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1958

 

The earliest recalled 'performance' of David so far was at Christmas time in the early Fifties. David went carol singing in the local Bromley area with a boy named Smith, they collected 2 and 2 shillings for The Bromley Blind Club funds. He was in class 3A.

 

David joined the St. Mary's Church Choir in 1958. Also in the choir were David's friends George Underwood and Geoffrey MacCormack.

 

Date Venue Title Media Cover Art
? St Mary's Church, Bromley, UK St. Mary's Church Choir
? August 1958 Bromley Scouts Annual Camp, Isle Of Wight, UK David Jones & George Underwood
 

David and George Underwood perform the Lonnie Donegan numbers 'Gamblin' Man' and 'Puttin' On The Style', along with George singing '16 Tons' whilst attending the 18th Bromley Scout packs Annualwpe2B.jpg (2467 bytes) Summer camp vacation on the Isle Of Wight. Around the campfire, David played a ukulele and a home-made single-stringed bass, which he and old school friend Dudley Chapman had made from an old tea chest and broom handle, when they both attended Burnt Ash Junior School. George Underwood played acoustic guitar.

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.

 

1962

 

 

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.'

 

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.

 

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.

 

1963
 

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.

 

1963 Rehearsals The Konrads' Rehearsals 1963 1 CD
? May 1963 Civic Hall, Orpington, UK The Konrads
? May 1963 Ravensbourne Art School, Justin Hall, West Wickham, UK The Konrads
18 May 1963 Hillsiders Youth Club, Lebanon Gardens, Biggin Hill, 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
14 December 1963 Hillsiders Youth Club, Lebanon Gardens, Biggin Hill, UK The Konrads
31 December 1963 Justin Hall, West Wickham, UK The Konrads