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April 1966

APRIL 1966

 

Spring 1966
Pierre Tubbs’ Garage, Great Bookham, Surrey, England
Demo Tape: The Jeeps – Here’s A Heart
The Jeeps were Pierre Tubbs (gt/vo), Paul Bedwell (bs/vo), Julian Ferrari (dr/vo) and Bob Moore (vo)
In this version, Pierre Tubbs sings as a girl talking to a boy: “Ask HIM if HE’s found someone to love HIM like me…” Which is disconcerting with a male voice.

 

 


April 1966   
Single release: Lynn Holland – No Regrets / Face In The Crowd (Polydor 56.060)
The A-side is a cover of Edith Piaf’s “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien”, while the flip is a Howard Blaikley song, taken from the Honeycombs’ first album


April 1966   
Single release: The MeddyEVILS – It’s All For You / Ma’s Place (Pye 17091)
Southampton group issue their second and last single


Fri 1/04/66   
TV Show: Ready Steady Allez, La Locomotive, Place Blanche, Paris, France (7:00-7:30 pm)
The only time “Ready Steady Go” would be broadcast from outside Britain [Live]
Guests: Antoine, Hugues Aufray, les Ingoes, Karine, Mireille Mathieu, Eddy Mitchell, Annie Philippe,  les Who, les Yardbirds (Host: Cathy McGowan and Dick Rivers)
(Without Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich but at the very club they would play one month later)


Fri 1/04/66   
Market Hall, Harlow, Essex, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Sat 2/04/66   
Royal Lido, Prestatyn, Wales
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Tue 5/04/66 ?   
Radio Show: Pop Inn, BBC Light, London, England (1:00-1:55 pm)
Presented by Keith Fordyce: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
with Dusty Springfield, Nita Rossi, The Overlanders (Daily lunchtime record and chat show)


Tue 5/04/66    
Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich join the Knees Club (Radio London)
Dozy is Knees Club member #155, Beaky #156, Mick #157, Dave Dee #158 and Tich #160



Thu 7/04/66   
TV Performance: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
Presented by Alan Freeman with The Walker Brothers (The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore #1) • The Spencer Davis Group (Somebody Help Me #2) • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Hold Tight #5) • The Bachelors (The Sound Of Silence #6) • Cilla Black (Alfie #12) • Dusty Springfield (You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me #13) • Cher (Bang Bang #14) • The Alan Price Set (I Put A Spell On You #17) • Herman’s Hermits (You Won’t Be Leaving #20)


Thu 7/04/66   
Town Hall, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Sat 9/04/66   
Record Mirror: Here’s why Dave Dee Wants Money…
DAVE, DEE etc. are going to Europe-just for TV appearances (RM Pic)

Picture the scene. Acres of cornflakes on tables covered by polythene sheets. The New Faces sitting by the kitchen sipping tea; the Silkie and the Four Pennies playing poker; Dave Dee, pint bottle of pale ale clutched firmly and semi-circled by Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich – drinking a toast.
They toasted their favourite hotel manageress, Peggy. It was her last night at the “group” hotel where she’s been two years. Dave Dee and company were her favourites – they’d been cornflaking there since they were known as Dave Dee and The Bostons.
Dave Dee says: “Work? It’s great, but so tiring. Biggest drag is not having any time off. We’re working on an LP which makes it worse. Still . . .
“And our show? We can’t do our show in lots of places because it’s been a case of so many birds screaming and doing their nuts. The thing is that there’s a lot of patter in our act, TALKING to an audience – and if you got all the screaming, you can’t talk! Sure our humour is slightly blue but we’re not offensive in any way, ‘cos we do it so it won’t be offensive.
                                                                                SWINGING CHAIN!
“For instance, we like to do our latest record by announcing ‘If the chain is swinging then the seat’s still warm’. The reaction is a laugh. On the stage show, everyone starts clapping after it.”
And the future: “Going well. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for the States. If we go over, we’re not going to make anything out of it as far as money goes, but we won’t lose either. You’ve got to speculate to accumulate.”
The Boys obviously believe in promotion.
Said Dave: “We’re going to France and Germany just for TV shows. Once again – promotion.” Actually the boys have been abroad before.
“We did Germany twice. In Hanover, Cologne and Hamburg. We did Hamburg three years ago as Dave Dee and the Bostons and got about £25 a week each. We sweated in the Top Ten Club for two months, working eight hours a night. We appreciated that little lot more when we got back. It was hard work and a drag. But it did us good! You have time to experiment there. The audience don’t know you’re experimenting. Actually we could do well in Germany because our records sell well there.
“First date in France is on May 13. We’ve been before on holiday but this time we’re not having enough time to look round. We like doing the sights, like Versailles, in small doses.
“Everything we’ve got has been through hard work. Pain, suffering and the will to keep going because one day you’ll make it – every group hopes for that big break. Our break came because we met our managers – two better blokes you couldn’t wish to have.”
Dave paused momentarily. “I want to have my own transport cafe one day. I’ve been in so many diabolical ones, being charged exorbitant prices. Yes, I’ll genuinely invest in one and give good service.
“And I want recognition for the group. So we can go to most countries and have people say ‘There’s Dozy’ and ‘There’s Beaky’. Not have people say ‘I know you’re in a group but who are you?’ We’ve been going so long but only lately have people recognised us. It’s the satisfaction of knowing you’re somebody and not just another face.
“I want to become a wealthy old age pensioner because I hate the thought of being old and having nowt and not being able to afford a gas fire.
“I also want enough money to be able to repay my parents for keeping me going through the hard times in this business. I’ve always had them to help me out with money – it’s the same with any group unless they’ve got financial backing. The parents of all of us have helped.
“And I’d like a month off from this work and go round the world and really burn it up, have a good time. I want to be able to go into any place, no matter how much it costs and really burn it up.”
About the group history, Dave Dee said: “I didn’t think we’d ever make it. We got in a rut – worked five or six nights a week – but it was a straight line. Never getting any better. You see all these rubbishy groups making it and we figured that ‘You Make It Move’ was our last bash. We were going to call it a day because we’d had a good run and would call it quits.
“I didn’t know what I’d do if we finished. Dozy and Beaky were going to join other groups. Mick was going into the motor trade and Tich into painting. Still, we think we can sustain our success because it’s not a thing that has happened overnight. We’ve got all the experience and talent to back it up. That’s enough. If you can entertain and keep people happy, you can be around for a long time.
“I’m not saying we can be on top all the time because no-one stays on top all the time. The thing is, there’s so many other things which you can do. Become another Goons, or Marx Brothers. Anything like that, because you can’t be a pop group all the time. Age will catch up with you sometime or other.
“We’ve made plans for this already. We’ve been planning. We hope to go into films and other things away from pop music.”
BILL HARRY 


Sun 10/04/66    
Oasis Club, 45-47 Lloyd Street, Manchester, Lancashire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich supported by The Motown Sect


Thu 14/04/66   
Mr. Magoo’s, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 


Fri 15/04/66   
NME n°1005 page 8: ‘In Crowds’ Don’t Exist, Say Dave Dee, Dozy, etc. (by Mark James)

A new group has swept up the chart, knocking conventions to the wind. The zaniest, most unpredictable outfit to appear on the scene since Doctor Crock and the Crackpots – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich. [...]
Since they entered the chart had they discovered anything disappointing in show business ? “We always imagined that the top groups were all great buddies,” said Beaky. “But they are not. They all stick together in their own groups.
“We’ve also discovered that there’s really no such thing as the ‘in crowd.’
“We’ve been to quite a few of the so-called ‘in clubs,’ but we hated them. After a show we don’t really want to go and talk shop somewhere.
“We’d all rather go into a pub for a half of bitter. I suppose basically we’ve all lived pretty sheltered lives being based in Salisbury.” [...]
They are all looking forward to their first holiday for several years, which they’ll be taking shortly. They will all split up for two weeks.


Fri 15/04/66   
(USA) Time Magazine: London – The Swinging City
This cover marked the global recognition of “Swinging London” as the capital of the Sixties. It was also the first time a new, young generation, had taken over the leadership to dictate new trends in music, fashion, and all the arts. New trades emerged: Pop star, Deejay, Reporter, Model, Photographer, Movie actor, TV host, Fashion designer, Session musician, Hairdresser, etc.
“And the girls have become as emancipated as the boys” added Mick Jagger.


Fri 15/04/66   
City Hall, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Sat 16/04/66   
British Hit Parade N°1: The Spencer Davis Group – Somebody Help Me (Fontana TF 679)
The Spencer Davis Group get a second chart topper on the Fontana label, credited this week only on all four national music papers (NME, Melody Maker, Disc and Record Mirror).

During the label’s lifetime (1958-1974), it exceeded a success ratio of 9 % only between 1965 and 67:

1965 – 124 releases, 12 hits (9.7 %) including 1 by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
1966 – 132 releases, 18 hits (13.6 %) including 4 by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
1967 – 108 releases, 10 hits (9.3 %) including 3 by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
1968 – 94 releases, 7 hits (7.4 %) including 3 by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
1969 – 75 releases, 5 hits (6.7 %) including 2 by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

making them the most consistant hit providers for the company. 


Sat 16/04/66   
Market Assembly Hall, Carlisle, Cumberland, England (Two dates this Saturday)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 


Sat 16/04/66   
Drill Hall, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, Scotland (Two dates this Saturday)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Sun 17/04/66   
Plaza Ballroom, Handsworth, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 


Wed 20/04/66    
Top Rank Suite, Hanley, Staffordshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Thu 21/04/66   
TV Performance: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
Presented by Pete Murray with Dusty Springfield (You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me #1) • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Hold Tight #3) • Cher (Bang Bang #4) • Cilla Black (Alfie #8) • Crispian St. Peters (The Pied Piper #10) • The Lovin’ Spoonful (Daydream #12) • The Seekers (Someone One Day #15) • Manfred Mann (Pretty Flamingo #19) • The Rolling Stones (Lady Jane – LP track)


Thu 21/04/66   
Locarno Ballroom, Burnley, Lancashire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich play “The In Place Of The North” 



Fri 22/04/66   
EP release: Various Artists – “The Fontana Big Four EP” (Fontana TE 17469)
The Spencer Davis Group: Keep On Running / Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: You Make It Move // The Mindbenders: A Groovy Kind Of Love / The Pretty Things: Midnight To Six Man

A rush-release joining the four most successful Beat groups on the label.

 


Fri 22/04/66    
NME n°1006 page 7: Beaky, Tich and Dozy wax ‘solo’

Beaky, Tich and Dozy, of the Dave Dee group will make their solo singing débuts on the group’s first LP, due for release at the end of next month. Final tracks are being recorded next Tuesday–including “I’ve Got A Nose For Trouble,” by Beaky, and ” 007,” by Tich.
Plans for the group to pay a visit to the U.S. to promote their records there are being discussed. The 10-day visit is tentatively scheduled to begin on May 8.
Latest home dates for the group are Uxbridge Burtons tomorrow (Saturday), Wolverhampton Queens (Monday), Purley Orchid (Wednesday), Stockport Manor Lounge (Thursday), Newcastle City Hall (29th), Ramsey Gaiety (30th), Grays Civic Hall (May 3rd), Streatham Locarno (5th), Leicester De Montfort (6th), Stourbridge Town Hall (18th) and Worthing Pier (19th).
Dave Dee, etc., appear at Manchester University on May 21, then Oxhey Community Centre (23rd) before flying to Germany for TV dates (previously announced).


 

Fri 22/04/66   
Regency Ballroom, Bath, Somerset, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Sat 23/04/66    
Burton’s Ballroom, Uxbridge, Middlesex, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Mon 25/04/66    
Queen’s Ballroom, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Tue 26/04/66   
Philips Studios, Stanhope House, 2-4 Stanhope Place, London W2, England [Released on 24/06/66]
Recording session for Hideaway / Nose For Trouble / 007 (produced by Steve Rowland)

In order to have each member of the group sing one song on the forthcoming album, Steve Rowland first recorded “Hideaway” with Dozy as lead singer, probably not intended as a single. But it didn’t work out. Beaky sang “Nose For Trouble” and Tich “007” before the title was changed to “Double Agent”. Only Mick remained without his own solo.


 

Wed 27/04/66   
BBC Radio Session: Saturday Club [Broadcast on 30/04/66]
Is It Love / Hold Tight / You Make It Move (Live Performance)

Dave Dee, March 2008: I remember our first live lunchtime session on BBC. It was our first big chance to play our new record ‘You Make It Move’ as it had just entered the Top 30. In those days you just walked on when the big band finished playing, plugged in, and started to play your song. When it was finished you unplugged and got off! Anyway, back to our first one, we plugged in, started the song – no lead guitar! Well, as it was going out live there was no time to fix whatever was wrong so all of Tich’s guitar parts (including the solo) Beaky, Dozy and me sang! I always remember we were so embarrassed and thought it was the end of our careers and when we came offstage we were absolutely distraught. To our amazement, no two men including our managers and all of our friends listening at home didn’t notice there was anything wrong!


Wed 27/04/66   
Orchid Ballroom, Purley, London, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Thu 28/04/66   
Manor Lounge, Stockport, Cheshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 


Fri 29/04/66    
City Hall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England (6:15 & 8:15 pm)
The Kinks, Wayne Fontana & The Opposition, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
(Session drummer Clem Cattini may have replaced Kinks drummer Mick Avory too ill to perform)


Sat 30/04/66    
Radio Show: Saturday Club, BBC Light, London, England (10:00 am-12:00 noon)
Is It Love / Hold Tight / You Make It Move (Live Performance) [Recorded on 27/04/66]
Presented by Brian Matthew with Manfred Mann (Machines, Pretty Flamingo, Still I’m Sad); The Troggs (Wild Thing, From Home, The Jaguar and The Thunderbird); Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen; Dee Dee Warwick; David Ballantyne; The Excels; The Des Champ Four

Dave Dee, March 2008: The thing I remember most is that the only way to get on the BBC was to do a live lunchtime session with the big bands or a programme called ‘Saturday Club’.
‘Saturday Club’ was a different proposition. Sometimes they recorded the whole show live and sometimes it went out live. Normally, these sessions took place at the BBC Paris Theatre in Lower Regent Street. You had a chance on the BBC Sessions to meet lots of your idols and contemporaries.


Sat 30/04/66    
Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Huntingdonshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

April 1966   
Film: Blow Up, Bridge Films, London, England 
Michelangelo Antonioni starts shooting “Blow Up”, showing “Swinging London” as seen by a Mod photographer, based on David Bailey. Filming would last through the whole summer ’66. Numerous Beat groups are successively considered to play in a Discotheque scene: The Velvet Underground, The Who, then Tomorrow, and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (NME 20 May 66). Finally The Yardbirds were chosen, playing “Stroll On” and smashing their instruments like The Who (scene taped in October 1966).
(The movie, premiered on 18 December, wins the Golden Palm at the Cannes Festival in May 1967)
 “Casino Royale” began filming in January at Shepperton Studios and lasted the whole year with a cast full of stars. Likewise, “The Dirty Dozen” brought in London the most famous American comedians. With Roman Polanski living there and Catherine Deneuve married to Bailey, London was the Cinema capital in 1966 !


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