniformity of dress to be worn”. It seems that only The Riversiders, Neil Millett’s Jazz Band – above – and Dave Nelson’s Marlborough Jazz Band – below – warranted this particular sartorially threatening clause. In addition, The Riversiders (or more properly The Riverside Jazzmen) had a residency on the Island during the early 60s on Sundays. The fact that I’ve not been able to include any of these suggests either that residencies were not covered by contracts, or that’s another swath of contracts that have gone missing, but you’ll notice that Sundays are by and large bereft of documented gigs. Having said that, of course, there’s one for the night after this. Typical!
Sat. Jan 23rdMike Daniels’ Delta Jazzmen featuring Doreen Beatty (£25)
Sun. Jan 24thDave Nelson’s Marlborough Jazz Band (£11)
“Band uniforms to be worn”, and they played two sets, with the second scheduled for between “9:05 and 10:15-10:30, depending on popularity”
Sat. Jan 30thGraham Stewart’s New Orleans Jazz Band (£25)

Sat. Feb 13thMike Daniels’ Delta Jazzmen featuring Doreen Beatty (£25)

Fri. Feb 19th – Ken Colyer (£25)
Sat. Feb 20thThe Storyville Jazz Band (£25)
Sat. Feb 27thThe Clyde Valley Stompers (£25)
Sat. Mar 5thSonny Morris’ Jazzmen (£25)
Sat. Mar 12thDick Charlesworth and his City Gents (£25)
Sat. Mar 19thMicky Ashman and his Band (£25)
Sun. Mar 20thDave Nelson’s Marlborough Jazz Band (£8)
“Band uniforms to be worn”
Sat. Mar 26thThe Storyville Jazz Band (£25)
Sat. Apr 2ndMike Daniels’ Delta Jazzmen featuring Doreen Beatty (£25)
Sat. Apr 9thGraham Stewart’s New Orleans Jazz Band (£25)
Sat. Apr 16thSonny Morris’ Jazzmen (£25)
Sat. Apr 23rd – Terry Lightfoot’s New Orleans Jazzmen (£25)
Sat. Apr 30thEggy Lay’s Jazzmen (£25)
The curiously named Eggy Lay played clarinet with Cy Laurie
Sun. May 1stThe Pete Ridge Jazzband (£15)
Sat. May 7thMicky Ashman and his Jazz Band (£25)
Sat. May 14thSims / Wheeler Vintage Jazz Band (£25)
Sat. May 21stMr Acker Bilk’s Paramount Jazz Band (£25)
Sat. May 28thTerry Lightfoot’s New Orleans Jazzmen (£25)
Sun. May 29thCharlie Gall’s Jazzmen (£15)

Glaswegian Gall was a co-founder of the Clyde Valley Stompers, who appeared here in 1957, then his own Jazzmen when he came down to London, before heading over to Canada and forming the Toronto Metro Stompers. While with his Jazzmen, he was apparently supported at a gig at The Cavern by a bunch known as The Quarrymen

Sat. Jun 4thThe Storyville Jazz Band (£25)
Sat. Jun 11thSonny Morris’ Jazzmen (£25)
Sat. Jun 18thKenny Ball’s Jazzmen (£25)
Sun. Jun 19thIan Bell’s Jazzmen (£10)
Sat. Jun 25thMike Peters’ New Orleans Jazzband (£25)
Sat. Jul 2ndMicky Ashman and his Jazz Band (£25)
Sat. Jul 9thThe Storyville Jazz Band (£25)
Sat. Jul 16thMike Daniels’ Delta Jazzmen featuring Doreen Beatty (£25)
Sat. Jul 23rdSonny Morris’ Jazzmen (£25)
Sat. Jul 30thKenny Ball’s Jazzmen (£25)
Sun. Jul 31stThe Pete Ridge Jazzband (£15)
Sat. Aug 6thThe Storyville Jazz Band (£25)
Sat. Aug 13thKenny Ball’s Jazzmen (£25)
Sat. Aug 20thDick Charlesworth and his City Gents (£25)
Sat. Aug 27thMicky Ashman’s Ragtime Jazzband (£25)
Sat. Sep 3rdSims / Wheeler Vintage Jazz Band (£25)
Sat. Sep 10thKenny Ball’s Jazzmen (£25)

Sat. Sep 17thThe Cy Laurie Band (£35)

The influential self-taught clarinettist Cy Laurie, who started his own club in Ham Yard, which later became famous as The Scene, a Mod club of the 60s. Whilst Laurie had appeared at the Island on numerous occasions in its early days (providing George Melly with his singing debut on one occasion, probably back in 1956) this is the first documented performance here since the great ‘Bridge Opening Gala / Eelpiland Power Struggle’ of February 1957

Sat. Sep 24thMike Daniels’ Delta Jazzmen featuring Doreen Beatty (£25)
Sat. Oct 1stMicky Ashman’s Ragtime Jazzband (£25)
Sat. Oct 8thDick Charlesworth and his City Gents (£25)
Sat. Oct 15thThe Cy Laurie Band (£25)
Sat. Nov 5thThe Cy Laurie Band (£25)

Sat. Nov 12thDick Charlesworth and his City Gents (£25)
Sat. Nov 19thMike Daniels’ Delta Jazzmen with Doreen Beatty (£25)
Sat. Nov 26th Trevor Jones’ Jazzmen (£25)
Sat. Dec 3rdTerry Lightfoot’s New Orleans Jazzmen (£25)
Sat. Dec 10thMike Peters’ New Orleans Jazzband (£25)
Sat. Dec 17thKenny Ball’s Jazzmen (£50)
Sat. Dec 31stMike Daniels’ Delta Jazzmen featuring Doreen Beatty (£60)

1961

Sat. Jan 7thThe Storyville Jazz Band (£50)
Sat. Jan 14thSims / Wheeler Vintage Jazz Band (£50)
Sat. Jan 21stMicky Ashman and his Jazz Band (£50)
Sat. Jan 28thDick Charlesworth and his City Gents (£50)
Dick Charlesworth would later embrace R&B with his Big Blues band, embarking on a series of dates at The Marquee in 1964. Strangely, he doesn’t seem to have brought that to the party at Eel Pie Island
Sat. Feb 4thTerry Lightfoot’s New Orleans Jazz Band (£55)
One of the more familiar Jazz names on this roll-call, Terry Lightfoot’s band had a couple of minor hits during 1961

Sun. Feb 12thThe Pete Ridge Jazzband with Little Mo (£20)

Trumpeter Mike Cotton would form his own ‘Jazzmen’ combo out of the ashes of Pete Ridge’s band, taking Little Mo (aka Maureen Parfitt) with him, before they morphed into The Mike Cotton Sound when they saw which way the R&B wind was blowing

Sat. Feb 18thAvon Cities Jazz Band (£40)

The Avon Cities Jazz Band came from, you guessed it, Bristol. Formed in 1949, they kept going until 2000. Trumpeter Geoff Nicholls and soprano sax player Mike Hitchings were ever-presents throughout that period. Not so much long service awards due, but lifetime achievements I would have thought

Sat. Feb 25thNew Orleans Knights led by Eric Allandale (£35)
Sat. Mar 4thThe Cy Laurie Band (£45)

Sat. Mar 18thNew Orleans Knights led by Eric Allandale (£35)
Sat. Mar 25thMike Daniels’ Delta Jazzmen with Doreen Beatty (£50)
Sat. Apr 1stNew Orleans Knights led by Eric Allandale (£40)

Sat. Apr 15thMicky Ashman’s Ragtime Jazzband (£50)

Thu. Apr 20thMr. Acker Bilk’s Paramount Jazz Band (£75)

This appears to be the last sighting of the soon to be huge Mr Bilk, and clearly he went out with a bang, eclipsing all previous payments
Sat. Apr 22ndMike Peters’ Florida Jazz Band (£40)
Sat. Apr 29thVintage Jazz Band (£50)

By this time, clarinettist Ian Wheeler had left for Chris Barber’s band, leaving Ken Sims in sole command

Thu. May 4thKen Colyer’s Jazzmen (£50)
Sat. May 13thMac Duncan’s Jazz Band (£40)
Sat. May 20thMicky Ashman’s Ragtime Jazz Band (£50)
Sat. May 27tthMike Peters’ Florida Jazz Band with Johnny Silvo (£40)

Sat. Jun 10thNew Orleans Knights led by Eric Allandale (£40)
Sun. Jun 11thThe Temperance Seven Band (65 Guineas) (from letter of confirmation of verbal agreement from the band’s agents)

What a cultured payment style, one that would today be recognised as £68.25 (not taking inflation into account, clearly). Needless to say, these were the only performers paid in such a fashion: perhaps it helped that they’d been driven crazy by hitting the heady heights of number one in the hit parade earlier in the year. Incidentally, ‘Whispering’ Paul McDowell, responsible for the band’s ‘vocal refrains’ had to leave the Experimental Theatre Club revue, of which he was also a member, who had been performing “****” (Four Asterisks) at the Edinburgh Fringe, as a result of that chart success in order to tour with the band. His replacement in the revue was one Terry Jones, who would light up our lives as a Python much later

Sat. Jun 17thKen Barton’s Oriole Jazz Band (£25)
Sat. Jun 24thMicky Ashman’s Ragtime Jazz Band (£50)
Sat. Jul 1stBjorn Stokstad & his Norwegian Jazz Band (£65)
A true rarity: Bjorn was a clarinettist, and the band was what it said on the tin. “Bjørn Stokstad, norsk jazzmusiker og arkitekt; fra ca. 1960 ansett som Norges ledende klarinettist i tradisjonell stil. Startet sitt eget orkester i 1962.” See?

Sat. Jul 8thMike Daniels’ Delta Jazzmen with Doreen Beatty (£50)
Sat. Jul 15thNew Orleans Knights led by Eric Allandale (£40)
Sun. Jul 16thThe Temperance Seven Band (65 Guineas) (from letter of confirmation of verbal agreement from the band’s agents)

Sat. Jul 22ndTerry Pitts’ Jazz Band (£45)

Terry Pitts, as star trombonist, recorded with Cy Laurie in 1958, and again ten years later in 1968, but this year (1961) put out a single “A Drop Of The Hard Stuff” under his own name

Sat. Jul 29thAlan Elsdon’s Jazz Band (£40)
Alan Elsdon was a trumpeter and flugelhornist, no less, having also played with Cy Laurie, as well as with Terry Lightfoot
Sat. Aug 5thMicky Ashman’s Ragtime Jazz Band (£50)
Sat. Aug 12thMike Peters’ Florida Jazz Band (£40)
Sat. Aug 19thVintage Jazz Band led by Ken Sims (£50)
Sat. Aug 26thNew Orleans Knights led by Eric Allandale (£40)
Sat. Sep 2ndAlan Elsdon’s Jazz Band (£40)
Sat. Sep 9thBob Wallis’ Storyville Jazzmen (£60)
Bob Wallis’ Storyville lads had just scraped into the Top 50 with “I’m Shy Mary Ellen I’m Shy” which doesn’t appear to sound like a jazz number so much as a music hall one. Mind you, they display remarkable longevity, being one of the last jazz bands to play on the Island, a month before its closure in 1967, though, tellingly, for half the fee paid tonight
Sat. Sep 16thMike Peters’ Florida Jazz Band with Johnny Silvo (£40)
I remember Johnny Silvo as more of a folkie than anything, but I guess he was cutting his teeth on jazz/skiffle/blues at this point, and indeed guested with Dick Charlesworth and Monty Sunshine at various times
Sat. Sep 23rdTerry Pitts’ Jazz Band (£45)
Sat. Sep 30thLen Baldwin’s Dauphin Street Six (£35)
Sat. Oct 7thMike Daniels’ Delta Jazzmen with Doreen Beatty (£50)
Sat. Oct 14thNew Orleans Knights led by Eric Allandale (£45)
Sat. Oct 21stMelbourne New Orleans Jazz Band (£65)

These featured trombonist Max Collie, who, when the band returned to Australia, stayed on and joined the London City Stompers

Sat. Oct 28thKen Sims’ Vintage Jazz Band (£50)
Sat. Nov 4thAlan Elsdon’s Jazz Band (£40)
Sat. Nov 11thLen Baldwin’s Dauphin Street Six (£35)
Sat. Nov 18thTerry Pitts’ Jazz Band (£45)
Sat. Nov 25thNew Orleans Knights led by Eric Allandale (£45)
Sat. Dec 2ndThe Clyde Valley Stompers Ltd (£55)
Sat. Dec 9thKen Sims’ Vintage Jazz Band (£50)
Sat. Dec 16thMike Peters’ Florida Jazzmen (£40)
Sat. Dec 23rdLen Baldwin’s Dauphin Street Six (£35)
Sat. Dec 30thMicky Ashman’s Ragtime Jazz Band (£50)

1962

Sat. Jan 6thAlan Elsdon’s Jazz Band (£40)
Sat. Jan 13thNew Orleans Knights led by Eric Allandale (£45)
Sat. Jan 20thLen Baldwin’s Dauphin Street Six (£35)
Sat. Jan 27thKen Sims’ Vintage Jazz Band (£50)
Sat. Feb 3rdTerry Pitts’ Jazz Band (£45)
Sat. Feb 10thNew Orleans Knights led by Eric Allandale (£45)
Sat. Feb 17thForrie Cairns and the Clansmen (£40)
Forrie Cairns also played in The Clyde Valley Stompers
Sat. Feb 24thMicky Ashman’s Ragtime Jazz Band (£50)
Sat. Mar 3rdKen Sims’ Vintage Jazz Band (£50)
Sat. Mar 10thTerry Pitts’ Jazz Band (£45)
Sat. Mar 17thLen Baldwin’s Dauphin Street Six (£35)

Sat. Mar 31stEric Allandale’s New Orleans Knights (£45)
Sat. Apr 7thEric Silk and his Southern Jazz Band (£40)
Sat. Apr 14thMelbourne New Orleans Jazz Band (£65)
Sat. Apr 21stAlan Elsdon’s Jazz Band (£40)
Sat. Apr 28thTerry Pitts’ Jazz Band (£45)
Sat. May 5thLen Baldwin’s Dauphin Street Six (£35)
Sat. May 12thKen Sims’ Vintage Jazz Band (£50)
Sat. May 19thMicky Ashman’s Ragtime Jazz Band (£50)
Sat. May 26thAlan Elsdon’s Jazz Band (£40)
Sat. Jun 2ndEric Allandale’s New Orleans Knights (£45)
Sat. Jun 9thCyril Preston’s Excelsior Jazz Band (£35)
Sat. Jun 16thCharlie Galbraith’s Jazz Band (£35)
Sat. Jun 23rdMike Cotton’s Jazzmen (£40)
Sat. Jun 30thLen Baldwin’s Dauphin Street Six (£40)
Sat. Jul 7thEric Allandale’s New Orleans Knights (£45)
From being pretty much a regular at Eel Pie, trombonist Eric Allandale seems to have disappeared after tonight (gaps in documentation notwithstanding, as described below) until an unlikely re-emergence with The Foundations in 1967, though he did also play with Terry Lightfoot and Alex Welsh
Sat. Jul 14thMike Daniels’ Delta Jazzmen with Doreen Beatty (£50)
Sat. Jul 21stThe Clyde Valley Stompers (£50)
The Clyde Valley Stompers were shortly to bother the hit parade with “Peter And The Wolf”, which hit the heady heights of #25, and were later to guest on The Morecambe and Wise Show, before disbanding in 1963. As with Charlie Gall, mentioned back in May 1960, most of the band then seems to have emigrated to Canada

Sat. Jul 28thEric Silk and his Southern Jazz Band (£40)
Sat. Aug 4thDave Keir’s Jazz Band (£35)
Sat. Aug 11thEric Silk and his Southern Jazz Band (£40)

Wed. Oct 17thTony Holland and the Packabeats

It appears Beat Music has made an entry in the annals of Eel Pie Island, and though The Packabeats were an instrumental outfit, they were always billed with their vocalist, Tony Holland. When The Packabeats appeared at the Pipeline Convention (dedicated to instrumental groups – Holland wasn’t allowed) in 2004, it was the first time they’d played onstage since 1964

Wed. Oct 17thMike Berry and the Outlaws

Mike Berry’s “Tribute to Buddy Holly” was banned by the BBC for being too morbid! He had a couple of other hits before The Beatles rather consigned him and his ilk to musical history, though he stormed back with a No 9 chart hit in 1980, “The Sunshine Of Your Smile”. Berry then pursued an acting career, where he became a familiar face on TV’s “Are You Being Served”, and can still be seen on the small screen these days

Wed. Oct 17thCliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers

Cliff Bennett’s crew would enjoy chart success in 1966 with their version of Paul McCartney’s “Got To Get You Into My Life”, but even at this early stage had a few singles under their belt. They later featured Chas Hodges of 70s “Rockney” fame, but curiously tonight, he was still playing with The Outlaws, but shared the stage, sort of, with future Chas’n’Dave drummer Mick Burt who was on duty with The Rebel Rousers tonight! Meanwhile, Bassist Frank Allen joined The Searchers in 1964, and has been with them ever since.

Wed. Oct 17thScreaming Lord Sutch and the Savages (all Oct 17 entries from contemporary poster)

Always the eccentric, David Sutch mucked about on the fringes of music, commercially unsuccessfully for years, despite what sounds like an entertaining stage show, leaning heavily on Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ ‘shock-rock’ style: his Savages decamped to form Cyril Davies’ All Stars; he stood for Parliament as a representative of the National Teenage Party during the 60s, before famously forming The Official Monster Raving Loony Party in 1983 to most electioneers’ amusement; he recorded “Lord Sutch and Heavy Friends”, which a BBC poll in 1998 described as the worst album of all time, despite boasting the talents of Jimmy Page, John Bonham, Jeff Beck, Noel Redding and Nicky Hopkins

While there are obvious gaps between some dates, generally the evidence is fairly comprehensive, but there are a wholesale bunch of missing contracts for the next year or so, meaning the remainder of 1962, the majority of 1963 and a large chunk of 1964 is undocumented. As this is a particularly interesting period in the club’s, and the nation’s, musical development, with R&B starting to feature alongside jazz, perhaps someone got to these contracts before me. What is clear, however, is that at some point between August 1962 and April 1963, the club policy became one whereby regular Wednesday and Sunday performances were introduced, featuring R&B groups, with Saturdays remaining the province of the jazz bands: perhaps that October 17th bill (above) represented the earliest use of a Wednesday for the ‘Rock and Twist Club’ as the poster proclaims, being a comparatively strong line-up. Unfortunately that lack of contracts means initially I could not directly reference The Tridents (who featured Jeff Beck within their ranks), The Muleskinners (with Ian McLagan in tow), The Birds (who included Ronnie Wood), The Others, David Bowie’s Manish Boys phase, and who knows how many others, including idiosyncratic Scotsman Ivor Cutler, of whom I’ve seen photographic evidence of an appearance. Fortunately, Nick Warburton has come to the rescue, not least from the Bowie perspective, with his own listing of dates on the Island for garage bands during the 60s, which you can find on www.garagehangover.com/eel-pie-island/: entries from that source are the ones below which do not quote a performance fee. Paul Lucas of The Tridents has come forward with his own diary entries for their dates, so that’s rectified too. Also, the emergence of letters confirming payments made by Arthur Chisnall, as well as some of his accounts, have helped confirm / confuse the issue! Thanks are also due to Christopher Hjort (author of “Strange Brew: Eric Clapton and the British Blues Boom 1965-1970”) for verification / second opinion on the John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers entries, as well as John H Warburg for his input on the same.

1963

Wed. Apr 24thThe Rolling Stones

Probably the first time The Stones played on the Island (certainly in their own right: recently reports have come to light of an interval appearance on a Back o’Town Syncopators, or Kenny Ball date, which would almost certainly have been earlier than tonight, though this is doubtful, as there is no mention of such an event in Bill Wyman’s meticulous autobiography, “Stone Alone”). They would total some 24 appearances between now and September 25th. Doorman Stan, who used to stamp people’s wrists on entry to the club, visited the museum. He recalled how Arthur was wondering where the club’s clientele had disappeared to and so the two of them visited the Station Hotel in Richmond, and found the outfit that was drawing them in there. Thereafter, the Stones suddenly were granted a residency at Eel Pie Island. I guess that means that for a large part of 1963, you could see the Stones on a Wednesday at Eel Pie Island, and at the weekend at The Station Hotel, later the Crawdaddy! A mere 46 years after tonight, the date was chosen for the unveiling of the “Music Legends of Eel Pie Island” heritage plaque on the riverside, overlooking the Island, outside The Barmy Arms.

Wed. May 1stThe Rolling Stones
Wed. May 8thThe Rolling Stones
Wed. May 15thThe Rolling Stones
Wed. May 22ndThe Rolling Stones
Wed. May 29thThe Rolling Stones
Wed. Jun 5thThe Rolling Stones
Wed. Jun 12thThe Rolling Stones
Wed. Jun 19thThe Rolling Stones

(Rolling Stones dates from April 24th to June 19th from Bill Wyman’s “Stone Alone” and initially

http://www.tamworthbands.com/1963/rollingstones/1963gigs.htm )

Sat. Jun 22ndMickey Ashman (from flyer)

Sun. Jun 23rd – The Yardbirds

A still-at-schoolkid called Top Topham took to the stage as support with his band: they had settled on the name of The Yardbirds earlier in the month, on their debut at Studio 51 (Ken Colyer’s club in Soho) – they had to be called something, deciding on Charlie ‘Yardbird’ Parker as inspiration (Keith Relf had been reading Kerouac‘s “On The Road“ at the time). Tonight would have been only their fifth appearance. Thanks to John H Warburg for this confirmation. Of course, come September, young Top had been packed off back to school, and his place had been taken by a certain Eric Clapton

Sun. Jun 23rdCyril Davies All Stars (from http://www.carlolittle.com/dates63.htm )

Tonight appears to be the beginning of Cyril’s association with the club. Legendary drummer Carlo Little was a founder member of The Savages who backed Screaming Lord Sutch, played in early incarnations of The Rolling Stones before Charlie Watts came on board, and is credited with influencing Keith Moon’s style, having given him lessons for the extra pin-money that would bring. Then he joined Cyril Davies’ outfit. Fortunately for us, he also kept a diary of his playing exploits which has yielded this entry, as well as a few others during this period (the above link will take you to these records). He continued to do session work and tour throughout the 60s and beyond before reforming the All Stars in 2000. Following his death in 2005, the current Eel Pie Club organised a Carlo Little benefit at York House in Twickenham the following year, which featured, amongst others, Phil May and Dick Taylor from The Pretty Things, and 50s survivors Vince Eager and Wee Willie Harris. As for the mighty Cyril Davies and his blues harp, he was an inspiration to R&B enthusiasts and converts far and wide. Future Downliners Sect’s Don Craine remembers how he turned up to see Screaming Lord Sutch, and noticed how, while The Savages were indeed present, the good Lord was not, and in his place was the bank-managerly figure of Cyril Davies, familiar to Don from the Ealing Club, and thus, apparently, Cyril’s Rhythm and Blues All Stars were born: a wee while earlier than tonight, obviously

Wed. Jun 26thThe Rolling Stones (£45)

Sat. Jun 29thDoug Richford (from flyer)

Sun. Jun 30th – The Yardbirds

Sun. Jun 30thCyril Davies All Stars (from http://www.carlolittle.com/dates63.htm )

Wed. Jul 3rdThe Rolling Stones (£45)

Sat. Jul 6thBack o’Town Syncopators (from flyer)

From north of the border and led by one Alexander Murray Smith, the Syncopators recorded a version of Ron Grainer’s “Steptoe & Son” theme, aka “Old Ned” (an undoubted inspiration for Pink Floyd’s “Interstellar Overdrive”), as well as Rangers FC’s anthem “Follow Follow” in 1962, an iTunes version of which has found its way onto the internet

Wed. Jul 10thThe Rolling Stones (£50)

Fri. Jul 12th – The Muleskinners

Fri. Jul 12thThe Rolling Stones

(from http://www.tamworthbands.com/1963/rollingstones/1963gigs.htm)
Subtitled “Twickenham Design College Dance”, so presumably this explains the ‘unusual’ Friday performance, as well as its absence from Eric Easton’s letter (see September 25th below), as The Stones must have been booked directly by the College. Future Small Face Ian McLagan relates how he booked the Stones for the Twickenham Art School [sic] dance after having seen them here, and that his band The Muleskinners supported them. Recently coming to light is the fact that the poster for tonight’s gig (intriguingly inviting punters to “Come to the Klondike”) was designed by Colin Fulcher, later known as Barney Bubbles, who, like McLagan, was also studying at Twickenham, and would go on to design a myriad album covers from 1970 onwards

Sat. Jul 13thOriginal Down Town Syncopators (from flyer)

Sun. Jul 14thThe Yardbirds

Sun. Jul 14thCyril Davies All Stars (both today’s entries listed as ‘unconfirmed’ by www.garagehangover.com but Cyril Davies verified by http://www.carlolittle.com/dates63.htm )

Wed. Jul 17thThe Rolling Stones (£55)

Sat. Jul 20thEric Silk (from flyer)

Sun. Jul 21stCyril Davies All Stars (from http://www.carlolittle.com/dates63.htm )
Wed. Jul 24thThe Rolling Stones (£55)

Sat. Jul 27thDick Charlesworth (from flyer)

Sun. Jul 28thCyril Davies All Stars (from http://www.carlolittle.com/dates63.htm )

This appears to be Carlo Little’s last appearance with Cyril Davies on the Island, as he returned to duties with Screaming Lord Sutch a couple of weeks after tonight

Wed. Jul 31stThe Rolling Stones (£55)
Wed. Aug 7thThe Rolling Stones (£55)
Wed. Aug 14thThe Rolling Stones (£55)

Sat. Aug 17thMickey Ashman (from flyer)
Wed. Aug 21stThe Rolling Stones (£55)

Sat. Aug 24thOriginal Downtown Syncopaters (from flyer)
Wed. Aug 28thThe Rolling Stones (£55)

When we had a pop-up version of the Museum during 2015, Ken Wormald gifted us a shot he’d taken of the Stones at the Island, which we incorporated into the display. On confirming who was actually in the photo, with the suggestion that one character was Brian Jones, Ken scoffed “No, he wasn’t there that night: that happened a lot”. Bill Wyman’s “Stone Alone” backs this up, as he has “without Brian – ill” for tonight, as he has for the September 4th date below “without Brian 2nd set – ill”. According to Wyman, to compensate, they drafted in Ian Stewart and miked his piano, putting it through an amplifier to improve its sound

Sat. Aug 31stDauphine Street Six [sic] (from flyer)

Wed. Sep 4thThe Rolling Stones (£55)

Sat. Sep 7thEric Silk (from flyer)
Wed. Sep 11thThe Rolling Stones (£55)

Sat. Sep 14thBack O’Town Syncopaters (from flyer)

Wed. Sep 18thThe Rolling Stones (£55)

Sat. Sep 21stAlan Elsdon (from flyer)

Wed. Sep 25thThe Rolling Stones (£55)
Rolling Stones dates between Jun 26 th and Sep 25th are all from confirmation letter from their then manager, Eric Easton. Witnesses at this last Stones gig (where Arthur Chisnall maintained “never mind the ballroom, the whole bloody Island was overflowing“, with queues stretching back beyond the footbridge) remember how Mick asked everyone to buy their new single, and that if it bombed (I doubt he used that word, but you get the sense), he’d see everyone soon. It didn’t, and he didn’t: they never came back after “I Wanna Be Your Man” sailed into the charts a few weeks later, and this would be one of their last club gigs, or at least the last residency they played, with their immediate future on the ‘theatre / ballroom’ circuit, and a national tour with The Everly Brothers. To put the Stones’ tenure at the Island into context, by this point they had racked up 24 appearances during 1963, compared with 27 at the Station Hotel / Crawdaddy, 25 at Windsor’s Ricky Tick Club (over 1962 and 1963), 22 at Ealing Jazz Club (again over 1962 and 1963), but the total falls well short of that at Ken Colyer’s Studio 51 which comes in with a mighty 41 gigs

Sat. Sep 28thOriginal Downtown Syncopaters (from flyer)

Sun. Sep 29thCyril Davies & The Velvetts [sic] (from flyer)
The Velvettes (Hazel Futa, Patience Gcwaby, and Eunice Mamsie Mthombeni) were three female singers who had come to England on tour performing in “King Kong”, a musical from South Africa, and stayed on after its completion, presumably preferring to remain rather than return to the apartheid at home. Not to be confused with Motown outfit, The Velvelettes, which I initially did when first getting involved in the Eel Pie Island Music project in 2013

Wed. Oct 2ndThe Temeraires

Temeraires’ drummer Nigel Ridgway contacted us to say his band supported Georgie Fame at the Island on a number of occasions. Unfortunately, this is the only date we’ve found so far for Mr Fame, and as Nigel reckons they would have been first on at this one, who am I to argue? For a fiver, recalls Nigel

Wed. Oct 2ndGeorgie Fame & The Blue Flames (from flyer)

Georgie Fame swopped his piano for a Hammond organ when an American GI gave him “Green Onions” by Booker T & The MGs, and gained some sort of, ahem, fame by all his Top 10 hits becoming chart-toppers (“Yeh Yeh”, “Getaway” and “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde”). Subsequently, Georgie has played with loads of big names, and is still busy these days: with his sons in tow, he played at Twickenham Stadium’s Live Room in 2010 as part of the tenth birthday celebrations of the current Eel Pie Club

Sun. Oct 6thThe Downliner Sect [sic] (from flyer)
Don Craine’s Downliners Sect, formed as an attempt to meld the music of Cyril Davies with the sex appeal of The Stones: his words, not mine. Still, while not achieving a great deal in this country, sales-wise, they did take their “Little Egypt” to the top of the Swedish charts
Wed. Oct 9thStudent Grant Benefit: Cyril Davies with Long John & The Velvetts [sic], also The Road Runners (from flyer)
The ‘Long John’ is, of course, featured vocalist Baldry. The Road Runners were an early foray into R&B by the Shulman brothers from Portsmouth who would gain fame and fortune as Simon Dupree & The Big Sound with “Kites”, and become prog-rockers Gentle Giant. Then again, there were any number of groups known as The Roadrunners, and up in Liverpool, there was just such a bunch tearing up the boards there, who George Harrison reckoned The Stones weren’t as good as! So which Roadrunners tonight? I have no idea. And this just in…..Daryl T Allen contacted us to say that Derek Shulman told him he never played on the Island, so that rules out the Pompey outfit, and with the Liverpool lot somewhat unlikely, Daryl further suggests it may have been the Bo Street Runners before they changed their name (like I said, there were lots of Roadrunners about that time). The Bo Street Runners were sort of notable, in that they won the TV ‘talent competition’ “Ready Steady Win!” in 1964. Winning got them a contract, which meant a record release, but that never translated into sales. Singer Mike Patto joined them later, but they ended up being wound up. Their story is continued on February 26th 1967, when they played at the Island as the Chicago Line Blues Band

Sun. Oct 13thCyril Davies (from flyer)
Wed. Oct 16thJimmy Powell and The Dimensions (from flyer)
Sun. Oct 20thCyril Davies (from flyer)

Wed. Oct 30thJimmy Powell and The Five Dimensions (£30)
Early sightings of Rod Stewart may have occurred at this point, as he was briefly employed as Powell’s harmonica player, until he started contributing backing vocals and got the sack. Was Jimmy scared of the competition? In any case, Jimmy and his Dimensions apparently backed Millie (Small) on her smash hit “My Boy Lollipop” the following year, which no doubt helped foster the urban myth that Rod Stewart provided the harmonica solo, but Dimension Peter Hogman claims that credit, while Jimmy Powell himself was responsible for the harmonica on PJ Proby’s “Hold Me”

Sun. Nov 3rdCyril Davies All Stars (£60)

Cyril (or ‘Squirrel’, as he was affectionately referred to by fans) Davies is still on a comparable fee to The Stones at this point

Sun. Nov 10thCyril Davies All Stars (£60)

Wed. Nov 13thMonty Sunshine’s Jazz Band (£50)

Sun. Nov 17thCyril Davies All Stars (£60)

Wed. Nov 27thJohn Mayall Blues Breakers (£25)
This would be the first incarnation of Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, featuring Bernie Watson on guitar, and John McVie, even then, on bass. Incidentally, the contract for tonight was made with Charlesworth Presentations, an agency run by Dick Charlesworth of City Gents frequency here, so clearly he had more strings to his bow than merely leading a jazz band

Sat. Nov 30thEric Silk and his Southern Jazz Band (£35)

Sun. Dec 8thManfred Mann (date from “Mannerisms: The Five Phases of Manfred Mann” by Greg Russo)

Shortly to become pop stars, when “5-4-3-2-1” stormed the charts after being adopted as the theme tune for Ready Steady Go, though it had been recorded back in August. Despite playing on the record, it was after playing at the Island, probably tonight, that bassist Dave Richmond was told his services would not be required the following night, at which point guitarist Tom McGuinness walked on stage at The Ealing Club with a bass for the first time

Tue. Dec 31st  – Cyril Davies All Stars

Brian Corsie (currently with The PigsFoot Stringband) got in touch to fill in this little gap: he and his wife recall this New Year’s Eve date being one of their first together, and their first exposure to British R&B. While Davies was billed, his illness prevented his appearance, and, sadly, he was to die about a week later, but Long John Baldry led the band tonight, and Brian is fairly certain Charlie Watts was sitting in on drums, though as he was apparently on duty with The Stones at Lincoln Drill Hall tonight, it seems unlikely

As for 1962/63, there is another significant gap in available documentation between this point and May 1st 1964.

1964

Wed. Jan 8thLong John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men

On the death, on January 7th, of Cyril Davies, Baldry assumed the mantle of leader of Davies’ All Stars, and renamed them The Hoochie Coochie Men, honouring a scheduled gig by Davies on this, the next day. Rod Stewart would become a regular participant in Hoochie Coochie Men gigs, having famously been recruited by Baldry on the strength of an impromptu harmonica session at Twickenham railway station, following tonight’s first Hoochie Coochie Men appearance on the Island

Wed. Jan 15thThe Downliners Sect
Wed. Jan 22ndThe Downliners Sect
Wed. Feb 12thThe Downliners Sect
Wed. Feb 26thThe Downliners Sect
Wed. Mar 11thThe Downliners Sect
Thu. Mar 19thThe Downliners Sect
Wed. Mar 25thThe Downliners Sect
Wed. Apr 8thThe Downliners Sect
Wed. Apr 22ndThe Downliners Sect
All above Downliners Sect dates between Jan 15th and Apr 22nd courtesy of Don Craine, even though Mar 19th is a Thursday, which doesn’t sound right
Fri. May 1stThe Others (from ticket)
The lack of contracts over 1963/64 means that this is the only date I can verify for The Others, a local band from Hampton, who went down well with the locals. Had a solitary single, a cover of Bo Diddley’s “Oh Yeah” which sold zilch, but provided the template, arrangement-wise, for Chicago’s Shadows Of Knight to have a hit in the States with it two years later. This latter recording found its way onto Lenny Kaye’s legendary “Nuggets” compilation in 1972, and in a curious squaring of a circle, The Others had regrouped by 1968 as Sands, and recorded “Listen To The Sky” which found its way onto “Nuggets II” when that CD follow-up to its vinyl predecessor was released. A further incarnation as Sun Dragon resulted in an album, for which the boys were bulked up musically by Messrs Lord, Paice and Blackmore, who would appear on the Island in their own right as that Deep Purple pop group in 1970

Wed. May 6thJimmy Page sat in on a jam session with Jeff Beck, Bill Wyman and Ian Stewart, together with Stu’s friends “Wint” on drums, and “Knocker” on harmonica

The advertised performers are not known at this time (from a Rolling Stones database, and quoted on a Led Zeppelin message forum, and not least from Bill Wyman’s autobiography “Stone Alone”)

Wed. May 20th – The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)

This appears to be the first documented date on the Island for “art-school R&B terrorists”, The Tridents (that description was used by David Wells in his liner notes for a Jeff Beck retrospective CD, “Shapes Of Things” in 2003). Originally formed by the Lucas brothers from Chiswick, John (rhythm guitar) and Paul (bass), they had played at Eel Pie during 1963, and their line-up also included Lesley Jones on lead guitar, and Lindsay Bex on drums

Mon. May 25thManish Boys (from www.bowiewonderworld.com )
A certain David Bowie, formerly Jones, has yet to join The Manish Boys, but would they be playing on a Monday?
Wed. May 27th – The Downliners Sect (£30)
Sun. May 31stAlex Harvey Soul Band (£50)
Some time after being billed as Scotland’s answer to Tommy Steele, and light years before “The Faith Healer”, “Next”, and his Vambo character in the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Alex becomes a regular at Eel Pie dispensing his Soul stuff. Geoff Coxon, later with The Others, remembers his then outfit, The Smokestacks, supporting Alex: could it have been tonight?
Wed. Jun 3rdThe Downliners Sect (£30)
Sun. Jun 7thLong John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£65)
Wed. Jun 17thThe Alex Harvey Soul Band (£50)

Thu. Jun 18thManfred Mann (On a Thursday?) (from “Mannerisms: The Five Phases of Manfred Mann” by Greg Russo)

Sun. Jun 21stManish Boys (from www.bowiewonderworld.com )
Sun. Jun 21stLong John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£65)
Wed. Jun 24thThe Downliners Sect (£30)
Sun. Jun 28thLong John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£65)
Wed. Jul 1stThe Downliners Sect (£30)
Sat. Jul 4thTerry Lightfoot’s Jazzmen (£45)

Wed. Jul 8th – The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)

According to Paul, this date may have been shared with Jeff Beck’s outfit at that time, The Nightshift

Sat. Jul 11thAlan Elsdon’s Jazz Band (£45)
Wed. Jul 15thThe Alex Harvey Soul Band (£50)
Sat. Jul 18thThe Original Downtown Syncopators(£35)

Formed in 1962, The Original Downtown Syncopators played regularly at Eel Pie Island, and originally featured Ron Geesin on piano, who would, amongst many other things, later collaborate on orchestrations with Pink Floyd on their “Atom Heart Mother” album

Wed. Jul 22ndThe Downliners Sect (As per Don Craine)
Sat. Jul 25thAlex Welsh and his Band (£45)
Sun. Jul 26thManish Boys (from www.bowiewonderworld.com )
Sat. Aug 1stLondon City Stompers (£20)
Wed. Aug 5thAlex Harvey and The Soul Band (£50)
Sat. Aug 8thBrian Green’s New Orleans Stompers (£20)
Sun. Aug 9thLong John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£75)
Sat. Aug 15thThe Original Downtown Syncopators (£35)
Sun. Aug 16thThe Artwoods (£40)
Art Wood maintained that his band played at Eel Pie Island more times than any other outfit. This appears to be true in terms of R&B bands, but some of the Jazz regulars may dispute that claim. Now in 2014, their collected recorded works have been released, “Steady Getting’ It: The Complete Recordings 1964-67”

Wed. Aug 19thDavie Jones & The Manish Boys (from www.bowiewonderworld.com )
David Bowie is now in tow, but has yet to change his name
Sat. Aug 22ndAlex Welsh and his Band (£30)
Sun. Aug 23rdLong John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£75)
Wed. Aug 26thLong John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£60)
Sat. Aug 29thAlan Elsdon’s Jazz Band (£30)

Sun. Aug 30th – The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)
Original guitarist Mike Jopp stood in on lead guitar until Jeff Beck was available, though Beck may have been on show tonight

Wed. Sep 2ndDavie Jones & The Manish Boys (from www.bowiewonderworld.com )
Wed. Sep 2ndAlex Harvey and The Soul Band (£50)
Sat. Sep 5thBrian Green’s New Orleans Stompers (£25)
Sun. Sep 6thThe Artwoods (£40)
Wed. Sep 9thAlex Harvey and The Soul Band (£50)
Sat. Sep 12thOriginal Downtown Syncopators (£35)
Sun. Sep 13thMemphis Slim (Peter Chatman) (£40)
Legendary American blues artist, who by this time had permanently relocated to Paris. His compositions were published under the name Peter Chatman, hence that reference on the contract

Wed. Sep 16th – The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)
Jeff Beck is definitely in tonight’s line-up

Wed. Sep 16thAlex Harvey and The Soul Band (£50)
Sat. Sep 19thCharlie Galbraith All Stars (£35)
Sun. Sep 20thLong John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£75)
Wed. Sep 23rdAlex Harvey and The Soul Band (£50)
Wed. Sep 23rdThe Downliners Sect (£50)
Sun. Sep 27thThe Barbarians Prince Khan (£5)
I have no idea either, but The Barbarians, with or without Prince Khan, had played at The Marquee two days earlier, supporting Gary Farr and the T-Bones
Sun. Sep 27thLong John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£75)
Wed. Sep 30thLittle Walter (£35)
Celebrated US blues harpist, this was during his first of two European tours
Wed. Sep 30thAlex Harvey and The Soul Band (£50)
Sat. Oct 3rdAlex Welsh and his Band (£40)
Sun. Oct 4thLong John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£75)
Wed. Oct 7thDavie Jones & the Manish Boys (from www.bowiewonderworld.com )
Sat. Oct 10thThe Original Downtown Syncopators (£35)
Sun. Oct 11thLong John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£75)
Wed. Oct 14thAlex Harvey and The Soul Band (£50)

Fri. Oct 16th – Second Thoughts
Fri. Oct 16th – The Tridents
Before Paul Lucas got in touch, thanks to Linda Smith and her diary, this was the first time I could finally place a Tridents’ gig! It was an Ealing College date, hence the Friday

Sat. Oct 17thAlex Welsh and his Band (£45)
Sun. Oct 18thThe Bluesounds (£10)
Sun. Oct 18thLong John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£75)
Wed. Oct 21stAlex Harvey and The Soul Band (£50)

Fri. Oct 23rd The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)

Fri. Oct 23rdThe Second Thoughts

(from http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-second-thoughts )

The Second Thoughts spawned future “Rainbow Chaser” Patrick Campbell-Lyons of Nirvana and ‘Speedy’ Keen of Thunderclap Newman. The source site also quotes an appearance at Ealing Technical College on the same date, but while there are other instances of gigs on ‘non-Eelpiland’ days for college dances and so on, it’s most likely, given the previous week’s ‘Ealing College’ bash, that tonight is a repeat, and that both references relate to the same single performance.

Sat. Oct 24thKen Colyer’s Jazzmen (£35)
Sat. Oct 24thTerry Lightfoot’s Jazzmen (£45)

Sun. Oct 25thThe Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries, though Paul says they were supporting Alex Harvey, who appeared here on Oct 28th)

The BBC came down to Eel Pie Island to record The Tridents tonight, for German radio. According to Paul Lucas, the wrong bass amp was miked up. None of this material saw the light of day until it appeared on Jeff Beck’s “Beckology” career retrospective released in 1991

Sun. Oct 25thLong John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£75)

This may have been the last Hoochie Coochie Men gig with Rod Stewart in the line-up

Wed. Oct 28thAlex Harvey and The Soul Band (£50)

Sun. Nov 1stThe Soul Agents (from http://www.mybestcv.co.il/TextPage_EN.aspx?ID=8303888 )

These guys were shortly to enlist the services of one Roderick Stewart on vox

Wed. Nov 4th The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)

Wed. Nov 4thAlex Harvey Soul Band (£50)
Sat. Nov 7thMonty Sunshine’s Jazz Band (£35)

Sun. Nov 8th – The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)

Sun. Nov 8thDavie Jones & The Manish Boys (from www.bowiewonderworld.com )

David Bowie (né Jones) was so enamoured with his Eel Pie Island experiences, he namechecked it on the cover of his 1973 album, “Pin Ups”

Sun. Nov 8th Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£75)
Wed. Nov 11thAlex Harvey Soul Band (£50)
Sat. Nov 14thOriginal Downtown Syncopators (£35)
Sun. Nov 15thLong John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£75)
Sat. Nov 21stLondon City Stompers (£35)
Sat. Nov 21stDave Hunt’s R&B Band featuring Hamilton King
This is probably a dubious entry, given that Saturday was always given over to jazz, and unlikely to feature an R&B band alongside the London City Stompers. Dave Hunt’s R&B Band, incidentally, initially occupied the residency spot at The Station Hotel (soon to become The Crawdaddy) in Richmond, that was then famously taken by The Rolling Stones in 1963, and featured one Ray Davies within their ranks, for a spell, prior to him forming The Kinks

Sun. Nov 22nd – The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)

Sun. Nov 22nd The Art Woods (£40)

Sat. Nov 28th – Howlin’ Wolf
Thanks to a lovely lady, Jennie Wyrill, who brought her diary into the museum, we have this entry. Whether it was this night or not, another visitor, Collin Flower, recalls seeing Howlin’ Wolf, with Bill Wyman in the audience: Bill was invited up on stage by the Wolf, and proceeded to join said blues man, despite manager Andrew Loog Oldham’s protestations that he couldn’t do so, as he wasn’t contracted to play!

Sun. Nov 29th – The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)

Sun. Nov 29thLong John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£75)

Sat. Dec 5thAlex Welsh and his Band (£45)

Sun. Dec 6th – The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries) played interval?

Sun. Dec 6thLong John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£75)
Wed. Dec 9thThe Downliners Sect (As per Don Craine)
Sat. Dec 12thLondon City Stompers (£35)
Sat. Dec 12thMonty Sunshine’s Jazz Band (£35)

Sun. Dec 13th – The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)

Wed. Dec 16thAlex Harvey Soul Band (£50)
Sat. Dec 19thOriginal Downtown Syncopators (£35)
Sun. Dec 20thLong John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£75)
Wed. Dec 23rdAlex Harvey Soul Band (£50)

Thu. Dec 24th – The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)

Being Christmas Eve, this is likely to be the date that John Anderson, interviewed in 2013 for the “Rock’n’Roll Island” documentary, remembered as the one where the whole crowd tried to ‘cossack-dance’ to The Tridents’ rendition of “Hava-Nagila”, whereupon Jeff Beck kept playing ever-faster until everyone fell over, trying to keep up

Sat. Dec 26thKen Colyer’s Jazzmen (£35)
Sun. Dec 27thLong John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£75)
Wed. Dec 30thAlex Harvey Soul Band (£50)

1965

Sat. Jan 2ndAlex Welsh and his Band (£45)
Sun. Jan 3rdLong John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£90)
Wed. Jan 6thThe Alex Harvey Soul Band (£50)
Sat. Jan 9thMonty Sunshine’s Jazz Band (£40)
Sun. Jan 10thThe Artwoods (£50)

Wed. Jan 13th – The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)

Sat. Jan 16thKen Colyer’s Jazzmen (£40)
Sun. Jan 17thRod Stewart and The Soul Agents (£60)
The Soul Agents were a combo from Southampton. Their gimmick, apparently, was to perform in bare feet, a la Sandie Shaw: whether they dared that tonight is not known. Rod played with these guys over this winter, between his stint with Baldry’s Hoochie Coochie Men and Steampacket
Wed. Jan 20thThe Alex Harvey Soul Band (£50)
Sat. Jan 23rdLondon City Stompers (£35)

Sun. Jan 24th – The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)

Wed. Jan 27thJohn Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (£40)
Roger Dean was now present on guitar, with Hughie Flint, later of the eponymous McGuinness Flint, on drums. Old stager John McVie was still the bassist
Sat. Jan 30thOriginal Downtown Syncopators (£35)

Sun. Jan 31st – The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)

Wed. Feb 3rdThe Alex Harvey Soul Band (£50)
Sat. Feb 6thTerry Lightfoot’s Jazzmen (£45)

Sun. Feb 7th – The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)

Sun. Feb 7thJohn Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (£50)

Sun. Feb 14th – The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)

Sun. Feb 14thLong John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£90)

Wed. Feb 17th – The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)

Wed. Feb 24thBuddy Guy with Rod Stewart and The Soul Agents (£90)
This was during US blues guitar legend Buddy Guy’s first visit to the UK

Sun. Feb 28th – The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)
Sun. Feb 28th – Jesse Fuller (from Tridents bassist Paul Lucas’ diary)

Sun. Mar 7thLong John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£90)

Wed. Mar 10th – The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)
Jeff Beck left the band in March to join The Yardbirds, probably making his debut with The Yardbirds on March 5th: when Beck did leave, he didn’t bother telling the band, just failed to show up, according to Paul’s brother, rhythm guitarist John Lucas! So for tonight they either soldiered on as a 3-piece, or had Mike Jopp back on lead guitar

Wed. Mar 17thAlex Harvey and his Soul Band (£50)

Sun. Mar 21st – The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)
Mike Jopp would be back on lead guitar after Beck’s defection

Sun. Mar 27thChampion Jack Dupree (solo) (£45)
Another US blues legend, this time on piano, Dupree had settled in Europe by 1960, though that does not explain why he chose to live in Halifax during the 70s and 80s. The name came from his earlier boxing career, but his first recording “Warehouse Man Blues” was released in 1940. Interrupted by service in the US Navy during the war, and two years of incarceration by the Japanese as a POW, “She Makes Good Jelly” signalled his return in 1945. His biggest hit was “Walkin’ The Blues” in 1955 with Teddy McRae, which lead to national tours, and eventually a European one in 1959, where he played an unofficial (and unpaid) gig with Alexis Korner at the London School of Economics. He went on to record with all manner of younger British guitarists, such as Tony McPhee of Groundhogs fame (“Dupree’n’McPhee”), Mick Taylor, Eric Clapton, John Mayall, as well as The Band. His last release, appropriately entitled “One Last Time”, came out posthumously in 1993, a year after his death in Germany
Wed. Mar 31stAlex Harvey Soul Band (£50)

Sun. Apr 4thLong John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£90)

Sun. Apr 11th – The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)

Sun. Apr 11thJohn Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (£50)
Apparently, tonight would have been five days after Eric Clapton’s first appearance in the Bluesbreakers, so it would be safe to say he’s onboard tonight. They were busy bees today, fulfilling a booking at the Blue Moon Club in Hayes for the same night
Wed. Apr 14thAlex Harvey Soul Band (£50)

Sun. Apr 18th – The Artwoods (from Ronnie Wood’s diary )

Wed. Apr 21st – The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)

Wed. Apr 21stJohn Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (£40)

Sun. Apr 25th – The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)

Sat. May 1st – Ken Colyer’s Jazzmen (£40) from AC’s accounts)

Sat. May 8thBrian Green’s New Orleans Stompers (£25) (from AC’s accounts)

Sun. May 9th The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)

Wed. May 12thAlex Harvey Soul Band (£50)
Wed. May 12thMemphis Slim with Alex Harvey Soul Band (£90)
For tonight, Memphis Slim elects to be backed by Alex Harvey’s band, who also played a set in their own right

Sat. May 15thOriginal Downtown Syncopators (£35) from AC’s accounts

Sun. May 16thRod Stewart and The Soul Agents (£40)

Sat. May 22nd  – Alan Elsdon (£40) from AC’s accounts

Sun. May 23rd – The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)
Sun. May 23rd – Graham Bond Organization (from Tridents bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)

John Anderson (interviewed as part of the “Rock’n’Roll Island” documentary) had a band, The Traces, and got a slot for young unknowns, and he remembered backing Graham Bond. He did a Chuck Berry solo and got slapped on the back by a certain Eric, along with the accolade “Great solo kid”: whilst “all the guys were encouraging to us kids”, John remembers one particular musician who thought they had no talent, and were wasting their time – step forward Reginald Dwight. I have no idea whether that might have been tonight, but as John’s passing was revealed to us in October 2015 while the Museum was in full swing, I’d like to record this as a possible. RIP John

Fri. May 28th – The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)
This is the last documented gig by The Tridents

Sat. May 29thAlex Welsh and his Band (£45) from AC’s accounts

Sun. May 30thAlex Harvey Soul Band (£50)
Sun. May 30thMemphis Slim with Alex Harvey Soul Band (£90)

Sat, Jun 5thMonty Sunshine’s Jazz Band (£40) from AC’s accounts

Sun. Jun 6thJohn Lee and the Groundhogs (£50)
Tony McPhee formed The Groundhogs – named after the John Lee Hooker song, “Groundhog Blues” – and while the John Lee in question is not actually Hooker, but singer John Cruickshank’s stage name of John Lee, it was no disadvantage to be so named when they did appear as Hooker’s backing band, initially in 1964, and Hooker requested them thereafter. All of which means, however, that the bill does not necessarily mean John Lee Hooker was actually performing tonight

Sat. Jun 12thColin Kingwell (£25) from AC’s accounts

Sun. Jun 13thJohn Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (£40)
Wed. Jun 16thJohn Lee and the Groundhogs (£50)

Sat. Jun 19thTerry Lightfoot’s Jazzmen (£45) from AC’s accounts

Sat. Jun 26thLondon City Stompers (£35) from AC’s accounts

Sun. Jun 27thAlex Harvey Soul Band (£50)

Sat. Jul 3rd – Spencer’s Washboard Kings (£35) from AC’s accounts

Sun. Jul 4th – The Artwoods (from Ronnie Wood’s diary)

Fri. Jul 9thRod Stewart and The Brian Auger Trinity (from http://thebritishsound.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/steam-packet-family-tree-performance.html )

Like the rogue Stones entry in 1963, tonight was organised by Twickenham Tech hence the Friday, and was their second ever outing. They were rather a prototype Steampacket, though they were billed as “Rod Stewart and The Brian Augers Trinity” on the flyer, similar to their first outing just over two weeks earlier at The Birdcage Club in Southsea, but by the time they played at Exeter a week later, they would be billed as Steampacket, as the lineup would then be completed by the inclusion of Long John Baldry and Julie Driscoll

Sat. Jul 10thBrian Green’s New Orleans Stompers (£25) from AC’s accounts

Sun. Jul 11thJohn Lee and the Groundhogs (£50)

Sat. Jul 17thClimax Jazz Band (£35)

Wed. Jul 21stBeaux Oddlot (£10)
This lot came out of someone called The Strollers, who swopped red sharkskin-tooth suits and bow-ties for long hair, black polo-necked jumpers and boots, with a revamped style based on The Pretty Things, Kinks and Stones. Main man guitarist Vic Triggle is still active with Wirral-based fundraising organisation, The Cheshire Cats
Wed. Jul 21stJohn Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (£50)
Sat. Jul 24thAlex Welsh Jazz Band (£45)
Sun. Jul 25thAlex Harvey with The Soul Band (£50)
Wed. Jul 28thThe Billy Woods 5 (£30)
Sat. Jul 31stAlexander’s Jazzmen (£20)
Sat. Jul 31stSpencer’s Washboard Kings (£20)

Cornetist Carl Spencer and his Washboard Kings clocked up a sizeable number of appearances from tonight up until the demise of Jazz on the Island. Following numerous radio appearances, and recordings, including one in 1967 with Bill Oddie on vocals, Carl called it a day in 1972, getting into the musical instrument distribution business. However, he got itchy fingers in 1997 and formed Spencer’s Nighthawks, featuring four of the original Washboard Kings. You can’t keep a good man down, clearly

Sun. Aug 1stThe Creed (£7.10.0d)
Sun. Aug 1stSteampacket (£100)
The contract’s worth to the performers hits £100 for the first time, as Steampacket take to the stage. Also, this appears to be the first time a woman had been named on a contract since Doreen Beatty with Mike Daniels’ Delta Jazz Band in 1962. While the contract was made with Long John Baldry, Rod Stewart, Brian Auger & Julie Driscoll as named individuals, the band name “Steampacket” is also referenced (“Please note billing Steam Packet”), so I guess that’s how they were billed
Wed. Aug 4th“The Fairies” [sic] (£10)
Featuring John ‘Twink’ Alder on drums, this outfit are not to be confused with the latter day Pink Fairies, though Twink did play with them as well, following stints with Tomorrow (who make an appearance here in 1967) and The Pretty Things

Sat. Aug 7thNew Sedalia Jazz Band(£25) from AC’s accounts

Sun. Aug 8thJohn Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (£50)
Wed. Aug 11th5 Dimensions (£30)
Sat. Aug 14thMonty Sunshine’s Jazz Band (£40)
Sun. Aug 15thThe Billy Woods 5 (£40)
Wed. Aug 18thThe Artwoods (£40)
Sat. Aug 21stBrian Green’s New Orleans Stompers (£25)
Sun. Aug 22ndSteampacket (£100)

Though the contract is made out to the Long John Baldry, Rod Stewart, Brian Auger Trinity, Julie Driscoll named individuals again

Sat. Aug 28th Colin Kingwell (£25) from AC’s accounts

Wed. Sep 1stThe Micky Finn (£12.10.0d)
Guitarist Micky Waller and Danny Peyronel on keys would eventually surface as Heavy Metal Kids, backing Gary Holton, of TV’s “Auf Wiedersehen, Pet” semi-fame less than a decade after tonight
Wed. Sep 1stThe Billy Woods 5 (£30)
Sat. Sep 4thSpencer’s Washboard Kings (£35)

Sat. Sep 11thLondon City Stompers (£35)

Sat. Sep 18thChris Barber (£100) from AC’s accounts

Whilst this is the only confirmed entry I can find for Chris Barber, I’ve no doubt he graced the Eel Pie Island Ballroom’s boards on many an occasion, and in any number of line-ups. One of the most influential musicians in the 50s and 60s, he straddled the musical worlds of jazz, skiffle, blues and R&B, helping the careers of Lonnie Donegan, and Ottilie Patterson (later his wife). He was influential in bringing over any number of legendary US blues artists, like Big Bill Broonzy and Muddy Waters, to name just two, to play before an unexpectedly enthusiastic British audience, all of which helped kick-start the British Blues Boom

Sat. Sep 25thCharlie Galbraith’s All Stars (£35)
Sun. Sep 26thJohn Lee’s Groundhogs (£50)
Wed. Sep 29thJohn Lee’s Groundhogs (£50)
Sat. Oct 2ndTemperance Seven (£60)
The Temperance Seven have obviously got over their guinea-related payment fixation
Sun. Oct 3rdThe Artwoods (£60)
Wed. Oct 6thDave Antony’s Moods (£15)
Dave Anthony was one Tony Head, who also had connections with a 1964 outfit called The League Of Gentlemen, who themselves featured a certain Robert Fripp on guitar, many years before Fripp reprised the name following a stint with someone called King Crimson. As for The Moods, following what looks to be a large number of appearances at Eel Pie, and presumably other mid-60s hotspots, they eventually relocated to Italy, surprisingly. Curiously, the contract for this and all other dates by The Moods quotes Dave Antony without the ‘h’, which was rather prescient as the band did drop the ‘h’ on that Italian relocation, as their Milan-based management thought the pronunciation would prove problematic for inhabitants of that land: this fact has been verified by The Moods’ guitarist Tim Large, who further underlines that this was against the band’s wishes, and who helpfully points out that Roger Peacock had replaced Tony Head as being Dave Anthony! The original Dave Anthony, or rather, Tony Head, ended up working with The Fleur de Lys, and recording with South African songstress, Sharon Tandy, as Tony And Tandy
Wed. Oct 6thJimmy James & The Vagabonds (£30)
As well as numerous black American blues artists being presented to the Eel Pie fraternity, there was also a plethora of US soul singers, usually present on these shores courtesy of Uncle Sam’s armed forces, backed by more home-grown talent, such as Geno Washington et al. However, Jimmy James here bucked that trend and was actually from Jamaica, opting for a Soul oeuvre rather than his native Reggae, though he did get an early Ska recording out within weeks of relocating to these shores in 1964

Sat. Oct 9thMonty Sunshine’s Jazz Band (£40)

Wed. Oct 13thThe Rick’n’beckers (£7.10.0d)
Wed. Oct 13thHerbie Goins & The Nightimers (£40)
Herbie Goins was one of those US soul merchants mentioned above, who, having previously been featured vocalist with Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, took over as lead singer of The Nightimers when Ronnie Jones (featured later in this roll-call) left. Joe Moretti, supplier of the immortal guitar riff on Johnny Kidd & The Pirates’ “Shakin’ All Over”, was a regular player with The Nightimers
Sat. Oct 16thSpencer’s Washboard Kings (£35)
Sun. Oct 17thThe Sidewinders (£10)
Wed. Oct 20thThe Billy Woods Five (£30)
Sat. Oct 23rdSouthern Stompers (£25)
Sat. Oct 23rdAlex Welsh Jazz Band (£45)

AC’s accounts do not mention the contracted Terry Lightfoot’s Jazz Band

Sun. Oct 24thDave Antony’s Moods (£30)
Sun. Oct 24thJesse Fuller (£100)
American one-man band Jesse Fuller gets £100 all for himself: I assume the ‘fotdella’ – a foot-driven bass instrument, invented by himself (Google it if you don’t believe me) – was in evidence tonight
Wed. Oct 27thThe Artwoods (£40)
Sat. Oct 30thClimax Jazzband (£35)
Sun. Oct 31stThe Creed (£10)
Sun. Oct 31stJohn Lee & The Groundhogs (£50)
Wed. Nov 3rdJohn Mayall & The Bluesbreakers (£45)
While Eric Clapton was getting as far as Greece on his projected ’round-the-world’ jaunt, Mayall used a whole bunch of stand-ins, including John Weider, John Slaughter, Geoff Krivit, and no less a guitar player than Peter Green, all for about five minutes each, and in fact Peter would appear to have been in tonight’s line-up, leaving the next day on the prodigal’s return. Not only that, but Jack Bruce is now in the line-up, adding his considerable bass and harmonica talents to The Bluesbreakers
Sat. Nov 6thNew Sedalia Jazzband (£25)

Sat. Nov 6th – Champion Jack Dupree (£35) from AC’s accounts

Unusually, this Saturday seemingly presents both jazz and blues on the same bill

Sun. Nov 7thDave Antony’s Moods (£40)
Wed. Nov 10thThe Micky Finn (£35)
Sat. Nov 13thTerry Lightfoot’s Jazzband (£45)
Sun. Nov 14thThe Worrying Kynde (£10)

‘Fig’ Fagan from the band got in touch (see ‘Memories’) recalling supporting The Artwoods and John Mayall on other occasions. Also, having to unload their equipment on the mainland and transporting it over to the Hotel in a handcart

Sun. Nov 14thHerbie Goins & The Nightimers (£50)
Wed. Nov 17thThe Artwoods (£50)
Sat. Nov 20thBrian Green’s New Orleans Stompers (£25)
Sun. Nov 21st The Creed (£10)
Sun. Nov 21stJohn Lee & The Groundhogs (£50)
Wed. Nov 24thThe Right Track (£7.10.0d)
Wed. Nov 24thDave Antony’s Moods (£35)
Sat. Nov 27thSpencer’s Washboard Kings (£35)
Sun. Nov 28thThe Artwoods (£60)
Wed. Dec 1stThe Just Four (£7.10.0d)
Wed. Dec 1stThe Herd (£35)
The original Herd, before wholesale changes to their line-up were made the following year: this was verified by original drummer Mick Underwood, who visited us at the Museum in 2015
Sat. Dec 4thKen Colyer’s Jazzband (£40)

Sat. Dec 11thSpencer’s Washboard Kings (£35)
Sun. Dec 12thThe Curfew (£7.10.0d)
Wed. Dec 15th John Dummer Blues Band (£7.10.0d)
Drummer Dummer patiently dragged his blues band around for years until hitting commercial paydirt with Darts over a dozen years after tonight
Wed. Dec 15th Stormsville Shakers (from http://www.stormsvilleshakers.com/bandhistory.html )

Featured Philip Goodhand-Tait, who would be marketed as a piano-playing singer / songwriter in the early 70s, rather like Elton John. When psychedelia hit town in summer ‘67, the Shakers became Circus

Wed. Dec 15th The Rick’n’beckers (£30)
Wed. Dec 15th The Vagabonds (£35)

Sat. Dec 18thBrian Green’s New Orleans Stompers (£25) from AC’s accounts
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Fri. Dec 24thNew Sedalia Jazz Band (£30) from AC’s accounts
Fri. Dec 24th Ken Colyer’s Jazzmen (£60) from AC’s accounts

Sat. Dec 26thJohn Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
This gig was listed in Record Retailer (thanks to Christopher Hjort for that snippet), and is confirmed by Jennie Wyrill, who was there!

1966

Sat. Jan 1stThe Green Leaf Band (£20)

Sat. Jan 8thAlex Welsh Jazz Band (£45) from AC’s accounts

Sun. Jan 9th – Herbie Goins and The Nightimers (from Jennie Wyrill’s diary)

Sat. Jan 15thEric Silk and his Southern Jazz Band (£25) from AC’s accounts

Wed. Jan 19th – Micky Finn (£35) from letter accompanying payment, though the date quoted is Wednesday 20th January

Sat. Jan 22nd – Brian Green’s New Orleans Stompers (£25) from AC’s accounts

Sat. Jan 29thMike Daniels Delta Jazz Band (£40) from AC’s accounts

Sat. Feb 5thNew Sedalia Jazz Band (£25) from AC’s accounts

Sun. Feb 6thJimmy James & The Vagabonds (£45)
Jimmy James and his cohorts were down for two separate sets tonight

Sat. Feb 12thSteve Lane’s Southern Stompers (£25) from AC’s accounts

Sat. Feb 19thAlan Elsdon (£40) from AC’s accounts

Sat. Feb 26thSpencer’s Washboard Kings (£40) from AC’s accounts

Wed. Mar 2nd – The Train (£25) from AC’s accounts

Sat. Mar 5thTiaJuana Jazz Band (£25) from AC’s accounts

Sun. Mar 6thThe Big T Soul Show feat. The Carols (£40)

Wed. Mar 9thHeart And Soul (£25) from letter accompanying payment

Sat. Mar 12th Monty Sunshine’s Jazz Band (£40)
Monty Sunshine replaces the contracted Ken Colyer’s Jazzband according to AC’s accounts
Sun. Mar 13thDave Antony’s Moods (£40)
Wed. Mar 16thThe Artwoods (£60)

Art was only paid £40, plus £6 for ad to appear in Club Calendar Mar 19

Sat. Mar 19thSpencer’s Washboard Kings (£40)
Sun. Mar 20thJohn Mayall & The Bluesbreakers (£55)
With Jack Bruce having hied it over to Manfred Mann, John McVie is back on bass, having initially been elbowed on account of his drinking habit. Apparently tonight’s gig merited a rare advert in the Melody Maker

Wed. Mar 23rd – The Curfew ((£10) suggested by letter accompanying payment

Wed. Mar 23rdThe Graham Bond Organization (£75)

A stalwart of the British R&B / Jazz scene, Bond graduated from a brief stint in Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated before ultimately forming the Organization (such an appropriate, if obvious, name given his Hammond-based tendencies), initially with Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and John McLaughlin. By now, however, Bruce was long gone, and McLaughlin’s guitar was replaced by Dick Heckstall-Smith’s sax, while Jon Hiseman came in for Ginger Baker, who had absconded with Bruce for pastures new. The fee paid tonight gives a clue as to how highly Bond was regarded

Sat. Mar 26thKen Colyer’s Jazzband (£40)
Ken Colyer’s Jazzband replaces the contracted Monty Sunshine from AC’s accounts: looks like a straight swop between tonight and two weeks earlier

Sun. Mar 27thBody And Soul (£10) from letter accompanying payment

Sun. Mar 27thThe Artwoods (£40) (£60 according to AC’s accounts

Wed. Mar 30thMark Four (£25)
When bassist John Dalton left to join the rather better known Kinks, The Mark Four themselves regrouped as the fondly referenced Creation, in which guitarist Eddie Phillips discovered the art of playing the guitar with a violin bow, long before Jimmy Page did the same trick. On the other hand, of course, he may have performed his party trick tonight

Sat. Apr 2nd – Steve Lane’s Southern Stompers (£25) from AC’s accounts

Sun. Apr 3rdJohn Lee & The Groundhogs (£50)
Wed. Apr 6thThe Artwoods (£40)
Sat. Apr 9thBrian Green’s New Orleans Stompers (£25)
Sun. Apr 10thThe Jimmy Cliff Show (£50)
Having been signed by Chris Blackwell to his Island record label, strangely, given Blackwell’s own Jamaican roots and later promotion of Reggae as a musical genre, Jimmy Cliff was initially marketed for the ‘rock’, or more properly given the era, R&B audience, and thus was backed by the likes of The New Generation (featuring a young future Fairport mainstay, Dave Pegg), and The Sound System, who included a very young Ayshea in their ranks, some years before setting young lads’ pulses racing on TV’s “Lift Off”. Confusingly, I have seen references to The Soul System (precursors to The Attack) backing Cliff, but that appears to be someone getting their “Sound” and their “Soul” confused, as this is not so, having been repudiated by one of the band recently. As for Cliff, of course, Reggae indeed became the making of him in 1969/70 with “Many Rivers To Cross” and “Wonderful World, Beautiful People”, as well as a bunch of other hits, before becoming a Jamaican ‘superstar’ following his role in the movie “The Harder They Come” in 1972, and is still going strong today
Wed. Apr 13thMicky Finn (£25)

While this is confirmed by letter accompanying payment, unfortunately the letter goes on “Incidentally, I can’t give any further dates to Micky Finn since he was an hour late in starting”
Sat. Apr 16thAlan Elsdon’s Jazz Band (£40)
Sun. Apr 17thThe Anzacs (£10)

Sun. Apr 17thJimmy Witherspoon (£60) from AC’s accounts

Wed. Apr 20thJohn Mayall & The Bluesbreakers (£40)
Two nights before this, a callow youth called Mick Taylor got the courage to ask Mayall if he could stand in for an obviously no-showing Clapton at a gig in Welwyn Garden City. I doubt he got the same chance tonight, though, but his time would come. On another occasion, recalled by Top Topham, when Clapton was late in showing, Robin Trower (later guitarist with Procol Harum) got up on stage until he arrived

Sat. Apr 23rdSpencer’s Washboard Kings (£40)
Sun. Apr 24thMike Stuart Span (£10)
Sun. Apr 24thThe Herd (£40)
Wed. Apr 27thDave Antony’s Moods (£35)
Sat. Apr 30thTerry Lightfoot’s Jazzband (£45)
Sun. May 1stA Q Blues Band (£10)
Sun. May 1stThe Artwoods (£60)
Wed. May 4thThe Alan Price Set (£50)
Was “Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear” in the Set’s set?
Fri. May 6thSpencer’s Washboard Kings (£30)
Fri. May 6thJohn Mayall & The Bluesbreakers (£40)
This apparently is the day following the photoshoot that yielded the famous ‘Beano’ shot for the “John Mayall Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton” LP cover. However, the presence of The Artwoods on the bill the same night (see below) suggests one of the bands did not appear: my money would be on The Artwoods indeed getting paid their dues tonight, though all three contracts for tonight were dated February 9th 1966, and it being a Friday, there may have been something special going on (there’s a mention on all three contracts of “Special Concession Fee”)

Fri. May 6thThe Artwoods (£40)

Fri. May 6th – Champion Jack Dupree (£25) from letter accompanying payment
According to the same letter, Jack’s backing band, The Vagabonds were paid £50 in cash. Obviously a big night!

Sat. May 7thTia Juana Jazzband (£25) (See Sat May 21)

From letter accompanying payment and from AC’s accounts, with no mention of the contracted Steve Lane’s Southern Stompers (£25) nor Bill Nile’s Delta Jazz band (£25)

Sun. May 8thDeakin Lewis Band (£10)
Sun. May 8thThe Vagabonds (£50) see above: also from AC’s accounts
Wed. May 11thDon Shinn’s Soul Agents (£25)
Rod Stewart having left the fold, organist Don Shinn steps up to the plate. Doesn’t carry the same gravitas, really, though, to be fair, Rod did rate him, according to his autobiography. He had a couple of albums out in his own right at the end of the 60s, and went on to feature in Dada (alongside Elkie Brooks and Robert Palmer) and recorded with Renaissance. The letter accompanying payment by AC states “The Soul Agents seemed to have great difficulty in exceeding two three quarter hour spots with their programme. I think we ought to delete them from the list”!
Sat. May 14thMonty Sunshine’s Jazz Band (£40)
Sun. May 15thThe Seventh Sun (£10)
Sun. May 16th [sic] – Herbie Goins and the Nightimers (£50)
Someone’s typing finger must have slipped when entering the date, clearly. At some stage this year, The Nightimers featured future jazz and fusion guitarist John McLaughlin
Wed. May 18thA Q Blues Band (£10)
Wed. May 18thDave Antony’s Moods (£35)
Wed. May 18thJohn Lee’s Groundhogs (£40)
Sat. May 21stBill Nile’s Delta Jazzband (£25)

The Tia Juna [sic] Jazzband were contracted to play tonight, though the contract is annotated with “This cancels contract for Saturday May 7”, so must have swopped dates with Bill Nile’s Deltas from two weeks earlier who was paid: also from AC’s accounts
Sun. May 22ndThe John Dummer Blues Band (£10)
Sun. May 22ndThe Jimmy Cliff Show (£50)
Wed. May 25thDeakin Lewis Band (£10)
Wed. May 25thThe Artwoods (£40)

Sat. May 28thSpencer’s Washboard Kings ((£40) (from payment letter)

Sun. May 29thThe Foot Prints (£10)
Sun. May 29thJohn Mayall & The Bluesbreakers (£55)
Wed. Jun 1stThe Vibro (£10)
Wed. Jun 1stThe Worrying Kynde (£25)
Sat. Jun 4thThe Temperance Seven (£60)
Sun. Jun 5thDeakin Lewis Band (£10)
Sun. Jun 5thChampion Jack Dupree & The 5 Proud Walkers (£50)

The Walkers got £20 of this – from payment letter

Wed. Jun 8thA Q Blues Band (£10)

Wed. Jun 8thJimmy Witherspoon (£50) – from payment letter and from AC’s accounts

Sat. Jun 11thThe Delta Jazzband & Big Band (£40)
Sun. Jun 12thThe John Dummer Blues Band (£10)
Sun. Jun 12thDave Antony’s Moods (£40)

Though contracted to play, The Artwoods do not feature in AC’s accounts

Wed. Jun 15thThe Seventh Sun (£10) from payment letter

Wed. Jun 15thThe Herd (£35) from AC’s accounts

Sat. Jun 18thSteve Lane’s Southern Stompers (£25)

Back in the 50s, Cyril Davies cut his teeth with these guys for about four years, before ploughing furrows further afield, musically speaking
Sun. Jun 19thThe Anzacs (£10)
Sun. Jun 19thThe Jimmy Cliff Show (£50)
Wed. Jun 22ndThe Kleek (£10)

Probably not to be confused with phonetically similar The Clique, who had two well-regarded singles the previous year, produced by Kinks manager Larry Page, and who could be seen as precursors to The Troggs. Which is a shame

Wed. Jun 22ndThe Graham Bond Organization (£80)
Sat. Jun 25thMike Peter’s Jazzband (£25)
Sun. Jun 26thThe Tea Set (£10)
Formed for a contest to write a song called “Join the Tea Set”, this outfit won, thus gaining the name and a recording contract, apparently
Sun. Jun 26thThe Artwoods (£65)
Wed. Jun 29thNocturnal (£10)
Wed. Jun 29thHerbie Goins and the Nightimers (£50)
Sat. Jul 2ndThe Washboard Kings (£40)
Sun. Jul 3rdSaints and Sinners (£10)
Sun. Jul 3rdThe Mark Leman [sic] Five (£50)
The Mark Leeman Five sadly lost their eponymous leader in a motor accident a year before tonight. Roger Peacock had come in from The Cheynes as vocalist, but he would depart the following year to join Eel Pie regulars Dave Anthony’s Moods. Drummer Brian Davison would reappear a couple of years later with The Nice. However, AC’s payment letter details only £30 paid for a “replacement band”, so it’s likely The Mark Leeman Five were not on view tonight: AC’s accounts quote Soul System playing

Wed. Jul 6thDeakin Lewis Band (£10)
Wed. Jul 6thDave Antony’s Moods (£35)
Fri. Jul 8thThe Stormsville Shakers (from http://www.stormsvilleshakers.com/bandhistory.html )
A Friday date is unlikely, as this was not the norm, unless it was one of those pesky college gigs

Sat. Jul 9thMonty Sunshine’s Jazz Band (£40)
Sun. Jul 10thThe Seventh Sun (£10)
Sun. Jul 10thJohn Mayall & The Bluesbreakers (£60)
Wed. Jul 13thThe Tea Set (£10)
Wed. Jul 13thThe Worrying Kynde (£25)
Sat. Jul 16thKen Colyer’s Jazzband (£40)
Sun. Jul 17thThe Vibro (£10)
Sun. Jul 17thChampion Jack Dupree & The 5 Proud Walkers (£50)

AC’s payment letter makes no mention of The Artwoods, though they had been contracted to play. Given Champion Jack Dupree did play with the Walkers, they would have been the headline

Wed. Jul 20thA Q Blues Band (£10)
Wed. Jul 20thThe Mike Cotton Sound & Lucas (£35)
Lucas was Bruce MacPherson Lucas, another US soul-merchant trying his luck over here. By this time, Mike Cotton had further moved on to a soul/Stax vibe, and at some stage, a certain Reginald Dwight failed an audition for the changed line-up as well as a Joe Cocker. A music mag described Lucas as “the nearest thing to James Brown to be seen in England”: praise indeed, but that seems to refer to his charismatic stage presence rather than his vocal abilities

Sat. Jul 23rdThe London City Stompers (£25)
Sun. Jul 24thThe Deakin Lewis Band (£10)
Sun. Jul 24thThe Artwoods (£65)
Wed. Jul 27thThe John Dummer Blues Band (£10)

Wed. Jul 27th – The Herd (£35) from payment letter

Sat. Jul 30thAlex Welsh and his Band (£45)

On the day that England won football’s World Cup, I just wonder what the atmosphere was like later that night when Alex Welsh took to the stage on the Island

Sun. Jul 31stThe Kleek (£10)
Sun. Jul 31stDave Antony’s Moods (£40)
Wed. Aug 3rdThe Tea Set (£10)
Wed. Aug 3rdThe Anzacs (£25)

Sat. Aug 6th – Eric Silk (£25) from payment letter and from AC’s accounts

Sun. Aug 7th The Charge (£10) from payment letter

Sun. Aug 7thThe Artwoods (£65)
Wed. Aug 10thWynder K Frog (£10)
The curiously named Wynder K Frog was former Fairies’ (on view here a year earlier) keyboard player Mick Weaver’s brainchild, and he adopted the name as his own in numerous session-based instances. Alan Spenner and Neil Hubbard became sometime Greaseband members, and trod the Pub-Rock boards with Kokomo. Hubbard was even involved in Kevin Rowland’s Dexys resurrection in 2013
Wed. Aug 10thThe Graham Bond Organization (£80)
Sat. Aug 13thBill Nile’s Delta Jazzband (£25)

Sun. Aug 14th – Soul System (£40)

AC’s payment letter for this gig details no fee payable to the contracted John Dummer Blues Band (£20) as they did not arrive, owing to “transport problems”, however Soul System were paid £40, presumably as replacement, as the contracted Jimmy Cliff (£50) also does not figure in the letter; also Soul System from AC’s accounts

Wed. Aug 17thThe V.I.P.s (£10)
This outfit would later briefly include one Keith Emerson within their ranks the following year, before he went off and formed The Nice, appearing here with that band in 1968, and further created the prog-behemoth of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer in 1970. Remaining VIPs later became Art, and further spawned Spooky Tooth. Whilst the contracts drawn up by Arthur Chisnall invariably quoted times that the band were expected to arrive at the venue, usually 7.00pm, and also “bands arriving late at venue will suffer a reduction of fee pro rata”, both tonight’s VIPs and Wynder K Frog a week earlier had additional clauses specifying that each “group [had] to be away by 10.30pm”. What did that say about them, I wonder. Also, it’s noticeable that the arrival time clause never seemed to feature in contracts for the Saturday Jazz bands….
Wed. Aug 17thFive Proud Walkers (£25)
The Five Proud Walkers in their own right, not backing Champion Jack Dupree tonight, only command half the fee as a result. Drummer Richard Hudson and bassist John Ford would later serve in The Strawbs
Sat. Aug 20thThe Washboard Kings (£40)
Sun. Aug 21stA Q Blues Band (£10)

Sun. Aug 21st – The Jimmy Cliff Show (£50)
AC’s payment letter states that “Sunday 21st Jimmy Cliff did not arrive” but does feature in AC’s accounts, which is all very confusing
Wed. Aug 24th – Seventh Sun [sic] (£10) from payment letter

These were apparently named Seventh Son. Blame Mr Chisnall for the spelling error!

Wed. Aug 24thThe Cream (Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Peter Baker) [sic] (£60)
It’s not often that individual band members get an individual name-check on the contract: must have been something special about this lot. In reality, at the time the contract was drawn up, they hadn’t yet settled on a name, and at a number of their earlier gigs, they were billed as their respective names, sometimes prefixed as “The Cream”, referring to their reputational standing. And, in a self-fulfilling way, so they became. Tonight was only their 11th gig, coming a mere 26 days after their debut

Sat. Aug 27th – Collie’s Rhythm Aces (£25) from payment letter and from AC’s accounts

Sun. Aug 28thThe Deakin Lewis Band (£10)
Sun. Aug 28thJimmy Witherspoon & Dick Morrissey Qt (£80)
Jimmy Witherspoon was an American “jump blues singer” who came over, and while touring (just over three months before tonight, actually), recorded a live set at The Bull’s Head in Barnes,  with Dick Morrissey’s Quartet, “Spoon Sings and Swings”. I imagine that was tonight’s fare. As an eminent sax player, Dick Morrissey became a busy bee in jazz-fusion circles from the 70s onwards with If, and Morrissey-Mullen, and has probably played with more artists than I’ve had hot dinners

Wed. Aug 31st – John Dummer Blues Band (£10) – from payment letter

Wed. Aug 31stDave Antony’s Moods (£40)
Sat. Sep 3rdThe Bob Wallis Storyville Jazz Band (£30)
Sun. Sep 4thThe Object (£10)
Sun. Sep 4thSounds Unique (£40)
Sun. Sep 4thJohn Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (£60)
By now, Clapton having jumped ship, Peter Green was filling his boots on guitar, but apparently John Mayall and chums fulfilled a date at The Marquee tonight, so, given there are two other acts booked, above, it’s likely this one didn’t take place: there is no mention of them in AC’s payment letter or in AC’s accounts

Wed. Sep 7thThe Charge (£10)
Wed. Sep 7th Herbie Goins and the Nightimers (£50)

Sat. Sep 10th – Brian Green’s New Orleans Stompers (£25) from payment letter and from AC’s accounts

Sun. Sep 11thThe Naz (£10)

Sun. Sep 11th – The Artwoods (£65) from AC’s accounts
Wed. Sep 14th – The Carpet Baggers (£10) from payment letter
Wed. Sep 14thThe Herd (£35)
The future “Face of ’68” (courtesy “Rave” magazine) Peter Frampton is now in The Herd’s line-up at the precocious age of 16. While The Herd had played here before, and were cited by many as one of the best acts remembered, that was as a R&B outfit. With success eluding them, their label Fontana got rid of their manager and half the band, brought Frampton in, and got in with songwriters / producers Howard and Blaikley, and the rest is pop history. Well, it was for a while

Sat. Sep 17th The Washboard Kings (£40)
Sun. Sep 18thA Q Blues Band (£10)

Sun. Sep 18th – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (£60)
With Jimmy Cliff also being contracted this would have meant two headline acts on the same night, which is unlikely, though the Mayall reference was obtained by Christopher Hjort from Micky Waller’ diary, and he was a sometime drummer in Mayall’s band. Fortunately, AC’s payment letter does include John Mayall, with no mention of Jimmy Cliff: also it’s John Mayall according to AC’s accounts

Wed. Sep 21stThe Convention (£10)

Wed. Sep 21stStormsville Shakers (£30) (from http://www.stormsvilleshakers.com/bandhistory.html )

Dave Antony’s Moods were contracted to play for £40, but must have pulled out, as AC’s payment letter does quote Stormsville, and not Dave Antony, as well as in AC’s accounts

Sat. Sep 24thNew Sedalia Jazz Band (£25)
Sun. Sep 25thThe Deakin Lewis Band (£10)
Sun. Sep 25thThe Anzacs (£30)

Wed. Sep 28th – The Objects (£10) from payment letter

Wed. Sep 28th – The Artwoods (£45) from payment letter which implies that the contracted Coloured Raisins did not appear tonight, also Artwoods from AC’s accounts
Sat. Oct 1st – Spencer’s Washboard Kings (£40) from payment letter and from AC’s accounts

Sun. Oct 2ndJohn Dummer Blues Band (£10)

Sun. Oct 2ndDave Antony’s Moods (£45)
Wed. Oct 5thThe Tea Set (£10)
Wed. Oct 5th Seventh Sun (£10) from payment letter with no mention of The Charge nor Graham Bond, both contracted to appear, implying they did not appear; also no Bond from AC’s accounts

Wed. Oct 5thA Q Blues Band (£25)
Sat. Oct 8thMike Peters Jazzband (£25)
Sun. Oct 9thSoul System (£40)
Contemporary poster quotes Soul System playing rather than the contracted Artwoods: AC’s payment letter quotes Soul System rather than The Artwoods, for £40, and in AC’s accounts. The Soul System evolved into The Attack, who are rather better known, or not, as being purveyors of wedding reception staple “Hi Ho Silver Lining”, but being beaten to the punch chartwise by Jeff Beck’s purloined version. Guitarist Davey O’List went on to join Keith Emerson in The Nice and various subsequent projects, including being a founder member of Roxy Music, while drummer Alan Whitehead popped up in “Ob- La-Di, Ob-La-Da” merchants Marmalade
Wed. Oct 12thThe Kleek (£10)

Wed. Oct 12th – The Alan Bown Set (£30)
Contemporary poster quotes Alan Brown [sic] Set playing, which would have really been The Alan Bown Set, featuring the eponymous former John Barry Seven trumpeter, as well as Jess Roden on vocals, who would later be replaced by one Robert Palmer. The Set’s first album featured their take on “All Along The Watchtower” which apparently led to Jimi Hendrix deciding to record it for himself. Confusingly, the payment letter states that The Alan Bown did not arrive, so “no fee is due” but Alan Bown does appear in AC’s accounts

Sat. Oct 15thAlex Welsh Jazzband (£45)
Sun. Oct 16thSavoy Brown Blues Band (£10)
Sun. Oct 16thThe Artwoods (£65)
Contemporary poster quotes The Artwoods playing instead of the contracted Soul System: it looks as if they swopped dates with Soul System for the previous Sunday. AC’s payment letter pays The Artwoods £65 so they must have played, also in AC’s accounts
Wed. Oct 19thThe Deakin Lewis Band (£10)
Wed. Oct 19thRonnie Jones and The Blue Jays (£40)
Ronnie Jones was another American soul-singer. Tonight he borrows The Blue Jays as backing band, rather than the usual Nightimers from Herbie Goins: Jones had been The Nightimers’ singer before leaving in 1965 and being replaced by Goins. The Graham Bond Organization were contracted to appear for £80, but there is no mention in AC’s accounts, so presumably Ronnie Jones was a replacement. Meanwhile, in 2015, a CD compilation of Ronnie Jones was issued entitled “Satisfy My Soul: The Complete Recordings 1964-1968”

Sat. Oct 22ndLondon City Stompers (£30)
Sun. Oct 23rdThe Scots of St. James (£10)
Scots indeed, as Onnie McIntyre and Allan Gorrie featured in this line-up, later to taste success in the Average White Band during the 70s
Sun. Oct 23rdJack Dupree & The Five Proud Walkers (£60)
The Five Proud Walkers did a set on their own, before backing Mr Dupree on his, though a contemporary poster suggests it was solely the Walkers tonight
Wed. Oct 26thThe After Eight Blues Band (£10)
Wed. Oct 26thThe Artwoods (£50)
Sat. Oct 29thBill Nile’s Deltas (£30)
Sun. Oct 30thEmbers West (£10)
Sun. Oct 30thDave Antony’s Moods (£45)
Wed. Nov 2ndThe Coloured Raisins (£10)

Future billing as “Those great soul stars of TV and radio” and “straight from the Stevie Wonder Tour” but not for a couple of years after tonight. Intriguingly, the only references to The Coloured Raisins are either as a reggae band who went on to become Black Velvet, who themselves appear on the island during the Colonel Barefoot’s era in 1970 (having had a great single out in 1969 that I heard a lot, “African Velvet”, and have heard only once since on the wonderful Greater London Radio in the mid-90s), or as a band who seem to crop up in similar roll-calls to this one, but with little info. I have seen a reference to fearsome batsman Gordon Greenidge being involved with them at some time. I’ll continue searching…

Wed. Nov 2ndHerbie Goins and the Nightimers (£50)
Sat. Nov 5thAlan Elsdon’s Jazzband (£40)
Sun. Nov 6thExile Blues (£10)

Sun. Nov 6th – Free At Last feat. Alexis Korner & Cliff Barton & Hughie Flint (£40)

Hughie Flint was added in by biro on the contract

Wed. Nov 9thRhythm and Soul Band (£10)
Wed. Nov 9thThe Anzacs (£25)
Wed. Nov 9thButterfield Blues Band (£120)
The payment ceiling is shattered for US blues harpist Paul Butterfield’s Blues Band, also featuring Mike Bloomfield on guitar. On this visit to the UK, Butterfield recorded with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, resulting in an EP
Sat. Nov 12thKen Colyer Jazzmen (£40)
Sun. Nov 13thSyrian Blues Group (£10)
Sun. Nov 13thThe Artwoods (£65)
Wed. Nov 16thCrimes People (£10)
Wed. Nov 16thA Q Blues Band (£25)
Wed. Nov 16thDave Antony’s Moods (£40)
Sat. Nov 19thThe Gothics (£15)
Sat. Nov 19thCollie’s Rhythm Aces (£30)

Max Collie having assumed leadership, this is a renamed London City Stompers

Sun. Nov 20thTea Set (£20)
Sun. Nov 20thFive Proud Walkers (£60)
Wed. Nov 23rdFantastic Footprints (£10)
Wed. Nov 23rdThe Artwoods (£45)
Sat. Nov 26thSteve Lane’s Southern Stompers (£25)
Sun. Nov 27thSavoy Brown’s [sic] Blues Band (£10)
While the contract gets the act’s name wrong, that’s understandable, unlike when a single of theirs cropped up on a jukebox in a pub in Isleworth that I frequented in the early 70s, credited to “Savory Brown”
Sun. Nov 27thJohn Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (£60)
John Mayall’s revolving door has spun round once more, with Hughie Flint vacating the drummer’s stool, and being replaced by Aynsley Dunbar – who had previously worked with the Merseysippi Jazz Band, though I would hazard a guess not on their own entry in this list, as that was back in 1957 – with Flint joining Alexis Korner’s Free At Last outfit
Wed. Nov 30thSomething Else (£10)
Wed. Nov 30thThe Graham Bond Organization (£80)
Sat. Dec 3rdThe Savoy Jazz Band (£30)
Sun. Dec 4thThe Stalkers (£10)
First of a number of early outings for singer David Byron and guitarist Mick Box who evolved into Spice, who turn up on the island in 1968 and 1969, before becoming “Very ‘Eavy, Very ‘Umble” hard rockers Uriah Heep
Sun. Dec 4th The Mike Stuart Span (£35)
There was no-one called Mike Stuart in this band
Wed. Dec 7thJohn Dummer Blues Band (£10)
Wed. Dec 7thDave Antony’s Moods (£40)
Sat. Dec 10thMike Daniels Delta Jazz Band & Big Band (£40)
Sun. Dec 11thThe Layman (£10)
Sun. Dec 11thThe Artwoods (£65)
Wed. Dec 14thSavoy Brown Blues Band (£10)
Wed. Dec 14thJohn Mayall Bluesbreakers (£50)
Sat. Dec 17thBrian Green’s New Orleans Stompers (£25)
Sun. Dec 18thExiled Blues (£10)
Sun. Dec 18thThe Herd (£40)
Fri. Dec 23rdSpencer’s Washboard Kings (£75)
Sat. Dec 24thA Q Blues Band (£40)
Sat. Dec 24thThe Artwoods (£100)
Wed. Dec 28thMike Cotton Band with Lucas (£40)
Sat. Dec 31stNew Sedalia Jazz Band (£35)
Sat. Dec 31stKen Colyer’s Jazzmen (£90)

1967

Sun. Jan 1stSavoy Brown Blues Band (£10)
Sun. Jan 1stMike Stuart Span (£35)
Wed. Jan 4thThe Footprints (£10)
Wed. Jan 4thThe Artwoods (£45)
Sat. Jan 7thThe Gothics (£25)
Sun. Jan 8thThe Black Cat Bones (£10)
Sun. Jan 8thFree At Last (£45)
A significant gig, given the two bands on show, though not necessarily unique, as Free At Last was Alexis Korner’s current blues-based outfit; Korner took the nascent Free under his wing, basically providing them with their name; support band Black Cat Bones featured future Free guitarist Paul Kossoff – and a year later, drummer Simon Kirke; and Free’s fifth studio album some six years later was called….”Free At Last”. Convoluted, but connected
Wed. Jan 11thJohn Bryan Fraternity (£10)
Wed. Jan 11thHerbie Goins and the Nightimers (£55)
Sat. Jan 14thBill Nile’s Deltas (£30)
Sun. Jan 15thThe Battery (£10)
Sun. Jan 15thThe Artwoods (£45)
Wed. Jan 18thDave Antony’s Moods (£40)
Sat. Jan 21stSpencer’s Washboard Kings (£40)
Sun. Jan 22ndThe Stalkers (£10)
Sun. Jan 22ndSavoy Brown Blues Band (£25)
Wed. Jan 25thNew Jump Band (£10)

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