1967 saw some major names appearing on the stage of the Borough Assembly Hall. These included some giants from the rock world, and others from the pop world.
Paul Hayward (sometimes shown as Paul Haywood) of the Ricky Tick club, which operated in Windsor and other local towns, had some midweek dates. The first was Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band on 25 January.
On 7 February, Zoot Money played.
A week later, on 15 February, Cream appeared, again presented by Paul Hayward. John Braley in an interview on the Friars Aylesbury website recalls: “That was when Clapton had just got an afro haircut. Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker spent the whole gig staring at him and laughing”.
Paul Hayward, under his own name or as Ricky Tick, also presented John Mayall, Georgie Fame and Tomorrow featuring Keith West.
On 28th March, the Jimi Hendrix Experience played.
Eddie Friday continued to promote gigs on Saturday evenings, and also some in midweek. The list of those appearing contains an odd selection of artists. From the world of pop there was Englebert Humperdinck (30th May) and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich (20th June). There were names from the past, such as Heinz and the Wild Boys (4th February), The Barron Knights (4th March) and Duane Eddy (17th October). And many of those who appeared on Saturday evenings are now hard to recognise.
On February 16th, the Bucks Advertiser reported that the Council would offer grants to support music events in the town:
Grants to support jazz and pop concerts as well as classical music may be made by Aylesbury Borough Council some time soon. But on Monday the council agreed not to under-write a visit by Kenny Ball and his Jazz Men being arranged for promoter Eddie Friday on February 22.
But it also recommended that the council’s officers explore with Mr. Friday the possibility of the council promoting concerts of jazz and pop music with “star performers” in association with Mr. Friday.
This eventually took the form of the Council supporting the appearances of Englebert Humperdinck and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich at the Borough Assembly Hall in midweek slots.
However these did not draw in the expected crowds. In an article “Why pop is not a sell-out”, the Bucks Advertsier reported:
Aylesbury’s pop bubble seems to have burst. A dance held anywhere in the district these days just won’t bring in the profits anymore.
Two pop concerts held at the Borough Assembly Hall recently, were sponsored by the Aylesbury Borough Council. They lost over £550. It was stated previously that £400 was to be the maximum outlay for four such concerts.
Things didn’t get any better. Later in the year, Eddie Friday presented Duane Eddy, again in a mid-week slot – but this time only 139 people came.
Towards the end of the year, there was another problem when promoters Andrew Smythe and John Raine advertised The Temptations – which was assumed to be the Motown group.
However as Phillip Apps and Dave James, writing in the Bucks Herald, reported:
The group which appeared was called The Fabulous Temptations, and may well have come from America. But it was not the group which appears on the Tamla Motown hit records credited to The Temptations. Not only was the group which appears on the records not booked to appear at the hall – it was not even in the country.
At other venues, we know that Lol Coxhill set up a jazz club on Monday evenings at the Crown Tavern in the High Street (closed in around 1980, when work began on the construction of Hale Leys Shopping Centre). An ad shows Lol playing on 30th January, with Jeff Read, Ted Speight and Tony Knight. But this was apparently not a success, as on February 23 Tony White wrote in The Bucks Advertiser:
Lol Coxhill tells me that his Crown Tavern sessions are not drawing the crowds he would like.
Later in the year, Lol was reported to be running a monthly jazz club at Unity Hall in Castle Street.
There was also the White Hart Folk Club at the White Hart Hotel in Exchange Street.
Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers were advertised to play at the Zig Zag Discotheque at the Aylesbury Social Club on 5th June, but it is uncertain whether they played. Later in the year, Dave James started his Discville nights at the New Friarage Hall – a venue that would become significant a few years later.
List of gigs at the Borough Assembly Hall in 1967:
|Date||Venue||Promoter Name||Artist 1||Artist 2|
|7/1/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The En-devers Ltd||The Kontax|
|21/1/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||Easy Come Easy Go||The Deep|
|25/1/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Paul Hayward||Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band|
|28/1/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||Tricia and the Southern Valley Four||Denim Blues, Deuces Wild|
|4/2/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||Heinz and the Wild Boys||The Ironsides|
|7/2/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Paul Hayward||Zoot Money|
|10/2/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Bucks Ass of Youth Clubs / Eddie Friday||The New Jump Band||The Tridents|
|11/2/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Uglys||The Associates|
|15/2/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Paul Hayward||Cream|
|18/2/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||Phil Hunter and the Jaguars||The Substitutes|
|21/2/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen|
|25/2/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Bobcats||The Choosey Beggars|
|4/3/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Barron Knights with Duke D'Mond||Pinky and the Phellows, Just Us|
|25/3/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Anzaks||The Vibratones|
|28/3/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Jimi Hendrix Experience|
|31/3/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Paul Hayward||John Mayall|
|1/4/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The En-devers Ltd||The Tridents|
|8/4/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Scots of St. James||Freddie Fingers Lee and the Upper Hand|
|15/4/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Meantimers||The Vivas|
|22/4/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||Sound City||Lloyd Williams, Sounds from Spectre|
|29/4/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||Soul Reason||The New Era|
|6/5/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||Gates of Eden||Deuces Wild|
|12/5/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||The Small Faces (did they play?)||The Soul Trinity|
|13/5/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Reasons||The Daystroms|
|27/5/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Step||The Tridents|
|30/5/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||Englebert Humperdinck||The Bystanders|
|3/6/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Anzaks||The Sneakers|
|10/6/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||Motown Trinity||The Memphis Gents|
|17/6/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Block||The Nett|
|20/6/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich||The En-devers Ltd|
|24/6/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Symbols||The Driftwood|
|1/7/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||Gates of Eden||The Crew|
|8/7/1067||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||Pinky and the Phellows||The New Era|
|15/7/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Worrying Kynde||The Industrial Revolution|
|22/7/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Wages of Sin||The Flowers|
|29/7/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||Johnny Carr and the Cadillacs||Marie (DJ)|
|5/8/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Memphis Gents||The Vibratones|
|11/8/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Ricky Tick Promotions ?||Georgie Fame|
|12/8/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Driftwood||The Angelo Six|
|18/8/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Ricky Tick Promotions||Tomorrow featuring Keith West|
|19/8/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The En-devers Ltd||The Vivas|
|2/9/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Maze||plus supporting group (unknown)|
|9/9/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Memphis Gents||The Exit|
|15/9/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Horatio Soul and the Square Deal||J. J. Bender and the S.O.S.|
|16/9/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The U-No-Who||The Re-action|
|23/9/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Crash Landing||The Flowers|
|30/9/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Impulse||The Associates|
|7/10/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Kobalts||The Ironsides|
|14/10/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Purple Barrier||Granny's Attic|
|17/10/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||Duane Eddy||Bobby and the Rebels, Soho's Fabulous Go-Getters|
|21/10/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Cole Trane Union||The Dream|
|4/11/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Wages of Sin||The Acceleration|
|11/11/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Quick Re-action||The Spectre Powerhouse|
|21/11/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Andrew Smythe and John Raine||The (Fabulous) Temptations||The Avalons, Parkers Mood|
|18/11/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The En-devers Ltd||The Ginger Factory|
|25/11/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Virgin Sleep||The Reaction|
|2/12/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Memphis Gents||Granny's Attic|
|9/12/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||The Dream||Surrealist Adventure|
|23/12/1967||Borough Assembly Hall||Eddie Friday||Pinky and the Phellows||The Denim Blues|