(the year Mungo Jerry became Ray Dorset a.k.a Mungo Jerry)

1972 saw the break-up of the very successful Mungo Jerry band that had charted with four hit singles, including two UK number ones and two hit albums.

Banjoist, Paul King and pianist, Colin Earl left the band to form their own, King Earl Boogie Band, but lead singer Ray Dorset carried on as Mungo Jerry with bass player John Godfrey staying with the band leader.

The ‘new’ Mungo Jerry had a much harder, rocking approach and now for the first time, had a permanent drummer and new keyboard player.

Together, they recorded what many fans considered to be the best ever Mungo Jerry album – Boot Power.


The tour of the Far East and Australia was notable as the last tour the band, in its current form, would undertake.

Despite an undercurrent of tension, the guys still managed to have a great time with many memorable gigs.

Mungo Jerry, Melbourne, 1972.

Ron Cooper, Zabadak Magazine, 1972… Saw Mungo Jerry in Perth, Australia in January 1972.

“It was summer and an open air concert at night. They gave a really great performance…goodtime, fun music!

“They didn’t need a drummer, they got such a great pumping sound from the bottle.

“Mungo also gave an impromptu performance on the local beach – MAGIC” !!!

1st January – 10th February Singapore/Kuala Lumpur/Australia/ New Zealand/Japan

Ray Dorset on the tour… It wasn’t all gloom and doom, we did have a lot of laughs and met some interesting characters.

“We broke attendance records in New Zealand previously held by Elton John and had big audiences in Australia.”

Colin Earl on the tour… Sydney Cricket Ground, moving on to New Zealand, where at the open-air concert, we broke all previous records.

” Also Wellington City Hall was packed and the atmosphere was electric – we could still do it”!

Thanks to Robert Pell for the photographs from this gig at the Festival Hall, Melbourne.


Ray Dorset on the band splitting… “I think that it was wrong for the band to split when and how it did, the differences should have been sorted out.

“We could have included a drummer/percussionist in the line up and gone forward and work on becoming a respected album and concert act.

“We definitely had the platform to do this and we together with our management/production were all learning about the mechanics of the music business”.

Paul King said… In the beginning, we took the music world by storm, not only because of our style of music, but because of the rough and ready image and carefree attitude we displayed on and off the stage.

“We were a hit all the way around the world and from Eskimos to Aborigines they loved us.

“Mungo was a blend of us all, colourful, a bit roguish and above all totally different in the way we sat down and pumped out our earthy but happy-go-lucky style of music.

“We were if you like at one with each other and the world and it worked”…

Colin Earl said… The original Mungo Jerry, and by that I mean Ray, Paul and myself, with genuine help from Joe Rush was an original.

“It could have been great…it nearly was. Ask any of those 35,000 that were at Hollywood on that early summer evening in 1970. They’ll remember ’til the day they die how the music, their music, moved them.”

Barry Murray said… “When the band came back from Australia, I got a call from Paul and Colin, they wanted Ray out of the band.

“I was totally frank with them. I told them to ride the storm, you’re near to cracking it on a very big scale. The band could be huge worldwide sticks together. If you don’t, it could be the end for you.

“So, the band split at a time I wanted the States over and over and crack it. Savoy Brown did it, so could they and with album sales of singles


Following the break-up, a new line-up was quickly announced.

Paul King and Colin Earl were replaced by Jon Pope on keyboards, and Tim Reeves on drums.

This was the first time that Mungo Jerry had included a permanent drummer in the band.

A UK tour was already in place for the previous line-up but was amended and undertaken by the new band in March, 1972.

2nd March William Ashton Theatre, Wrexham 
6th March Civic Centre, Gravesend Gravesend 1972 ad.
10th March  Goldsmith College, London
11th March St.George’s Hall, Bradford
12th March  Floral Hall, Southport 
17th March  Newcastle Polytechnic Newcastle Poly ticket 1972.
18th March  Civic Centre, Whitchurch
24th March Flamingo, Hereford
25th March City Hall, St.Albans 
28th March  King George’s Hall, Blackburn 
30th March  Harlow Playhouse 
1st April  Margate Dreamland 
30th April Golden Shot TV Show 
5th May The Pireus, Malmo, Sweden
6th May Orbro & Karlskoga Folk Parks, Sweden
7th April TV, Stockhom, Sweden
12th May Criterion, Picadilly Circus, London 
13th May Dorothy Ballroom, Cambridge
22nd May Pink Pop Festival, Holland Pink Pop poster.
24th May ITV Lift Off TV Show 
29th May Locarno, Blackpool 
30th May Locarno, Stevenage 
4th June Palace Lido, Isle Of Man

PALACE LIDO, ISLE OF MAN : 4th June, 1972

Mungo Jerry 1972. (from fan club newletter, June – August, 1972)

Sunday 4th June, Mungo played the Palace Lido, Isle Of Man, for the first time.

From the response the 3,000 packed crowd gave to each number, it was obvious that their visit had been long delayed.

The crowd did not seem to be able to enough of Mungo’s music. They were still calling out for more (after two encores) long after Mungo had finished playing.

A few over-enthusiastic fans grabbed Ray’s leg and nearly pulled him off the stage!

8th – 10th June  Top Hat, Spennymoor 
16th June  Wincanton Racecourse
17th June Assembly Hall, Melksham 
18th June  Floral Hall, Scarborough 
20th June  Buchanan Castle Park, Drymen. 

BUCHANAN CASTLE PARK : 20th June 1972.

“It was one heck of a night, String Driven Thing and The JSD Band were the supporting acts.

“It was held in a large marquee on the flood plain of the river Endrick just below Buchanan Castle. I really enjoyed it as it was the first ever concert.

“Going to the concert was a spur of the moment thing seeing as it was my birthday that day and.

“After the concert my father was deaf in his left ear for the rest of his life!

“It was maybe a high price to pay but we both enjoyed it.

Andrew Paul, March 2017.

23rd June  Ranmore House, Sheffield
24th June The Stonebow, York
28th June Dorothy Ballroom, Cambridge 
29th June  College Of Commerce, Hull 
30th June Fruit Market, Glasgow 
1st July  Grangemouth Town Hall 
4th July  West Parade, Rhyl 
6th – 7th July  ‘Band Call’, TV, Glasgow (Transmission on the 9th – Scottish regions only) 
8th – 9th July  Budapest, Hungary 

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY : 8th – 9th July, 1972.

(from fan club newsletter, June – August, 1972)

After flying back from Glasgow, Mungo flew to Budapest for two days.

This another place they have never played before. They played in an open-air stadium to an audience of 15,000 each night.

The crowd went really mad trying to get on stage!

Because of Mungo’s popularity, they were asked to make a return visit in a couple of months.

This was the first time a band has been re-booked on the spot”!

16th – 20th July Benidorm, Spain

BENIDORM, SPAIN : 16th – 20th July, 1972.

(from fan club newsletter, June – August, 1972)

On Sunday 16th June, we flew from Heathrow to Palma, Majorca. After a four hour delay we caught a connection flight to Alicante.

From there, we drove to a small village called Calpe, where we stayed at ‘La Manzenara’, a freaky pop-village.

Mungo Jerry 1972.That night, Mungo were supposed to open a new club in Benidorm, The Club 3000 and play there for four nights.

Unfortunately, Chris and Ray (the roadies) had trouble with the van and reached the French/Spanish border just after it had closed.

Mungo were unable to open the club officially that night although they went to the club and made an appearance and explained to the crowd what had happened.

However, after looking at the stage, they realised that even if their equipment had been there, they would probably not have been able to play.

The piano was out of tune, there was no power and water was dripping on to the stage from the ceiling.

Mungo were assured that everything would be fixed for them to play on Monday. It seemed that the owner of the club wasn’t very good at keeping his word.

On arriving at the gig on Monday, the same untuned piano was on stage, water was still dripping and worst of all, the power that they were meant to use kept fluctuating in its voltage.

Ray pointed out that with the power in that state, it would be impossible to play.

About two hours later, they had altered it, though it still fluctuated slightly. Mungo played a one hour set with water dripping on their heads and an untuned piano for the next two nights”.

24th July Chelsea Village, Bournemouth
25th July  Top Rank, Sheffield 
26th July Top Rank, Liverpool 
27th July  Top Rank, Watford 
28th July  Top Rank, Birmingham 
29th July  Felixstowe Pier Pavillion 
31st July  Top Rank, Bognor Regis 
2nd August  Top Rank, Cardiff 
3rd August  Top Rank, Hanley 
4th August  Top Rank, Swansea 
5th August  Dorothy Ballroom, Cambridge
11th August  11th National Jazz and Blues Festival, Reading – more info
12th August  Spar Hall, Bridlington
13th August  Isle Of Man
19th August  Marquee, Peterborough Peterborough 1972 advert.
21st August Chelsea Village, Bournemouth
23rd August  Town Hall, Torquay Torquay 1972 ticket.
25th August Lee Round Table, Nr; Warrington 
26th August Dreamland Ballroom, Margate 
28th August  Bradford Festival Bradford Festival flyer.
29th – 30th August  Canvey Island
1st September Cavendish, Nottingham 
7th September Guildhall, Preston 
9th September The Village Disco, (Hard Rock), Manchester 
20th September – 4th October Brazil
6th October Great Hall, University Of Exeter
7th October Wincanton Racecourse
14th October Borough Road College, Isleworth
16th October Tiffany’s, Great Yarmouth
20th October Leeds University (with The Kinks)
21st October Chelsea College, London
3rd November Bradford University
4th November Melody Rooms, Norwich
11th November Lees Cliff Hall, Folkestone
25th November Intercon Club, Nottingham
29th November – 3rd December Germany
6th December Goldmine Club, Canvey Island
14th December London College Of Fashion
19th December Cliffs Pavillion, Southend
22nd December Winter Gardens, Eastbourne Winter Gardens, Eastbourne ticket.