1970

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 1970

Date Valid Event Comments
Jan 03 The Fantastics Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
10 The Upsetters Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
17 Laurel Aitken and The Keys
'Mr Reggae himself' plus Persian Wood
Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
24 J. J. Jackson and the Greatest Little Show Band in the Land plus The Kool and The Track Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
31 Edwin Starr Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
Feb 07 Oscar Toney Junior Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
14 The Fantastics Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
21 The Cufflinks - hit record 'Tracey' Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
28 The Pioneers Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
Mar 07 Edwin Starr Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
14 Junior Walker and the All-Stars Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
21 Vanity Fair
Web Site
Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
This was a misspelling the band were Vanity Fare
28 Pickettywitch plus Grace and Pussyfoot Tram Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
Apr 04 Arrival   Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
11 Edison Lighthouse and supporting groups Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
18 Bob and Marcia Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
25 Mini Reggae Festival
The Maytals and The Pyramids plus supporting groups
Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
May 02 Bandwagon and The Invitations plus supporting groups Adm. ? 8pm-midnight The Invitations footnote (formerly the Original Drifters)
09 Ben E. King (direct from America) plus supporting groups Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
16 Welcome return of Bob & Marcia plus Jackie Edwards and supporting groups Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
23 Jimmy James and the Vagabonds plus supporting groups Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
30 Welcome return of Ben E. King plus supporting groups Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
Jun 06 Black Velvet plus Noir plus supporting groups Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
13 Root & Jenny Jackson plus supporting groups Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
20 Marv Johnson plus supporting groups Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
27 Jimmy Ruffin direct from America plus supporting groups Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
Jul 04 Johnny Johnson and the Band Wagon plus the Pyramids and supporting groups Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
11 Chicken Shack plus Metro Downbeat
London's most sensational sound system with all the latest records
Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
18 J. J. Jackson and Metro Downbeat Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
25 Nicky Thomas hit record 'Love of the Common People' Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
Aug 01 Jackie Edwards plus the Dave Paine Roadshow featuring all the latest Tamla, reggae and soul records Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
08 Very first appearance of Eric Clapton, Carl Radle, Jim Gordon, Bobbi Whitlock
Derek and the Dominos
Adm.. 1
15 Desmond Dekker plus The Pioneers and the Dave Paine Roadshow Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
22 Arthur Conley hit record 'Sweet Soul Music' and the Dave Paine Roadshow Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
29 Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich plus the Carl Edwardes Roadshow Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
Sep 05 The Foundations plus the Carl Edwardes Roadshow Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
12 Blue Mink with Madeline Bell plus the Carl Edwardes Roadshow Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
17 'New Attractions' C.C.S. California featuring Pink Fairies also Bram Stoker plus top progressive sound and lights by DJ Jerry Floyd Not listed in the paper. Hawkwind also appeared. This information came direct from Dave Brock who checked his gig list. I have to assume he knows where he played. :-) Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
18 Johnnie Walker and the Carl Edwardes Roadshow Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
19 Arrival plus the Carl Edwardes Roadshow Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
24 'New Attractions' C.C.S. California with he Alan Bown Set plus Pure Wings and DJ Jerry Floyd Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
26 Desmond Dekker Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
Oct 01 C.C.S. California featuring Noir plus DJ Jerry Floyd Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
02 Johnnie Walker and the Carl Edwardes Roadshow with competitions and prizes Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
03 Hot Chocolate hit record 'Love is life' plus the Carl Edwardes Roadshow Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
09 Disco with Carl Edwardes Roadshow Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
10 Nicky Thomas plus The Pyramids and the Carl Edwardes Roadshow Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
16 Disco with Carl Edwardes Roadshow Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
17 Horace Faith hit record 'Black Pearl' plus the Carl Edwardes Roadshow Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
23 Disco Carl Edwardes Roadshow Adm. 4/- Ladies free before 9pm
24 Fairweather hit record 'Natural Sinner' plus the Carl Edwardes Roadshow Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
30 Emperor Rosko plus the Carl Edwardes Roadshow with Go-Gos, lightshow and competitions Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
31 The Fantastics and the Carl Edwardes Roadshow Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
Nov 06 Disco Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
07
Wild Angels Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
14 Jimmy Ruffin Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
20 Trojan Record Co, Promotion Show with Carl Edwardes Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
21 Freddie Mack Soul Extravaganza with 21 musicians. Line-up possibly included The Artwoods who regularly backed Freddie and played, unaccredited, on his only album Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
28 The Chants Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
Dec 05 White Plains Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
11 Lifetime Line up: Tony Williams, John McLaughlin, Jack Bruce and Larry Young. Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
12 Horace Faith Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
19 Arrival Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
24 The Fantastics plus Jimmy James and the Vagabonds Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
26 Party Disco with Carl Edwardes Adm. ? 8pm-midnight
31 Johnny Johnson and the Bandwagon plus The Pioneers Adm. ? 8pm-midnight