All Saints Hall, Whetstone, Leicestershire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (“April Dances” incl. The Paramounts, Les Fleur de Lys etc.)
Film: “Pop Gear”, released in the USA in May 1965 as “Go-Go Mania!” (68 mn).
Jimmy Saville introduces The Beatles, Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, Susan Maughn, The Four Pennies, The Animals, The Fourmost, The Rockin’ Berries, The Honeycombs, Sounds Incorporated, Peter and Gordon, Matt Monro, Herman’s Hermits, Tommy Quickly & The Remo Four, Billie Davis, The Spencer Davis Group, The Nashville Teens.
This is not a real film, but a collection of lip-synched videos à la “Top Of The Pops”, with Go-Go dancers et al… But the movie’s chief appeal is its time-capsule preservation of the sounds, fashions, and visual styles of Brit-Pop vintage 1964.
Here are two Howard/Blaikley hits from 1964 (the whole “Pop Gear” movie is available on Youtube in eight parts) :
TV Show: Ready Steady Goes Live, Rediffusion Television, London, England (6:08-7:00 pm)
Presented by Cathy McGowan, with Tom Jones: “It’s Not Unusual” (mimed, despite the new policy), Donovan, The Roulettes, The Artwoods, Manfred Mann and The Kinks.
Was it the episode where Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich came uninvited to play ? It was the first live broadcast, with Tom Jones (of whom Dave Dee said he was present when they played), and The Kinks cancelled their appearance. [Taped at Studio One in Wembley]
Dave Dee interviewed by Tony Gillham on BBC Radio Bedforshire (29/12/85):
Tony Gillham: You mentioned ‘Ready Steady Go’… that must have been a fantastic show to be on in the sixties?
Dave Dee: Yes [...] We were trying to get on ‘RSG’ and we hadn’t had a hit record. We turned up at Rediffusion in Kingsway… top of? [...] Because that was where it was originally done, and we moved all our gear into the foyer. It was like a great big mausoleum where the security guy, the receptionist used to sit, and we set all our gear up and auditioned for Ricky Wickham… I forget who else was there… in the foyer of Rediffusion House. We got on the show on the strength of this audition in the foyer. We just set everything up… plugged in, said come and see us, and it worked.
Tony Gillham: Who else was on the bill that day? Do you remember?
Dave Dee: Tom Jones… he had just had ‘It’s Not Unusual’ in the charts. God, I’m trying to think who else was on… I can’t really remember… I know he was on. I’ve got a feeling Dusty was on… Dusty Springfield… I can’t remember who else.
Tony Gillham: Can you remember the song you sang?
Dave Dee: Yes, it was ‘No Time’. (from Zabadak n°3, December 1986)
Billboard Chart N°1: Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders – The Game Of Love (Fontana 1509)
First Fontana single achieving the top spot in the USA
NME n°953 page 16: Wayne Fontana No. 1 in U.S. Charts but American Embassy Said ‘Unknown’
After the British Invasion of 1964, English groups found it harder and harder to get permits to perform in the USA. The Mindbenders had to produce letters from Cashbox and Billboard proving they were No.1 plus a letter from ‘Hullabaloo’ producer to be granted a visa.
Fontana groups in particular had a difficult time travelling to the USA. The Pretty Things didn’t go at all before leaving the Fontana label in 1967. The Troggs’manager Larry Page kept postponing their visit there, although they had a No.1 in the US charts. Manfred Mann didn’t tour the USA through 1966 nor 1967, until they hit the top again with “Mighty Quinn”. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich had to wait until May 1967 before being able to have a Promo Tour of U.S. TV and Radio, without concerts. Only The New Vaudeville Band were claimed over there, but since there was no group, one had to be created around former Bonzo Dog member Bob Kerr.
Philips Studios, Stanhope House, 2-4 Stanhope Place, London W2, England [Released on 2/07/65]
Recording session for All I Want / It Seems A Pity (produced by Howie Condell)
“All I Want” quotes “Devil In Disguise” by Elvis Presley and “Mona Lisa” by Conway Twitty. Like Bobby Graham, producer of their first record, Condell was a drummer, formerly with Sounds Incorporated.
This time the group tried a slower song. Most impressive are the vocals with the instrumental backing being more in the background. The performance consisted of the characteristic ballad voice of Dave backed by excellent harmonies and quiet twin lead electric guitars. The song was pleasant, and had a late fifties flavour about it… (Ron Cooper, Zabadak n°4, June 1987)