Welcome to our Mungo Jerry news page. Here you will find all the latest on our ‘mighty man’ and his band.

VERY SAD NEWS:  We have just learned of the passing of Mungo Jerry’s original producer, Barry Murray earlier this year. Barry of course produced In The Summertime and all of those early hits and albums. Our condolences to his friends and family.

“That is very sad. He was a big part in the early success of Mungo Jerry”… Stuart Turner.

“Very sad news. A pivotal figure in the initial days when it was all happening”… Mike Berry.

“Sad! I always remember Barry describing the vibe of In The Summertime as ‘strange chemistry’, something that has always stuck with me”…Alan Taylor.

We have now added the interview Derek did with Barry during his and John Van Der Kiste’s research for their book, Beyond The Summertime to the site.

Just click HERE

STUART COWELL INTERVIEW: Derek found this interview online with Stuart Cowell, from the band Titus Groan, who you may recall played guitar on the Mungo Jerry track, Little Louis on the Lady Rose maxi-single. He does mention Mungo a time or two and recalls the Hollywood Festival.

Click HERE to read.

MUNGO JERRY : SOMELIGHT : A new CD that once again surprises in the eternal staying power of one Ray Dorset as he takes you back to the late 60’s early 70’s with another highly listenable affair which draws on the blues & jug band sounds with up to date added touches.

Great to hear those harmonica sounds. Not a weak track & highlights are Whole Lotta Rhythm, A Plea For The Planet & Lord What Have We Done.

(Review from our friend Ron Cooper’s ZAB’s Merry Zmas 2021 Newsletter)

JOE RUSH’S BUSINESS CARD: Thanks to JJ for passing on to us, Joe Rush’s card you can now find located on the site by clicking HERE

INTERVIEWS: Ray has recorded a very good interview with Shout radio for the Minds Behind the Music Project, it will be broadcast shortly and he is expecting to receive the complete unedited piece to use as he wishes. He also did the same with Plastic EP in Oz together with Sabine in the UK.

Mick O’Hanlon has been in touch to tell us, “Ray was just on Irish national TV (RTE1 – radio telefis eireann) during the last hour (28/12/21). He featured in a little segment on a show called How Ireland rocked the 70’s.

“Basically, the Mungo clip was a look back on an open air festival from 4th September 1970 in Richmond Park, home ground of Dublin team St. Patrick’s Athletic F.C.

“The establishment at that time deeply distrusted youth culture and bands and there was a heavy security presence at the gig. Anyway, some of the crowd rushed the stage and joined the band onstage and the organisers pulled the plug after three songs.

“It’s a nice little segment with lovely drone filming over Richmond Park while In The Summertime plays in the background and Ray is interviewed from his Bournemouth HQ.

“Nice touch too, where they show the original promotional In The Summertime video playing on the wall of the grandstand. Nice vibe.

“I will send you all a link to the RTE player when they put it up. Why was I not there I hear you ask? Because I was only 14 and the schools, where we got all our info on bands, were closed due to a teachers strike that went on for a few weeks. So, I never heard about it until afterwards, even though it was in the newspapers. Anyway, my mother would not have let me go”.

TOBY’S A ‘STRANGLER’: Best wishes go to Mungo Jerry’s keyboard player of over 20 years, Toby Hounsham as he makes his debut for legendary British band, The Stranglers in France. He was the inspired choice to plays keys after the sad passing of the late, great, Dave Greenfield.

BOOM RADIO: The interview that Ray did with Phil Riley for Boom Radio went out on Sunday (7/11/21) at 9 p.m UK time and was repeated at the same time Thursday (11/11/21).

Apparently, Boom Radio is the most listened to digital radio station in the UK.

Thanks to Darren Jones, to listen to what was a great interview, just click below.


IT WAS 50 YEARS AGO: …  that You Don’t Have To Be In The Army To Fight In The War, another composition by Ray Dorset became the fourth consecutive hit in the Autumn of 1971, peaking at 13.

Despite not charting as high as the previous three singles, it remained very popular with fans the world over and came in fourth in a recent poll on this website for the best Mungo Jerry song.

“The sentiments registered with me as a rebellious, repressed adolescent.” – Mike Berry.

“Ray using the medium of pop music, to make valid social comment every bit as effectively as Ray Davies.” – Jim McHugh.

“Always loved this one. The lyrics still up to date.” – Bengt Hertzman.

It became the title track for the bands third album which had a slightly shorter title and saw the late Joe Rush guesting on the maxi-single on washboard and percussion.

UK You Don't Have To Be In The Army sleeve.
UK ‘Army’ sleeve.

RAY DORSET on You Don’t Have To Be In The Army To Fight In The War… “Most of the critics failed to understand the point that I was getting at with the lyric, I think that they were thinking that I was referring to terrorist activities when in fact I was referring to general prejudice, and things that can happen to the everyday person such as loosing your job for being late for work“.

TIM REEVES… “My first gig (1972) was at a Uni’ in middle England – went well, but the third at Goldsmith College in London was a shambles, could not hear anything, rowdy angry crowd including some angry squadies from the Army who did not take kindly to Ray’s song, You Don’t Have To Be In The Army To Fight In The War. I had some old friends come to the gig, and I remember being really down about the show afterwards – so much for Tim’s new found fame“!

The Waterboys covered ‘Army’ on their Fisherman’s Blues box set, leader Mike Scott is a big Mungo Jerry fan.

George Ezra also has a YouTube video doing the rounds of him covering the song, well worth checking out (despite the incorrect lyrics on screen).

Just click on GEORGE EZRA

BRITAIN’S BIGGEST 70’S HITS: Britain’s Biggest 70s Hits (EP 1: 1970) was broadcast on Friday 22nd October at 10pm on Channel 5 in the UK. Ray participated in the series with comments on some of the music featured.

The following week featured 1971 and once again, Mungo Jerry were mentioned with the bands second consecutive number one, Baby Jump (at 16 in the chart) received some positive comments with DJ Tommy Boyd saying, “Mungo Jerry were an amazing act”!

NEW SOMELIGHT PAGE: Click HERE to visit our new SOMELIGHT page for early reviews of Mungo Jerry’s new album.

Ray informed me that it will be released in 2022. Sorry, the exact date isn’t known yet.

Recorded remotely, there are twelve tracks in total and having had a preview, I can say that it is top draw with as the title suggests, ‘some lighter tracks along with some rockers’.

The wonderful Bruce Brand has taken care of the artwork.

We now have our new SOMELIGHT page (which is a work in progress) with early reviews of the album by Mick O’Hanlon, Derek Wadeson, Alan Taylor & John Van Der Kiste.

Click HERE to visit the page.

We have listed all of the tracks below and you can now hear snippets from all of them by clicking below:













We can now post the brilliant new video for the very sobering Somelight album track, A Plea For The Planet which is part of the Minds Behind The Music project.

Click HERE to buy the Minds Behind The Music.

Click HERE to buy an mp3 of the album.

It is already approaching 8,000 views on YouTube!

The video has now been posted on the official MJ YouTube channel. Feel free to pass it on. The albums will be released at a later date, more videos from the album tracks are in the pipeline.


They said;

“…This Is a really great video clip, wonderful…”Rob Kamphues.

“…Brilliant!…”Brian Cook.

“…This is fantastic (God bless you Ray)…” Marc Viscel.

“…F*****g awesome…” Derek Wadeson.

“Very thought provoking and the music quite haunting…” Stuart Turner.

“Impressive, the lyrics, the vocals, the sound and production and of course the message. Can`t wait to hear the whole Somelight album”…Bengt Hertzman.

“What a brilliant song Ray”…Roel Van Ekeris.

You can also check out this relevant piece (found by JJ) about Minds Behind The Music.

Just click HERE

1970 U.S.A TOUR: Click HERE to read an interesting story by Steve Miller regarding the gig he shared with Mungo Jerry at the Fillmore East in 1970.

GB NEWS UK: Ray has recorded an interview for GB News UK with Dan Wootton.

To watch the footage click HERE

NEWS SNIPPETS: Ray is recording some stuff for a Channel 5 TV series covering the top hit records from all of those decades. He has also arranged to do a live interview from home for GB News at 10pm in early October.

A new book by Peter Checksfield has just been published about the legendary TV show Top Of The Pops.


There are several pictures and recollections by Ray Dorset included and to purchase, just click HERE

DAN PETER INTERVIEW: Just added to ‘magic is an interview Ray did with Dan Peter (largely in German) in Ludwigsburg some time ago, around 2010 it seems. It can also be viewed on Facebook by clicking the link below.


RAY ON THE ALEX DYKE SHOW: Ray spoke to Alex Dyke at 11 pm UK time (23/07/21) on Radio Solent which was set to go out on 6 BBC radio stations. Alex played In The Summertime and That’s the Colour of Love.

NEW ONLINE STORE: The brand new Mungo Jerry online store is now up and running. It features the merchandise from and will, in time, feature new box sets and new pressings of previously released albums. Just click on the link below to visit the store.


MERCHANDISE STORE: Powered by Envista Branding, the Mungo Jerry merchandise store is also up and running. Here, you can buy t-shirts, coffee mugs, bags and caps. Again, just click on the link below.


NEWS SNIPPETS: JJ sent us a link to some photos and info regarding the gig on the 6th of April, 2012 with Wishbone Ash.

Click HERE to view.

JJ has also come up with a few bits of news following his holiday in Cyprus.

Like in 2020, on KISS FM, it’s summertime! Every 2 hours, we had a jingle with Shaggy and Mungo Jerry’s original played on air. Summer, in Cyprus, is from May to October so there are many, many airplays!

In a French/Belgian comic, it’s 1970 and the Daddy is singing In The Summertime. Click to link below to view


JJ also found a German adverts for:



TOBY HOUNSHAM:  Mungo Jerry’s brilliant keyboard player, Toby Hounsham’s plans to perform live on Facebook (27/06/21) were scuppered by a few gremlins.

Toby will re-schedule and will be playing tracks from his brand new album, Double Six. We’ll let you know when and how.

It is a collection of boogie-woogie numbers and is available either as a download or on CD by clicking HERE

Toby performed live on Facebook (28/05/21) and it should still be available to view by clicking HERE

RAY ON CELEBRITY POP QUIZ: Ray has taken part (via Zoom) in a celebrity pop quiz for the legendary DJ/Radio Presenter, Mike Read on the Nation Radio website. The show will be available to view on June 13th in many countries. How many did he get right? Click the link below to find out.


Mungo Jerry’s, That’s The Colour Of Love peaked at No.3 on the Heritage chart and was the ‘Record Of The Month’ on Radio Glamorgan.

That’s The Colour Of Love was featured from Thursday on the legendary Thomas Brockmann Radio Show and was repeated on Frank Laufenberg’s Pop-Stop-das Musikradio.

CHATTERBOX UK: Ray had a one hour plus chat with Chatterbox UK and they will now dedicate a two hour program to Mungo Jerry. The first time that they have done this. It goes out syndicated to 62 stations around the world, some big and some very small. They have complete access to the former pirate radio station Radio North Sea content. 

‘THAT’S THE COLOUR OF LOVE’: Mungo Jerry’s  single, That’s The Colour Of Love, “the song that I did for the Japanese mayo ad”, Ray told us.

It was released on the 28th of May.

The radio presenter Mike Read said, “From In The Summertime to That’s The Colour Of Love, Mungo Jerry still have the lightness of touch and the feelgood factor.

There were over 1,000 hits on YouTube on the first day and a day later, passed 2,000, and is now over 18,000!

Click HERE to read a piece on That’s The Colour Of Love in the German magazine – MUSIX.

MICK O’HANLON’S REVIEW:  There is something in this song that the world needs now!

This YouTube delight contains 3:24 minutes of the carefree, good-time music you expect from Ray Dorset, (aka Mungo Jerry).

Your feet will be tapping along to its easy, infectious beat as the irresistible Mungo groove carries you along its neat melody.

As catchy as other Mungo classics, the song is light, bright, and as uplifting as when the sun comes out from behind the clouds.

The video is full of sunlight and style and it perfectly complements the song.  Treats include a montage of multiple Ray Dorset’s, playing an array of instruments including guitars, piano, bass, banjo, accordion and even the ubiquitous Mungo Jerry jug!

Sunny scenes of nature in all its splendour carry the song along its melodic path to the last beat that leaves you wanting more. This little piece of uncomplicated genius could help us whistle and hum our way happily through lockdown.

Style is a way of saying something about yourself without speaking. This musical pick-me-up is cheerful, sunlit, Mungo Jerry style, at its best.

Bravo, Ray Dorset!

Mick O’Hanlon.


“…Happy days are back…”

“Loving the new tune., it has that cool happy vibe everybody wants but can never find…”

“…very catchy, like it!…”

“I just wanted to say, that new song is fantastic. I cannot get it out of my head. So happy and positive. Great tune and great lyrics. Well done…”

“…still making happy music. Love it!…”

“…Excellent, hope to hear it and other songs live soon…”

“…Gotta luv this man, always brings a smile to my face…”

There is already a cover version on YouTube that you can check out by clicking HERE

A BIG THANK YOU FROM RAY: For those of you who didn’t know, Ray has had major heart surgery and is now recovering at home. This of course will impact on his scheduled live appearances and it is unlikely that he will be playing any live shows this year.

“Apparently I’ve made very good progress, so big, big thanks for all of the prayers & well wishes.

“I will use the recovery time to get the book completed & the album too. I may be able to plan some PA’s for later in the year.

“Take care”  – Ray.

IT’S PSYCHEDELIC BABY: Ray has found time to pass on a link to an interesting article for It’s Psychedelic Baby magazine. Just click HERE

IT WAS 50 YEARS AGO: …  that Lady Rose, composed by Ray Dorset entered the chart in the last week of May 1971 and reached a peak of number 5 in late June and stayed in the chart until August 1971.

It was voted the favourite song by Mungo Jerry as voted for by fans in a 2020 poll.

UK Lady Rose sleeve.
UK Lady Rose sleeve.

RAY DORSET on Lady Rose… “I wrote this song on my twelve-string guitar very quickly on my return from the first U.S.A tour and demoed it in my maisonette and it definitely had some magic.

“When we recorded it in the studio it was done pretty much the same except that Colin added his distinctive piano style to it and John played what I think was the perfect bass line for the track.

I played all of the guitars, percussion and harmonica and of course did the vocals”.

COLIN EARL :Lady Rose was a deserved hit. The BBC having made yet another corporate fool of itself by banning it as soon as someone heard Have a Whiff On Me on the B-side.

“A few years previously, they had of course made a hit of Lonnie Donegan’s ‘Drink On Me’ version. Ours was a faithful rendition of the song – totally in character with the band and its heritage. Castrate it and we’ll play it”.

BARRY MURRAY:Lady Rose, what a great song, and you know it was going to be the third No.1 until some pillock stood up in the House Of Commons and said his piece.

“What got me was that the ‘Beeb’ had played Have a Whiff On Me five times in the last year from live sessions, before they shit themselves.

“Pye wanted to change the track listing for the maxi, they just lost their bottle.

“I thought it should have stayed, after all, it was a traditional song but the time in repressing cost it dear, as it does in this business.

“Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep stepped in and that was that! We could have got an awful lot of coverage from the press and media and turned it to our advantage. Look what Frankie Goes To Hollywood did in the ’80’s”?


Owing to problems which have occurred because of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the new rules and regulations that have been brought about by Brexit. There have been some delays with the Mungo Jerry shop merchandise reaching its destination.

So please accept our sincere apologies for this even though it’s out of our hands.

We have now come come to an agreement for all of the non-music MJ merchandise to be serviced by Envista Branding.

There will be a significant amount of new MJ products in the shop over the next few weeks.

We have also entered into an agreement for Gonzo Media to take over all of the physical music product.

This company is headed by Rob Ayling. Our relationship with Rob goes back many years.

In fact, he was the guy that was responsible for distributing and marketing the MJ recording of songs about Newcastle United Football Club. One of those records spent time in the UK music charts.

There will be archive vinyl and CD’s as well as new box sets and new pressings of previously released albums.

Keep an eye on the Mungo Jerry websites and social media platforms.

All digital sales and streaming is taken care of by One Media. This company will also be marketing and distributing the forthcoming Ray Dorset/Mungo Jerry Touch The Sky podcast.

Click HERE to view and have a listen to a new advert for Kewpie doing the rounds in Japan with a song composed and performed by Ray called The Colour Of Love.

Click HERE to read DJ Jon Kutner’s nice piece on In The Summertime.

JJ has unearthed a few videos of cover versions of In The Summertime and they are now located on this page, 50 YEARS OLD and the HOME page.

Mungo Jerry debut album, In The Summertime, U.S.A.
Mungo Jerry debut album, In The Summertime, U.S.A.

By clicking HERE, you can also watch this reaction video sourced by John Hornhaver in Denmark.

And HERE to watch an instrumental guitar piece for In The Summertime.

John Van Der Kiste has just informed us that Mungo Jerry’s debut album reached No.64 in the Billboard charts way back in 1970. Click HERE to view the chart.

THE PAUL LESLIE HOUR INTERVIEW: Here is another great interview with Ray on The Paul Leslie Hour in the States.

Click HERE to listen.

IT WAS 50 YEARS AGO: …  that Baby Jump, Mungo Jerry’s second maxi-single and of course, became their second consecutive UK number in the last week of February by knocking George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord off the coveted top spot. Baby Jump kept the Mungo sound-a-like rip off The Pushbike Song by The Mixtures from the top of the charts also. The Mixtures had also issued a single (and chart hit) of their version of In The Summertime in their native Australia.

Baby Jump was voted the best UK number one of 1971 on this online blog.

UK Baby Jump sleeve.
UK Baby Jump sleeve.

RAY DORSET on choosing Baby Jump… “We recorded Have a Whiff On Me at the A & R Studio in New York, a place that has some major pedigree.

“Barry was producing and he picked up on Have a Whiff On Me due to the popularity of the song with our live audiences. I think that we had already recorded it for two B.B.C sessions by this time.

“Barry was not 100% convinced of our recording and he asked me to get to work in writing some more songs that would make possible singles. But, in the back of his mind was the fact that when we played what was to become Baby Jump live, this created an overwhelming crowd reaction. This was the groove that set off the paper plates and water bottles at the festivals that I mentioned earlier, and we were playing that song about fourth in the set at the time”.

COLIN EARL : “Baby Jump, originally Brand New Cadillac by Vince Taylor, but with new words by Ray, emerged and was a great visual number for Top Of The Pops, etc.

“We had been doing the original song for a couple of years, so it all went very smoothly, which is more than can be said about the initial reaction to it. But one ‘TOTP’ and it was a hit”.

BARRY MURRAY: “When we took so long in issuing the follow-up, Baby Jump, they (Pye) started panicking, especially when The Mixtures issued The Pushbike Song.

“Louis Benjamin thought we’d blown it, I didn’t, I knew that the band and the product were strong enough, we could afford to wait.

“With Baby Jump, I remember Pye having a pressing problem and I threw a wobbler about it, stocks came up from the factory quickly, then it re-entered the charts and did the business…No 1 again!”

For more from Ray about the song, check out our Baby Jump and 1971 pages.

MARC VISCEL : How about this brilliant piece of artwork from our friend, Marc Viscel over in New Jersey?

THE BOOK:  MUNGO JERRY – IN THE SUMMERTIME : The Life and Times Of Ray Dorset (aka Mungo Jerry) is now very close to completion and has contributions from several former band members.

Author Mick O’Hanlon told me, “Ray is working on it and he wants to put it to bed as soon as possible. He is concentrating on getting the early years right and tight.”

ANOTHER INTERVIEW: JJ found another excellent Ray Dorset interview with Michael Limnios.

Just click HERE


Mungo Jerry news - A & B side compilation sleeve.A compilation double CD is available from Beat Goes On Records.

It features all of Mungo Jerry’s A and B-sides from the Dawn singles and also features tracks taken from albums.

By clicking HERE, you can read a review of the CD.

Disc One :

In The Summertime/Mighty Man/Dust Pneumonia Blues/See Me/Mother “!”!”!”Boogie/Johnny B.Badde/My Friend/Baby Jump/The Man Behind The Piano/Live From Hollywood/Santo Antonio, Santo Francisco/Peace In The Country/Somebody Stole My Wife/Follow Me Down/Lady Rose/Have a Whiff On Me/Milk Cow Blues/Little Louis

Disc Two:

You Don’t Have To Be In The Army To Fight In The War/The Sun Is Shining/O’Reilly/We Shall Be Free/On a Sunday/There’s a Man Going Round Taking Names/Open Up/Going Back Home/I Don’t Wanna Go Back To School/No Girl Reaction/My Girl & Me/Summer’s Gone/46 & On/It’s a Goodie Boogie Woogie/Alright Alright Alright/Little Miss Hipshake/Wild Love/Glad I’m a Rocker/Long Legged Woman Dressed In Black/Gonna Bop ‘Til I Drop/All Dressed Up And No Place To Go/Shake ‘Til I Break/Too Fast To Live and Too Young To Die/Burnin’ Up/She Rowed.

Click BGO for more info.

WELL SAID DANNY: The radio and TV presenter Danny Baker it seems is a Mungo Jerry fan and posted a nice message on his Twitter page and this was taken up by some of his followers. 

Cold Blue Excursion sleeve.COLD BLUE EXCURSION: Ray Dorset’s 1972 solo album, Cold Blue Excursion is now available for download on Spotify.

Click SPOTIFY to view the tracks.

BELGIUM MEDIA: Rob Kamphues let us know of three adverts that were  shown in Belgium.

First advert click HERE

Second advert click HERE

Third advert click HERE

SET LISTS: Check out the various ‘Diary’ pages as we have been adding set lists to the various dates starting with 1970 and on…

KARAOKE MUNGO: New to Mungo Jerry Raw Vision and YouTube is this, the only official karaoke version of Ray’s legendary composition, In The Summertime, celebrating being 50 years old in 2020.

The video was created by Ray Dorset and Darren Jones.

BEST SONG POLL: The final positions on our ‘best Mungo Jerry song poll’ have now been published to the site with a runaway winner.

Amazingly, there are 139 different song choices!

Click HERE to view the final table.

TEN ALBUMS THAT CHANGED RAY’S LIFE:  Click HERE to read about ten albums that changed Ray’s life.

Mungo Jerry news - Bob's drum skin.BOB’S NEW DRUM SKIN: Mungo Jerry’s drummer, Bob White has a fantastic new bass drum skin featuring the Mungo logo.

In the UK, the Daily Telegraph and THE GUARDIAN ran features on Mungo Jerry during the summer of 2020.

B.B.C Three Counties radio interviewed Ray with host Justin Dealey, who got Ray to sing and play a couple of tunes on his first guitar, including In The Summertime.

Ray also appeared on radio in the U.S.A taking part in a 30 minute interview in the Boston area.

Just click HERE

More Great News: SWR 4, the Hit Station of SWR will invite all their approx’ 2.3 Million listeners to join the public singing of In The Summertime on July 5th in Waiblingen, near Stuttgart.

Jon Playle: Click THEY SAID for an interesting piece by former Mungo Jerry bass player, Jon Playle who talks us through his time with the Mungo band.

Lockdown – Thank You song: Ray has come up with a ‘Lockdown – Thank You’ song recorded at his home from an idea by wife Britta. Ray has played all of the instruments and of course the vocals. Mungo Jerry’s bass player Darren Jones created the video.

The video has already clocked up over 25,000 hits on You Tube!

Comments coming in included;

“…Great song and unbelievable how quickly you put it together and played all of the instruments on it yourself. Now that’s what I call talent!…”

“Mungo Jerry’s ‘Lockdown Song’ thanks all the teachers and NHS workers, along with all other keyworkers. Nice to feel appreciated…”

“…great enjoyment…”

“…love the song, some terrific photography…”

“…Excellent, hope that’ll end soon so we can live again…”

“…made me smile again…”

“…it’s a great morale booster!…”

“…love that song, definitely spot on Ray…”

“…well done Ray, good luck with it…”

“…the latest fabulous offering from our Minister Of Blue Skies and the Summertime…”

…”Excellent Ray and the team. I am sure that it will put a smile on a lot of faces…”

…”great idea, a big hug of solidarity to key workers and all of us…”

“…Weydon School get a mention in this, thank you Mungo Jerry…”

AUTOGRAPH REQUESTS: Just a quick reminder that unfortunately, the official Mungo Jerry website – – are unable to provide autographs due to the overwhelming volume of requests.

ROB KAMPHUES – NEW WEBSITE : Our friend Rob Kamphues has a brand new website covering his vast Mungo Jerry collection, believed to be the biggest in the world.

Click HERE to check it out.

FACEBOOK : There is a Mungo Jerry discussion page up-and-running on Facebook, something else I came across by accident. Click HERE and log-in to have a look.