His Autobiography

"Ray Dorset is Mungo Jerry !" Or so every 70s kid thought back in the heyday of their phenomenal 1970 hit "In The Summertime" (23 milion copies sold worldwide). After all, if anyone ever fitted a wacky name like "Mungo Jerry" it was the wild-eyed white dude with afro and sideburns.

In fact, by the time the band became a singalong pop sensation, Mungo Jerry as a band had performed in support of underground rock legends like Captain Beefheart and Peter Green. But when their most famous song hit No. 1, Ray was still working in a London factory, having been kicked out of school with no formal qualifications.  Then, as he and his bandmates charted with follow-ups "Alright Alright Alright" and "Long Legged Woman Dressed In Black", they partook of the classic early 70s sex, drugs & rock 'n' roll lifestyle.....

In Mungo Jerry & Me, Ray Dorset gives an eyebrow-raising,warts-and-all account of more than 45 years on the rock business. From sacking by his own band / reinstatement by the record company ( at which point Dorset finally became Mungo Jerry) to writing a surprice 80s disco hit with "Feels Like I'm In Love" by Kelly Marie, the convivial but opinionated takes us on an entertaining ride through the ruthlessly wutthroat music industry. Straddling five decades of rock 'n' roll, we move from the wild days of the late 1960s to more politically-correct modernd times, when Ray is obliged to apologise for the line, "Have a drink, have a drive," from "In The Summertime" as part of an anti-drink driving campaign.....