JOE RUSH: “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
HARRY REDKNAPPS SANDBANKS SUMMER: Coming soon to ITV in the UK (19/2/2020) is a four part series featuring Harry Redknapp and his South Coast hideaway – Sandbanks.
What’s this got to do with Mungo Jerry you ask? Just check out the trailer below…
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.
NEWS FROM RAY: “There will be more dates on the way plus a tour in September. The book and movie are pressing onward and release is expected in October.
“I am working with a PR and promo set up in Germany for the German speaking interested parties, German is the most spoke language in Europe. I am also working with PR and promo set up in the UK for the English speaking communities.
“I want the band to be featured in the documentary playing live at a show and also maybe recording talking and jamming.
“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 rock a billy album.
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
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 the 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.
MUNGO JERRY IN OSLO : Ray pictured during his recent trip to Oslo. The band with him are Oslo Plektrum who had a hit with their version of Lady Rose with Norwegian words and a title change. The guitarist played with The Stranglers.
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.
THE BOOK : Ray updated on the latest position regarding the forthcoming book, “Mick has written about 480 pages for the forthcoming Mungo Jerry book, You Don’t Have To Be In The Army To Fight In The War, so far and we are working out how to include all of the facts that have so far been left out”.
Mick has been working on the book for some time and having seen a draft, it promises to be a must for all fans.
…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.
|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
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|5th February||B.B.C Radio Solent – Alex Dyer Show|
|6th June||Voigtland Radio Festival, Greiz, Germany|
|27th June||Shake and Stir Festival, Bournemouth – POSTPONED – 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 – more info|
|9th August||Jack Up The Summer, Isle Of Wight – more info|
|16th August||Farmer Phil’s Festival, Near Gatten Farm, Ratlinghope, Shropshire – more info|
|28th August||A New Day Festival, Faversham, Kent – more info|
|25th September||The Daniel Dean Show|
|2nd October||Landgasthof Ochsen Sinzheim, Germany – more info|