Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
50 YEARS AGO
What happened in March 1964 ?
Read all about it (and more) here: Chronicles 1964
40 YEARS AGO
In 1974, Socion Books issued "British Beat" by Chris May and Tim Phillips.
Here is their biography of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich:
Originally known as Dave Dee and the Bostons, they were formed in Salisbury and built up a solid reputation before being discovered by Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley. Not only were Howard and Blaikley shrewd managers – they had been behind the brief but spectacular success of the Honeycombs in 1964 – they were also songwriters with an almost unerring commercial sense. They wrote for Dave Dee and his boys a series of songs, all of which from 'Hold Tight' onwards made the Top Ten. They were generally mindless, catchy, tightly-performed numbers, and there was always one feature of each record which was clearly designed to be its selling point – a repeated phrase, an unusual guitar sound, a repetitive rhythmic pattern. Their producer was Steve Rowland, an American film actor who went on to make hit records for another Howard-Blaikley act, the Herd.
Dave Dee, an ex-policeman, attempted a sexy image, and there was a certain amount of business with leather boots and whips on stage, but on the whole he owed more to Donald McGill than to Elvis Presley. The group were, like the Tremeloes a little later on, accepted most readily by younger fans, the older record buyers considering them too blatantly commercial and looking for something a little more sophisticated. This disdain by a large section of the record-buying public for a best-selling group, often forcefully expressed in letters to the music papers and based on quasi-musical considerations, was an early sign of the split in the pop audience – between 'pop' and 'progressive' fans – which became so wide in 1967.
Dave Dee left the group in 1968 to pursue a solo career, and is now an A & R man. The rest of the group carried on without him for a while, but they lost the knack of making sure-fire hit records and faded.
30 YEARS AGO
In March 1984, "This Is Spinal Tap" (directed by Rob Reiner) is a mock documentary chronicle of a hard-rock group.
They perform a song "Stonehenge" on stage.
20 YEARS AGO
Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich are touring Holland during March 1994.
10 YEARS AGO
In March 2004, the Various Artists CD "Back To The Future" (Delicious Records DEL 120) is a Re-release of the September 1999 CD-R "Sixties Sing Nineties" on Harry Records.
It features Dave Dee performing the Oasis track: "Don't Look Back In Anger".
RECORD COVER BLUNDER
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich were involved in one of the more spectacular record cover blunders in rock history.
JIMI HENDRIX AND TICH MEET IN BERLIN
Jimi and Tich meeting in Berlin
BBC SESSIONS ON CD
(The Zabadak Magazine review)
DAVE DEE, DOZY, BEAKY, MICK & TICH 'The BBC Sessions' BR Music BS 8026-2 (2CD)(77m56s)(69m18s)
One great point of this 54 track release is that there are 9 (DD)DBM&T tracks here for virtually their very first true release, but there are also many other aspects, and so let's begin. Excellent to hear 'Hold Tight!' showing that they could reproduce their studio sound live & a fine solo from Tich. As we have previously said before then Dozy emerges as an underrated soul singer and his lead vocals on both 'Hands Off' & then (for first time release) 'Hello Josephine' being both top. The solid soulful 'Hello Josephine' is one of the best finds here (great track). Pity was never released on vinyl at the time (that session recorded 2nd August 1966) but again if so then we wouldn't have the pleasure to finally hear it now.
The 2nd of the new tracks is 'Watch Your Step' & though we've already heard before via BBC transcription discs and DVD great to hear it here in top quality. 3rd new one is '(You've Been A) Bad Girl' (written by Harman/Davies/Dymond/ Wilson/Amey) and is another good sound. This is one of the strongest written by the band in terms of catchiness. It is not psych but pure pop. 23rd track here (4th new) is 'Dr. Feelgood' which is a competent rocker. 'If I Were A Carpenter' is superb & suits the band. Tich with his special effects pedal creating a great guitar sound. On most of the well-known songs then it has to be said that the original studio sound is the superior, but that doesn't take anything away from these versions.
Ron COOPER (ZABADAK Magazine)
TO THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON…
DAVE DEE R.I.P. 17 Dec 1941 - 9 Jan 2009
We are all in deep grief & need courage. A friend & a totally unique & gifted person has sadly now left this world. Since the age of fourteen & 1967 then Dave Dee has been a main hero…probably second to my father.
Then Dave’s story continued over the next 35 years with various reunions with DBM&T, sporadic album, single & odd track releases…each being eagerly anticipated. Highlights being the ‘Jean Musy/Few & Far Between’ and ‘Unfinished Business’ albums with even his Xmas songs having something special.
Then there was his record company Double D venture in the early 80s which also loved and followed closely all those acts…the 12 singles & 4 LPs were treasures…bless the Dance Band, Sweat, Features, Marianne Chase, Fatal Charm, Zed etc. For me Dave deserved much greater recognition than what he ever received and that perhaps via the Zabadak magazine…that Dave would finally get some wider appreciation.
I spoke to Dave many times over the years – beginning from 1976 & when he was semi-managing AC/DC. He was always very sharp, clever, an honest person & with a keen sense of humour and who got my respect. He also enjoyed his sport & seemed to follow soccer, rugby & even cricket and could talk about a wide range of topics.
At the end it was not such a shock because Dave had sadly been suffering from ill health for now a number of years but being the trooper he was you could never tell this from what was happening on stage…and also his final recordings showed he still was in really fine voice. It was a big pity that he had to suffer at the end though.
First heard the devastating news from Alan Clayson and then rang Tich & Dozy who were both seemingly quite destroyed. Condolence/tribute emails were in the mean time flooding including (from amongst many) Alan Blaikley, Peter Daltrey, Marianne Chase, Dianne Finnegan, Peter Mason, Mario Sienknecht, Herman van Gaal, Olaf Owre, Ken Howard etc.
Ron Cooper (Zabadak Magazine)
If no-one sang and the only sounds
The sixties. The first names that spring to mind are 'The Beatles', 'The Rolling Stones' and 'The Kinks' to name a few. Wrong of course.