1973 - 1974
|The Sharks toured in UK.|
|18||Malcolm's Club, Hull|
|21||Red Car Jazz Festival|
|27||Glen Ballroom, Llanelli|
|29? / 30?||Tricon Club, Plymouth|
|February 6||The Sharks played for TV program 'Old Grey Whistle Trest'|
They played 'World Park Junkies' and 'Snakes And Swallowtails'
|10||Imperial College, London|
|19||Winter Gardens, Cleethopes|
When Fraser, Simon and Spedding were returning to London in tehir 'Sharkmobile', it skidded on wet road and struck against a roadside tree. And Fraser sprained his wrist. Snips was travelling with friends.
|26||Reading Top Rank|
||Technical College, Chelmstord|
|16||Hard Rock Cafe, Manchester|
|17||Sports centre, Bracknell|
|18||Town Hall, Birmingham|
|19||De Montford Hall, Leicester|
|25||Festival Hall, Torby|
|27||Trentham Gardens, Stoke|
|28||City Hall, Sheffield|
|29||City Hall, Newcastle|
|April 1||Rainbow Theatre|
One of the shows from Rainbow Theatre was tapes and aired on BBC radio program 'Golders Green'. It offered 'Snakes And Swallowtails', Follow Me', Ol' Jerry Roll', 'Colours' and 'World Park Junkies'.
|5||Empire Theatre, Loverpool|
|6||Green's Playhouse, Glasgow|
|8||Grand Cinema, Leeds|
|13||Winter Gardens, Bournemouth|
|14||Colston Hall, Bristol|
First Water released this month.
We've Known for some time that he would be going because he injured his finger and hasn't been able to play too well. This first in a long catalogue of errors.
We strated plating in very small clubs in Europe, came back to record an album, then we did the Roxy tour with a few gigs round England. Then we'd see what happened from there as far as America was concerned. We're very pleased that we've archived all those things.
Started auditions for a bass player. Tom Robinson, Rick Gretch and Boz Burrel came.
|June||Recorded three tracks at Advision Studios.|
Colours with Rick Gretch
Surrender with Pat Donaldson
Sophiscation with Pat Donaldson
But not issued.
A keyboard player Nick Judd joined the Sharks.
|July||A bass player from Memphis Busta Jones joined. Mick Jagger recomends him.|
The Sharks started rehearsal for their second album.
The Sharks II debut gig at Marquee.|
There was a lead bass guitarist. Chris is a consummate musician and if somebody else is playing lead, then he will play rhythm guitar. Because he felt a lack of rhythm section in the last group. Now he's got a rhythm section, he'll play lead guitar.
Their first album sells well in the States and Felix Pappalardi remixes Ol' Jerry Roll for their first single.
|Kick off British tour.|
|22||Cricket Club, Northampton|
|30||Memorial Hall, Barry|
|October 5||Exeter University|
|6||St.Paul's College, Cheltenham|
|15||Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton|
|19||Floral Hall, Hornsea|
||76 Club, Burton-On-Trent|
|9||Normal College, Bangor|
|December 19||Quinton Kynaston, Marlbrough Hill|
|18||Polytechnic, North Staffordshire|
|25||Thomas Polytechnic, London Woolwich|
|February 2||Queen Mary College, London|
|March||Jab It In Yore Eyes released.|
One of the non-album tracks called 'Elevator Dancing' is offered on the B-side of their single 'Kung Fu' which was put out in West Germany, the States and some other countries. They recorded a song 'She Caught The Kady' writen by Albert King, as one of the out-takes.
|3||Hard Rock Cafe, London|
|9||School Of Economies, London|
|15||Westfield College, London|
|16||Bishop Otter College, Chichester|
|22||Maria Gray College, Twickenham|
|23||North East London Polytechnic, London|
|26||Tauton Art College, Tauton|
|27||Leicester College Of Education|
|April - May|
First US tour for nine weeks
|April 19||Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, USA|
|20||Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, USA|
|21||(Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY, USA)|
|22||Georgetown University, McDonough Theater, Washington, DC, USA|
|23||Akron Armory, Akron, OH, USA|
|24||Mershon Auditorium, Columbus, OH, USA|
|26||Fieldhouse Gym, Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY, USA|
|27||University of Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA|
|28||University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, USA|
|29||Clarkson College Arena, Potsdam, NY, USA|
|May 4||Elon College Gym, Elon, NC, USA|
|?||Fayetteville, NC, USA|
|?||Chatanooga, TN, USA|
|8||(Sports Arena, Toledo, OH, USA)|
|9||(RKO Albee Theater, Cincinnati, OH, USA)|
|10||Performing Arts Facility, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL, USA|
|11||(Evansville, IN, USA)|
|12||Indiana University Auditorium, Bloominton, IN, USA|
|13||Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, IN, USA|
|15||(Kean College, Union, NJ, USA)|
|18||Century Theater, Buffalo, NY, USA|
|19||(Palace Theater, Waterbury, CT, USA)|
|23||Palace Theater, Providence, RI, USA|
| Thanks Greg for your help.|
Spedding bought Gibson Flying V guitar in Memphis for US$ 600.
|June||Recorded the third album under the Richard Williams production. And had some dates in UK.|
Nick Judd quit the Sharks. Then Marty Simon left. It is said that Simon was fired by Spedding and Parsons. Drummer Stuart Francis joins the group and begins rehearsals. |
|August 19||The Sharks III debut gig at Biba's Rainbow, London|
But Busta Jones never appears. He went back to the States the previous day without returning Spedding's Stratocaster (he sold it to a shop for his fare to the States), Rickenbacker bass which Trentdale lent him and the masters for their next album.
It is said that Marty Simon convinced Jones to go back to his country.
Busta and Marty were both depressed to be back in England. Marty maintained the sessions were 'a disaster', although he didn't blame Williams. They were both good but they weren't as good as our our situation demanded.
Dave Cochran joined as a bass player.|
Began rehearsal and recording their third album with two producers, John Entwistle from the Who and John Alcock. This album was to be called 'Music Breakout'.
The first mixes were taken around people in the business. Island Records didn't like them, we talked to a few other companies and they didn't like them. There were so many tensions that the only way we produced any music at all was with an incredible amount of hassle. But that was probably the thing that was producing all the music.
|24||Re-debut gig at Marquee|
This may be the first and the last gig for the Sharks.
|October||The Sharks split - Island Records announced.|
The Sharks was a point of honour. We shed tears of frustration and disappointment. What we were doing had never been attempted before. I'd lived on the edge all the time with the Sharks. When it came to the end I was exhausted. I couldn't possibly have done the same thing again
As he mentiones, he didn't work for other people except Mike Batt (the Wombles), Steve Davis with Jeff Wayne (see Spedding's comment), David Essex and, also maybe, the Drifters.
|December||Spedding started the sessions and went into the studio for his own solo single. It was in December or in January 1975.|
John Cale's Slow Dazzle session.
|1971-1972 / biography / 1975-1976|