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DISCOGRAPHY : THE SINGLES

In the good old days of vinyl, Mungo Jerry especially during the 1970's released many singles all over the world with tracks taken from albums and put out as 45's sometimes without any prior knowledge. It would be fairly impossible to list the full discography so we have focused on selected, mainly UK, Mungo Jerry and associated acts releases with a nod to those rare European singles.


MUNGO JERRY
In The Summertime/Mighty Man/Dust Pneumonia Blues
(DNX2502 - May 1970)
In The Summertime Sleeve

Mungo Jerry's debut single, or to be precise maxi-single, like an old E.P but played at 33 1/3 r.p.m, became a monster hit all over the world and stayed at No.1 in the UK for seven weeks during the summer of 1970. Following on from the band's amazing appearance at the Hollywood Music Festival, near Newcastle Under-Lyme, 'In The Summertime' raced to the top of the charts in two weeks and during one morning sold 73,000 copies.


MUNGO JERRY
Baby Jump/The Man Behind The Piano/Live From Hollywood
(DNX2505 - January 1971)
Baby Jump Sleeve

'Baby Jump' the follow-up to 'In The Summertime' came early in 1971, a full nine months later but became the band's second consecutive number one in the UK. A polar opposite to the jug band 'Summertime', it was a hard rocking number based on the groove of Vince Taylor's, 'Brand New Cadillac' and was backed by Paul King's amusing, 'The Man Behind The Piano' and a live recording taken from the previous years Hollywood Festival appearance.


MUNGO JERRY
Santo Antonio Santo Francisco/Peace In The Country
(Pye P67030 - 1971)
Santo Antonio Sleeve

One of the rarest of all Mungo Jerry singles is 'Santo Antonio Santo Francisco', a track recorded specially for the San Remo Song Festival. Not written by any of the band members, it was originally only available in Italy until a Greek release surfaced with an alternative sleeve, and film of the band playing the song later appeared on You Tube.

(Pictured is the Italian sleeve)


MUNGO JERRY
Lady Rose, Have a Whiff On Me/Milk Cow Blues, Little Louis
(DNX2510 - May 1971)
Lady Rose Original Sleeve

The magical 'Lady Rose' became a third hit for the band during the summer of 1971. Again, completely different to its predecessors, this one was more folky and in keeping with Mungo Jerry recordings, extremely catchy. It was destined to be three number ones in a row until the B.B.C banned the record because of the inclusion of drug song, 'Have a Whiff On Me'. The record had to be re-pressed with album track, 'She Rowed' appearing on the new disc but the time taken with re-pressing cost the band dear and it stalled at number four.


MUNGO JERRY
Lady Rose, She Rowed/Milk Cow Blues, Little Louis
(DNX2510 - May 1971)
Lady Rose/She Rowed Sleeve

The re-pressed version of 'Lady Rose' was duly released with 'Have a Whiff On Me' replaced by Ray Dorset's 'She Rowed' from the 'Electronically Tested' album. 'Lady Rose' was one of those numbers that truly defined the undoubted magic the band had. Like the original single, the disc included Mungo's brilliant version of the old Elvis number 'Milk Cow Blues' and Paul King's charming 'Little Louis'.


MUNGO JERRY
You Don't Have To Be In The Army To Fight In The War, The Sun Is Shining/O'Reilly, We Shall Be Free
(DNX2513 - September 1971)
You Don't Have To Be In The Army Sleeve

Another brilliant Ray Dorset composition and one of the longest titles ever to make the charts, 'You Don't Have To Be In The Army To Fight In The War', peaked only at No.13 and was to be the last of the 'original bands' maxi-singles. The record included three country blues numbers to complete the package and also had the bands washboard king Joe Rush guesting on both the single and the following album of the same name.


COUNTRY JUG
I'm Sorry, Do You Wanna/Flying
(Decca F13270 - 1971)
I'm Sorry Sleeve

Country Jug were the group that Joe Rush played with back then and Ray wrote two of the tracks on their one and only single - 'I'm Sorry' and 'Do You Wanna'. He also produced the record and the album that was recorded but not released, although part of the album surfaced many years later. Where's the rest of it? Country Jug supported Mungo many times and also were part of the Weeley Festival in 1971.


RAY DORSET
Cold Blue Excursion/I Need It
(DNS1018 - February 1972)
Cold Blue Excursion Portugese Sleeve

Title track of Ray Dorset's brilliant well received solo album, 'Cold Blue Excursion' released as a single in the February 1972. Possibly an odd choice of single, but Mungo Jerry's bass player, John Godfrey certainly believed in CBE, saying, "if Ray doesn't put this one out as a single, he's out of his skull"!

(No picture sleeve in the UK. Here is the Portuguese issue)


MUNGO JERRY
Open Up, Going Back Home/I Don't Wanna Go Back To School, No Girl Reaction
(DNX2514 - March 1972)
Open Up Sleeve

Very soon after the break-up of the band early in '72, Ray Dorset and bassist John Godfrey, who had remained with Mungo Jerry, and session musicians released their first (maxi) single called 'Open Up' and displayed a harder, rockier sound than fans had been used to very evident on 'No Girl Reaction', a re-working of 'Psychotic Reaction' previously recorded by Count Five in the 60's. It wasn't a major hit, 21 in the UK but showed that Mungo Jerry was alive and well.


PAUL KING
Whoa Buck/Zoe
(DNS1023 - March 1972)
Whoa Buck Single

Paul King's first solo single and taken from his 'Been In The Pen Too Long' album was 'Whoa Buck', an old Leadbelly song I believe. Strange choice for a single for me choosing a track that resembled Mungo Jerry so much? A better pick may have been the b-side, a delightful folky number called 'Zoe'.


KING EARL BOOGIE BAND
Plastic Jesus/If The Lord Don't Get You
(DNS1024 - June 1972)
Plastic Jesus French Sleeve

Formed after the break-up of the Mungo band, the King Earl Boogie Band featured Paul King, Colin Earl and Joe Rush with blues singer/guitarist Dave Lambert and bass player Russell Brown. Their debut single 'Plastic Jesus' gained rave reviews but was blacklisted by the B.B.C and sank without a trace.

(Pictured here is the French picture sleeve)


KING EARL BOOGIE BAND
Starlight/Goin' To German'
(DNS1028 - August 1972)
Starlight Single

Second and last single by the King Earl Boogie Band as they disbanded around the time of this release when Dave Lambert left to join The Strawbs.

(This is the UK promo issue)


MUNGO JERRY
My Girl & Me, Summer's Gone/46 & On, A Goodie Boogie Woogie
(DNX2515 - November 1972)

The follow-up to 'Open Up' was a double a-sided maxi featuring two of the tracks from Mungo Jerry's Autumn '72 LP, 'Boot Power', considered by many fans to be Mungo Jerry's best ever album. Both 'My Girl & Me' and '46 & On' were shortened versions of their cousins on 'Boot Power' and featured for the first time, new band members Jon Pope on keyboards and the 'colourful' Tim Reeves on drums - Mungo Jerry's first permanent drummer.


P. RUFUS KING
Look At Me Now/Nobody Knows
(DNS1031 - March 1973)

The second of Paul King's single releases on the Dawn label most notable for me for the b-side, a brilliant track called 'Nobody Knows'.

(Pictured is the UK promo issue)


MUNGO JERRY
Alright Alright Alright/Little Miss Hipshake
(DNS1037 - June 1973)

Mungo Jerry made a welcome return to the charts during the summer of 1973 with this rocking new single, 'Alright Alright Alright'. A new line-up featuring Johnny Cook on piano, and the former Chicken Shack rhythm section of Paul Hancox on drums and Bob Daisley on bass stormed up the charts to the number three slot.

(There was no picture sleeve in the UK and it is the German release pictured here)


MUNGO JERRY
Wild Love/Glad I'm a Rocker
(DNS1051 - October 1973)

Not as big a hit (32 in the UK) as 'Alright Alright Alright' but every bit as catchy, 'Wild Love' started life as 'Angel Child' and had Dave Bidwell formerly of Savoy Brown on drums. I first heard this one, as 'Angel Child', played at The Black Swan in Sheffield and it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.

(Again no picture bag in the UK so the French issue is displayed)


MUNGO JERRY
Long Legged Woman Dressed In Black/Gonna Bop 'Til I Drop
(DNS1061 March 1974)

Yet another hit for Mungo Jerry (No.13 in the UK) with Ian Milne on piano now and for the first time, a lead guitarist in Dick Middleton. The band were a tight blues/rock outfit by now playing ballrooms and colleges and it was this line-up that played the recorded gig for Capitol Radio resulting in a lifetime ban for playing the infamous 'Little Bit Of Love'.

(No UK sleeve, this is the Spanish pressing)


D'JURANN JURRANN
Streakin'/Oh! Janine
(DNS1068 - 1974)

Paul's version of the 'slightly' better known combo of the 80's recorded what Paul was to describe when looking back years later as '"total shit"! It seemed to be an attempt to cash in the craze of running through or across public places - starkers! The saving grace was a stunning b-side, 'Oh! Janine' had a lovely summer sound and told the tale of a hurricane - beautifully!

(No picture sleeve, this one came in just the regular Dawn bag)


MUNGO JERRY
All Dressed Up And No Place To Go, Shake 'Til I Break/Too Fast To Live And Too Young To Die, Burnin' Up
(DNS1092 - November 1974)

Billed as Rock'n Roll with Mungo Jerry and that's exactly what it is with four out-and-out rockers and another new line-up with John Brunning on lead guitar, Chris Warnes on bass and Jim Jewell on drums. Only piano player Ian Milne remained from the previous line-up and they all featured on the picture bag. Unfortunately no chart action for this particular offering but exciting stuff nonetheless.


MUNGO JERRY
Can't Get Over Loving You/Let's Go
(Polydor 2058603 - July 1975)

Mungo Jerry had left Pye and signed with Polydor with the promise of great things. This was their debut single that wasn't promoted at all at home in the UK but charted in Denmark of all places, peaking at number four in the charts.

(No picture sleeve in the UK. Here is the Dutch issue)


MUNGO JERRY
Hello Nadine/Bottle Of Beer
(Polydor 2058654 - November 1975)

Only Ray Dorset, playing a bouzouki and bass, and Colin Earl on piano, who had returned to the fold on piano on this 'Lady Rose'-like number that was to prove very popular charting in several territories but not the UK where it was poorly promoted.

(Again no picture sleeve in the UK. Pictured is the Japanese issue)


MUNGO JERRY
It's a Secret/English Girls
(Polydor 2058713 - 1976)

A non-UK release, 'It's a Secret' was another of those Polydor singles that made it big abroad, topping the charts in what was Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) and also doing particularly well in France. British based fans were keen to get their hands on this one for their collections as the b-side, 'English Girls' was only available on this single at the time.

(Usual red Polydor sleeve in the UK. Pictured is the Portuguese issue)


MUNGO JERRY
Don't Let Go/Give Me Bop
(Polydor 2058759 - July 1976)

Described by Dave Lee Travis as "what a fantastic song" on his then Radio 1 show, this summery offering with Joe Rush's washboard prominent captured perfectly, the feel and fun vibe this particular line-up had. The a-side was backed by a superb piece of rockabilly on the flip side called 'Give Me Bop'.

(No UK sleeve, this is the French pressing)


MUNGO JERRY
Lana/Give Me Bop
(Polydor 2058796 - 1976)

Another great non-UK release written and recorded by Ray with session musicians known amongst long-time Mungo fans as 'gypsy-rock'. Many of these hard to find tracks made their way on to a compilation album called 'Six-a-Side', a godsend for us UK fans at the time.

(No picture sleeve in the UK. Here is the Belgium issue)


RAY DORSET & MUNGO JERRY
Heavy Foot Stomp/That's My Baby
(Polydor 2058868 - March 1977)

Taken from the 'Lovin' In The Alleys, Fightin' In The Streets' album, this one featured Mick Eve from Gonzalez on saxophone. Mungo Jerry has always excelled at rockabilly, Ray has a natural feel for it, and the b-side was another prime example of this.

(Pictured is the German sleeve)


RAY DORSET & MUNGO JERRY
All That A Woman Should Be, Dragster Queen/Get Down On Your Baby
(Polydor 2230103 - May 1977)

This new single, or EP featured three tracks taken from the 'Lovin' In The Alleys, Fightin' In The Streets' LP, the lead track 'All That a Woman Should Be' also opened the album. The other two tracks were Dragster Queen and a shorter, than the album version, 'Get Down On Your Baby'. The EP title was 'Mungo Rox'


RAY DORSET & MUNGO JERRY
We're OK/Let's Make It
(Polydor 2058947 - October 1977)

Mungo explaining that his 'jeans are the tightest' and that 'we are the coolest'. The fan club described the track as having a kind of football chant vibe. The b-side was 'Let's Make It' from the 'Ray Dorset & Mungo Jerry' album.

(This is the French picture sleeve)


MUNGO JERRY
What's Her Name, What's Her Number/Why D'You Lie To Me
(Satellite SATS1001 - February 1980)

The first single on Ray Dorset's Satellite label was a nice piece of Pop, 'What's Her Name, What's Her Number' backed by a superb rock'n roll, boogie track, 'Why D'You Lie To Me'.


THE INSIDERS
Rollin' & Strollin'/She Had To Go
(Satellite SATS1002 - February 1980)

Released at the same time was 'Rollin' & Strollin' under the name of The Insiders who were basically the Mungo band playing 'whole-hoggin rhythm and blues' as the press ads proclaimed. With Ray now was, Dick Middleton on guitar, Doug Ferguson on bass, and Boris Williams (later of The Cure) on drums.


MUNGO JERRY
Summertime Holiday, Hooray It's Party Time/Night On The Town, Goodtime, Goodtime
(Satellite/Scratch HS406 - August 1980)

This one was most notable for the brilliant sleeve design by former Polydor art director Jo Mirowski who had designed Mungo's Polydor album sleeves. The package, 'Mungo's Summer Fun Package' featured two new tracks - 'Summertime Holiday' and 'Night On The Town' and two, 'Hooray It's Party Time' and 'Goodtime Goodtime' from the previous album. 'Summertime Holiday' was to be called 'Seaside Holiday' but after interest was shown in Germany (and they don't have any beaches) was changed to reflect that.


RAY DORSET & MUNGO JERRY
Knocking On Heavens Door/Hazel Eyes
(Stagecoach TRI101 - October 1981)

Mungo Jerry's reggae version of the Bob Dylan classic said to be the great man's favourite rendition of his song. The b-side was pretty tasty too, a slice of 'Gypsy Rock' called 'Hazel Eyes' although this Dutch issue had 'Heart Of Fire' from the 'Together Again' album for the flip side.

(No picture bag in the UK, here is the Dutch PS)


MUNGO JERRY featuring RAY DORSET & THE TARTS
There Goes My Heart My Heart Again/Thinking Of You
(Mach1 MAGIC008 - June 1983)

Happy sounding single from Mungo Jerry (featuring Ray Dorset and The Tarts who were Tami & Terri) released during the summer of 1983 and accompanied by a video showing Ray and his family enjoying a sunny day in their local town. Ray did a tour of local and national radio stations but Radio 1 ignored it and it failed to chart.


MUNGO JERRY AND THE BROTHERS GRIMM
In The Summertime '87/Got a Job
(Illegal MUNG1 - July 1987)

Ray had teamed up with brothers Nick and John Wren and together they produced a new version of 'In The Summertime' in 1987. The band at the time was another happy, fun-filled line-up with Nick and John on keyboards and drums respectively and Les Calvert on bass and Micky Frampton on percussion. The band undertook another major tour of Ireland and played the song live on Irish Breakfast TV.

(There was also a 12" version available)

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