1962 Roll-call

1962

sees jazz continue to proliferate through the likes of Forrie Cairns and the Clansmen, Len Baldwin’s Dauphin Street Six, Cyril Preston’s Excelsior Jazz Band, but importantly, in October a “Rock and Twist Night” is hosted on a Wednesday, featuring beat / R&B bands for the first time: Mike Berry & The Outlaws, Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers, and Screaming Lord Sutch are on show. The writing was on the wall……

January 1962

Sat. Jan 6th – Alan Elsdon’s Jazz Band (£40)

Sat. Jan 13th – New Orleans Knights led by Eric Allandale (£45)

Sat. Jan 20th – Len Baldwin’s Dauphin Street Six (£35)

Sat. Jan 27th – Ken Sims’ Vintage Jazz Band (£50)

February 1962

Sat. Feb 3rd – Terry Pitts’ Jazz Band (£45)

Sat. Feb 10th – New Orleans Knights led by Eric Allandale (£45)

Sat. Feb 17th – Forrie Cairns and the Clansmen (£40)

Forrie Cairns also played in The Clyde Valley Stompers

Sat. Feb 24th – Micky Ashman’s Ragtime Jazz Band (£50)

March 1962

Sat. Mar 3rd – Ken Sims’ Vintage Jazz Band (£50)

Sat. Mar 10th – Terry Pitts’ Jazz Band (£45)

Sat. Mar 17th – Len Baldwin’s Dauphin Street Six (£35)

Sat. Mar 31st – Eric Allandale’s New Orleans Knights (£45)

April 1962

Sat. Apr 7th – Eric Silk and his Southern Jazz Band (£40)

Sat. Apr 14th – Melbourne New Orleans Jazz Band (£65)

Sat. Apr 21st – Alan Elsdon’s Jazz Band (£40)

Sat. Apr 28th – Terry Pitts’ Jazz Band (£45)

May 1962

Sat. May 5th – Len Baldwin’s Dauphin Street Six (£35)

Sat. May 12th – Ken Sims’ Vintage Jazz Band (£50)

Sat. May 19th – Micky Ashman’s Ragtime Jazz Band (£50)

Sat. May 26th – Alan Elsdon’s Jazz Band (£40)

June 1962

Sat. Jun 2nd – Eric Allandale’s New Orleans Knights (£45)

Sat. Jun 9th – Cyril Preston’s Excelsior Jazz Band (£35)

Sat. Jun 16th – Charlie Galbraith’s Jazz Band (£35)

Sat. Jun 23rd – Mike Cotton’s Jazzmen (£40)

Sat. Jun 30th – Len Baldwin’s Dauphin Street Six (£40)

At this time, the Dauphin Street Six featured Viv Prince on drums, who went on to influence Keith Moon with both his drumming style and wild on-stage behaviour, generally misbehaving all over the place, eventually getting sacked by The Pretty Things for his unreliability, that after being thrown off a plane in New Zealand that was to take the band home following a tour there

July 1962

Sat. Jul 7th – Eric 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 14th – Mike Daniels’ Delta Jazzmen with Doreen Beatty (£50)

Sat. Jul 21st – The 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 28th – Eric Silk and his Southern Jazz Band (£40)

August 1962

Sat. Aug 4th – Dave Keir’s Jazz Band (£35)

Sat. Aug 11th – Eric Silk and his Southern Jazz Band (£40)

October 1962

Wed. Oct 17th – Tony Holland and the Packabeats

It appears Beat Music has made an entry in the annals of Eel Pie Island, and though The Packabeats were primarily 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 17th –Mike 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. He has also appeared at One Kew Road recently, site of the original Crawdaddy Club in Richmond

Wed. Oct 17th – Cliff 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 featured Chas Hodges of later “Rockney” fame, but curiously tonight, he was still playing with Mike Berry’s 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 17th – Screaming 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 of presentation: his Savages later 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, In 2015, Ronnie Wood published his diary from 1965, “How Can It Be?”, but while there are numerous entries concerning Eel Pie Island, none of them involve his lot The Birds playing, Ronnie only being there to watch brother Art – Ali McKenzie, however remembers their first Island date, then known as The Thunderbirds, being in late 1964, supporting Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, while their second was supporting Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds, thus necessitating a shortening of their own name to just The Birds. 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, additionally providing me with the source sites for a number of Strawberry Hill Boys appearances, as support to The Stones in 1963

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