Many musicians found fame many years after they started their musical journey. Others gave up their aspirations as musicians and gained fame in another field. The acts who played at the Dungeon included several of these.
Albert Lee played guitar in the Thunderbirds backing Chris Farlowe before moving on to Heads Hands & Feet and playing alongside many top performers.
Alvin Lee, Leo Lyons & Ric Lee
Ric Lee played the drums in the band the Mansfields before joining Alvin Lee, guitar, and Leo Lyons, bass, in the Jaybirds, who subsequently became known as Ten Years After.
Andy Somers was the guitarist in Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band. At some time in his career he cames known as Andy Summers, played with Dantalian’s Chariot, Soft Machine, Eric Burdon & the Animals, various other artists before gaining huge fame with the Police.
Aynsley Dunbar was drummer with the Mojos. He later played with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, the Jeff Beck Group, the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, Blue Whale, Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention, Nils Lofgren, Journey, Jefferson Starship, Whitesnake Eric Burdon, Michael Schenker, the Animals, Ian Hunter, David Bowie, UFO and others.
Clive Hornby was the drummer in the fist headline act, the Dennisons, who later became an actor best known for playing Jack Sugden in the TV soup opera ‘Emmerdale’.
Dave Greenslade played keyboards in the Thunderbirds backing Chris Farlowe before playing with Colosseum and his own band, Greenslade.
Dick Heckstall-Smith played with the Graham Bond Organisation before playing saxophone in many bands including John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Colosseum.
Elton John played for many years in his own band Bluesology Incorporated who played at the Dungeon as a backing band for Major Lance and Patti Labelle & the Blue Belles before he became a World superstar as a soloist.
Eric Clapton played at the Dungeon with the Yardbirds and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers before becoming a superstar.
Gary Brooker & Robin Trower
Gary Brooker & Robin Trower were members of the Paramounts, later to become Procul Harum.
Ginger Baker played with the Graham Bond Organisation before drumming in Cream.
Jack Bruce played with the Graham Bond Organisation before being the bassman in Cream.
Jeff Beck played in the Yardbirds.
John McVie, who played bass with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, joined up with later Bluesbreakers Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood to form Fleetwood Mac.
Julie Driscoll sang with Steampacket before having chart success with the Brian Auger Trinity
Keith Emerson played keyboards with Gary Farr and the T-Bones before forming Nice (who were originally P.P.Arnold’s backing group) and of course later Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
Lewis Collins played bass with the Mojos, before becoming an actor, famous in particular for ‘The Professionals’.
Long John Baldry
Long John Baldry sang with the Hoochie Coochie Men and Steampacket before later being supported by Elton John’s Bluesology before his solo career.
Mike sang with a covers band, A Band of Angels, at the Dungeon. Later on of course he would sing with Manfred Mann.
Having just left school, Peter Frampton was just 16 when he played the last time the Herd played at the Dungeon.
Rod Stewart played harmonica and did some singing with Long John Baldry & the Hoochie Coochie Men, performed backed by the Soul Agents, sang in Steampacket before playing with Shotgun Express, the Faces and solo.
Ron Wood was a member of the Birds before finding later fame with the Faces and the Rolling Stones.
Van Morrison sang with his group Them.