1963

Complete

Confirmed events are indicated by a
Events are only confirmed if printed evidence is available, i.e.. Magazine, Advert, Ticket, Poster etc. or if verified by two independent sources. Internet sourced dates are not classed as evidence due to errors being copied from site to site.
All acts are listed exactly as they appeared in the advert.
It will be noted that in the early years, some of the more famous bands had differing names and may have been lower on the bill. This usually means that they were, as yet, relatively unknown.
Additional information and corrections to this list are more than welcomed.

All the gigs and events at the California Ballroom during 1963

Date Valid Event Comments
Jan 11 Duke D'Monde and the Barron Knights
Gene and the Cossacks
Loco-Madison-Plus Night 3/6
12 Michael Cox and the Echos
Gerry Reno and the Federals
Linda Lane and the Sinners
Super Dooper Night 6/6
18 The Fabulous Flintstones
Bruce Lloyd and the Dreamers
Loco-Madison-Plus Night 3/6
19 Mike Berry and the Rockers
Johnny Milton and the Condors
Colin Brooks Rocomotions
Super Dooper Night 6/6
25 Russ Sainty and the Nu-Notes
Bobby Patrick and the Big Six
Loco-Madison-Plus Night 3/6
26 Emile Ford and the Checkmates
John Mazzi and the Clearways
Super Dooper Night 6/6
Feb 1 The Barron Knights featuring Duke D'Monde
Johnny Carr and the Cadillacs
Loco-Madison-Plus Night 3/6
2 Russ Sainty and the Nu-Notes
Vern Rogers and the Hi-Fis
Super Dooper Night 6/6
8 Keith Turner and the Swallows
Tony Holland and the Pack-a-beats
Rocking-Twisting-Locomotion Night 3/6
9 Simone Jackson "Pop, pop, pop eye"
Frank Kelly and the Hunters
Dean Young and the Descendence
Super Saturday Date Night 6/6
15 Russ Sainty and the Nu-Notes
The Fabulous Flintstones
Loco-Madison-Twist Night 4/-
16 The Barron Knights
The Stormbreakers
Super Dooper Night 6/6
22 Gerry & the Pacemakers
The Phantoms
Loco-Madison-Twist Night 4/-
23 Jackie Lynton
Johnny Milton and the Condors
Bob Zavier and the Jury
Super Saturday Date Night 6/6
Mar 1 Lance Fortune
Rocking Henry and the Phantoms
Al Clear and the Clearways
Loco-Madison-Twist Night 4/-
2 Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers
Super Saturday Date Night 6/6
8 Terry Young Six
The Stormbreakers
Loco-Madison-Twist Night 4/-
9 Screamin' Lord Sutch and the Savages
Tony Holland and the Pack-a-beats
Colin Brooks locomotion
Super Saturday Date Night 6/6
15 Danny Davis and the Dynamos
Erkey Grant and the Tonettes
Loco-Madison-Twist Night 4/-
16 The Barron Knights
The Citizians
Super Saturday Date Night 6/6
22 Vern Rodgers and the Hi-Fis
The Nitesounds
Loco-Madison-Twist Night 4/-
23 Russ Sainty and the Nu-Notes
Ray Martin and the Corvettes
Super Saturday Date Night 6/6
29 The Fleereckers
Tony Bolton and the Federals
Loco-Madison-Twist Night 4/-
30 Pepi and the New York Twisters
Al Clear and the Clearways
Super Saturday Date Night 6/6
Apr 5 Russ Sainty and the Nu-notes
Bobby Rio and the Dominators
Loco-Madison-Twist Night 4/-
6 The Fabulous Flintstones
Unit 7
Super Saturday Date Night 6/6
13 Grant Tracey and the Sunsets
Tony Rivers and the Castaways
Loco-Madison-Twist Night 4/-
15 Rothy Daniels
Ricky Allen Combo
Cliff Adams and the ?
Super Dooper Night 6/6
19 The Barron Knights featuring Duke D'Monde
Terry Frank and the Avalons
Loco-Madison-Twist Night 4/-
20 Suzy Cope
The Black Arrows
The Stormbreakers
Super Dooper Night 6/6
26 The Fabulous Fleereckers
Al Clear and the Clearways
Loco-Madison-Twist Night 4/-
27 The Bachelors
Russ Sainty and the Nu-Notes
Neil Christian and the Crusaders
Super Dooper Night 6/6
May 3 Johnny Milton and the Condors
The Stormbreakers
Tony River and the Castaways
Loco-Madison-Twist Night 4/-
4 Robb Storme and the Whispers
Terry Franks and the Avalons
Super Dooper Night 6/6
10 The Earl Baron Seven
The Kinsmen
Rock-twist-sidewalk 4/-
11 Vince Eager and the Echos
The Golli Golli dancers
The Sabres
Now's the chance to do the Golli Golli 6/6
17 The Barron Knights feat. Duke D'Monde
The Apex
Rock-twist-sidewalk 4/-
18 The Original Checkmates
The Le-Roys
Super Dooper Night 6/6
24 Julie Grant and the Mark Allen Combo
Mike Sager and the Crestas
Johnny and Mike and the Shades
Loco-Madison-Twist Night 4/-
25 Russ Sainty and the Nu-Notes
Paul and the Alpines
Super Dooper Night 6/6
27 Pool and Sun Terraces Now Open
31 Johnny Milton and the Condors
Bobby Rio and the Dominators
Rock-Twist-Madison-Sidewalk Night 4/-
June 1 Unit 7
The Stormbreakers
Popular Saturday Date Night 6/6
3 A Fabulous Find you can't miss
The Worrying Kind
Earl Barron Seven
Rel Jackson and the Blue Stars
Whit Monday Dance 4/-
7 Johnny Milton and the Condors
Roy Starr and the Cherokees
Lee Grant and the Dollar Bills
Loco-Madison-Twist Night 4/-
8 Vern Rodgers and the Hi-Fis
Ray Powell and the Offbeaters
Super Dooper Night 6/6
14 The Fabulous Flintstones
Paul Martin and the Searchers
Big Beat Night 4/-
15 Robby Hood and the Merry Men
Peter Nelson and the Travellers
Saturday Night Special Date 6/6
21 Johnny Kidd and the Pirates
Wayne Gibson and the Dynamic Sound
The Saracens
Big Beat Night 4/6
22 Marty Wilde and the Wild Cats
Tony (Side Walk) Holland and the Pack-a-beats
The Downsiders
Saturday Night Special Date 7/6
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HUGE DUNSTABLE PAGEANT PROGRAMME

4pm till 6pm only Pool and Terraces Free

Collection for Spastics

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Charity Dance and Juke Box Jury

8pm to 11.30pm

Fancy or ordinary dress

Prizes

Admission 4/-

Ted King, Disc Jockey & compere from "Thank Your Lucky Stars" "Housewives Choice" and Luxembourg

4 NEW RELEASES, 4 GROUPS

All the bands playing at the Pageant

ROY STARR - REL JASON - CHEROKEES

BLUE STARS - KINSMEN - DOWNSIDERS


All proceeds for Spastic Children

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26th at 8pm, BINGO CLUB 2/6

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THURSDAY, JUNE 27th, 7pm for 7.45pm, 3/6 to 10/-

GREATEST WRESTLING EVER

Charity Sensational American Tag Team Contest:

African Team: V The Londoners:
JOHNNY KWANGO TUG HALTON
JACK CUNNINGHAM FRANKIE HUGHES

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Tough Anglo-American Heavyweight Contest

DOUG JOYCE v TONY CASSIO

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Great Four-man One Night KO Tournament
British Champ and Gold Belt holder V A coming champion
MELWYN RISS LEN WILDING
DICK CONLAN BERNARD MURRAY
All proceeds in aid of Cancer Research
28 Don Sanford
Shane Spencer
The Minute Men
The Casuals
Big Beat Night 4/6
29 Barron Knights feat Duke D'Mond
Buddy Earl and the Vibrations
Saturday Night Special Date 6/6
Jul 5 Russ Sainty and the Nu-Notes
Mike Everest and the Alpines
Big Beat Night 4/6
6 Vince Hill with the Ricky Allen Trio
Danny Storm and the Strollers
Saturday Night Special Date 6/6

12
Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers
Roy Star and the Cherokees
Adm 4/-
13
Ketty Lester
Johnny Dev and the "G" Men
Mark Douglas and the Prowlers
Adm 7/6
18 Wrestling Adm 3/6 to 10/-
19
Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas
Tony Holland and the Pack-a-beats
Jackie Frisco
Pete Chester Combo
Adm 6/-
20 Sounds Incorporated Freddie Starr and the Midnights Roy Starr and the Cherokees Adm 7/6
26 Johnny Milton and the Condors
Erkey Grant and the Tonettes
Adm 4/-
27
Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
Rolling Stones
The Mavericks?
Adm 6/6
We are told by Gerry Parker of the Mavericks that they supported the Stones. There is no mention of them in the Gazette advert. We'll check other sources.
Aug
1 Wrestling
Alan Garfield v Bob Sweeny
Mick McManus v Jack Cunningham
Adm 3/6 to 10/-
2 The Barron Knights featuring Duke D'Mond
The Apex Group
Big Beat Night 4/-
3 Tommy Bruce and the Bruisers
Bruce Lloyd
High Five
Peter Hudson
The Avengers
Sat. Night Special 6/6
5
The Searchers featuring Mike Sweet
Johnny Milton and the Condors
Colin Brooks Band
Bank Holiday Date 4/6
9
Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
Rolling Stones
Roy Powell and the Offbeaters
Big Beat Night 4/-
10
Gene Vincent
Eddy Martin and the Champions
Eddie James and the Jesters
Sat. Night Special 7/6
15 Wrestling
16 Shane Fenton and the Fentones
The Sinners
The Dominators
Big Beat Night 4/6
17 Russ Sainty and the Nu-Notes
The Downsiders
The Centaurs feat. Steve Deacon
Sat. Night Special 6/6
23 The Barron Knights feat. Duke D'Mond
Johnny Milton and the Condors
Terry and the Hide-a-ways
Big Beat Night 4/-
24 Vince Eager and the Moontrekkers
Tony Holland and the Pack-a-beats
Sat. Night Special 6/6
29 Wrestling
30 Rocking Henry and the Hayseeds
Dave Douglas and the Vistas
The Highlanders
Big Beat Night 4/-
31 The Fortunes with the Clifton Hall Stars
Gene and the Cossacks
Warriors
Sat. Night Special 6/6
Sep 
6
The Searchers
Russ Sainty and the Nu-Notes
Little Will and the Valiants
Jeff Knight and the Quiet men
Adm 6/6
7 The Eagles
Neil Christian and the Crusaders
The Allegros
Adm 6/6
12 Wrestling
13
The Caravelles
Lee Curtis and the Allstars
Johnny Milton and the Condors
Adm 4/-
14
Rolling Stones
Mike Powell and the Crestas
Roy Powell and the Offbeaters
Adm 6/6 All the Stones fan sites give the date as the 13th. We have two separate adverts listing the 14th as being the correct date.
20
The Baron Knights
The Overlanders
The Dyacks
Ian Taylor and the Condors
Adm 4/-
21
The Swinging Blue Jeans
Russ Sainty and the Nu-Notes
Adm 6/6
26 Wrestling
27
Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers
The Allegros
Lee Allen and the Sceptres
Adm 4/-
Oct
4
Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders
Brian Perry and the Deltas
Eddy and the Elkolettes
Adm 4/-
5 Tommy Bruce and the Bruisers
The Kinsmen
Jeff Knight and the Quietmen
Adm 6/6
10 Wrestling
11
Brian Poole and the Tremeloes
Johnny Dev and the "G" Men
Jimmy Mac and the Beafinders
Adm 5/6
12
Kenny Lynch and the Statesmen
Dave Anthony and the Druids
The Drumbeats
Adm 7/6
18 Tommy Quickly
The Federals
Johnny Milton and the Condors
The Stormbreakers
Twist and Shout Night Adm 4/6
19 Pete Deuchar and his Denims
Vern Rogers and the Rebounds
The Niteshades
Rhythm and Blues Night Adm 6/6
24 Wrestling
25
The Big Three
The Undertakers
Jackie Frisco
The Mark Leaman Five
Mashed Potato Night Adm 4/6
26
Robby Hood and his Merry Men
Grant Tracey and the Sunsets
The Warriors
Big Birdie Night Adm 6/6
Nov
1
Sounds Incorporated
Mike Everest and the Alpines
The Mountain Kings
Dave Prince
Adm 4/6
2
Eden Kane and the Downbeats
Danny and the Torinos
The Cervezas
Adm 7/-
7
Wrestling
8
The Barron Knights
Duke D'Mond
The Marauders
The Sunspots
Nod Birdie Night Adm 5/-
9
Cherry Roland and the Solitaires
Johnny Milton and the Condors
The Allegros
The Corsetts
Shake and Rhythm Night Adm 7/-
15
Johnny Burnette
Russ Sainty and the Nu-Notes
Eleanor and the Sapphires
Adm 5/-
16
Dee Dee Sharp and the Sundowners
Roy Starr and the Cherokees
Ray Martin and the Corvettes
Adm 7/6
21
Wrestling
Jack Dempsey v Mick McManus
Adm 10/- to 3/6
22
Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers
Ray Dell and the Rocking Deacons
The Valinats (sic)
Hitch Hike Special Night Adm 5/-
23
Gene Pitney
Alan and the Diamonds
Unit 7
Bern Elliott and the Fenmen
Rel Jason and the Blue Stars
Another USA scoop Adm 5/-
or possibly another Roy Tempest gig that never happened! The following information came in from Dave Douglas "Hiya, regarding the so called Gene Pitney gig. We (DD @ the Vistas) did work for Roy Tempest occasionally and as far as my memory goes the only band I recognise at the Pitney gig is Bern Elliott and the Fenmen. Tempest did have a habit of 'over advertising/stating his groups/gigs'. regards. Dave
I've also spoken to someone who knew Gene well and he's certain the Gene didn't do the tour due to a disagreement with Tempest.
29
The Hollies
The Puppets
The Kinsmen
Adm 5/6
30
Tony Holland and the Pack-a-beats
The Moquettes
The Sunspots
Adm 6/6
Dec 5
Wrestling
6
Carter Lewis and the Southerners
Roy Starr and the Cherokees
Eddie Prince and the Creoles
Sizzle Hitch Hicker (sic) Night Adm 5/-
7 Nelson Keynes and the Fleereckers
Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders
The Detours
Christmas Preview Adm 6/6
The Detours later became The Who
13
Johnny Kidd and the Pirates
Russ Sainty and the Nu-Notes
The Telstars
Adm 5/-
19
Wrestling
20
The Tornados
Nelson Keynes and the Fleereckers
Featuring Ricky Valance
(with his new recording preview)
The Coasters
Not just stars, "Telstars" Adm 6/-
21
The Amiable Undertakers
Cliff Adams and the Twilights
Johnny Gold and the Mavericks
Mashed Potato Night Adm 6/6
24
Russ Sainty and the Nu-Notes
Dave Curtis and the Tremors
Danny and the Torrinos
Grand Christmas Eve Dance Adm. 6/6
26
The Great Levanda
The Aron Girl Pipers
The Federals
The Valiants
Roy Powell and the Offbeaters
Boxing Night Party Adm 5/-
With the usual Christmas Present from Miss Christmas
27
Sounds Incorporated
The Chequers
The Hangmen
Hitch Hike you Loddy Low's Night
Admission 5/-
Right that does it.... what on earth is a Loddy Low?????? Anyone????
28
Gene Vincent and The Outlaws
Ray Pilgrim and the Minutemen
The Phantoms
By popular demand Adm 7/6
31
The Barron Knights feat. Duke D'Mond
The Merrymakers
The Stilettos
The Dyacks
Adm 7/6 or 8/6 at door