Messila Valley: 1974-79

Bands: Messila Valley Lo Boys -> Capt. Beefheart & The Magic Band -> Big Sonny & The Lo Boys 

[Note: Background Colors = blue: rehearsing/recording; = pink: bad event; = lilac: good event]

1974-1979

 

Date

Country

City

Venue

Comments / Sources

1974

    USA

Mesilla Valley Lo Boys:

   

Formed mid '75

1975

1st of 4 Semester in Music School [paid for by Vet. Bill]

FZ & MOI:

   

With guest vocalist Cpt. Beefheart; [CD released - Bongo Fury in El Paso]

May 23

 

El Paso

County Coliseum

Invited to sing two songs [JCB]

Cpt. Beefheart & the Magic Band:

   

Skip next semester to do this tour [JCB]

June

 

 

 

JCB says 6 weeks of rehearsals but it could only have been 4. The whole involvement with Beefheart covered a 7 week spell from the El Paso gig

End of June

 

Chicago

 

In Chicago for Don's interviews and recording  a TV Show for "Sound Stage" [JCB]

July 2

 

London

 

3 days in London before festival [JCB]

July 5

 

Knebworth

Festival

 

July 6

   

Return to US [JCB]

July 14

 

LA

Roxy

 

July 15

 

LA

Roxy

 

Mesilla Valley Lo Boys:

   

(Originally the Mesilla Valley Low Boys)

July

   

Randy Russ has been replaced by Jeff Littlejohn, this line-up lasts about 18 mths [JCB]

1976

2nd & 3rd Semester in Music School?

Early '76

 

Ruidoso, NM

Buckaroo

3-night gig; Tom Leavey joins band

 

 

 

 

After 3 mths with Tom, record single Play Your Music

(FZ & MOI:

    

Mar 12-13

 

El Paso

Plaza Theatre

200 Motels [Ref: Texas Monthly March '76])

Mesilla Valley Lo Boys:

   

The end:

late '76

   

All but 2 of band leave; Randy Russ returns briefly: next 2 gigs

1st gig

   

Near disaster [JCB] RRuss rat-arsed

2nd gig

 

Roswell

Panama Red's

 

1977

Big Sonny & The Lo Boys:

   

Mesilla Valley Lo Boys metamorphose into Big Sonny ... Together for about 3 years

1978

JCB - 4th Semester at  Music School?

Big Sonny & The Lo Boys:

    

mid - year

 

El Paso

Kings - X

 

1979

JCB files for divorce this year

Big Sonny & The Lo Boys:

   

In Heat LP album released; 7" Single also released

July 04

 

Anthony Gap Saloon?

Anthony, N.M.

As reported by fan Stuart (Maniac) - JCB bio [unitedmutations.com]

Dec 31

   

JCB plays last gig with band and quits, moving up to Albuquerque

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