Rave n°37: Funny Valentines
Given by RAVE’s Dawn James. To a selection of pop people special enough to receive a Valentine card!
Dave Dee must be listed because "Hold Tight" and "Save Me" were great records and Dave has star quality.
“We got some Valentine cards well in advance when we visited Germany” Dave said. “We are very big over there. I get my clothes ripped to pieces every time I do a show!” Dave, who specializes in flash gear, finds his trips rather expensive!
(Belgium) Juke Box n°124: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
Best Excerpts from this Belgian Magazine:
Dave Dee and the Bostons first tried to gain a few pence by playing at weddings and funerals (!) because on these occasions people appreciate you the most. They played popular music since, under the circumstances, that makes the atmosphere more lively!
These yougsters knew each other since school. Dozy was the first to start in a skiffle group, Tich bought himself a guitar and taught Beaky to play. When their drummer got married, Dozy met his old mate Mick, an auto mechanic, who was promptly enlisted.
Their first gig was funny, they played their numbers one after the other, not even stopping to smoke a cigarette! When crossing our country [Belgium] to go to the Top Ten Club in Hamburg, they had some problems with their luggage on the train. After this first contract was over, they nearly gave up, but then accepted to return to Cologne. And they managed to play on the same bill as the Honeycombs...
EP release: Loos Of England – Fontana TE 17488 (465.359)
Loos Of England / Over And Over Again / Nose For Trouble / All I Want To Do
Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, the managers of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, decided to extract “Loos Of England” from their second album, to manufacture their one and only British EP. The other comedy song from their repertoire, “Nose For Trouble”, was an excerpt from their first LP. As was the light Brazilian samba of “All I Want To Do”. To fill the two sides of the record, “Over And Over Again”, recorded at the same session as “Save Me”, is the only new song here.
This praise of the British Loos succeeds like a mock student philosophical essay, and it is also a funny journey around the world through France, the USA, Greece, Russia and Australia. Countries Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich would also glorify through their hits “Run Colorado” (USA), “Bend It” (Greece), “Okay” (Russia), among others (Mexico, Spain, etc).
Record Mirror (11 March 1967):
Four of their more off-beat songs collected together, which include Beaky’s exceptional “Nose For Trouble”. Not bad at all.
New Musical Express (14 January 1967):
The controversial Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich LP track "The Loos Of England" is being rush-released as the title song on a new EP by the group.
Other songs featured are "Over And Over Again" – a military-style number previously unreleased – plus Beaky's "Nose For Trouble" and another LP track, "All I Want To Do." "Over And Over Again" was strongly considered as a single before "Save Me" was issued.
In 1967, The Marquis Of Kensington (aka Robert Wace, manager of The Kinks) was mourning the decline of the British Empire in “The Changing Of The Guard” (like The Kinks were about to do). But the “Loos Of England” seem to be in the tradition of Noel Coward singing “Mad Dogs And Englishmen”.
Who else praised the Loos ? There are at least two loonies, who by the way had some kind of relation with Dave Dee: Kenny Everett wrote “The Ultimate Loo Book” (1988), and Marty Feldman sang one song called “Loo” on his LP “I Feel A Song Going Off” (1969).
Single release: The Rebels – Hard To Love You / Call Me (Page One POF 017)
What is special about this Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich cover, is that it’s a German group and the original German single was released as by “Dave Gordon & His Rebel Guys” on Hansa records, plus it was issued in the USA as by “Dave Gordon & The Reb-Tides” on Press records.
Der Musikmarkt: German Top 20 – The official charts were printed twice a month, on 1st and 15th.
Between January and February 1967, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich were so popular that they had three singles simultaneously in the official Top 20.
German Top 20 - 01.02.67
||1|| I'm A Believer
||Save Me||Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich|
|3.||5.||3||Dear Mrs. Applebee||David Garrick|
|4.||6.||3||Frag nur dein Herz||Roy Black|
|5.||2.||5||No Milk Today||Herman's Hermits|
|7.||New||1||Green Green Grass Of Home||Tom Jones|
|8.||9.||4||Das Girl mit dem La-La-La||Graham Bonney|
|9.||4.||5||Moderne Romanzen||Peter Alexander|
|10.||New||1||Friday On My Mind||Easybeats|
|11.||7.||8||Bend It||Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich|
|12.||New||1||Happy Jack||The Who|
|13.||11.||4||Hard To Love You||Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich|
|14.||17.||4||Gimme Some Loving||Spencer Davis Group|
|15.||New||1||Dead End Street||Kinks|
|16.||3.||12||Spanish Eyes||Al Martino|
|18.||New||1||Any Way That You Want Me||Troggs|
|19.||8.||4||Good Vibrations||Beach Boys|
Excerpt from Musikmarkt
TV Performance: Hi Kids! Special, NRK, Oslo, Norway [Rec. 8 Jan. 67]
Save Me / Hands Off / Hold Tight / Help Me / Frustration (Lip-Sync)
On this TV performance in black and white, the group is placed on a small stage amidst the Norwegian teenagers assistance. "Hands Off" is sung by Dozy and "Help Me" by Beaky, without any participation from Dave, who has walked off the scene and stood behind the audience. Beaky switches to cow-bell for "Save Me". This show is the only occurrence when another member of the group can be seen singing the lead vocals instead of Dave Dee.
News: RGM Studio, 304 Holloway Road, Islington, London, England
Joe Meek committed suicide at his home in Holloway Road. He murdered his landlady with a shotgun before turning the gun on himself. Aged 37, he died eight years to the day after his hero, Buddy Holly.
Like most early Howard/Blaikley artists, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich were going to be produced by Joe Meek in 1964, but it didn't work out.
Central Pier Ballroom, Morecambe, Lancashire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
Mo & Don’s Letter Box:
Please confirm that none of Dave Dee and Co. are married. I’ve bet my boyfriend 10s. on this one – and thanks for the issue they edited. It was way-out. Valda Jones, Truro.
(Back to Mo.)
Well, your boyfriend is certainly wrong on this one, Valda. Gain that 10s., pronto. None of the Dave Dee group are married.
Floral Hall, Southport, Lancashire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
Granada Cinema, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England
Compered by Don Spencer with The Vision, David Garrick, Simon Dupree & The Big Sound, The Easybeats, The Kinks and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (who topped the bill)
Pilot concert for a potential Arthur Howes package tour that never materialises, due mainly to The Kinks' disapproving of the billing and package shows in general.
BBC Radio Session: Saturday Club [Broadcast on 11/02/67]
Save Me, Dancing In The Street/Help Me, I’m On The Up (Live Performance)
“Help Me” was taped twice by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich at the BBC studios: on February 6th and February 28th. One of these versions is in fact a medley of “Dancing In The Street/Help Me”.
Radio Show: Monday, Monday, BBC Light, London, England (1:00-1:50 pm)
Live lunchtime Band Show hosted by Dave Cash: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
French TV Show: A Tous Vents, ORTF, 2ème chaîne, Paris, France [Broadcast on 19/02/67]
Save Me / Bend It (Lip-Sync)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich in Paris, France
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
NME n°1045 (21 Jan. 1967): Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich have been set for more Continental appearances. They fly to Paris on February 8 for a major guest spot on French-TV, then play four days of concerts in and around the French capital.
Jackie: No Duels At Dawn
Likeliest time for the Dave Dee group to have a big argument is just before they go on a long tour. "We like it that-a-way," says Dave. "It means we blow off steam – and are thus less likely to have rows during the tour – which is a pretty, testing time, with all the travelling and doing the same performance day after day."
Most testing time, according to Dave, was when they played at an ice rink. "It was so packed," Dave tells me, "we couldn't get through the audience to the stage. In the end, we had to go down a ladder from an opening in the roof. But, instead of getting tensed up, we saw the funny side of it – and could hardly get through our first number for laughing."
PETE POPS THE QUESTION
To Eric Stewart, Dave Dee, Spencer Davis, David, Jonathan and Zoot Money.
Here are Dave Dee's answers to Pete's questions:
|You're stranded on a desert island. Which one gadget would you like parachuted down to you?||A genie with his lamp – and as many wishes as I like.|
|On which person and why?||Sophia Loren. She's all woman.|
|If you could live in another century, when would it be?||Two hundred years from now. What progress they will have made by 2167! I could be spending that holiday on Mars.|
|Any pet superstitions?||I'm not a superstitious person.|
|What was your worst subject in school?||Maths.|
|If you could pass one law, what would it be?||I would revise – and bring up to date – all the existing laws. Some of them are so outdated, it's laughable.|
|What can't you resist in the food line?||Chips. Just can't resist chips.|
|If you were exiled from Britain what country would you like to live in and why?||Sweden. The standard of living is so high there. And those Swedish birds!|
|Any practical joke played on you that sticks in your memory?||I was a policeman – really – and part of the beat was down a dark alleyway. There was hardly room to walk down it. Two of my chums got hold of a shop window dummy, dressed it up and hung it from a fire escape at the end of the alley way. I shone my torch on it. Oh boy!|
|Do you ever read your horoscope? Has it come true?||I read them from time to time, but they don't really come true as far as I'm concerned, and they're not very important to me.|
|If you had either to be on the first rocket ship to the moon or sail the Atlantic single-handed in a small boat, which would you choose?||Rocket ship to the moon because, with all the scientific know-how, the checking and the double checking, you've got a better chance of actually arriving there.|
Radio Show: Saturday Club, BBC Light, London, England (10:00 am-12:00 noon)
Save Me / Dancing In The Street/Help Me / I'm On The Up (Live Performance) [Rec. 6/02/67]
Presented by Brian Matthew with The Searchers; Maxine Brown & The Q Set; Chris Farlowe (Paint It Black); Truly Smith & The Des Champ Orchestra; The Powerpack
Performances by the Searchers, Chris Farlowe and Truly Smith would all form the basis of the BBC transcription disc #120, suggesting that the Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich songs from that disc were first used in this episode of “Saturday Club”.
(Germany) musik parade n°4: mp’s top parade
mp’s Top 25:
1 (--) Dear Mrs. Applebee - David Garrick (Deutsche Vogue)
4 (--) Save Me - Dave Dee (Fontana)
9 (--) Bend It - Dave Dee (Fontana)
mp’s grossen 10 LPs:
N°1 (--) Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Fontana)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich is N°1 in the album chart
(Germany) Bravo n°8 page 16: Save Me Musicbox n°7, Bend It n°9, Hard To Love You n°14
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich place 3 hits in the Bravo-musicbox for the 4th week running
See the complete set of the German Top Twenty Singles here:
Kinema Ballroom, Dunfermline, Scotland
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
Philips Studios, Stanhope House, 2-4 Stanhope Place, London W2, England [Released on 3/03/67]
Recording session for Touch Me, Touch Me / Marina (produced by Steve Rowland)
A wonderful tongue twisting chorus, Tich plays a Gibson Les Paul Junior. And one of those too rare great ballads on the B-side, à la “Here’s A Heart”.
Tich machte sich keine Illusionen: »Was die Platten anging, so hatten wir nicht viel zu melden. Howard & Blaikley kamen immer mit einer neuen Idee rüber, damit wandten sie sich an Jack Baverstock, der auch Boss der Artist and Repertoire-Abteilung war. Jack musste sich dann diese lustigen Demos der beiden anhören, die waren schauderhaft. Und Jack hatte dann die Eingebung zu sagen 'Ja, das könnte ein Hit werden, zieht los und macht das Ding', und damit gab er Howard und Blaikley quasi freie Hand!«
Dave Dee: »Wann immer Ken & Alan zum Schreiben loszogen, war es nach penibler Vorbesprechung mit uns, und für einen einzigen Song. Den gaben sie uns dann von Ken Howard in einem kleinen Raum auf Cassettenrecorder gespielt«. »Wir änderten auch Sachen, aber natürlich arrangierten wir nicht die Orchestersongs, aber wir waren ja mit »Touch Me Touch Me« einmal zum alten Sound zurück gekehrt! Wir waren allerdings ziemlich naiv damals und bemerkten die Power der Band nicht. Wir nahmen alle Songs in einer 3-Stunden-Session auf. Da wurden dann leicht zweieinhalb Stunden mit der A-Seite verbraucht, und für unsere B-Seite blieben nur noch 30 Minuten. Andererseits kannten wir die so gut, dass wir nur noch ein oder zwei Takes brauchten.« (Good Times n°4 und 5/98)
Tich: For new records, Howard & Blaikley came up with the ideas, and Jack Baverstock had to listen to their funny Demos, deciding it had a chance to be a hit, or not. We had no say about the matter. Dave disagrees: Each time Ken & Alan went to write something, it was after a long and hard talking with us. They gave us the result, which we would change and play until it became our own sound. We always recorded in 3 hour sessions, most of which devoted to the A-side, so there wasn’t much left for our own B-side.
TV Performance: My Generation, SVT, Stockholm, Sweden (26 mn)
Two-part report filmed in London, with The Hollies, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, The Walker Brothers
BBC Transcription Disc: Top Of The Pops #116, Kensington House, London, England
Hard To Love You / I'm On The Up / Save Me / You Make It Move [Recorded on 11/01/67]
Hosted by Brian Matthew. Tracks: 1.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich - Hard To Love You; 2.Zoot Money - Star Of The Show; 3.Clinton Ford - Dandy; 4.Cream - I Feel Free; 5.Dave Dee & Co. - I'm On The Up; 6.Graham Bonney - Thank You Baby; 7.Clinton Ford - Run To The Door; 8.Cream - Four Until Late; 9.Dave Dee & Co. - Save Me; 10.Zoot Money - Let The Good Times Roll; 11.Graham Bonney - Mixed Up Baby Girl; 12.Cream - N.S.U.; 13.Clinton Ford - Since I Found You; 14.Dave Dee & Co. - You Make It Move. [Expiry date: 19/08/67]
After five “Top of the Pops” shows between June and November 1966, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich would take part in eight more programs through 1967 (every six weeks). This first one is dated Week 7, 1967.
NME n°1049 page 8: Promoter Wanted [for tour co-staring Kinks and Dave Dee group]
Anybody fancy promoting a package tour co-starring the Kinks and the Dave Dee group? At the present time the chances of this package materialising – and it could be one of the most successful of the many on the road within the next three months – are extremely slim owing to the absence of a promoter to set it up.
As-reported in the NME, three weeks ago, the two groups co-starred in a one-shot concert at Bedford Granada on February 5 promoted by Arthur Howes. This was regarded as a "pilot show" with a view to launching a full-scale tour involving the same bill-toppers.
But now Howes has decided not to pursue the project because of the extent of his other commitments. He is currently tied up with the Gene Pitney-Troggs tour (opening today), the American soul package headed by Otis Redding (March) and the Beach Boys' May concerts.
Fabulous 208 page 23: Mo & Don’s Letter Box
Dave Dee Award
Is it true that Dave Dee has won the Duke of Edinburgh Gold medal and what did he have to do to win? Carol Leaf, Truro.
Yes, it is true about Dave winning the Gold medal, Carol. This award is an all-rounder and some of the activities are map reading, mountaineering, pot holing, some athletics and initiative tests to name but a few. Clever Dave !
TV Performance: Doddy’s MusicBox, ITV, ABC Television, England (5:45-6:30 pm)
Starring Ken Dodd and featuring Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, Donald Peers, The Settlers, James Royal
TV Performance: A Tous Vents, ORTF, 2ème chaîne, Paris, France (6:40-7:20 pm) [Rec. 8/02/67]
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Save Me / Bend It (Lip-Sync)
Presented by “President” Rosko, with Lucky Blondo: La vie; Pussy Cat: Vive la mariée; Les Sharks: Day Tripper; Sullivan: Je chante pour moi; Claude Righi: Personne; Les Caretakers (Swedish group); Valérie Lagrange: Narcisse; Dave Dee, Dozy, Veaky, Mick and Tich: “Save One”, “Bandit”.
Find more about this French Pop show (and others from around the world) here:
Rock on Television
TV Performance: Vibrato, RTB, Brussels, Belgium
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Save Me
Watch their performance in the BBC section of this site
Olympia Theatre, 28 Boulevard des Capucines, Paris 9ème, France
Chuck Berry (backed by The Canadians), Les Rockers, The Rhythm Checkers, Cyril Azzam & Les Ci-Devant, Les Kinetic and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
The group’s third voyage to Paris to play the most prestigious venue in France, for a “Musicorama” show (broadcast by Radio Europe 1) devoted to Chuck Berry, pioneer of Rock'n'Roll and perennial star in France.
|Report by Jacques Barsamian: DAVE DEE, DOZY, BEAKY, MICK & TICH terminent la première partie en démarrant sur « Hold Tight ». Leur tenue de scène est vraiment dans le vent : chemises de soie brillantes et pantalons multicolores. « Save Me » est propre, carré, et le jeu de scène du chanteur assez sensuel. Ils font la conquête des pionniers avec « Hideaway ». Le soliste joue de la mandoline électrique dans « Bend It ». J'ai l'impression d'entendre leurs disques. Bravo, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, vous avez prouvé que même des puristes peuvent apprécier un groupe pop anglais s'il a du talent.|
Les Rockers were: Jacques Mercier, gt; Alain Clouzet, vo; Geza Fenzl, dr; Didier Alexandre, bs; Roger Abriol, rh; Jacques Verrechia, kb. They recorded the "Hymn of the Rockers": 'Let's Go'.
The Rhythm Checkers were half German and half French. They made an EP with their Olympia recording.
Cyril Azzam was a friend of Michel Polnareff's, who was on stage himself with "Les Ci-Devant" (hidden behind the curtain).
Les Kinetic were a British group working in France: Andy Mowbray, vo; Bob Weston, gt; Michael Humby, kb; Geoffrey Capper, bs; John Christopher Sze, dr. They made one LP in 1967.
Mecca Ballroom, Bristol, Bristol, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
At 6 o'clock, prior to the show, Bravo Magazine in Munich phoned the group to tell them they had won the Bravo Otto-Poll, beating the Beatles to become the Best Beat-group in Germany.
TV Performance: Moef Ga-Ga, AVRO TV, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Save Me / Bend It (Lip-Sync)
With The Mec-Op Singers, Tee Set, John Van Dooren, Eddy Mitchell, Lee Drummond
(The Mec-Op Singers come from Belgium, Eddy Mitchell is French, Lee Drummond covered “Hi Hi Hazel” and Tee Set would get famous worldwide in 1970 with “Ma Belle Amie”)
California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich supported by The Black Watch and The Gas Company
Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, The Nashville Teens, The Koobas, The Force Five and The Jimi Hendrix Experience
From the "Southern Standard":
When [Hendrix] played at the Cliffs Pavilion, Westcliff, in February that year he was on the bill below the British pop headliners David Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.
“It was one of those bigger shows, like a package tour,” explains Malcolm Pounds, of Harewood Avenue, Rochford, who dipped into his first pay packet to pay for his ticket, which cost him an unbelievable 18 shillings and sixpence, the equivalent of about £12 in today's money.
Read more at: Southend Standard
|‘Every Ounce Of Energy’ by Richard Baker:
“Mantovani is obviously more popular in Southend than Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich. Tickets for the Mantovani concert at the Cliffs Pavilion sold out a few days ago but the Dave Dee show on Sunday was pretty sparsely attended. This did not prevent the group giving every ounce of their energies to their young fans. Dave Dee, as if determined to be mobbed, came down into the audience and the whole stage show was colourful and exciting. Jimi Hendrix, whom the rest of the audience had come to see, manipulated his guitar rather than played it. Dressed in orange velvet, he threw the instrument over the rest of the equipment, played it behind his back, between his legs and with his tongue! At the end of his act, as if in contempt of the whole business, he kicked over the amplifiers and walked off stage! Peter Murray compered the show very slickly, giving the whole proceedings a really professional air. The bill was completed by The Koobas, who featured a vaudeville version of "Sally," The Nashville Teens and local group Force Five.
Hamburg: The cradle of British Rock (by Alan Clayson) page 245:
“We were headlining at a one-nighter on Southend pier at the height of the holiday season,” recounted Tich Amey, “and Jimi closed the first half with "Wild Thing" which included the whole works – squealing feedback and setting fire to his guitar – in front of a family audience ranging from grannies to babes-in-arms. The theatre didn't know what to make of it either as Jimi was such a quiet, polite bloke offstage.”
(Germany) Bravo n°10 page 14: Save Me Musicbox n°8, Bend It n°13, Hard To Love You n°16
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich place 3 hits in the Bravo-musicbox for the 6th and last week
Bravo LParade page 21: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich n°6 (10) Star-Club 158.027
And the following week (Monday 6/03/67) their first album climbs higher in the Bravo Top 12
BBC Radio Session: Saturday Club [Broadcast on 11/03/67]
Help Me / Touch Me, Touch Me / Watch Your Step (Live Performance)
Top Of The Pops Interview (by Brian Matthew):
Q: And now here in Top of the Pops I've got Dave Dee's group all around me but this time, let's have a chat with Beaky and Mick for a change. What shall we talk about Mick ?
Mick: Well... there are songs we've been writing, we’ve done quite a few lately and... the Nashville Teens and the Mindbenders were interested and then, we sort of... any spare time we’ve got, travelling, we’ve got a guitar, and one of those little… I’d better not say what it is, tape recorders, in the car, Beaky has his guitar and we sort of jot down anything that comes in our heads. We all do it, communally like, you know.
Q: You all write in fact ? – Yeah! – But not for yourselves ? Are you planning to write any material for your own group ?
Beaky: Uh, no, I think the system that we’ve got going now with our managers writing our stuff, until such, such times as we can come up with a good one… Uh, you know, we’ll stick to the routine until something goes wrong.
Mick: But we have written the last three B-sides.
Q: Right! Now, we're gonna hear a live version of your A-side, which was written by your managers and the title is…
Mick: "Touch Me, Touch Me" – Thank you !