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MUNGO JERRY DIARY

Welcome to our diary section, basically we will cover each calendar year from 1970 to 1974, and a further section on 1975 - 1979 and will include the known gigs, gig reviews and record reviews for those particular years. Of course, if you can help fill in any gaps and let us know of anything we are missing, please e-mail us.


MUNGO JERRY DIARY : 1970


6th April

MUNGO JERRY supporting Valhalla UK 

The Marquee Club, London 

15th May

MUNGO JERRY

The Temple Club, London 


RAY DORSET ON HOLLYWOOD...

"I came off stage on the Saturday night to be greeted by a hoard of radio and press people asking me questions, I was too hyped up to answer any of them coherently and I don’t think that the BBC managed to use anything that I said in their reporting of the event. I think that everything has already been said about the festival but one thing that sticks in my mind is that a hippy guy came straight up to me after the performance and summed it all up with the words, “No Bullshit!"


23rd May 

MUNGO JERRY 

Hollywood Music Festival 

Hollywood Festival Programme

24th May 

MUNGO JERRY 

Hollywood Music Festival 


COLIN EARL ON HOLLYWOOD...

"The Hollywood Festival was the best thing by far that Red Bus ever did for the band. They even got us in an early evening slot, when not only had it stopped raining, but the sun came beaming across the horizon in silver shafts. We were also the first band to use the lights (it being dusk), and this has a galvanising effect at any all-day type show, flood it with good lighting plus the sounds and the performers come to life, like so many enchanted puppets. Hollywood was magical and I am proud to have been a part of something so heartwarming and good."


BARRY MURRAY ON HOLLYWOOD...

"Just before its release, we added Mungo to the bill of the Hollywood Music Festival in May 1970, that we were organising to promote our acts. We brought the Grateful Dead in from the U.S that cost us £10,000 and several others as well - Free, Jose Feliciano, Black Sabbath, Ginger Baker's Airforce and Traffic. Well Mungo just blew everybody else away, it was amazing"!


The very first gigs the band played after the name change to Mungo Jerry were at the Hollywood Music Festival, near Newcastle Under-Lyme in what was to be The Grateful Dead's UK debut.

Mungo Jerry turned in legendary performances at Hollywood and Melody Maker enthused..."the bonfires were burning brightly on the hills, and the assembled crowd accompanied the band by banging coke tins together until the sound heard from a few hundred yards away was like a very groovy scrapyard working overtime".

HOLLYWOOD FESTIVAL...

"One hell of a commotion broke out during Mungo Jerry's act. A group I'd never encountered previously, they did a storm and had to be re-booked for the following day. They started off sounding like a skiffle group but got into jug band music and country blues things, tearing the place apart. Mungo Jerry at the Hollywood Festival

'Rock Island Line'and 'Midnight Special' were both very good, as was 'Dust Pneumonia Blues'. The crowd kept yelling for 'In The Summertime', the new single which singer and lead guitarist Ray Dorset wrote, but things were going so well on the Sunday that the group didn't want to slow the action down and it was left to the disc jockey to play it at the end of the proceedings.

Richard Green - NME, May 1970.".

"Mungo Jerry, as I said earlier were the surprise monsters! They did so well on Saturday afternoon that they played again on the Sunday evening. They are a combination of a skiffle group and a jug band. Acoustic guitar, banjo, washboard and piano in their line-up. They play happy, good-time music perfect for the Festival atmosphere in fact. They laugh a lot. Drink cider and beer on stage and really get an informal thing going. Their main attraction-a huge one-was that they got a cosy, intimate folk club-type atmosphere going at a big, open air show. They deserved all the accolades. Their future looks bright"!

Tony Norman, Music Now, May 30th, 1970.


MIKE COLE ON HOLLYWOOD...

"It was quite a colossal bill, you know a lot of big names on it. There was about 40,000 people there, we did the first number, and then something happened that was totally unexpected and that was about 40,000 people stood up and started cheering and waving their hands...it was fantastic! We were just a sort of skiffle group basically and I think they just loved that idea and the acoustic sound of it."


MUNGO JERRY : IN THE SUMMERTIME
(Released May 1970 - Chart position No.1)

SINGLE OF THE WEEK...

"Destined to be one of the biggest for summer '70, the aptly named 'In The Summertime'. A piece of rock/blues/country/jug/jazz and the most original sound I've heard for a year. It's on a maxi-single from Mungo Jerry, the most devil-may-care music since Lovin' Spoonful. Just watch this one move".

Daily Sketch, 1970.

VALUE FOR MONEY...

"If you're looking for value for money, try the new maxi-single. Pye's Dawn label introduces it; a 7-inch 33 1/3rd stereo disc selling at 9s 11d. One of these, by a group called Mungo Jerry, plays for more than 14 minutes. The first track, 'In The Summertime', is quite something - a blend of rock and reggae, jug band and Tyrannosaurus Rex. It deserves to be a maxi-hit"!

Mike Nevard, The Sun, 25th May, 1970.

IN THE SUMMERTIME/MIGHTY MAN/DUST PNUEMONIA BLUES...DNX2502

"One of the first two maxi-singles released by Pye on their own Dawn label. Roughly eight minutes per side in stereo plus fancy sleeve for 9s 11d. Mungo Jerry make a great sound incorporating, as the sleeve notes claim, everything from rock to jug. Their version of Woody Guthrie's 'Dust Pneumonia Blues' is a right rave-up with a tremendous barrelhouse piano and harmonica backing".

Daily Mail, 23rd May, 1970.


16th June 

MUNGO JERRY 

The Lyceum, London 

20th June 

MUNGO JERRY 

Hamburg Festival, Germany 

(See photos from Berlin gig) (actual date not known)

24th June 

MUNGO JERRY 

Keele University 

25th June 

MUNGO JERRY 

Crawley 

26th June 

MUNGO JERRY 

Rotterdam Festival, Holland 

THE ROTTERDAM FESTIVAL : THE TIMES REVIEW

"By about 8 o'clock in the evening, everything had changed. We had heard and quite warmly applauded, Fotheringay with pretty and talented Joan Baez-style singer and their pleasing, tasteful folk-music; we had heard a Dutch drummer and an Indian sitar-player, and a Chicago group who clowned irrepressibly and made quantities of noise but no music, and some folk singers.

Then came Mungo Jerry, the group whose song 'In The Summertime' came from nowhere into the top of the English charts a couple of weeks ago. They were unknown in Holland, as in Britain a month ago. While they were on the platform it seemed that everybody in the park assembled, everybody stood up, began to clap and dance, throw paper plates and toilet rolls in the air. Many followed Zacchaeus and climbed into the trees for a better view, and they were dancing as well, like the gatecrashers on the light-towers (anguished appeals from the excellent English announcer, Ian Knight, but in vain).

During their last number, a gloriously solid piece of rock'n roll, the whole place had visibly metamorphosed from lethargy into two miles of human vibrating electricity, total mass-commitment not for boring politics but for live music. For the rest of the night everyone was reverently recalling the name of Mungo Jerry; If not the most inventive rock music I've heard, it was in context about the most inspiring, and it's nice that a British group did it without benefit of an established reputation".


27th June 

MUNGO JERRY 

New Century Hall, Manchester 

28th June 

MUNGO JERRY 

Winter Gardens, Cleethorpes 

29th June 

MUNGO JERRY 

Latino, South Shields 

30th June 

MUNGO JERRY 

Town Hall, Wycombe 

3rd July 

MUNGO JERRY 

The Lyceum, London 

4th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

The Viking, Seahouses 

5th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Winter Gardens, Cleethorpes 

6th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Civic Centre, Dunstable 

7th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Arts Centre, Crawley 

11th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Aachen Festival 

Aachen Advert

15th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Top Rank, Hanley 

16th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Lafayette, Wolverhampton 

17th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Toperama, Devizes 

18th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

City Hall, Sheffield 

25th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Nottingham Festival - For more info


Mungo Jerry 1970


MUNGO JERRY : MUNGO JERRY
(Released July 1970 - Chart position No.13)

MORE HAPPY SOUNDS FROM MUNGO JERRY...

"Mungo Jerry came to us 'In The Summertime', just like their great big hit. They brought a couple of new things along with them - a chart topping mini-LP and happy-go-lucky sound to put us in a holiday and festival mood. You can't put their sound into any particular bag - they bits of everything and mix it into infectious music anyone can enjoy.

Their LP, MUNGO JERRY (Dawn DNLS3008) is a usual size album full of entertainment. With such instruments as the kazoo, six and twelve string acoustic and steel guitars plus banjo, violin, piano and harpsichord in evidence on various tracks, it's a winner. Titles are 'Baby Let's Play House', 'Johnny B. Badde', 'San Francisco Bay Blues', 'Sad Eyed Joe', 'Maggie', 'Peace In The Country', 'See Me', 'Movin' On', 'My Friend', 'MotherFuckerBoogie', 'Tramp' and 'Daddies Brew'.

Oh, and don't forget to take a look at the 3D picture inside the sleeve. It stands out like the jolly, happy music of MUNGO JERRY".

The Star, October, 1970.

THAT GOOD-TIME MUNGO MUSIC...

"Despite their disappointing London debut at the Lyceum, Mungo Jerry might just be succeeding in bringing goodtime music back to prominence.

A spell of fine weather and the Hollywood Festival all helped but they'd have made it anyway, judging by the evidence of their first album. Most of it is better than their hit single, and there's a surprising amount of variety. They veer from rock'n roll parody (the classic 'Baby Let's Play House') to jug band blues (Jesse Fuller's, 'San Francisco Bay Blues') and the question of integrity and validity never comes into it, because they're so obviously enjoying themselves and that makes it much easier for the audience to enjoy it too.

With the exception of 'Daddies Brew', the songs are singer-guitarist Ray Dorset, who's rollicking and frequently amusingly bawdy, and Paul King whose things are rather more thoughtful. Colin Earl wrote 'Brew' and plays knockout piano on 'Sad Eyed Joe'. Possibly the most extraordinary track is 'See Me', which contains some horrifying screaming, not recommended for those with faint hearts. King's attractive 'Movin' On' contains some nice hoedown violin from guest Johnny Van Derrick and there's good rolling instrumental called, 'Mother*!*!*!Boogie'.

This isn't an album which requires analysis but I'm sure it will bear repeated listenings".

Melody Maker, July 25th, 1970.

MUNGO JERRY...

"Backing up their fantastic hit single comes their first album, 'MUNGO JERRY' on Dawn (DNLS3008) complete with 3D specs with which to view the open-out inside cover photo. Such a gimmick is really not necessary. The contents are a continuation of the kind of music on the maxi-single, warm, groovy stuff that's sure to please almost everyone. All new numbers on the LP,

Mungo Jerry are definitely here to stay"!

Music Press, 1970.


26th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Phun City Festival, Worthing - For more info 

Phun City Poster

PHUN CITY : WORTHING

"It was called Phun City, Mungo Jerry was headlining. It pissed down all day and night, my pals and I "slept" under the stage.

Next morning I was sitting on a large diesel generator trying to warm up and dry out. Ray wandered by in all the mud and shit, I spoke him and said that congratulations were in order as 'In The Summertime'' had just reached number one. Ray said he didn't know this and said thanks and wandered off through the wreckage. The place looked like a bomb site, the security people had long given up and the tin fences were wrecked. Some fair and mediocre folk came on stage and played. Some f*****t wandered around starkers carrying a hat "for some diesel so Mungo can play" I gave so did others. He pissed off with the cash of course.

The rain eased up then stopped, and the boys came onto the stage and started. It seemed as if in seconds the whole place lit up. We all danced and sang and fell about in the mud. There was no booze available, the festival organisers were probably back home by now, I had never seen dope so wouldn't know if there was any of that. It didn't matter. The atmosphere changed in seconds from a dreary, washed out, ripped off, thirsty, hungry, soaking wet, tired bunch to a first rate load of geezers with nothing but good times ahead. I still don't know why they played, I would like to think it was because they wanted to. For us in the crowd it was the experience of a life time. Now my friends are spread across the world. Some of us became successful others did not. But whenever we meet the first topic of conversation once the hellos are out of the way,and the first bottle of Bollinger has been opened is always, "What about that show at Worthing where Mungo played. Was that shit-hot or not?" And the answer is yes, it was shit-hot and we all loved it".

"Crazy days"!

Andy Norman.

1st - 2nd August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Aix Provence Festival, France 

Aix En Provence Poster


MUNGO AT AIX PROVENCE : FRANCE

"Mungo Jerry was in Aix Provence, for a festival which took place on the 1st & 2nd of August, 1970. Other acts were, Leonard Cohen, Titanic, Majority One, Johnny Winter, etc. A film has been made by Daniel Szuster, called "A cause du Rock", and later it was re-released under another title, "Guitare au Poing". Actually, there is a project to find and release this on DVD (here in France, many, many people are waiting for it as there were many french acts such as, Triangle, Chico Magnetic Band (a sort of Jimi Hendrix act)".

Jean Jacques Bedrossian, Dec 2007.

AIX EN PROVENCE


7th August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton 

14th August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Chesford Grange, Kenilworth 

15th August 

MUNGO JERRY 

City Hall, Sheffield 

16th August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Krumlin Festival - For more info

Krumlin Flyer

23rd August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Opera House, Blackpool 

27th - 28th August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Edinburgh 

29th August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Isle Of Wight Festival (Band didn't get to perform) 

Isle Of Wight Flyer


Mungo Jerry 1970


4th September 

MUNGO JERRY 

Richmond Park, Inchicore, Dublin. 

Inchicore Press Cutting.

MORE INFO

4th - 6th September 

MUNGO JERRY 

Fehmarn Festival

Fehmarn Festival

17th September 

MUNGO JERRY 

Venice Festival

25th September - 7th November

MUNGO JERRY 

U.S.A Tour

USA Poster


Mungo Jerry 1970


MUNGO JERRY : LIVE IN PORTLAND, MAINE : 7th November, 1970

TRACKS:

MAGGIE * HAVE A WHIFF ON ME * JOHNNY B.BADDE * JUMP IN MY CADILLAC * IN THE SUMMERTIME * MIDNIGHT SPECIAL


The fan club made this live recording available from one of the bands gigs on the U.S tour, long after the event of course, but it was gratefully received by Mungo Jerry fans despite there only being six tracks, and was also of surprisingly pretty good quality.

Colin Earl said, "We had a disaster at L.A's Whisky A-Gogo Club after an afternoon record company bash where undoubtedly too much alcohol was consumed! The audience was wrong for us there, but Ray, Paul and I did a freebie at the Troubadour down the street from the 'Whisky' and we tore it apart"!

Click here to view photos from U.S.A


16th November

MUNGO JERRY 

Town Hall, Leeds

18th November

MUNGO JERRY 

Keele University

19th November

MUNGO JERRY 

Rebecca's, Birmingham

20th - 24th November

MUNGO JERRY 

France

27th November

MUNGO JERRY 

Bradford University

28th November

MUNGO JERRY 

Climax Club, March

4th December

MUNGO JERRY 

Shire Hall, Hereford

5th December

MUNGO JERRY 

College Of Education, Middleton St.George
(Cancelled due to Ray having tonsillitis)

6th December

MUNGO JERRY 

Henley Palace
(Cancelled due to Ray having tonsillitis)

7th December

MUNGO JERRY 

Shades, Sheffield

9th December

MUNGO JERRY 

College Of Art, Chelsea

13th December

MUNGO JERRY 

Zurich

19th - 20th December

MUNGO JERRY 

Italy

29th December

MUNGO JERRY 

Barnet

30th December

MUNGO JERRY 

Hitchin

31st December

MUNGO JERRY 

Mistrale, Beckenham

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