Cloud Nine

Cloud Nine

Promoted by Peterborough DJ Steve Allen Cloud Nine  Club opened Saturday 27th September 1969

 

The Act staged on the first night was The Skatalites, a Ska/Blue Beat band with a popular dance floor hit ‘The Guns of Navarone’.

Twice weekly events were staged – Saturday being Soul & Motown Night and Wednesdays initially being ‘the night of good sounds’ with a policy of staging the up and coming names of the college, university and rock club circuit. Due to lukewarm attendances the Wednesday sessions were moved within a month to Sundays, and found instant success

The Saturday Night Soul sessions attracted a latter day Mod, Stylist and Skinhead attendance. DJ’s were Steve Allen, Graham Simons, Sam K, and uniquely at the time Dolly Bird ‘Babs’ Miekle. British Soul and Ska influenced Bands were staged most weeks with appearances (some on special Midweek dates) by visiting American recording artistes including Jimmy Ruffin, Doris Troy, Lee Dorsey, JJ Jackson, and Heatwave. Despite the loyal attendance and packed houses for the Saturdays Nights, it was however the Progressive Rock Nights – Sunday’s ‘’Night of Good Sounds’’ that gave the club its nationwide fame.

Advertised to a wider audience in The Melody Maker, and with the exception of Friars of Aylesbury, Cloud Nine was probably the only club venue regularly staging progressive music and bands of this type, between London and Birmingham.

Throughout the clubs life the Progressive Rock Sessions continued every week. Each Sunday saw new groups, recording artistes and future big names in terms of record sales and festival appearances, taking stage to an appreciative and hip attendance.

The DJ’s were Steve Allen and Krazy Kris Kaye, but Sunday was all about LIVE MUSIC – Free, Genesis, Mott the Hoople, Rare Bird, Quintessence, The Groundhogs, Skid Row, Trapeze, Curved Air, Argent, Graham Bond, Van der Graph Generator were all featured. Look beneath the groups names and there you will find a time capsule of musical talent that shaped rock music for a decade to follow:

The Full Programme – The History  of Cloud 9!

 27th September 1969 – Skatalites

1st October 1969 – Clouds

4th October 1969 – Prime Movers

8th October 1969 – Karavan

11th October 1969 – Mouse & the Traps

15th October 1969 – Mighty Baby

18th October 1969 – JJ Jackson

22nd October 1969 – Black Velvet

25th October 1969 – Root & Jenny Jackson

29th October 1969 – Lee Dorsey

1st November 1969 – Demon Fuzz

2nd November 1969 – Juicy Lucy (First Sunday event)

8th November 1969 – JJ Jackson

9th November 1969 – Free

15th November 1969 – The Kiss

16th November 1969 – Steve Miller and Delivery

22nd November 1969 – The Mohawks

23rd November 1969 – Jody Grind

29th November 1969 – Glenroy Oakley

30th November 1969 – Eire Apparent

6th December 1969 – Funky Fever

7th December 1969 – Keith Relf’s Renaissance

14th December 1969 – Graham Bond Organisation

17th December 1969 – Freddie Note & the Rudees

20th December 1969 – Ray King Soul Band

21st December 1969 – Hard Meat and Warlock

24th December 1969 – Equity Big Band

27th December 1969 – Ruby James

28th December 1969 – Pete Browns Piblokto

31ts December 1969 – The Foundations

3rd January 1970 – The Committee

4th January 1970 – Mott the Hoople

10th January 1970 – Skatalites

11th January 1970 – Steamhammer

17th January 1970 – King Size Showband

18th January 1970 – Daddy Longlegs

24th January 1970 – Demon Fuzz

25th January 1970 – Rare Bird

31st January 1970 – Interstate Road Show

1st February 1970 – Clouds

4th February 1970 – Jimmy Ruffin

7th February 1970 – Simon K & the Meantimes

8th February 1970 – Van Der Graph Generator

14th February 1970 – Funky Fever

15th February 1970 – High Tide and Lloyd Watson

21st February 1970 – Lucas & the Soulsounds

22nd February 1970 – Radha Krishna Temple

28th February 1970 – Zebra

1st March 1970 – Tea and Symphony

7th March 1970 – Blue Rivers and the Maroons

8th March 1970 – John Dummer Band and Orange Seaweed

14th March 1970 – Black Sage

15th March 1970 – Trader Horne

22nd March 1970 – Crazy World of Arthur Brown

27th March 1970 – The Flaime Brothers

28th March 1970 – Root & Jenny Jackson

29th March 1970 – Titus Groan

4th April 1970 – Interstate Road Show

5th April 1970 – Principal Edwards Magic Theatre

11th April 1970 – Equity

12th April 1970 – Groundhogs and Silk

15th April 1970 – Doris Troy

18th April 1970 – US Flatop

19th April 1970 – Flaming Youth

25th April 1970 – Sir Washington

26th April 1970 – Jan Dukes De-Grey and Griselda

2nd May 1970 – BB James Express

3rd May 1970 – Atomic Rooster

9th May 1970 – The Cats

10th May 1970 – The Greatest Show on Earth & Idaho

16th May 1970 – Horatio Soul and the Pavements

17th May 1970 – If

23rd May 1970 – Sarah Gordon of the House of Bondage

24th May 1970 – Kevin Ayres

30th May 1970 – Element of Truth

31st May 1970 – Formerly Fat Harry & Comus

6th June 1970 – Black, White and Proud (Delroy Williams)

7th June 1970 – Quintessence

13th June 1970 – Transit

14th June 1970 – Audience

20th June 1970 – Zebra

21st June 1970 – Climax Chicago Blues Band

27th June 1970 – Lucas and the Soul Sounds

28th June 1970 – Tupelo & Ginger

4th July 1970 – Black Velvet

5th July 1970 – Stray

11th July 1970 – Exodus

12th July 1970 – Curved Air

19th July 1970 – Argent

24th July 1970 – Duster Bennett (in Town Hall)

25th July 1970 – Open air concert on River Embankment with Griselda, Comus

26th July 1970 – 7 hour session with Quatermass, Grizelda and Dogbeard

2nd August 1970 – Blonde on Blonde

9th August 1970 – Carol Grimes and Delivery

16th August 1970 – Bram Stoker & Slow Dog

23rd August 1970 – Skid Stow

30th August 1970 – Charge

6th September 1970 – Atomic Rooster

13th September 1970 – Crazy Mabel

20th September 1970 – Cochise

26th September 1970 – High-Lites

27th September 1970 – 7 hour session with Ardvaark, Kriple Vision, Tiny Clanger, Elder Kindred

2nd October 1970 – Stray & Orpheus (in Town Hall)

4th October 1970 – T2 & Moonshakers

11th October 1970 – Fat Mattress

18th October 1970 – Caravan

23rd October 1970 – Rocking Chair & Mythica (in Town Hall)

25th October 1970 – Warm Dust

1st November 1970 – Killing Floor & Salamanda

6th November 1970 – Mike Cooper

9th November 1970 – Writing On the Wall

15th November 1970 – Grannies Intentions

22nd November 1970 – Mighty Baby

29th November 1970 – Satisfaction

4th December 1970 – Delroy Williams Show

5th December 1970 – Alan Bown

12th December 1970 – Pete Browns Piblokto

19th December 1970 – Everyday People

20th December 1970 – Warhorse

26th December 1970 – Laurel Aitken Show

27th December 1970 – Ginger

2nd January 1971 – Spencer Mac

3rd January 1971 – Quiver

9th January 1971 – Red River Band

10th January 1971 – Skid Row

16th January 1971 – Eyes of Blond

17th January 1971 – Trapeze

23rd January 1971 – Portrait

24th January 1971 – Patto

30th January 1971 – Delroy Williams Show

31st January 1971 – Comus

6th February 1971 – Spencer Mac

7th February 1971 – Jelly Bread

13th February 1971 – Marjorine

14th February 1971 – Genesis

20th February 1971 – Calum Bryce

21st February 1971 – Barclay James Harvest

27th February 1971 – Cindi Starr

28th February 1971 – Dr. Strangely Strange

6th March 1971 – Heatwave

7th March 1971 – Bronco

13th March 1971 – 67 Park Lane

14th March 1971 – Titus Groan

20th March 1971 – Muma Bear

21st March 1971 – Quiver

27th March 1971 – Portrait

28th March 1971 – Amazing Blondell (closing night for Cloud Nine)

 The Grand Hotel was sold by the owners for redevelopment as an extension to the adjoing Marks & Spencer store

Steve Allen was already promoting events at The Rose & Crown Hotel in Wisbech as The Burlesque Club, and with the demise of Cloud 9 progressive nights continued there with Stackwaddy on Sunday12th April 1971.

 The following Easter Monday Steve promoted Edgar Broughton Band, Formerly Fat Harry and Ginger at the Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn.

 Saturday Soul Nights were presented at The Town Hall Peterborough for a period of time, and on 17th April 1971 Spencer Mac played (billed as Cloud relives!).

 Cloud 9 (Mark 2) did arrive on the scene a couple of years later, with regular Saturday sessions at The Trinity Church Hall, in Priestgate, Peterborough. Sadly by then the appeal of small progressive rock clubs had diminished, and the events were very much in a Soul, Reggae, Ska and Northern Soul vein.

 Despite being a primarily disco night, Live Bands were very much in evidence with Heatwave, Jimmy James and The Vagabonds, The Real Thing and other British Soul bands making appearances.

The Final Night!

Amazing Blondel - Cloud 9's Closing Night

Amazing Blondel - Dressing Room shot

Live on stage - but who are they?

Ginger Perform at Cloud 9 on Sunday 27 Dec 1970

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Comments are closed.