The listings for 1958 through 1969 are by no means complete.
The earliest recalled 'performance' of David, so far, was at Christmas time in the early Fifties. David went carol singing in the local Bromley area with a boy named Smith - they collected £2/2 shillings for The Bromley Blind Club's funds. They were both in Class 3A.
1958 - ?
David joined the St Mary's Church Choir in 1958. Also in the choir were David's friends George Underwood and Geoffrey MacCormack.
David and George Underwood perform the Lonnie Donegan numbers "Gamblin' Man" and "Puttin' On The Style", along with George singing "16 Tons" whilst attending the 18th Bromley Scouts packs Annual Summer camp vacation on the Isle Of Wight. Around the campfire, David played a ukulele and a home-made single-stringed bass, which he and old school friend Dudley Chapman had made from an old tea chest and broom handle, when they both attended Burnt Ash Junior School. George Underwood played acoustic guitar.
THE KONRADS consisted of: David Jones (Vocals, Tenor Saxophone); Neville Wills (Guitar); Alan Dodds (Guitar); Dave Crook (Drums); George Underwood (Vocals).
George Underwood left after a short time. Apparently the name Kon-rads came about whilst they were appearing with Jess Conrad, who introduced them as "my Conrads". The hyphen was removed at David's insistence.
David and the Konrads perform a few 'Shadows' numbers during the schools PTA fete. In the Friday June 22nd edition of The Kentish Times, with a headline 'Nearly 4.000 at school's fete' - it stated: 'In a continental style cage where one could sip soft drinks, while a group of young instrumentalists called 'The Conrads', (sic) played music on guitars, saxophone and drums'.
Many rehearsals were held at The Church Hall on Bromley Common. Fans of the band were charged two shillings to watch the performances. The vast majority of the Konrads performances were held at small local venues consisting of youth clubs, dances, church halls and Bar Mitzvah parties.
By the end of 1962 David Hadfield had replaced Dave Crooks on drums. Also joining the band were Rocky Shahan (real name Chaudhari) on bass guitar and on vocals were Roger Ferris, and two sisters Christine and Stella Patton (now Gall). David changed his surname to @Dave Jay' because he was inspired by Peter Jay and The Jaywalkers, who according to David were only one of two British bands that 'knew anything about saxophones'.
A list containing 58 song titles were drawn up by the Konrads drummer David Hadfield. It included "In The Mood", "China Doll", "The Young Ones" and "Sweet Little Sixteen". David wrote many of his own compositions, aided by guitarist Neville Wills, who used to help him compose the music.
*18th May: At the Hiillsiders Youth Club show at the Woman's Institute Hall in Biggin Hill, David sings Joe Brown's "A Picture Of You" and Bruce Chanel's "Hey Baby". George Underwood takes the vocals on "It's Only Make Believe" and "A Night At Daddy Gees". Mrs Orme set up The Hillsiders Youth Club which met every Friday in the Women's Institute Hall at 4 Lebanon Gardens, Biggin Hill in Westerham. It got a lot of support from the local youth and also those of Westerham.
* On Friday, August 30th, The Konrads enter Decca Studios, Broadhurst Gardens in West Hampstead for the first time and cut their only recorded record entitled: "I Never Dreamed". The song was written by David, Roger Ferris and Alan Dodds, the main vocals are by Roger Ferris, with David taking the harmonies. Several acetates were cut by Decca. Drummer David Hadfield said the song concerned an 'air crash'. Soon after this recording, David left the band, though the band stayed together playing the club circuit and even toured as the opening act with The Rolling Stones. David said he became dissatisfied with The Konrads because of their choice of song repertoire. He wanted to play more blues numbers instead of the pop standards they chose to cover.
THE HOOKER BROTHERS consisted of: David Jones (Vocals, Tenor Saxophone); George Underwood (Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica) and Viv Andrews (Drums). They had a regular booking at the Bromel Club, at the Bromley Court Hotel in Bromley Hill, mostly as the interval act, although it lasted only for a few weeks. They also performed as Dave's Reds and Blues in order to get more gigs which was common practice. 'Reds and Blues' were a reference to the type of barbiturate pills that were on the scene at the time. Some of the songs included in their set was the classic ballad "Blues In The Night", John Lee Hooker's "Tupelo" and Bob Dylan's "House Of The Rising Sun". They only performed three or four times in total. If David never had somewhere to play he would travel around, listening to music, carrying his saxophone, just in case a group invited him to join them on stage.
During the time that David was known as 'Dave Jay' there was another band name Dave And The Bowmen.
THE KING BEES consisted of: Davie Jones (Vocals, Tenor Saxophone); George Underwood (Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica); Roger Bluck (Lead Guitar); Dave Howard (Bass Guitar) and Robert (Bobby) Allen (Drums).
Their name was taken from the Slim Harpo song "I'm A King Bee". They auditioned and rehearsed at Ronnie Pressman's flat in Albion Street, near Marble Arch for manager to-be Leslie Conn. Their debut gig took place at the Jack Of Clubs in aid of John Bloom's 3rd wedding anniversary party. They performed two songs: "Got My Mojo Working" and "Hoochie Coochie Man". The majority of the shows they performed were in clubs and colleges in Bromley, Kent.
THE MANISH BOYS consisted of: Davie Jones (Vocals, Tenor Saxophone); Johnny Flux (Lead Guitar); John Watson (Guitar, Vocals); Bob Solly (Organ); Paul Rodriguez (Bass Guitar, Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet); Woolf Byrne (Baritone Saxophone, Harmonica) and Mike White (Drums).
The name of the band was taken from the Muddy Water's song "Manish Boy". The majority of their performances were in towns and resorts in and around Southern England. Davie joins the band in July, with his debut gig at Chicksands USAF Air Base.
During December (1st - 6th), Davie Jones & The Manish Boys took part in a six-date concert tour of England as part of the Gerry and The Pacemakers tour. Also on the bill were Gene Pitney, The Kinks, Marianne Faithfull, Bobby Shafto with The Roofraisers and Mike Cotton Sound. The tour compere was Bryan Burdon. The Manish Boys were the opening act on the Northern tour with two performances at each venue at 6.30pm and 8.50pm.