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MUNGO JERRY DIARY : 1972

1972 of course saw the end of the Mungo Jerry band as we knew it with Paul and Colin's failed attempt to have Ray sacked resulting in they themselves leaving and forming the King Earl Boogie Band with Joe Rush. Ray, with John Godfrey, of course carried on as Mungo Jerry with a harder, more rocking band. As ever, if you can help fill in any gaps...just let us know...


10th January - 14th January 

MUNGO JERRY 

One of the guests on The Johnnie Walker Radio 1 Show 

THE FAR EAST, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND : 1972

Mungo Jerry Australia 1972 Mungo Jerry Australia 1972 Mungo Jerry 1972

1st January - 10th February 

MUNGO JERRY 

Singapore/Kuala Lumpur/Australia/ New Zealand/Japan 

"Saw Mungo Jerry in Perth, Australia in January 1972 - it was summer and an open air concert at night. They gave a really great performance...goodtime, fun music! They didn't need a drummer, they got such a great pumping sound from the bottle, Mungo also gave an impromptu performance on the local beach - MAGIC" !!!
Ron Cooper, Zabadak Magazine.

The tour of the Far East and Australia was notable as the last tour the band would undertake. Despite an undercurrent of tension, the guys still managed to have a great time with many memorable gigs.

Ray Dorset was obviously aware of the problems but still remembered the tour with fondness saying, "it wasn’t all gloom and doom, we did have a lot of laughs and met some interesting characters. We broke attendance records in New Zealand previously held by Elton John and had big audiences in Australia."

Colin Earl for his part said in later years, "Sydney Cricket Ground, moving on to New Zealand, where at the open-air concert, we broke all previous records. Also Wellington City Hall was packed and the atmosphere was electric - we could still do it"!

Ray Dorset, Australia 1972 Paul King, Australia 1972 Ray Dorset, Australia 1972

Thanks to Robert Pell for the photographs from this gig at the Festival Hall, Melbourne


THE BREAK-UP

RAY DORSETThe Young Ray Dorset

"I think that it was wrong for the band to split when and how it did, the differences should have been sorted out, we could have included a drummer/percussionist in the line up and gone forward and work on becoming a respected album and concert act, we definitely had the platform to do this and we together with our management/production were all learning about the mechanics of the music business".

COLIN EARL

"The original Mungo Jerry, and by that I mean Ray, Paul and myself with genuine help from Joe Rush, was an original. It could have been great. It nearly was. 60's revival shows, night clubs were tuxedos are the norm, that's not what Mungo Jerry was about. It was people, people who wanted to be part of their own music. Ask any of those 35,000 that were at Hollywood, on that early summer evening in 1970. They'll remember, they'll remember 'till the day they die how the music, their music, moved them".

PAUL KING

"In the beginning, we took the music world by storm, not only because of our style of music, but also of the rough and ready image and carefree attitude we displayed on and off the stage - we were in fact at this time very unique. We were a hit all the way around the world and from Eskimo's to Aborigines, they loved us! Mungo, was a blend of us all, colourful, a bit roguish and above all, totally different in the way we sat down and pumped out our earthy but happy-go-lucky style of music".


RAY DORSET : COLD BLUE EXCURSION
Cold Blue Excursion SleeveCold Blue Excursion Inner SleeveCold Blue Excursion Back Sleeve
(Released February 1972)

FIRST SOLO ALBUM FROM RAY DORSET...

"The voice from Mungo Jerry has obviously set out to prove himself as a songwriter and an individual performer. On both counts, he gets full marks for versatility! Ray not only sings, he plays 6 and 12 string acoustic and electric guitars, and it all sounds great against full orchestral backing and added vocals. Title track is also Ray's current single, and his fans will be happy with set of twelve new Dorset compositions".

DORSET DOESN'T LACK IN SOUL...

"Paul King and Ray Dorset, makers of Mungo Jerry's material, have both recorded solo albums in recent months, and here we have Ray's offering. No sleeve credits for the horn section that launches off the opening track, but we do know that assisting Ray Dorset are Mike McNaught, Dave Markee, Mike Travis, Sue and Sunny, Joe Rush, John Godfrey and Colin Earl. We also know that there is another dimension to the artist besides his obvious Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie inspired compositions, although Dorset has used a few paragraphs from Guthrie's 'Born To Win' to preface the album. All in all it's a very listenable album as Ray shows that he is not lacking in soul - but at the same time he gives Mungo buffs a treat with 'Have Pity On Me'. The overall feel of the album is vital and persuasive".

RAY DORSET - COLD BLUE EXCURSION (Dawn)...

"This is a beautifully varied and entertaining first solo album from leader and lead singer, Ray of Mungo Jerry. Songs range from the rocking opening number with lovely brass and backing vocals from Sue and Sunny; to sad little acoustic songs like 'With Me' to the rumbustious Mungo 'pub' songs Ray is undoubtedly a fine and talented songwriter, the album is beautifully produced, clear and orderly".

SOLO SUCCESS FOR DORSET...

"Inside every lead singer is a soloist struggling to get out. Ray Dorset has at last achieved his ambition and, having completed this solo LP, will doubtless re immerse himself in Mungo Jerry happy at having got it out of his system. Mind you, I have nothing but praise for Ray's efforts on this disc. He has set out to cover as wide a range as possible and has written 12 songs which give full rein to his versatility. Maybe he finds the rock'n skiffle, jug-and -bottle approach of Mungo too restrictive. In any event, he's sure gone to town here. for no two tracks are alike. I won't burden you with a list of titles because being all new songs they will be meaningless to you. But put this album on the turntable and, before you know it, you will slip from a blues into a country ditty then into a country ditty, then on to an enchanting folk-flavoured air. You'll find an out-and-out rocker, a touch of trad jazz, a sing-a-long and some pure straight-forward pop. Plus, a slight hangover from Ray's association from Mungo. Punctuated by the unmissable harmonies from Sue and Sunny and brilliant orchestral scorings - for which Ray was partly responsible. A remarkably varied collection - if anything a little too stark in its contrasts - which provides ample scope for Ray's many, and hitherto unsuspected talents".


PAUL KING : BEEN IN THE PEN TOO LONG
Been In The Pen Too Long SleeveBeen In The Pen Too Long Inner SleeveBeen In The Pen Too Long Back Sleeve
(Released February 1972)

ALBUM OF THE MONTH (Beat Instrumental)...

"If you can imagine Marc Bolan joining Mungo Jerry and Dave Swarbrick dropping in on their first recording session, then you'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect when you buy your copy of 'Been In The Pen Too Long'. Now that's in no way a put down of Paul King but a compliment! This album is without pretensions and plenty of good-time chug-along music - son of Mungo Jerry style. It goes to show just how much King contributed to the Mungo Jerry sound anyway. A great first solo album from King and definitely one to listen to, buy and then place on your record shelves".

BEEN IN THE PEN TOO LONG...

"This solo album by the ex-Mungo Jerry member was recorded before he left the group in March. Judging these songs he would stand a fair chance as a solo artist - but he obviously hasn't that in mind as he recently formed a new group with Colin Earl (also from Mungo). King wrote everything except two Leadbelly songs ('Jean Harlow' and 'Whoa Buck', his new single). Johnny Van Derrick's violin stands out on several tracks, often giving a ragtime feel. One shock is the obvious Mungo sound on 'Candy Man' complete with banjo and kazoo, not to mention the 'grunts and groans' on '3 Dog Night'. But despite this, it's a fine album".


NEW MUNGO MEN

Mungo Jerry who recently lost Paul King and Colin Earl, have been joined by new men, Jon Pope (keyboards) and Tim Reeves (drums). King and Earl quit over musical policy; Mungo's Ray Dorset and John Godfrey want to play more rock'n roll in future. Said a spokesman; "They don't just sit and play now; Ray Dorset does a lot of leaping about on stage


2nd March

MUNGO JERRY 

William Ashton Theatre, Wrexham 

6th March

MUNGO JERRY 

Civic Centre, Gravesend 

10th March 

MUNGO JERRY 

Goldsmith College, London

11th March

MUNGO JERRY 

St.George's Hall, Bradford

12th March 

MUNGO JERRY 

Floral Hall, Southport 

17th March 

MUNGO JERRY 

Newcastle Polytechnic 

18th March 

MUNGO JERRY 

Civic Centre, Whitchurch


MUNGO JERRY : OPEN UP
(Released March 1972 - UK Chart position No.21)


24th March

MUNGO JERRY 

Flamingo, Hereford

25th March

MUNGO JERRY 

City Hall, St.Albans 

28th March 

MUNGO JERRY 

King George's Hall, Blackburn 

30th March 

MUNGO JERRY 

Harlow Playhouse 

1st April 

MUNGO JERRY 

Margate Dreamland 

10th - 14th April

MUNGO JERRY 

Guests on The Johnnie Walker Radio 1 Show 

30th April

MUNGO JERRY 

Golden Shot TV Show 



12th May

MUNGO JERRY 

Criterion, Picadilly Circus, London 

24th May

MUNGO JERRY 

ITV Lift Off TV Show 

22nd - 26th May

MUNGO JERRY 

Guests On Alan Freeman Radio 1 Show 

29th May

MUNGO JERRY 

Locarno, Blackpool 

30th May

MUNGO JERRY 

Locarno, Stevenage 

4th June 

MUNGO JERRY 

Palace Lido, Isle Of Man 


PALACE LIDO, ISLE OF MAN

(From June - August Fan Club Newsletter)
Mungo Jerry 1972

"Sunday 4th June, Mungo played the Palace Lido, Isle Of Man, for the first time. From the response the 3,000 packed crowd gave to each number, it was obvious that their visit had been long delayed.The crowd did not seem to be able to enough of Mungo's music. They were still calling out for more (after two encores) long after Mungo had finished playing. A few over-enthusiastic fans grabbed Ray's leg and nearly pulled him off the stage"!


8th - 10th June 

MUNGO JERRY 

Top Hat, Spennymoor 

16th June 

MUNGO JERRY 

Wincanton Racecourse 

17th June 

MUNGO JERRY 

Assembly Hall, Melksham 

18th June 

MUNGO JERRY 

Floral Hall, Scarborough 

20th June 

MUNGO JERRY 

Buchanan Castle Park, Drymen. 


BUCHANAN CASTLE, DRYMEN

(From Alistair Paul, sent in March 2017)
Tim Reeves 1972

It was one heck of a night, String Driven Thing and The JSD Band were the supporting acts, it was in a large marquee on the flood plain of the river Endrick just below Buchanan Castle. Really enjoyed it as it was the first concert I was ever at.

On the way home from the gig there was a bad car accident at the end of the road where we lived in Balloch, a Lotus Cortina had taken the front end off of a van that was pulling out of our road, the van was being driven by one of the apprentices that worked for my father, both drivers were ok but the police threw the book at the Cortina driver, wrong side of the road and he was doing well over 100mph, his car stopped about 200m further down the road and it had the front wheel and suspension from the van still stuck in the front of it.

Going to the concert was a spur of the moment thing seeing as it was my birthday that day, after the concert my father was deaf in his left ear for the rest of his life, it was maybe a high price to pay but we both enjoyed it.


23rd June 

MUNGO JERRY 

Ranmore House, Sheffield

24th June

MUNGO JERRY 

The Stonebow, York

28th June

MUNGO JERRY 

Dorothy Ballroom, Cambridge 

29th June 

MUNGO JERRY 

College Of Commerce, Hull 

30th June

MUNGO JERRY 

Fruit Market, Glasgow 

1st July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Grangemouth Town Hall 

4th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

West Parade, Rhyl 

6th - 7th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

'Band Call', TV, Glasgow (Transmission on the 9th - Scottish regions only) 

8th - 9th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Budapest, Hungary 


BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

(From June - August Fan Club Newsletter)
Ray Dorset 1972

"After flying back from Glasgow, Mungo flew to Budapest for two days. This another place they have never played before. They played in an open-air stadium to an audience of 15,000 each night.

The crowd went really mad trying to get on stage. Because of Mungo's popularity, they were asked to make a return visit in a couple of months. This was the first time a band has been re-booked on the spot"!


KING EARL BOOGIE BAND : TROUBLE AT MILL
(Released July 1972)

TROUBLE AT MILL...

"A lot of people are going to ignore this album because of Paul King and Colin Earl's association with Mungo Jerry. That's cool if you want to shut your mind, but unfair to musicians involved who have come up with a fun album they can be proud of. Like Mungo, it is boogie. But unlike the Mungo of late, it stretches out and over Russell John Brown's bass work and Joe Rush's workboard percussive work, there are some fine instrumental parts. Especially from Dave Lambert, who although a shining acoustic guitarist, plays some of the tastiest electric guitar of his career. His fluid trebly electric fill-ins on both, 'If The Lord Don't Get You' and on Ewan McColl's 'Go Down You Murderers' are both exciting in their menacing power and passionate in his obvious love for the music he is playing. It is on acoustic guitar that his best work is heard. On 'Keep Your Hands Off My Woman', where he takes a mandolin style solo, but unfortunately there is not enough of it on the album for one to be fully aware of his style. It is Dave who is the most important person in the Boogie Band. In that he is the most obvious front man. His songs are more intricate and interesting than the rest of the band and as a singer, he has a blues voice that few singers could match. Interesting to hear him paying homage to Paul McCartney on 'Live Your Own Life P.Mc', a courageous thing to do when the consensus of opinion is firmly against the former Beatle. The King Earl Boogie Band could be a springboard for him, but I hope not because they inject a little humour into a business almost empty of it".

KING EARL BOOGIE BAND - TROUBLE AT MILL (Dawn)...

"Mungo Jerry always struck me as a strange creature, hovering between an out-and-out disposable pop group and a nice, blues rooted and rather less instantly assimilable boogie band. I think with this offshoot, we have the boogie half - the sort of band you might find grinning on Top Of The Pops too much but you'd always be glad to find playing at the club around the corner. A brave move, King and Earl, and to judge by this album, a rewarding one; it's not all head-nodding choogaloo, though that's the feel that predominates, and my only reservation is that much of it seems a bit lightweight. For a duo, they've got a nice chunky feel, but they haven't really used the potential of a five-piece band - it could do with a bit more positive and definite playing in the rhythm section. The things that succeed best are songs like, 'Take Me Back' and 'If The Lord Don't Get You' but I feel they don't quite pull off the jokier things like 'Bovver Blues' and 'Plastic Jesus' (the new single) - it doesn't sound as if there is much conviction in the good-timing, but then that's difficult to pull off in the studio at the best of times. A nice album".

PLASTIC JESUS (The single)...

"First Paul King on his own and now with the King Earl Boogie Band. King has more of the Mungo Jerry in his music, 'Plastic Jesus' has more of the summertime happiness about it, even it reminds me of the Temperance Seven in places. Produced by Dave Cousins. Great number"!

"With a sort of hoe-down, steel guitar-y feel to it, not to mention the odd touch of Gospels, and a general spirit of good humours - sort of like the early Mungo Jerry stuff. If it gets the plays, it's likely to be a giant smash. CHART CHANCE".

...Of course, 'Plastic Jesus' was blacklisted by the B.B.C, Dave Lambert left to join the Strawbs and after the release of their second single, 'Starlight', the Boogie Band disbanded...


SPANISH GIGS, JULY 1972

(From June - August Fan Club Newsletter)
Ray Dorset 1972

"Sunday 16th June, we flew from Heathrow to Palma, Majorca. After a four hour delay we caught a connection flight to Alicante. From there, we drove to a small village called Calpe, where we stayed at 'La Manzenara', a freaky pop-village. That night, Mungo were supposed to open a new club in Benidorm, The Club 3000 and play there for four nights. Unfortunately, Chris and Ray (the roadies) had trouble with the van and reached the French/Spanish border just after it had closed. Mungo were unable to open the club officially that night although they went to the club and made an appearance and explained to the crowd what had happened. However, after looking at the stage, they realised that even if their equipment had been there, they would probably not have been able to play. The piano was out of tune, there was no power and water was dripping on to the stage from the ceiling. Mungo were assured that everything would be fixed for them to play on Monday. It seemed that the owner of the club wasn't very good at keeping his word. On arriving at the gig on Monday, the same untuned piano was on stage, water was still dripping and worst of all, the power that they were meant to use kept fluctuating in its voltage. Ray pointed out that with the power in that state, it would be impossible to play. About two hours later, they had altered it, though it still fluctuated slightly. Mungo played a one hour set with water dripping on their heads and an untuned piano for the next two nights".


24th July

MUNGO JERRY 

Chelsea Village, Bournemouth

25th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Top Rank, Sheffield 

26th July

MUNGO JERRY 

Top Rank, Liverpool 

27th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Top Rank, Watford 

28th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Top Rank, Birmingham 

29th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Felixstowe Pier Pavillion 

31st July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Top Rank, Bognor Regis 

2nd August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Top Rank, Cardiff 

3rd August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Top Rank, Hanley 

4th August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Top Rank, Swansea 

5th August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Dorothy Ballroom, Cambridge

11th August 

MUNGO JERRY 

11th National Jazz and Blues Festival, Reading

THE READING FESTIVAL

(Poster and Part Of Contract)

12th August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Spar Hall, Bridlington

13th August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Isle Of Man

19th August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Marquee, Peterborough

21st August

MUNGO JERRY 

Chelsea Village, Bournemouth

23rd August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Town Hall, Torquay.

Torquay Gig Ticket.

25th August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Lee Round Table, Nr; Warrington 

26th August

MUNGO JERRY 

Dreamland Ballroom, Margate 

28th August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Bradford Festival

29th - 30th August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Canvey Island

1st September

MUNGO JERRY 

Cavendish, Nottingham 

7th September

MUNGO JERRY 

Guildhall, Preston 

9th September

MUNGO JERRY 

The Village Disco, (Hard Rock), Manchester 

30th September

MUNGO JERRY 

Belfrey, Sutton Coldfield 


MUNGO JERRY : BOOT POWER
(Released October 1972)

MUNGO JERRY - BOOT POWER...

"Ray Dorset has written and co-produced this new Mungo Jerry album and it's a strong musical offering from the band. There are 11 tracks that display the range of Mungo Jerry and it must surely be well received by their many fans".

MUNGO MELT AWAY...

"This a kind of sad album. In student days of '70 and '71, it was quite a buzz to go down to the pub, get totally wrecked on cider, put every single Mungo Jerry record on the jukebox, stomp feet and chant along, if a trifle erratically. But by then, the band became a full-tilt Ray Dorset ego boogie and that particular Mungo Jerry charm just melted away. The cover of 'Boot Power' depicts Dorset on the fold-out as Dennis The Menace, and Mungo Jerry as Clockwork Orange types on the front. The songs find Ray tackling heavier topics than in the old days in a more conventional electric rock style. The trouble is that a charming but slight talent has strayed into areas which have effectively erased his charm and left the slightness bared. Sad, but nothing lasts forever".

Charles Shaar Murray.


6th October

MUNGO JERRY 

Great Hall, University Of Exeter 

7th October

MUNGO JERRY 

Wincanton Racecourse 

14th October

MUNGO JERRY 

Borough Road College, Isleworth 

16th October

MUNGO JERRY 

Tiffany's, Great Yarmouth 

20th October

MUNGO JERRY with THE KINKS 

Leeds University 

21st October

MUNGO JERRY 

Chelsea College, London 

26th October

MUNGO JERRY 

One of the guests on the the Dave Cash Radio show 

27th October

MUNGO JERRY 

Aberystwyth University - CANCELLED

(due to Ray's tonsillitis) 

3rd November

MUNGO JERRY 

Bradford University 

4th November

MUNGO JERRY 

Melody Rooms, Norwich 

11th November

MUNGO JERRY 

Lees Cliff Hall, Folkestone 

16th November

MUNGO JERRY 

Scotland 

17th November

MUNGO JERRY 

Glasgow University 

18th November

MUNGO JERRY 

Edinburgh 

19th November

MUNGO JERRY 

Scotland 

25th November

MUNGO JERRY 

Intercon Club, Nottingham 

29th November - 3rd December

MUNGO JERRY 

Germany 

6th December

MUNGO JERRY 

Goldmine Club, Canvey Island 

14th December

MUNGO JERRY 

London College Of Fashion 

19th December

MUNGO JERRY 

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend 

22nd December

MUNGO JERRY 

Winter Gardens, Eastbourne
Eastbourne Ticket


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