On the back of two hit singles. Mungo Jerry entered 1974 on the crest of a wave and became a five piece band when former Gene Vincent guitarist Dick Middleton joined the band.
Ian Milne came in on piano. Another hit duly followed when Long Legged Woman Dressed In Black entered the charts.
|26th January||Barbarella’s, Birmingham|
|28th February||Quaintways, Chester|
|2nd February||Baths Hall, Scunthorpe|
|8th February||Royal Holloway College, Egham|
|9th February||Tites, Beckenham|
|14th February||Queens University, Belfast|
|15th February||Flamingo Ballroom, Ballymena|
|16th February||Ardree Hotel, Waterford|
|17th February||Lake County Hotel, Mullingar|
|18th February||T.V Club, Dublin|
|23rd February||Royal College Of Agriculture, Cirencester|
|27th February||Westhill College, Birmingham|
Dick Middleton on the band…“musically good and exciting, we knew our onions.
“As a boogie-blues outfit, we were the best around, but we didn’t have any mystique, with the management taking any gig that was offered to us. Also we probably drank too much for their liking.
“They should have got us a U.S tour and put an album out there, the stuff on the missing Pye album would have been well received there.
“We were a bloody good boogie-blues band live, but a pop band on vinyl…confusing, I suppose.”
(From Beyond The Summertime, 1990)
|1st March||The Mayfair, Newcastle Upon Tyne|
|6th March||The Lyceum, London|
|8th March||Dorking Hall, Dorking|
|10th March||Woods Centre, Colchester|
|15th March||Polytechnic, Newcastle Upon Tyne|
|16th March||Strathclyde University|
|21st March||Sheffield City College|
|22nd March||Dudley Technical College|
|7th April||Speakeasy, Radio 1
Alright Alright Alright/St. Pete’s Florida Blues/Long Legged Woman Dressed In Black
|11th April||B.B.C’s Top Of The Pops televised – Long Legged Woman Dressed In Black|
|12th April||Pips, Manchester|
|13th April||Glen Ballroom, Llanelli|
|20th April||Ebbisham Hall, Epsom|
|21st April||Woods Centre, Colchester|
|25th April||B.B.C’s Top Of The Pops televised – Long Legged Woman Dressed In Black|
CAPITOL RADIO 1974
During 1974, Mungo Jerry recorded a live session for Capitol Radio. It was a performance that earned Ray a lifetime ban from Capitol for performing the regular stage show number, Little Bit Of Love.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the song, it featured a call-and-response routine with what, diplomatically could be called ‘risqué lyrics’.
Despite this, it was an excellent set and was made available by the fan club, firstly on cassette and later on CD.
SET LIST: One More Chance/Have a Whiff On Me/Tossing & Turning/Big Brown Eyes/St.Pete’s Florida Blues/One Thousand Miles/Little Bit Of Love/Dance Dance Dance/Don’t Stop/Alright Alright Alright/Goodtime Goodtime
|18th May||Wincanton Racecourse|
|20th May||Locarno, Coventry|
|21st May||Tottenham Royal, London|
|25th May||Springfield Restaurant, Spalding|
|28th May||Tiffany’s Derby|
|30th May||Samantha’s, Sheffield|
|31st May||Locarno, Blackpool (Private)|
|2nd June||Palace Ballroom, Douglas, Isle On Man|
|4th June||Winter Gardens, Cleethorpes|
|5th June||Caledonian Hotel, Inverness|
|6th June||Olympia, East Kilbride|
|7th June||Loreburn Hall, Dumfries|
|8th June||Barbarella’s, Birmingham|
|9th June||Grey Topper, Jacksdale|
|11th June||Pembroke’s College Ball, Cambridge (Private)|
|12th June||Tiffany’s, Purley|
|13th June||Locarno, Portsmouth|
|14th June||Madeley College Of Education|
MADELEY COLLEGE OF EDUCATION : 14th JUNE, 1974
SET LIST: Little Bit Of Funky Music/ Little Miss Hipshake/Little Bit Of Love/All Dressed Up And No Place To Go/In The Summertime/Dust Pneumonia Blues/Bottle Up and Go/Lady Rose/There’s a Light Shining In The Sky/Going Down Slow/Gonna Bop ‘Til I Drop/Baby Jump/Long Legged Woman Dressed In Black/Alright Alright Alright/Mighty Man/Really Had a Good Time
|15th June||Camelot Club, Taunton|
|16th June||Tiffany’s, Blackpool|
|17th June||Tiffany’s, Shrewsbury|
|20th June||Locarno, Stevenage|
|21st June||Avery Hill College Of Education, London|
|22nd June||St.Edmunds College, Oxford (Private)|
|23rd June||Gorseinon Rainbow Club, Swansea|
|24th June||Top Of The World, Stafford|
|25th June||St.Luke’s College, Exeter|
|26th June||Lovett Hall, Newport Pagnell|
|27th June||Blue Lagoon, Newquay|
|28th June||St.Bartholemews Hospital Ball (Private)|
|13th July||Spurriers Park, Harlow – more info|
|16th August||Jazz-Bilzen, Belgium|
|20th September||Locarno, Sunderland|
|27th September||Highbury Technical College|
|28th September||Brighton Polytechnic|
ANOTHER LINE-UP CHANGE
Mungo Jerry underwent another line-up change when Dick Middleton, and Bob Daisley left the band, with Bob joining Widowmaker, and later teaming up with the likes of Rainbow and The Blizzard Of Oz with Ozzy Osborne.
Ray Dorset and pianist Ian Milne were joined by Chris Warnes (bass), John Brunning (lead guitar) and John ‘Jimmy’ Jewell (drums) from the band Crow.
Together they recorded the All Dressed Up and No Place To Go, Rock’n Roll E.P, the last set of recordings for Pye and the Dawn label before the move to Polydor.
|14th November||TyneTees TV – The Geordie Scene|
|29th November||Crawley (Venue not known)|
|30th November||Bicester(Venue not known)|
|2nd December||Cardiff (Venue not known) (also Granada TV – Look Alive televised)|
|5th December||Guy’s Hospital, London|
|6th December||Aston University, Birmingham|
|9th – 16th December||Germany|
|21st December||Lincoln (Venue not known)|