1972

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 1972

Date Valid Event Comments
Jan 1 Disco Adm50p
7 Disco New lighting system used for the first time Adm 50p
8 The Showstoppers Adm 80p
14 Disco
15 Disco With Bruce Benson Adm. 50p
22 Jimmy Ruffin With Bruce Benson Adm. 1
29 The Fantastics With Bruce Benson Adm. 1
Feb 5 Eddie Floyd With Bruce Benson Adm. 80p
12 Doris Troy With Bruce Benson Adm.70p
14 Valentine Dance Adm.20p
19 Johnnie Walker With Bruce Benson Adm. 50p
21 The Lovers Concerto Disco Adm. 20p
26 The Flirtations With Bruce Benson Adm. 70p
Mar 4 Ben E. King With Bruce Benson Adm. 80p
11 The Rosco Roadshow with 2000 Watts of Power With Bruce Benson Adm. 80p
18 The Drifters With Bruce Benson Adm. 80p
25 Radio Luxembourg Show with Dave Christian Also Bruce Benson Adm. 50p
Apr 1 Edwin Starr With Bruce Benson Adm. 80p
3 Chancery Lane With Bruce Benson Adm. 30p
8 Donnie Elbert With Bruce Benson Adm. 90p
10 Z Adm. 20p
15 Closed for a private function
17 Satan's Toys Adm. 20p
22 Bloodstone With Bruce Benson Adm. 60p
24 The Showstoppers backing group The Red River Band Adm. 20p
28 Radio Luxembourg Show with Mark Wesley Adm. 20p
29 Johnny Johnson and the Bandwagon Adm. 70p
May 1 Live Group Night Adm. 20p
6 Sarah Gordon and Bondage
Little Free Rock
With Bruce Benson 60p

"Little Free Rock took over backing Sarah Gordon when Bondage broke up. The California billing was still for the original Bondage booking. I didn't know about it until you just said." Peter Illingworth - LFR

Sarah Gordon used to strip onstage, taking off one piece of clothing for every song she sang. Needless to say, LFR didn't back her for too long.
8 Warrior Adm. 20p
13 Inez Fox With Bruce Benson Adm. 60p
20 Johnny Walker Tells The Motown Story Adm. 80p
27 Freddie Mack Soul Show Adm. 60p
29 Tony Morgan's Muscle Power Adm. 30p
Jun 3 Johnny Nash with guest appearance (2 songs) from a complete unknown who was being produced by Johnny. His name was Bob Marley! DJ for the night was Graham Bonney Adm. 80p
10 The Elgins Adm. 70p
17 De-Hems 50p with Paul Gray playing the records as Bruce Benson is resting prior to his marathon.
The advert say's the De-Hems were an 8 piece American band. Paul and I went to their flat in London and met Eddy Grant there. We don't remember them being American.
24 Slade DJ for the night was Paul Gray who never actually got to spin a record. Bruce Benson finished his marathon and introduced Slade. Slade went off, Paul came on, all the fuses blew. Adm. 1
Jul 1 Nicky Thomas & The Equators Adm. 60p
8 Noel Edmonds Noel Edmonds ran the Disco on this date along with Bruce Benson Adm. 50p
15 Bruce Ruffin With Bruce Benson Disco Adm. 70p
22 Non-stop Tamla Motown With interviews with the stars!!!! Adm 50p Eh? Not at that price there weren't! Anyone remember this?
29 Blonde Ray J Day Disco Adm 50p
Aug 5 There is nothing in the papers for this date. This may be the date Kopperwyne played see mystery gig at bottom of list.
12 Mary Wells With Bruce Benson Disco Adm. 70p
19 Gary Glitter With Bruce Benson Disco Adm. 90p
26 Tony Morgan's Muscle Power With Bruce Benson Disco Adm. 60p
Sep 2 Blackfoot Sue With Bruce Benson Disco Adm. 70p
9 Dave Lee Travis With Bruce Benson Disco Adm. 60p
16 The Drifters With Bruce Benson Disco Adm.
23 Love Unlimited With Bruce Benson Disco Adm. 80p
30 Jackie Wilson With Bruce Benson Disco Adm. 80p
Oct 6 Private Function
Dave Collins
 ...of Dave & Ansell Collins appeared at this. The advert in the paper says that even though it was a private function, regular patrons were welcome for a fee.
14 Major Lance With Bruce Benson Disco Adm. 80p
21 Chairmen of the Board With Bruce Benson Disco Adm.
27 Soul Review with Dave Holland Adm. 30p
28 The Flirtations With Bruce Benson Disco Adm.
Nov 4 Fontella Bass With Bruce Benson Disco Adm.
11 Junior Walker & The All Stars With Bruce Benson Disco Adm.
18 Dance & Cabaret with
The Barron Knights and
Eddie Curtis Orchestra
With Bruce Benson Disco Adm.
25 Sarah Gordon With Bruce Benson Disco Adm.
Dec 2 Love Affair Adm60p
9 Dandy Livingstone Ray J Day Disco Adm 80p
16 Bob & Earl Plus the California's 1200 watt Disco. Admission 70p
23  Edwin Starr With Bruce Benson Discotheque Adm.1.50p
24 Christmas spectacular with DJ Dave Holland Adm. 30p
30 Hot Chocolate With Bruce Benson Discotheque Adm.1.00p
31 Be in with the in crowd and DJ Dave Holland Adm. 30p
??? ? Kopperwyne Definite gig. Evidence held. No date