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.
NEW ZEALAND INTERVIEW: Ray has been interviewed by a New Zealand radio station chatting to host Jim mainly about In The Summertime.
Click HERE to listen
JJ STRIKES AGAIN: JJ in France has once again supplied us with a nice looking piece he has found. It is in French but there is an option to translate.
Just click HERE
TALK RADIO: Ray was interviewed on Talk Radio here in the UK at 15.45 on Sunday (26/07/20).
To catch-up with it click HERE
ZDF TV: Ray is also performing on a major Sunday morning TV show on ZDF TV in Germany on the 9th August.
NDR1, GERMANY: Another great piece of exposure in Germany with an English translation below, courtesy (once again by Darren Jones).
Click HERE for the interview.
“One night in 1968. The young English musician Ray Dorset sits on the bed. Suddenly he has an idea that should change his life. In the summertime, when the weather is high, you can chase right up and touch the sky …
“In summer, when the weather is great, you can run around and touch the sky …” poems Ray Dorset that night. But first it disappears into the drawer. It wasn’t until early 1970 that Ray pulled it out. It fits wonderfully with his new band called Mungo Jerry.
“The special thing about this troupe: it has no drummer, plays while sitting and makes inexpensive music: there is blowing on a wine jug, jingling an upset piano, stamping with the feet on the floor and working on a washboard.
“In the middle sits singer Ray Dorset with huge curly hair, huge sideburns and shows his tooth gap with a big grin.
From break filler to major attraction
“The record hit stores in 1970 and the next day Mungo Jerry played at the Hollywood Festival. And this appearance has it all. 35,000 people come to Newcastle-under-Lyme to see super groups like Traffic, Black Sabbath and Grateful Dead.
“Mungo Jerry, the crazy blues band with the instruments from the household department, is supposed to be just a break filler. But the audience races with enthusiasm and makes the cool guys around singer Ray Dorset the stars of the festival.
“This is the beginning of a short but worldwide Mungo Jerry – and above all In The Summertime hysteria.
“To this day, In The Summertime is the greatest summer hit ever.”
Mungo Jerry’s appearance on TV show, This Morning took place on the Thursday the 16th of July, incidentally the day I left school and the day I saw Mungo Jerry for the first time way back in 1971.
Hosts Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes in particular seemed to really enjoy chatting and singing along with the man himself to In The Summertime, on the 50th anniversary of the song.
Ray explained that ‘have a drink, have a drive’ could be tea, a soft drink, not necessarily alcoholic but his face was a picture when asked about the ‘you’ve got women on your mind’ lyric!
The Metro newspaper picked up on it and ran a story immediately – click HERE to read the story.
We also have a VIDEO link to the rehearsal, although you may get a stiff neck watching it?
Other links are;
Eamonn’s TWITTER Page
…and a link from JJ… WICKLOW PEOPLE
Ray was also featured on ITV’s News at Ten show, on Friday – 17/7/20. Here is the clip courtesy of our own Mick Frampton.
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Posted by Mick Frampton on Saturday, 18 July 2020
Union Square Records/BMG have posted a very good brand new cartoon video of In The Summertime on YouTube complete with the correct lyrics. It already has over 122,000 views!
Also worth a mention is that the official Mungo Jerry channel on YouTube has over 95,000 subscribers!
In The Summertime – 50th Anniversary Version: In The Summertime – 50th Anniversary version by Mungo’s Boot Power Band will be made available in July.
Impact date, the 17th and release date, the 31st.Recorded by fans and band members, past and present.To check out the full press release…
And Derek said, “My list would change everyday and to be honest a list of 100 would not have been enough, In The Summertime should be on there for the fact that it is a great tune and all the others may not have been possible without it.
“Springing to mind in the “how can I leave this song out” department is Hallelujah and Come To The Party. Oh, and what about Peace In The Country. See what I mean!
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Mungo Jerry In The News: The Daily Telegraph on the 16th June had a major interview with Ray Dorset covering his life, health, music and more.
At the moment we are not allowed to reproduce this article on the website.
Classic Rock magazine July 20, issue 277, had a two pages spread on Mungo Jerry – The Stories Behind The Songs – ” Mungo Jerry laughing all the way to the top of the charts, but sadly not to the bank”.
Also a good feature in July’s Record Collector, issue 507, ‘Mungo Jerry, One-hit wonders? Au contraire (on the contrary) .
We pay overdue respect to these leading lights of early 70s UK rock. This a four page article titled Bell Bottom Blues by Malcolm Dome, a well respected music journalist who interviews Ray Dorset and Paul King.
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.
German Magazine: Ray conducted an interview with a German magazine during the lockdown June 2020 and answered questions about In The Summertime, Mighty Man and the Hollywood Music Festival in 1970.
Click HERE to read the full interview.
In The Summertime Testimonials: Click HERE to read our page packed with testimonials about Mungo Jerry’s 50 year worldwide chart-topper, In The Summertime with messages from fans, from all over the world, including a nice comment from Eddy Grant of The Equals fame.
James Dorset: “Thank you to everyone who joined in the In the Summertime ‘song-ivesary’ sing-along. So stoked to see so many people on board, truly mind blowing to have a little idea I had on Monday night become a reality.
“Ray absolutely loved the video! He sends his love and gratitude to everyone who’s supported the song over the last 50 years.
“The collaboration video will be released in the coming days and the reveal video very soon along with some exciting news.
“The reaction video was released on 06/06/20, the 50th anniversary of In the Summertime reaching the top of the charts in the UK.
Sad News: More dreadful news for us all to hear after the passing our great old friend Joe Rush.
We heard over the bank holiday weekend that lifelong fan and friend of Mungo Jerry, Mike Berry lost his beloved wife Pauline recently to a heart attack.
Our thoughts and best wishes go to Mike and his family at this sad time.
B.B.C Solent: Ray featured on B.B.C Solent on the 25th of May on the Alex Dyke show. You can catch up by clicking – B.B.C SOLENT.
Hello Nadine: Click HERE to view a video on the Singles 75-81 page that I hadn’t seen before, sourced by John Hornhaver from Denmark, of Ray and the band, including Joe Rush, performing Hello Nadine back in the day.
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 19,000 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…”
“…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…”
News Snippets: There will be more dates on the way plus a tour in September (we hope). The book and movie are pressing onward and release is expected in October.
The band will be featured in the documentary playing live at a show and also maybe recording talking and jamming.
Ray is working with a PR and promo set up in Germany for the German speaking interested parties, and is also working with PR and promo set up in the UK for the English speaking communities.
Ray said, “I am also putting more songs together so that there will be a new album to coincide with the projects as well as getting the outstanding stuff finally out of the way, and that includes the rockabilly album.”
As we close in on the 50th anniversary of the Hollywood Festival, click HERE to read Ray’s memories of the gig.
|1st February||Pizza Express, Holborn, London – SOLD OUT
“Great show tonight at High Holborn. Congrats to all the band and staff”…Jonathan Lawlor.
“What a really great night it was at Saturdays London Pizza Express Live gig, the band was awesome as was everyone in the audience”…Ray Dorset.
Doors 18.30, On stage 20.30 – more info
(Social media handles – click HERE)
|5th February||B.B.C Radio Solent – Alex Dyer Show|
|6th June||Voigtland Radio Festival, Greiz, Germany – POSTPONED – now 5th June 2021|
|27th June||Shake and Stir Festival, Bournemouth – POSTPONED – now looking at September – more info|
|1st July||Mittwochs in Werl Festival, Werl, Germany|
|4th July||Blues Garage, Isernhagen, Germany – more info|
|1st August||Festival Blues and More, Burg Schlaining, Austria – POSTPONED – now 31st July 2021 – more info|
|9th August||Jack Up The Summer, Isle Of Wight -POSTPONED – now 6th – 8th August, 2021 – more info|
|16th August||Farmer Phil’s Festival, Near Gatten Farm, Ratlinghope, Shropshire – POSTPONED – now 16th August 2021 –|
|28th August||A New Day Festival, Faversham, Kent – POSTPONED – now 20th – 22nd August, 2021 – more info|
|25th September||The Daniel Dean Show, Clevedon, UK|
|30th September||Kammgarn, Schaffhausen, Switzerland – more info|
|1st October||Hirsch, Nurnberg, Germany – more info|
|2nd October||Landgasthof Ochsen Sinzheim, Germany – more info|
|3rd October||Yard Club, Cologne, Germany – more info|
|2nd – 4th December||Pizza Express Live, Holborn, London – TBC|
NEW ALBUM : XSTREME : The brand new Mungo Jerry studio album is now available to buy as a download from Spotify, including the new single Messing Around – Charleston Electro-Beat mix.
The physical albums are with a German company, HDSevenUs and the UK distributor that ships worldwide is Cargo. One Media IP deals with Spotify, iTunes etc.
There is some stock in the Mungo online shop along with the other merchandise. Click HERE to buy.
Recorded by Ray and the band, it is ‘xstremely’ good, a vibrant, in-your-face collection of Ray Dorset compositions, covering blues-rock, 50’s style rock ‘n roll, jug band and reggae.
We now have a page dedicated to the album – just click Xstreme – where we have reviews, including Mick O’Hanlon’s and Uli Twelker track-by-track take – and Ray talking about each track.
You can also purchase the Touch The Sky album from the shop now.
Touch The Sky features the new studio tracks that appeared as part of the Rewind double-CD, along with three live recordings from a gig in Germany.
To order, click HERE
JOE RUSH: Sadly, our old friend, Joe Rush passed away in France earlier this year after a long illness. Here are a few of the tributes paid to Mungo Jerry’s washboard king and most colourful character.
“It is of the most deepest regret that I make this announcement.
“My dear friend Joe Rush has passed away after fighting a long and courageous battle against a devastating illness.
“Joe and I played gigs together since’65 & the vibe we created was an important part of the Mungo Jerry history.”…Ray Dorset.
“I too have just heard the very sad news from Ray and even though I knew that he was very ill, it still comes as a huge shock to me.
“I first met Joe in 1976 when the band played a week long tour of clubs in the Newcastle Upon Tyne area and we were to be friends forever.
“During my stint as fan club secretary, many of the various band members from the old days were always helpful giving interviews and their time to help us produce fanzines and the like, but Joe was something else and I’m proud to say that I thought the world of him.
“We called each other fairly regularly and he would feed me countless stories from the past, usually very funny and keep me entertained for hours at a time. He’d send me tapes of his gigs with various bands he played with in France and was just so happy to chat about Mungo Jerry.
“I still wish that he had remained with the band instead of leaving just before In The Summertime broke, his washboard playing really was the icing on the cake for me back in those early days.
“Those fans who attended the thirty year anniversary gigs at Newcastle Under-Lyme will never forget his ‘antics’ where he was the special guest of Ray and the fan club.
“R.I.P Joe, great mate, great character and top man”!…Alan Taylor.
“Goodbye to our old friend Joe Rush it was a pleasure knowing you and being in your company.
“The influence you had on Ray Dorset a long time before he took on the persona of Mungo Jerry has always been apparent and music lovers worldwide will have you to thank for that.
“You were the old school rascal who lived life to the full with many talents apart from entertaining us with your on stage antics…”Derek Wadeson.
“I’m very sad to hear of Joe’s passing. He was a great character who kept everybody constantly amused. I always enjoyed playing with him and I have some lovely memories. If possible, could you pass on my condolences to his family and friends…”Dave Lambert.
“Just heard the sad news about poor old Joe Rush. I haven’t seen him for at least 25 years but always have fond memories of him, especially in the Jigilo Jug Band and when we went out as a duo (Pub Entertainer of the Year etc).
“He was a real character with a fistful of thimbles, a beer in one hand and a fag in the corner of his mouth. He would say about three quarters of the way through a gig … ” I’m drifting away with the colonials.” I expect that is what he is doing now.
“He was a pleasure to know and make music with. My condolences go out to his children and family…”Paul King.
Joe’s funeral took place at 10 a.m at the Cimitiere u Nord, Rennes, France on Monday, the 2nd of March. James Matthews, Joe’s Country Jug band mate was able to attend the funeral and kindly let us post the following message sent to Ray ;
“Thanks for sending that heartfelt obituary for Joe and his family. I spoke for you and explained how sorry you were not to be there due to your health issues at the moment and hospitalisation. His son and daughter were really moved by what you said and asked me to thank you.
“At the service they started with a jug band version of Have a Whiff On Me, then his son Dave spoke about his Dad in an upbeat way, celebrating of his life and its ups and downs, letting people know he was much loved but no angel!
“They then showed a video screen with photos of Joe, past and recent times, including playing with you and various jug and jazz bands.
“They played a great video of you and Joe clowning around at a small festival in France, getting the crowd to sing along. It was a fitting tribute to you both and was well appreciated by the mourners.
“I spoke for you and touched his coffin for us both.
“The guitar they lent was un-tuneable’ so I got the crowd to join me acapella, singing Stand By Me, the Ben E. King classic, and they really got into the mood humming the bass line and clicking like cabasas. It was a moving moment with a few tears.
“His music mates, The Jayriders then got up and gave another moving tribute in French and English and sang In The Summertime, a litle unsteady at first but the crowd joined in with your ‘Uh type’ sounds and a few cabasa clicks and all was well.
“Finally they asked us to write something in coloured pens on his un-varnished pine coffin; it ended up looking quite funky. I wrote thank you for music, love Ray and James.
“I think we walked off to Stealin’, probably the Memphis jug band recording.
“We carried him away to his last resting place in Rennes Cemetery, laid to rest in the same plot as Anne Marie, his lovely French wife”.
RIP Joe…James Matthews.
“Best to remember the good times ‘coz there were plenty of them when Joe was in town”.
We now have our own page dedicated to Joe who we all remember with great fondness, and also to the interview he gave the fan club in 2000.
Click the link to visit JOE’S PAGE
Click the link to visit JOE RUSH’S INTERVIEW
AUTOGRAPH REQUESTS: Just a quick reminder that unfortunately, the official Mungo Jerry website – mungojerry.com – are unable to provide autographs due to the overwhelming volume of requests.
Ray and the band are of course happy to chat and give autographs for fans at any of their live shows.
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.
He has everything from worldwide singles, albums, cassettes, 8-tracks, CD’s, autograph cards, press cuttings, posters, memorabilia, pictorial records of gigs he has attended and much more.
Click HERE to check it out.
TERRY EVENETT: Ray pictured backstage at last year’s Half Moon gig with top man & Pye studio engineer Terry Evenett.
It was Terry that was responsible for the recording of In the Summertime when Howard Barrow asked him to take care of a session.
Terry was also engineer on those early recordings for Dawn.
As ever, the band went down very well…
“Thank you to Ray Dorset and band for a blistering gig last night!”…Half Moon, Putney.
“Awesome gig last night at the iconic Half Moon, Putney, London. I’ve waited 50 years to do the gig there and it was worth the wait, thanks to all that came and made a great night and thanks to my very special wonderful band members”…Ray Dorset.
NEW 3CD COMPILATION & GOLD VINYL : Available to order now, Mungo Jerry ‘Gold’. 45 feel good tracks on 3CDs and Gold coloured 180g Heavyweight vinyl.
Featuring 45 classic feel good tracks, 8 UK top 40 hits.
Includes the international chart topper In The Summertime, Baby Jump (No.1), Lady Rose (No.5), You Don’t Have To Be In The Army To Fight In The War (No.13), and Alright Alright Alright (No.3).
Look out for the Saturday and Sunday Express and also Record Collector for press articles.
Released on the 30th August. Just £5.99 on CD from Amazon.
To order, click HERE
Average positions on Amazon; Customer reviews – ***** 5 stars. #15 Blues/Rock chart, #69 Box Sets (CD’s & vinyl), #26 Pop/Rock.
CD1: In The Summertime/Mighty Man/Johnny B.Badde/Sad Eyed Joe/Maggie/See Me/My Friend/Santo Antonio, Santo Francisco/Baby Jump/The Man Behind The Piano/Lady Rose (single version)/Have a Whiff On Me/Somebody Stole My Wife/She Rowed/Follow Me Down.
CD2: You Don’t Have To Be In The Army To Fight In The War/Memoirs Of a Stockbroker/You Better Leave That Whisky Alone/The Sun Is Shining/Take Me Back/Northcote Arms/There’s a Man Going Round Taking Names/Simple Things/On a Sunday/We Shall Be Free/Open Up (single version)/Going Back Home/I Don’t Wanna Go Back To School/My Girl & Me (single version)/No Girl Reaction.
CD3: Summer’s Gone/46 & On (single version)/She’s Gone/Looking For My Girl/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/Don’t Stop/Too Fast To Live And Too Young To Die/Say Goodnight.
LP: (Side 1) In The Summertime/Mighty Man/Baby Jump/Lady Rose (single version)/Maggie/You Don’t Have To Be In The Army To Fight In The War (Side 2) Open Up (single version)/My Girl & Me (Single version)/Alright Alright Alright/Wild Love/Long Legged Woman Dressed In Black/All Dressed Up And No Place To Go.
The piece was inspired by Ray Clark’s excellent book about the festival and is well worth buying, with several references and photos of Mungo Jerry. To buy click HERE
By chance, I came across the original promo film (checkout the sidebar) for You Don’t Have To Be In The Army To Fight In The War, shot at the Weeley Festival in 1971.
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.
…IN THE OFFICIAL ON-LINE SHOP…
Now available from the official Mungo Jerry on-line shop are two brilliant DVD/CD’s.
Firstly, the long awaited Mungo Jerry movie, 24 Days, a documentary style record of Ray and the band’s tour of Germany, Switzerland and Belgium during the summer of 2016.
The package is completed by a complete recording of the tour’s last gig in Baden Baden, a show performed for the German national radio station, SWR, and broadcast live, playing out to a black and white version of the movie.
The second DVD is film of the Bansko Jazz Festival gig the band performed in 2017. A CD of the gig containing featured tracks is also included in the package.