The Gaiety Ballroom was a popular Saturday night dance venue throughout the 1960s, not just for locals but for those who travelled in on the free bus services provided from places including Peterborough, Huntingdon, Chatteris and Warboys.

The Gaiety was hidden away in a yard behind the High Street in Ramsey and was only accessible via an alleyway next to #59 Bonnetts Bakery (formerly Cope & Kilby’s Bakery), just along from the George Hotel.

A 1914 image showing the "Palace Theatre" sign above the High Street passage far right.
A 1914 image showing the “Palace Theatre” sign above the High Street passage far right.

Although details about its former life or lives are still unclear, the venue can be traced back to at least Edwardian days when it was known initially as the “New Picture Theatre” and subsequently the “Palace Theatre”. Later in the 20th century it became known as the “Old Cinema” and was owned by a “Bro Franks” albeit nobody is too sure who exactly Bro Franks was.

The venue was purchased and refurbished by the Corney family in the late 1950s/early 1960s and opened as the Gaiety Ballroom in January 1961.

The ballroom itself was not licensed to serve alcohol but, in 1963, an

One of the few surviving photos of the Gaiety showing the rear of the building during a time of floods !
One of the few surviving photos of the Gaiety showing the rear of the building during a time of floods !

extension was built that was separately licensed and in later years housed the Ramsey Cabaret Club.

Whilst the CV of live acts was not a match for the Peterborough Palais, the Gaiety did play host to The Who on two occasions as well as fellow A-listers The Hollies, The Move, The Animals, The Moody Blues, The Troggs, The Herd, Geno Washington and also a rare early appearance from David Bowie with the Manish Boys.

Local legend included an appearance from the Beatles which definitely did not happen and an early appearance from Led Zeppelin which was also fictional as the band was not formed until several months after the apparent Gaiety appearance ! Jimi Hendrix was advertised as appearing in June 1967 right up to the week before the show but, for reasons unknown, that one never happened either with the guitar legend working in London that weekend.

The Gaiety Ballroom
The Gaiety Ballroom

The late 1960s music trends started to drift away from dancing to beat combos as the popularity of “progressive” rock bands and the era of flower power started to take over. Dance nights began to embrace the term disco nights as the earliest DJs started to appear on the scene and the commercial lure of alternative entertainments such as Bingo became more attractive to venue owners.

Peterborough lost its Palais as a live venue in 1967 as Bingo took over but the Gaiety soldiered on defiantly with what was arguably their best line-up in 1967 but by early 1969 Bingo had claimed Saturday nights here too and the short-lived move to Friday night bands lasted a mere fortnight before that too was claimed by a Roller Skating session.

Although live shows stopped in February 1969, the Gaiety continued to function as both a Cabaret Club and a Social Club with bingo and occasional roller skating nights.

The Who on stage at The Gaiety in 1968
The Who on stage at The Gaiety in 1968

One last defiant effort to relaunch the live shows came in June 1971
when the venue proudly proclaimed a Gaiety Ballroom Revival with The Equals headlining on opening night. The following week they were followed by Fairweather and announced future dates to include Christie and Status Quo. Christie’s show on 31st July 1971 was to be the last stand for the Gaiety however as a newspaper announcement the following week stated that the venue was closing for four weeks due to an “unsafe roof”.

The Gaiety never reappeared in the “Whats On” pages beyond this point and the building was totally destroyed by fire at around this time.

The listings below are as close to definitive as can be determined and are based on venue advertising in the Hunts Post.

Many thanks to the very many individuals who have contributed to this page which has hopefully given the venue the long overdue internet presence that it deserves.

If you can add further information, please get in touch HERE and I will happily update the page.

1961

21/01/61 – Opening Night

21/01/61 – The Rebs (Peterborough)

04/02/61 – The Marauders

18/02/61 – The Intruders

25/02/61 – The New Rebs

04/03/61 – The Silhouettes

18/03/61 – Tony Mills & His Quintet + The Marvins

25/03/61 – Kim Hart Five + The Strangers

01/04/61 – The Phantoms

08/04/61 – The Rocking Crusaders

15/04/61 – The Marauders + Kim Hart Five

22/04/61 – Johnny Duncan & His Blue Grass Boys + The Marvins

29/04/61 – Size Seven

06/05/61 – The Intruders + Chequers

13/05/61 – The Hi-Fi Group + Dynatones

20/05/61 – Flee Wrekkers

22/05/61 – The Marvins

27/05/61 – The Strangers

03/06/61 – The Phantoms

10/06/61 – The Crusaders

17/06/61 – Chequers + The Dynatones

08/07/61 – The Sapphires + The Marvins

15/07/61 – The Driftin’ Strangers

22/07/61 – The Strangers

29/07/61 – The Strangers + The Apaches

05/08/61 – The Marauders + The Marvins

07/08/61 – Stan Douglas Orchestra

19/08/61 – Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers

02/09/61 – The Crusaders

09/09/61 – The Dawnbreakers + The Marauders

16/09/61 – The Swinging Tornadoes + The Dynatones

30/09/61 – Joe Brown & His Merrymen + The Pontiacs

07/10/61 – The Sapphires

14/10/61 – Chequers + The Heartbeats

21/10/61 – Matt Pawn & The Tremlos + The Driftin’ Strangers

04/11/61 – Ricky Fever + The Hi-Fi Group + The Senators

18/11/61 – The Dawnbreakers + The Strangers

25/11/61 – Tony Holland & The Pack-A-Beats + The Premiers

02/12/61 – Ivan Love & The Jaybirds + The Intruders

09/12/61 – Ricky Fever + The Hi-Fi Group + Rick Elvin & The Pontiacs

16/12/61 – The Dawnbreakers + Barry Wild & The Heartbeats

1962

06/01/62 – Apex + The Detours

27/01/62 – The Crusaders + Rick Elvin & The Pontiacs

03/02/62 – The Flintstones (Norwich)

10/02/62 – The Dawnbreakers + The Kim Hart Five

17/02/62 – The Five Tornadoes + Kobalts Beat Men

24/02/62 – The Intruders + The Driftin’ Strangers

08/03/62 – The Crusaders + The Pontiacs

10/03/62 – Apex + The Premiers

17/03/62 – Garry Mills + Johnny Milton & The Condors + Johnny Leroy & The Freemen

24/03/62 – The Senators + Barry Hart Quartet

31/03/62 – Rikki Temple & The Lonely Ones + Johnny Dave Five

07/04/62 – The Dawnbreakers + The Drumbeats

14/04/62 – Davy Jones + The Twilights + Danny Ford & The Offbeats

21/04/62 – Robb Storme & The Whispers + Rita & Paul + Pete Karlman & The Tropics

28/04/62 – Frank Short & The Apex Group + Terri Sherwin + Pete Karlman & The Tropics

05/05/62 – Shel Carson Combo + Martine + The Premiers

12/05/62 – Chequers + The Cervezas

19/05/62 – Barry Edwards & The Semitones + Danny Rivers + Kim Hart Five

26/05/62 – Frank Short & The Apex Group + The Saints

02/06/62 – The Kingpins + The Premiers

09/06/62 – Mike Sagar & The Cresters + The Strangers

23/06/62 – The Five Tornadoes + Kobalts Beat Men

30/06/62 – Joe Brown & The Bruvvers + The Premiers + The Altones

07/07/62 – Johnny Vickers & The Valiants + The Strangers

14/07/62 – Duke D’Mond & The Barron Knights + The Intruders

21/07/62 – Johnny Milton & The Condors + Baby Bubbly + The Echoes & Little John

28/07/62 – Grant Tracey & The Sunsets

04/08/62 – Johnny Vickers & The Valiants + The Nighthawks

11/08/62 – Mike Harper & Cervezas + The Premiers

18/08/62 – The Original Checkmates + Danny Blue & The Sovereigns

25/08/62 – Danny Ford & The Offbeats

01/09/62 – The Crusaders + Don Fayne & The Kobalts (Grantham)

15/09/62 – Duke D’Mond & The Barron Knights + The Stilettos (Bedford)

22/09/62 – Screamin’ Lord Sutch & His Savages + The Marauders

29/09/62 – Buddy Britten & The Regents + The Allegroes + The Tornadoes

06/10/62 – Bob Xavier & The Jury + Jackie Lynton + Kim Hart Five

13/10/62 – The Crusaders + The Cervezas

20/10/62 – Mike Everest & The Alpines + The Intruders

27/10/62 – Danny & The Tornadoes + Rona Monty + The Cresendoes

03/11/62 – Danny Storm & The Strollers + The Invaders

10/11/62 – The Apex + Ricky Wilson & The Echoes

17/11/62 – Mel Turner & The Mohicans + The Allegroes

24/11/62 – Terry Young & The Young Six + The Premiers

01/12/62 – Freddie & The Dreamers + The Nimrods

08/12/62 – The Stilettos + The Marauders

15/12/62 – Brian Poole & The Tremeloes + The Drumbeats

22/12/62 – The Five Tornadoes + The Intruders

29/12/62 – The Brook Brothers + The Semitones + Johnny Washington & The Vampires (Coventry) + The Nimrods

1963

05/01/63 – Pearce Rodgers & The Overlanders + The Sovereigns

12/01/63 – Apex + The Invaders

19/01/63 – The Original Checkmates + The Invaders

26/01/63 – The Crusaders + The Nimrods

02/02/63 – Robb Storme & The Whispers + Johnny & The Crestas

09/02/63 – Johnny & Mike with The Shades + The Wreckers

16/02/63 – Mal Ryder & The Spirits + The Marauders

23/02/63 – Jerry Temple & The Planets + Kobalts Beat Men

02/03/63 – Craig Douglas + Grey Wade & The Allegroes

09/03/63 – The Crusaders + The Cadillacs

16/03/63 – The Sinners + The Cervezas

23/03/63 – Duke D’Mond & The Barron Knights

30/03/63 – The Premiers + Grey Wade & The Allegroes + The Electrons

06/04/63 – Craig Douglas + The Dominators + The Marauders

13/04/63 – The Vampires + The Invaders

20/04/63 – Brian Poole & The Tremeloes + The Nimrods

27/04/63 – Freddie & The Dreamers + Kobalts Beat Men

04/05/63 – Dave Curtis & The Tremors

11/05/63 – Mark Allen Group + Julie Grant + Danny Ford & The Offbeats

18/05/63 – The Crusaders (London) + The Crusaders (Corby)

25/05/63 – Ricky Vallance

01/06/63 – Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds

08/06/63 – XL5 + Bobby Leroy & The Freemen

15/06/63 – Neil Landon & The Burnettes

22/06/63 – Mike Saga & The Cresters + Bobby Leroy & The Freeman

29/06/63 – The Twilights + Danny Ford & The Offbeats

06/07/63 – Terry Young & The Young Six + The Westerners

13/07/63 – Danny Storm + Garry Mills + Glen Dale + The Clifton All Stars + Robby Hood & His Merry Men + The Rock-A-Fellas

20/07/63 – John & Mike with The Shades + The Drumbeats

27/07/63 – Houston Wells & The Marksmen + The Invaders

03/08/63 – Wayne Gibson & The Dynamic Sound + The Westerners

10/08/63 – The Federals

17/08/63 – Mark Allen Group + Barry Hart & His Q-Men

24/08/63 – Shane Spencer & The Casuals + Grey Wade & The Allegroes

31/08/63 – Roy Starr & The Cherokees

07/09/63 – Russ Sainty & The Nu-Notes + The Ko-Balts

14/09/63 – New Extension Opens @ The Gaiety

14/09/63 – Johnny Milton & The Condors + The Westerners

21/09/63 – Danny Storm & The Strollers + Barry Hart & His Q-Men

28/09/63 – The Crusaders + The Drumbeats

05/10/63 – Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers + Alan Dean & The Problems + The Redbeats

12/10/63 – Mike Saga & The Cresters + Lee Bryant + The Voscaps

19/10/63 – The Clifton All Stars

26/10/63 – Sounds Incorporated + The Invaders

02/11/63 – John Leyton + The Crusaders + The Druids

03/11/63 – Alan Dean & The Problems [Sunday Beat Club]

09/11/63 – Del Rio Four

16/11/63 – The Barron Knights featuring Duke D’Mond + The Gentry Beat Group

17/11/63 – The Q-Men [Sunday Beat Club]

23/11/63 – John & Mike with The Shades + The Cervezas

30/11/63 – The Federals + The Westonians

07/12/63 – The Plus Four + The Skyliners (Northampton)

14/12/63 – Mike Berry & The Innocents + Steve Crane & The Champions (Luton)

21/12/63 – Carter-Lewis & The Southerners + Dicky Bird & The Ravens (Luton)

24/12/63 – Neil Landon & The Burnettes + The Crusaders + Swinging Sounds

28/12/63 – Vern Rogers & The Rebounds + Johnny Vickers & The Valiants

1964

04/01/64 – Grant Tracey & The Sunsets + Bobby Leroy & The Freemen

11/01/64 – The Plus Four

18/01/64 – The Fortunes + Kobalts Beat Men

25/01/64 – The Marauders + The Hellcats

01/02/64 – The Country Gentlemen + Barry Hart & The Q-Men

08/02/64 – Kru Zakss & Cervezas + The Flintstones (Norwich)

15/02/64 – Robb Storme & The Whispers + Swinging Sounds

22/02/64 – Wayne Fortune & The Mindbenders

29/02/64 – Tony Holland & The Pack-A-Beats + The Hellcats

07/03/64 – The Eagles (Bristol) + The Torinos

14/03/64 – Vicky Rowe & The Ladybirds + Rod & Carolyn + The Dynatones + The Lincolns

21/03/64 – The Solitaires + Lee Bryant & The Bossats

28/03/64 – The Tornados + Swinging Sounds

04/04/64 – Shane Fenton & The Fentones + Mike Dean & The Kinsmen

11/04/64 – The Contrasts + The Lincolns

18/04/64 – The Fortunes + The Invaders

25/04/64 – The Wackers (Liverpool) + The King Pins (Bedford)

02/05/64 – The Druids + The Valiants

09/05/64 – The Classmates + The Drumbeats

16/05/64 – The Plus Four + Cherry Rowland + Chequers

23/05/64 – Sound Track with The Dowland Brothers + The Prowlers

30/05/64 – The Zephyrs

06/06/64 – Brian Poole & The Tremeloes + Bobby Leroy & The Freemen + Dave Crawford & The Redbeats

13/06/64 – The Yardbirds + Mad Classix (Coventry)

20/06/64 – The Rockin’ Berries + Barry Noble & The Sapphires

27/06/64 – Tommy Quickly & The Remo Four

04/07/64 – Steve Brett & The Mavericks + The Prowlers

11/07/64 – The Escorts (Liverpool)

18/07/64 – The Pickwicks + The Tea Time Four

25/07/64 – Pat Wayne & The Beachcombers

01/08/64 – Geoff Curtis & The Flames + Swinging Sounds

08/08/64 – The Druids + The Cascades

15/08/64 – Brian Diamond & The Cutters

22/08/64 – The Cornflakes + Johnny Kane & The Freemen (Nottingham)

29/08/64 – The Mojos + The Phantoms + Banger & The Hermits

04/09/64 – Manfred Mann + Scene One Group (Luton) + The Maniax

11/09/64 – The Rockin’ Berries + The Invaders

18/09/64 – Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers

26/09/64 – The Applejacks + The Drumbeats (Corby) + The Roadrunners

03/10/64 – The Interns + The Hellcats

10/10/64 – The Fortunes + The Cascades

17/10/64 – Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders + Three Quarters

24/10/64 – The Federals

31/10/64 – Formula Five + The Shieks

07/11/64 – The Paramounts + Bobby Leroy & The Freemen

14/11/64 – Eden Kane

21/11/64 – The Gamblers + The Dynatones + The Nightbeats

28/11/64 – Lulu & The Luvvers + The Doones + The Impacts

05/12/64 – The Puppets + The No-Names

12/12/64 – James King & The Farinas + Garry Freeman & The Contours + The Pathfinders

19/12/64 – The Contrasts + The Roadrunners + The Mandrakes

24/12/64 – Formula Five + Swinging Sounds

26/12/64 – Freddie Fingers Lee & The Shriekers (Northampton) + Ricky Wilson & The Three Quarters + Garry Freeman & The Contours

1965

09/01/65 – The Swinging Blue Jeans + The Cascades

16/01/65 – Roy Starr & The Cherokees

23/01/65 – The Emeralds + The Trojans

30/01/65 – The Beat Merchants + Dave & The Debutantes

06/02/65 – The Hollies + The Cascades + The Redcaps (Cambridge)

13/02/65 – The Manish Boys + Ricky Wilson & The Three Quarters

20/02/65 – Twinkle + The Gonks + The Ketas

27/02/65 – The Lancastrians + The Midnighters

06/03/65 – The Four Pennies + Swinging Sounds + The Dragsters

13/03/65 – The Fortunes

20/03/65 – Robb Storme & The Whispers + The Rebounds

27/03/65 – The Nashville Teens + Fernando’s Hideaways + The Pythons

03/04/65 – Herman’s Hermits

10/04/65 – The Animals + The Cascades + The Amazons

17/04/65 – Geoff Curtis & The Flames + The Sons of Adam

24/04/65 – Mike Sheridan & The Nightriders + The Half Dozen

01/05/65 – The Leroys + The Pathfinders

08/05/65 – Unit 4 Plus 2 + Keith Conway & The Aristokats

15/05/65 – Trendsetters Limited Show Group + Swinging Sounds

22/05/65 – Brian Diamond & The Cutters + The Size Seven Group

29/05/65 – Russ Sainty & The Nu-Notes + The Hellions

05/06/65 – Andy’s Clappers (Birmingham) + The Midnighters (Corby)

12/06/65 – Them + The Cascades (Corby)

19/06/65 – Dave Berry & The Cruisers + The Freemen

26/06/65 – Peter & Gordon + The Cyclones + Barry Lee & The Planets

03/07/65 – The Who + Beats Limited

10/07/65 – Little Frankie & The Country Gents + Ricky Wilson & The Three Quarters

17/07/65 – Keith Powell & The Valets + The Dennisons

24/07/65 – The Measles

31/07/65 – Riot Squad + The Cascades

07/08/65 – Adam Faith & The Roulettes + Hedgehoppers + The Lincolns

21/08/65 – PJ Proby & His Orchestra + The Freemen + US Limited

28/08/65 – Mike Sheridan & The Nightriders + The Midnighters

04/09/65 – The Peddlars + Mike Prior & The Pagans

11/09/65 – The Fourmost

18/09/65 – The Cheetahs + The Size Sevens

25/09/65 – Tony River & The Castaways + The Ends

02/10/65 – Fernando’s Hideaways + Swinging Sounds

09/10/65 – Kenny Bernard & The Wrangles + X Certs Beat Combo

16/10/65 – The Etceteras + US Limited

23/10/65 – Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich + The Phoenix

30/10/65 – The Objects + The Sovereigns

06/11/65 – Chris Andrews + The Ends + The Coachmen

13/11/65 – Sonny Childe & The Cool School + The Chants (Liverpool) + Swinging Sounds

20/11/65 – Phil Ryan & The Crescents + The Penny Blacks

27/11/65 – The Banshees (Ireland) + The Hornets

04/12/65 – The Tornados + The Rising Sons

11/12/65 – The Fenmen + The Wreckers

18/12/65 – The Links + The Three Dimplettes + The Endeavour Show Group

24/12/65 – The Size Seven Group + The Cascades

27/12/65 – The Byrd Herd + The Sounds

31/12/65 – Ian & The Zodiacs + The Knight Errants

1966

08/01/66 – Sons of Adam + Bryan & The Brunelles

15/01/66 – The Candy Dates

22/01/66 – Pinkertons Assorted Colours + The Invaders

29/01/66 – The Riots

05/02/66 – Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers + The Donne Boys

12/02/66 – The Caesers + The Triads

19/02/66 – Tony Rivers & The Castaways + The Cascades

26/02/66 – The Fourmost + The Reasons

05/03/66 – Dave Fand & The Essex + The Invaders

12/03/66 – The Young Tongs + Bryan & The Brunelles

19/03/66 – Stramash (Glasgow) + The Senate with Sol Byran + Beats Limited

26/03/66 – The Overlanders + The Endeavours Limited

02/04/66 – The Game + Billy Storm & The Original Falcons

09/04/66 – Freddie Fingers Lee with The Storm + George Bean & The Runners

16/04/66 – The Four Pennies + The Survivors

23/04/66 – The Epics + The Sounds

30/04/66 – Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich + The Sound Tracks

07/05/66 – The Quiet Five + The Sound of Sceptics

14/05/66 – Unit Four Plus Two + The Mike Beaver Five

21/05/66 – Paul & Barry Ryan + Robb Storme & The Whispers + The Endeavours + The Mulberry Blues

28/05/66 – Sounds Incorporated + Four Plus One

04/06/66 – The Fenmen + The Breed

11/06/66 – Mood Indigo + The Ketas

18/06/66 – The Moody Blues + The Invaders

25/06/66 – The Triads + The Size Seven

02/07/66 – The Tramps + The Original Dyaks

09/07/66 – David Garrick + The Rising Stars

16/07/66 – Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds + Billy Storm & The Original Falcons

23/07/66 – Pinkertons Assorted Colours + The Survivors

30/07/66 – Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band

06/08/66 – The She Trinity – The Mike Beaver Five

13/08/66 – The Merseys + The B & Three Beat Band

20/08/66 – The Troggs + The Knight Errants

27/08/66 – The Riot Squad + HUD

03/09/66 – Eyes of Blond + The Tribe

10/09/66 – The Mojos

17/09/66 – Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers + The Sounds

24/09/66 – Brian Poole & The Tremeloes + Sounds From Spectre

01/10/66 – The Tropical Boot Company + The Mike Beaver Five

08/10/66 – The Roll Movement + The Fireflies

15/10/66 – The Alan Price Set + The Rising Sons + The Friction

22/10/66 – Ronnie Jones & The Bluejays + The Survivors

29/10/66 – The Formost + The Mean Timers

05/11/66 – The Fenmen + The Wreckers

12/11/66 – The Fortunes + The Unchained

19/11/66 – Paul & Barry Ryan + Robb Storme & The Whispers + The Original Dyaks

26/11/66 – Boz + The Friction

03/12/66 – Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds + The Apex R&B All Stars

10/12/66 – The Graham Bond Organisation + The Triads

17/12/66 – The Easybeats + Victor Brox & The Blue Train

24/12/66 – The Sounds + The Mike Beaver Five

26/12/66 – The Worrying Kynde + The Sect

1967

07/01/67 – The Tropical Boot Company + The Stillwaters

14/01/67 – The Fleur De Lys + The Vivas

21/01/67 – Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band + The Fireflies

28/01/67 – Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band + The Sect + The Legal Matter

04/02/67 – The Trax + The Senators

11/02/67 – Freddie Mack & The Mack Sound + The Fireflies

18/02/67 – Eyes of Blue + Savoy Browns & His Blues Band

25/02/67 – The Artwoods + Rhythm & Song

04/03/67 – Ronnie Jones & The Blue Jays + The Heretics

11/03/67 – The Carol Young Show Band + Sound Force Five

18/03/67 – Tony Knight & The Chessmen + The Friction

25/03/67 – Herbie Goins & The Nightimers + The Legay

01/04/67 – John Mayalls Blues Breakers + The Motown Trinity

08/04/67 – The Summerset + The Survivors

15/04/67 – Steve Darbishire & The Yum Yum Band + Sonny, Snap, Crackle & Pop

22/04/67 – Mary Wells & Her Band + The Fireflies

29/04/67 – Rickn Beckers + The Crew

06/05/67 – The New Fenmen + The Friction

13/05/67 – Freddie Mack & The Mack Sound + En-Devers

20/05/67 – Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds + The Motown Trinity

27/05/67 – Jimmy James & The Vagabonds + The Survivors

03/06/67 – Jimi Hendrix – cancelled during week before show

03/06/67 – Milton James & The Milton James Band + The Legal Matter

10/06/67 – Tuesdays Children + The Sweet ‘n Sour Band

17/06/67 – The Tonics + The Kinsmen

24/06/67 – The Savoy Brown Blues Band with John Lee Hooker + The Soulmates

01/07/67 – The Gass + The Voyd

08/07/67 – The Tropical Boot Company + The Versions

15/07/67 – The Equals + The Vogue (Birmingham)

22/07/67 – The Jigsaw + The Fireflies

29/07/67 – The Alan Price Set + The Sect

05/08/67 – Root & Jenny Jackson with The High Timers + The Step

12/08/67 – Heart & Soul + The Wind of Change

19/08/67 – The Clockwork Oranges + The Wind of Change

26/08/67 – The CAT + The Fireflies

02/09/67 – The Anzaks + The Tender Trap

09/09/67 – Simon Dupree & The Big Sound + The Frictions

16/09/67 – Jimmy Cliff & The Shake Down + The Motown Trinity

23/09/67 – The Soul Caravan + The West Coast Flower Power

30/09/67 – Horatio Soul & The Square Deals + Crash Landing

07/10/67 – The Reg James Explosion + The Angello Six

14/10/67 – Tony Rivers & The Castaways + The Friction

21/10/67 – The Move + The Trax + Soul Security Corporation

28/10/67 – The Junior Smith Jamaican Show + The Wind of Change

04/11/67 – The Human Instinct (New Zealand) + The Sugar Machine

11/11/67 – The Skatalites + The Purple Barrier

18/11/67 – Nepenthe + Crossword

25/11/67 – The Temptations + The Gates of Eden

02/12/67 – Jeff Beck

09/12/67 – Long John Baldry + The Cheese

16/12/67 – Lucas & The Mike Cotton Sound + The Crawdads

23/12/67 – The Warren Davis Monday Band + The Friction

26/12/67 – Eyes of Blond

1968

06/01/68 – Garnett Mimms + The Senate

20/01/68 – Freddie Mack + Out of Sight Blues

27/01/68 – Desmond Decker & The Aces + The Trax

03/02/68 – The Jamaican All Stars + Ron James & The Swamp

10/02/68 – Clyde McPhatter + The Ironsides

17/02/68 – The Isley Brothers

24/02/68 – The Original Drifters + The London All Stars

02/03/68 – Granny’s Intentions + The Minor Portion Roll Band

09/03/68 – The Shell Shock Band + The Tramline

16/03/68 – Cats Pyjamas + The Friction

23/03/68 – Lamb Bros. & Co + Out of Order

30/03/68 – Root & Jenny Jackson & The Hightimers + Tuesdays Child

06/04/68 – Max Baer with Chicago Setback + The Surrealist Adventure

13/04/68 – Ellison’s Hogline featuring Nelson Fletcher + Guy Hamilton Sounds

15/04/68 – Soul Caravan + The Barrier

20/04/68 – The Chants + Barry’s Magazine

27/04/68 – Duane Eddy with The Quotations + The Other Two + The Choice

04/05/68 – Garnett Mimms + Magic Roundabout

11/05/68 – The Traction + The Tracks

18/05/68 – Tommy Bishop + The Out of Sight Blues Band

25/05/68 – Ferris Wheel + The Barrier

01/06/68 – Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds + Granny’s Antics

08/06/68 – James Brown Jnr + John Gunn’s Blues Movement

15/06/68 – The Equals + Out of Order

22/06/68 – Joe-E-Young & The Tonics + The Soulmates

29/06/68 – Amen Corner + Tuesday’s Outcome

06/07/68 – Although not mentioned in any Gaiety advert or listing, some websites show rock legends Led Zeppelin as playing the Gaiety on this date. This is clearly wrong as the band were not formed until later in 1968. The NME lists Tim Rose – who featured soon to be Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham in his band – as playing the Gaiety on this night but all the newspaper adverts show only the details below.

06/07/68 – The Platters + The Crew

13/07/68 – The Marmalade + Hofman’s Biscuit

20/07/68 – The Sharrons

27/07/68 – The Whiskey Mac + The Keths

03/08/68 – The Equals + Bobby Johnson & The Atoms + Sleepy Talk

10/08/68 – The Epics + Krisis

17/08/68 – Max Baer & Chicago Setback

24/08/68 – The Joyce Bond Review Show + Omaha

31/08/68 – The Motions Soul Show + The Trax

07/09/68 – Ben-E-King + The Reformation

14/09/68 – Catch 22 + Rusty Sunday

21/09/68 – Spencer Davis + Chicago Line

28/09/68 – The Crazy World of Arthur Brown + The Raid + Cover Story

05/10/68 – Edwin Starr + Eyes of Blond

12/10/68 – Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac + Special Offer + Sebastian’s People

19/10/68 – The Greatest Show on Earth + The Acceleration

26/10/68 – Amen Corner + Village Green

02/11/68 – The Foundations + Generous Earth

09/11/68 – The Fantastics + Generous Earth

16/11/68 – The Precious Few + Village Green

23/11/68 – Elison’s Hogline + Blossom Toes

30/11/68 – The Herd + Generous Earth

07/12/68 – The Chiffons + The Jaytones

14/12/68 – Chicken Shack + Ma Grinders Blues Mission

21/12/68 – The Who

24/12/68 – The Track + Sebastian’s People

1969

04/01/69 – Jimmy James & The Vagabonds

11/01/69 – The Love Affair + Jay Lane

18/01/69 – Mr Todd + Bumbly Hum

24/01/69 – Saturday night bingo introduced. Live bands moved to Fridays

24/01/69 – The Bedrocks

31/01/69 – Pendulum + Gass Avenue

08/02/69 – Roller skating introduced for Fridays. No more live bands advertised. Adverts for Ramsey Cabaret Club started instead.

1970

Adverts for Ramsey Cabaret Club continue. No live bands.

1971

19/06/71 – Gaiety Ballroom Revival advertised

19/06/71 – The Equals

03/07/71 – Fairweather (with Andy Fairweather Low)

10/07/71 – Mister Toad (Norwich)

24/07/71 – Clyde

31/07/71 – Christie

05/08/71 – Newspaper notice advises that the club will be closing for four weeks due to an “unsafe roof”. No subsequent adverts were to appear.

 

The end of the Gaiety !
The end of the Gaiety !