1975-81 – a period that was a successful one, if not in the UK for Mungo Jerry. Ray Dorset and his band, as ever, toured extensively all over Europe and beyond.
Some of our date sheets are far from complete – only FIVE gigs that we know of for 1975, a handful for 1980 and only NONE for 1981 when the London based Fan Club ended – but we have listed all that we have to hand but are striving to add to the lists as and when we can.
|12th February||Coventry (Venue not known)|
|14th February||Cardiff University|
|21st February||Barbarella’s, Birmingham|
|6th June||King Alfred’s College|
|28th June||Rendezvous Club, Margate|
|16th January||N/E London Polytechnic, Stratford|
|1st February||Wallsend – Cancelled|
|2nd February||Venue not known|
|3rd February||Durham Miners Club, Consett|
|4th February||West Denton Social Club, Newcastle Upon Tyne followed by T.V Paris|
|5th February||Newton Aycliffe (Venue not known)|
|6th February||Catterick Barracks|
|7th February||Hacienda, Prudhoe|
“We did a week up in the Newcastle area doing working men’s clubs and that was just absolutely terrible!
“You literally went on between bingo sessions and the bingo was more important. They did the bingo session and they’d stop and say “right, Mungo Jerry now!” On come Mungo Jerry for half an hour or so and they’d say “right, you’ve got to stop dead on 10 o’clock.”
“There’s a bloke waving at us, “right, that’s it, bingo!”
“One particular case , we had the classic thing. Ray’s half way through a numb, on came this bloke, “excuse me Mungo, sorry about this. OK lads, stop, stop! Would the own of car number so-and-so move it as it’s blocking the car park. OK lads, away you go, sorry about that, carry on.”
“Ray and them just burst out laughing. It was unbelievable! Not quite what we were used to.”
Tony ‘Bizz’ Bisiker – (Driver, roadie, backing singer)
|13th March||T.V Paris|
|14th March||The Night Spot, Bedford|
|18th March||T.V Luxembourg|
|19th March||Dudley College Of Education|
|26th March||Newport (venue not known)|
|27th March||Frenchman’s Motel, Fishguard|
|31st March-20th April||Germany|
|May – June||France|
FOUR WEEK FRENCH TOUR: Ist May – June , 1976.
(from fan club newsletter, July, 1976)
On May 1st, Mungo Jerry did the first gig of their very successful French tour in a packed hall in Yves St.Leger. This was the first time that the band had used their new light show.
The band toured all over France for four weeks playing to large audiences in clubs, halls and marquees.
They also did several T.V shows in Paris and Cannes, where the new French single, It’s a Secret, currently in the charts, was performed.
On returning from France, the band did several gigs in England and then went into the studio to record three new numbers.
One of the new numbers that they recorded which was produced by Ray Dorset and Alan Blakely is to be the new single released on the Polydor label on the 23rd July, 1976. It is entitled Don’t Let Go.
The band then went to Luxembourg to do a T.V show and then returned to France to do three more gigs and a T.V.
They are currently working on a new album, and the guys have all been enjoying the good weather. Colin has bought a new house and a convertible E.Type Jag, and Ray has been messing about with his new swimming pool.
Joe has been spending most of his spare time at Frenshams Ponds trying out the new boat that he made.
|3rd June||The Brighton Run, Wickford|
|4th June||Ocean Nightspot, Margate|
|5th June||The Marquee Club, London|
|9th June||The Kings, Ilford|
|10th June||T.V, Paris|
|11th June||T.V, Luxembourg|
|12th June||Dawbourn Club, Bracknell|
|13th June||Palace Lido, Isle Of Man|
|15th June||St.John’s College, Cambridge|
|16th June||The Windmill, Copford|
|17th June||City Of Coventry College, Coventry|
|18th June||Grey College, Durham|
|19th June||T.V Paris & Oriel College, Oxford|
|25th June||Ranmoor House, Sheffield|
|26th June||Nottingham University|
|30th June||The 400, Torquay|
|1st July||Caledonian Rooms, Padstow|
|2nd July||Seale Hayne Agricultural College, Newton Abbott|
|3rd July||Samantha’s, Exmouth|
|25th – 31st July||Baileys, Watford|
|5th – 15th August||France|
|20th – 22nd August||France|
|25th August||The Barn, Milton Tenby|
|28th August||Pier Pavillion, Hastings|
|1st – 25th September||Germany|
|29th September||Bath College Of Education|
MUNGO JERRY – 1976
|2nd October||University Of Birmingham|
|13th – 14th October||France|
|15th October||Hatfield Polytechnic|
|16th – 30th October||France|
|31st October – 2nd November||Belgium|
|5th November||The Allied Sports & Social Club, Burton On Trent|
|6th November||Aston University, Birmingham|
|10th November||Rascals Club, Chester|
|12th November||University Of Bradford|
|20th November||Wilderspool Centre, Warrington|
|3rd December||Queen Elizabeth , London|
|8th December||Southampton University|
|9th December||Gilbert Hall, Leicester|
|10th December||Worcester College Of Education|
|15th December||Baraaks Gorden, Gillingham|
|16th December||Regal Cinema, Shrewsbury|
|19th December||T.V, Paris|
|23rd December||CDP, London(Private)|
|13th April||Marseille, France|
MARSEILLE, FRANCE : 13th April, 1977.
Somebody Stole My Wife/It’s a Secret/Gone To Malaya/Lady Rose/Dragster Queen/Alright Alright Alright/Lovin’ In The Alleys, Fightin’ In The Streets/Baby Won’t You Ride My Train/In The Summertime/I Could Start Lovin’ You/Sex Machine-Walk On The Wild Side/Sur Le Pont D’Avignon/Hello Nadine/Just Can’t Say Goodbye
|24th August||National Club, Kilburn|
|4th November||Music Machine, Camden|
|9th November||The Kings, Ilford|
|10th November||Monico Club, Canvey Island|
|11th November||Royalty Ballroom, Southgate|
|12th November||The Windmill, Colchester|
|18th November||Nottingham University|
|10th November||Rascals Club, Chester|
|19th November||Ace Of Clubs, Leeds|
|21st November||Hardstaff, Chesterfield|
|22nd November||Queenswood Club, Leeds|
|23rd November||Golscar Social Club, Huddersfield|
|24th November||St.Oswalds, Nuprohall, Nr;Wigan|
|25th – 26th November||Keighley Variety Club|
|28th November||The Marquee Club, London|
|2nd December||Herts College Of Higher Education, Watford|
|3rd December||Eton Hall, Retford|
|8th December||Speakeasy, Radio 1
(Played, We’re OK, Just Can’t Say Goodbye & Margarita)
|9th December||Trinity College, Carmarthen|
|10th December||Frenchman’s Motel, Fishguard|
|13th December||Ripon College|
|16th December||Bradford University|
|27th February||Lancaster University (supporting Blondie)|
|27th April||Stardust Club, Corby|
|29th April||Casablanca, Gainsborough|
|5th May||Music Machine, Camden|
|14th May – 4th June||Rhodesia|
|9th June||Corn Exchange, Cambridge|
|13th June||Pembroke College, Cambridge|
|15th June||Collingwood , Cambridge|
|16th – 20th June||Bulgaria|
|22nd June||Leeds (Venue unknown)|
|24th June||Roundabout Club, Newport|
|11th – 13th May||Cavendish, Blackburn|
|29th May – 2nd June||Fiesta Club, Stockton On-Tees|
|7th June||The Centre, Coventry|
|8th June||Queen Elizabeth College, London|
|9th June||King Alfred’s College, Winchester|
|13th June||Yarborough Social Club, Doncaster|
|14th June||The Penthouse Club, Scarborough|
|16th June||Music Machine, Camden Town|
|18th June||Swansea University|
|27th June||Lancaster University|
|28th June||Warwick University, Coventry|
|29th June||St. Andrews College, Reading|
|4th July||West Midlands College|
FAN CLUB NEWSLETTER : JULY, 1980
In 1970, Mungo Jerry released the multi-million selling record, In The Summertime. This was the first ever 33 1/3 rpm maxi-single, and now in 1980 to celebrate their 10th anniversary, they have released another 33 1/3 rpm maxi – Mungo’s Summer Fun Package.
This contains four tracks: Summertime Holiday, Hooray It’s Party Time, Night On The Town, Really Had a Goodtime.
The maxi-single comes in an amazing full colour picture bag and is released on the Scratch/Satellite label.
It is available through Pye records (PRT) by courtesy of Hammer records Ltd and will be in record shops from 1st August 1980, order number HS406.
A compilation album, Six-A-Side is also available on the Satellite label, this also contains Summertime Holiday and Mungo’s original version of the Kelly Marie hit Feels Like I’m In Love which is currently at 61 in the B.B.C chart.
The ten year Mungo Jerry reunion which was held at The Goat, Sunbury On Thames, and featured the current band line-up together with original members Joe Rush and Paul King was such an overwhelming success that repeat performances will be performed.
|13th August||Rock Garden, London (with original band members)|
|15th August||Target Reading, (with original band members)|
|16th August||Waves – Three Tuns, Kingston-on-Thames (with original band members)|
|17th August||Basingstoke (with original band members)|
|24th August||Golden Lion, Fulham (with original band members)|
Mungo Jerry’s new album, Together Again was only available in several European countries and named, Viva England in Spain, but wasn’t released in the UK.
Despite this, it was a fine album the poor packaging not withstanding.
All of the tracks were of a high standard with Marguerita and How Can I Live a Lie destined to become Mungo classics.
One of the album tracks, Stay With Me was issued in Holland as a single.