Wednesday, 14 July 2010

In Truro during 1970 there were lots of interesting comings and goings...

re Smile gigs: here is the list I made earlier...

26.10.1968 Smile Imperial College London UK
31.01.1969 Smile Imperial College London UK
27.02.1969 Smile Royal Albert Hall London UK
28.02.1969 Smile Athletic Club Richmond UK
15.03.1969 Smile Imperial College London UK
22.03.1969 Smile Flamingo's, Redruth UK
28.03.1969 Smile PJ's Club Truro UK
29.03.1969 Smile PJ's Club Truro UK
18.04.1969 Smile PJ's Club Truro UK
19.04.1969 Smile Revolution Club London UK
31.05.1969 Smile Whisky A Go Go London UK
28.06.1969 Smile PJ's Club Truro UK
29.06.1969 Smile PJ's Club Truro UK
19.07.1969 Smile PJ's Club Truro UK
??.08.1969 Smile Fowey Carnival UK
13.09.1969 Smile PJ's Club Truro UK
14.09.1969 Smile PJ's Club Truro UK
18.10.1969 Smile College Union Watford UK
01.11.1969 Smile Imperial College London UK
06.12.1969 Smile Imperial College London UK
13.12.1969 Smile The Marquee Club London UK
26.12.1969 Smile PJs Club Truro UK
31.01.1970 Smile Imperial College London UK
17.04.1970 Smile PJs Club Truro UK
18.04.1970 Smile PJs Club Truro UK
24.04.1970 Smile Eel Pie Island Twickenham UK
09.05.1970 Smile Imperial College London UK

But I ve noticed three more in 1970 that were obscured in the creases of the microfiched newspaper ie
 
17.01.1970 Smile PJs Club, Truro UK
7.03.1970 Smile PJs Club, Truro
8.03.1970 Smile PJs Club, Truro
 
So thats a total of 13 gigs at PJs...wow. The ads will all feature in the exhibition - but I wont post them here.

UPDATE 10/8/69 Make that 14...theres a cool one for Boxing Day 1969 too!



UPDATE 23/7/10
Checked Cornishman Jan - Sept 1969 and found another ad confirming that they played at the Winter Gardens so thats:
05.04.69 The Winter Gardens, Penzance


Mike Dudley said to me that he played as part of a Smile gig at the Winter Gardens...so maybe that was it...



I should add that there were some other ads of historical interest. In particular the gig that Smile played at the end of June - now acknowledged to be the first ever Queen gig - was advertised by Roger Taylor's mum not once but twice. And the first ad (which hasn't been reproduced before) was placed four months earlier, in February (above). This is proof that it had been a seriously long-standing commitment to play as Smile, helping to explain why they did so despite the fact that by June they had become Queen...

Might seem an obscure point but for Queen buffs this is a crucial issue!




The other ad from the first part of that year that is also obscure but interesting, is this one which mentions Freddie Mercury's shortlived band Sour Milk Sea. He had obviously intended to come down with them, but in the event Smile  - even though they had broken up - played the gig themselves with Mike Grose on bass...

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