1964 Roll-call

1964

sadly sees the passing of Cyril Davies, while Long John Baldry takes over and renames the All-Stars as The Hoochie Coochie Men, and features Rod Stewart. Pre-Jeff Beck Tridents become regulars, though not as much as the Downliners Sect who almost move in. The Manish Boys play a couple of times before being joined by David Bowie (still plain old Davie Jones at this time). Oh, and The Artwoods arrive……

January 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. This was possibly not the first time Baldry had encountered Rod, as I’ve heard testimony of one night at the Island when there was a power cut, and my witness recalls seeing Cyril Davies, Long John and Rod doing an “unplugged” gig on the steps outside the club

Wed. Jan 15th – The Downliners Sect

Wed. Jan 22nd – The Downliners Sect

Wed. Jan 29th – The Downliners Sect

February 1964

Wed. Feb 12th – The Downliners Sect

Wed. Feb 26th – The Downliners Sect

March 1964

Wed. Mar 11th – The Downliners Sect

Thu. Mar 19th – The Downliners Sect

This rare Thursday operation was down to it having been organised by the Chiswick Polytechnic’s Student Union

Wed. Mar 25th – The Downliners Sect

April 1964

Wed. Apr 8th – The Downliners Sect

Wed. Apr 22nd – The Downliners Sect

All above Downliners Sect dates between Jan 15th and Apr 22nd courtesy of Don Craine

May 1964

Fri. May 1st – The 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 6th – Jimmy Page sat in on a jam session with Jeff BeckBill 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 25th – Manish 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 31st – Alex 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 became 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?

June 1964

Wed. Jun 3rd – The Downliners Sect (£30)

Sun. Jun 7th – Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£65)

Wed. Jun 17th – The Alex Harvey Soul Band (£50)

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

Sun. Jun 21st – Manish Boys (from www.bowiewonderworld.com )

Sun. Jun 21st – Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£65)

Wed. Jun 24th – The Downliners Sect (£30)

Sun. Jun 28th – Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£65)

July 1964

Wed. Jul 1st – The Downliners Sect (£30)

Sat. Jul 4th – Terry 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, who themselves played at the 4th National Jazz and Blues Festival at Richmond Athletic Ground on August 7th, shortly before Beck joined The Tridents

Sat. Jul 11th – Alan Elsdon’s Jazz Band (£45)

Wed. Jul 15th – The Alex Harvey Soul Band (£50)

Sat. Jul 18th – The 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 22nd – The Downliners Sect (As per Don Craine)

Sat. Jul 25th – Alex Welsh and his Band (£45)

Sun. Jul 26th – Manish Boys (from www.bowiewonderworld.com )

August 1964

Sat. Aug 1st – London City Stompers (£20)

Wed. Aug 5th – Alex Harvey and The Soul Band (£50)

Sat. Aug 8th – Brian Green’s New Orleans Stompers (£20)

Sun. Aug 9th – Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£75)

Sat. Aug 15th – The Original Downtown Syncopators (£35)

Sun. Aug 16th – The 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. Guitarist Derek Griffiths remembered how Arthur Chisnall informed them one night that they held the attendance record, which would stand for a while – not bad considering the earlier Stones appearances. In 2014, their collected recorded works were re-released, “Steady Getting’ It: The Complete Recordings 1964-67”

Wed. Aug 19th – Davie Jones & The Manish Boys (from www.bowiewonderworld.com )

With The Manish Boys having already played a number of gigs during the summer in their own right, David Bowie is now in tow, but has yet to change his name

Sat. Aug 22nd – Alex Welsh and his Band (£30)

Sun. Aug 23rd – Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£75)

Wed. Aug 26th – Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£60)

Sat. Aug 29th – Alan 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

September 1964

Wed. Sep 2nd – Davie Jones & The Manish Boys (from www.bowiewonderworld.com )

Wed. Sep 2nd – Alex Harvey and The Soul Band (£50)

Sat. Sep 5th – Brian Green’s New Orleans Stompers (£25)

Sun. Sep 6th – The Artwoods (£40)

Wed. Sep 9th – Alex Harvey and The Soul Band (£50)

Sat. Sep 12th – Original Downtown Syncopators (£35)

Sun. Sep 13th – Memphis Slim (Peter Chatman) (£40)

This is the 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, possibly using his first ever fuzz-box, as designed and built by bassist Paul Lucas

Wed. Sep 16th – Alex Harvey and The Soul Band (£50)

Sat. Sep 19th – Charlie Galbraith All Stars (£35)

Sun. Sep 20th – Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£75)

Wed. Sep 23rd – Alex Harvey and The Soul Band (£50)

Wed. Sep 23rd – The Downliners Sect (£50)

Sun. Sep 27th – The Barbarians Prince Khan (£5)

I have no idea either, but The Barabarians, with or without Prince Khan, had played at The Marquee two days earlier, supporting Gary Farr and the T-Bones

Sun. Sep 27th – Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£75)

Wed. Sep 30th – Little Walter (£35)

The celebrated US blues harpist, this was during his first of two European tours

Wed. Sep 30th – Alex Harvey and The Soul Band (£50)

October 1964

Sat. Oct 3rd – Alex Welsh and his Band (£40)

Sun. Oct 4th – The Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)

Sun. Oct 4th – Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£75)

Wed. Oct 7th – Davie Jones & the Manish Boys (from www.bowiewonderworld.com )

Sat. Oct 10th – The Original Downtown Syncopators (£35)

Sun. Oct 11th – Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£75)

Wed. Oct 14th – Alex 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 17th – Alex Welsh and his Band (£45)

Sun. Oct 18th – The Bluesounds (£10)

Sun. Oct 18th – Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£75)

Wed. Oct 21st – Alex Harvey and The Soul Band (£50)

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

Fri. Oct 23rd – The 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 24th – Ken Colyer’s Jazzmen (£35)

Sat. Oct 24th – Terry 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 25th – Long 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 28th – Alex Harvey and The Soul Band (£50)

November 1964

Sun. Nov 1st – The 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, now presumably at a loose end 

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

Wed. Nov 4th – Alex Harvey Soul Band (£50)

Sat. Nov 7th – Monty Sunshine’s Jazz Band (£35)

Sun. Nov 8thThe Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)

Sun. Nov 8th – Davie 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 11th – Alex Harvey Soul Band (£50)

Sat. Nov 14th – Original Downtown Syncopators (£35)

Sun. Nov 15th – Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£75)

Sat. Nov 21st – London City Stompers (£35)

Sat. Nov 21st – Dave 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, which 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 29thThe Tridents (from bassist Paul Lucas’ diaries)

Sun. Nov 29th – Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£75)

December 1964

Sat. Dec 5th – Alex Welsh and his Band (£45)

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

Sun. Dec 6th – Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£75)

Wed. Dec 9th – The Downliners Sect (As per Don Craine)

Sat. Dec 12th – London City Stompers (£35)

Sat. Dec 12th – Monty Sunshine’s Jazz Band (£35)

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

Wed. Dec 16th – Alex Harvey Soul Band (£50)

Sat. Dec 19th – Original Downtown Syncopators (£35)

Sun. Dec 20th – Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£75)

Wed. Dec 23rd – Alex 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 26th – Ken Colyer’s Jazzmen (£35)

Sun. Dec 27th – Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men (£75)

Wed. Dec 30th – Alex Harvey Soul Band (£50)

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