Neal Ford & The Fanatics - A Chronology

(Based on Steve Ames' calendar notes, concert posters and newspaper notices)


Date
Day
Time
Type
Venue
Comments
1965-03-20
Sat

Show
YMCA Dads Club
Poster
1965-06-25
Fri

Practice
            

1965-06-26
Sat

TV


1965-07-03
Sat

Show
Garner State Park

1965-07-31
Sat

Show
King High School (?)
Neal Ford back
1965-08-05
Thu
7:30
Practice


1965-08-06
Fri
6:30
Practice


1965-08-07
Sat
1:00
Audition
Channel 11

1965-08-12
Thu

Show
Meyerland Plaza

1965-08-14
Sat

Show
Frat Party

1965-08-19
Thu

Event

The Beatles perform at Sam Houston Coliseum
1965-08-27
Fri

Practice


1965-08-28
Sat

Show
Mt. Carmel High School

1965-09-11
Sat

Show
Forest Club

1965-09-15
Wed

Practice


1965-09-16
Thu

Practice


1965-09-17
Fri

Show


1965-09-18
Sat

Show
Carousel Skating Rink
Poster
1965-09-22
Wed

Practice


1965-09-23
Thu

Practice


1965-09-29
Wed

Practice


1965-10-01
Fri

Show


1965-10-02
Sat

Show
Channelview

1965-10-08
Fri

Show
University of Houston
with B.J. Thomas
1965-10-09
Sat

Show
Missouri City

1965-10-16
Sat

Show
Carousel Skating Rink

1965-10-23
Sat

Show
Marian High School (?)

1965-10-30
Sat

Show
Homecoming (Jones HS ?)

1965-11-05
Fri

Show
Beaumont

1965-11-06
Sat

Show
Beaumont (Fraternity Party)

1965-11-08
Mon

TV
Tape show for Channel 11

1965-11-10
Wed

TV
More taping for Channel 11

1965-11-13
Sat

TV
Taped show is broadcast on Channel 11
Program name was "Impact"
1965-11-13
Sat

Show
Bellaire
Steve has a new VOX organ
1965-11-19
Fri

Show
#88
Steve forgot cord to organ
1965-11-20
Sat

Show
Angleton

1965-11-20
Sat

TV
"On TV Again"

1965-11-24
Wed

Show
Marian HS

1965-11-27
Sat

TV
"On TV Again"

1965-12-03
Fri

Show
Sterling HS

1965-12-04
Sat

Show
Klein HS

1965-12-11
Sat

Show
Beaumont (HS)

1965-12-17
Fri

Show
Beaumont

1965-12-18
Sat
3:00
Show
Oak Village Theater

1965-12-18
Sat
8:00
Show
Madison HS

1965-12-26
Sun

Audition
Act III

1965-12-28
Tue

TV
Jenny Pace Show

1965-12-28
Tue

Show
Maison

1965-12-30
Thu

Show
Maison

1966-01-05
Wed

Recording

"Bitter Bells" / "Don't Tie Me Down" / "Strange Love"
1966-01-08
Sat

Show
Pandora's (Teen Hall)

1966-01-17
Mon

Practice


1966-01-19
Wed

Practice

with Teri Sharp
1966-01-21
Fri

Show
Maison
with Paul & Paula
1966-01-22
Sat
3:00
Show
Oak Village Theater
with Teri Sharp / Paul & Paula
1966-01-22
Sat
8:00
Show
Baytown (for KNUZ)
with Paul & Paula
1966-01-24
Mon
4:30
Practice

W.T. Johnson hit by train (?)
1966-01-26
Wed
4:30
Practice


1966-01-28
Fri

Show
Teen Hall

1966-02-04
Fri

Show
Teen Hall

1966-02-05
Sat

Show
Teen Hall

1966-02-12
Sat

Show
Galveston

1966-02-19
Sat

Show
Pagoda A-Go-Go
forgot legs to organ
1966-02-26
Sat

Show
Beaumont (South Park)

1966-03-04
Fri

Show
Gateau

1966-03-05
Sat

Show
Pagoda A-Go-Go (?)

1966-03-12
Sat

Show
Bellaire

1966-03-14
Mon

Practice


1966-03-18
Fri

Show
Channelview (for KNUZ)

1966-03-21
Mon
4:30
Practice


1966-03-25
Fri

Show
Beaumont

1966-03-26
Sat

Show
Beaumont

1966-04-01
Fri

Show
St. Luke's Canteen

1966-04-02
Sat

Show
Trade Mart

1966-04-03
Sun

Show
Houston Music Hall
with Beach Boys / Lovin' Spoonful / Chad & Jeremy
1966-04-05
Tue

Recording

re-cut "Don't Tie Me Down"
1966-04-07
Thu

Show
Baytown

1966-04-09
Sat

Show
Spring Branch formal

1966-04-10
Sun

Show
Mt. Carmel HS

1966-04-15
Fri

Show
Galveston
Promotion starts for "Bitter Bells"
1966-04-16
Sat

Show
Galveston

1966-04-18
Mon

Practice


1966-04-19
Tue

Practice


1966-04-20
Wed

Practice


1966-04-21
Thu

Recording

"All I Have To Do Is Dream" / "Searchin'"
1966-04-22
Fri

Show
Beaumont

1966-04-23
Sat

Show
Clear Lake
& KTRH Interview
1966-04-28
Thu

Photos

Picture Session
1966-04-29
Fri

Show
Briar Club
Coastliner / Fanatic Party
1966-04-30
Sat

Show
Orange
VOX organ didn't work
1966-05-01
Sun

Practice

with Shannon
1966-05-02
Mon

Recording

"Woman Who Turns Away" / "Searchin'" (re-cut)
1966-05-04
Wed

Practice


1966-05-07
Sat

Show
Beaumont

1966-05-12
Thu

Practice


1966-05-13
Fri

Show
La Porte (KNUZ show)

1966-05-14
Sat

Show
Prom
"All I Have To Do Is Dream" starts play on KNUZ
1966-05-15
Sun

Practice


1966-05-16
Mon

Practice


1966-05-18
Wed

Practice

"Dream" is pick hit on KILT
1966-05-21
Sat

Show
What A Way To Go-Go
also: show at Foley's
1966-05-27
Fri

TV
Jenny Pace Show

1966-05-28
Sat

TV Larry Kane Show

1966-05-28
Sat

Show
Cy-Fair prom

1966-05-29
Sun

Show
Somerville Rodeo

1966-06-03
Fri

Show
Channelview (KNUZ Show)

1966-06-04
Sat

Show
Mt. Carmel HS

1966-06-07
Tue

Show
Catacombs

1966-06-08
Wed
8:00
Show
Catacombs

1966-06-08
Wed
3:00
TV
Jenny Pace Show

1966-06-11
Sat

Show
Galveston

1966-06-12
Sun

Show
Galveston

1966-06-17
Fri

Show
Galveston

1966-06-20
Mon

Show
Beaumont (KAYC Show)

1966-06-21
Tue

Recording

"Better Slow Down"
1966-06-22
Wed

Show
Taylor Hall

1966-06-25
Sat
3:00
Show
Foley's Town Hall

1966-06-25
Sat
8:00
Show
Orange

1966-06-29
Wed

Recording

"Every Nite A New Surprise" / "The Low Down" /
"I Will If You Want To" / "Shame On You"
1966-06-30
Thu
3:00
TV
Larry Kane Show (taping)
(Broadcast 7/2/66)
1966-06-30
Thu
8:00
Show
Galveston

1966-07-01
Fri
1:00
Recording

Vocals and Overdubs
1966-07-01
Fri
8:00
Show
Beaumont

1966-07-02
Sat
1:00
Recording

Vocals
1966-07-02
Sat
8:00
Show
Galveston (Boss A-Go-Go)

1966-07-08
Fri

Show
Houston

1966-07-09
Sat

TV
San Antonio

1966-07-09
Sat

Show
Bay City

1966-07-12
Tue

Photos


1966-07-14
Thu

Show
Beaumont
with The Dave Clark Five
1966-07-16
Sat

Show
Bay City

1966-07-17
Sun

Show
Houston (KILT Show)
with The Animals and Herman's Hermits
1966-07-19
Tue

Photos


1966-07-20
Wed

Practice


1966-07-23
Sat

Show
Galveston (Sylvan Beach)

1966-07-24
Sun

Show
Dance Town

1966-07-28
Thu

Fan Club
Fan Club Meeting

1966-07-29
Fri
3:00
Show
Foley's

1966-07-29
Fri
8:00
Show
Beaumont

1966-07-30
Sat
3:00
Show
Foley's

1966-07-30
Sat
8:00
Show
Galveston (Boss A-Go-Go)

1966-08-01
Mon

Event
Steve Ames quits as keyboardist for Fanatics NOTE: Fanatics listings after this date are not complete
1966-08-08
Mon

Practice

Steve Ames practices with Lanier Greig
1966-08-11
Thu

Fan Club
Fan Club Party

1966-08-15
Mon

Practice
Gold Star Studio

1966-08-18
Thu

Recording

"She Came To Me" / "Bitter Bells"
1966-08-19
Fri

Recording


1966-08-23
Tue

Recording


1966-08-24
Wed

Recording


1966-08-30
Tue

Fan Club
Fan Club Meeting

1966-10-14
Fri

Show
Catacombs
with The Outsiders / The Moving Sidewalks / The InMen
1966-10-15
Sat

Show
Catacombs
with The Outsiders / The Moving Sidewalks / The InMen
1966-10-27
Thu

Recording
Jones Recording Studio

1966-11-11
Fri

Show
The Living Eye
with The Lost and Found    Poster
1966-11-18
Fri

Recording
Jones Recording Studio
"Gonna Be My Girl" / "Shame On You" /
"Good Men" / "I Can't Go On"
1966-11-21
Mon
8:15
Show
Music Hall (opening for Lovin' Spoonful)
(Newspaper notice)     with The Sixpentz
1966-12-09
Sat

Show
Pasadena (Taylor Hall)
("Teen Dance")
1967-01-21
Sat

Show
Catacombs
with The Moving Sidewalks
1967-01-28
Sat

Show
Catacombs
with The Cyrkle / The Moving Sidewalks
(NOTE: This was a benefit show for the family of a Houston Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty)
1967-02-11
Sat

Show
Westbury HS

1967-02-18
Sat
8:30
Show
Texas A&M (Sbisa Dining Hall)
Sophomore Ball
From The Battalion:    Preview 12/15/66     Photo of Fanatics
1967-02-24
Fri

Show
Catacombs
with The Knack
1967-03-02
Thu

Show
Catacombs
with The Moving Sidewalks
1967-03-05
Sun

TV
"SRO" TV Show (Channel 39)
(Newspaper preview of show)
1967-03-18
Sat
8:30
Show
Texas A&M (Sbisa Dining Hall)
Junior Class Ball
From The Battalion:   Preview 3/17/67
1967-03-20
Mon

TV
Channel 39 (taping)
with The Moving Sidewalks
1967-03-23
Thu

Show
Catacombs
with The Moving Sidewalks / The Magic Ring
1967-03-
23,24,25,26
Thu-
Sun

Show
Gulfgate Shopping City (tent on parking lot)
"Battle of the Bands" - KNUZ Swingin' Festival
Preview    Brochure: Page 1  Page 2   Page 3   Page 4
Closeup of Neal Ford & The Fanatics onstage
1967-04-28
Fri
7:00
Show
Astrodome
Pregame show for "Teenage Night" at Astros game   (Newpaper notice)
1967-05-06
Sat
3:30
Show
Houston Music Theater
"Now Sounds Groove-In" Winners Concerts
1967-05-07
Sun
3:30
7:00
Show
Houston Music Theater
"Now Sounds Groove-In" Winners Concerts
1967-06-08
Thu

Show
Catacombs
with The Coastliners
1967-06-15
Thu

Show
Catacombs
with The Moving Sidewalks / The Magic Ring
1967-06-21
Wed

Show
Sharpstown
with The Magic Ring
1967-06-30
Fri
8:30
Show
Bryan (Columbus Ballroom)
(Newspaper notice)
1967-07-02
Sun
2:00
8:00
Show
Surfsider Club (Surfside)
with The Bringalls       Poster
1967-07-10
Mon
8:00-
12:00
Dance
Conroe (Conroe Country Ballroom)
Benefit for Bryan Smith of The Daquiris
with The Magic Ring, The Daiquiris, The Loud Crowd, The Midnighters, The A-440's, and Soul Unlimited
Conroe Courier:   Preview 7/9/67   
Article 7/12/67:  Part 1  Part 2
Full text of article by Stan Crawford
1967-08-01
Tue
8:00
Show
Texas A&M (G. Rollie White Coliseum)
MSC Sock Hop Dance (with The Chessmen)
(continuous music from 8 to midnight)
From The Battalion:  Preview 7/27/67
Photos:  The Chessmen     Dancers
1967-08-07
Mon

Event

Jon Pereles and John Cravey quit the Fanatics (?)
1967-08-12
Sat

Show
Teen Fair

1967-09-23
Sat

Show
Victoria (National Guard Armory)
with The Prophets of Boom     (Newspaper notice)
1967-10-11
Wed

Show
San Antonio
with The Animals / The Moving Sidewalks    Concert ticket
1967-10-18
Wed

Show
Sam Houston Coliseum
with The Animals / The Moving Sidewalks /
The Magic Ring / The Chessmen      Concert photo
1967-10-28
Sat

Show
Texas A&M (G. Rollie White Coliseum)
Opening act for Johnny Rivers show
Ad 1      Ad 2
1967-10-28
Sat

Show
Texas A&M (Sbisa Dining Hall)
All-University Dance (after Baylor football game)
From The Battalion:  Preview 10/6/67
1967-12-14
Sat

Show
Victoria (National Guard Armory)
with Bourbon Senators  (Newspaper notice)
1968-01-20
Sat

Show
Safari Club (Baytown)
(Newspaper notice)
1968-02-15
Thu

Show
San Antonio
with Jimi Hendrix    Ticket stub     Poster
1968-02-16
Fri

Show
Dallas
with Jimi Hendrix
1968-02-17
Sat
8:30
Show
Texas A&M (Sbisa Dining Hall)
Sophomore Ball
From The Battalion:  Preview 2/7/68
1968-03-02
Sat
9:00
Show
Bryan (Columbus Ballroom)
(Newspaper notice)
1968-04-08
Mon

TV
KTRK broadcast

1968-05-10
Fri

Show
Angleton Fairgrounds Auditorium
(Newspaper notice)
1968-08-30
Fri

Show
Taiton Community Center (north of El Campo)
with The Monarks    Newspaper Ad (Victoria Advocate)
1968-08-31
Sat

Show
Catacombs
with The Mothers of Invention / Country Joe & The Fish /
Canned Heat / The Moving Sidewalks
1969-02-15
Sat
9:00
Show
Texas A&M (Duncan Dining Hall)
Sophomore Ball (9 PM to 1 AM)
From The Battalion:  Preview 2/11/69




NEAL FORD FACTORY GIGS:

1969-03-29
Sat

Show
Rinky-Dink (Airline Drive in Houston)
Poster
1969-05-09
Fri

Show
New Bielau Hall (south of Weimar)
Poster

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