El Riot and the Rebels

Ray Thomas (lead vocal), John Lodge (bass guitar, vocal), and Mike Pinder (piano, vocal), Brian Betteridge (guitar, vocal), Bob Sheward (drums) and Mike Heard (guitar, vocal) as listed on www.brumbeat.net

DATES

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April 15, 1963

Riverside Dancing Club at the Bridge Hotel, Tenbury Wells *





June, 1963

Single Down the Line / Blue Moon was recorded for an EMI audition, but never released


Sources and notes:

Single information noted in first "discography issue" of "Higher and Higher" #4, Winter/Spring 1985, p. 11

* El Riot and the Rebels supported The Beatles, as noted at www.thisisludlow.co.uk/ludlow/archive/2002/01/09/ludlow_news_features01ZM.html and reported by Jens Pruess

Updated November 9, 2006

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The Krew Kats

Ray Thomas (lead vocal), Mike Pinder (piano, organ, vocal), Fred Carter (drums) and Andrew Franklin (bass guitar) as listed on www.brumbeat.net

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November, 1963

Starplast, Lueneburg, Germany *





Sources and notes:

* Erroneously billed as "El Riot and the Krew Kats." Reported by Jens Pruess

Updated November 9, 2006

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Gerry Levene and the Avengers

Graeme Edge (drums), Gerry Levene (lead vocal), Mike Hopkins (guitar), Jim Onslow (bass guitar), Roy Wood (guitar), and Peter Cook (keyboard), as listed on www.brumbeat.net

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April, 1964

Single Doctor Feelgood / It's Driving Me Wild is released in UK





Sources and notes:

Single release noted in first "discography issue" of "Higher and Higher" #4, Winter/Spring 1985, p. 10

Updated November 9, 2006

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The John Bull Breed

(Also known to fans as "The Breed" or "Bulldog Breed") included John Lodge (under the name John or Johnny Storme - bass guitar and vocal), Mark Stuart (real name Brian Yeates - lead vocal), Terry Guy (keyboard, organ, harmonica and vocal), Trevor Griffen (tenor sax), Graham Green (baritone sax), Gene Rose (drums), and Mike Heard (lead guitar). An article in "Higher and Higher" #44, Fall 2001, p.24-26. and the book Brum Rocked by Laruie Hornsby gives more information on this band.

DATES

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October 2-30, 1965

Starpalast, Kiel, Germany *





July 30, 1966

Tiles Club, London **






Locarno, Coventry ***


Sources and notes:

* October 2 date noted in the book Starpalast und Skinny Minny by Klaus Hartel, reported by Jens Pruess. An article in "Higher and Higher" #44, Fall 2001, p.24-26 states that this booking ran for a month. I have therefore assumed that the October 2 date was the opener.

** Show date and venue reported in "Higher and Higher" #44, Fall 2001, p.24-26. Although the band ended up not playing the show, it was nonetheless favorably reviewed in "New Musical Express".

*** The John Bull Breed supported The Rolling Stones shortly after the release of "Not Fade Away"

Updated November 9, 2006

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The Marty Wilde Trio / Wilde Three

This band, which went under both names interchangeably, featured Marty Wilde, his wife, Joyce, and Justin Hayward.

DATES

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April 8, 1965

Televised charity show at the London Palladium **





April 15, 1965

Single Since You've Gone / Just as Long is released in the UK





July 2 - mid-September, 1965

The Royal Aquarium, Great Yarmouth
(twice nightly, 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.) *





September 10, 1965

Single I Cried / Well Who's That is released in the UK


Sources and notes:

Single releases noted in first "discography issue" of "Higher and Higher" #4, Winter/Spring 1985, p. 10. Release of "Since You've Gone" also noted in "Record Mirror" of April 10, 1965, reported by Val Weston.

* Show dates and venue from ads in the "Yarmouth Mercury" of July 2 and 30, August 20 and 27, and September 3 and 10, 1965 reported by Steve Davis. "The Big Star Show 1965" was headlined by Lonnie Donegan, and the Marty Wilde Trio were billed as "Special Guest Stars".  These shows took place in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, not to be confused with Yarmouth, which is on the Isle of Wight.  On his website (www.justinhayward.com), Justin Hayward recalled these shows in his March 2006 letter, saying, "Top of the Bill at our show was Lonnie Donegan, who would close the show every night (Matinees Wednesday and Saturday), and I even stood in for his guitar player for a couple of days when he got ill.  Like every other English kid of my age who played guitar, I knew most of Lonnie's songs anyway."

** "On 8 April, 1966, Justin played alongside Wilde in a televised charity show at the London Palladium and within a month jetted off on a Forces entertainment tour as part of the Marty Wilde trio - Wilde's wife, Joyce Baker, completing the line-up." noted at www.swindonweb.com/guid/peophayw0.htm, although they give the year as 1966 instead of 1965. Reported by Joyce Kelley.

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Justin Hayward (solo)

DATES

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January, 1966

Single London is Behind Me / Day Must Come is released in UK





September, 1966

Single I Can't Face the World Without You / I'll Be Here Tomorrow is released in UK


Sources and notes:

Single releases noted in first "discography issue" of "Higher and Higher" #4, Winter/Spring 1985, p. 11.

According to Justin Hayward in the interview on the DVD An Audience with Justin Hayward at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he joined the Moody Blues in August 1966.

Created August 1, 2006

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