Brownsville Banned was originally formed in Manchester in 1967 as Brownsville Jug Band (the name Brownsville coming from the birthplace of Sleepy John Estes), and played in the local blues & folk clubs in that area.
The line-up of Brownsville Jug Band was at the time as follows (all the band members used stage names even from the start):
King George (Alan Knight) - vocals & guitar
Rambling Washboard Tweedy (Roger Tweedy) - washboard & jug
The Lizard (Steve Blakesley) - harmonica
Magoo (Ray Schofield) - drums
Harry (Keith Harrison) - banjo & mandolin
For a while they ran their own club in an upstairs room at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, High Street, Manchester pub until in August 1970 when the band, with the exception of Harry the banjo player (replaced by Gerry Philips), gave up their day jobs and went to Sweden to play professionally.
They travelled in a 15cwt Ford Thames, which got them all the way from Manchester to Lapland, when it finally broke down and was respectfully abandoned. It was eventually towed off by the Stockholm police.
They played and remained there for six months until lack of work permits became problematic, forcing their return home.
Upon returning to Manchester in 1971 (in an orange Swedish-registered VW van), the banjo player was again replaced, this time by Doc Roberts, (Graham Roberts) who would remain as a member until the final dissolution of the band some 14 years later. In addition to banjo & mandolin, Doc played guitar, fiddle, and a little alto sax.