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History: 1968-1969

The All Night Workers #5 (February-June 1968)  


Mick Wheeler – lead vocals, congas

Iain Pitwell – lead vocals, congas

Brian Mansell – lead guitar

Doug Ayris – bass

Johnny Baker – sax

Geoff Glover – sax

Malcolm ‘Doc’ Randall – drums

Soon after joining, Wheeler and Pitwell shared lead vocals on a second Ted Hare-penned recording – “I Can’t Help It”. On 30 May 1968, the band played a gig at Uncle’s in St Hilda’s Hall, Ashford, Middlesex to promote the recordings.


The band picked up plenty of work thanks to the persistence of Ted Hare and Ed Morino, an American DJ that Ted Hare knew at the BBC, who started helping to book gigs in spring 1968, including opening for the Ike and Tina Turner Review at the California Ballroom in Dunstable.


During June 1968, Wheeler started to take a back seat, leaving Pitwell to become the main focus of the band. Soon after, he left to work with local rivals Jo Jo Gunne but would occasionally sit in with The All Night Workers at gigs.


The new line up (without Wheeler) regularly played around the Crawley, West Sussex and Dorking, Surrey areas. In November 1968, The All Night Workers played a charity event at Dorking Halls, including The Love Affair.  

The All Night Workers #6 (Circa July 1968-circa January 1969)


Iain Pitwell – lead vocals

Brian Mansell – lead guitar

Doug Ayris – bass

Johnny Baker – sax

Geoff Glover – sax

Malcolm “Doc” Randall – drums

With Pitwell largely fronting the band on his own throughout the second half of 1968, The All Night Workers continued to gig incessantly. However, around January 1969 the singer had had enough and left.


Doug Ayris found a replacement in Clyde “Clive” Barrow (aka Burrows), a Shepherd’s Bush singer who had been fronting John Brown’s Bodies for a number of years.


John Brown’s Bodies had opened for The Who and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers at the Goldhawk Social Club in the early 1960s and apparently became the first rock band to appear at the Hammersmith Palais.

The All Night Workers #7 (Circa January 1969)


Clyde Barrow – lead vocals

Brian Mansell – lead guitar

Doug Ayris – bass

Johnny Baker – sax

Geoff Glover – sax

Malcolm “Doc” Randall – drums

 The new line up was hired to back Maxine Brown on a recording of “Sunny” and with some studio time remaining, the latest version of The All Night Workers cut a version of Clarence Carter’s “Tell Daddy”.


However, the band remained unsettled and around this time, Johnny Baker ran into future member, lead guitarist Keith Kendall at Music Exchange in Chiswick and left to join his band The Soul System. His place was taken by former Jo Jo Gunne member Alan Townsend, who doubled up on trombone and trumpet.

The All Night Workers #8 (Circa February-circa October 1969)


Clyde Barrow – lead vocals

Brian Mansell – lead guitar

Doug Ayris – bass

Alan Townsend – trombone/trumpet

Geoff Glover – sax

Malcolm “Doc” Randall – drums

During this time, The All Night Workers opened for Elton John. The new line up carried on for about another six months before Brian Mansell and Malcolm Randall left during early autumn. Mansell went to work with Ted Hare and Ed Morino for H&M Promotions and helped booked bands such as Calum Bryce. Randall meanwhile joined former member Mick Wheeler in Jo Jo Gunne. Townsend also departed and went on to work with Roy Young.


Around November/December former member Jim Park, who’d been working most recently with The Kool, returned to the drum stool. About the same time, another former member, Johnny Baker, who’d been playing with The Soul System re-joined and was instrumental in recommending Keith Kendall a short while later.  


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