1967

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 1967

Date Valid Event Comments
Jan 6 Mike Cotton Sound
Human Instincts
Adm. 6/6
7 Simon Dupree & the Big Sound
John
The Soul Reasons
Adm. 8/-
12 Wrestling
13 Herbie Goins & the Nightimers
The Satin Dolls
The All Night Workers
Adm. 7/6
14 Mud Mulligan's Bog Boss Band
plus supporting groups
Adm. 8/-
20 Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band
Force Four
Adm. 10/-
21 Jimmy McGriff Organ Trio
See Saw Soul Set
Penny Blacks
Adm. 8/6
26 Wrestling
27 James Royal Set
The Army
Adm. 6/6
28 Dave Berry & the Cruisers
The Cresters
The Tonics
Adm. 8/6
Feb 3 Ronnie Jones & the Bluejays
Fleur De Lys
Adm. 6/6
4 Maxine Brown with the Q-Set
plus supporting groups
Adm. 10/-
9 Wrestling
10 Amboy Dukes
Rick 'n' Beckers
Adm. 6/6
11 Cat Stevens
Nite People
Beat Syndicate
Adm. 10/-
17 The Gass
plus supporting group
Adm. 6/6
18 Pink Floyd
The Equals
Two of Each
Adm. 8/6
Floyd did two 45 minute sets and were paid 75
Yes that is correct. Seventy Five Pounds
23 Wrestling
24 Edwin Starr
The Unchained
Adm. 7/6
25 Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
The Black Watch
The Gas Company
Adm. 12/6
Mar 3 Jimmy Cliff & the Sound System
The Rick 'n' Beckers
Adm. 6/6
  4 The Who
David Essex & Mood Indigo
The Hush
Adm. 12/6
  9 Wrestling
10 Lee Dorsey
The Voyd
Adm 10/-
11 The Quiet Five
The Way of Life
The Essex Five
Adm 8/-
  17 The Original Drifters
The Love Affair
Adm. 10/-
  18 The Checkmates
The Wind of Change
The Smoke
Adm. 8/-
  23 Women's Wrestling Adm. 12/6
  24 Good Friday - No Dance
  25 The Troggs
The Penny Blacks
The Zam Band
Adm. 10/-
  31 Ben E King
Kool Combination
Adm. 10/-
Apr 1 The New Vaudiville Band (sic)
The Symbols
The Atoms
Adm. 8/6
  6 Wrestling
  7 Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band
Stacey's Circle
Adm. 12.6
  8 Normie Rowe & the Playboys
Steve Derbyshire & the Yum Yum Band
The Morality
Adm. 7/6
  14 Bo Diddley
Him and the Others
Admission 8/6
BO DIDDLEY - The Originator Web

A Celebration of his Unique Contribution to Popular Music.
15 Mary Wells
Apex R&B All Stars
Night Train
Adm. 10/-
  20 Wrestling
  21 Alan Price Set
Gates of Eden
Adm. 8/6
  22 Long John Baldry New Show
The Cresters
The Tender Trap
Adm. 8/6
  28 The Soul Sisters
Barry Noble & the Sapphires
Adm. 7/6
  29 Madeline Bell & the Echoes
The Lemon Line
The Hush
Adm. 7/6
May 4 Wrestling
  5 Jimmy James & the Vagabonds
The Hubbubs
Adm. 8/6
  6 The Mack Sound
Two of Each
The New Jump Band
Adm. 8/6
  12 The Amboy Dukes
The Don Brewer Band
Adm. 7/6
  13 The Move
The Wind of Change
The Associates
  18 Wrestling
  19 Chris Farlowe & the Thunderbirds
The Crew
ADDED ATTRACTION
Fashion Show by Shalets
  20 The Warm Sound
The Washington DCs
The Sneakers
Adm. 7/6
  22 SPECIAL
Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band
Back by Public Demand
The Penny Blacks
Adm. 10/-
  26 Zoot Money's Big Roll Band
The New Jump Band
Adm. 8/6
  27 The Gass
plus supporting groups
Adm. 7/6
Jun 2 The American Chiffons
with Blues Incorporated
Druce Coupe
Adm. 8/6
    Dianne Ferraz with
The Checkmates
The Symbols
The All Night Workers
Adm. 7/6
  9 The Allen Bown Set
The Geoff Curtis Set
Adm. 8/6
  10 John Lee Hooker
plus supporting groups
Adm. 10/-
  16 Sonny Childe & the TNT
The Mud
Adm. 7/6
  17 Tony Knights Chessmen
The Apex R&B All Stars
The Gods
Adm. 7/6
  23 The Herd
The Mike Stuart Span
Adm. 7/6
  24 The Shevels (sic)
The Cresters
The Associates
Adm. 7/6
  30 O'Hara's Playboys
plus supporting groups
Jul 1 Tiles Big Band Adm 7/6
  7 Freddie Mack and the Mack Sound
The Shell Shock Show
Adm 7/6
  8 Tony Rivers & the Castaways
plus supporting groups
Adm. 7/6
  14 The Long John Baldry Show
& Syn
Added attraction Shalet Fashion Show
Adm. 7/6
  15 Carl Douglas Set
plus supporting groups
Pool now open 9am - 7pm
Adm. 7/6
  21 The Human Instinct
The Gods
Adm. 6/6
  22 Richard Kent Style
Bobby Johnson & the Mighty Atoms
One in a Million
Adm. 7/6
  28 The Nitepeople
The Shell Shock Show
Adm. 6/6
  29 St Louis Union
The Lemon Line
The Pride and Passion
Adm. 7/6
Aug 4 Erroll Daniel & the JJ Sound
plus supporting groups
Adm. 6/6
  5 The Bee Gees
Two of Each
5th Dynasty
Adm. 8/6
  11 The Gass
Craig King Midnight Train
Adm. 6/6
  12 The Small Faces
East Village Other
The Outer Limits
Adm. 10/-
  18 The Mike Cotton Sound
The Goodtime Losers
Adm. 6/6
  19 Jeff Beck Group
The Washington DCs
The Sneakers
Line up Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Micky Waller
Adm. 8/6
Jeff Beck did two 30 minute sets and were paid 115
  25 T.H.E. Cat Soul Show
with U.S. Flattop
Richard Henry's Tales of the City
Adm. 6/6
  26 The Move
The Hand
The Extreme
Adm. 10/-
Sep 1 From America The Fabulous
Temptations
Adm. 8/6
  2 Simon Dupree & the Big Sound
plus supporting groups
Adm. 8/6
  8 James & Bobby Purify
The Yum Yum Band
Jo Jo Gun (sic)
Adm. 8/6
  9 The Troggs
The Magic Lanterns
The Associates
Adm. 10/-
  15 The Tremeloes
The Inspiration
The Daisy Chain
Adm. 10/-
  16 The Symbols
The H.T.
The Crisis
Adm. 8/-
  22 Maxine Brown
The Human Instinct
Adm. 7/6
  23 Jimmy James & the Vagabonds
The Crew
The Gentle Madness
Adm. 10/-
  29 Amen Corner featuring Andy Fairweatherlow
The All Night Workers
Jo Jo Gunne
Adm. 7/6
  30 Long John Baldry
Doctor Marigold's Prescription
5th Dynasty
Adm. 8/-
Oct 6 Stevie Wonder
Modes Mode
The Flash Bakks
Adm. 15/-
  7 Del Shannon
The H.T.
The Eyes
Adm. 10/-
  13 The Soul Sisters
The Crew
Adm. 7/6
  14 Georgie Fame
The Army
Four Point Five
Adm. 12/6
  20 The Original Drifters
The Gentle Madness
The Urchins
Adm. 7/6
  21 Junior Walker & the All Stars
The Inspiration
The Associates
Adm. 12/-
  27 Clyde McPhatter
The Gentle Madness
The Pack
Adm.
28 Jimi Hendrix
Modes Mode
Canal St Philharmonic
Fee for performance 800
Adm. 1
Hendrix did one 50 Minute set and was paid 750
Nov 3 The Human Instinct
The Plastic Dreamboat
The Track
Adm. 6/6
4 Georgie Fame
Tiles Man-E-Go Band
Apex R&B All Stars
Adm. 12/6
10 Jimmy James and the Vagabonds
Deadly Nightshades
The System
Adm. 10/-
11 The Symbols
Jo Jo Gunn (sic)
5th Dynasty
Adm. 7/6
17 The Fabulous Temptations
plus supporting groups
Adm. 7/6
18 The Moody Blues
plus supporting groups
Adm. 8/-
24 The Shevells
The Crew
Jo Jo Gunn (sic)
Adm. 6/6
25 John Walker & the Techniques
Sue & Sonny
The Urchins
Plagal Cadence
Adm. 10/-
Dec 1 The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
plus supporting groups
Adm. 7/6
2 Dave Berry & the Cruisers
plus supporting groups
Adm. 8/6
8 The Flowerpot Men
plus supporting groups
Adm. 8/-
9 Unit 4 Plus 2
plus supporting groups
Adm. 7/6
15 The American Vibrations
plus supporting groups
Adm. 7/6
16 Jimmy James & the Vagabonds
plus supporting groups
Adm. 10/-
22 The Washington DCs
Two of Each
The Doves
Adm. 7/6
29 The Symbols
plus supporting groups
Adm. 7/6
30 Tiles Man-E-Go Band
plus supporting groups
Adm. 10/-
A quote in the Luton News for November says:
The decor at the California is undergoing a change, with a modernisation of the foyer, better panelling, and "psychedelic" lighting. "We never close," said Mrs. E. W. Green. "Many teenagers even come from London to our dances - probably around 300 and 400 on Saturday nights. Our customers are very loyal and stable."
According to Carl Edwardes who was DJ in 1968, the "Psychedelic lighting" consisted of a dozen or so coloured strip lights on the ceiling. Now funnily enough, I seem to remember those.