Mungo Jerry – Wikipedia

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melodious artist

Mungo Jerry are a british rock candy band who experienced their greatest success in the early 1970s, with a changing line-up that has always been fronted by Ray Dorset. The group ‘s name was inspired by the poem “ Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer “, from T. S. Eliot ‘s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. [ 1 ] The group ‘s biggest hit was “ In the Summertime “. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] They had nine charting singles in the UK, including two number ones, and five top 20 hits in South Africa. [ 3 ] [ 4 ]

history [edit ]

formation and master band : 1970–1971 [edit ]

Mungo Jerry came to prominence in 1970 after their performances at the Hollywood Festival at Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, on 23–24 May, which was their beginning gig under this appoint, [ 5 ] aboard Black Sabbath, Traffic, Ginger Baker ‘s Air Force, the Grateful Dead ( their first gear performance in the UK ) and José Feliciano. Their 23 May show was well received and the organisers asked them to perform again on the follow day. The band ‘s first single, “ In the Summertime ”, the first maxi-single in the worldly concern, [ 6 ] released on 22 May, entered the UK charts at No. 13 and the follow week went straight to No. 1. Ray Dorset had to ask his party boss for time off to do the UK TV Show Top of the Pops. Ray Dorset and Colin Earl had previously been members of The Good Earth. [ 7 ] Bassist Dave Hutchins left to join Bobby Parker ‘s band and the drummer was dismissed so Dorset and Earl decided to fulfil the one remaining gig, an Oxford University Christmas Ball in December 1968, as a three-piece with Joe Rush, one of Dorset ‘s colleagues, on double bass. besides on the bill was Miller Anderson, making his introduction as a singer and guitarist, and Mick Farren and the Social Deviants. Though booked for only one put, good ground were asked to perform another after the bands had finished, playing a excerpt of american english folk/blues/skiffle/jug dance band music from Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie and others, and some of Dorset ‘s songs. The trio played more gigs and landed a regular slot at the Master Robert Motel in Osterley, Middlesex, where they soon built up a postdate, including banjo, guitar and blues harp player Paul King who finally joined the band, making it a four-piece. After Rush left, Mike Cole was recruited on double freshwater bass, and this line-up recorded the first seventeen Mungo Jerry tracks which made up the beginning album and maxi-single including “ In the Summertime ”. When they made their national debut at the Hollywood Festival, Rush joined them on stage for some numbers to play washboard. The record topped the UK Singles Chart for seven weeks, made No. 1 in 26 countries around the earth and to date has sold around 30 million copies. [ citation needed ] According to Joseph Murrell ‘s The Book of Golden Discs ( 1978 ), “ Mungomania ” was possibly the most startle and irregular pop phenomenon to hit Britain since The Beatles. [ 8 ] Mungo Jerry made their foremost trip to the United States in September 1970. On their return Mike Cole was fired and replaced by John Godfrey, who played freshwater bass on their moment UK maxi-single, “ Baby Jump “, which besides topped the UK graph in March 1971. The one-third UK single, another maxi, “ Lady Rose “, besides released in 1971, was set to become another No. 1 reach. But it was temporarily withdrawn from sale on the order of the Public Prosecutor ‘s Office. This was due to complaints about the inclusion of the traditional song “ Have A whiff on Me ” ( to which Dorset had added some of his own lyrics ) on the grounds that it advocated the use of cocaine. [ citation needed ] The maxi-single was then reissued with “ She Rowed ” in place of the hurt sung. Dorset was the composer, guitarist, blues harp, kazoo musician, frontman and singer. On rejoinder from a farseeing enlistment of the Far East at the begin of 1972 he was summoned to the band ‘s management office and told by two of the early band members that he was fired and that his place was being taken by Dave Lambert. [ citation needed ]

Line-up changes and side-projects : 1972–1980s [edit ]

With time, Dorset found the group ‘s convivial blues and imprison band repertoire a little restrict, and in 1972 he released a solo album Cold Blue Excursion, with his songs backed by strings and brass and, in one example, a jazz ring. His intention to broaden the group ‘s appeal by recruiting a drummer led to King and Earl trying to sack him, but the management, regarding Dorset as inseparable in the public eye from Mungo Jerry, fired them both rather. Dorset and Godfrey, the bassist, recruited raw members and presented a new sound, heard on the fourthly album Boot Power. Colin Earl and Paul King went on to form The King Earl Boogie Band and recorded an album at Richard Branson ‘s Manor Studios called Trouble at Mill, produced by Dave Cousins of Strawbs. They played together on and off in the years following and ended up with a band called Skeleton Crew.

Mungo Jerry ‘s hits continued through to 1976 with “ Open Up ” ( top Twenty in Europe ) ; “ Alright, Alright, Alright “ ( a rewrite of an old french hit for Jacques Dutronc, and again a major stumble worldwide reaching the peak 3 in the UK ) ; “ Wild Love ” ; “ long Legged Woman Dressed in Black ” ; “ Hello Nadine ” ( european collision and top Five in Canada ) ; and “ It ‘s a mysterious ” ( european hit ). “ You Do n’t Have to Be in the Army to Fight in the War “ gave Mungo Jerry another hit. [ 1 ] In 1975, Earl returned to play keyboards, drummer Peter Sullivan joined and percussion actor Joe Rush, part-time member of the isthmus in earlier days, besides came back for a while. The group ‘s line-up continued to change. Among those who have played with them are bassist Bob Daisley, drummers Dave Bidwell, Paul Hancox and Boris Williams, guitarist Dick Middleton, keyboard player Sev Lewkowicz, and keyboard/accordion player Steve Jones. They have remained popular throughout Europe. Mungo Jerry was the first western ring to have exist television gigs in all countries behind the Iron Curtain. [ citation needed ] In 1980 another Dorset song, “ Feels Like I ‘m in Love “, originally written for Elvis Presley, and recorded by the band as a B side of a unmarried, became a british number one strike for Kelly Marie. They remained successful with oversea hits like “ On A Night Like This ”, “ Knockin ‘ on Heaven ‘s Door “ ( a reggae version of the Bob Dylan song ) and “ Sunshine Reggae ” ( british interpretation by Mungo Jerry & Horizon ). [ 7 ] In 1983, Dorset was separate of the blues super-group Katmandu, which recorded A Case for the Blues, with guitarist Peter Green, once of Fleetwood Mac, and keyboard musician Vincent Crane, once of Atomic Rooster and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown .

Members [edit ]

Current members
Former members

discography [edit ]

  • Mungo Jerry (1970)
  • Electronically Tested/Baby Jump (1971)
  • You Don’t Have to Be in the Army (1971)
  • Boot Power (1972)
  • Long Legged Woman (1974)
  • Impala Saga (1976)
  • Lovin’ in the Alleys, Fightin’ in the Streets (1977)
  • Ray Dorset & Mungo Jerry (1978)
  • Together Again (1981)
  • Boogie Up (1984)
  • Snakebite (1991)
  • Old Shoes New Jeans (1997)
  • Candy Dreams (2001)
  • Adults Only (2003)
  • Naked from the Heart (2007)
  • When She Comes She Runs All Over Me (2007)
  • Cool Jesus (2011)
  • Kicking Back (2015)
  • Xstreme (2019)

See besides [edit ]

References [edit ]

promote interpretation [edit ]

  • John Van der Kiste and Derek Wadeson: Beyond the Summertime: The Mungo Jerry Story (A & F, 1990) ISBN 0-9510922-2-7
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