1971

A few missing dates

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 1971

Date Valid Event Comments
Jan 8 Disco with Carl Edwards Adm 4/-
9 The Equals With Carl Edwards Disco
15 Disco with Carl Edwards Adm 4/-
16 Rufus Thomas With Carl Edwards Disco
22 Disco with Carl Edwards Adm4/-
23 The Pyramids With Carl Edwards Disco
24 Slade Listed as "California Club" Dunstable
29 Disco with Carl Edwards Adm4/-
30 Jimmy Ruffin
Feb 5 Disco with Carl Edwards Adm4/-
6 Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
12 Disco with Carl Edwards Adm4/-
13 Edwin Starr
18 Disco with Carl Edwards Adm4/-
19 REGGAE PACKAGE SHOW Winston Groover
Denzil Dennis
The Hammers
US Flattop
26 Disco with Carl Edwards Adm4/-
27 Bob & Marcia
Mar 5 Bruce Benson Fiasco Disco We believe this was the first gig Bruce did at the California
6 Laurel Aitken
12 Bruce Benson Fiasco Disco Adm4/-
13 Desmond Dekker with Bruce Benson Fiasco
19 Bruce Benson Fiasco Disco Adm4/-
20 Jackie Edwards Bruce Benson Fiasco
26 Bruce Benson Fiasco Disco  with Go-go girls
27 Tommy Hunt of the Flamingos Bruce Benson Fiasco
Apr 2 Bruce Benson's Scene of Sound with gorgeous dancers
Bruce will give away lots of money
3 Cupid's Inspiration
Pebbles
9 Nothing in the press
16 Bruce Benson's Scene of Sound with gorgeous dancers
Bruce will give away lots of money
17 The Flirtations Bruce Benson Fiasco
23 Bruce Benson's Scene of Sound with gorgeous dancers
Bruce will give away lots of money
24 Root
Jenny Jackson
May 1 The Joyce Band Review
Chancery Lane
Bruce Benson's Scene of Sound
8 Coloured Raisons
Black Velvet
and resident groover Bruce Benson
15 Show Stoppers backed by
The Red River Rock Band
and Groovy Groovy Bruce Benson
(look, that's what it says in the ad. I'm not making this stuff up you know!)
17 EVERY MONDAY
Night out with the stars
The ad says you got to meet the stars. Did anyone go to these and actually meet anyone sort of... starlike?
22 Nicky Thomas
29 Sweet
with Bruce Benson
Sweet's gig-list has this down as "Green Ballroom" Dunstable
31 Whit Monday Show Lou Christie with Bruce Benson
Jun 5 The Fantastics with Bruce Benson
12 Arthur Conley with Bruce Benson
19 Desmond Dekker with Bruce Benson
21 Traffic
25 The Lovers Concerto with Brucey Benson
26 Johnny Johnson & the Bandwagon
Jul 2 Tammi Lynn
3 Laurel Aitken
Madrigal
9 Brucey Benson
10 The Flirtations
16 Disco Bruce Benson with Ray Jay Day
17 Jimmy Ruffin
19 RADIO 1 CLUB
Hosted by Tony Blackburn with
Idle Race
12 noon - 2pm

8pm - midnight
THE COCA COLA SHOW
with Idle Race and
Pebbles and
compere Bruce Benson

Also Go-Go Girl Competition
Date courtesy of Karen White - Archives Researcher, BBC Written Archives Centre. We now have the advert to back this up.
23 Disco with Bruce Benson
24 Lucas and the Soul Sound
30 Disco with Les Dunston
31 Red River Band with Bruce Benson
Aug 7 The Foundations with Bruce Benson 70p
14 Greyhound
Motown Magic Group....... Worth
with Bruce Benson 70p
21
28 The Fascinations with Bruce Benson 80p
31 Bank Holiday Monday Rave with Bruce Benson and Ray J Day 30p
Sep 4 The Elgins with Bruce Benson 1
11 Bob & Marcia with Bruce Benson 70p
18 Delroy Williams - Trojan recording artist with Bruce Benson 60p
25 Bruce Ruffin with Bruce Benson 80p
Oct 2
9 Nicky Thomas with Bruce Benson 80p
16 Jimmy James and the Vagabonds with Bruce Benson 80p
23 The Tams with Bruce Benson 1
30
Nov 6
13 The Maytals with Bruce Benson 80p
20 Grand Funky Disco
with Soul man Bruce Benson and
James Brown type group
Tamo Shanteh
Adm 40p
27 The Flirtations with Bruce Benson 70p
Dec 3 Radio Luxembourg Show
with 208 DJ Paul Burnett
with Bruce Benson 50p
4 Rufus Thomas with Bruce Benson 70p
11 The Elgins
Back by public demand
with Bruce Benson 1
18 Children's Christmas Party
with Nigel Tomkins from
Opportunity Knocks
with Bruce Benson
10am - 12 noon
20p
18 Al Green with Bruce Benson 1
23 Grand Funky Disco with Bruce Benson 30p
24 Christmas Eve Spectacular
Johnny Johnson and the Bandwagon
Nicky Thomas 
The Live Shocks
with Father Christmas himself, Bruce Benson 1.50p
27 Grand Funky Disco with Bruce Benson 30p
31 Arthur Conley with Bruce Benson Adm 1