Sunday, 12 December 2010

JIMMY POWELL AND THE FIVE DIMENSIONS DAY-BY-DAY STORY

This story is the work of Bruno Ceriotti. Help in putting this together has been provided by Louis Cennamo, Michael Webb, Peter Mariosa, Gary Leport, Alan Shepherd, Alan Stone, Rod Godwin, Pete Hogman, Roger Trobridge, Jimmy Powell, Nick Darby, David Edwards, John H Warburg, Nick Warburton, Chris Mayne, Pete Watt and Raz, to whom I'm most grateful.


ca. July 1962
Undoubtedly the most lyrical bass player in British rock and one of the all-time greats, Louis Cennamo (b. Louis David Cennamo, March 5, 1946, Hornsey, North London, UK) left school at sixteen and began his musical career in the swingin' London, when he formed a hot blues band called The Dimensions with lead guitarist Gary 'Sludge' Leport (b. 1945, Hornsey, North London, UK), former member of The Moontrekkers with whom he recorded the instrumental hit single: "Night Of The Vampires" one year before. Louis and Gary both grew up in Hornsey, North London, and had been friends for some time. Next to join was Brian Kattenhorn (b. Brian David Kattenhorn, 1945, Tottenham, North London, UK), but everyone called him 'Chick', on drums, recruited from The Young Ones, an amateur group from Tottenham. The band was completed with Cennamo's friend and former schoolmate Peter Mariosa (b. Giuseppe Mariosa, November 10, 1947, Castel Ruggero, Torre Orsaia, Salerno, Campania, Italy) on rhythm guitar. About the name of the band, Gary Leport remember that was him that came up with the name after he saw a record player advertised as "a new dimension in sound" for sale so he thought it was a good name for the band. This story is confirmed by Louis Cennamo, although Peter Mariosa remember that in fact it was him that came up with the name and it came from an album he bought second hand called 'Chet Atkins In 3 Dimensions'. Their first manager was a bus driver who thought he was a bit of an impresario. They were a bit naive and let him do his stuff.   


THE DIMENSIONS #1 (ca. JUL 1962 - ca. OCT 1962)
1) Louis Cennamo bass
2) Gary 'Sludge' Leport lead guitar
3) Brian 'Chick' Kattenhorn drums
4) Peter Mariosa rhythm guitar


ca. October 1962
Local singer Tommy Bishop joined the band and from now on they were sometimes billed as 'Tommy and The Dimensions' or 'Tommy Bishop and The Dimensions'.


THE DIMENSIONS #2 (OCT 1962 - MAY 2?, 1963)
1) Louis Cennamo
2) Gary Leport
3) Brian Kattenhorn
4) Peter Mariosa
5) Tommy Bishop vocals


May 2?, 1963
Peter Mariosa became disillusioned by having to play Beatles covers, silly instrumentals like 'The Carousel Waltz' and 'The Sailor’s Hornpipe' and jumping up on chairs as some sort of stage act. One night at a gig he threw a bit of temper and that was the end of his association with The Dimensions, although they stayed good friends (a few years later Peter played with the not yet famous Phil Collins in The Charge). At that point Gary Leport asked Michael 'Mike' Webb (b. December 18, 1944, Luton, Bedfordshire, UK) to join the band after being introduced by a mutual friend called Howard 'Howie' Condor (drummer of The Barron Knights).


THE DIMENSIONS #3 (MAY 2?, 1963 - ca. JUL 1963)
1) Louis Cennamo
2) Gary Leport
3) Brian Kattenhorn
4) Tommy Bishop
5) Michael 'Mike' Webb rhythm guitar


Saturday, June 8 or 15 or 22, 1963: Wing Hall, Wing, Bedfordshire, UK
Mike Webb's first gig with The Dimensions. Mike himself had organized this gig and also booked his old band Kenny and The Senators from Linslade to play there. Mike played with both bands that night and it was a way of saying goodbye to his home town because he went to lived with Gary Leport in London for a time.

June - ca. July 1963: US Air Force bases, Suffolk county, East of England, UK

ca. July 1963
Gary Leport wanted to play jazz and blues rather than the sort of Beatle style music they were playing with Tommy, so they decided to find another singer, the not yet famous Rod Stewart (b. Roderick David Stewart, January 10, 1945, 507 Archway Road, Highgate, North London, UK). Rod joined the band through his friend and ex schoolmate Gary Leport, with whih he had already played together a couple of years earlier in The Raiders. The band started rehearsals in a room at a pub in Hornsey. Rod was very much into blues and played harmonica, so they started to learn songs from Muddy Waters, Sonny Terry and also Cyril Davies.  


THE DIMENSIONS #4 (ca. JUL 1963 - ca. AUG 1963)
1) Louis Cennamo
2) Gary Leport
3) Brian Kattenhorn
4) Mike Webb
5) Tommy Bishop
6) Rod Stewart vocals, harp


ca. August 1963
Tommy Bishop left the band (he goes on to form first The Nomads and then The Ricochets) because The Dimensions started to play too much blues!.


THE DIMENSIONS #5 (ca. AUG 1963 - SEPT 1963)
1) Louis Cennamo
2) Gary Leport
3) Brian Kattenhorn
4) Mike Webb
5) Rod Stewart

The Dimensions #5, London 1963 - left to right: Mike Webb, Gary Leport, Louis Cennamo, Rod Stewart, Brian Kattenhorn

ca. August or September 1963
The gigs dried up and the band joined with 'Malcolm Nixon Agency' and through them they met seventeen years old Jamaican ska singer Millie Small which had arrived in London in July. The agency wanted a backing band for Millie for both stage and records, and they were asked to audition for her. The audition was held at a rehearsal hall in Camden Town, northwest London. Mike Webb remember that she was a very shy little girl and he think her father or mother was with her that day. In the end, though, they did not get the gig because they hated ska music (Mike Webb also remember that maybe they played Millie's classic song "My Boy Lollipop" that day). They did not put much effort in and so Millie found another band. 

ca. September 1963: Ken Colyer Jazz Club, Studio 51, Great Newport Street, Leicester Square, London, UK "All Nighter"
The band, supposedly with this line up or maybe with the next one with singer Jimmy Powell on board, played during an "all nighter" at the Studio 51 where, at some point, a drunk (as usual) Long John Baldry got up on stage and did a couple of number with the band. Mike Webb also remember that maybe it was also the same night that Mike Jagger and Keith Richards came to the club and stood at the foot of the stage and booed them because The Dimensions had quire a rivalry with The Rolling Stones in those days (!!).

September 1963
Again through 'Malcolm Nixon Agency', the band auditioned for popular singer Jimmy Powell (b. James Powell, October 13, 1942, Selly Oak, Birmingham, Warwickshire, UK) who had a lot of work but no band. The band also changed it's name to 'The Five Dimensions' not because the numbers changed, but because it sounded better. Powell began his musical career in Birmingham in the mid 50s first with skiffle group The Beacon Wheelmen’s Skiffle Group and then with r&b group The Jumping Jacks. In 1958 or 1959 Jimmy formed an r&b group called The Detours and then in 1961 he joined the famous rock n' roll group The Rockin' Berries. Finally in early 1962 Jimmy left The Rockin' Berries and began his solo career by releasing his first three UK singles for Decca Records: 'Sugar Babe - Part 1 / Sugar Babe - Part 2' (March 1962, Decca F 11447; reissued on June 1968 as Decca F 12793), 'Tom Hark / Dance Her By Me' (November 1962, Decca F 11544) and 'Remember Then / Everyone But You' (January 1963, Decca F 11570), before he went down to London and hooked up with The Dimensions. Jimmy Powell also appeared as solo performer on the film 'Just For Fun' that year.  

Jimmy Powell

JIMMY POWELL AND THE FIVE DIMENSIONS #1 (SEPT 1963 - OCT 14, 1963)
1) Louis Cennamo
2) Gary Leport
3) Brian Kattenhorn
4) Mike Webb
5) Rod Stewart
6) James 'Jimmy' Powell vocals


ca. September 1963: The Place, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK


(Jimmy Powell and) The Five Dimensions #1, The Place, Hanley, ca. September 1963 - from left to right: Gary Leport, Mike Webb, Louis Cennamo, Rod Stewart, and (sitting) Brian Kattenhorn (Jimmy Powell was actually there sitting just to the side of Gary Leport, but he was just out of shot)

ca. September 1963: unknown venue, Southend, UK

ca. September 1963: Corn Exchange, Bedford, Bedforshire, UK with Nero and The Gladiators

ca. September 1963: Lyceum Ballroom, London, UK

ca. September 1963: Cavern Club, 10 Mathew Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with The Merseybeats (two shows....one was at lunch time and the other (with The Merseybeats also on the bill) was in the evening)

Thursday, September 19 - Wednesday, October 2, 1963: Scotland tour.....
The band toured for two weeks all over Scotland in an old 'Dormobile' (all the band + their driver/manager Dave McCarthy (Rod and Gary's friend)). They played at a club called 'Luna Park' in Edinburgh (they were short of money for a hotel so Mike Webb slept on one of the slabs in a morgue!!), then supported The Hollies in Auchinleck, then went right to the far north in Thurso, near John o' Groats, then Eyemouth in the south and finally Banchory in the north.

Jimmy Powell and The Five Dimensions #1, Scotland, September 1963 - left to right: Rod Stewart, Brian Kattenhorn, Jimmy Powell, Gary Leport, Mike Webb

Jimmy Powell and The Five Dimensions #1, Scotland, September 1963 - left to right: Brian Kattenhorn, Rod Stewart, Mike Webb, Jimmy Powell, Louis Cennamo, Gary Leport
Jimmy Powell and The Five Dimensions #1, Scotland, September 1963 - left to right: Jimmy Powell, Louis Cennamo, Brian Kattenhorn, Mike Webb, Gary Leport, Rod Stewart

late September or early October, 1963: unknown venue, Hull, Yorkshire, UK

late September or early October, 1963: unknown venue, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, UK

late September or early October 1963: Esquire Club, Leadmill Road, Sheffield, UK

late September or early October 1963: The 59 Club, East London, UK

Friday, October 4, 1963: Ken Colyer Jazz Club, Studio 51, Great Newport Street, Leicester Square, London, UK with The Yardbirds and guest stars "All Nighter"

Monday, October 7, 1963: Ken Colyer Jazz Club, Studio 51, Great Newport Street, Leicester Square, London, UK

Wednesday, October 9, 1963: Six Bells Jazz Club, Kings Road, Chelsea, London, UK

Friday, October 11, 1963: Ken Colyer Jazz Club, Studio 51, Great Newport Street, Leicester Square, London, UK

Saturday, October 12, 1963: Twisted Wheel, 26 Brazennose Street off Albert Square, Manchester, UK "All Nighter"

Monday, October 14, 1963: Ken Colyer Jazz Club, Studio 51, Great Newport Street, Leicester Square, London, UK
Supposedly Gary Leport and Mike Webb left the band right after that gig (Gary disappears from the music scene, while Mike form a new band called the Blue Aces in Kent and with them toured for several years at US Bases and local halls in France, Germany, Italy and North Africa) and were replaced by Martin Shaw (b. January 21, 1945, Birmingham, Warwickshire, UK) and Kenny White (b. Kenneth Vandell, 1943, Great Cambridge Road, Edmonton, North London, UK).


JIMMY POWELL AND THE FIVE DIMENSIONS #2 (OCT 15, 1963 - NOV 2?, 1963)
1) Louis Cennamo
2) Brian Kattenhorn
3) Rod Stewart
4) Jimmy Powell
5) Martin Shaw lead guitar
6) Kenny White rhythm guitar 


Wednesday, October 16, 1963: Eel Pie Hotel, Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, West London, UK
The band was advertised as 'Jimmy Powell and The Dimensions'. Jimmy Powell recalls that they turned up to play at this famous venue (supposedly on this date or maybe on October 30) and Rod Stewart refused to go on, but Jimmy insisted and they ended up having a stand-up row in the dressing room (!!).  

Monday, October 21, 1963: Ken Colyer Jazz Club, Studio 51, Great Newport Street, Leicester Square, North London, UK

Sunday, October 27, 1963: Cavern Club, 10 Mathew Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with The Del-Ranas, The Notions, The Zenith Six Band

Wednesday, October 30, 1963: Eel Pie Hotel, Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, West London, UK 

Wednesday, October 30, 1963: Ken Colyer Jazz Club, Studio 51, Great Newport Street, Leicester Square, London, UK

Monday, November 11, 1963: Ken Colyer Jazz Club, Studio 51, Great Newpoort Street, Leicester Square, London, UK

Monday, November 18, 1963: Ken Colyer Jazz Club, Studio 51, Great Newport Street, Leicester Square, London, UK

Friday, November 22, 1963: Refectory club, Golders Green, north-west London, UK
At some point, the club owner, an American guy, stopped the show in tears to announce to the audience the news that US President John F. Kennedy had been killed.

November 2?, 1963: Ricky Tick club, Clewer Road, Windsor, Berkshire, UK
Rod Stewart's last gig with the band. Louis Cennamo remembered Rod apologising to him in the car park after the gig, saying he couldn't work with Jimmy Powell anymore, because the latter would not let him sing!.


JIMMY POWELL AND THE FIVE DIMENSIONS #3 (NOV 2?, 1963 - NOV 29, 1963)
1) Louis Cennamo
2) Brian Kattenhorn
3) Jimmy Powell
4) Martin Shaw
5) Kenny White


Monday, November 25, 1963: Ken Colyer Jazz Club, Studio 51, Great Newport Street, Leicester Square, London, UK

November 2?, 1963: Railway Hotel, Wealdstone bridge near Harrow, London, UK
Harmonica player Pete Hogman (b. Peter John Hogman, 1944) persuaded Jimmy Powell to let him join them for a couple of numbers that night. Jimmy agreed and it went down quite well. At the end of the gig Jimmy asked Pete if he sang as well as playing harmonica, and then offered him a job with the band on a flat wage of £15 per week. Pete jumped at it as he was earning £7-10 a week working in a greengrocers.


JIMMY POWELL AND THE FIVE DIMENSIONS #4 (NOV 30, 1963 - MAY or JUN 1964)
1) Louis Cennamo
2) Brian Kattenhorn
3) Jimmy Powell
4) Kenny White
5) Martin Shaw
6) Pete Hogman vocals, harp

London, 1963/64 - Jimmy Powell and The Five Dimensions #4, left to right: Brian Kattenhorn, Pete Hogman, Martin Shaw, Louis Cennamo, Kenny White and Jimmy Powell
London, 1963/64 - Jimmy Powell and The Five Dimensions #4, left to right (top): Louis Cennamo, Pete Hogman and Kenny White, left to right (bottom): Martin Shaw, Jimmy Powell and Brian Kattenhorn

Saturday, November 30, 1963: Cavern Club, 10 Mathew Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with The Mark Four
Supposedly Pete Hogman's first official gig with the band.

Sunday, December 1, 1963: Ken Colyer Jazz Club, Studio 51, Great Newport Street, Leicester Square, London, UK

December ?, 1963: Eel Pie Island Hotel, Twickenham, London,  UK

Saturday, December 7, 1963: Twisted Wheel, 26 Brazennose Street off Albert Square, Manchester, UK

Monday, December 9, 1963: Ken Colyer Jazz Club, Studio 51, Great Newport Street, Leicester Square, London, UK

Monday, December 16, 1963: Ken Colyer Jazz Club, Studio 51, Great Newport Street, Leicester Square, London, UK

Friday, December 20, 1963: Twisted Wheel, 26 Brazennose Street off Albert Square, Manchester, UK

Monday, December 23, 1963: Ken Colyer Jazz Club, Studio 51, Great Newport Street, Leicester Square, London, UK

Monday, December 30, 1963: Ken Colyer Jazz Club, Studio 51, Great Newport Street, Leicester Square, London, UK with The Rolling Stones

late December 1963 or early January 1964: Dreamland Ballroom, Margate, Kent, UK

Friday, January 17 or 24 or 31, 1964: Refectory club, Golders Green, north-west London, UK

Saturday, January 18, 1964: Twisted Wheel, 26 Brazennose Street off Albert Square, Manchester, UK

Thursday, January 23, 1964: Jazzshows Jazz Club, 100 Oxford Street, London, UK with The Animals "Rhythm & Blues with"

Tuesday, January 28, 1964: Jazzshows Jazz Club, 100 Oxford Street, London, UK with The Yardbirds, Long John Baldry, Georgie Fame, Manfred Mann, The Animals, Zoot Money, John Mayall, Alexis Korner and others "Cyril Davies Benefit Night"
The band was advertised only as 'Jimmy Powell' on the club flyer.

February ?, 1964: Rendezvous Club, The Oddfellows Hall, Portsmouth, UK

Thursday, February 23, 1964: 100 Club, 100 Oxford Street, London, UK with John Lee and The Ground Hogs, The Pretty Things "Rhythm and Blues"

Saturday, March 7, 1964: Twisted Wheel, 26 Brazennose Street off Albert Square, Manchester, UK

Tuesday, March 10, 1964: Iron Door Club, 13 Temple Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with The Meteors, Phil Ryan and The Crescents

Friday, April 24, 1964: The Mojo R. & B. Club, Three Bridges Junior School Hall, Gales Drive, Crawley, West Sussex, UK

June 1964
Jimmy Powell and The 5 Dimensions released only in the UK their 1st single: 'That's Alright / I'm Looking For A Woman' (Pye 7N 15663). 


JIMMY POWELL AND THE FIVE DIMENSIONS #5 (MAY or JUN 1964 - AUG 1964)
1) Louis Cennamo
2) Brian Kattenhorn
3) Martin Shaw
4) Jimmy Powell
5) Pete Hogman
6) Dave Clapham piano

London, June 1964, Jimmy Powell and The Five Dimensions #5 - left to right: Brian Kattenhorn, Pete Hogman, Martin Shaw, Dave Clapham, Louis Cennamo and (in front) Jimmy Powell 

Friday, June 12, 1964: 'Ready, Steady, Go!', Associated-Rediffusion ITV-TV Show, Television House, Kingsway, central London, UK with The Dave Clark Five, Dusty Springfield, Peter & Gordon (the show was taped live in the afternoon and broadcasted that evening)
Dave Clapham got locked in the dressing room and only just made it.

Thursday, June 18, 1964: Cavern Club, 10 Mathew Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with The Yardbirds, Freddie Starr and The Flamingos

Saturday, June 20, 1964: 'Thank Your Lucky Stars', ABC-TV Show (ITV network), Alpha Television Studios, Aston, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK with The Dave Clark Five, Alma Cogan, Jim Reeves, Gene Vincent, PJ Proby, The Beatmen, The Federals, Janice Nicholls, DJ Sam Costa (broadcasting date)

Saturday, June 20, 1964: Twisted Wheel, 26 Brazennose Street off Albert Square, Manchester, UK

Thursday, June 25, 1964: McIlroy's Rock Club, Swindon, UK

Friday, June 26, 1964: Alexandra Palace, north London, UK with The Rolling Stones, Millie & The Five Embers, John Lee Hooker, John Mayall's Blues Breakers, The Barron Knights featuring Duke D'Mond, The Downliners Sect, Tony Colton & The Crawdaddies, Alexis Korner and others "All Night Rave"
The band was billed as 'Jimmy Powell and The 5 Dimensions' on the poster.

Wednesday, July 15, 1964: Twisted Wheel, 26 Brazennose Street off Albert Square, Manchester, UK

Friday, July 3, 1964: The Mojo R. & B. Club, The Northgate Youth Centre, Crawley, West Sussex, UK
The band was wrongly advertised as "Jimmie (sic) Powell and The Five Dimensions". 

August 1964
Martin Shaw left the band and was replaced on lead guitar by Geoffrey 'Geoff' Krivit (b. 1948, Wood Green, North London, UK).


JIMMY POWELL AND THE FIVE DIMENSIONS #6 (AUG 1964 - OCT ??, 1964)
1) Louis Cennamo
2) Brian Kattenhorn
3) Jimmy Powell
4) Pete Hogman
5) Dave Clapham
6) Geoff Krivit guitar


Friday, August 14, 1964: The Mojo R. & B. Club, The Northgate Youth Centre, Crawley, West Sussex, UK

Saturday, August 15, 1964: The Whitehall, East Grinstead, West Sussex, UK

Saturday, September 12, 1964: Twisted Wheel, 26 Brazennose Street off Albert Square, Manchester, UK wih The Soul Agents

Thursday, September 17, 1964: Cavern Club, 10 Mathw Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with The Clayton Squares, The Hidaways, The Music Students "Blues Night"

Friday, September 18, 1964: Little Fat Black Pussy Cat, Millergate, Bradford, UK

Sunday, October 11, 1964: Twisted Wheel, 26 Brazennose Street off Albert Square, Manchester, UK

Saturday, October 17, 1964: Galaxy Club, Haymarket Lounge, Wote Street, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK

October ??, 1964
Jimmy Powell and The Five Dimensions broke up after a split at 'Malcolm Nixon Agency'. The original Five Dimensions continue to play on their own in London with the addition of piano player Robert 'Bob' Scriven (b. 1941) and after moving to 'Robert Stigwood Organisation', meanwhile Jimmy Powell stayed with 'Malcolm Nixon Agency' and went back home to Birmingham and went looking for other musicians to be The fictitious Five Dimensions.


THE FIVE DIMENSIONS (OCT ??, 1964 - AUG ??, 1965)
1) Louis Cennamo
2) Brian Kattenhorn
3) Pete Hogman
4) Geoff Krivit
5) Bob Scriven piano


Saturday, October 31, 1964: Exeter University, Exeter, UK
The Five Dimensions backed up Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

November ?, 1964: Ricky Tick club, Clewer Road, Windsor, Berkshire, UK
The Five Dimensions backed up Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe and The Five Dimensions, Ricky Tick club, Windsor, Berkshire, UK, early November 1964 - left to right: Brian Kattenhorn, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Louis Cennamo, Bob Scriven

Monday, November 16, 1964: 'unnamed', Granada TV Show, Studio 6, Granada Studios, Manchester, UK (unbroadcast)
The Five Dimensions supposedly backed up Sonny Boy Williamson II.

Saturday, November 28, 1964: Little Fat Black Pussy Cat, Millergate, Bradford, UK

Sunday, December 6, 1964: Civic Hall, Town Hall, Crawley, West Sussex, UK "Sunday R&B Club Presents"

January ?, 1965: unknown recording studio, London, UK
The Five Dimensions backed up (uncredited) Chuck Berry in the recording of his album: 'Chuck Berry In London' (CRL 4005; March 1965: track list: 'My Little Love Light / She Once Was Mine / After It's Over / I Got A Booking / Night Beat / His Daughter Caroline / You Came A Long Way From St. Louis / St. Louis Blues / Jamaica Farewell / Dead Dad / Butterscotch / The Song Of My Love / Why Should We End This Way / I Want To Be Your Driver').     

Friday, January 8, 1965: Lewisham Odeon, London, UK with The Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organization, Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men, Winston G.
The Five Dimensions backed up Chuck Berry.

Saturday, January 9, 1965: Astoria, London, UK with The Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organization, Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men, Winston G.
The Five Dimensions backed up Chuck Berry.

Sunday, January 10, 1965: Odeon, Manchester, UK with The Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organization, Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men, Winston G.  (cancelled)
The Five Dimensions backed up Chuck Berry.

Monday, January 11, 1965: Gaumont, Sheffield, UK with The Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organization, Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men, Winston G.
The Five Dimensions backed up Chuck Berry.

Tuesday, January 12, 1965: Gaumont, Hanley, UK with The Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organization, Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men, Winston G.
The Five Dimensions backed up Chuck Berry.

Wednesday, January 13, 1965: Odeon, Leicester, UK with The Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organization, Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men, Winston G.
The Five Dimensions backed up Chuck Berry.

Thursday, January 14, 1965: Capitol, Cardiff, Wales with The Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organization, Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men, Winston G.
The Five Dimensions backed up Chuck Berry.

Friday, January 15, 1965: Colston Hall, Bristol, UK with The Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organization, Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men, Winston G.
The Five Dimensions backed up Chuck Berry.

Saturday, January 16, 1965: Gaumont, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK with The Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organization, Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men, Winston G.
The Five Dimensions backed up Chuck Berry.

Sunday, January 17, 1965: Hippodrome, Birmingham, UK with The Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organization, Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men, Winston G.
The Five Dimensions backed up Chuck Berry.

Monday, January 18, 1965: ABC Theatre, Hull, UK with The Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organization, Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men, Winston G.
The Five Dimensions backed up Chuck Berry.

Tuesday, January 19, 1965: Odeon, Newcastle, UK with The Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organization, Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men, Winston G.
The Five Dimensions backed up Chuck Berry.

Wednesday, January 20, 1965: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland with The Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organization, Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men, Winston G.
The Five Dimensions backed up Chuck Berry.

Thursday, January 21, 1965: Odeon, Glasgow, Scotland with The Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organization, Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men, Winston G.
The Five Dimensions backed up Chuck Berry.

Friday, January 22, 1965: ABC Theatre, Carlisle, Scotland with The Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organization, Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men, Winston G.
The Five Dimensions backed up Chuck Berry.

Saturday, January 23, 1965: Odeon, Stockton, UK with The Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organization, Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men, Winston G.
The Five Dimensions backed up Chuck Berry.

Sunday, January 24, 1965: Empire, Liverpool, UK with The Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organization, Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men, Winston G.
The Five Dimensions backed up Chuck Berry.

Monday, January 25, 1965: ABC Theatre, Chester, UK with The Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organization, Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men, Winston G.
The Five Dimensions backed up Chuck Berry.

Tuesday, January 26, 1965: Odeon, Leeds, UK with The Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organization, Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men, Winston G.
The Five Dimensions backed up Chuck Berry.

Wednesday, January 27, 1965: ABC Theatre, Lincoln, UK with The Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organization, Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men, Winston G.
The Five Dimensions backed up Chuck Berry.

Thursday, January 28, 1965: Gaumont, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, UK with The Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organization, Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men, Winston G.
The Five Dimensions backed up Chuck Berry.

Friday, January 29, 1965: Fairfield Hall, Croydon, UK with The Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organization, Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men, Winston G.
The Five Dimensions backed up Chuck Berry.

Saturday, January 30, 1965: Odeon, Southend UK with The Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organization, Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men, Winston G.
The Five Dimensions backed up Chuck Berry.

Sunday, January 31, 1965: Regal Theatre, Edmonton, UK with The Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organization, Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men, Winston G.
The Five Dimensions backed up Chuck Berry.

Wednesday, August 11, 1965: Eel Pie Hotel, Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, West London, UK
The band was advertised as '5 Dimensions'. 

mid/late August 1965
The original Five Dimensions broke up. Geoff Krivit joins John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Louis Cennamo joins The Herd (and later Chicago Line Blues Band, Renaissance, Colosseum, Steamhammer, Armageddon, Illusion, etc. etc.), Pete Hogman played as one man band (and later teamed up with his wife Gill and they formed the Calico string band), and Brian 'Chick' Kattenhorn and Bob Scriven disappeared from the music scene.

November 1964
As mentioned above, after the split between him and The original Five Dimensions in October 1964, Jimmy Powell went back home to Birmingham and a month later form The fictitious Five Dimensions with his old bandmates and former members of the original band, Martin Shaw and Kenny White, and new members such as former The Rockin' Berries bass player Tim Munns and former The Paramounts drummer B.J. Wilson (b. Barrie James Wilson, March 18, 1947, Haslebury Road, Edmonton, North London, UK). B.J. joined the band through his old friend and schoolmate Kenny White (they also played in an amateur school band together about five or six years before at 'Latymer Grammar School' in Edmonton). Kenny had persuaded B.J. to leave The Paramounts to play with Jimmy Powell and The Five Dimensions.


JIMMY POWELL AND THE FIVE DIMENSIONS #7 (NOV 1964 - MAR or APR 1965)
1) Jimmy Powell
2) Martin Shaw
3) Kenny White
4) Tim Munns bass
5) B.J. Wilson drums
6) ? keyboards
 

Jimmy Powell and The Five Dimensions #7, 1964/65 - left to right (top): ?, Jimmy Powell, Martin Shaw, left to right (bottom): Tim Munns, Kenny White, B.J. Wilson 

Jimmy Powell and The Five Dimensions #7, 1964/65 - left to right: Jimmy Powell, B.J. Wilson, Kenny White

Friday, November 20, 1964
Jimmy Powell released only in UK his 4th solo single: 'Sugar Babe (new version) / I've Been Watching You' (Pye 7N 15735). Both tracks were recorded by Jimmy Powell backed up by famous local sessionmen: Jimmy Page (guitar), John Paul Jones (bass) and Clem Cattini (drums).

Monday, November 23, 1964: Top Twenty Club, Town Hall, Bridgewater, UK

ca. December 1964
Jimmy Powell and The Five Dimensions released only in UK their 1st and only E.P: 'That’s Alright / I’m Looking For A Woman / Sugar Babe (new version) / I’ve Been Watching You'.


Friday, December 4, 1964: Twisted Wheel, 26 Brazennose Street off Albert Square, Manchester, UK

Thursday, December 17, 1964: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, Uk with Rod Stewart and The Soul Agents (cancelled) 


Thursday, December 24, 1964: Coronation Hall, Kingston upon Thames, southwest London, UK with MI4

Thursday, January 21, 1965: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with Rod Stewart and The Soul Agents
Maybe tonight or maybe the night below (Feb. 12), famous producer Mickie Most goes to the Marquee to see Jimmy Powell and The Five Dimensions playing live and also for an interview with a group called The Puzzle.  

Monday, January 24, 1965: Troutbeck, Ilkley, Bradford, UK

Sunday, January 31, 1965: Witch Doctor Club, Marine Court, St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings, East Sussex, UK

February ?, 1965: Rendezvous Club, The Oddfellows Hall, Portsmouth, UK

Friday, February 12, 1965: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with Rod Stewart and The Soul Agents

Saturday, February 13, 1965: Twisted Wheel, 26 Brazennose Street off Albert Square, Manchester, UK

Saturday, March 13, 1965: Twisted Wheel, 26 Brazennose Street off Albert Square, Manchester, UK

March or April 1965
B.J. WIlson left the band and re-joined in his old band The Paramounts (later well known under the name of Procol Harum) because B.J. felt he'd made a bad move and was really missing The Paramounts and he wanted so much to come back with them.


JIMMY POWELL AND THE FIVE DIMENSIONS #8 (MAR or APR 1965 - ca. APR 1966)
1) Jimmy Powell
2) Martin Shaw
3) Kenny White
4) Tim Munns
5) ?
6) Peter Knight drums


Saturday, April 10, 1965: Twisted Wheel, 26 Brazennose Street off Albert Square, Manchester, UK

Friday, April 16, 1965: Cubi Klub, Slack Street, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, UK 

Saturday, April 17, 1965: Cubi Klub, Slack Street, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, UK with Donovan, Pedlars, John Lee's Groundhogs, St. Louis Union, The Maraccas, The Scaffold

Saturday, May 15, 1965: Twisted Wheel, 26 Brazennose Street off Albert Square, Manchester, UK

Saturday, June 26, 1965: Twisted Wheel, 26 Brazennose Street off Albert Square, Manchester, UK

Saturday, July 17, 1965: Twisted Wheel, 26 Brazennose Street off Albert Square, Manchester, UK

Saturday, August 7, 1965: Twisted Wheel, 26 Brazennose Street off Albert Square, Manchester, UK

Friday, August 27, 1965: Assembly Rooms, Tamworth, West Midlands, UK with The Ricochettes, Th Vipers

Sunday, September 5, 1965: Twisted Wheel, 26 Brazennose Street off Albert Square, Manchester, UK

Sunday, October 24, 1965: Twisted Wheel, Whitworth Street, Manchester, UK

Friday, December 3, 1965: Twisted Wheel, Whitworth Street, Manchester, UK

Friday-Saturday, February 4-5, 1966: The Pavilion Ballroom, Strathpeffer, Scotland with The Droves (4-5), The Oreogons (4), The Tribe (5)

ca. April 1966
Jimmy Powell and The Five Dimensions broke up. The Five Dimensions mutated into The Score, meanwhile Jimmy was looking for another band to be The new fictitious Five Dimensions and remembered The Puzzle from the year before at the Marquee Club. Dave Cunningham, The Puzzle's manager, got a call from Jimmy and the latter invited the band to joined him and turned pro. After a practice session, The Puzzle upped sticks and moved from their home town of Royton to Birmingham and lived, literally, in the demo recording studio that Jimmy ran for 'Strike Records'. It was well south of the centre of Brum on the A38 very close to the British Leyland car plant in Longbridge.  The Puzzle desperately tried to get an Hammond organist but it just didn't happen, so the new band were always billed as 'Jimmy Powell and The Dimensions' as opposed to 'The Five Dimensions'.   


JIMMY POWELL AND THE DIMENSIONS #1 (ca. APR 1966 - DEC ??, 1966)
1) Jimmy Powell
2) Steve 'Boltz' Bolton lead guitar
3) Alan Stone bass
4) Paul Smith tenor sax
5) Mick Green drums

The Puzzle aka The Dimensions #1, 1966

ca. April 1966: The Place, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK
Jimmy Powell and The Dimensions's first gig. They played there regularly from then on, sometimes as the only band, sometimes with others (The Alan Bown Sect being a regular pairing with them).

Friday, June 10, 1966
Jimmy Powell released in the UK his 5th solo single: 'I Can Go Down / Love Me Right' (Strike JH 309). Although the single was credited to 'Jimmy Powell & The Dimensions', no members of the band played in that songs and Jimmy was actually backed up by Bob Leaper & The Jeeps. BTW, the single was also released in Germany that same month. 

November ?, 1966: Leicester University, Leicester, UK with The Spencer Davis Group 

December ??, 1966
The Puzzle/The Dimensions abruptly left Jimmy Powell at Christmas time after a non-materialising record deal, a cancelled European tour and finding out they were being conned over gig monies (back home The Puzzle broke up and Mick Green sadly passed away in 2001).  Jimmy was looking again for other musicians to be The Dimensions and he assumed Dave Fullford, Willy Morris, Tom Russell, Alan Shepherd, Stan Byers (d. 2010) and Rod Godwin (b. Coventry, UK).


JIMMY POWELL AND THE DIMENSIONS #2 (DEC ??, 1966 - 1967)
1) Jimmy Powell
2) Dave Fullford vocals, guitar
3) Rod Godwin guitar
4) Willy Morris bass
5) Tom 'Duke' Russell drums
6) Alan 'Ted' Shepherd flute, tenor sax
7) Stan Byers trumpet

Jimmy Powell and The Dimensions #2, 1967 - left to right: Jimmy Powell, Alan Shepherd, Willy Morris, Tom Russell, Stan Byers, Dave Fullford, Rod Godwin

JIMMY POWELL AND THE DIMENSIONS #3 (1967 - 1968)
1) Jimmy Powell
2) Dave Fullford
3) Rod Godwin
4) Tom Russell
5) Alan Sheperd
6) Stan Byers
7) Tony Lucas bass


Friday, June 9, 1967: The Pavilion Ballroom, Strathpeffer, Scotland with The Blue Notes Dance Band, DJ Stuart Henry (afternoon show)

Friday, June 9, 1967: University of Birmingham, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK (evening show)

Sunday, July 2, 1967: Saville Theatre, 135-149 Shaftsbury Avenue, Holborn, central London, UK with Cream, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, The Jeff Beck Group

Monday, August 14, 1967: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with The Long John Baldry Show
The band was billed only as 'Jimmy Powell' on the Marquee programme flyer.

September 1967
Jimmy Powell and The Dimensions released only in the UK their 2th single: 'Unexpected Mirrors / Time Mends Broken Hearts' (Decca F 12664).

Tuesday, November 28, 1967: Mayfair Ballroom, Newgate Street and Low Friar Street, Newcastle, UK with Alan Price Set, Mr. Poobah

Sunday, December 24, 1967: Kinema Ballroom, Dunfermline, Scotland

Friday or Saturday, March 1 or 2, 1968: Wilnecote Community Centre, Wilnecote, Tamworth, Staffordshire, UK
About 50 people walked out of the dance when two hours after the start it was anounced that the show was cancelled because the group had been unable to find its wat to the centre. The dance was organized by Wilnecote Youth Centre to raise money for club funds. The 120 people who had paid for admission were offered half of their money back because of the let-down. Mr. Ken Briggs, the club leader, told a 'Tamworth Herald' reporter "When the group failed to turn up I phoned Tamworth police station and was told the players had been given directions". Mr. Terry Blood, agent for the group, said "Jimmy Powell would like the…He…an engagement before and is more hurt than anyone about this slip. Jimmy did rather a silly thing. He had forgotten to bring his contract for the dance with him. He knew the dance had something to do with the youth in Tamworth, but he could not remember exactly where it was being held". Said Mr. Blood: "The group went to the police station but could not get any form idea of where they were supposed to be playing. Jimmy and another boy then went to about seven different places and asked people in the street".

Friday, March 8, 1968
Jimmy Powell and The Dimensions released only in the UK their 3rd single: 'I Just Can't Get Over You / Real Cool' (Decca F 12751).

1968: unknown venue, Edinburgh, Scotland

1968
Jimmy Powell and The Dimensions broke up (Rod Godwin joins the Cathedral). Jimmy was looking again for other musicians to be The Dimensions and he hired Derek Bunt and the brothers Ray and Bob Spiteri, the latters both former members of the Scarlet Religion.


JIMMY POWELL AND THE DIMENSIONS #4 (1968 - ca. 1972)
1) Jimmy Powell
2) Ray Spiteri lead guitar, vocals
3) Bob Spiteri bass, vocals
4) Derek Bunt drums


unknown date, 19??: unknown venue, Kiel, Germany

unknown date, 19??: Top Ten Club, Hamburg, Germany

Friday, August 15, 1969
Jimmy Powell released in the UK his 6th solo single: 'I Can Go Down / Captain Man' (Young Blood YB 1002). The single was also released in Germany later that same year. 

1969
Jimmy Powell released only in the UK his 7th solo single: 'House Of The Rising Sun / That's Love' (Young Blood YB 1006). 

1969
Jimmy & The Dimensions released in the UK their 4th single: 'Sugar Man / Slow Down' (Young Blood YB 1008). The single was also released in Germany a year later. 

Friday, December 4, 1970
Jimmy Powell released in the UK his 8th solo single: 'Witness To A War / Strangers On A Train' (Young Blood YB 1019). 


18 comments:

  1. Stan Byers played trumpet, not keyboards. He sadly passed away last year. (I'll fill in more gigs 1967/8)
    Alan Shepherd

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  2. Good to hear from you Mr. Shepherd!! Thanks for the corrections, and of course any other corrections and/or additional info from you are welcome!!

    cheers,
    Bruno Ceriotti

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  3. Hi. I remember doin' the gig at the Pavilion in Strathpeffer fri June 1967. Why that gig? Well if I remember correctly, we all fell asleep in the Bedford 'Ambulance" and left the roadie to drive. I was the first to wake up - about 6.00a.m. to find we were crossing cattle grids!. Instead of goin directly south, the roadie had gone west. We were in fact, just a short distance from Gairloch on the west coast,shrouded in early morning dense mist. Our next gig was a university in Birmingham the same day/night. To get there we had to drive like nutters across southern Scotland and down the A1 - Yes the A1. The M6 wasn't built. Rod Godwin

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  4. Thanks Mr. Godwin! Added the University of Birmingham gig! Any help, corrections and additions are welcome!

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  5. Stan Byers was my Grandad so thats pretty cool to read!
    Carly Byers

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    1. Hi Carly!

      Thanks to appreciate my work! Is Stan alive and well? If so you can put me in contact with him, I'd like to speak with him about the good old rock and roll days!

      Cheers,
      Bruno

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  6. Ex New Dimension {Puzzle member}
    In 66 I was eighteen and green, not mature enough to work something out financially with Jimmy so we quit and folded as a band.Although ive been in many bands since, and still play, I look on the old times with fondness. I wish I could have kept in touch with Allen, Steve [S],and Mick but life goes by.
    A huge CHEERS to Jimmy and all the old dimensions, love to all.

    P.

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  7. Eileen Woodman28 July 2013 09:38

    I met Bob Scriven in France in 1968.I was the keyboard player with "She Trinity" and his band and us doubled at "Le Golf Druot"..a club in Paris.We met him again in Frankfurt the following year where he was down on his luck.The band had split up and he could'nt get back home.He stayed with us as a Roadie for a couple of years.He then went to live in London .I stayed in touch with him until about 1975 then lost touch unfortunately.
    I also gigged with Jimmy Powell at the Twisted Wheel in Manchester on many occasions when I played with a band called "The Blues Giants".We were a sort of house band there as the Abadi Brothers who ran the Wheel also managed us.Does anyone know what happened to Tommy Bishop.I played with Tinkerbells Fairydust and the guitarist Steve Maher was asking me today if I knew where he was but I don't!!

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    1. Hi Eileen!

      Thanks to share with us your amazing memories of the good old days! Sadly, I do not know what happened to both Bob Scriven and Tommy Bishop....

      Cheers,
      Bruno

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  8. I watched Jimmy Powell and the 5 Dimentions on a regular basis in Bournemouth during 1964 when they played regular gigs at The Downstairs Club in Holdenhurst Rd and The Bure Club, Mudeford, Nr. Christchurch.

    In 1965 after spliting with JimmyP. I saw them on the Chusck Berry tour at Finsbury Park, Empire and Southampton Gaumont.

    Then in 1968 whilst on honeymoon in Scotland saw Jimmy Powell at a gig in Edinburgh.

    Sadly never seen them since I well remember Pete Hogman,Chick Kattenhorn, Louis Cennamo,Bob Scrivens, Jeff Krivet and of course Jimmy Powell

    Incidentally I still have the 1965 Chuck Berry Prog. which prompted me to write today! chrischuckmayne@btinternet.com

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    1. Chris thanks to share with me your memories of the good old rock n' roll days!!

      Cheers,
      Bruno

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  9. i know gary le port and he still plays he is so good even after the acsaydint more people should hear hin

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  10. i have been a friend and fan of jimmy for 50 years,and have a collection of approx 60 records,inc very rare acetate sugar babe original black white photos and some original posters ,and i went to his 70th birthday last year,but he fell out with me over nothing and we havent spoke for a year now such a shame as he has been one of the greatest singers from the sixties that did not get the hits and recognition like cocker,winwood etc , its the first time ive not wished him happy birthday oct 13 on his 71years

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    1. so Jimmy was born on October 13, 1942, great, I didn't know, thanks!

      Cheers,
      Bruno

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  11. Geoff Krivit is alive and well. He lives in Liphook, Hamshire and is retired.

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    1. I new Geoff when he first started playing, we used to practice in a pub hall his dad managed In Wood Green
      along with Danny Curtis playing base, I played rhythm or tried.
      also good friends with Chick Kattenhorn at school Roland Hill, he started playing drums in the Sea Cadets He was far the best drummer.
      Ken Phelps signstudio2000@yahoo.com I have lived in California since 1979

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    2. thanks for the memories Ken!

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  12. the borderline club clips on you tube are the best ive heard him sing for a long time just as good as the records, i can go down and sugar baby really sound good, i think he should be on the solid sixties shows with farlowe,dave berry, etc manfred mann, come on promoters sign him up.

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