1974

Complete apart from 1 query

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 1974

Date Valid Event Comments
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Jan 5 Johnny Johnson & the Bandwagon With Bruce Benson & John Jones Adm. 60p
11 Friday Night Disco With Shossie and Mad Harry in the Devil's Den
12 The Chants With Bruce Benson & John Jones Adm. 60p
19 The Equals With Bruce Benson & John Jones Adm. 60p
26 The Coasters With Bruce Benson & John Jones Adm. 70p
Feb 2 Robert Knight With Bruce Benson & John Jones Adm. 60p
9 Desmond Dekker With Bruce Benson & John Jones Adm. 50p
9 Delfonics Blues & Soul has this listed which disagrees with the ad in the Luton News
15 Nicole and Marsh making their debut at the California on the opening night of their UK tour With Shossie Adm. 60p
16 Clem Curtis & The Foundations With Bruce Benson & John Jones Adm. 1
Mar 2 New York City With Bruce Benson & John Jones Adm. 60p
8 The Living World of WattStax Adm. 50p
9 Alvin Stardust cancelled due to illness I'm told by the agent at the time that Alvin wasn't ill. Jealous Mind had just been released and the record company insisted that he should appear on Top of the Pops. In order for the illness excuse to look valid, at least 3 booked gigs were pulled.
9 The Pioneers With Bruce Benson & John Jones Adm. 60p
15 Pan's People With Shossie & John Jones Adm. 60p
16 The Drifters With Bruce Benson & John Jones Adm. 1
23 Limmie & The Family Cookin' With Bruce Benson & John Jones Adm. 70p
25 Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes   Adm. 2
30 Mel & Tim With Bruce Benson & John Jones Adm. 70p
Apr 6 Jimmy Ruffin With Bruce Benson & John Jones Adm. 1
11 Disco With Shossie & John Jones Adm. 50p
12 Good Friday - closed
13 Barry Blue With Bruce Benson & John Jones Adm. 1
20 Junior Walker & The All Stars And Edwin Starr   Adm. 1.50p
27 Alvin Stardust With Bruce Benson & John Jones Adm. 1
May 4 The Real Thing The Pioneers With Bruce Benson & John Jones Adm. 80p
11 The Drifters With Bruce Benson & John Jones Adm. 1
18 Detroit Emeralds With Bruce Benson & John Jones Adm. 1
25 The Fantastics With Bruce Benson & John Jones Adm. 80p
Jun 1 The Three Degrees With Bruce Benson & John Jones Adm. 1.50
8 The Glitter Band With Bruce Benson & John Jones Adm. 1
15 Edwin Starr With Bruce Benson & John Jones Adm. 1
22 R Dean Taylor With Bruce Benson & John Jones Adm. 1
29 Jimmy Cliff With John Jones Adm. 80p
Jul 4 Sparks      Adm. 1
  11 10cc Adm. 1
13 Hot Chocolate With John Jones Adm. 1
20 Geordie With John Jones Adm. 70p
27 Nicky Thomas   Adm. 60p
Aug 3 The Ronnettes   Adm. 70p
10 Jimmy James & The Vagabonds With John Jones Adm. 60p
17 Ben E King With John Jones Adm. 90p
24 The Rubettes With John Jones Adm. 1
31 Freddie Mac and his Soul Extravaganza With John Jones Adm. 70p
Sep 7 Exciters With John Jones Adm. 70p
14 Glitter Band With Bruce Brown?????? Adm. 1
21 Showaddywaddy With Bruce Benson and John Jones Adm. 1
28 The Drifters With Bruce Benson and John Jones Adm. 1.50p
Oct 5 Alvin Stardust With Bruce Benson and John Jones Adm. 1
12 Cozy Powell With Bruce Benson and John Jones Adm. 1
19 KC & the Sunshine Band With Bruce Benson and John Jones Adm. 1
26 The Three Degrees With Bruce Benson and John Jones Adm. 1.50p Reviewer Terry Murphy said in Blues & Soul Magazine, that there were 2000 people queuing outside when she arrived and it took 50 minutes to get in. When the show started there were 4000 people inside the ballroom.
Nov 2 Delfonics   Adm. 1
7 Leo Sayer   Adm. 1
9 Carl Douglas With Bruce Benson and John Jones Adm. 1
16 Detroit Emeralds With Bruce Benson and John Jones Adm. 1
23 Four Tops With Bruce Benson and John Jones Adm. 2.50p
30 Gwen & George McCrae With Bruce Benson and John Jones Adm. 1.50p 
Dec 7 Chairmen of the Board And The Tymes   Adm. 2
14 Edwin Starr Eddie Holman   Adm. 1.50p
24 Emperor Rosko & Pans People With see-through gear and naughty dancing
31 Coasters