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MUNGO JERRY DIARY : 1986 to 1989

The start of 1986 saw Ray Dorset working on two television shows - comedy drama 'Prospects' and the childrens show 'Wizbit' starring Paul Daniels.

Once again, we are a bit sparse on the date/gig front in places but we are showing all we have for each individual year.


1986

FAN CLUB NEWSLETTER : FEBRUARY 1986

As British members will be aware, 'Wizbit' the childrens TV show is currently being transmitted. Ray wrote three songs for the programme as well as having a hand in choosing the theme tune. None of the songs by Ray have been released before, although he has recorded different versions of those that are used in the show. I hope soon to have news of an LP to be issued from the show. 'Wizbit' is very popular with young children, and kids are heard to be singing the theme tune, 'Ha Ha This-a-Way' all over the country. 'Ha Ha This-a-Way' is an old Leadbelly song that Ray recommended to Barry Murray, the shows producer. You will remember that Barry is Mungo's old producer from the old days. I have heard an old demo tape of Mungo doing 'Ha Ha This-a-Way' and the sound takes you back to the 70's.

Wizbit pictureProspects sleeve

By the time that you receive this newsletter, 'Prospects', the other TV show Ray is involved in will have had its first showing. It is being transmitted by Channel 4 on Wednesday evenings at 9 p.m and lasts for an hour. There are twelve parts to the first series. Ray has written several songs for the show, including the theme song that is being released on the 17th February as a single. Full details are as follows;

'Prospects c/w Stay Sharp is recorded by Made In England featuring Ray Dorset on the Red Bus label - Cat No: RBUS 2208, distributed by PRT.

Made In England are a new band who issued 'Stay Sharp' last year and they did a couple of TV shows to promote it. Ray is not involved with this song. A song of Ray's used in the series was in fact a demo song made in his bedroom and the producers liked it so much that this is the version used as there was not time to go and record a top quality version. It is a song from the Mungo live set called 'Thankyou Very Much'. As with 'Wizbit', an LP will be issued in the near future featuring Ray Dorset's songs, with full details sent as I receive them.

Best wishes and Keep On Rockin', Derek.


8th March

MUNGO JERRY

Fulham


FULHAM, LONDON: 8th MARCH, 1986

1986 Band Live

SET LIST:

Little Miss Hipshake/How Sweet It Is/Somebody Stole My Wife/Long Legged Woman Dressed In Black/Lady Rose/I Wanna Kiss You All Over/In The Summertime/See You Later Alligator/Little Bit Of Love/Alright Alright Alright/She Loves Me Like a Woman/Baby Jump/Rock 'n Roll/Mighty Man/Black Betty/I Heard It Through The Grapevine/Thankyou Very Much/We've Got To Go/Really Had a Goodtime


28th - 30th March

RAY DORSET and JOE RUSH
(with Mick Frampton)

Pub Gigs in Brittany, France


"Ray invited me to France to holiday with him and his family, while there we were also to play as a jug band in the local pubs and clubs. This was the first time that I had met Joe Rush, the funniest man that I have ever met. Nobody else I know orders a beer over the microphone whilst Ray is singing. A typical day was spent on the beach, eating oysters and drinking sparkling cider. Driving to the gig at our leisure , arriving maybe three hours early (unknown for Dorset!), the owner would lay on food and drink and the atmosphere was casual and informal. If you have heard the tape of 'Mungo In Brittany', you will hear that Ray made up many new songs on that tour, 'Red Leather and Chrome' springs to mind. It was brilliant!!!" - Mick Frampton

Joe Rush & Ray Dorset


26th April

MUNGO JERRY

Seaham Leisure Centre


MUNGO JERRY : 1986

(Ray Dorset, Dave Mitchell - guitar, Ray Davies - bass, Glen Lee - drums)


1987

15th May

MUNGO JERRY 

Liberal Club, Carlisle

16th May

MUNGO JERRY 

Uskvale Country Club, Cwmoody, Pontypool

22nd May

MUNGO JERRY 

Royal Agriculture College (Private)

30th May

MUNGO JERRY 

P.C Club, Norwich

1st - 3rd June

MUNGO JERRY 

Finland

5th June

MUNGO JERRY 

Ponderosa Park, Hopton On-Sea, Great Yarmouth

6th June

MUNGO JERRY 

Woban House Country Club, Wakefield

11th - 20th June

MUNGO JERRY 

Iceland

25th June

MUNGO JERRY 

Merseyview, Overton Hill, Frodsham

26th June

MUNGO JERRY 

R.A.F, Haverfordwest (Private)

27th June

MUNGO JERRY 

Merseyview, Overton Hill, Frodsham

MUNGO JERRY LIVE AT THE MERSEYVIEW : 27th JUNE, 1987

(from Fan Club Newsletter)

"I like yourselves have seen the band many times over the years. However, at this gig there seemed to be a new freshness and zest to the band. Helped no doubt by the introduction of the twins, Nick and John Wren, who seemed to be a cross between early Slade and the Beastie Boys.

On 'Mighty Man', Ray makes a reference to "sorry about that, forgetting where I am". That was to do with the fact that the management of the club told us before the gig that nobody could dance whilst the band were on stage. Ray said that was crazy, and a compromise was made, that people could dance after 'In The Summertime' was played.

Mungo & brothers Grimm

During the 'Mighty Man' harp solo, the harp slipped and Ray stopped, the band started looning around - the audience loved it!

After the gig, the band had to be in Portsmouth quickly to catch the ferry to France so there was just time for a very quick encore.

Lots of people after the gig wanted records and I gave all I had with me away. The 12" version of 'In The Summertime '87' was played at the end of the gig and the whole club did the conga around the place".

Derek Wadeson


28th June

MUNGO JERRY 

France then Denmark

10th October

MUNGO JERRY 

Rathfarnham Inn, Dublin

MUNGO JERRY LIVE AT THE RATHFARNHAM INN, DUBLIN : 10th OCTOBER, 1987

(from Fan Club Newsletter)

"Although Dublin was in the grip of a freezing fog, high summer reigned in the Rathfarnham Inn. The inn, a fasionable and comfortable hostelry set in an affulent suburb at the foot of the Dublin mountains pulsed to the rhythms of Ray Dorset's new-look band while some 250 jublilant boppers of all ages celebrated the Dublin gig on Mungo Jerry's Irish Tour. Like most of the patrons, I had been present since 8.30 p.m, and had secured an excellent vantage point to the left of the stage just beneath a battery of amps. First impressions can often be misleading and looking around the candlelit tables that seated many family groups, I decided (wrongly) that this was your typical cabaret crowd.

The warm-up was supplied by the strong beer and resident band who failed (through no fault of their own) to rouse the audience enough to get them dancing. Perhaps they were still feeling the effects of the cold night outside? A worried glance at my watch confirmed that the comedian was still doing his stuff at 11 o'clock. That didn't leave much time for the Mungo Men, considering that the bar would close at 11.45. Then despair melted as the M.C said the long awaited words (14 years awaited actually), "Put your hands together for our special guests, Mungo Jerry!" Ray and the boys sprang onto the stage amid the roar of a fine Celtic welcome and immediately launched into 'Somebody Stole My Wife'.

This set the tone for the night, and Ray belted out the numbers mixing up the hits of yesteryear with the jug band numbers that his band excels in. The jug style was in stark contrast to the more electric band that I saw live in Dublin in 1973. Maybe the proximity of the Dublin mountains had something to do with the 'hillbilly' sound? Whatever the reason, it was great! With this band, Ray has come close to the roots of his goodtime music than ever before. Ray himself looks years younger and fitter than ever before. Gone are the bushy sideburns and glitzy oufits of the 70's with Ray in plain t-shirt and jeans.

Dublin Gig PhotoDublin Gig Photo

The sacred licensing laws went out of the window, and the gig is extended to include 'Jesse James', 'Lady Rose', 'Ghost Riders In The Sky', 'Mountain Dew', and a rock'n roll medley. The turning point was 'Baby Jump', the dancing area exploding into life as people leapt about all over the place with one exhuberant boogier having to be restrained from joining the band on stage!

But, it was all good clean fun and I spkoe with the aforementioned boogier after the gig and he told me that 'Baby Jump' was his all-time favourite song. 'Long Legged Woman', 'Alright Alright Alright', more rock'n roll classics and between numbers, Ray teased the punters by playing the first few bars of 'In The Summertime', then they at last launched into it to roars of approval.

On we danced whilst the 'Mungo-Cat' grinned his famous cheesy, gap-toothed grin and ecouraged us with cries of 'Alright Alright Alright'. The band were mobbed when they tried to leave the stage so they tore into their encore which was as long as most bands main set and included. 'Mighty Man', 'In The Summertime', 'Summer's Gone', 'She Had To Go', 'Really Had a Good Time', before reprising 'Mighty Man' again.

I must make special mention of the harp solo by Ray on 'Mountain Dew' as it was what the best blues critics would described as enigmatic.

I'd thought that I was the only Mungo nutter in Dublin but I was pleasantly surprised to hear other heads engaging in competitive name-dropping such as 'Boot Power' and 'Electronically Tested'. To Ray, as he signed autographs after the gig, two guys sang 'She Rowed' as he listened in amazement. I was doing my 'hanger-on' bit when this guy asked Ray for an autograph for his mate who was starting a 6-month jail sentence the following Monday!

Let me tell ya, Mungomania is alive, alive-oh and living in Dublin.

Mick O'Hanlon.


1988

2nd March

MUNGO JERRY 

Telford

4th March

MUNGO JERRY 

Cartoon Club, Croydon

9th - 20th March

MUNGO JERRY 

Ireland

30th March - 10th April

MUNGO JERRY 

Denmark

12th April

MUNGO JERRY with DENNY LAINE, THE EQUALS 

Becks Theatre, Hayes

13th April

MUNGO JERRY with DENNY LAINE, THE EQUALS 

Poplar

14th April

MUNGO JERRY 

Hatfield

15th April

MUNGO JERRY with DENNY LAINE, THE EQUALS 

Stockport

20th April

MUNGO JERRY with DENNY LAINE, THE EQUALS 

Keighley

24th April

MUNGO JERRY with DENNY LAINE, THE EQUALS 

Lemington Spa

26th April - 22nd May

MUNGO JERRY 

Norway

24th May - 19th June

MUNGO JERRY 

U.S.A

21st June - 7th July

MUNGO JERRY 

East Germany

8th July

MUNGO JERRY 

Cheltenham

10th - 17th July - 2

MUNGO JERRY 

Denmark

July 23rd

MUNGO JERRY 

Cartoon Club, Croydon

29th - 30th July

MUNGO JERRY 

Hamburg

6th - 7th August

MUNGO JERRY 

Frankfurt (including T.V)

16th - 20th August

MUNGO JERRY 

West Germany

26th August - 11th October

MUNGO JERRY 

U.S.A

22nd October

MUNGO JERRY 

Centrespace Treaty Centre, Hounslow

24th - 27th October

MUNGO JERRY 

Rock'n Roll Package Festivals, Spain

29th October

MUNGO JERRY 

Atherton Country Club, Staffs

1st - 14th November

MUNGO JERRY 

Norway

25th - 26th November

MUNGO JERRY with THE EQUALS 

Quaffers, Stockport

29th November

MUNGO JERRY 

Mecca, Tottenham

30th November

MUNGO JERRY 

Mecca, Ilford

5th December

MUNGO JERRY 

Mecca, Stretham

7th December

MUNGO JERRY 

Hammersmith

31st December

MUNGO JERRY 

Germany


1989

28th January

MUNGO JERRY 

Leascliffe Hall, Folkestone

1st February

MUNGO JERRY 

Henry's Africa, Scunthorpe

11th February

MUNGO JERRY 

Charlie's Club, Millhill Leisure, Todmorden

12th - 16th March

MUNGO JERRY 

Austria

21st March - 3rd April

MUNGO JERRY 

Denmark

7th April

MUNGO JERRY 

Dusseldorf

10th - 26th April

MUNGO JERRY 

U.S.A

29th - 30th April

MUNGO JERRY 

Wonderwest World, Ayr

? May

MUNGO JERRY (RAY DORSET and JOE RUSH) 

Lutte Ouvrierre Festival, France


"I took the family over to France for a few days and played the Lutte Ouvriere Festival together with Joe Rush. We did the skiffle and jug band type music that you heard on the last cassette (Jerry Jug and Joe), it was a great gig!" - Ray Dorset, (7/5/89)

11th June

MUNGO JERRY 

Chester City Football Ground


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