1973 turned out to be huge year for Mungo Jerry with a return to the charts in a big way with the rocking Alright Alright Alright peaking at number 3 in the UK singles chart.
Bass player John Godfrey left the band and Mungo Jerry had a whole new line-up.
|9th February||Plessey, Swindon|
|10th February||Aquarius Club, Hastings|
|16th February||Country Bumpkin, Andover|
|17th February||Stoneground, Manchester|
|23rd February||Intercon, Worksop|
|24th February||Intercon, Nottingham|
|1st March||The Greyhound, Fulham|
|3rd March||County Cricket Ground, Northampton|
|4th March||Black Prince, Bexley|
|9th March||Intercon, Halifax|
|10th March||Intercon, Scarborough|
JOHN GODFREY LEAVES MUNGO JERRY
Bass player John Godfrey, who sadly passed away in 2014, decided to leave Mungo Jerry to be replaced by Bob Daisley.
John played bass on several of Mungo Jerry’s biggest hits – Baby Jump, Lady Rose and You Don’t Have To Be In The Army To Fight In The War.
Ray Dorset on John Godfrey… “John provided some great bass lines on many classic Mungo recordings, such as Baby Jump and Lady Rose to name but two.
|16th March||The Winter Gardens, Blackpool|
|18th March||The Torrington, North Finchley|
|9th April||Spinning Jenny Club, Accrington|
|12th April||Brays Grove Youth Club, Harlow|
|27th – 28th April||Senate Club, Peterlee|
|29th April||Grey Topper Club, Nottingham|
|4th – 6th May||Denmark|
|15th May||Zero Fix International, Southend|
|19th May||Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn|
|28th May||Bumble Club, Stockport|
|2nd June||Glen Ballroom, Llanelli|
|3rd June||Palace Lido, Isle Of Man|
|14th June||The Granary, Bristol|
|17th June||Ragnarok Festival, Oslo, Norway
Tracks played on the YouTube footage are:
Baby Jump/Alright Alright Alright/Open Up.
|28th June||Harper Adams Agricultural College, Newport|
|29th June||Devonshire Hall, Leeds University|
|30th June||The Granary, Bristol|
|5th July||The Cavern Club, Liverpool|
|6th July||Wradnor (venue not known) – (plus B.B.C’s Top Of The Pops televised – Alright Alright Alright)|
|11th July||Holesworthy Festival, North Devon|
|13th July||B.B.C’s Top Of The Pops televised – Alright Alright Alright (audio recording only)|
|14th July||The Bandstand, Spurriers Town Park, Harlow|
HARLOW : 14th July, 1973.
I went to see Mungo Jerry at Harlow Town Park with certain reservations as to their musical ability and entertainment value.
But let’s give Mungo their due, they are a very professional Top Twenty pop group and Ray Dorset has really got together a fine band.
OK, so the band might lack it a little when it comes to musical inventiveness and originality, but they come up with some great tunes and play some tasty rock and roll.
Although Mungo sound more like a rock band these days, they haven’t forgotten their old fans and played all their old favourites but with new freshness.
Dorset is still the star and played the part magnificently all night.
His throaty vocals and guitar playing were better than ever as he led the band into such numbers as Open Up one of the band’s many hits of the past.
They also did great versions of their new single, Alright Alright Alright and In The Summertime which had nearly all the audience dancing or banging cans in time with the music, and my favourite number of the set, Lady Rose.
Ray did something that many of our great heavy rock bands can’t. He had boppers, rockers, freaks, Mums and Dads all digging the act.
A great evening, free, in the park – in the summertime.
|16th July||Porthcawl (venue not known)|
|17th July||Newquay (venue not known)|
|20th July||B.B.C’s Top Of The Pops televised – Alright Alright Alright|
|21st July||California Ballroom, Dunstable|
|27th July||Antrim (venue not known)|
|28th July||City Hall, Cork|
CITY HALL, CORK : 28th July, 1973.
SET LIST (Possibly partial)
Too Much Monkey Business/Hit Me/Little Bit Of Love/Lady Rose/
In The Summertime/Mighty Man/Open Up
|28th July||City Hall, Cork|
|29th July||Showboat, Yougall|
|31st July||Marquee, Sligo|
|2nd August||Wavecrest, Achill|
|3rd August||Queens Court Motel, Bangor – (plus B.B.C’s Top Of The Pops televised – Alright Alright Alright – repeat)|
|4th August||Marine Ballroom, Enniscrone|
|5th August||Atlantic Ballroom, Tranmore|
|6th August||Lake County Hotel, Mullingar|
|8th August||The Manger, Galway|
|9th August||Astoria, Bundoran|
|10th August||Kelly’s Motel, Port Rush|
|11th August||Carlton, Kilkenny|
MUNGO JERRY’S RAGGED EDGES
It was one of those curious quirks of fate that Mungo Jerry, with a single high in the chart, should be playing in the sweaty environs of a Saturday night dance in the Carlton Ballroom in Kilkenny in Southern Ireland instead of some more prestigious engagement nearer home.
Their tour in Ireland has been a 20 night trek that has taken them North and South of the border.
It was set up about three months ago so local promoter, Arthur Walters, certainly struck lucky when Alright Alright Alright became a best seller.
The Kilkenny date was the group’s seventeenth of the tour so it was not surprising that they sounded at times tired and that their music had ragged edges more often than not.
The band builds itself on a basis of raw rock and roll with Ray Dorset’s raucous, yelling vocals providing the focal point, backed up by his own competent guitar, plus organ, bass and drums.
There are the obligatory performances of hits in their programme – In The Summertime, Lady Rose and Alright Alright Alright – mixed with standard rock material and Ray Dorset’s own compositions such as Mighty Man, one of his jug band style songs and Hit Me, an extended excursion using riffs from the guitar and organ.
There are no musical surprises from the group.
Dorset works at getting the audience involved and much of what comes from the band seems to depend on what they get from way of reaction from the audience.
The Kilkenny crowd responded quite well although the wait prior to the to the group’s appearance seemed to have caused a little disappointment and discomfort in the tightly packed dance hall.
This probably wasn’t one of Mungo Jerry’s better performances understandably so because of all of the travelling they had done prior to this particular date.
In fact they completed what is believed to be the longest tour by any British group to visit Ireland”.
Tony Wilson – Music Press, 1973.
|12th August||Showboat, Yougall|
|13th August||Eamonn Andrews Television Club, Dublin|
|22nd August||Tiffany’s, Bristol|
|23rd August||Queen’s Hall, Barnstable|
|24th August||Wincanton Racecourse|
|25th August||Aquarius Club, Lincoln|
|26th August||New World Ballroom, Blackpool|
|27th August||Bribox Theatre, New Malden|
|28th August||Queen’s Hotel, Westcliff On-Sea|
|29th August||Assembly Rooms, Worthing|
|31st August – 1st September||Barbarella’s, Birmingham|
|2nd September||Spa Pavillion, Felixstowe|
|3rd September||Flamingo Club, Chester|
|4th September||Heavy Steam Machine, Hanley|
|7th September||Locarno, Sunderland|
|8th September||The Viking Club, Seahouses|
|9th September||Woods Centre, Colchester|
|10th September||Top Of The World, Stafford|
|14th September||Nottingham (Venue not known)|
|16th September||Black Swan, Sheffield|
|17th September||Shrewsbury (Venue not known)|
|26th August||New World Ballroom, Blackpool|
|28th September||Bristol Polytechnic|
|29th September||Manchester College|
|30th September||Coventry (Venue not known)|
|5th October||Swansea University|
|6th October||Dreamland Ballroom, Margate|
|8th – 11th October||France|
|13th October||St. Martin’s College, Lancaster|
|15th October||Hazel’s Club, Aylesbury|
|19th – 27th October||Germany|
|30th October||Warren Country Club, Bredbury|
|1st November||Locarno, Sunderland|
|2nd November||Grafton Rooms, Liverpool (Private)|
|3rd November||Palace Lido, Isle Of Man|
|8th November||Golden Palms, Blackburn|
|9th November||Borough Hall, Greenwich|
BOROUGH HALL, GREENWICH : 9th November, 1973.
Glad I’m a Rocker/Hit Me/Little Bit Of Love/Long Tall Sally/Wild Love/Mighty Man/Lady Rose/Baby Jump/Alright Alright Alright
|10th November||Aquarius Club, Hastings|
|15th – 18th November||France|
|1st December||Leicester University|
|9th December||Sheffield Polytechnic|
|10th December||The Rainbow, London|
|14th December||The Flamingo, Hereford|
|15th December||Spotlight Club, R.A.F Brize Norton
(Ray and the band played the unreleased track, Help Me at this gig
as it was included on the first fan club cassette.)
|24th December||California Ballroom, Dunstable|