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MUNGO JERRY DIARY : 1971

Here is our 1971 diary, a very busy year for Mungo Jerry with three UK hit singles, and two albums released. Again, if you can help fill in any gaps and let us know of anything we are missing, or have got wrong - just e-mail us.


1st January 

MUNGO JERRY 

Portugal (3, concerts & TV) 

8th January 

MUNGO JERRY 

Top Rank, Bristol 

9th January 

MUNGO JERRY 

Melody Rooms, Norwich 

10th January 

MUNGO JERRY 

Roundhouse, London 

14th January 

MUNGO JERRY 

Showboat, The Mumbles, Swansea

15th January

MUNGO JERRY 

Flamingo, Hereford

16th January

MUNGO JERRY 

Glen Ballroom, Llanelli 

18th January

MUNGO JERRY 

Midem Festival, Cannes, France 

23rd January 

MUNGO JERRY 

Wilton Hall, Bletchley 

29th January 

MUNGO JERRY 

Y.M.C.A, Cambridge 

30th January 

MUNGO JERRY 

Glasgow University 


Mungo Jerry 1971Baby Jump Press


MUNGO JERRY : BABY JUMP
(Released January 1971 - UK Chart position No.1)

MORE MUNGO MAGIC...

"Another maxi-single and fantastic value for money, when one considers some albums are currently being released with only twelve minutes music per side. This has two chart contenders - the rocking 'Baby Jump' and jugband 'The Man Behind The Piano' which totals seven minutes forty, and a live cut from last years Hollywood Festival lasting nine minutes fifty. The atmosphere throughout is fun and great quantities of energy are released. It may be skiffle, but by God it makes the old thimble fingers itch".

Music Press, 1971.

MUNGO MORE BITING...

"One might have expected Mungo to retain its jug-cum-skiffle approach following the sensational success of 'In The Summertime'. But this is quite different - it's harder, heavier and much more biting. In fact' it's nothing more or less than good old rock'n roll! It bulldozes along at a fair old rate, with boogie piano pyrotechnics offsetting Dorset's dynamic vocal, so that it sounds rather like Jerry Lee Lewis accompanying Little Richard! And above all, there's the beat - pounding, demanding and thoroughly infectious. Not such a distinctive track as 'Summertime' but still very good of its kind. Runs over four minutes and on the same side is the 3 1/2 minute 'Man Behind The Piano'. Flip side is a ten minute medley recorded live in Hollywood. All of which adds up to the type of value that disc collectors deserve and I'm sure they'll go for this in a big way".

Music Press, 1971.

BABY JUMP/THE MAN BEHIND THE PIANO/LIVE FROM HOLLYWOOD...DAWN DNX2505

"Rather slow on the heels of 'In The Summertime', which, I am informed is STILL selling in ridiculous quantities abroad, comes this release from MJ. Another Dawn maxi-single, it contains the title track, plus 'The Man Behind The Piano' and features on the b-side, 'Live From Hollywood', a badly produced, but very exciting live recording from the scene of Mungo Jerry's emergence as something different at last year's Hollywood Festival. 'Baby Jump' is a nice uninhibited gravel-vocalled offering written by Ray Dorset and containing some amusing lyrics. I prefer 'The Man Behind The Piano', which is far more original and the b-side as the sleeve notes put it - "it's rough and ready beset with technical problems, but the atmosphere was really great". This really is good value, even if it might not be such an innovation as 'In The Summertime' was. You can tell why it is called 'Good time music'".

Music Press, 1971.


5th February 

MUNGO JERRY 

Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham 

6th February 

MUNGO JERRY 

High Hall, Birmingham 

12th February 

MUNGO JERRY 

Nottingham University 

13th - 25th February 

MUNGO JERRY 

Italy 

25th - 27th February 

MUNGO JERRY 

San Remo Song Festival 

2nd March 

MUNGO JERRY 

Stone Manor Hotel, Kidderminster 

3rd March 

MUNGO JERRY 

Bumpers, London


BUMPERS, LONDON: 3rd March, 1971

"Mungo's music is so simple you have to smile, stamp your feet and join in. Scores of bands could play their numbers but are too concious of the simplicity to try it. But Mungo forge ahead with no worries. Intellectural audiences may put them down, but Mr Average in search of a good time need look no further. Last Wednesday London's Bumpers Club was barely half full to receive them. "There's something strange about that place, The Kinks the previous week had failed to pack'em in, and even Elton John wasn't a sell-out. Mungo plodded through some Mississippi blues with Ray Dorset stamping his foot to hide the absence of drums and Colin Earl making weird noises. Simple 12-bars, 'In The Summertime' and the odd joke kept all amused. At times, Dorset's shrieking made me cringe and more than once things seemed to come unstuck midway through a number. But, dammit, who cares when folk are enjoying themselves"?

Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 1971.


5th March

MUNGO JERRY 

Durham University

6th March 

MUNGO JERRY 

Scene Two, Scarborough 

12th March

MUNGO JERRY 

Mistrale, Beckenham 

13th March 

MUNGO JERRY 

Stepmothers, Sutton Coldfield 

16th March 

MUNGO JERRY 

Plaza, Hanley 


MUNGO JERRY : ELECTRONICALLY TESTED
(Released March 1971 - UK Chart position No.14)

GOOD SOLID STUFF BY MUNGO...

"Mungo Jerry, having successfully shrugged off the "one-hit wonder" tag, now go on to prove that they can produce a comparably commercial album. 'Electronically Tested' Dawn DNLS3020 £2.40) - yes, that's the title! - shows some excellent examples of Ray Dorset's remarkably witty writing. His tunes are, granted, rather repetitive - but they're honest, down-to-earth songs, given lively, singalong treatment. Also included is a lenghty, laboured version of 'I Just Wanna Make Love To You', the number made famous by The Rolling Stones, getting a Led Zeppelin feel.

Basically, of course, it's the expected good-time music with bags of jump - although 'You Better Leave That Whisky Alone' is an amusing little message about someone's mum being on the ale, and 'Memoirs Of a Stockbroker' is similarly interesting. The overall impression is that at last one that can actually hear Ray Dorset's lyrics through his sandpaper voice, though you'd still have to study the words of 'Baby Jump' to find out what it's all about!

Well done, Mungo! A good, solid, unpretentious bundle of entertainment.

(Quality - first class! Value - good!)

Disc, 1971.

ELECTRONICALLY TESTED...

"Mungo Jerry's new album, 'Electronically Tested' is such a vast progression from the first from their first, it's unbelievable! Much more positive, much more alive, much more everything. In fact, and always that insidious beat pounding away. 'I Just Wanna Make Love To You' is a real show-stopper lasting nearly nine minutes. 'In The Summertime' and 'Baby Jump' are both included, and there's a wealth of other interesting stuff besides. The lyrics of 'Memoirs Of a Stockbroker' will knock you out. Ray Dorset did all the writing except for one number, and his gravel-grinding vocals hit you right between the eyes. Album has just the right amount of light and shade, and the whole thing sounds like a live show.

On Dawn, DNLS3020, this is exciting"!

Music Press, 1971.

MUNGO JERRY - ELECTRONICALLY TESTED (Dawn)...

"Thank heavens for bands like Mungo Jerry - bringing good vibrations to the heavy dominated pop scene. The cover of 'Electronically Tested' shows the crowd on its feet swaying to the Mungo boogie at the Hollywood Festival, (it was actually the Rotterdam Festival) and that's were Mungo Jerry are at.

They're not out to educate, that's not their job. Their music is pure entertainment. It doesn't test the mind, but keeps the legs in trim. Their music goes back to the music hall days, a fine British institution if ever there was one, where anyone can join in.

'Electronically Tested' features both their first hit, the multi-million seller 'In The Summertime' and their latest number one hit 'Baby Jump' which features some of the best guitar that Ray Dorset has recorded. But any of the nine tracks on this album could be a single, except for their interpretaion of Willie Dixon's 'I Just Wanna Make Love To You'. On this, they display an uncanny knack of catching the blues without the usual white-rock trimmings. Apart from the latter, all the songs are Ray Dorset originals and only the insipid 'Follow Me Down' lets the side down".

Melody Maker, March 27th, 1971.


17th - 29th March 

MUNGO JERRY 

Germany/Holland/Yugoslavia 

2nd April 

MUNGO JERRY 

Borough Polytechnic, London 

3rd April 

MUNGO JERRY 

Imperial, Nelson 

6th April 

MUNGO JERRY supported by Paul Brett's Sage 

The Marquee Club, London 

8th April 

MUNGO JERRY 

Music Hall, Aberdeen 

9th April 

MUNGO JERRY 

Memorial Hall, Kilbernie 

10th April 

MUNGO JERRY 

Bears Den, Kilmardinny 

11th April 

MUNGO JERRY 

Electric Garden, Glasgow 

12th April 

MUNGO JERRY 

Caird Hall, Dundee 

Caird Hall 1971

16th April 

MUNGO JERRY 

Rebecca's, Birmingham 

24th April 

MUNGO JERRY 

Assembly Hall, Melksham 

28th April 

MUNGO JERRY 

Israel 


MUNGO JERRY : LADY ROSE
(Released May 1971 - UK Chart position No.4)

LADY ROSE - (Dawn)...

"Having proved beyond any shadows of doubt they were no one hit wonders by returning a full 12 months after 'Summertime' to 'Baby Jump' back to the top. Mungo Jerry are now in top gear and rolling fast! Which is slick jargon for saying they haven't left it quite so long this time between singles. Single is surely the wrong word though, for here they give you over 17 minutes of jumpy sound for your 50p (compare that with under two minutes from Elvis.P and tell me which is the better value!)

The main song is a jolly folksy thing with harmonica and piano - really quite a straight number but nevertheless very catchy. 'Little Louis' is the other original by Paul King, and features one Stuart Cowell in place of Ray Dorset. The other two are Jerry re-vamps of - 'Have a Whiff On Me' (or 'Have a Drink On Me' as Lonnie Donegan had it) and the old Elvis favourite, 'Milk Cow Blues'.

This may not be as large a hit, but is as deserving".

Music Press, 1971.

TIPPED FOR THE CHARTS...

"After its sensational success with the jug-music style of 'In The Summertime', Mungo went to the other extreme with its follow-up, 'Baby Jump'.

So what happens next? Well, this latest track is something of a compromise between the last two. And if anything, reverts more to the skiffle-like style of 'Summertime' than the out-and-out rock of its successor. Strumming acoustic guitars provide an irresistable bounce beat, and there are electric 12 string guitar and bongos for good measure.

The other titles are 'Have a Whiff On Me', 'Milk Cow Blues' and 'Little Louis'. Total running time is 16 1/2 minutes".

NME, 1971.


5th May 

MUNGO JERRY 

ABC, Cambridge

6th May

MUNGO JERRY 

ABC, Plymouth

7th May

MUNGO JERRY 

ABC, Exeter 

Exeter Poster

8th May 

MUNGO JERRY 

Melody Rooms, Norwich 

12th May 

MUNGO JERRY 

Hampstead Country Club 

13th May 

MUNGO JERRY 

Temple Club, London 

14th May 

MUNGO JERRY 

Top Rank, Hanley 

15th May 

MUNGO JERRY 

Glen Ballroom, Llanelli 

16th May 

MUNGO JERRY 

King's Club, Blighs Hotel, Sevenoaks 

19th - 25th May 

MUNGO JERRY 

Sweden 

28th May 

MUNGO JERRY 

Leeds Polytechnic 

29th May 

MUNGO JERRY 

East Anglia College 

4th June 

MUNGO JERRY 

Winter Gardens, Blackpool 

16th June 

MUNGO JERRY 

Cardiff University 

18th June 

MUNGO JERRY 

Chesford Grange, Kenilworth 

20th June 

MUNGO JERRY 

Winter Gardens, Bournemouth 

29th June 

MUNGO JERRY supported by Jericho Jones 

The Marquee Club 


Mungo Jerry 1971


1st July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Montpelier Disco and Blues Club, Brighton (See photos)

MONTPELIER ROOMS : BRIGHTON : 1st JULY, 1971

"The gig was held at a big house called the Montpelier Rooms, and the band were actually playing in a large room. The house was packed with people standing in the doorways, and on the stairs - the atmosphere was VERY electric!

As you can imagine, it was very hot in there and they were selling small glasses of Coke for 20p a time, which was a lot of money in 1971. The band sang a lot of songs from their album, 'Electronically Tested' plus 'Lady Rose' and 'Have a Whiff On Me'. Banned by the B.B.C because of the cocaine references, Ray told us that the song was written about the cowboys who used to snort cocaine up their noses, and by the time they reached their late twenties, early thirties, their guts would have fallen through their arses.

During 'In The Summertime', Paul King had a jug with four rubber tubes stuck to the inside, and he blew across the top of it to mimic the sound of the car engine revving up.

It was a memorable concert, one I shall remember for the rest of my life"!

GRAHAM KNIGHT, PORTSLADE.


16th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

City Hall, Newcastle & Top Hat, Spennymoor

17th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Viking, Seahouses 

18th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Pavilion, Westcliff 

24th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Public Hall, Wimbledon 

26th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Chelsea Village, Bournemouth

27th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Town Hall, Truro 

28th - 30th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Barbarella's, Birmingham 

31st July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Community Centre, Slough 


WEELEY FESTIVAL, ESSEX : 28th August, 1971

New Musical Express said, "MUNGO JERRY is a typical festival band, it's happy-go-lucky brand of music featuring the famous stomp always goes down best in the open air. The group made its name at the Hollywood Festival last year (1970) and has been livening up get togethers all over the world ever since.


SET LIST: Midnight Special/O'Reilly/Have A Whiff On Me/I'm The Urban Spaceman/Lady Rose/Statesbro' Blues/In The Summertime/Bottle Up & Go/We Shall Be Free/I Just Wanna Make Love To You/Going Down Slow/Baby Jump/Mighty Man..

28th August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Weeley Festival - For more info

"The six-man Mungo Jerry went on in the early afternoon and grabbed one of the best spots of the entire shebang. The audience was in the right mood, the sun was out and the open-air feel of Mungo Jerry's music took over. After a couple of numbers like, 'Midnight Special' and 'Have a Whiff On Me', the crowd was clapping and yelling and banging cans and things. Joe Rush was drafted in from Country Jug to play bass drum, cymbal, skiffle board and assorted wooden blocks and roadie 'Bizz' sang and banged a tambourine on odd numbers.

Colin Earl played barefoot and Ray Dorset occasionally got up and jogged about the stage. During the act, an alsatian came and laid along the front of the stage panting and shooting the odd glance at the band. He seemed to enjoy, 'Urban Spaceman', 'In The Summertime', 'Lady Rose', 'Bottle Up & Go','Mighty Man', 'We Shall Be Free', 'I Just Wanna Make Love To You' and all the others as much as everyone else. Once Mungo Jerry get a rhythm going, it's hard to break it, and the stomping, 'have a good time' treatment they give".

NME Review.


MUNGO JERRY :
YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE IN THE ARMY TO FIGHT IN THE WAR
(Released September 1971 - UK Chart position No.13)

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE IN THE ARMY TO FIGHT IN THE WAR - (Dawn)...

"From out of the blue comes this new Mungo maxi-single. I say out of the blue because I had no advance knowledge of its release - it just turned up on my desk!

The odd title is really a dig at present-day society and its attitude to the long-hairs, the drop-outs and the downtrodden. But it's treated in very carefree roundelay style, with Ray Dorset joined by the other lads in the rousing chorus.

All the usual Jerry trappings are in evidence, including kazoo, washboard, 12 string guitar, banjo and accordion. And between them, they churn out an extremely happy sound and an irresistible stomp beat.

Maybe not quite so catchy as one or two of Mungo's earlier discs but with four tracks totalling just 14 1/2 minutes, it's bound to prove yet another massive seller for the boys".

Music Press, 1971.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE IN THE ARMY TO FIGHT IN THE WAR (Reviewer isn't informed of the artist before listening)...

"That's Mungo Jerry. They are very heavily influenced by Memphis Jug Bands. I like it. I heard 'In The Summertime' and thought it was a knockout. Did they do do 'I Hear You Knocking'? No, they didn't. I have always liked goodtime music.

It's the happy end of the blues".

Music Press, 1971.


7th September 

MUNGO JERRY 

Palermo Pop Festival, Sicily 

Palermo Festival Poster

12th September 

MUNGO JERRY 

Longleat Home Festival 

4th October 

MUNGO JERRY 

Casino Club, Bolton 

8th October 

MUNGO JERRY 

Royal Holloway College, Egham 

19th October 

MUNGO JERRY 

Winter Gardens, Bournemouth 

22nd October 

MUNGO JERRY 

Technical College, Luton 

23rd October 

MUNGO JERRY 

Festival Hall, Corby 


MUNGO JERRY : YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE IN THE ARMY
(Released October 1971)

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE IN THE ARMY...

"An extremely satisfying album from Mungo Jerry which makes an excellent follow-up to 'Electronically Tested'. The band really have been misjudged in the past as their latest album has far more to recommend it than simply the spirit in which it was recorded.

It opens with the now familiar title track and then rips into the old Leadbelly classic 'Ella Speed'. In another old number, 'Take Me Back', they achieve a superb Cajun feel whilst the 'traddies' are complemented by some fine Ray Dorset compositions and Paul King's excellent 'Hey Rosalyn'. Mungo run the whole gamut from blues through to rock'n roll. 'Northcote Arms' being a superb example of the latter. They also include several other tracks which will be familiar to blues enthusiasts such as Leadbelly's 'Keep Your Hands Off Her' and 'There's a Man Going Round Taking Names' as well as Woody Guthrie's 'That Old Dust Storm'.

It's a really good stomping album.

Music Press, 1971.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE IN THE ARMY (Dawn)...

"The time is approaching one suspects when the goodtime heroes of Newcastle Under-Lyme will have to decide how rigidly they wish to conform to jug band style. For the sound which had people on their feet and dancing to 'In The Summertime' is beginning to wear thin on record.

The material on this album is all great, foot-tapping stuff but at least on the heavier rock'n roll of 'Northcote Arms' and 'Give Me Love' (both Ray Dorset songs) the absence of strong bass lines and the scanty attention given to Ray Dorset's singing detracts from the quality and impact.

Instrumentally, Mungo are halfway to stronger music with Dorset playing some attractive vintage electric guitar. He's also written the majority of the songs and quite effectively too. In expressing himself simply he has said quite a bit more than those songwriters who tackle abstract concepts inadequately . The title track informs you that anything from being ejected from your girls house for having long hair to being kicked by Her Majesty's Constabulary is part of your own little backdoor war.

Paul King has written a good song in 'Hey Rosalyn' and Guthrie's 'That Old Dust Storm' is included.

NME, 16th October, 1971.


19th November 

MUNGO JERRY 

City University, London 

20th November 

MUNGO JERRY 

Civic Hall, Guilford 

22nd November 

MUNGO JERRY 

City Hall, Sheffield 

25th November

MUNGO JERRY 

Mayfair Suite, Birmingham

26th November

MUNGO JERRY 

Lancaster University 

Mungo At Lancaster University
Mungo Jerry at Lancaster University

27th November 

MUNGO JERRY 

Cambridge Technical College 

28th November 

MUNGO JERRY 

Victoria Rooms, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent 

29th November 

MUNGO JERRY 

Guildhall, Portsmouth 

Portsmouth Guildhall Poster

3rd December 

MUNGO JERRY 

Queen Elizabeth's College, London 

11th December 

MUNGO JERRY 

University Of Essex 

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