1968

MONDAY
01 JAN 1968
Hatchetts Playground, 67a Piccadilly
Mayfair, West London, England
(billed as The Family)

TUESDAY
2 JAN 1968
Hatchetts Playground, 67a Piccadilly
Mayfair, West London, England
(billed as The Family)

WEDNESDAY
3 JAN 1968
Hatchetts Playground, 67a Piccadilly
Mayfair, West London, England
(billed as The Family)

THURSDAY
4 JAN 1968
Hatchetts Playground, 67a Piccadilly
Mayfair, West London, England
(billed as The Family)

FRIDAY
5 JAN 1968
Hatchetts Playground, 67a Piccadilly
Mayfair, West London, England
(billed as The Family)

SATURDAY
6 JAN 1968
Hatchetts Playground, 67a Piccadilly
Mayfair, West London, England
(billed as The Family)

  • All six dates above featured 3 shows at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30

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SATURDAY
20 JAN 1968
Brunel University Rag Nite, The Roundhouse, 100 Chalk Farm Road
Chalk Farm, North West London, England

w/ The Move, Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, Louise, Spider, Geranium Pond, Paper Blitz Tissue

20 JAN 1968
TV BROADCAST (FR): Bouton Rouge
The Speakeasy Club, 48 Margaret Street
Soho, West London, England

  • How Many More Years (You’re Gonna Wreck My Life)
  • Single-camera film of the band performing at the Speakeasy, most likely December 1967.

MONDAY
22 JAN 1968
The Quaintways
Chester, Cheshire, England
w/ The Pattern People, The Times, Wall City Jazzmen

MONDAY
05 FEB 1968
BBC SESSION: Symonds on Sunday
BBC Paris Cinema, 12 Lower Regent Street
St James, South West London, England
Broadcast: (Tuesday) 12 FEB 1968

  • Winter
  • Me My Friend
  • See Through Windows

SATURDAY
10 FEB 1968
Art Ball Goes Hollywood, Leicester University
Leicester, Leicestershire, England
w/ Cream, Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Wynder K. Frogg; The Freddie Mack Show

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10 FEB 1968
TV BROADCAST (FR): Bouton Rouge
The Speakeasy Club, 48 Margaret Street
Soho, West London, England

  1. Me My Friend
  • Single-camera film of the band performing at the Speakeasy, most likely December 1967.

THURSDAY
14 MAR 1968
The Middle Earth, 43 King Street
Covent Garden, West Central London, England
A benefit ball

FRIDAY
15 MAR 1968
The Middle Earth, 43 King Street
Covent Garden, West Central London, England

SATURDAY
06 APR 1968
The Middle Earth, 43 King Street
Covent Garden, West Central London, England

brave-new-world-ad22THURSDAY
11 APR 1968
The Brave New World, Papa Joe’s Speakeasy, Eastney Road
near Bransbury Park, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

TUESDAY
16 APR 1968
BBC SESSION: Top Gear
BBC Studio 1, 201 Piccadilly
St. James’s, West London, England
Broadcast: (Sunday) 21 APR 1968

  • See Through Windows
  • Hey Mr. Policeman
  • 3x Time
  • Old Songs New Songs

TUESDAY
16 APR 1968
Klooks Kleek, Railway Hotel
West Hampstead, North West London, England

THURSDAY
18 APR 1968
The Brave New World, Papa Joe’s Speakeasy, Eastney Road,
near Bransbury Park, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

THURSDAY
25 APR 1968
The Brave New World, Papa Joe’s Speakeasy, Eastney Road,
near Bransbury Park, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England


FRIDAY
26 APR 1968
Sub Aqua Club Dance, Rutherford College Of Technology, Ellison Place
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England

THURSDAY
02 MAY 1968
The Brave New World, Papa Joe’s Speakeasy, Eastney Road,
near Bransbury Park, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

roma31TUESDAY
07 MAY 1968
1º Festival Internazionale in Europa di Musica Pop 1968, Piper Club, Via Tagliamento 9
Rome, Italy

THURSDAY
09 MAY 1968
The Brave New World, Papa Joe’s Speakeasy, Eastney Road,
near Bransbury Park, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

FRIDAY
10 MAY 1968
The Middle Earth, 43 King Street
Covent Garden, West Central London, England
w/ The Action, Juniors Eyes

SATURDAY
11 JUN 1968
The Marquee, 90 Wardour Street
Soho, West London, England
supported by Granny’s Intentions

FRIDAY
21 JUN 1968
Midsummer Night’s Dream, Burton Constable Hall
near Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, England
w/ Geno Washington And The Ram Jam Band, The Move, Marmalade, Fairport Convention, Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera, Spooky Tooth, Tramline, Savoy Brown Blues Band, Baron Richtofen’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Circus, C.G Morris, The Angel Pavement, The Mandrakes.

SATURDAY
29 JUN 1968
The Middle Earth, 43 King Street
Covent Garden, West Central London, England

FRIDAY
05 JUL 1968 SINGLE RELEASE

  • Me My Friend/Hey Mr. Policeman


SATURDAY
06 JUL 1968
Woburn Music Festival, Woburn Abbey
Bedforshire, England

  • 1⁄4 inch reel-to-reel master soundboard tape recording exists and was auctioned at Christie’s for £48,050

Setlist included:

  • Me My Friend
  • Old Songs New Songs/How Many More Years (You Gonna Wreck My Life)
  • Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
  • Hey Mr. Policeman
  • Observations From A Hill
  • Peace Of Mind
  • See Through Windows

headlined by Jimi Hendrix Experience with Geno Washington, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Little Women, New Formula

Charlie Whitney: “Chappo was manic. He was just lost in it as he always was, and Jim really tore into it.”
Roger Chapman: “Well I remember we seriously had it away. They were waiting for Hendrix, and we had followed Geno, and we were very nervous but it was a big crowd and we came into the gig on the back of a lot of dates, so I suppose although we were nervous we were also quietly confident. In a sense we were in the forefront of the whole new scene. And on the day our nerves were due to wanting to get on stage, as there was a constant delay. We were in the same musically eclectic bag as everyone else, but it worked well for us. It was a great gig.”

TUESDAY
09 JUL 1968
The Marquee, 90 Wardour Street
Soho, West London, England
supported by The Beatstalkers


WEDNESDAY

10 JUL 1968
Toby Jug, 1 Hook Rise South
Tolworth, Surrey, England

THURSDAY
11 JUL 1968 BBC SESSION: Symonds
BBC Paris Cinema, 12 Lower Regent Street

St James, South West London, England
Broadcast: (Monday) 22 JUL 1968

  • Hey Mr. Policeman
  • Me My Friend
  • Processions
  • Emotions


TUESDAY
16 JUL 1968
The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore
South Kensington, South West London, England
opening for Tim Hardin

17-7-68traf
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17 JUL 1968
The South Parade Pier
Southport, Lancashire, England
w/ Traffic, Spooky Tooth and Radio 1 D.J. John Peel

THURSDAY
18 JUL 1968
The De Montford Hall, Granville Road
Leicester, Leicestershire, England
opening for Tim Hardin

FRIDAY

19 JUL 1968
ALBUM RELEASE
Music In A Doll’s House (#35, UK)

19 JUL 1968
The Sophia Gardens Pavilion
Cardiff, Glamorgan, South Wales
opening for Tim Hardin

SATURDAY
20 JUL 1968
The Victoria Town Hall
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
opening for Tim Hardin

FRIDAY
26 JUL 1968
The Free Trade Hall
Manchester, Lancashire, England
opening for Tim Hardin

SUNDAY
28 JUL 1968
The Empire Theatre, High Street
Sunderland, County Durham, England
opening for Tim Hardin

MONDAY
29 JUL 1968
BBC SESSION: Top Gear
BBC Studio 1, 201 Piccadilly
St. James’s, West London, England
Broadcast: (Sunday) 04 AUG 1968

  • Processions
  • The Weaver’s Answer
  • Me My Friend
  • 3x Time
  • Old Songs New Songs

An English group on an American label who are highly confident of their creative powers, which they prove with a Dave Mason produced selection of toyland ‘n’ soul compositions – as near as a label you can get with such an original team.
-Melody Maker, August 1968

xx AUG 1968
A Dance
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England
w/ Alan Bown!

SATURDAY
03 AUG 1968
The Middle Earth at the Roundhouse, 100 Chalk Farm Road
Chalk Farm, North West London, England
w/ Spooky Tooth, Blonde On Blonde, Pete Brown & His Battered Ornaments


FRIDAY
09 AUG 1968
The Freakshow @ The Roundhouse, 100 Chalk Farm Road
Chalk Farm, North West London, England
w/ Action, Deviants, Eclection, Junior’s Eyes, East Of Eden, Radio 1 DJ John Peel, Plastic Dream Machine, Moon and Sunlights and Giant All Star Jam Session from 9.30pm


SATURDAY
24 AUG 1968
Hyde Park
Westminster, London, England
Setlist included:

Free concert with Fleetwood Mac, Ten Years After, Fairport Convention, Roy Harper, Eclection

Charlie Whitney: “Chappo just went for it, giving everything physically for the crowd. I think he fell off stage at one point”

SUNDAY
25 AUG 1968
The Middle Earth at the Roundhouse, 100 Chalk Farm Road
Chalk Farm, North West London, England

SATURDAY
31 AUG 1968
“Tees Pop ‘68” Pop Festival, Trunk Rd. RecreationGd Eston
Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England

w/ Traffic The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Ben E. King, The Alan Bown!, The Amboy Dukes, The Fantastics, Joe Cocker, The Tramline, Chelfont Line, Rivers Invitation and compered by Long John Baldry. 

SUNDAY/MONDAY
01-02 SEP 1968
Bank Holiday Bluesology Festival, Chateau Impney Grounds
Worcestershire, England
w/ The Move, Fleetwood Mac, Duster Bennett, the Freddie Mac Show, Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds, Wynder K Frog, Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band, Cliff Bennett, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Jasper Stubbs, The Passion Forest, The Breakthrough, Skip Bifferty

Ian Hill: “…the band that totally blew me away came on Family from the start they were awesome (it was the first time we had seen them live) I remember Roger Chapman swinging the mike stand around and also swirling round his head the microphone and he let out the lead till it was touching the sides of the tent,he would also throw it out into the crowd and pull it back at the last moment before it hit someone.I think also he hit one of the overhead lights with the mike stand and it came down. The most vivid recollection I have of the whole event was when Charlie Whitney started “See Through Windows” I remember he went to the back of the stage in front of his speaker and got his guitar to feedback he then walked about the stage in a circle changing the pitch as he moved, at the time never seen anything like it,been a big fan ever since and still go to see him today what a voice.Well that’s my memory of the event but if I get the wife to hit me on the head with a plank I might remember more (or less)!”

TUESDAY
03 SEP 1968
BBC SESSION: Saturday Club
BBC Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue
Charing Cross, West Central London, England
Broadcast: (Saturday) 07 SEP 1968

  • See Through Windows
  • The Weaver’s Answer
  • The Breeze

WEDNESDAY
04 SEP 1968
The Country Club, 20 Haverstock Hill
Belsize Park, North West London, England
w/ Junior’s Eyes

SATURDAY
07 SEP 1968
The Mothers, High Street
Erdington, Birmingham, West Midlands, England

TUESDAY
17 SEP 1968
The Marquee, 90 Wardour Street
Soho, West London, England
w/ East of Eden

WEDNESDAY
18 SEP 1968
The Eel Pie Hotel
Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex, England
w/ Downliner’s Sect, Transcendental Aurora, Jeff Dexter

SATURDAY
28 SEP 1968
The Alex Disco, The Alexander Rooms, New Street
Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
w/ DJ Kazoon

SUNDAY
29 SEP 1968
Essener Songtage 1968, Grugahalle
Essen, Germany

Family is new. They are recognized not so much as just another pop sound, but as a valid art form in much the same way as artists admired by Family – Traffic, Dylan and Joe Cocker.

You think of Family and it’s introverted, it’s knowing too much and not being hassled by it. It’s indifference and closeness, it’s sex and the honor of men. It’s some evil and somebody holding everything together. It’s power and money and humor. It’s loyalty and the only thing worth holding out for after the camp and the image are put to rest in unknown hours. Family is the beginning and the end.

-CashBox advertisement for Music In A Doll’s HouseNov 30, 1968

SATURDAY
05 OCT 1968
University College London, Gower St
London, England

TUESDAY
08 OCT 1968
Klooks Kleek, Railway Hotel
West Hampstead, North West London, England

TUESDAY
15 OCT 1968
The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore
South Kensington, South West London, England
w/ Joe Cocker and the Grease Band, Taste, Blond on Blond, Georgie Fame, The Spencer Davis Group, Jethro Tull, July, Roy Harper, Spooky Tooth, Julie Felix, Gerry Shore, Piers Hayman

  • This was a Folk/Blues charity concert in aid of Czech students wishing to remain in Britain. The show was compered by DJ’s John Peel and Mike Raven 

THURSDAY
17 OCT 1968
Mayfair Ballroom
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England
w/ The Move

FRIDAY
18 OCT 1968
The Marquee, 90 Wardour Street
Soho, West London, England
w/ The Yardbirds supported by Sleepy

TUESDAY
22 OCT 1968
The Marquee, 90 Wardour Street
Soho, West London, England

FRIDAY
25 OCT 1968
The Granby Halls
Leicester, Leicestershire, England
supported The Who as did Joe Cocker and the Grease Band, Spring, Legay

SUNDAY
27 OCT 1968
The Country Club, 20 Haverstock Hill
Belsize Park, North West London, England


THURSDAY
31 OCT 1968
BBC SESSION: Radio One Club
BBC Paris Cinema, 12 Lower Regent Street

London, England
Broadcast: (Tuesday) 03 DEC 1968

  • Observations From A Hill
  • The Weaver’s Answer
  • How Hi The Li
  • Dim
  • Second Generation Woman

FRIDAY
1 NOV 1968
BBC SESSION: Radio One Club
BBC Paris Cinema, 12 Lower Regent Street

London, England
live radio broadcast including:

MONDAY
1 NOV 1968
BBC SESSION: Top Gear
BBC Studio 1, 201 Piccadilly

St. James’s, West London, England
Broadcast: (Sunday) 24 NOV 1968

  • Second Generation Woman
  • Observations From A Hill
  • Dim
  • How Hi The Li
  • Hometown

 
NOV 1968 SINGLE RELEASE  (RS 23315)

  • Second Generation Woman / Hometown

FRIDAY
15 NOV 1968
Cambridge University, Students Union
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
w/ Principal Edwards Magic Theater

SATURDAY
16 NOV 1968
London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street
Westminster, London, England

SUNDAY
17 NOV 1968
The Mothers, High Street
Erdington, Birmingham, West Midlands, England

TUESDAY
19 NOV 1968
Klooks Kleek, Railway Hotel
West Hampstead, North West London, England

THURSDAY
21 NOV 1968
The New Cellar Club, Thomas Street
South Shields, Northumbria, England

TUESDAY
26 NOV 1968
Fishmonger’s Arms
Wood Green, England

FRIDAY
29 NOV 1969
The New Marquee
Leeds, England
w/ The Amazing Friendly Apple

TUESDAY
03 DEC 1968
The Marquee, 90 Wardour Street
Soho, West London, England

SATURDAY
07 DEC 1968
The Polytechnic, Little Titchfield Street
London, England
w/ The Village

MONDAY
09 DEC 1968
BBC SESSION: Symonds
BBC Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue

London, England
Broadcast: (Monday) 16 DEC 1968

  • How Hi The Li
  • Second Generation Woman
  • Observations From A Hill
  • Dim

THURSDAY
19 DEC 1968
The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore
South Kensington, South West London, England
w/ Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & Trinity, Bonzo Dog Band

FRIDAY
20 DEC 1968
Bluesville ‘68, The Hornsey Wood Tavern, 376 Seven Sisters Rd.
London, England
w/ The Village

TUESDAY
24 DEC 1968
The Mothers, High Street
Erdington, Birmingham, West Midlands, England

SATURDAY
28 DEC 1968
TV BROADCAST (FR): Samedi Et Compagnie, Point Chaud
ORTF-1 TV, Maison De La Radio, 116 Avenue du Président Kennedy

Chaumont, Paris, France

  • Old Songs, New Songs

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