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The All Night Workers #3 (March-October 1967)
Mick Wheeler – lead vocals
Brian Sell – lead guitar
Dave Holloway – organ
Doug Ayris – bass
Ronny Butterworth – trumpet
Kenny Power – sax
Jim Park – drums (replaced by John Sergeant for the last gigs)
Sax) at the California Ballroom in Dunstable. Doug Ayris borrowed Brian Sell’s guitar and sat in with Douglas’s band and then later that evening played a second gig with the Jamaican singer’s group at the Cue Club in Paddington.
A few days after a gig at the California Ballroom with Amen Corner and Jo Jo Gunne on 29 September 1967, Mick Wheeler, Doug Ayris and John Sergeant left, reuniting with Brian Hosking from the 1966 line up in a new project called Deep Purple and the first incarnation of The All Night Workers split up.
Brian Sell abandoned a music career but did reform The Peppermint Men in the late 1970s/early 1980s. Ronny Butterworth joined local rivals, Jo Jo Gunne, which had been active since late 1965 but was reformed in September 1967. It’s not clear what happened to Kenny Power and Dave Holloway.
The All Night Workers #4 (October 1967-February 1968)
Iain Pitwell – lead vocals
Brian Mansell – lead guitar
Ray Deville – organ
Roy Doughty – bass
Geoff Glover – sax
Johnny Baker – sax
Malcolm “Doc” Randall – drums
With the Mick Wheeler and Brian Sell version of The All Night Workers dead and buried in early October 1967, an entirely new group of musicians took over the name immediately afterwards – Sunbury, Middlesex band, The Missing Links, which featured Wheeler and Sell’s former mate from early 1960s group, Mike Dee & The Jaywalkers – Brian Mansell on rhythm guitar.
Formed in February 1966, The Missing Links were led by singer Charles “Chunky” Huse, who was Brian Mansell’s cousin. The Missing Links also included bass player Roger Bricker, drummer Mick Geale and organ player Ray Deville.
Hailing from Osterley, Middlesex, Deville had previously been a member of Jamaican singer Millie’s band The Embers during 1964 (playing organ and harmonica on her hit “My Boy Lollipop”) and had also been resident lounge organist at the Master Robert Motel in Hounslow.
The Missing Links, however, changed personnel around November/December 1966 when Brian Sell’s old mate from Rey Anton & The Peppermint Men, Malcolm “Doc” Randall took over from Mick Geale on drums.
After the demise of Rey Anton & The Peppermint Men in mid-1965, Randall had gone on to work with Hounslow outfit The Dae-b-Four, playing with this band from August-November 1965. After that, he had worked as a freelance drummer with various artists and had participated in Ike & Tina Turner’s touring band in October 1966 before then joining The Missing Links.
Working as a camera grip during the day, Huse decided to abandon a career as a singer and concentrate on film work, later working extensively on the James Bond films. During late 1967, he approached Randall’s former band mate from The Dae-b-Four, singer Iain Pitwell at the BOAC Club in Heston about taking over from him in The Missing Links.
Originally from Hounslow, Middlesex, Pitwell had started out in 1962 with The Stingbeats, which included Gerry Light (lead guitar); Dave Williams (bass); Colin Layton (rhythm guitar); and Bob Dean (drums).
Pitwell left in spring 1965 to front Hounslow’s “Mod” icons The Dae-b-Four featuring future Love Affair guitarist Rex Brayley, and stayed with that band until late 1966. During 1965, Pitwell also worked as a milkman and this is how he first met Malcolm Randall, who he introduced into The Dae-b-Four in August 1965.
With Mrs Herbert managing them (and thereby retaining the link with the first incarnation of The All Night Workers), the remaining members of The Missing Links – Brian Mansell, Malcolm Randall and Ray Deville decided to take on The All Night Workers name, recruiting Iain Pitwell as new lead singer and adding bass player Roy Doughty from Doug Ayris and John Sergeant’s former group, The Legend.
Doughty had started out with Staines, Middlesex band The Belleville T. K’s during the early 1960s but had joined The Legend in early 1964. His predecessor, Brian Hosking, lived close to him in Whitton and handed him the job when he left to join The Smokestacks full-time. Doughty remained with The Legend until late 1966.
To fill the vacant sax spot left by Kenny Power, Mansell and Doughty recruited Geoff Glover, who was originally from Enfield, Middlesex but was seeing a girl from Twickenham. Glover had first met Mansell when he was stationed at the Army School of Music at Kneller Hall in Twickenham in 1964.
Later Glover returned to his regimental band, “The Black Watch”, which was then stationed in Germany. After leaving the army in January 1967, Glover got a job in the City and started to look around for a semi-pro band to play with. It was around October that he ran again into Mansell and Doughty in Twickenham and signed up for the second incarnation of The All Night Workers.
Ronny Butterworth (who still sat in with The All Night Workers occasionally at gigs) introduced his friend from Feltham, Middlesex, sax player Johnny Baker to complete the second line up.
Not long after, The All Night Workers dispensed with Hans Herbert’s mother and took on new manager Ted Hare, who was working as the sales manager of Radio Rentals in Twickenham at the time and knew Iain Pitwell.
Ted Hare immediately secured some important dates, most notably further gigs at the California Ballroom in Dunstable and the Starlite Ballroom in Greenford and Starlight Ballroom in Crawley.
As a side project, Iain Pitwell also participated in some sessions with Roger Webb around November/December 1967, providing vocal tracks for Scott Walker, who was touring Japan at the time.
Two notable gigs during this time were support slots for Duane Eddy at the Starlite Ballroom in Greenford and Edwin Starr at the Starlight Ballroom in Crawley, West Sussex. During this period, the group also opened for Amen Corner at Coronation Hall in Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey.
Around January 1968, Ray Deville departed to join Dusty Springfield’s backing band. Then, about a month later, Roy Doughty left to return to university.
Doug Ayris from the first incarnation of The All Night Workers came back after playing with the short-lived Deep Purple. This line up recorded Ted Hare’s “Rock Is Here To Stay” with Pitwell singing lead vocals.
Within days of the recording, The All Night Workers also decided to bring in a second singer to share the lead vocal spot with Pitwell, and Mick Wheeler was invited to join, doubling up on congas.
With her son gone, Ms Herbert’s interest in the band dwindled over the summer/autumn months and The All Night Workers started to fragment.
Sometime in late summer, Jim Park departed and later went on to play with Twickenham band, The Kool in mid-1969, although he would re-join The All Night Workers around December of that year. John Sergeant, who’d played with Doug Ayris in The Legend, filled in for the remaining gigs.
On 15 July 1967, The All Night Workers opened for The Carl Douglas Set/ Big Stampede (featuring former Mike Dee & The Prophets member Mel Wayne on