Pre-1974 - Key Dates/Events

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Pre-1974 - Key Dates/Events

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1952 A 14 year old Jet Black plays drums for "The Omega Dance Orchestra". They release an EP limited to 50 copies. Tracks are "In The Mood" and "Apple Honey"

1964 - Hugh is at school with Richard Thompson. Hugh learns to play bass and forms "Emil & The Detectives" with Richard. They support Helen Shapario.
"In 1964 Hugh Cornwell joined his school band. It wasn’t just any band. It was the band formed by Richard Thompson who would go on to form Fairport Convention. The then 15-year-old, Hugh Cornwell posed with his Beatles style Hofner violin bass for the photo with the band called Emil and The Detectives."
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’I remember getting the violin bass guitar I’m holding here, I was about 15 and had saved up £50 for it. Before then I’d been playing a homemade version with a neck the thickness of a plank of wood. Richard Thompson (on the far right) suggested I learn to play bass because he was forming Emil and the Detectives (the band in the picture) and he needed a bass player, so he taught me. We were good friends from school and we played each other music that we had discovered, like the Rolling Stones and the Who. Richard’s older sister, Perri, who was the social secretary at the Hornsey College of Art in north London, would book us to play parties and pay us £30 per gig. Our biggest claim to fame was supporting Helen Sahpiro at the Ionic cinema in Golders Green. But after we took our O-level [exams] we lost touch. The next I heard he was the lead guitarist in Fairport Convention and I didn’t see him again until we both played a festival in Madrid in 2008’

JJ moves to Godalming in 1964 when he was about 12. His father Roger E C Burnel ran the "The Little Thatch" restaurant in Meadrow, Farncombe from 1967-70. https://www.guildford-dragon.com/2013/0 ... his-no-51/
JJ worked in the restaurant every weekend from the age of 14. He went to school at Royal Grammar, Guildford until 1969.

Hugh attends Bristol Univeristy. Hugh occassionally busks in Bristol and sometimes busks at a friends restaurant owned by his friend Keith Floyd.

Late 60s - Hugh goes to Lund University, Sweden to Study (degree in Biochemistry)
Forms the band Johnny Sox. Swedish nurse Hans Warmling, Gryth Godwin and Chicago Mike (both draft dodgers). Jan Knutsson on bass
"Johnny Soc were very, very fast rockability, very fast. Two and a half minute songs with lyrics about riding on freight trains and sweet little sisters. High energy rock n roll"

1968/69 JJ attends Gin Mill Blues Club Godalming regularly (Sunday evenings) where he sees Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac.
9th March 1969 - Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac play Gin Mill Blues Club Godalming. JJ is in attendance.


1972 - Hugh attends Frank Zappa concert in Copenhagen

Feb 1973 - 24 year old Dave Greenfield joins the band Rusty Butler
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22nd April 73 - Rusty Butler's first gig Elm Grove Church Hall, Brighton
Dave goes on to play many gigs with Rusty Butler until April 1974 when he joins the Stranglers.


Late 1973 - Hugh convinces bandmates that if they are to succeed they need to move to London. They go to London and squatted in Camden Town, Maitland Park Road.
1974 - Hugh returns to the UK (see 1974 page)
"Chicago Mike decided he wanted out of Johnny Sox so suddenly we had no drummer. We advertised and Jet Black turned up at the squat with a Beatles hair cut, suit and beard. He said, 'Come on boys, come live in my off licence in Guildford. We can rehearse there"

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