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 THIS MONTH: … that Baby Jump, Mungo Jerry’s second maxi-single and of course, second consecutive No.1 hit and a polar opposite to the massive worldwide chart topper, In The Summertime was released in January 1971…
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 and 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 also 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!”
MARC VISCEL : How about this brilliant piece of artwork from our friend, Marc Viscel over in New Jersey?
2020 STATISTICS: We thought that you may be interested to know that in 2020, we had a total of 9,575 visitors to the site from 130 countries.
That’s pretty good for what was a fairly bleak year for lots of reasons.
Let’s see if we can top this in 2021 in what (we hope) will be a better year for everyone!
Happy New Year to you all from Derek and Alan!
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.
Ray informed us of the current position – “It currently runs to 500 pages and the non-essential stuff is being edited out to be replaced with more relevant information.”
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.”
DIARY 2020: .A diary page for the year 2020 has been added to the diary section and will of course, in time, cover the time period for 2020-2024 in keeping with the other pages. Click HERE to view.
RADIO BIELEFELD INTERVIEW – 2005: Click HERE to listen to an interview Ray did with Radio Bielefeld in 2005 found for us by John Hornhaver and located on our 2005-09 Diary page.
INTERVIEW: The Beat magazine featured Mungo Jerry in their November issue with Ray enjoying a cuppa on the front cover taken by wife Britta.
ANOTHER INTERVIEW: JJ found another excellent Ray Dorset interview with Michael Limnios.
Just click HERE
NEW BEAT GOES ON COMPILATION:
The new compilation double CD from Beat Goes On Records is to be released on November 27th. It will feature all of Mungo Jerry’s A and B-sides from the Dawn singles and also features tracks taken from albums. It is presented in a slipcase sleeve and contains new extensive sleeve notes.
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
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.
R.I.P GLEN: Some very sad news has reached us here at ‘Magic’ that Glen Lee, drummer in the Mungo Jerry band in the mid-80’s, has passed away after a long illness.
Glen is pictured here, far left, alongside band mates, Ray Davies, Ray Dorset and Dave Mitchell.
Our condolences to his family and friends.
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. You can read the comments now on the Mungo Jerry Twitter page by clicking HERE…
COLD BLUE EXCURSION: Ray Dorset’s 1972 solo album, Cold Blue Excursion is now available for download on Spotify.
It was of course released on CD by Beat Goes On in the 90’s but is, sadly, a hard to find collectors item.
Click Spotify to view the tracks.
BELGIUM MEDIA: Rob Kamphues has let us know of three current adverts being shown in Belgium.
First advert click HERE
Second advert click HERE
Third advert click HERE
He also tipped us off about a Dutch TV review of In The Summertime. Click HERE
HEY GYP: Bruce Brand let us know of a radio play of Mungo Jerry’s version of Donovan’s, Hey Gyp, Dig The Slowness from the Naked From The Heart album on his pal, Dan Whaley’s radio show.
It comes in at around 24 minutes. 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…
ROCK ‘N REEL: Look out for a nice piece about Mungo Jerry in the September/October edition of the ‘folk/roots’ magazine, Rock ‘n Reel.
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.
It was put together by Ray Dorset and Darren Jones.
SAD NEWS: Ray Dorset was sad to hear of the passing of his good friend Thomas Fabel in August 2020.
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.
MUNGO MAGIC: Click HERE to check out a sports outfit with a familiar sounding name in Bamberg, Germany.
STUTTGARTER ZEITUNG: Click HERE for another 50 year celebration piece.
REGIO TV: Click HERE to see Ray playing In The Summertime on Regio TV.
RAY ON THE FEHMARN FESTIVAL: Click HERE to watch Ray chatting about the Fehmarn Festival on their Facebook page.
TEN ALBUMS THAT CHANGED RAY’S LIFE: Click HERE to read about ten albums that changed Ray’s life.
BOB’S NEW DRUM SKIN: Mungo Jerry’s drummer, Bob White has a fantastic new bass drum skin featuring the Mungo logo.
ISLE OF FESTIVAL 1970: Located on YouTube is footage of Joni Mitchell’s appearance at 1970’s Isle Of Wight Festival. As she leaves the stage she passes some of the Mungo band at around 1 hour 7 minutes.
Click IOW 1970
COMING UP: 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.
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 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).
ZDF TV: In The Summertime was featured on German TV in ‘Vollekanne’ @ ZDF, a huge morning show with an audience of 2 million, as part of a feature on the ‘Greatest Summer Hits’ of all time.
MUSIKWOCHE: A ‘congratulations-feature’ in Musikwoche in Germany will appear the first week in September and will feature the cartoon clip of In The Summertime.
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.”
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 412,000 views!
Also worth a mention is that the official Mungo Jerry channel on YouTube has over 95,000 subscribers!
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.
In The Summertime – 50th Anniversary Version: In The Summertime – 50th Anniversary version by Mungo’s Boot Power Band was made available in July.
Impact date, was the 17th and release date, the 31st. Recorded by fans and band members, past and present.
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.
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.
Classic Rock magazine July 20, issue 277, had a two page 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.
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 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…”
“…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: 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 celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Hollywood Festival, click HERE to read Ray’s memories of the gig.
|5th June||Nacht Der 70er, Greiz, Germany|
|31st July||Festival Blues and More, Burg Schlaining, Austria – more info|
|16th August||Farmer Phil’s Festival, Near Gatten Farm, Ratlinghope, Shropshire – more info|
|22nd August||A New Day Festival, Faversham, Kent – more info|
NEW ALBUM : XSTREME : The brand new Mungo Jerry studio album is now available to buy as a download from Spotify, including the latest single Messing Around – Charleston Electro-Beat mix.
The physical albums are with a German company, HD Seven Us 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 in 2020 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.
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.
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 for You Don’t Have To Be In The Army To Fight In The War, shot at the Weeley Festival in 1971 and you can view the video on our page for Mungo Jerry’s fourth maxi-single.
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.