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MUNGO JERRY DIARY : 1973

1973 was a big year for Mungo Jerry - bass player John Godfrey left the band and was replaced by Bob Daisley, a guy who went on to worldwide fame, working with such acts as, Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, Gary Moore, Uriah Heep, Black Sabbath and many others. Mungo also registered another huge summertime hit when the rocking 'Alright Alright Alright' stormed up the charts. As ever, if you can help fill in any gaps...just let us know...


9th February

MUNGO JERRY 

Plessey, Swindon 

10th February

MUNGO JERRY 

Aquarius Club, Hastings 

16th February 

MUNGO JERRY 

Country Bumpkin, Andover

17th February

MUNGO JERRY 

Stoneground, Manchester

19th February 

MUNGO JERRY 

Southend 

23rd February 

MUNGO JERRY 

Intercon, Worksop 

24th February 

MUNGO JERRY 

Intercon, Nottingham

3rd March

MUNGO JERRY 

County Cricket Ground, Northampton 

4th March

MUNGO JERRY 

Black Prince, Bexley 

9th March 

MUNGO JERRY 

Intercon, Halifax

10th March

MUNGO JERRY 

Intercon, Scarborough


JOHN GODFREY LEAVES MUNGO JERRY

John Godfrey

Bass player John Godfrey, who sadly passed away in 2014, decided to leave Mungo Jerry to be replaced by Bob Daisley. John provided some great bass lines on many classic Mungo recordings, such as 'Baby Jump' and 'Lady Rose' to name but two. I remember chatting to John after the gig at the Intercon in Scarborough just before he split and him asking if we fancied having a post-gig session. After asking where we were staying, I replied, "the park", to which he replied, "the Park Hotel? Where's that"?. "No", sez I, "THE PARK"!

He was understandably horrified as it was many degrees below zero and definitely not sleeping rough weather except for maybe Bear Grylls? One of my pals still hasn't let me forget it and says every time I bump into him, "you nearly killed me"!

A bit of an exageration, but it was cold!


12th March 

MUNGO JERRY 

Harlow 

16th March 

MUNGO JERRY 

The Winter Gardens, Blackpool 

18th March 

MUNGO JERRY 

The Torrington, North Finchley

25th March

MUNGO JERRY 

Denmark 

9th April

MUNGO JERRY 

Spinning Jenny Club, Accrington 

12th April 

MUNGO JERRY 

Brays Grove Youth Club, Harlow

29th April

MUNGO JERRY 

Grey Topper Club, Nottingham

4th - 6th May 

MUNGO JERRY 

Denmark 

15th May 

MUNGO JERRY 

Zero Fix International, Southend 

19th May 

MUNGO JERRY 

Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn

28th May

MUNGO JERRY 

Bumble Club, Stockport 

2nd June

MUNGO JERRY 

Glen Ballroom, Llanelli 

3rd June 

MUNGO JERRY 

Palace Lido, Isle Of Man


MUNGO JERRY : ALRIGHT ALRIGHT ALRIGHT
(Released June 1973 - UK Chart position No.3)

MUNGO JERRY: ALRIGHT ALRIGHT ALRIGHT - (Dawn)...

"Alright boys, it's alright. I mean it's not drivel or a work of genius. It kind of gets you going with a two beat riff and jolly vocals and it's probably their best chance of a hit since the great days of...'In The Summertime'. My God, can it really be three years ago since Hollywood Festival? ".

MUNGO JERRY: ALRIGHT ALRIGHT ALRIGHT (Dawn DNS1037...)

"Well we haven't seen this merry group in the chart for several long months. No doubt many people will be glad to see them return with their very own recipe of cheerful pop. As someone remarked to me this week, "What a summery sound this group have." And they're right, Mungo have become as much a part of the British summer as Wimbledon fortnight or Henley. This particular song is a happy bouncy work, which is both simple or effective. It opens with a brief instrumental phase, followed by some high pitched hooting vocals, after which the verse starts. Uncomplicated lines such as "some say that, some say this, some say no and some say yes" ensure that all types of people will understand it. Idiots, complete idiots and even singles reviewers should have no difficulty.".


14th June

MUNGO JERRY 

The Granary, Bristol

28th June 

MUNGO JERRY 

Harper Adams Agricultural College, Newport 

29th June 

MUNGO JERRY 

Devonshire Hall, Leeds University 


DEVONSHIRE HALL, LEEDS UNIVERSITY : 29th JUNE, 1973

Mungo Jerry 1972

"I remember the gig at Leeds University's Devonshire Hall 'well'. It was an all-night summer ball, dinner jackets, the lot with Mungo Jerry, promoting their new single, 'Alright Alright Alright', the Headliners on a steaming hot night. We all travelled in our jeans and t-shirts and changed into our hired tuxedos on site.

I have a feeling that Shakin' Stevens was on the bill as well, before he made it big, but don't quote me on it. I can't remember how long the bands played into the night but we were still there for breakfast and had an absolutely fantastic time".

Alan.


30th June 

MUNGO JERRY 

The Granary, Bristol

5th July

MUNGO JERRY 

Liverpool (venue not known) 

6th July

MUNGO JERRY 

Wradnor (venue not known) 

11th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Holesworthy Festival, North Devon

14th July

MUNGO JERRY 

The Bandstand, Spurriers Town Park, Harlow


HARLOW TOWN PARK: 14th JULY, 1973

"I went to see Mungo Jerry at Harlow Town Park with certain reservations as to their musical ability and entertainment value. But let's give Mungo their due, they are a very professional Top Twenty pop group and Ray Dorset has really got together a fine band. OK, so the band might lack it a little when it comes to musical inventiveness and originality, but they come up with some great tunes and play some tasty rock and roll. Although Mungo sound more like a rock band these days, they haven't forgotten their old fans and played all their old favourites but with new freshness. Dorset is still the star and played the part magnificently all night. His throaty vocals and guitar playing were better than ever as he led the band into such numbers as 'Open Up' one of the band's many hits of the past. They also did great versions of their new single, 'Alright Alright Alright' and 'In The Summertime' which had nearly all the audience dancing or banging cans in time with the music, and my favourite number of the set, 'Lady Rose'. Ray did something that many of our great heavy rock bands can't. He had boppers, rockers, freaks, Mums and Dads all digging the act. A great evening, free, in the park - in the summertime".


16th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Porthcawl (venue not known) 

17th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Newquay (venue not known) 

19th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Spain

27th July

MUNGO JERRY 

Antrim (venue not know) 

28th July

MUNGO JERRY 

City Hall, Cork 


CITY HALL CORK : 28TH JULY, 1973

SET LIST:

(Possibly partial)

Too Much Monkey Business
Hit Me
Little Bit Of Love
Lady Rose
In The Summertime
Mighty Man
Open Up


29th July 

MUNGO JERRY 

Showboat, Yougall

31st July

MUNGO JERRY 

Marquee, Sligo

3rd August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Queens Court Motel, Bangor 

4th August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Marine Ballroom, Enniscrone 

5th August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Atlantic Ballroom, Tranmore

6th August

MUNGO JERRY 

Lake County Hotel, Mullingar 

8th August

MUNGO JERRY 

The Manger, Galway 

9th August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Astoria, Bundoran

10th August

MUNGO JERRY 

Kelly's Motel, Port Rush

11th August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Carlton, Kilkenny 


MUNGO JERRY'S RAGGED EDGES

"It was one of those curious quirks of fate that Mungo Jerry, with a single high in the chart, should be playing in the sweaty environs of a Saturday night dance in the Carlton Ballroom in Kilkenny in Southern Ireland instead of some more prestigious engagement nearer home.

Their tour in Ireland has been a 20 night trek that has taken them North and South of the border. It was set up about three months ago so local promoter, Arthur Walters, certainly struck lucky when 'Alright Alright Alright' became a best seller. The Kilkenny date was the group's seventeenth of the tour so it was not surprising that they sounded at times tired and that their music had ragged edges more often than not. The band builds itself on a basis of raw rock and roll with Ray Dorset's raucous, yelling vocals providing the focal point, backed up by his own competent guitar, plus organ, bass and drums.

There are the obligatory performances of hits in their programme - 'In The Summertime', 'Lady Rose' and 'Alright Alright Alright' - mixed with standard rock material and Ray Dorset's own compositions such as 'Mighty Man', one of his jug band style songs and 'Hit Me', an extended excursion using riffs from the guitar and organ. There are no musical surprises from the group. Dorset works at getting the audience involved and much of what comes from the band seems to depend on what they get from way of reaction from the audience. The Kilkenny crowd responded quite well although the wait prior to the to the group's appearance seemed to have caused a litlle disappointment and discomfort in the tightly packed dance hall.

This probably wasn't one of Mungo Jerry's better performances understandably so because of all of the travelling they had done prior to this particular date. In fact they completed what is believed to be the longest tour by any British group to visit Ireland".

Tony Wilson - Music Press, 1973.


12th August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Showboat, Yougall 

13th August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Eamonn Andrews Television Club, Dublin

22nd August

MUNGO JERRY 

Tiffany's, Bristol 

23rd August

MUNGO JERRY 

Queen's Hall, Barnstable 

24th August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Wincanton Racecourse

25th August

MUNGO JERRY 

Aquarius Club, Lincoln

26th August 

MUNGO JERRY 

New World Ballroom, Blackpool 

27th August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Bribox Theatre, New Malden 

28th August 

MUNGO JERRY 

Queens Hotel, Westcliff On-Sea

29th August

MUNGO JERRY 

Assembly Rooms, Worthing 

31st August - 1st September

MUNGO JERRY 

Barbarella's, Birmingham 

2nd September

MUNGO JERRY 

Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe 

3rd September 

MUNGO JERRY 

Flamingo Club, Chester

4th September

MUNGO JERRY 

Heavy Steam Machine, Hanley 

7th September

MUNGO JERRY 

Locarno, Sunderland 

8th September

MUNGO JERRY 

Viking, Seahouses 


SUNDERLAND/SEAHOUSES/SHEFFIELD : SEPTEMBER, 1973

"My days of following Mungo were in full swing by now and I remember three gigs during September, 1973 firstly at Sunderland, followed by a gig at The Viking Club at Seahouses on the Northumberland coast the following day.

That gig at the Viking was made more memorable as I recall there being a massive punch-up that drove the band off-stage for a time before piano player Johnny Cook broke the ice by playing 'wild west-bar room style'.

The following week, we were at the Black Swan, Sheffield - where I first heard the band's forthcoming single, then called 'Angel Child' - it made the hairs stand up on the back of my head".


9th September

MUNGO JERRY 

Woods Centre, Colchester 

10th September

MUNGO JERRY 

Top Of The World, Stafford 

14th September

MUNGO JERRY 

Nottingham (venue not known) 

16th September

MUNGO JERRY 

Black Swan, Sheffield

17th September

MUNGO JERRY 

Shrewsbury (venue not known) 

22nd September

MUNGO JERRY 

Greece 

28th September 

MUNGO JERRY 

Bristol Polyrechnic 

29th September 

MUNGO JERRY 

Manchester College 

30th September 

MUNGO JERRY 

Coventry (venue not known)


MUNGO JERRY : WILD LOVE
(Released October 1973 - UK Chart position No.32)

MUNGO JERRY: WILD LOVE - (Dawn)

"What this one does is stomp along, with the very likeable Ray Dorset doing his wild animalistic noises and vocal refrains out front for the customers. It's full of riffs, hey-hos, repeated title phrases, and bits of talking. It'll hit the charts in a big way, but for me doesn't have the same instant appeal of 'Alright' (three times over). a hit then...but not entirely my cup of 'Rosie Jerry'".

CHART CERT.

Music Press, 1973.

MUNGO JERRY: WILD LOVE (Dawn DNS1051)

"Ray Dorset hollers another hit from the depths of his hot rasping throat, while the band boogies - but gently. Listen to the bouncing beat and tell me if it isn't worth a set of silver tea spoons and treble stamps".

Music Press, 1973.


5th October

MUNGO JERRY 

Swansea University 

6th October 

MUNGO JERRY 

Dreamland Ballroom, Margate 

8th - 11th October 

MUNGO JERRY 

France 

13th October 

MUNGO JERRY 

St.Martins College, Lancaster

15th October

MUNGO JERRY 

Hazel's Club, Aylesbury 

19th - 27th October

MUNGO JERRY 

Germany 

30th October 

MUNGO JERRY 

Warren Country Club, Bredbury

1st November

MUNGO JERRY 

Locarno, Sunderland

2nd November 

MUNGO JERRY 

Grafton Rooms, Liverpool (Private) 

3rd November 

MUNGO JERRY 

Palace Lido, Isle Of Man 

8th November 

MUNGO JERRY 

Golden Palms, Blackburn

9th November

MUNGO JERRY 

Borough Hall, Greenwich 

10th November

MUNGO JERRY 

Aquarius Club, Hastings

Aquarius Poster

15th - 18th November 

MUNGO JERRY 

France

1st December

MUNGO JERRY 

Leicester University

9th December

MUNGO JERRY 

Sheffield Polytechnic 

10th December

MUNGO JERRY 

The Rainbow, London 

14th December 

MUNGO JERRY 

The Flamingo, Hereford

15th December

MUNGO JERRY 

Spotlight Club, R.A.F Brize Norton

24th December 

MUNGO JERRY 

California Ballroom, Dunstable 


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