The song most associated with MUNGO JERRY is the
global hit IN THE SUMMERTIME, it sold over six million copies
worldwide in the first six months of release and that total is
now estimated to be over a staggering thirty million units, and
it is now officially recognised as the most played summer song
of all time. Winning for itself and its writer RAY DORSET,
prestigious Sony / ATV and Ivor Novello awards.
In describing the music
of MUNGO JERRY as pure pop would be an insult to the varying
styles of rock, blues, boogie and skiffle that has graced the
stages of concerts and festivals which have seen MUNGO JERRY
sharing and indeed at times topping the bill with the likes of
JIMI HENDRIX, ELTON JOHN, ROD STEWART & THE FACES, GENESIS,
STATUS QUO, CANNED HEAT, FREE.
Just after the single's
release, the band turned in a breathtaking performance at the
Hollywood Music Festival, near Newcastle Under-Lyme with acts
including BLACK SABBATH, TRAFFIC, JOSE FELICIANO and making
their first UK appearance, GRATEFUL DEAD.
Soon after, the music
press screamed their approval with headlines of - MUNGOMANIA!
and MUNGO JERRY FEVER!
The long awaited
follow-up to 'In the SUMMERTIME' was 'BABY JUMP', which also
made No 1, it was a Hard rocking Ray Dorset composition much
influenced by his Rock a Billy connections, then another of his
compositions, Lady Rose, became the third Mungo maxi single and
made No 3 in the charts, only failing to make the No 1 spot
because of the fact that a track on the maxi, "Have A Whiff On
Me", Was banned by the BBC because of it's drug connotations,
and had to be re-pressed at the request of the Director of
1973 saw one of MUNGO
JERRY's biggest hits, 'ALRIGHT ALRIGHT ALRIGHT' race up the
charts to No.3 with the follow-up WILD LOVE charting and LONG
LEGGED WOMAN DRESSED IN BLACK' continuing the hit making
sequence along with songs like 'HELLO NADINE' , 'IT'S A SECRET'.
FORGOTTEN LAND and LET'S GET STARTED etc.
1980 saw RAY DORSET back
at No.1, when Scottish singer KELLY MARIE hit the top spot with
his composition Feels Like I'm In Love.
During the 80's, Ray
Dorset turned his talents towards writing the music for two
popular television shows -PAUL DANIELS children's TV show,
'WIZBIT', and the Thames comedy/drama serial, 'PROSPECTS'.
No history of MUNGO JERRY
would be complete without mention of the project in which, Ray
invited rock legends, PETER GREEN, formerly of FLEETWOOD MAC and
VINCENT CRANE of ATOMICROOSTER, to a jam at his home studio
which resulted in the KATMANDU album, 'A CASE FOR THE BLUES'.
In 1995 Shaggy released a new reggae version of 'IN THE
SUMMERTIME' complete with samples of Ray's voice and guitar, it
reached number 5 in the UK singles chart, but more importantly
topped the charts in the USA, meaning that the song had now hit
the top spot in every major territory in the world.
Instead of simply resting
on his laurels and living off the success of the world's biggest
selling Summer song In The Summertime. Ray Dorset aka Mungo
Jerry has in this new millennium maintained his reputation as
the King of the Groove by releasing some of his best and
strongest work and Mungo Jerry's live stage performance has been
much acclaimed at Blues, Jazz and Rock Festivals throughout the
19-year-old Connor Selby has been a guitar and music fanatic for
as long as he can remember - first picking up the instrument at
around age 8. Since that day Connor has been honing and
developing his craft for almost the entire duration of his life.
Musically Connor takes inspiration from most of the British
players that emerged in the 1960s citing Eric Clapton as his
first and current major influence, putting particular emphasis
on his output with John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers and Cream.
Connor has also studied the guitar playing of other players such
as Paul Kossoff , Gary Moore, and of course, BB King, Albert
King and Freddie King. Although blues based guitar music has
been the most prominent style in terms of Connor's listening
throughout the years his musical taste extends much further and
deeper than just the Blues. Connor's listening also includes a
variety of Folk, Soul, R and B, Gospel and Country and Western
including the music of Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway, Nick Drake
and many others. Connor describes these artists in particular as
having a huge impact on the way he listens to and thinks about
Connor has been busy gigging with his band and is
due to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, next
year but has recently been offered a recording contract with 3Ms
Music and is scheduled to record a debut album in France in
July. As a result of this is currently considering his future