KEN HOWARD & ALAN BLAIKLEY
Being the managers of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich and having written ALL of their 15 single A-sides, they deserve a special mention here !
Ken Howard was born December 26, 1939 in Hampstead, London. Alan Blaikley on March 23, 1940 also in Hampstead, London. After common studies, they found themselves working for the BBC, notably for the successful Z-Cars series, set in Liverpool. Their management career started with the Honeycombs, who reached the Top with their first single, “Have I The Right”, in 1964.
In 1965 they discovered Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich whom they stayed true to even after they split in 1969, writing some more singles for Dave Dee as a solo singer, and D.B.M. & T. as a progressive band. In the meantime, they handled a new signing in 1967: The Herd, with wonder boy Peter Frampton. The group made three successful singles and one album with Howard/Blaikley through 1968 before splitting.
In 1969 Howard and Blaikley committed a Science-Fiction story to music, and recorded it with Flaming Youth. The resulting album, “Ark II”, received favourable reviews but was not commercially successful. Their drummer Phil Collins then joined Genesis on the verge of their Supergroup status in the seventies.
Turning to folk music, they took over Iain Matthews just having left Fairport Convention and before he created the group Matthews Southern Comfort, but he too left soon after, unable to cope with the success of their single “Woodstock”. Matthews, who began to play guitar during the his days with Fairport wanted to contribute to the writing himself, and was concerned that Howard and Blaikley’s reputation as pop Svengalis might hurt the album’s reception. As a compromise, Howard and Blaikley used the pseudonym Steve Barlby for their songwriting as well as the co-production credit they eventually took.
Other groups they were associated with at the end of the 60s and the start of the 70s were Windmill, The Pebbles and Starbuck. But they also turned to jazz and progressive music with Tonton Macoute and Dando Shaft. Artists they have written for through the 60s are Peter Anathan, Glenda Collins, Peter Fenton, Mike Quinn, Lulu and more, including two hits for Elvis Presley: “I’ve Lost You” and “Heart of Rome”.
On their own, they released an album in 1968 as the Howard Blaikley Orchestra titled “Silhouettes Of Success”. The LP contains orchestral versions of their hits for the Herd, Dave Dee & Co, or the Honeycombs. They also appear as background singers on numerous DDDBM&T tracks, as well as disguised as The Potatoes with Steve Rowland and Alan Caddy on a send-up of “Bend It” retitled “The Bend”.Having left the Rock World, they expanded into stage musicals in London (Mardi Gras), and composed music for TV films (Flame Trees Of Thika, By The Sword Divided, and the Miss Marple murder mysteries).
Brief survey ot their career:
Titles written for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich :
DDD-BMT, Something I Gotta Tell You, Frustration, Hold Tight, Hard To Love You, Nose For Trouble, No More Love, After Tonight, No Time, I'm On The Up, Hideaway, Hands Off, Loos Of England, You Make It Move, All I Want, Bend It, Save Me, Touch Me Touch Me, I Can't Stop, Okay, You Know What I Want, Over And Over Again, If No One Sang, Where From Where To, I've Got A Feeling, In A Matter Of A Moment, Zabadak, The Legend Of Xanadu, The Tide Is Turning, Time To Take Off, The Wreck Of The Antoinette, Last Night In Soho, Below The Belt, Love Is A Drum, First Time Loving, Don Juan, Snake In The Grass, Run Colorado, Mountains Of The Moon, The Castle Far.
Titles written for Dave Dee (solo) and Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich :
My Woman's Man, Everything About Her, Wedding Bells, Goodnight Ma, Stars (Dave Dee),
Tonight Today, I Want To Be There (DBM&T).
Howard/Blaikley as managers:
Tonton Macoute LP (1971)
An Evening With Dando Shaft LP (1970), Dando Shaft LP (1971), Lantaloon LP (1972)
The Howard Blaikley Orchestra:
Silhouettes Of Success:
Zabadak / Hideaway / Dreamer Of Dreams / Touch Me / I Love / Have I The Right // Bend It / From The Underworld / Okay / Hold Tight / Goodbye / That's The Way
Single: The Legend Of Xanadu / Yodelling Latin
Howard Blaikley Film Scores and Stage Musicals:
What's Good For The Goose (1969) starring Norman Wisdom and featuring a musical performance by The Pretty Things
This 3 mn film shows the Theme Song played over introducing credits.