2022 as usual, saw lots of interesting things going on in the wonderful world of Mungo Jerry. We had the release of the latest studio album, Somelight with two of the singles taken from it – That’s The Colour Of Love and Happy To Be – reaching No.3 in the Heritage Chart.
A third single, Let’s Do It Again also charted, peaking at 23.
SOMELIGHT: RELEASED MAY 2022
Mungo Jerry’s 2022 album, Somelight was released on May 27th.
To view an advert, click somelightpromo
Click HERE to read a review sent in by JJ.
Thanks to Ray, the lyrics to the album are now on the site.
Just click HERE to sing-a-long.
Released on July 29th, Happy To Be was the first single for the promotion, with the video located below.
The single peaked at No.3 in the Heritage Chart.
Click HERE to visit our new SOMELIGHT page for early reviews of Somelight.
Recorded remotely, there were twelve tracks in total with as the title suggests, ‘some lighter tracks along with some rockers’.
You can hear snippets from all of the tracks by clicking below:
Below is the brilliant new video for the very sobering Somelight album track, A Plea For The Planet which is part of the Minds Behind The Music project.
Click HERE to view an interview with Ray Dorset about Minds Behind The Music
Click HERE to buy the Minds Behind The Music.
Click HERE to buy an mp3 of the album.
It is now approaching 9,000 views on YouTube!
The video has now been posted on the official MJ YouTube channel. Feel free to pass it on. The albums will be released at a later date, more videos from the album tracks are in the pipeline.
“…This Is a really great video clip, wonderful…”Rob Kamphues.
“…This is fantastic (God bless you Ray)…” Marc Viscel.
“…F*****g awesome…” Derek Wadeson.
“Very thought provoking and the music quite haunting…” Stuart Turner.
“Impressive, the lyrics, the vocals, the sound and production and of course the message. Can`t wait to hear the whole Somelight album”…Bengt Hertzman.
“What a brilliant song Ray”…Roel Van Ekeris.
You can also check out this relevant piece (found by JJ) about Minds Behind The Music.
Just click HERE
“A new CD that once again surprises in the eternal staying power of one Ray Dorset as he takes you back to the late 60’s early 70’s with another highly listenable affair which draws on the blues & jug band sounds with up to date added touches.
“Great to hear those harmonica sounds. Not a weak track & highlights are Whole Lotta Rhythm, A Plea For The Planet & Lord What Have We Done.”
(Review from our friend Ron Cooper’s ZAB’s Merry Zmas 2021 Newsletter)
Here is the video footage from the 2022 interview Ray did with Alan Turner-Ward for Hope FM where they talk about Happy To Be and the Somelight album.
ALAN JOHNSON R.I.P
We were sad to report that Mungo Jerry’s former guitarist, Alan Johnson had passed away after a long illness.
Alan played with Mungo in the 90’s, originally ‘depping’ for Tim Green when Tim wasn’t available. He also did session work for the likes of the Bay City Rollers, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Tytan and Blackfoot Sue.
He did tell me once that he turned down the chance to join Iron Maiden – “we all make mistakes”!
MUNGO JERRY LIVE – 2022
Paviljongen Gressvik, Norway (with 10CC) – On stage 19.30 – (First live appearance since February 2020)
|Guest with Christoph Steinbach’s Boogie and Blues Party
Amphitheater, Schloss Kaps A- 6370, Austria
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO RAY:
Thanks to our friend, Mick O’Hanlon, he told us that Irish national radio RTE1 sent birthday greetings to Ray on the Ronan Collins show. It went like this: “Here’s a man with a birthday today, Ray Dorset, also known as Mungo Jerry”, before playing Lady Rose.
Ronan then played Crocodile Shoes by Jimmy Nail before returning to the topic of Ray’s birthday.
“Before that we heard Ray Dorset with Lady Rose on his birthday, 76 today. Also known for In the Summertime, Mungo Jerry had many hits during the 70’s. Described as a good time, bluesy, jug band and, that’s Mungo Jerry”.
ROCK ‘N REEL MAGAZINE: Alan Clayson penned a feature on Mungo Jerry in the March/April issue of Rock ‘n Reel magazine.
Click HERE to visit the Rock ‘n Reel website.
DAN PETER INTERVIEW: Here is an interview Ray did with Dan Peter (largely in German) in Ludwigsburg, some time ago, around 2010 it seems. It can also be viewed on Facebook by clicking the link below.
Click HERE to view and have a listen to a new advert for Kewpie that appeared in Japan with a song composed and performed by Ray called The Colour Of Love.
Click HERE to read DJ Jon Kutner’s nice piece on In The Summertime.
By clicking HERE, you can also watch this reaction video sourced by John Hornhaver in Denmark.
And HERE to watch an instrumental guitar piece for In The Summertime.
John Van Der Kiste has just informed us that Mungo Jerry’s debut album reached No.64 in the Billboard charts way back in 1970. Click HERE to view the chart.
THE PAUL LESLIE HOUR INTERVIEW: Here is another great interview with Ray on The Paul Leslie Hour in the States.
Click HERE to listen.
MARC VISCEL : How about this brilliant piece of artwork from our friend, Marc Viscel over in New Jersey?
ANOTHER INTERVIEW: JJ found another excellent Ray Dorset interview with Michael Limnios.
Just click HERE
NEW BEAT GOES ON COMPILATION:
A compilation double CD was released from Beat Goes On Records.
It featured all of Mungo Jerry’s A and B-sides from the Dawn singles and also features tracks taken from albums.
By clicking HERE, you can read a review of the CD.
Click BGO for more info.
COLD BLUE EXCURSION: Ray Dorset’s 1972 solo album, Cold Blue Excursion was made available for download on Spotify.
Click SPOTIFY to view the tracks.
BELGIUM MEDIA: Rob Kamphues let us know of three adverts that were shown in Belgium.
First advert click HERE
Second advert click HERE
Third advert click HERE
KARAOKE MUNGO: New to Mungo Jerry Raw Vision and YouTube is this, the only official karaoke version of Ray’s legendary composition.
The video was created by Ray Dorset and Darren Jones.
TEN ALBUMS THAT CHANGED RAY’S LIFE: Click HERE to read about ten albums that changed Ray’s life.
Ray also appeared on radio in the U.S.A taking part in a 30 minute interview in the Boston area.
Just click HERE
ROB KAMPHUES – NEW WEBSITE : Our friend Rob Kamphues has a brand new website covering his vast Mungo Jerry collection, believed to be the biggest in the world.
Click HERE to check it out.