1975

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 1975

Date Valid Event Comments
Jan 4 Arthur Conley With Shossie & John Jones Adm. 1
  11 The Fantastics With Shossie & John Jones Adm. 1
  16 Northern Soul Disco First night. Every Thursday in the Devil's Den.
  18 Jimmy James & the Vagabonds With Shossie & John Jones Adm. 1
  25 Kool and the Gang With Shossie & John Jones Adm. 1.50
Feb 1 Sarah Gordon Soul Show With Shossie & John Jones Adm. 70p

Blues & Soul Magazine lists this as Donnie Elbert

  7 Emperor Rosko With John Jones & Mighty Mouse 70p
  8 Jimmy Helms With Shossie & John Jones Adm. 1
15 Ace With Shossie & John Jones Adm. 1
22 Chi-lites With Shossie & John Jones Adm. 1.50p

Brother Louie presents Rent-a-crowd every weekend. Learn to dance with expert tuition.

Mar 1 Hues Corporation With Shossie & John Jones Adm. 1.50p
8 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan Adm. 1
15 The Tymes With Shossie & John Jones Adm. 1.50p
22 Chairmen of the Board With Shossie & John Jones Adm. 1.50p
27 Stuart Henry DJ With Mighty Mouse & John Jones Adm. ?
28 Good Friday Ballroom Closed - Pool Bar open - Admission Free
29 Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel Adm. 1.50p
Apr 5 Sweet Sensation With John Jones & Mighty Mouse Adm.1
  12 New York City With Shossie & John Jones Adm. 1
  19 The Drifters Adm. 1.50p
  24 Northern Soul in the Devil's Den Last advert found. Adm Guys 40p, Dolls 20p.
  25 Disco with Shossey and special guest DJ Mr Super Bad Adm. 50p

(we are convinced that Mr Super Bad was Bruce Benson)

  26 The Three Degrees With John Jones & Mighty Mouse Adm.1.50p
May 2 Pinball Wizard With Bruce Benson Adm. 50p

Test out the latest pinball machine.

3 Jimmy Ruffin With Bruce Benson & Mighty Mouse Adm. 1.50p
10 The Jeff Roden Band With John Jones & Mighty Mouse Adm.1
17 Glitter Band With John Jones & Mighty Mouse Adm.1
  24 Edwin Starr With John Jones & Mighty Mouse Adm.1

Blues & Soul Magazine lists BT Express

  25 72 hour non-stop Pool playing in the Pool Bar Commencing 9pm through to Wed 28th finishing 9pm. Open 24 hours a day Adm. Free.
31 Detroit Emeralds Adm. 1
Jun 7 Major Lance Adm. 1
  14 Rufus Thomas Adm. 1
21 Desmond Dekker Adm. 1
28 Osibisa Adm. 1
Jul 5 KC and the Sunshine Band With Shossie & Mighty Mouse. Adm. 1.50p
  12 The Flirtations Adm. 1
  19 G.T. Moore and the Reggae Guitars  
  26 Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band  
Aug 1 Stylistics
2 Devil's Den with Brother Louie Little Richard in the Vista Bar & Pool room open. Adm. 60p
7 Discovisto Little Richard in the Vista Bar Adm. free
9 Devil's Den with Brother Louie Little Richard in the Vista Bar & American Pool room open. Adm. 60p
16 Junior Walker and the Allstars Blues & Soul magazine lists both 2nd & 16th Aug. Adm. 1.50p
23 Devil's Den with Brother Louie Little Richard in the Vista Bar & American Pool room open. Adm. 60p
30 Hamilton Bohannon With John Jones & Mighty Mouse. Adm. 1.50
Sep 5 Big Give-away Night with Emperor Rosko plus his International Roadshow and Go-Go Girls. With John Jones & Mighty Mouse. Adm 1

Apparently they were going to be giving away Rosko's Chopper Bike but due to the gaming laws they were unable to do so.

  6 Smokey With John Jones & Mighty Mouse. Adm. 1
  13 Disco Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes With John Jones & Mighty Mouse plus guest DJ Bruce Benson. Adm. 1.50p
  20 Devil's Den with Brother Louie Little Richard in the Vista Bar & American Pool room open. Adm. 70p
  27 The Drifters Adm. 1.50p
Oct 4 Fatback Band Making their first ever British appearance Adm. 2
  9 The Temptations Reviewer Terry Murphy said in Blues & Soul Magazine that no words could do the show justice. Her one complaint was that they sang full versions of all the new songs and only did a medley of the old ones. Adm. 3
  11 George McCrae Adm. 1.50p
18 B.T. Express Adm. 2
25 The Tymes Adm. 1. Blues & Soul has both KC and the Sunshine Band and the Tymes for the same date
Nov 1 The Chants With John Jones & Mighty Mouse Adm. 1. Blues & Soul has Ben E King listed for this date
8 Four Tops Adm. 2.75p in advance 3 on the door
14 Winter Madness Fancy Dress Night With John Jones

Free admission to anyone arriving in fancy dress between 8 and 9pm

15 Devil's Den with Brother Louie Little Richard in the Vista Bar & American Pool room open. Adm. 50p
21 Devil's Den with Paul Gray John Jones, Mighty Mouse & Brother Louie in the main Ballroom Adm. 70p
15 Devil's Den with Brother Louie Little Richard in the Vista Bar & American Pool room open. Adm. 50p
22 Limmie &  Family Cooking With John Jones & Mighty Mouse Adm. 1.
28 Pernod Night Everybody will receive a voucher on the door entitling them to a free Pernod. Plus superb sonic assaults on your otoscopic organs (the discos are quite good too) Adm. 70p
29 The Exciters With John Jones & Mighty Mouse plus Brother Louie in the Devil's Den Adm. 1
Dec 6 Dee Clark With John Jones & Mighty Mouse Adm. 1
13 Hot Chocolate Adm. 1
17 Donald Byrd & the Blackbyrds  
19 Tony Prince with the 208 Roadshow With John Jones & Mighty Mouse plus Brother Louie in the Devil's Den with the Rent-a-crowd Christmas reunion. Adm. 1
20 Devil's Den with Brother Louie La Vista Disco with Paul Gray Adm. 50p
21 Funkitis (Soul on Sunday) Adm. 40p
24 Osibisa With John Jones & Mighty Mouse Adm. 2
26 Boxing Day Party Devil's Den Adm. 50p
27 The Real Thing Adm. 1
28 Funkitis (Soul on Sunday) Adm. 40p
31 Mac & Katie Kissoon Adm. 2

John Jones last night at the California