1973

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 1973

Date Valid Link Event Comments
Jan 05 Dave Holland Soul Show. Devils Den with Lektronis Sounds Disco. Adm. 35p
  06 The Real Thing Carl Edwardes Disco Show Adm. 50p
  13 Johnny Johnson and The Bandwagon  Carl Edwardes Disco Show Adm. 50p
  20 Closed No idea why
22 Roy C Dave Holland and Paul Gray. Admission 50p
27   Clem Curtis and the Foundations Carl Edwardes Disco Show Admission 50p
Feb 03 Jimmy Ruffin Bruce Benson & Carl Edwardes D.S. Adm. 1
  10   Martha Reeves and The Motown Sound on the opening night of her UK tour Bruce Benson & Carl Edwardes D.S. Adm. 1
  17   The Freddie Mack Extravaganza plus Carl Edwardes D.S. Adm. 50p
  24   Mac and Katie Kisson plus Carl Edwardes D.S. Adm. 50p
Mar 03   Danta plus Carl Edwardes D.S. Adm. 50p
  10   Sam & Dave Bruce Benson Adm. 80p
17 The Equals LSE disco with Mr H. Admission 50p
19 The Detroit Emeralds LSE disco with Mr H. Admission 50p
24 Junior Walker & the All Stars LSE disco with Mr H. Admission 1
31 Sweet The Sensational Bruce Benson Show featuring Paul Gray Adm. 80p
Apr 07   Geordie LSE disco with Mr H  Admission 50p
  14 Major Lance LSE disco with Mr H and Paul Gray in the Devils Den Admission 50p
  19   Disco with Dave Holland Adm. 40p
  20   Good Friday closed  
  21   The Fantastics LSE disco with Mr H and Paul Gray in the Devils Den Admission 70p
  28   Arthur Conley LSE disco with Mr H and Paul Gray in the Devils Den Admission 70p
May 05   Millie Jackson LSE disco with Mr H and Paul Gray in the Devils Den Admission 70p
  12   The Flirtations LSE disco with Mr H and Paul Gray in the Devils Den Admission 70p
  19 Edwin Starr LSE disco with Mr H and Paul Gray in the Devils Den Admission 80p
  26   Oscar Tony Junior Plus Dave Holland and Paul Gray in the Devils Den Adm.50p
  28   Bank Holiday Disco with Dave Holland Adm. 30p
Jun 2 Geordie Dave Holland Disco. Admission 70p.
9 Hot Chocolate Dave Holland Disco and Paul Gray Adm. 1
16

Drifters

First Saturday night of their UK tour

Dynamic Dave's Disco. Admission 1
22 Disco Show combined with Jays 2in1 Dynamic Dave's Disco. Admission 40p

Does anyone have any idea why they were promoting toilet cleaner?????

23 Dave Holland Disco Show Admission 50p
30 Suzi Quatro Dave Holland Disco. Admission 1
Jul 3 The First Choice Dave Holland Disco. Admission 50p
4 Sparks
7 The Drifters Dave Holland Disco. Admission 85p
13 Slade promotion Records of Luton. Throughout the evening we shall be giving away free Slade LPs, singles, T-Shirts, posters, badges and stickers PLUS Dave Holland Disco. Admission 40p
14 RAK recording stars
Mud and Pebbles
Dave Holland Disco. Admission 50p
21 Mungo Jerry Dave Holland Disco. Admission 50p
22 Sunday Soul
in the Devil's Den
every Sunday with Dave Holland
Admission 30p
28 Blackfoot Sue Dave Holland Disco. Admission 50p
Aug 4 Chicory Tip Dave Holland Disco. Admission 50p
11 Greyhound Dave Holland Disco. Admission 50p
18     Nothing listed in the papers
25 Average White Band Dave Holland Disco. Admission 50p
Sep 1 The Real Thing Dave Holland Disco. Admission 50p
8 10cc Dave Holland Disco. Admission 50p
15 Chairmen of the Board Dave Holland Disco. Admission 1
22 Jimmy Ruffin Dave Holland Disco. Admission 1
  29 Limmie and the Family Cookin'
Oct 4 Medicine Head
Beckett
Rock on Thursdays
Disco with Mr H Adm. 50p
  6 Chi-Lites Dave Holland Disco.  Entrance 1
11 Budgie supported by Bitch Rock on Thursdays
Mr H Disco.  Admission 50p
13 Detroit Emeralds Dave Holland Disco.  Entrance 1
18 Osibisa
The Heavy Metal Kids
Rock on Thursdays
Disco with Mr H Adm. 80p
20 Guy Darrell
Deep Feeling
Dave Holland Disco.  Entrance 50p
25 Vinegar Joe
Gerry Moore Band
Rock on Thursdays
Adm. 50p
27 Ben E King Dave Holland Disco.  Entrance 50p
Nov 3 JJ Barnes Dave Holland Disco.  Entrance 60p
  8 Nicole and Marsh Rock on Thursdays
In the Devil's Den. Disco with Mr H
Admission 20p
  10 Desmond Dekker Entrance 60p
  17 Suzi Quatro Dave Holland Disco.  Entrance 80p
  22 Diamond Lill Rock on Thursdays
In the Devil's Den. Disco with Mr H
Admission 20p
  24 Hot Chocolate Entrance 70p
  29 Haydn Rock on Thursdays
In the Devil's Den. Disco with Mr H
Admission 20p
Dec 1 Mac and Katie Kasoon Dave Holland Disco.  Entrance 60p
  8 Heart of Soul Dave Holland Disco.  Entrance 60p
  10 The Philly Review starring
The O'Jays, The Intruders, Billy Paul and M.F.S.B
Admission 1.50p MFSB didn't appear at a lot of the gigs, including the Hammersmith Odeon. Paddy Grady remembers seeing them at the Cali though.
  15 The Pioneers Dave Holland Disco.  Entrance 60p
  22   The Real Thing Admission 60p
  24   Christmas Eve Spectacular
Mungo Jerry
Admission 1.50p
  29   Mud Admission 1
31 The Fantastics
featuring the farewell Disco Show from Dave Holland
Entrance 1.50p Doors open at 8pm, Disco until 1am, Bar extension until 12.45am