Thursday, 7 July 2011

THE BIG THREE FAMILY TREE - SHOWS LIST

This story is the work of Bruno Ceriotti. Help in putting this together has been provided by Johnny Guitar, Bill Harry, John H Warburg, Brian James Hudson, Mal Turnbull, Robin Richardson, and Keith Temple, to whom I'm most grateful.


CASS AND THE CASSANOVAS #1 (MAY ?, 1959 - JUL 2?, 1959)
1) Duncan Jones (aka Brian 'Cass' Casser) lead vocals, rhythm guitar
2) Adrian 'Coffins' Barber lead guitar, vocals
3) Brian James Hudson drums, vocals
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4) Mal Turnbull double bass (Mal remember that he was recruited to form the original band and that he was the only bass player, but Brian Hudson have a feeling that there may have been one or two others different bass players and he also have vague memories of playing with Adrian and Cass without a bass player sometimes)


May 15, 1959: St. George's Hall, Lime Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK "Arts Ball"
The band first gig.  

late May - late July 1959: The Corinthian Club, Slater Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
They became a regular band at the Corinthian Club which paid them a pound each for an evening’s performance, thirty shillings on Sundays. The normal hours were 9:00 pm to 1:00 am.


CASS AND THE CASSANOVAS #2 (JUL 2?, 1959 - DEC 1959)
1) Brian Casser
2) Adrian Barber
3) John 'Johnny Hutch' Hutchinson drums, vocals
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4) ?????? double bass (various unknown musicians who take turns in shows)


July 2?, 1959: The Corinthian Club, Slater Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
John Hutchinson's first gig.


CASS AND THE CASSANOVAS #3 (DEC 1959 - DEC ??, 1960)
1) Brian Casser
2) Adrian Barber
3) John Hutchinson
4) John Frederick 'Johnny Gus' 'Johnny Bass' Gustafson bass, vocals


December 31, 1959: Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey, Merseyside, UK
John Gustafson's first gig.

January 12, 1960: Latin Quarter, Liverpool, UK
According to guitarist Johnny Guitar of Rory Storm and The Hurricanes, who sat-in with them for a few numbers, the band was only a trio tonight. 

April 12, 1960: Temple, unknown city, UK

May 3, 1960: Liverpool Stadium, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Davy Jones, Nero and The Gladiators, Peter Wynne, Lance Fortune, The Viscounts, Colin Green and The Beat Boys, Rory Storm and The Hurricanes, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Mal Perry, Dean Webb, Julian 'X', Billy Raymond (compere)

May 10, 1960: Wylvern Social Club, 108 Seel Street Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with The Silver Beetles, The Pressmen, Derry and The Seniors, Gerry ad The Pacemakers, Bob Evans And His Five Shillings (or Cliff Roberts and The Rockers) "private audition for Larry Parnes"

May 15, 1960: Iron Door Club, 13 Temple Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with The Silver Beetles "Lunchtime"

May 25, 1960: Cavern Club, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with Rory Storm and The Hurricanes "Rock Night"

June 15, 1960: Cavern Club, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with Eddie and The Clubmen

1960: Scotland Tour as backing band for both famous rock n'roll singers Duffy Power and Johnny Gentle.....

October 19, 1960: Cavern Club, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with The Del-Renas

November 30, 1960: Cavern Club, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with Gerry and The Pacemakers

December 14, 1960: Cavern Club, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with The John Barry Seven

December 16, 1960: St. George's Hall, Lime Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK


THE BIG THREE #1 (JAN 1961 - JUL ?, 1962)
1) Adrian Barber
2) John Hutchinson
3) John Gustafson


February 3, 1961: St. John's Hall, Bootle, UK

February 14, 1961: Cassanova Club, London Road, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with The Sensational Beatles, Rory Storm and The Hurricanes, Mark Peters and The Cyclones "The Valentine's Night' Rock Ball"
The band was billed as 'The Cassanova Big Three' on the poster.

February 24, 1961: Cavern Club, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK "lunchtime session"

March 4, 1961: The Zodiac Club, Duke Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK "All-Nighter"

March 6, 1961: Liverpool Jazz Society, 13 Temple Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK "Swinging Lunchtime"

March 6, 1961: Liverpool Jazz Society, 13 Temple Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with The Beatles, Rory Storm and The Hurricanes, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Derry and The Seniors, Kingsize Taylor and The Dominoes "Rocking Good Time Tonight"


March 7, 1961: Cavern Club, 10 Mathew Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK

March 9, 1961: Cassanova Club, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with Gerry and The Pacemakers, Ray and The Delrenas

March 11, 1961: Liverpool Jazz Society, 13 Temple Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with The Beatles, Rory Storm and The Hurricanes, Gerry and The Pacemakers, The Remo Four, Kingsize Taylor and The Dominoes, Dale Roberts and The Jaywalkers, Derry and The Seniors, Ray and The Del Renas, The Pressmen, Johnny Rocco and The Jets, Faron and The Tempest Tornadoes "An All Night Rock Ball (aka Rock Around The Clock All-Night Session)"

March 11, 1961: The Zodiac Club, Duke Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK "All-Nighter"
Johnny Guitar of Rory Storm and The Hurricanes played with the band as guest tonight.

March 13, 1961: Liverpool Jazz Society, 13 Temple Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with Rory Storm and The Hurricanes "Swinging Lunchtime"

March 17, 1961: Liverpool Jazz Society, 13 Temple Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with Rory Storm and The Wild Ones "Swinging Lunchtime"

March 20, 1961: Liverpool Jazz Society, 13 Temple Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with Steve Bennet and The Syndicates,Ray and The Del-Renas "Evening"

March 23, 1961: Liverpool Jazz Society, 13 Temple Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK "Swinging Lunchtime"

March 25, 1961: The Zodiac Club, Duke Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK "All-Nighter"
Rory Storm and Johnny Guitar of Rory Storm and The Hurricanes, and Gerry Marsden of Gerry and The Pacemakers, played with the band as guest tonight. 

March 27, 1961: Liverpool Jazz Society, 13 Temple Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with Panama Jazz Band "Rock and Jazz Night"

April 1, 1961: Liverpool Jazz Society, 13 Temple Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with Gerry and The Pacemakers, Remo Four, Rory Storm and The Hurricanes, Kingsize Taylor and The Dominoes, Dale Roberts and The Jaywalkers, Ray and The Del-Renas, Derry and The Seniors, Johnny Rocco and The Jets, The Pressmen, Cilla Blck, Ricky Temple "All Night Rock Session"

May 29, 1961: Jacaranda Club, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK

June 13, 1961: Cavern Club, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK "lunchtime session"


July 22, 1961: Aintree Institute, Aintree, UK with Searchers, Ray & Del Renas, Irene

July 27, 1961: St. John's Hall, Tuebrook, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with The Beatles, Cilla White, The Strangers
The Big Three also backed up Cilla White (later know as 'Cilla Black') that night.

August 17, 1961: St. John's Hall, Tuebrook, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with The Beatles

December 15, 1961: Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey, Merseyside, UK with The Beatles and four others unknown bands
The band was added at the last minute to the show and also was announced on stage with his old name of 'Cass and The Cassanovas' because their old friend and bandleader Brian 'Cass' Casser play with them as guest that night.

April 6, 1962: Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey, Merseyside, UK with The Beatles, Emile Ford and The Checkmates, Rory Storm and The Hurricanes (cancelled), Gerry and The Pacemakers, Howie Casey and The Seniors, The Original King Twisters "A Night To Remember"

May 17, 1962: Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey, Cheshire, UK, Kingsize Taylor & the Dominoes, Jerry Lee Lewis and The Echos, The Pressmen, The Undertakers, The Strangers, Vincent Earl & The Zeros, Billy Kramer with The Coasters, Lee Castle and the Barons, Steve Day & the Drifters, Rip Van Winkle & The Rip It Ups

June 21, 1962: Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey, Merseyside, UK with The Beatles, Bruce Channel an Delbert McClinton with The Barons, The Statesmen, The Four Jays "The Star Show"

June 25, 1962: Plaza Ballroom, Duke Street, St. Helens, Lancashire, UK with The Beatles "Big Beat Bargain Night"


June 29, 1962: Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey, Merseyside, UK with The Beatles, The 4 Jays, Kansas City 5, Kngsize Taylor and The Dominoes, The Undertakers, The Searchers, Johnny Templars Hi-Cats, Lee Curtis and The Detours "Operation Big Beat 3"

June 30, 1962: Heswall Jazz Club, Barnston Women's Institute, Heswall, Wirral, UK with The Fabulous Beatles


THE BIG THREE #2 (JUL ?, 1962 - JUL 2?, 1962)
1) Adrian Barber
2) John Hutchinson
3) John Gustafson
4) Brian 'Griff' Griffiths vocals, rhythm guitar


July ? - 2?, 1962: Star Club, Hamburg, West Germany (four weeks)


THE BIG THREE #3 (JUL 2?, 1962 - NOV 1963)
1) John Hutchinson
2) John Gustafson
3) Brian Griffiths


July 27, 1962: Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey, Merseyside, UK with The Beatles, Joe Brown and The Bruwers, The Statesmen, The Four Jays, Steve Day and The Drifters

August 3, 1962: Grafton Rooms, West Derby Road, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with The Beatles, Gerry and The Pacemakers "Holiday Spectacular!!"

August 17, 1962: Orrell Park Ballroom, Orrell Park, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
John Hutchinson was busy playing with The Beatles that night, so The Big Three had to find a replacement drummer for this show (!!).

September 6, 1962: Rialto Ballroom, Upper Parliament Street at Stanhope Street, Toxteth, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with The Beatles, Rory Storm and The Hurricanes, The Merseybeats 

September 19, 1962: Cavern Club, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with The Beatles

September 21, 1962: Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey, Merseyside, UK with The Beatles, Billy Kramer with the Coasters, Rory Storm and The Hurricanes, Buddy Dean and the Teachers "Rory Storm's Birthday Night"

September 24, 1962: Queens Hall, Widnes, UK

September 27, 1962: Marlborough Hall, YMCA Building, 13 Crossley Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK with Derek Rivers

September 28, 1962: Cavern Club, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK, The Merseybeats, Billy Kramer and the Coasters, Ian and the Zodiacs

October 12, 1962: Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey, Merseyside, UK with The Merseybeats, The Beatles, Billy Kramer with the Coasters, The Dakotas with Pete MacLaine, The Four Jays, Lee Curtis and the All Stars, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, The Undertakers, Little Richard

November 4, 1962: Cavern Club, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with The Swinging Blue Jeans, Joe Simon's Dixielanders, Johnny Sandon and the Remo Four

December 21, 1962: Cavern Club, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK "lunchtime show"

December 31, 1962: Cavern Club, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with The Del-Ranas, Johnny Sandon and the Remo Four, The Fourmost, Vic and the Spidermen, The Escorts, The Flintstones "evening show"

March 19, 1963: Cavern Club, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK "lunchtime session"

March 7, 1963: Elizabethan Ballroom, Co-operative House, Parliament Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK with The Beatles, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas, Bob Wooler (compere)

March 27, 1963: Cavern Club, 10 Mathew Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with Karl Denver Trio, The Hollies, The Sapphires, Earl Preston & The TT's

March 29, 1963: King's Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

April 19, 1963: King's Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, UK with The Beatles, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas 

April 24, 1963: Majestic Ballroom, Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, London, UK with The Beatles, Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas, Gerry and The Pacemakers "Mersey Beat Showcase"

April 25, 1963: Ballroom, Fairfield Hall, Park Lane, Croydon, Surrey, UK with The Beatles, John Leyton (cancelled), Gerry and The Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas "Mersey Beat Showcase"

May 16, 1963: The Two Red Shoes Ballroom, Elgin, UK 

June 11, 1963: Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey, Merseyside, UK

June 16, 1963: Odeon Cinema, South Street, Romford, Essex, UK wth The Beatles, Gerry And The Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas "Mersey Beat Showcase"

June 23, 1963: 'Thank Your Lucky Stars - Lucky Stars (Summer Spin Liverpool Special)', ABC-TV Show (ITV network), Alpha Television Studios, Aston, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK with The Beatles, Lee Curtis, Kenneth Cope and The Breakaways, Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas, The Vernon Girls, Gerry and The Pacemakers (recording date.....the show was broadcasted on June 29)

July ?, 1963: Savoy Ballroom, South Parade Pier, Southsea, UK with The Strollers

July 17, 1963: Cavern Club, 10 Mathew Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with Johnny Sandon and The Remo 4, The Chants, The Road Runners

August 31, 1963: Stanley Stadum, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with Beryl Marsden and The Renegades, Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas, Lee Curtis and The Allstars, The Undertakers, Fredie Starr and The Midnighters, The Searchers, The Escorts, The Vibrators, Johnny Sandon and The Remo Four, Mark Peters and The Silhouettes, Pete McLain and The Clan, Sonny Webb and The Cascades, Earl Preston and The T.T.'s, Ian and The Zodiacs, Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, The Hollies, Chris Nava Combo, John Leyton, The Young Ones, Ricky Valance, Mike Sarne, The Easybeats, the Panhers, The Nomads "Non Stop Big Beat"

September 27, 1963: Princess Ballroom, Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK

October 4, 1963: Assembly Rooms, Tamworth, Staffordshire, UK with Gerry Levene and The Avengers, Jon Fox and The Hunters

October 5, 1963: Memorial Hall, Northwich, UK with Chick Graham and The Coasters

October 19, 1963: Granada, Grantham, UK with Dee Dee Sharp, Johnny Kidd and The Pirates, Heinz and The Saints, Joe Brown and The Bruvvers, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Vince Eager  

October 20, 1963: Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, Dorset, UK with Dee Dee Sharp, Johnny Kidd and The Pirates, Heinz and The Saints, Joe Brown and The Bruvvers, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Vince Eager, The Caravelles 

October 21, 1963: Granada, Mansfield, UK with Dee Dee Sharp, Johnny Kidd and The Pirates, Heinz and The Saints, Joe Brown and The Bruvvers, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Vince Eager  

October 22, 1963: Granada, Kettering, UK with Dee Dee Sharp, Johnny Kidd and The Pirates, Heinz and The Saints, Joe Brown and The Bruvvers, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Vince Eager  

October 23, 1963: Granada, Bedford, UK with Dee Dee Sharp, Johnny Kidd and The Pirates, Heinz and The Saints, Joe Brown and The Bruvvers, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Vince Eager  

October 24, 1963: Granada Theatre, Aylesbury, UK with Dee Dee Sharp, Johnny Kidd and The Pirates, Heinz and The Saints, Joe Brown and The Bruvvers, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Vince Eager  

October 25, 1963: Granada, Greenford, UK with Dee Dee Sharp, Johnny Kidd and The Pirates, Heinz and The Saints, Joe Brown and The Bruvvers, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Vince Eager  

Otober 25, 1963: California Ballroom, Dunstable, UK with The Undertakers, Jackie Frisco, The Mark Leeman Five "Mashed Potato Night"

October 30, 1963: Rex Ballroom, Haslemere, UK with Dee Dee Sharp, Johnny Kidd and The Pirates, Heinz and The Saints, Joe Brown and The Bruvvers, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Vince Eager  

October 31, 1963: Baths, Scunthorpe, UK with Dee Dee Sharp, Johnny Kidd and The Pirates, Heinz and The Saints, Joe Brown and The Bruvvers, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Vince Eager  

November 1, 1963: 'Ready, Steady, Go!', Associated-Rediffuion ITV-TV Show, Television House, Kingsway, central London, UK with Tommy Quickly, Mark Wynter, The Caravelles, Polly Perkins (the show was taped live in the afternoon and broadcasted that evening)

November 1, 1963: Baths, Leyton, UK with Dee Dee Sharp, Johnny Kidd and The Pirates, Heinz and The Saints, Joe Brown and The Bruvvers, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Vince Eager  

November 2, 1963: Winter Gardens, Malvern, UK with Dee Dee Sharp, Johnny Kidd and The Pirates, Heinz and The Saints, Joe Brown and The Bruvvers, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Vince Eager  

November 3, 1963: Top Ten, Manchester, UK with Dee Dee Sharp, Johnny Kidd and The Pirates, Heinz and The Saints, Joe Brown and The Bruvvers, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Vince Eager  


THE BIG THREE #4 (NOV 1963 - APR 1964)
1) John Hutchinson
2) Patrick John 'Paddy' Chambers vocals, lead guitar
3) William Faron 'Bill' Ruffley (aka Faron Chambers) vocals, bass


November 13, 1963: City Hall, Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK with The Rolling Stones, Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders, The Sheffields, Vance Arnold and The Avengers, Johnny Tempest and The Cadillacs, The Vantennas, Karen Young, The 4 Plus 1 "The R&B Show"

November 24, 1963: Cavern Club, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK, The Merseybeats, The Escorts, The Roadrunners, The Astrals, The Pathers, The Notions, Derry and the Pressmen "An R & B Marathon"

December 16, 1963: Floral Hall, Southport, UK

December 20, 1963: The Plebeians Jazz Club (aka Plebs), Victoria Hall, 2 Fountain Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK

December 31, 1963: Cavern Club, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with The Escorts, The Riot Squad, The Shondells, The Detonators, The Easybeats, The Remo Four, The Mark Four, Vic and the Spidermen, Derry and the Pressmen, Chick Graham and the Coasters "All Nighter"

January 31, 1964: Glenlyn Ballroom, Forest Hill, UK with The Detours 

February 1, 1964: Memorial Hall, Northwich, UK with The Secrets

February 3, 1964: Cavern Club, 10 Mathew Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK with Dave Berry and The Cruisers

February 9, 1964: St. Mary's Hall, Putney, London, UK with The Detours

February 11, 1964: Assembley Hall Theatre, Crescent Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK with The Preachers 

unknown date, 1964: Oasis Club, Manchester, Manchestershire, UK
The show was recorded but remain unreleased.


THE BIG THREE #5 (APR 1964 - AUG 1964)
1) John Hutchinson
2) Faron Chambers
3) Paul Pilnick lead guitar


July 4, 1964: The Promenade, West Hartlepool, County Durham, UK with The Searchers, The Outlaws, Tony and The Meazzis, The Whirlwinds, The Toffees, The Corantos, Garth Cawood (MC) "The Big Beat Show Of 1964"

February 6, 1965: Marlborough Hall, YMCA Building, 13 Crossley Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK

February 14, 1965: The Embi Club, The Square, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, UK



THE BIG THREE #6 (SEPT 1965 - 1966)
1) John Hutchinson
2) Roy Marshall vocals, bass
3) Barry Womersley lead guitar


February 27, 1966: Cavern Club, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK, with Rory Storm and The Hurricanes, The Cryin' Shames, The Kwans, The Rekords, The Richmond Group, The Dark Ages, The Sect, The Hideaways, Rigg, The Runaways, Earl Preston's Realms, The Pro-terms "Closing Night"

May 20, 1966: Royal College Of Advanced Technology, Salford, UK with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers 


THE BIG THREE #7 (1973) 
1) John Gustafson
2) Brian Griffiths
3) Nigel 'Ollie' Olsson drums


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