Sample sounds and snaps from the debut gig of ‘Dungeon Daze’, a band set up by a group of original Mods who went to the Dungeon Club in Nottingham in the 1960s, playing mostly music they listened to in that club.
Matthew Norrish – vocals, keyboard, harmonica
Maurice Moore – vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion
Mel Munks – vocals, guitar
Mick Holland – vocals, bass
Ray Hopkinson – vocals, guitar
Alan – vocals, drums
Set Part 1
Set Part 2
Music played by the band
‘Dungeon Daze’ logo & advertisement design & artwork courtesy of Maurice & Micky Moore
Photographs: Micky Moore (with some help from Maurice Moore)
Here are some pictures from the Meet-ups of ex-Dungeoneers which take place every month somewhere in Nottingham. February 18th 2018 was the 50th Anniversary of the last known event advertised at the Club – on Sunday February 18th 1968 an all-day session was held featuring The Mint. This Meet-up was a celebration of that event and a band was quickly formed from ex-Dungeon members to perform. This band was known as ‘Dungeon Daze’ who played a lively set to a very enthusiastic and very large audience (the place was heaving!)
The Band – ‘Dungeon Daze’
Mick Holland, Mel Munks, Maurice Moore
Mick Holland, Mel Munks
Mel Munks, Maurice Moore
Alan, Mick Holland, Mel Munks
Ray Hopkinson, Alan, Mick Holland
Maurice Moore on slide guitar
Mick Holland, Mel Munks
Maurice Moore on harmonica
Ray Hopkinson, Alan
Ray Hopkinson, Alan
Mick Holland, Mel Munks
Mick Holland, Mel Munks
Mick Holland, Mel Munks, Maurice Moore
Mick Holland, Maurice Moore
Mick Holland, Mel Munks, Maurice Moore
Mick Holland, Mel Munks
Matthew Norrish, Ray Hopkinson, Mick Holland, Maurice Moore
The Dungeon Club in Nottingham was open in the 1960s, a place to showcase the emerging soul, Motown, jazz and r&b music and the many bands and artists playing in the country as well as those visiting from the States. It also provided a home for the Mods and their fashions springing up in Nottingham.
The Twisted Wheel in Manchester and The Golden Torch in Stoke-on-Trent were both recognised as having a large impact on Britain’s youth through the music and social life and as such have been celebrated with plaques hung on the walls of their homes. The Dungeon is considered just as important by its regular clientele but has not been acknowledged in the same way.
Can this be put right?
As one Dungeonite put it: “The Twisted Wheel was never as lively as the clubs in Nottingham, we went there (the Wheel) all the time, it was good but listening to conversations nowadays it was The place to be, (we know different). Had loads of mates in Manchester used to come to Nottingham and loved it.”
In January this year, 2017, Alan Askey suggested the idea of a Blue Plaque being mounted on the wall of the solicitor’s building on Stanford Street to honour the presence of the Dungeon Club back in the 1960s.
Suggestions were made that maybe it was the responsibility of the Council or that approval was required by the Council, however both of these were considered not true as such a sign would not protrude from the building. There was even a suggestion that the solicitors who owned the building from a conversation in the past were happy to participate.
“It’s the 50th anniversary of that infamous raid by the police on the club this year, maybe we should all meet there?”
“Yeh! We could tip the old bill there’s an odd going-on with lots of people gathered outside a building on Stanford Street and get them to do a raid! Just like re-enacting the night! … This is a joke by the way!”
“Brilliant, don’t forget to tip off the press as well.”
“Should have a street party, plaque unveiling and book a band!”
“Can we get the Temps’… pleeeease …”
“Whatever band is booked I’d bet that a bus with police on it will get there first!“
“Who cares ! Block Stanford Street for the day. Do it on a Sunday.”
British Plaque Trust
It was noticed in February that the BBC was running a nationwide campaign through their local radio stations to celebrate a local music venue, influential singer or producer.
For BBC Music Day on Friday 9th June, 2017, all 40 BBC Local Radio stations in England would be teaming up with the British Plaque Trust to unveil 40 historic Blue Plaques celebrating iconic musicians and venues. Suggestions would be accepted from the general public via Twitter or Email.
Mike Read, Trustee of the British Plaque Trust explains “We’re looking at nominations for people, who have contributed significantly to our musical heritage. We can also include iconic places of musical importance or where something significant has happened musically.
“Suggestions can be across the musical genres – classical, pop, folk, blues, jazz, musical theatre or music hall.
“Blue Plaques are footprints of our history, commemorating those who excelled in their particular field.”
A committee in each BBC Local Radio area would discuss the suggestions and create a shortlist of the most deserving, which would then be passed to the national committee to make the final decision.
It was felt that this was a good opportunity to get a plaque for the Dungeon, so several members sent in nominations. Then it was a case of sitting back and waiting till June when the decision was to be announced.
The day came … and the Dungeon was not selected. The local Nottingham Blue Plaque was awarded to an opera singer from Bulwell.
The members were disappointed but not downhearted – ‘maybe lucky next year’ or ‘maybe we could look into doing it ourselves’ were the cries.
Mock Blue Plaque?
Then Ann Barry, the Facebook Group administrator came up with a suggestion. Let’s mount a Mock Blue Plaque.
“If you can be in Nottingham…SAVE THE DATE!
The Afternoon of Sunday September 10th.
M.O.D.S reunite. Outside The Dungeon Club, Stanford Street, Nottingham.
Plans so far … press coverage, mock plaque, scoots, local hostelry afterwards. More details to follow.”
Later , “UPDATE…..I’m looking at a 12 noon meet on Stanford Street, but we could make it later if that’s better for people. What are we actually going to DO? Unveil our mock plaque, take some pics, look fabulous. Anything else? After a bit the landlady of The Royal Children will be happy to welcome us. After all, that is where most people including the bands ended up. Thoughts, comments …?
Other ideas/offers welcome.”
A buzz swept round the group.
Linda Hatcher announced “Mock plaque work in progress as we speak, Ann.”
“Sounds a wonderful idea, perhaps after we can go to the Bell and listen to jazz. With the old people!”
“No, you have to go to the ‘funnies’ on Sunday afternoon to sleep after the all nighters.” *
“Yes we will be there, Ann, I can see the headlines now, 300 senior citizens arrested for ‘Dancing in the Street’.!!!!”
“Boys to wear mohair suits and girls to wear mini skirts?”
“I wish I had kept mine (mohair suit), but think 36″ chest and 30″ waist might be a bit tight now.”
Note: * – the Scala Cinema on Market Street in Nottingham was purchased by Classic Cinemas in April 1964 and until 1972, when it was converted to a 3-screen cinema, it operated as a news and cartoon cinema, showing classics such as ‘Tom and Jerry’, ‘Roadrunner’ and the like. This place was known as the ‘funnies’ and was a regular haunt for Dungeon-goers on a Sunday afternoon between club sessions.
The big day arrived. People started to arrive for 12:00. Peter Wilson brought his ghetto blaster and the music of those halcyon days blasted out – Otis Redding, the Four Tops, Wilson Pickett, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Sam & Dave and much more.
Alan Jukes, Simon Wainwright and Andy Stevenson arrived on their scooters. There were men in suits, ladies in mini-skirts, everyone talking, laughing and full of eager anticipation.
Scooter Boys arrive
Andy Stevenson & Simon Wainwright park up
The Mock Blue Plaque had been drawn by the resident artist, Mick Hatcher, mounted on cardboard and fixed to one of the columns outside the entrance to the Club back in the 60s. It was covered with a ‘veil’ which was to be pulled off at the appointed hour by the ex-owner of the Dungeon, Mick Parker.
Jenny Wilson & Christine Tarr
Steve Leadbeater, Peter Wilson, Craig Strong, Jan & Sue Kononowicz, Jill Hillier
Colin Messom, Jo & Trevor Messom, Linda & Mick Hatcher
Victor & Susan Cassar, Peter-John Kenney & wife
Sandra Ward & Joy Evans
Wendy Watkinson & Dave Callard
Sandra Ward, Joy Evans, & David Wilcox
Geoff Rumas, Susan & Philip Jones, Ray Keetley
John & Joy Greenshields, Steve Spence, Dot & Derrick Porter
Amy Spence & Dot Porter
Des Miley & Paul Thorpe
Andy Stevenson, Yasmin Worthington, Simon Wainwright
Kath Shaw, Rob Paterson, Caryle
Neil & Ros Guthrie
Alan Jukes, Susan Jones, John Hunt, Barbara Horton
Mai Garton, Alan Askey, Faye Quiqley
Steve & Amy Spence, Dot & Derrick Porter
Soon, there were 60 to 80 people. Mick was due to unveil the plaque at 12:30 and a few minutes before, he came walking down the road. Ann gave a few words of introduction: “… we’re here to unveil our mock plaque. I don’t think he’s going to say a few words unless we can coerce him, so can we all welcome the person, the reason we’re all here and all had such a wonderful time in this club in the 60s, Mr Mick Parker.”
Mick Parker about to unveil the plaque, closely watched by Alan Askey
Applause after the event
Mick then stepped up and tore (carefully) the veil from the plaque. The crowd cheered and applauded, cameras whirred and clicked everywhere and the deed was done.
The music restarted and all that was left was for everyone to be photographed in front of the Blue Plaque. It was not exactly orderly, there was not a queue, but it went off without incident.
After the photographs, people one by one started that walk up the hill, as they had done perhaps 50+ years ago, not to the graveyard, but to the Royal Children next door. The drinking started, the conversation and merriment continued, memories were stirred. Murph, the DJ, was set up to play more of the soul music, so the dancing just carried on.
The event was covered by the Nottingham Post as follows.
Mods install blue plaque ‘in protest’ outside legendary Dungeon Club
The club played host to huge names in years gone by
A group of mods have placed their own blue plaque on the site of the former Dungeon Club, after an attempt to get official recognition failed.
The famous club, which was on Stanford Street, was only open for four years, but saw huge names pass through its doors.
The likes of The Who, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder and Van Morrison all played at the small, unlicensed venue between 1964 and 1968.
So earlier this year, Ann Barry tried have a blue plaque placed on the outside of what is now a solicitors’ office, where the club used to be.
The group applied for a blue plaque as part of National Music Day run by the BBC, which teamed up with the British Plaque Trust to unveil 40 historic blue plaques celebrating iconic musicians and venues earlier this year.
Ann said: “We think it deserves recognition.”
But after their bid was unsuccessful, they came up with a “tongue in cheek” protest which saw Ann orchestrate their own blue plaque ceremony.
They invited down Mick Parker, who used to own the club, plus an artist – one of the members of the group – who created the plaque.
They unveiled it on Sunday (September 11), stuck temporarily to the wall with sticky material, and in Ann’s own words, “had a bit of a dance and played some music to celebrate.”
There are still monthly reunions of the group, which usually meet at the Royal Children Pub. The club itself did not have an alcohol licence, so if people wanted a drink they had to go to the nearby pub.
Ann said: “The Who actually came in here once. They were playing a gig that night and they just said where can we get a drink around here, so someone took them here.
“Bands like that, they weren’t big names then like they are now. I actually saw the Who about three years ago in Sheffield, and Pete Townshend said that he remembered Nottingham being a mod stronghold back in the 60s and he asked if any of us were in that night and of course we were.”
The club went on to be many other venues before it became offices, including Eight Till Late, Whispers and Venus.
A further article was published in the Nottingham Post on Wednesday September 13th 2017:
Dungeon Club plaque was one-day hit
A group of Mods who put up a temporary plaque outside the old Dungeon Club has said they would love to get something more permanent up in the future.
The group put up the temporary plaque on Sunday recognising the venue, but took it with them at the end of the day.
Ann Barry, who organises the reunion Facebook group said: “It was just something fun for us to do and get together. It was nice to have a photo outside the venue with the plaque. It would be nice to have an official one there.”
The Dungeon Club was open from 1964-68 and big stars played there, including the Who, Elton John and Van Morrison.
It was said to be the home of the Mods in Nottingham.
Ann now organises monthly reunion at the Royal Children Pub of those who attended the club in the 60s. She added: “It is a listed building, but if there was an opportunity to get a plaque, then we would. I am very busy, but one of our members might take it as a project and get one officially, which would be great.”
Aaron Thibeaux “T-Bone” Walker, an innovator of electric blues, was born on May 28th, 1910 and died on March 16th, 1975. He played at the Dungeon Club twice, on March 28th, 1965 and October 17th, 1965 and each time had played at the Twisted Wheel in Manchester on the previous night. On the first occasion, he was backed by John Mayall’s Blues Breakers.
Here is a preview, published on Friday March 26th, 1965 in the Jazz Column of the Nottingham Evening Post And News prior to the first performance.
Jazz Column by Frank Jones
Nottingham says hail and farewell this weekend to a pioneer of the electric guitar, and one of America’s best known rhythm and blues singers – Aaron T-Bone Walker.
The gritty-voiced Texan winds up his three-week British tour at the Dungeon Club on Sunday, backed by John Mayall’s Blues Breakers.
For a man who helped to popularise the amplified guitar in its infancy, Walker has plenty in common with Britain’s guitar-mad youngsters. He also has a lot to teach them.
It was as a teenage guitarist that Walker first hit the road, accompanying legendary artists like Ida Cox, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Ma Rainey.
He soaked up much of their feeling and style, and eventually succeeded in his own right as a singer with Les Hite’s band in the thirties. Lionel Hampton was a colleague in the group around that time.
When electronics were developed T-Bone was among the first to realise the musical potential of the electric guitar.
He employed it creatively to back his dynamic vocals and by 1943 he was one of the biggest-selling black artists making records.
At one time he had three R and B discs in the ‘Billboard’ magazine’s top ten, enjoying his biggest success with ‘Stormy Monday’.
In the forties and fifties T-Bone led his own band – often as many as nine pieces – but the strain of one-night stands told on his health. He broke up the group in 1955 and since then he has worked as a solo performer.
In Marshall Stearns’ ‘The Story of Jazz’ Walker links the blues harmonies with those of religious songs, which employed the same chords.
“Of course, the blues comes a lot from the church,” he says. “The first time I ever heard a boogie woogie piano was the first time I went to church.
“Lots of people think I’m going to be a preacher when I quit this business, because of the way I sing the blues,” he adds. “They say it sounds like a sermon.”
Steve Banting – “I could have put my house on that one Jo.”
Paul Thorpe – “Which set of Drifters? Both groups were from Nottingham, according to earlier posts on here Josephine …”
Josephine Pate – “Ayup Paul me and my mate Sue saw the Drifters for the first time Wedneday Jan 19th, 1966 and it cost us five bob to get in. We were a bit bummed out cause it cost that much on a week night. Not many in the club that night and we stood in front of the stage and were blown away by them. In my mind I’m still standing there absolutely in awe anytime I hear them. So the Original Drifters were at the raid and at the time, having waited all night to see them, we were a bit taken aback cause it was a different group. They were good but not the right bunch!!”
Siddo Mel Senior – “Was it the Drifters when everyone was ar**d out into the street? But one of my favourites was Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers.”
Barry Cooper – “We thought they were the Drifters, but in fact they were the Invitations.”
Craig Strong – “Didn’t get to see them … so The Invitations as ‘Skiing in the Snow’ Invitations?”
John Murphy – “… and ‘Watch Out Little Girl’. One of the best being played today!”
Barry Cooper – “So I believe Craig, but those days it could have been anyone, Mick Payne knows more on this.”
Mick Hatcher – “Remember seeing Charlie & Inez Foxx. Tightrope was one of my favourites.”
Paul Thorpe – “Me too Mick, they were great, posted about the signed photo I got from them some time ago, sadly lost!! Inez was one of the most beautiful & glamorous women this 15 year old had ever seen, and as you know Mick, I’d seen a lot by then, as I lived in Aspleh …”
Mick Hatcher – “No Paul we had the best in Broxtah.”
Linda Thompson – “I agree with Mick us Broxtah gals were lovelah. Should think so with all the Max Factor I used to slap on me face!!”
Paul Thorpe – “Them girls & boys from the estates wuz the best ‘Acne hiders’ in Nottingham …”
Pete Wardle – “You lot kill me. Love this old dry humour which I think was born on those estates out of a sense of belonging to an elite group known as Mods but basically being raised with very little to brag about only the fact that everyone was in the same boat and just got on with it. Would not have changed that upbringing for diamonds.”
Sam Moore – “My most memorable act was Inez and Charlie Fox seeing Charlie doing his dance to the Tightrope right across the stage. Can see him now.”
Michael Belshaw – “I remember that. His hair was immaculate when they came out and within 30 seconds of starting it was all over the place.”
Sam Moore – “Another that sticks in mind was The Toys. If I am correct they wore turquoise dresses – absolutely stunning.”
Sandra Buckland – “Great memories of seeing Wilson Pickett at the Dungeon – vividly remember his leather waistcoat!!”
Chris Fensom – “I was leaning on the back wall facing the stage. Fantastic, he’s got to go down as one of the best acts at the Dungeon.”
Suzanne Tindle – “Wilson Picket, Charlie and Inez Foxx and Steampacket were my favourites. I remember that my then boyfriend Graeme (possibly in very sharp dark green suit) went up on stage with Charlie and Inez.”
Chris Fensom – “Small Faces, Steampacket, Wilson Picket but has to be the Temptations.”
Barry Cooper – “Can’t believe I missed the Temptations.”
Tim Northern – “One Sunday afternoon I remember a massive limmo outside and a massive black woman with her minders emerging – Big Maybelle.”
Linda Thompson – “Drifters, Lee Dorsey, Jimmy Cliff, The Steampacket – there were so many. Enjoyed seeing Amen Corner. But I do remember seeing a lady called Big Maybelle who got stuck on the stairs leading to the stage. To my shame, I did find it really funny. The poor lady was mortified and it took ages to get her unstuck.”
Pete Wardle – “Remember her Linda Thompson.”
Murray Frew – “I was there, it was horrendous. They had to jemmy her down the back stage stairs, and all that ankle fat flowing over her fancy high heels. But boy could she belt it out. Sunday marathon I think.”
Linda Thompson – “Yes it was, Murray.”
Pete Wardle – “Remember seeing an act called The Madd Lads or something like that … ?”
Craig Strong – “They were on Stax.”
Craig Strong – “I remember trying to get past these blokes coming up the stairs … it was The Action! I liked The Action.”
Murray Frew – “Edgar Broughton on a Sunday afternoon, no not really but it certainly broadened my horizons. 12 months later I was a massive Groundhogs fan.”
Jenny Slack – “Mickey Finn and the Blue Men. Very early Dungeon.”
Kath Allen – “Too many to mention.”
Michael Johnson – “I missed the really greats at the Dungeon, but I was there for the Amen Corner (Gin House). Drank coke with them upstairs and chatted. Also, remember a guy called Philip Goodhand Tait (Stormsville Shakers), thought they were really good.”
Deanna Fahy – “My first time down the Dungeon is when a date took me there to see the Pretty Things 1964/5-ish. Didn’t like them, not my sort of thing hence no more dates.”
Maurice Moore – “But you liked the place? No bad memories?”
Deanna Fahy – “Yes definitely, a much better experience second time I went with more like minded people. Can’t remember who was on though.”
Linda Thompson – “The first singer I saw was Roy C who sang Shot Gun Wedding. He only knew that and about 2 other songs!!”
Mick Hatcher – “I was there that night Linda.”
Tim Northern – “Did he have the sound effects?!”
Craig Strong – “I recall The Spellbinders only doing a few songs ….”
Murray Frew – “When I first went down I was too young to go at night so only went to Sunday marathon. Saw Jimmy Cliff at least twice, and Big Maybelle, but what must have been the weirdest booking for the Dungeon, the Edgar Broughton Band, really heavy prog rock, folks just went upstairs as you couldn’t dance to it.”
Penny Lambert – “Jimmy Cliff, remember he was very thin, he grabbed me for a bit of a dance.”
Siddo Mel Senior – “Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band with a few others close behind … Steampacket, Spencer Davis and Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers.”
John Murphy – “Spencer Davis Group, much underrated Rob Storm and the Whispers. Believe it or not Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers were brilliant.”
Kate Holmes – “Robb Storme and the Whispers were a London group and played regularly at the Dungeon and other clubs in our area. They were a favourite of Mick Parker and in a recent interview on Radio Nottingham Mick requested one of their records to be played … ‘Here Today’ which was a cover of a Beach Boys track. They became The Robb Storme Group and then The Orange Bicycle. For a time they were the backing group for Paul and Barry Ryan and toured with The Small Faces and Roy Orbison. I went to two or three of the tour dates and on one occasion I stood in the wings with Garry Hooper aka Peterson the bass player and watched Roy perform and then I met him. I don’t think I realised what an icon I was meeting at the time!”
Long John Baldry
Christine Tarr – “Steampacket.”
Gillian Williams – “The Steam Packet (Rod Stewart, Long John Baldry, Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger and the Trinity), Spencer Davis, just forget what great acts we saw there.”
Sandra Green – “Great times at The Dungeon! Saw Lulu there, Long John Baldry and others my memory has forgotten! I remember the black walls were pouring with sweat and damp. I remember an Irish lad, Seamus, who had a stutter but he was a fantastic dancer; his girlfriend was called Beverley. Also a bloke nicknamed “Jaffa” because his surname was Lemmon!”
Phil Long – “The Soul Agents played at The Dungeon on Sunday 23 August 1964 and then with Rod Stewart on Friday 8 January 1965. Now I have this memory that when the band were due to play with Rod either they were delayed by bad weather or else didn’t turn up at all, in which case Rod played a solo acoustic set, I’m not sure, does anyone else remember? Rod had already played The Dungeon previously as a member of Long John Baldry and the Hoochie Coochie Men and would go on to play three more times with The Steampacket.”
Ann Carlton – “He used to play at the Dancing Slipper. Jenny Slack and her sister and I always laugh. Oh no not Rod the Mod again! He played there a lot on a Friday night.”
Sheila Skinner – “I remember a humdinger of a night at the Beachcomber: The Steampacket and Julie Driscoll. I can still see it all now.”
Veda Bromwich – “I don’t remember that story Phil Long but away back in my memory I can remember you on stage singing with Rod Stewart somewhere. Is my memory right?”
Ann Carlton – “I remember something like that!”
John Boland – “I remember having a singalong with Rod at a Shotgun Express gig at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester with the lead singer of the Gass backstage singing ‘People Get Ready. Awesome, beat that, lol!”
Barry Cooper – “I remember Long John Baldry telling a group of us off at one of his gigs at the Union, saying we were acting like a bunch of Woolies kids … little did he know.”
Sandra Ward – “I remember seeing Dave Berry. He kept disappearing behind a post whilst singing and one of his roadies came over to see if we’d go to a party after the club closed, but we declined.”
Kathleen Notley – “Yes we did Sandra Ward.”
Stephen Jeffery – “Saw the Mojos (Lewis Collins became a member of Stu James and The Mojos together with Aynsley Dunbar).”
John Murphy – “Aynsley was a truly great drummer. I talked him out of a pair of drumsticks which my mum lost when moving house. Cheers ma!”
Stephen Jeffery – “I have to say the best drummers I saw were Moon the Loon and Ginger Baker and Ringo Starr.”
John Murphy – “Stephen Jeffery, knew you were in for a belting night when Ginger started to nail both bass drums to the stage. Standing 5 feet away from that every time they were on at the Beach. No wonder I can’t hear anything!”
Stephen Jeffery – “Saw him with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers along with the late Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton. Climbed on stage and spoke to Eric he was very approachable. No stadium rock then!! How times have changed. It was at the Boat Club.”
Mary Butler – “I used to go to the Dungeon club in 1964 and 1965. The first band I saw there was the Fortunes, and I remember standing very close to Rod Stewart in the coffee bar and not knowing who he was at the time.”
“One rock star tried to sell me some, ‘black bombers’, which I hasten to add I didn’t purchase!”
“Two stars stopped in their car and asked us if we had any pills and cos we said no they drove off disgusted. “Call yourself mods” one said.”
Compiled by Maurice Moore
Here is some music from some of the bands who played at the Club.