Source: Unknown Sound Quality: 4/5 Art Work: 4/5
Info: A few cuts but, considering its age, a superb nostalgic collection.
Audio Source: CDR.
Lineage: CDR --> EAC --> WAV --> FLAC 8 --> MWP.
Number of Discs: 1.
Total Running Time: 18m 11s.
01. The Better I Know
02. Now I'm On My Way
03. It's Too Late
04. I'm Over You
05. Judgement Day
06. I Didn't Know How Much
07. I Thought Of You Last Night
A Brief history of The Konrads
The Konrads consisted of: David Jones (vocals, tenor saxophone), Neville Wills (guitar), Alan Dodds (guitar), Dave Crook (drums), George Underwood (vocals).
George Underwood left after a short time. Apparently the name Kon-rads came about whilst they were appearing with Jess Conrad, who introduced them as "my Conrads." The hyphen was removed at David's insistence.
David and the Konrads perform a few 'Shadows' numbers during the schools PTA fete. In the Friday June 22nd edition of The Kentish Times, with a headline 'Nearly 4,000 at school fete' - it stated: 'In a continental style cage where one could sip soft drinks, while a group of young instrumentalists called 'The Conrads', (sic) played music on guitars, saxophone and drums.'
Date Venue Info
16 June 1962 Bromley Technical High School, Keston, Bromley, UK The Konrads
? June 1962 Church Hall, Bromley Common, Bromley, UK Rehearsals
? June 1962 Chislehurst Caves, Bromley Common, Bromley, UK The Konrads
Many rehearsals were held at The Church Hall on Bromley Common. Fans of the band were charged two shillings to watch the performances. The vast majority of the Konrads performances were held at small local venues consisting of youth clubs, dances, church halls and Bar Mitzvah parties.
Date Venue Info
17 November 1962 Cudham Village Hall, Cudham, UK The Konrads
By the end of 1962 David Hadfield had replaced Dave Crook on drums. Also joining the band were Rocky Shahan (real name Chaudhari) on bass guitar and on vocals were Roger Ferris, and two sisters Christine and Stella Patton (now Gall). David changed his surname to 'Dave Jay' because he was inspired by Peter Jay And The Jaywalkers, who according to David were only one of two British bands that 'knew anything about saxophones'.
A list containing 58 song titles were drawn up by the Konrads drummer David Hadfield, which included 'In The Mood', 'China Doll', 'The Young Ones' and 'Sweet Little Sixteen'. David wrote many compositions aided by guitarist Neville Wills, who used to help him compose the music.
18th May: At the Hillsiders Youth Club show, Lebanon Gardens, Biggin Hill, David sings Joe Brown's 'A Picture Of You' and Bruce Chanel's 'Hey Baby'. George Underwood takes the vocals on 'It's Only Make Believe' and 'A Night At Daddy Gees'. Mrs Orme, set up The Hillsiders Youth Club which met every Friday in the W.I. Hall in Lebanon Gardens. It got a lot of support from the local youth and also from those of Westerham.
On Friday, August 30th, The Konrads enter Decca Studios, Broadhurst Gardens in West Hampstead for the first time and cut their only recorded record entitled: 'I Never Dreamed'. The song was written by David, Roger Ferris and Alan Dodds, the main vocals are by Roger Ferris, with David taking the harmonies. Several acetates were cut by Decca. Drummer David Hadfield said the song concerned an 'air crash'. Soon after this recording, David left the band, though the band stayed together playing the club circuit and even toured as the opening act with The Rolling Stones. David said he became dissatisfied with The Konrads because of their choice of song repertoire. He wanted to play more blues numbers instead of the pop standards they chose to cover.
The Hooker Brothers consisted of David Jones (vocals, tenor saxophone), George Underwood (rhythm guitar, vocals, harmonica) and Viv Andrews (drums). They had a regular booking at the Bromel Club, at the Bromley Court Hotel, mostly as the interval act, although it lasted only for a few weeks. They also performed as Dave's Reds and Blues in order to get more gigs which was common practice. 'Reds and Blues' were a reference to the type of barbiturate pills that were on the scene at the time. One of the songs included in their set was the classic ballad 'Blues In The Night'. They only performed three or four times in total. If David never had somewhere to play he would travel around, listening to music, carrying his saxophone, just in case a group invited him to join them onstage.
Date Venue Info
1963 Rehearsals The Konrads' Rehearsals 1963
18 May 1963 Hillsiders Youth Club, Lebanon Gardens, Biggin Hill, UK The Konrads
? May 1963 Civic Hall, Orpington, UK The Konrads
? May 1963 Ravensbourne Art School, Justin Hall, West Wickham, UK The Konrads
25 May 1963 Bromley Technical High School, Keston, Bromley, UK The Konrads (2 shows)
? September 1963 Bromel Club, Court Hotel, Bromley, UK The Konrads
21 September 1963 Civic Hall, Orpington, UK The Konrads (minus David)
24 October 1963 Town Hall, West Wickham, UK The Konrads
2 November 1963 Parish Hall, Shirley, Croydon, UK The Konrads
21 November 1963 Town Hall, West Wickham, UK The Konrads
23 November 1963 ? The Konrads
24 November 1963 Town Hall, Lewisham, Catford, UK The Konrads
31 December 1963 Justin Hall, West Wickham, UK The Konrads
Date Venue Info
25 January 1964 Memorial Hall, Petts Wood, UK The Konrads (minus David)
Uploaded to Mind-Warp PaVilion by Baal on 1st September 2007.