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The Temperance Seven Family Album
(World Record Club Records  TP727  Stereo)
UK Pressing

G&L Flipback Sleeve in Nr MINT- condition
 – crease near opening edge

Vinyl in Nr MINT condition
(there are some surface marks visible on the vinyl when held up to the light but they don’t affect the sound quality apart from some light pops/crackles)

The Temperance Seven is a British band specializing in 1920s-style jazz music.


The Temperance Seven were founded at Christmas 1955, although it has been alleged they first “saw the light” in the Pasadena Cocoa Rooms, Balls Pond Road, North London, in 1904. The three founder members were Paul McDowell (who originally played trombone), Philip Harrison (who originally played banjo) and Brian Innes. Gradually the band evolved into a nine-piece ensemble with a light-hearted and humorous performing style, although they were all serious musicians. The name “Temperance Seven” was suggested by Douggie Albert, of the Alberts fame. The Alberts were cult figures in the art scene in the mid 1950s and were forerunners to the sort of humour that became Monty Python. (This was not the band’s only link with Monty Python; see below). The Temperance Seven was a subtle play on words — the number seven being “one under the eight”. That there were nine members or “one over the eight” implied intemperance.

In 1961 the Temperance Seven achieved national fame with the #1 hit “You’re Driving Me Crazy”, arranged by Frank Skinner and produced by George Martin. It was quickly followed by “Pasadena”, which reached #4 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] They toured the UK widely that year, and their performances acquired a set routine beginning with the last few bars of “Pasadena”, (which became their signature tune) and ending with the stirring strains of the “Gaumont-British News”. By the summer of 1961 their fame was such that they appeared at the London Palladium.

Before the band became famous, Paul McDowell had also been a member of the Experimental Theatre Club revue, with Ian Davidson, Robin Grove-White and Doug Fisher. At the time, they had been performing their show, called “****”(Four Asterisks), at the Edinburgh Fringe, but after the runaway success of “You’re Driving Me Crazy”, McDowell had to quit the group to tour with his band. This prompted Davidson to look for a replacement, and he found Terry Jones, future Python member, who thus obtained his first chance to be part of the revue.

The Temperance Seven came to popularity during the resurgent trad-jazz era of the early 1960s. Their unique sound, coupled with their musicianship and ingeniously humorous compositions, set them apart from their contemporaries; however, they arrived at the cusp of that era and as popular tastes changed with the emergence of The Beatles, the Temperance Seven gradually slipped into obscurity although the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band attempted to wear their mantle for several years whilst claiming no affiliation.

The Temperance Seven is also listed as the band for Spike Milligan and John Antrobus’ stage play The Bed-Sitting Room,[2] which opened at the Mermaid Theatre on 31 January 1963,[3] [4] with a subsequent production opening on 3 May 1967 at the Saville Theatre.[3]

The original Temperance Seven were dissolved in the mid 1960s, but the band was resurrected in the latter part of that decade by Innes’ friend Ian Howarth who led the band for many years. The band continued to perform with new personnel and, from time to time, original members made guest appearances. During the 1980s, Chris Hook took over leadership of the band. The personnel have not changed since that time and the band continues to work around the UK. Many members of the original band reunited for a BBC Radio programme about the group in 2003.


The Temperance Seven dressed in a manner appropriate to the style of music they played. Some members also went under preposterous pseudonyms emphasised by the wearing of a minor yet conspicuous item of clothing — Colin Bowles a dog collar and John R. T. Davies a fez. “Josef Kronk”, who supposedly arranged The Temperance Seven 1961 LP, was the collective pseudonym for the band. A partial “early” line-up included:

  • Clifford Bevan (piano, trombone)
  • “Canon” Colin Bowles (piano)
  • Alan Swainston Cooper (clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, phonofiddle, pedal clarinet, Swanee whistle)
  • John R.T. Davies “Sheik Haroun of Wadi el Yadounir” (trombone, second trumpet, alto saxophone)
  • Martin Fry (sousaphone) (pseudonym: Franklyn D. Paverty)
  • John Gieves-Watson (banjo, spoons)
  • Phillip “Fingers” Harrison (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone)
  • Cephas Howard “Captain, cashiered” (trumpet, euphonium)
  • Brian Innes “Professor Emeritus” (percussion)
  • “Whispering” Paul McDowell (vocal refrains)
  • Mac White (clarinet, alto saxophone)
  • Ray Whittam (clarinet, baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone)
  • Ian Howarth (percussion)
  • Dr Graham Collicott (percussion)


A1   Pasadena    
A2   China Boy    
A3   Brown Eyes Why Are You Blue?    
A4   I Want To Be Happy    
A5   Deep Henderson    
A6   Grace And Beauty    
A7   Sugar    
A8   Clap Hands Here Comes Charlie    
B1   Alexander’s Record Breaking Band    
B2   My Sweetie Went Away    
B3   Pleasant Moments    
B4   Sugar    
B5   Ukelele Lady    
B6   You Took Advantage Of Me    
B7   My Sweet Tooth Says I Wanna


Weight 1.00000000 kg


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