1961

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 1961

Date Valid Event Comments
Jan6Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group
The Apex Group
3/6
7Geoff Stoke's Orchestra
Jess Hunter and the Avalons
6/6
13Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group
The Apex Group
3/6
14Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group
The Apex Group
John Chapman at the Organ
6/6
20No dance6/6
21Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group
Ray Miller Orchestra.
5/6
27Ray Ellington Quartet
Russ Sainty and The Rhett Stoller Group.
6/6
28Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group.3/6
Feb3Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group
The Sinners.
7/6
4Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group
Geoff Stoke's Orchestra
3/6
9Geoff Stoke's Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group.
6/6
10Rob Storme and the Whispers
Ricky Dean and the 4'D's
4/6
11Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group
Ray Miller Orchestra.
6/6
17Ricky Valance
The Gunners
Terry Hammond and the Fiesta Four
4/6
18Geoff Stoke's Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group.
6/6
24Johnny Kid and the Pirates
Also the first appearance of the "All Stars".
4/6
25Tommy Thompson's Orchestra
Russ Sainty
Rhett Stoller and the Strangers.
6/6
Mar3The Allisons
Mike Berry and the Outlaws
The Chequers.
4/6
4Russ Sainty
Rhett Stoller and The Strangers 
Geoff Stoke's Orchestra
6/6


10
Lance Fortune
Nero and the Gladiators
Barry Edwards and the Semitones

4/6


11
Ray Miller Orchestra
Earl Sheridan and the House Shakers


15
First Anniversary Ball


17
St Patrick's Night Ball
London Irish Girl Pipers Band
Rinty Monaghan and the Shamrock Ceilidh Band
Tommy Thompson's Orchestra

10/-


18
Geoff Stokes Orchestra
Russ Sainty
Rhett Stoller
The Strangers

6/6


24
Don Lang and his Frantic Five
Barron Anthony and the Barron Knights
Dickie Demon

4/6


25
Ray Miller Orchestra
Russ Sainty
Rhett Stoller
The Strangers

6/6


27
Easter Monday Dance
4/6


31
Rock-A-Cha-Cha Night
3/6

April

1
Saturday Night Date
6/6


7
Rock-A-Cha-Cha Night
3/6


8
Saturday Night Date
6/6


13
Rock-A-Cha-Cha Night
3/6


14
Saturday Night Date
6/6


21
Jimmy Justine and the Leroys
Mike Berry and the Golden Outlaws

3/6


22
Commanders Orchestra
Pearce Rodgers
The Overlanders

6/6


28
Red Hot Volcanic Rock Dance
Billy Forbes (TV & Recoding Star)
The Gunners Rock Group
Neil Christian and the Crusaders

3/6


29
Freddie Maydwell Orchestra
return of
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6

May

5
Brook Bros.
Pearce Rodgers
The Overlanders
The Semitones

3/6


6
Geoff Stokes Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6


12
Terry Young and the All Stars
The Flintstones

3/6


13
Tommy Thompson Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6


19
Gary Mills
Rob Storme and the Whispers
The Chequers

3/6


20
Ray Miller Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6


26
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group
Bobby Deacon
The Statesmen

3/6


27
The Debonairs Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6

Jun

2
Vince Taylor and the Playboys
Johnny Vance
The Dreamers

3/6


3
Tommy Claridge Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6


9
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group
Tel Thorn and the Dwellers

3/6


10
Ray Miller Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6


16
"Screamin" Lord Sutch and the Savages
The Dreamers

3/6


17
Tommy Thompson Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6


23
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group
The All Stars

3/6


24
Tommy Thompson Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6

Jul

1
There is no advert in the Luton News . The films for the Gazette are almost unreadable So we've peered and squinted, turned it upside down and we think it says:
 
Knerjrer Frewmbb
Jdfndbfn Lyndon and the Txxxxxxxxx
plus the Hhhhhhh Hhhhhhh
 
anyone remember them?
With a lot more peering and some research we now think this was Jackie Lynton and the Teenbeats.
Probably 3/6


2
Ray Miller Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group
Probably 6/6


7
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group
Lee Lynch and the Heartbreakers

3/6


8
Freddie Maydwell Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6


14
Sounds Incorporated
Tel Thorn and the Dwellers

3/6


15
Colin Brooks Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6


21
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group
Ray Brett Combo

3/6


22
Ray Miller Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6


28
The Barron Knights
The Allstars

3/6


29
Commanders Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6

Aug

4
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group
The Kingpins

3/6


5
Geoff Stokes Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6


7
Commanders Orchestra
The King Pins

3/6


11
The Barron Knights
The Crystals

3/6


12
Ray Miller Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6


17
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group
Terry Judge and the Waders

3/6


18
Commanders Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6


25
The Barron Knights
The Crystals

3/6


26
Tommy Claridge Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6

Sep
1Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group
The Sinners

3/6


2
Ray Miller Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6


8
The Barron Knights
The Crystals

3/6


9
Geoff Stokes Orchestra
Keith Kelly and the Cruisers

6/6


15
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group
Eddie and the Sabres

3/6


16
Tommy Thompson Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6


22
Dave Clark Five
The Satellites

3/6


23
Commanders Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6


29
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group
Johnny Angelo and the Jesters

3/6


30
Geoff Stokes Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6

Oct

6
The Flintstones
Dean Jarrett and the Vikings

3/6


7
Tommy Claridge Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6


13
Duffy Power and the Midnights
The Kingpins

3/6


14
Colin Brooks Orchestra
Drew Harvey and the Jokers

6/6


20
The Gunners
Tel Thorn and the Dwellers

3/6


21
Ray Miller Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6


27
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group
Johnnie and the Combo

3/6


28
Commanders Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6

Nov

3
Dicky Pride
The Flintstones
The Apex Group

3/6


4
Geoff Stokes Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6


10
Davy Jones
Alan Ross
The Kingpins
Eddy and the Sabres

3/6


11
Tommy Thompson Orchestra
Dave Clark Five

6/6


17
Grant Tracey and the Sunsets
Ricky Temple and the Lonely Ones

3/6


18
Ray Miller Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6


24
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group
The Kingpins

3/6


25
Tommy Claridge Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6

Dec

1
The Barron Knights
Lea Atkins and the High Five

3/6


2
Tommy Thompson Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6


8
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group
The Jesters

3/6


9
Ray Miller Orchestra Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group
6/6


15
Jackie Lynton
Bob Xavier and the Jury
Dean Brent and the original Strollers

3/6


16
Geoff Stokes Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6
22English Electric Apprentices Open Invitation Dance

Geoff Stokes Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group
6/6


23
Geoff Stokes Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6


26
Farrow Girls
Johnny Maxim
The Regency Twins
Arthur Hill
Tommy Thompson Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group

6/6


29
Robb Storm and the Whispers
3/6
30Ray Miller Orchestra
Russ Sainty and the Rhett Stoller Group
6/6


31
Great Floor Shows
AND
Orchestra, Organist, Pianist and Dancing Groups

8/6
Open 8pm-2am