IF THE DEVIL
CAST HIS NET ... Oh what a catch he'd make 

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KING EARL BOOGIE BAND
R.I.P - official web-site


     Colin Earl                     Dave Peabody                  John Coghlan               George Leslie Calvert              Gordon Vaughan

Picture by Roger Cooper


 

 

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THE KING EARL BOOGIE BAND

 

GOODBYE - AND THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT

Colin Earl

With the deepest regret we report that The King Earl Boogie Band is no more.

Paul King retired in 2010; and Colin Earl - although he has recovered the use of his right hand since his illness - has also decided to retire as well. The band (without either Paul or Colin) played their final gig at Carnglaze Cavern in November 2015

Having achieved a number one chart hit with Mungo Jerry in 1972 and then a top five chart hit with Foghat in the USA in 2010 - Colin has decided to retire while still at the top of his game.

He THANKS all of you fans for your support over the years, and hopes that you will still enjoy the music on record.

 

 

This website is therefore going into hibernation - the key pages will be maintained on www.IfTheDevil.com

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 WHO WERE 

THE KING EARL BOOGIE BAND ?

Introducing the musicians.....

COLIN EARL    ELECTRIC  PIANO, AND BACKING VOCALS.

Co-founder of MUNGO JERRY, Colin left to work with Dave Kelly, Pic Withers and John Dummer. He also played briefly with Graham Bond before going to the States to work with FOGHAT who toured extensively in the USA.   Listen to the piano on their recording of "Maybelline" and wonder why Colin's fingers didn't catch fire !   On returning to the UK he reformed the KING EARL BOOGIE BAND and has been touring ever since.
He recently (2008) guested with
FOGHAT while visiting the USA and proved live on stage that he could still hack Maybelline !

JOHN COGHLAN    DRUMS

John is one of the best known drummers in the Country, having been the powerhouse of the legendary rock band  STATUS QUO for twenty years.  He has played on 15 of their albums, including 11 consecutive titles achieving Gold or Platinum status.   After leaving STATUS QUO, John formed  THE DIESEL BAND with Micky Moody and Jackie Lynton. He now brings his drive and energy to the KING EARL BOOGIE BAND.  John also performs with his own band, JOHN COGHLAN'S QUO.


 Thanks to Susie Q for Info and photo

DAVE PEABODY     LEAD VOCALS,  ELECTRIC  GUITAR AND SLIDE GUITAR

Dave has been performing variations of the Blues, Jug Band music and R&B, in many settings since the mid 60ís.  He has worked solo, in duos, and with both electric and acoustic bands. 
Dave has toured and worked with many leading US Blues men
and has recorded prolifically, appearing on more than 40 recordings, including 9 solo albums.   His most recent triumphs have been accompanying DAVID "HONEYBOY" EDWARDS and CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE on their 2008 UK tours

Dave has THREE TIMES been voted Acoustic Blues Artiste of the Year. First in 1995 and then again in 2001 and 2002.   Eric Clapton only managed to earn it once, in 1996.

GORDON VAUGHAN    LEAD GUITAR  

Gordon is an eloquent guitarist with a real soul feel for his Stratocaster.   He joined the band in 2010 and bringis his distinctive soulful touch to the lead guitar spot.
GEORGE LESLIE CALVERT     BASS GUITAR AND VOCALS

Few people would argue that George Leslie Calvert ranks as one of the best bass players in the Country, he was a founder member of MIKE COOPER'S MACHINE GUN COMPANY and has played in many bands including ALEXIS KORNER, JONAH LOUIS, EDWIN STARR'S BAND and he spent an impressive 18 years with Ray Dorset's MUNGO JERRY BAND before joining the KEBB in 2000.   He also moonlights with  JASON MANNERS as well as CHEQUES IN THE POST and  THE KEITH ALLEN BAND.

 

ADAM PERRY    DEPUTY DRUMMER

Because John Coghlan is frequently committed elsewhere with his band "JOHN COGHLAN'S QUO" ; coupled with the fact that 2012 will be the fiftieth anniversary of STATUS QUO - and some reunion tours are possible; the KEBB have decided to appoint a "deputy drummer" to cover for events which John cannot attend.  They are very lucky to have found Adam Perry of THE KEITH ALLEN BAND who is a great stand in for John.

 

 

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SOME OF THE KEY INFLUENCES WHICH SHAPED
THE WAY THAT THE KEBB DEVELOPED

 

MUNGO JERRY

In the beginning was MUNGO JERRY - a band born of the late sixties who impudently upstaged The Grateful Dead and roared on to sell 23 million copies of Ray Dorset's classic song IN THE SUMMERTIME.  The band captured the imagination of the audience not least for the clever lyrics of their songs (many attributable to Paul King), but also for the wonderfully raspy vocals (uniquely Ray Dorset) and the manic karate chop style of country blues piano playing (black-belt piano by Colin Earl).   For a while MUNGO JERRY prospered, but sadly - eventually the band drifted and came apart - and while Ray Dorset went his own way - still using the MJ name;  COLIN EARL  and PAUL  KING  took their share of the creative talent from MJ and set up their own band. Imaginatively named THE KING EARL BOOGIE BAND

The whole story of the split of Mungo Jerry was the subject of speculation in the papers at the time - and the full story has never really been told.  While I'm sure there are many versions of the truth, Colin Earl's version was eventually published in the November 2006 edition of Blues in Britain magazine.  visit www.bluesinbritain.org to find out how to subscribe.

PAUL KING / PALADIN

 
Throughout his career (so far) Paul has performed both as a soloist and in various combinations with friends.  He is a prolific song writer, plays a mean guitar, drives a harmonica beautifully, struts his stuff on his banjo and plays mandolin extremely well just for fun. 

Paul is well known as a founder member of Mungo Jerry and of The King Earl Boogie Band - but he has also had careers under the pseudonyms of Paladin and Levi Grumble.  An excellent compilation of his career is available from A New Day Records under the title Paul King's Last Supper.

Paul has played with a phenomenal; number of superb musicians.  In addition to the later member s of the KEBB, they include Steve Holly (Wings); Jim Cregan (Family); Dave Lambert (The Strawbs); Steve Bloomfield (Matchbox); Lynton Guest (Love Affair) ; Mike Piggott (Pentangle) ; Denny Laine (Wings) ; Jamie Moses (Paper Lace); Grahame White (Crazy Cat and Capability Brown); Dave Rose (Alan Price Band) ; and Jackie Lynton (Savoy Brown).

So Paul retired in 1996.  But you wouldn't notice it.  As well as any number of local pub gigs in the Fowey area he has recently taken to commuting back to Surrey and has revived Skeleton Crew with Colin Pattenden and Chris Bryant.  Mr Earl still guest performs with them when he can - it's all one big happy family. Paul's Skeleton Crew gigs are listed at IF THE DEVIL.

 

STATUS QUO

 

John Coghlan is the power house behind the modern day King Earl Boogie Band. His arrival sparked another quantum leap in professional presentation and added to the move toward rock blues which had started to be driven in by George Calvert.

Status Quo are - of course - one of the best known Rock Bands in the UK today - they have been playing for forty years, and John was their drummer from the very first record (Pictures of Matchstick Men) for twenty years.  He is one of Britain's best percussionists and shows his diversity between the simple steady beat for some of the more bluesy numbers, through to the intricate paradiddles when he performs his drum solo - currently in the middle of Who Do You Love - the Bo Diddley classic.

John also plays with his own band - John Coghlans Quo (JCQ) and further information about him and his gigs can be found at his own website.
 

 

DAVE PEABODY

Dave Peabody is simply the best acoustic blues guitarist in Britain today.  He has a trophy to prove it!  He was voted the best acoustic blues guitarist of the year three times - Eric Clapton only got that accolade once !

Dave is passionate about the blues - and is an expert on the subject. He has even taught blues vocals to students of WAC Performing Arts and Media College.  Go to see one of his solo gigs and he'll regale you with stories of how songs were written, when and where they were recorded and how he has either visited the place or played with someone connected to the piece - the man is a walking goldmine of blues information.  In 2008 he toured the UK with HoneyBoy Edwards - the 93 year old bluesman who actually worked with Robert Johnson !  Even more recently he has toured the UK with Charlie Musselwhite.

Despite knowing everyone and everything associated with the Blues, Dave is remarkably accessible.  As well as fronting The King Earl Boogie Band, he often plays solo gigs, or duets with a variety of other musicians, currently Brendan Power and Colin Earl seem to regularly feature with him at pubs and small clubs all over the country.  

As well as his guitar skills, Dave is a professional photographer who has had many exhibitions. You will be able to see an exhibition of some of his work in June 2009 at the BLUES BONANZA in Dundee,  Scotland.  His photographs also regularly appear in the publicatiopn BLUES IN BRITAIN.       

Did I tell you he writes songs as well ?  There ain't nothin' that man can't do.
 

 

ALEXIS KORNER

Alexis Korner was the Grandfather of British Blues.  The KEBB's current bass guitarist, George Leslie Calvert worked in Alexis Korners Band until the great man died. 

Now we need to clarify why GLC uses his full name.  George is his given name and the one which most of his friends call him by - but, there was already a George Calvert working the circuits when our George started in the business, so he adopted the use of his middle name - Les.  So you will sometimes hear him referred to as George, and sometimes as Les - now you know why.

As well as his apprenticeship with Alexis, George has played with many other bands. He was a founder member of Mike Coopers Machine Gun Company; he has played with Jonah Louis ("Toast" and "Dont Stop The Cavalry") ; and he spend eighteen years in Ray Dorset's Mungo Jerry

 

 

FOGHAT

Foghat is an American band which was originally formed from the demise of The Savoy Brown Blues Band.  Their drummer is Roger Earl - brother of our own Colin Earl - and they are BIG in the USA . They recently topped the US blues charts for five weeks with their 2011 release Last Train Home - which featured Colin Earl on some of the tracks.  In fact Colin had helped establish Foghat when it first formed, and provided keyboard accompaniment on their seminal track - Maybelline Colin did this in two takes; the first as a practice run, and the second for real because he knew he wouldn't be able to repeat that speed and dexterity without a really long rest to let his fingers recover!  

Video: Maybelline  (Chuck Berry) played by Foghat with guest pianist Colin Earl

 

In the aftermath of Mungo Jerry splitting up, Colin Earl spent some time in the United States with his brother, Roger EarlRoger had been drummer with The Savoy Brown Blues Band, which had toured the USA back in the sixties, liked it, and stayed.  Now Savoy Brown was in demise and some of its troops - including Roger -were reforming into a new band called Foghat, which was to become - and still is - a huge success story in America.    Colin helped form and manage the newly created band, using his contacts in the business to smooth the path to their first recordings - some of which he performed on.  Listen to Foghats' seminal Maybelline - the piano work (which must have been exhausting was all Colin's work.  

Colin returned to the UK once Foghat were established, but he visits his brother frequently and sometimes sits in for a couple of guest numbers with Foghat at a performance. The video above is a recent example (2008).  Needless to say, we have also seen Roger sitting in for a few numbers with KEBB occaisionally when he's over this side of the pond.
 

 

MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND

Colin Pattenden was a founder member of Manfred Mann's Earth band, and played with them for eight years where he features on such hits as Blinded By The Light. 

His career as a bass player began in the sixties with a band called The Tekneeks which he formed with his cousin, the late Grahame White - himself an amazing guitar man who went on to play with Crazy Cat, Capability Brown, Don McLean - and of course, Paul King. Prior to the Earth Band Colin had enjoyed life as a session musician with such great names as Englebert Humperdink and Leapy Lee.  After the Earth Band and before KEBB Colin also sessioned and - for a while - played in Ray Dorsets Mungo Jerry.    In 1984 Colin joined The Nashville Teens, but as their gigs were few and far between (their gigs are still mainly on the big holiday camp circuits) he and The Teens lead guitar, Ian Campbell teamed up with Paul King, Colin Earl, and Don Stevens to form the first iteration of the current version of KEBB.

Colin moved on from The KEBB in 2000 partly because of a revival in the gig rate for The Nashville Teens, and partly to consolidate another part time post he held with The Jackie Lynton Band.

You can find out more about Colin's time with The Earth Band at Platform End website.

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KEBB SAMPLES

MUSIC & VIDEO

None of the bands recordings are currently in print - although they can sometimes be found second hand.

Look for:

Loaded & Live
Trouble At Mill
Been in The Pen Too Long
The Mill Is Gone
Feelin' Good

Recommend that you also look for recordings by Paul, King, Skeleton Crew, and Dave Peabody

The links below are to You Tube - where you can watch some vintage - performances.
 

SHAKE YOUR MONEYMAKER

Not the KEBB at all!  But a special guest appearance of COLIN EARL with FOGHAT at The Mohegan Sun, Connecticut, USA

The song was written by Elmore James

Colin helped establish FOGHAT back in the 1970's. The band grew as a break away from the SAVOY BROWN BLUES BAND, and Colin's brother, Roger Earl still drums with them today.

 

 

MONEY TO BURN

KEBB at BOOGALOO BLUES CLUB,  Farnham Maltings, May 2009.

The song was written by Dave Peabody.

Line up is:  Colin Earl (piano) ; Ian Campbell (lead guitar); John Coghlan (Percussion) ; Dave Peabody (Lead Guitar and vocals) ; George Leslie Calvert (Bass Guitar)

 

 

WHO DO YOU LOVE

KEBB at BOOGALOO BLUES CLUB,  Farnham Maltings, May 2009.

Line up is as above. This number features a drum solo by John Coghlan.

 

 

THIS LITTLE LIGHT

KEBB at BOOGALOO BLUES CLUB,  Farnham Maltings, May 2009.

Line up is as above, this time playing an instrumental version of this gospel song.

 

 

DRIFTER BLUES

KEBB at BOOGALOO BLUES CLUB,  Farnham Maltings, May 2009.

Line up is as above again.

 

 

And an Oldie
DOWN THE ROAD APIECE

KEBB at HAVANT REAL ALE FESTIVAL 1999

Line up is:  Colin Earl (piano) ; Ian Campbell (lead guitar); Mal Dann (Percussion) ; Dave Peabody (Lead Guitar and vocals) ; Colin Pattenden (Bass Guitar)

 

 

 

 

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SORRY - linkages to larger pictures are still Work In Progress - full reproduction of this site will happen eventually, please be patient

 

 

Torrita Blues Festival
Italy  June 2012


Torrita Blues Festival
Italy  June 2012

Torrita Blues Festival
Italy  June 2012
 

Ian Campbell - debut appearance since 2009

Ian Campbell - debut appearance since 2009

Ian Campbell - debut appearance since 2009
 

Ian Campbell - debut appearance since 2009
 

Ian Campbell - debut appearance since 2009
 

Colin Earl encouraging young talent

THE BOOGIE BRETHREN

(Pictures to the right)

A spin-off of KEBB comprising Colin, Dave, Les and Colin Davey (Ronnie Lanes Slim Chance) on drums.

The Bread & Roses pub, Clapham 8th April 2011
 

 

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Boogie Brethren
Bread & Roses : April 2011

 

Boogie Brethren
Bread & Roses : April 2011

 

Seacourt Bridge - Jan 2011
 

Seacourt Bridge - Jan 2011

Seacourt Bridge - Jan 2011

Seacourt Bridge - Jan 2011

Seacourt Bridge - Jan 2011

Seacourt Bridge - Jan 2011
 

Colin Playing with Foghat

Foghat - featuring Colin Earl

Amazing socks!
 

HoneyBoy Edwards tour 2008
 

The Stables, Milton Keynes

Carnglaze Cavern
Nov 2007
 

Italian Festival (1)
- April 2007
 



Italian Festival (3)
- April 2007


Italian Festival (4)
- April 2007

Famous Monday Blues  Club - March 2007

Peabody/Calvert duet

John Coghlan - March 2007
 

Sound Check 19th March 2007

 

Ian Campbell - March 2007

Colin Earl - March 2007
 

Carnglaze - November 2005

Posed Jagz - March 2006
 

John Coghlan - Jagz

Campbell & Coghlan  Oct 2005


Manfred Mann invades !

Earl and Campbell Oct 2005


Peabody/Earl duet
Brooks Bar Blues Club - June 2005
 

Coghlan, Peabody and Calvert : Oct 2005

Dave Peabody solo at The Goldsmiths Arms, Spring 2005

Pigsnose again - June 2005


Paul King guests with KEBB, Fowey August 2004
 

Ian Campbell - Pigsnose
Oct 2004

KEBB , Quayside, Fowey - August 2004


Skeleton Crew - Lerryn, Aug 2004

Dave Peabody - Pigsnose Inn
Oct 2004
 


Colin Earl and Paul King
 


Colin surveys the audience at The Cleve School - June 2003

The band playing at The Cleve School - June 2003


 KEBB at Fowey - Paul King guests

Skeleton Crew - 16th August 2004
 

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JAGZ April 2002
 

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Portsmouth June 2001
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Cleve School  June 2002

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Colin and Don Stevens -
Cleve School   June 2002
 
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Cleve School  June 2002
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The Nashville Teens take over
Cleve School - June 2002
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Stroud  2001
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With a halo - must be Heaven ! (Farnborough really)
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Havant  Summer 1999
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Portsmouth June 2001
 
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