1968

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 1968

Date Valid Event Comments
Jan 05 The Shell Shock Show
The Associates
Adm 7/6
06 The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
Plaged Cadence
Adm 8/6
This would have been Plagal Cadence
12 The Riot Squad
The Crew
Adm 7/6
13 Sounds Incorporated
Plus supporting Groups
Adm8/-
19 Ronnie Jones and the Q-Set
Canal St Philharmonic
Adm7/6
20 The Moody Blues
Two of Each
The Associates
Adm8/6
26 The Alan Bown Set
The Crew
Adm
27 Traffic
plus supporting groups. We know one of these was
The Baloons
Adm 12/6 The Baloons changed their name to Fumble in Sept 1971

Traffic did one 50 minute set and were paid 450
Feb 02 O'Hara's Playboys
The Tykes
Adm7/6
03 The Flowerpot Men
plus supporting groups
Adm8/6
09 The Love Affair
The Track
New England Mood
Adm10/-
10 The Plastic Penny
Asparagus Bed Band
King George Co.
Adm10/-
16 The Two of Each
Modes Mode
Adm7/6
17 Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds
plus supporting groups
Adm8/6
23 Tony Rivers & the Castaways
The Tykes
Adm7/6
24 Grapefruit
The Inspiration
5th Dynasty
Adm10/-
Mar 01 The Measles
The Crew
Adm7/6
02 The Herd
Plagal Cadence
Eutopia
Adm10/-
08 No ad in paper
09 The Symbols
Merlin Q Magic Mixture
Adm8/6
15 No ad in paper
16 No ad in paper
22 No ad in paper
23 No ad in paper
29 No ad in paper
30 No ad in paper
Apr 05 Reparata and the Delrons
Alan Bown Set
 
06 The G-Cleff
The Fifth Dynasty
12 Good Friday - No Dance
13 The Foundations
plus supporting groups
Adm10/-
19 Ike & Tina Turner Review
plus supporting groups
Adm15/-
20 John Mayall
plus supporting groups
Adm10/-
26 The Showstoppers
J.J. Jackson
plus supporting groups
27 The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
plus supporting groups
Adm10/-
May 03 The Honey Bus
The Man-E-Go Band
plus supporting groups
Adm7/6
04 Bill Haley & the Comets
plus supporting groups
Adm15/-
10 Fanny Flickers Rock 'n' Roll Show
plus supporting groups
Adm7/6
11 Manfred Man
plus supporting groups
Adm15/-
17 The Easy Beats
Rainbow Reflection
plus supporting groups
Adm7/6
18 The Flowerpot Men
O'Hara's Playboys
plus supporting groups
Adm 10/-
24 The Katch 22
plus supporting groups
Adm7/6
25 Dave Berry
plus supporting groups
Adm8/6
31 Oscar Toney Junior
plus supporting groups
Adm7/6
Jun 01 Duane Eddy
The Marmalade
Adm10/-
07 Tony Rivers & the Castaways
plus supporting groups
Adm7/6
08 The Cliff Bennett Band
plus supporting groups
Adm8/6
14 The Move
plus supporting groups
Adm10/-
15 The Searchers
plus supporting groups
Adm8/6
21 The Traffic
plus supporting groups
Adm10/-
22 Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds Adm7/6
28 The Nashville Teens
plus supporting groups
Adm8/6
Jul 05 Patti Labelle & The Bells Adm 7/6d
06 P.J. Proby plus Supporting Groups. Adm 10/-
12 John Mayall's Blues Breakersplus Supporting Groups Adm 8/6d
13 Amen Corner plus Supporting Groups. Adm 10/-
19 O'Hara's Playboysplus Supporting Groups. Adm 7/6d
20 Wayne Fountana plus Supporting Groups. Adm 8/-
26 Mode's Mode plus Supporting Groups. Adm 6/6d
27 Jimmy James & The Vagabonds plus Supporting Groups. Adm 10/-
Aug 02 The Taste plus Supporting Groups. Adm 7/6d
03 The Symbols
Killing Floor
Adm 8/- sent in by Mick Clarke of Killing Floor
09 Doctor K's Blues Band plus Supporting Groups. Adm 7/6d
10 O.C. Smith plus Supporting Groups. Adm 10/-
16 Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation plus Supporting Groups Adm 7/6d
17 Ben E King
4 Dimensions
Black Sabbath
Adm 10/-
Supporting group info sent in by Peter Still of 4 Dimensions
23 Alvin Lee & Ten Years After with Killing Floor Adm 7/6d
24 The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown plus Supporting Groups. Adm 10/-
30 The Savoy Brown's Blues Band plus Supporting Groups. Adm 7/6d
31 The Herd plus Supporting Groups. Adm 10/-
Sep 06 The Chicken Shack plus Supporting Groups. Adm 7/6d
07 Fleetwood Mac plus Supporting Groups Fleetwood Mac did a 1 hour set and were paid 300
13 Timebox with Killing Floor sent in by Mick Clarke of Killing Floor also have advert
14 Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich plus Supporting Groups
20 The Nice plus Supporting Groups
21 The Symbols plus Supporting Groups sent in by Mick Clarke of Killing Floor
27 The Red Light District plus Supporting Groups
28 Julie Driscol, Brian Auger and The Trinity plus Supporting Groups.
Oct 04 Little John & The Shadrocks
05 Jimmy James & The Vagabonds plus Supporting Groups
11 Chicken Shack with Killing Floor sent in by Mick Clarke of Killing Floor
12 Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band plus Supporting Groups Adm 10/-
18 Keef Hartley Adm 10/-
19 The Who Adm 7/6d
The Who did one 45 minute set and were paid 400
25 Status Quo Adm 10/-
26 The Love Affair plus Supporting Groups
Nov 01 Jethro Tull
Killing Floor
sent in by Mick Clarke of Killing Floor confirmed by Jethro Tull official web
02
Oscar Tony Junior
Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band plus Supporting Groups.
08 Chris Farlow and The Thunderbirds.
09 The Paper Dolls plus Supporting Groups.
15 The Grapefruit.
16 Dave Berry plus Supporting Groups.
22 NO AD IN PAPER.
23 Tony Rivers and The Castaways plus Supporting Groups.
29 J.J. Jackson.
30 Herman's Hermits plus Supporting Groups.
Dec 06 The Chiffons.
07 The Locomotive plus Supporting Groups.
13 NO AD IN PAPER
14 Cupids Inspiration
Killing Floor
sent in by Mick Clarke of Killing Floor
20 NO AD IN PAPER..
21 John Mayall's Blues Breakers.
22 Bingo Night of the Year First Prize over 300
24 The Symbols
plus Supporting Group.
27
Wrestling Christmas Spectacular.
31
The HT Gibraltar
The Chris Shakespeare Globe Show
plus Supporting Groups.