The start of 1986 saw Ray Dorset working on two television shows – comedy drama Prospects and the childrens show Wizbit starring Paul Daniels.
Once again, we are a bit sparse on the date/gig front in places but we are showing all we have for each individual year..
|8th March||Fulham (Venue not known)|
FULHAM, 8th MARCH, 1986
Little Miss Hipshake/How Sweet It Is/Somebody Stole My Wife/Long Legged Woman Dressed In Black/Lady Rose/I Wanna Kiss You All Over/In The Summertime/See You Later Alligator/Little Bit Of Love/Alright Alright Alright/She Loves Me Like a Woman/Baby Jump/Rock ‘n Roll/Mighty Man/Black Betty/I Heard It Through The Grapevine/Thankyou Very Much/We’ve Got To Go/Really Had a Goodtime.
|28th – 30th March||Pub gigs in Brittany, France (with Joe Rush and Mick Frampton)|
Ray Dorset said…“Joe invited me and the family over to France for the opening of a club in Quiberon, Mick Frampton decided to come along too.
“We played there and got invited to play at some more places, just Joe and myself, Mick joined in on some make shift percussion and a good time was had by all.
We then went on to do some busking in the bars and got invited back for the summer.
“Joe and I used to perform for about three hours with all kinds of jug band, skiffle, rock-a-billy and country music and even did versions of Satisfaction and Walk Of Life; this is how I came up with the song Red Leather & Chrome which the punters loved.
“We did this for a few years and even got booked for Bastille night in one town and also a theatre in Paris.
“Joe was a favourite with the audience, playing solos on their drinks trays and glasses, drinking beer onstage and making roll ups between and during numbers.
“He also has a thorough knowledge of blues and jazz and the ability to speed up, slow down and add many dynamics to his accompaniment”.
Mick Frampton said…“Ray invited me to France to holiday with him and his family, while there we were also to play as a jug band in the local pubs and clubs.
“This was the first time that I had met Joe Rush, the funniest man that I have ever met. Nobody else I know orders a beer over the microphone whilst Ray is singing.
“A typical day was spent on the beach, eating oysters and drinking sparkling cider.
“Driving to the gig at our leisure , arriving maybe three hours early (unknown for Dorset!), the owner would lay on food and drink and the atmosphere was casual and informal.
“If you have heard the tape of ‘Mungo In Brittany’, you will hear that Ray made up many new songs on that tour, ‘Red Leather and Chrome’ springs to mind. It was brilliant”!
|26th April||Seaham Leisure Centre|
FAN CLUB NEWSLETTER, FEBRUARY, 1986
As British members will be aware, Wizbit the childrens TV show is currently being transmitted. Ray wrote three songs for the programme as well as having a hand in choosing the theme tune.
None of the songs by Ray have been released before, although he has recorded different versions of those that are used in the show. I hope soon to have news of an LP to be issued from the show.
Wizbit is very popular with young children, and kids are heard to be singing the theme tune, Ha Ha This-a-Way all over the country. Ha Ha This-a-Way is an old Leadbelly song that Ray recommended to Barry Murray, the shows producer.
You will remember that Barry is Mungo’s old producer from the old days. I have heard an old demo tape of Mungo doing Ha Ha This-a-Way and the sound takes you back to the 70’s.
Ray also has a solo single out in Germany called Next To Me.
A re-mixed LP of Mungo Jerry’s early hits is about to be released in Germany, Mungo Jerry’s Greatest Hits and Ray has appeared on a song by a group called Panache doing the lead vocal on I Wanna Dance, and this has been released as a single in Britain on the Mach1 label, Cat,No; MAGIC004.
By the time that you receive this newsletter, Prospects, the other TV show Ray is involved in will have had its first showing. It is being transmitted by Channel 4 on Wednesday evenings at 9 p.m and lasts for an hour.
There are twelve parts to the first series. Ray has written several songs for the show, including the theme song that is being released on the 17th February as a single.
Full details are as follows; Prospects c/w Stay Sharp is recorded by Made In England featuring Ray Dorset on the Red Bus label – Cat No: RBUS 2208, distributed by PRT.
Made In England are a new band who issued Stay Sharp last year and they did a couple of TV shows to promote it. Ray is not involved with this song.
A song of Ray’s used in the series was in fact a demo song made in his bedroom and the producers liked it so much that this is the version used as there was not time to go and record a top quality version.
It is a song from the Mungo live set called Thankyou Very Much. As with Wizbit, an LP will be issued in the near future featuring Ray Dorset’s songs, with full details sent as I receive them.
Keep On Rockin’ – Derek.
|23rd May||Llandrindoo Wells British Legion Club|
The year that saw Ray Dorset (aka Mungo Jerry) release In The Summertime ’87. Backed by Nick and Jon Wren, as The Brothers Grimm, it entered the charts in various countries. Keyboard player Nick filled us in on background and success of the single.
“That version was co-produced by me, my brother Jon and Ray. I did the keyboard arrangements etc.
“It was recorded at Red Bus Studios in London and subsequently released by I.R.S records Illegal label in the U.K and through C.B.S in Europe. Got a Job was recorded in Ray’s Hindhead studio.
“My good but sadly departed friend Ian Harrison financed the recording session hence his name appearing on the back cover of the single and twelve inch.
“My mum died in 1987 just before our first T.V appearance and never got to see us on TV. Ironic that the first TV we did was in the then TVS (Meridian) region. A daytime show with a young Fern Britain as we came from West Sussex, Bognor Regis.
“It got to No.1 in the indie charts. When we played in Denmark, after we came off stage having played this enormous tent, we were all a bit puzzled why prior to our performance the previous artist, who I believe was Flaco Jaminez, had played to a half empty tent and all of sudden it just filled up and was packed with around 10,000 strong crowd. Some Danish bloke back stage said that the reason was because we were No.1 in Denmark. I remember it so clearly. Never been able to clarify that though.
“We got to No.30 in Holland as I have seen a chart. There were strong rumours that we had charted well in Sweden Finland Norway and France and Germany but we have no evidence to prove the case.
“I have two photos taken backstage in Germany when we did TV shows in Munich and Berlin. I met Roger Daltrey back stage in Berlin and had a good chat with him. Nice bloke.
“I think we did okay in Italy as well as we flew out to Padua, Northern Italy to do another open-air live broadcast TV show.
“We flew from Southend to Cannes, Cannes to Frankfurt, then Frankfurt to Padua. It was on a Friday as we flew back the same route straight after the appearance and did It’s Wicked, the kids programme on the Saturday Morning.
“We also did an extremely popular German game show with an estimated audience of 17 million. It was also simultaneously shown in Austria to an audience of 10 million!”
|6th – 8th February||Theatre Dejazet, France (with Joe Rush)|
|15th May||Liberal Club, Carlisle|
|16th May||Uskvale Country Club, Cwmoody, Pontypool|
|22nd May||Royal Agricultural College (Private)|
|30th May||P.C Club, Norwich|
|1st – 3rd June||Finland|
|5th June||Ponderosa Park, Hopton On-Sea, Great Yarmouth|
|6th June||Woban House Country Club, Wakefield|
|11th- 20th June||Iceland|
|25th June||Merseyview, Overton Hill, Frodsham|
|26th June||R.A.F Haverfordwest (Private)|
|27th June||Merseyview, Overton Hill, Frodsham|
MERSEYVIEW, 27th June, 1987
Long Legged Woman Dressed In Black/See You Later Alligator/Lady Rose/Ghost Riders In The Sky/Prospects/Baby Jump/Rock’n Roll/Mighty Man/In The Summertime/Alright Alright Alright/Red Leather & Chrome/If I Had a Hammer/Diana/Barbara Ann/At The Hop/Goodnight Irene/We’ve Got To Go.
|28th June||France then Denmark|
|10th October||Rathfarnham Inn, Dublin|
|2nd March||Telford (Venue not known)|
|4th March||Cartoon Club, Croydon|
|9th – 20th March||Ireland|
|30th March – 10th April||Denmark|
|12th April||Becks Theatre (with Denny Laine & The Equals)|
|13th April||Poplar (Venue not known – with Denny Laine & The Equals)|
|14th April||Hatfield (Venue not known)|
|15th April||Stockport (Venue not known – with Denny Laine & The Equals)|
|20th April||Keighley (Venue not known – with Denny Laine & The Equals)|
|24th April||Leamington Spa (Venue not known – with Denny Laine & The Equals)|
|26th April – 22nd May||Norway|
|24th May – 19th June||U.S.A|
|21st June – 7th July||East Germany|
|8th July||Cheltenham (Venue not known)|
|10th – 17th July||Denmark|
|23rd July||Cartoon Club, Croydon|
|29th – 30th July||Hamburg, Germany|
|6th – 7th August||Frankfurt, Germany (including TV)|
|16th – 20th August||West Germany|
|26th August – 11th October||U.S.A|
|22nd October||Centrespace Treaty Centre, Hounslow|
|24th – 27th October||Rock’n Roll Package Festival, Spain|
|29th October||Atherton Country Club, Staffs|
|1st – 14th November||Norway|
|25th – 26th November||Quaffers, Stockport|
|29th November||Mecca, Tottenham|
|30th November||Mecca, Ilford|
|5th December||Mecca, Streatham|
|31st December||West Germany|
|28th January||Leascliffe Hall, Folkestone|
|1st February||Henry’s Africa, Scunthorpe|
|11th February||Charlie’s Club, Millhill Leisure, Todmorden|
|12th – 16th March||Austria|
|21st March – 3rd April||Denmark|
|7th April||Dusseldorf, Germany|
|10th – 26th April||U.S.A|
|29th – 30th April||Wonderwest World, Ayr|
|? May||Lutte Ouvriere Festival, France|
Ray Dorset said…“I took the family over to France for a few days and played the Lutte Ouvriere Festival together with Joe Rush. We did the skiffle and jug band type music that you heard on the last cassette (Jerry Jug and Joe), it was a great gig”!
|11th June||Chester City Football Club|