Saturday, 17 July 2010

PJs events...

Still trying to find more information and documentation of PJ's. Here are events organised at PJ's (and other related Mike Grose/Pete Bawden gigs) as advertised in the West Briton. It includes, on August 7th (shortly after Smile had split and Queen had formed) a gig in which Tim Staffell and Mike Grose played together under the name No Joke!. Mike would have, by then, finished his stint with Queen. Nigel Uren, the third member of the group, was a drummer who played with Smokey Joes and other Cornish bands.

1968 Opens on December 13th
December 26th Clouds (one of the best club groups in the country)

Jan 7th Onyx
Jan 14th Vigilantes
Jan 21st Jason's Mind ('representing the group whose guitarist was voted best instrumentalist of the recent Cornwall Group Championship)
Jan 28th Empty Vessels ('BOOB! last weeks blurb said that the best instrumentalist was a member of Jasons Mind when in fact Colin plays for The Good Times')
Feb 4th Gin House ('presenting the DJ Fat Mo, not to be confused with our cloakroom attendant Chairman Mo')
Feb 11th The Onyx
Feb 18th The Vigilantes
Mar 4th The Good Times
Mar 11th Constable Zippos Electric Commode Band
Mar 18th Gin House
Mar 21st Mission Impossible
Mar 22nd The Good Times
Mar 25th The Other Five
Mar 28th Smile ('who have appeared at Londons top clubs and recently broadcase on Radio 1s Top Gear')
Mar 29th Smile
April 4th The Good Times
April 5th Onyx
April 8th Ginhouse
April 12th Bobby Knight Showband
April 18th Smile ('Beautiful sounds from one of the best bands ever to visit the county')
April 22nd Empty Vessels
April 25th Scorpions
April 26th Sponge
May 10th Grass
May 13th The Onyx
May 17th Made in England
May 20th The Late
May 24th Mosaic
May 27th Red Squares ('group who was voted No1 in Scandinavian pop poll')
May 31st Bobby Knight Soul Show
June 3rd Jimmy Powell and the Five Dimensions
June 10th Tanglewood (formerly Empty Vessels)
June 14th Confusion
June 17th Bent Cement
June 21st Mosaic
June 24th Constable Zippos Electric Commode Band
June 28th Smile ('special attraction')
June 29th Smile
July 1st The Mood
July 5th Onyx (' With their new record 'Tamaris Khan' heading for the hit parade...')
July 8th Universal Colour ('Incredible 4-piece from Cambridge - and for those who kindly asked Smile will be back on July 19th)
July 12th The Bobby Knight Show ('owing to objections from another club Misunderstood will now be appearing at a later date')
July 19th Smile ('The fantastic, beautiful...')
July 26th Good Times ('Welcome back to the fantastic new 4-piece)
August 5th The Red Squares
August 9th She Trinity ('Englands No1 All-girl group' ...Every week Kevin and Johnny Two of the best DJs in the country (theyre lousy in the town but great in the country!)')
August 16th Constable Zippo's Band ('this weekend featuring tow of the best groups on the Progressive Blues Scene')
August 17th Mr Lucifer
August 22nd The Embers
August 23rd The Late
August 29th Sky
August 30th Made in England ('At last!')
September 6th Easy Moses
September 13th Smile + Mr Lucifer ('a mind-blowing Progressive Blues Concert...with DJ and compere Kevin....DONT FORGET TO SMILE!)
September 14th Smile + Mr Lucifer
September 19th Chimera ('only 32 and a half new pence to members')
September 27th Mosiac
October 4th Great Expectations
October 11th Smoke ('recent hit My Friend Jack')
October 12th Locomotive (Recently in the charts with 'Rudis in Love')
October 19th Coconut Grove
November 1st Golliwog
November 8th Toast ('Radio One Stars!)
November 14th Onyx (Fantastic double event at PJs the opening of the the new coffee and griddle bar...Onyx who have a great new recrod 'Time Off' released on the same day. Next week Mr Lucifer)
November 23rd Mr Lucifer (The Best in Blues)
November 30th Mr Lucifer (Owing to thousands of requests (mainly from their agent!) we once again have pleasure in presenting the incredible....)
December 7th Bacchus
December 14th Mother Child
December 23rd The Onyx ('...A Cool Yule and a Hippy New Year')
December 26th Smile ('with surprise Guest Artistes')
December 27th Wishful Thinking

January 17th 'Smile'
January 31st 'Safron'
February 1st 'Joseph's Gathering'
Febaury 21st 'Poor Fish'
Feb 28th 'Mr Lucifer'
March 7th 'Smile'
March 8th 'Smile'
April 2nd (Thursday) Talent Night
April 3rd 'Third Ear Band'
April 4th 'Made in England'
April 10th 'Mighty Baby'
April 11th 'Sky'
April 17th 'Smile'
April 18th 'Smile'
May 1st 'High Tide'
May 2nd 'Wizard' and 'Temple Creatures'
May 8th 'Formerly Fat Harry'
May 15th 'Warm Dust' (heads of the world unite and listen to more Friday night mind music...)
June 6th 'Mr Lucifer'
June 13th 'Marvelous Kid' (debut of new super group)
July 25th 'Queen' ('formerly Smile')
August 6th 'Free'  (Truro City Hall)
August 7th 'No Joke' Tim Staffel, Mick Grose and Nigel Uren
August 15th 'Figg'
August 16th 'Group Contest'
September 5th 'Marvelous Kid'
September 12th 'T2'
October 3rd 'Ginhouse'
Octbober 10th 'Julians Treatment'
October 24th 'Gracious'
November 7th 'New Federation'
November 21st 'Orange Bicycle'
December 24th 'Marvelous Kid'

1971. PJs ads in the West Briton are less frequent and less prominent in 1971
January 9th Medicine Head
January 16th Julian's Treatment

smaller adverts with different logo from here on:
March 6th Safron
March 13th Cloven Spirit ('plus Kev Stuart')

Shortly before closing PJs briefly becomes 'Camelot Club' St Clement Street, Truro
April 24th New Federation
April 25th Kentucky
May 1st Swinging Blue Jeans (by popular demand we are now open every day except Monday)
May 4th Porky
May 8th 4 Wheel Drive
May 12th Marvellous Kid

Marvelous Kid and Mr Lucifer were bands local to Cornwall that may have members who are still in the county.

Dave Penprase's 'Room at the Top' had, by 1970, become probably the most significant folk music venue in Cornwall, and (apart from May and June when it was a surf-themed disco) throughout the year The Famous Jug Band, fronted by singer Jill Johnson, were resident there. (eg 'January 22nd The Famous Jug Band and friends introduce exclusive scoop: Gerry Lockran').

By mid 1971 there were no more PJs ads, and soon after Room at the Top ads dry up suggesting both venues had bitten the dust...

Mike and Pete were also involved with putting on Free at the City Hall. More on this later...

UPDATE 8/8/10 I've checked with Mike Grose and Tony Coxon: local bands that Tony was involved with included Jason's Mind (with Mike) Bent Cement (with Mike) and Marvelous Kid. Mike was involved with Safron and Made in England...We know too that Onyx and Ginhouse were Cornwall- based rock bands, as were lesser known Scorpions, Constable Zippo and Vigilantes (later Coconut Grove). Temple Creatures were a psych folk outfit from Penzance that included Clive Palmer (Incredible String Band) in their line-up.  If anyone can help with the describing the other bands that played at PJs that would be great. I'm going to get the other adverts for 1969 soon - probs tomorrow. 
Mighty Baby, Warm Dust, Empty Vessels, Tanglewood, Third Ear Band, and Smile themselves were touring bands from out of the county, many Roger Taylor would have helped Pete book at PJs. Third Ear Band were very experimental and prog rockish included a cellist who played with Clive Palmers COB. Empty Vessels and Tanglewood became Wishbone Ash, Temple Creatures became COB, and (have I mentioned this before?) Smile became Queen.

Spoke with Colin Brokenshire of Ginhouse tonight: he remembers PJs seeming very isolated - with few if any other buildings around it. He likened it to a clubhouse in the middle of a football field. I think this is a reminder of the extent to which this area had been demolished. Thanks to for image below of Ginhouse.


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