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1976

Lucy & The Lovers

  • Kevin Rowland - Vocals
  • Mark Phillips - Guitar
  • Gil Weston - Bass

1977

The Killjoys

  • Kevin Rowland - Vocals
  • Mark Phillips - Guitar
  • Gil Weston - Bass
  • Lee Burton - Drums
  • Heather Tonge - Backing Vocals

The Killjoys

  • Kevin Rowland - Vocals
  • Mark Phillips - Guitar
  • Keith Rimell - Guitar
  • Gil Weston - Bass
  • Bob Peach - Drums
  • Heather Tonge - Backing Vocals

October 18, 1977 UK Radio John Peel session performing "Naive", "Back To Front", "At Night" & "Recognition")

1978

February 13, 1978 UK Radio John Peel session performing "Ghislaine", "Spit On Me", "Smoke Your Own" & "All The Way")

The Killjoys

  • Kevin Rowland - Vocals
  • Mark Phillips - Guitar
  • Keith Rimell - Guitar
  • Kevin Archer - Guitar
  • Gil Weston - Bass
  • Bob Peach - Drums
  • Heather Tonge - Backing Vocals

June ?, 1978 Phillips, Weston and Peach leave The Killjoys and form new band Out Of Nowhere, featuring Michael Billingham on keyboards. The Killjoys split shortly afterwards.

Dexy's Midnight Runners (July ?, 1978)

  • Kevin Rowland - Vocals
  • Keith Rimell - Guitar
  • Kevin Archer - Guitar
  • Pete Williams - Bass
  • Pete Saunders - Organ
  • John Jay - Drums
  • Heather Tonge - Backing Vocals
  • Geoff Blythe - Sax
  • Steve Spooner - Sax
  • Geoff Kent - Trumpet

October ?, 1978 Jimmy Paterson joins on trombone player.

November 29, 1978 Jodari's, Dudley, ENG (Debut Gig, supported by Dangerous Girls)

December ?, 1978 Hen & Chickens, Dudley, ENG (Dexy's record their first demo tapes, recording "Tell Me When My Light Turns Green", "Don't Come Any Closer" (a.k.a ."I'm Just Looking") and the never-released "It's Up To You")

1979

Dexys start performing regularly at small venues in and around Birmingham.

May 18, 1979 Imperial Hotel, Birmingham, ENG

July 5, 1979 Eric's, Liverpool, ENG (supported by The Upset)

July 21, 1979 Electric Ballroom, London, ENG (supporting The Specials, Madness & The Selector)

July 28, 1979 Eric's, Liverpool, ENG (with The Merton Parkas)

Bernie Rhodes owner of Oddball Records becomes the group's manager and offers them a record deal. John Jay leaves, replaced by Subway Sect's Bobby "Junior" Ward

August 8, 1979 Romulus, Birmingham, ENG (supported by Joy Division)

The Specials, The Selecter, Dexy's Midnight Runners UK Tour 1979

November 15, 1979 Market Hall, Carlisle, ENG (supporting The Specials & The Selecter)

November 16, 1979 Leeds University, Leeds, ENG (supporting The Specials & The Selecter)

November 17, 1979 Loughborough University, Loughborough, ENG (supporting The Specials & The Selecter)

November 18, 1979 Locarno, Bristol, ENG (supporting The Specials & The Selecter)

November 21, 1979 Mountford Hall, Liverpool, ENG (supporting The Specials & The Selecter)

November 22, 1979 Olympic Ballroom, Dublin, IRE (supporting The Specials & The Selecter)

November 23, 1979 Belfast University, Belfast, NI (supporting The Specials & The Selecter)

November 25, 1979 Lyceum, London, ENG (supporting The Specials & The Selecter)

November 26, 1979 Pavilion, Hemel Hempstead, ENG (supporting The Specials & The Selecter)

November 27, 1979 Tiffany's, Great Yarmouth, ENG (supporting The Specials & The Selecter)

November 28, 1979 Winter Gardens, Cleethorpes, ENG (supporting The Specials & The Selecter)

November 29, 1979 Tiffany's, Coventry, ENG (supporting The Specials & The Selecter)

November 30, 1979 Winter Gardens, Malvern, ENG (supporting The Specials & The Selecter)

December 1, 1979 Lewisham Odeon, London, ENG (supporting The Specials & The Selecter)

Dexy's Midnight Runners (December ?, 1979)

  • Kevin Rowland - Vocals
  • Keith Rimell - Guitar
  • Kevin Archer - Guitar
  • Pete Williams - Bass
  • Andy Leek - Organ
  • Andy Growcott - Drums
  • Heather Tonge - Backing Vocals
  • Geoff Blythe - Sax
  • Steve Spooner - Sax
  • Geoff Kent - Trumpet
  • Jimmy Paterson - Trombone

December 21, 1979 JB's, Dudley, ENG

December 27, 1979 Electric Ballroom, London, ENG

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