Bob Kerr's Whoopee Band

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Bob Kerr's Whoopee Band, also billed as Bob Kerr and His Whoopee Band, is a jazz band which started in 1967 and continues to perform today. It was an offshoot of the eclectic Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, and shared many similarities with other outfits of the time such as The New Vaudeville Band and The Temperance Seven. Kerr was a member of both the Bonzos and the New Vaudeville Band.

The band's publicity manager was originally Laurie Bamford the well-known Numismatist who died in 2005.

By 1971, for the album "Making Whoopee", the band's membership consisted of Bob Kerr, Vernon Dudley Bohay Nowell, Sam Spoons, James Chambers, John "Evil Gieves" Watson, Biff Harrison, Franklin Tomes and David Glasson.

In 1976, for the album "The Whoopee Band", the membership consisted of Evil John Gieves Watson (banjo), Vernon Dudley Bohay Nowell (tenor banjo), Biff Harrison, David Glasson (piano), Jim "Golden Boots" Chambers, Bob Kerr

For an August 1977 gig, the membership consisted of Bob Kerr - Trumpet, Trombone, Vernon Dudley Bowhay-Nowell - Banjo, "Gentleman Frankie" Tooms - Sousaphone, Sam Spoons - Drums, "Evil John" Gieves Watson - Banjo, Biff Harrison - Clarinet, Saxophone, Jim "Golden Boots" Chambers - Saxophone David "Mr. Piano" Glasson - Piano

In 1978, for the "Hard Pressed" album, the membership consisted of Bob Kerr (cornet), Jim "Golden Boots" Chambers (alto sax), Vernon Dudley Bohay Nowell (tenor banjo), "Evil" John Gieves Watson, Biff Harrison, David Glasson (piano), Sam Spoons (drums) and Frank Tooms

In 1981, for the "Things That Go Bump in the Mike" album, the membership consisted of Bob Kerr, Jim Chambers, Vernon Dudley Bohay Nowell, Biff Harrison, Sam Spoons, Hugh Crozier (piano) and Frank Tooms.

Two years later, the band split with Biff Harrison, Sam Spoons, Jim Chambers and John Gieves Watson moving off to the Bill Posters Will Be Band. This band continue with Megs Etherington and another former Whoopee member, Peter Shade.

By the time of a 1987 performance in Germany, the Whoopee Band consisted of Bob Kerr - tuba, Vernon Dudley Bowhay-Nowell - banjo, Richard White - clarinet, Hugh Crozier - piano, Frank Tomes - sousaphone and Colin Bowden - drums

Current[when?] members of Bob Kerr's Whoopee Band are Bob Kerr, John "The Professor" Percival, Malcolm Sked, Bert Lamb and Henri Harrison.

Former members[edit]

Former members of the band have included:

  • Vernon Dudley Bowhay-Nowell
  • Ian Howarth
  • Frankie Tomes
  • Sam Spoons
  • Hugh Crozier
  • Evil John Gieves Watson
  • Biff Harrison
  • Jim "Golden Boots" Chambers
  • David "Mr Piano" Glasson
  • Sean Moyses
  • Dangerous Dave Keech
  • Spike Botterill
  • Henry Davis
  • Clive Fenton
  • Tim Phillips
  • Fred Ward
  • Sir Alan Buckley
  • Phil Buckley
  • Richard White
  • Dave Turner
  • Roscoe (The Binman) Birchmore
  • Graham Collicott
  • Mike Hobbs Hurrell

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