April 1967

APRIL 1967


11-15 April 1967   
Eric Burdon & the Animals New Zealand Tour:
With Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, Paul & Barry Ryan and Larry’s Rebels

Tue 11/04/67    Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand
Wed 12/04/67    Wellington, North Island, New Zealand
Thu 13/04/67    Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand
Fri 14/04/67    Auckland (day off)
Sat 15/04/67    Auckland Town Hall, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

18-25 April 1967   
Eric Burdon & the Animals Australian Tour:
With Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, Paul & Barry Ryan, The Loved Ones and The Mixtures

Mon 17/04/67    Sydney (day off)
Tue 18/04/67    The Barton Town Hall, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Wed 19/04/67    Melbourne (day off)
Thu 20/04/67    Festival Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Fri 21/04/67    Festival Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Sat 22/04/67    Festival Hall, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Sun 23/04/67    Sydney (day off)
Mon 24/04/67    Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Tue 25/04/67    Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

(This tour happening means the cancellation of a scheduled tour of Iceland !)

April 1967   
(France) Salut les copains n°57 Avril 1967, page 121: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick et Tich

These five young English members of a group very popular across the Channel and in Germany – they had two No.1’s with “Bend It” and “Save Me” – could not find a name for their group. Finally they decided to use their own nicknames, which required from their fans much concentration to remember their names. We have been able to appreciate their stage show gear during a recent “Musicorama” show [at the Paris Olympia] where they shared the bill with Chuck Berry. Their clothes, absolutely fabulous, amazed the Parisian audience.

April 1967    
Philips Studios, Stanhope House, 2-4 Stanhope Place, London W2, England [Released on 21/07/67]
The Pretty Things – Dick Taylor (gt), Phil May (vo), Skip Alan (dr), Wally Allen (bs), John Povey (kb) – are recording their LP “Emotions” with producer Steve Rowland and arranger Reg Tilsley.


Sat 1/04/67   
Melody Maker: The Top 50 chart is cut down to a Top 30

Now that pop music was seen to be big business, a lot of chart hyping began. Teams of shoppers were hired to buy a particular record at what were deemed to be chart return stores. This systematic process is well documented in Johnny Rogan’s book ‘Starmakers And Svengalis’. The worst example of this was when a member of the ‘New Musical Express’ staff was actively involved in the manipulations affecting their chart. Even though ‘N.M.E’s’ chart was still a Top 30, the lower placements were still affected. The ‘Melody Maker’ decided to try and check attempts at manipulating their chart. On 1 April 1967 the paper, in a front page announcement, declared it knew what was going on and were aware of some of the people involved. It declared that from that date it was cutting its published chart to a Top 30, though it would still compile a 50 in order to check suspicious movements. ‘Disc’ similarly cut down its Top 50 on 1 April 1967 taking its lead from ‘Melody Maker’. (By Alan Smith)

Sat 1/04/67   
NME n°1055: Hollies scrap world tour, Troggs instead ?

The Troggs are likely to replace the Hollies in the forthcoming package tour of Australia and New Zealand, which also involves Eric Burdon, the Animals and Paul and Barry Ryan. The Hollies have definitely decided to withdraw from the tour owing to the continued illness of drummer Bobby Elliott. Negotiations are in progress for the Troggs to be released from existing conmitments, to enable them to take over.
[…] The Australasian part of the tour opens in Christchurch on April 11.

Sat 1/04/67   
(USA) Billboard April 1, 1967 page 58: Billboard Hits Of The World
Germany (Courtesy Schallplatte)
1 (3) I’m A Believer – Monkees (RCA Victor)
2 (5) Good Night My Love – Roy Black (Polydor)
3 (8) Happy Jack – Who (Polydor)
4 (2) BEND IT – Dave Dee, etc. (Star Club Records) – Minerva
5 (4) No Milk Today – Herman’s Hermits (Columbia)
6 (1) SAVE ME – Dave Dee, etc. (Star Club Records) – Minerva
7 (6) HARD TO LOVE YOU – Dave Dee, etc. (Star Club Records) – Minerva

(The German Hit Parade as printed in US Trade Magazine Billboard – No April Fool’s Day Hoax !)

Sun 2/04/67   
Empire Theatre, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
The Spencer Davis Group Tour: after this last date, Stevie and Muff Winwood leave Spencer Davis

Mon 3/04/67    
Dutch single release: Hard To Love You / Frustration (Fontana 267.683 TF)
Only three weeks after their latest release in Holland, here comes a new single. This had become a hit in Germany in 1966, and appears here with a different B-side: “Frustration”, from their first LP.


Mon 3/04/67   
(Germany) Bravo n°15 pages 2-3: Humba, Humba, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
Dave Dee Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick und Tich feierten in London ihren Goldenen Otto-Sieg auf echt bayerische Weise: eine Verbeugung vor ihren deutschen Fans: Dave Dee & Co in Krachledernen. In fünf geliehenen Lederhosen fuhren sie in ihr deutsches Stammlokal in London. In die “Wunder-Bar” am Leicester Square. Im Siegesrausch, bei echt Münchener Bier, entstand der neue deutsch-englische Schlachtruf “Humba, Humba, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!”

Tue 4/04/67   
Philips Studios, Stanhope House, 2-4 Stanhope Place, London W2, England [Released on 12/05/67]
Recording session for Okay / He’s A Raver (produced by Steve Rowland)

Tich plays his Octave Mandola, Beaky accordion. Dozy sings the rock’n’roll “He’s A Raver”, their most freakbeat track.

April 1967 ?    
Photo session: Hyde Park, London, England [for Okay single]
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich pictures were taken as usual for each new release. But these photos didn’t adorn any European sleeve. Instead, they were used in magazine posters and covers.

Tich Amey: Howard and Blaikley tried to make each single a little bit different. “Okay!” Was done with an accordion squeeze-box with an underline of this like-Russian Cossack type of thing. Each time we had one of these records out, we had to do photographic sessions with something in common with the record. So we’d be dressed up like Russian Cossacks – that was in Hyde Park most of the shoot for that.
(in “HoldTight! – Voices of the Sarum Sound” page 156)

Thu 6/04/67   
Record Retailer: Touch Me, Touch Me reaches its peak position of #13 after five weeks in the charts

This is supposed to be a failure. A lot of “One Hit Wonders” were lucky to reach the charts, and never had a second chance – The Creation made #22 in the NME in 1966 with “Painter Man” and that was it. Some never even achieved that: in March ’67, “My Friend Jack” by The Smoke was banned in Great Britain before it entered the Top Forty. The song became another classic, but it was a flop.
On the other hand, one month before Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich issued “Touch Me, Touch Me”, The Beatles’ latest single “Penny Lane” was considered a failure for not getting to Number One !

Thu 6/04/67   
TV Performance: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
Produced by Johnny Stewart & Stanley Dorfman, introduced by Jimmy Savile with Georgie Fame (Because I Love You #19) • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Touch Me Touch Me #17) • The Truth (Walk Away Renee – New Release) • The Four Tops (Bernadette #18) • Lulu (The Boat That I Row – New Release) • The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Purple Haze #19) [two records tie at n°19] • The Monkees (A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You #11) • Manfred Mann (Ha Ha Said The Clown #14) • Engelbert Humperdinck (Release Me #1)

(This would be the highest position for “Touch Me, Touch Me” in the BBC Charts, compiled from ‘New Musical Express’, ‘Melody Maker’, ‘Disc and Music Echo’ and ‘Record Retailer’)

Thu 6/04/67   
Wedding: Another couple have been added to the growing list of pop newly-weds.
This time the lucky man is Mick Wilson, drummer in the English group of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, who married pretty Pauline Christie, a hairdresser. (From GO n°57, 28 April 1967)

Fri 7/04/67    
Travel: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich leave for New Zealand

Record Mirror n°317 (8 April 1967): Dave Dee Replace Hollies On Tour…
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich will be replacing The Hollies on their tour of Australia, New Zealand and the Far East and may possibly also be flying to America. They leave this Friday (7th) for a 17 day tour of Australasia, sharing the bill with Eric Burdon & The Animals. Mick (Mike Wilson) intended to get married on April 11th and due to the group’s new plans has applied for a special licence and may be wed this week.

Fri 7/04/67   
Single release: The Quik – Love Is A Beautiful Thing / Bert’s Apple Crumble (Deram 121)
Hampshire group that issued three singles on the Deram label without success

Fri 7/04/67    
(Germany) Hallo Twen, Europawelle Saar, Saarländischer Rundfunk
Top 12: The Smoke – My Friend Jack N°1 (3)

Meanwhile, back in Germany, “My Friend Jack” was Number One on some Radio Stations:
Hallo Twen Top 12

Sat 8/04/67   
NME n°1056 page 6: Last Minute Australian Trip for Dave Dee
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich have been booked as last-minute replacement for the Hollies on this month’s package tour of Australia and the Far East, co-starring Eric Burdon and the Animals and Paul and Barry Ryan. As reported last week, the Hollies have withdrawn from the tour owing to the continued illness of their drummer Bobby Elliott.
The Troggs were originally being sought to take over from the Hollies, but were unable to get out of various commitments in this country. The Dave Dee group has been more fortunate in being able to withdraw from existing British engagements.
Animal’s bass guitarist Danny McCullough broke his wrist during the group’s American tour and has been replaced by the bassist from the Mothers Of Invention. A deputy is being sought for the Australian tour.
The Dave Dee unit and the Ryans, leave London today (Friday), and are joined in New Zealand by the Animals (travelling from America) for the opening date next Tuesday. After a 17-day Australasian tour, the package then plays concerts in Singapore and Hong Kong. Dave Dee and the Ryans subsequently visit America, while Burdon and his group return to this country.

Sat 8/04/67    
Melody Maker: Dave Dee In, Hollies Out Of World Tour


[…] Dave told the MM this week: “This is a great opportunity for us to become known farther afield than Britain. We have been hoping to widen our scope from Europe and this is our chance.”
Dave and the group spent yesterday (Wednesday) rush-recording a new single for release while they are away. Co-manager Alan Blaikely told the MM: “We have a number which we think will make a single. We have to record before we leave so that we will have a release while they are away.”
No titles were available at presstime.

Sat 8/04/67   
Melody Maker: The chart controversy

Last week, the MM revealed that unscrupulous men in the pop business were attempting to “fiddle” the chart. The MM stated bluntly that we know the people involved, and how they do it. And the vast majority of people in the pop scene – many of whom knew that the corruption was going on but were powerless to prevent it – have backed us all the way in our stand. Show business is a glamorous and usually respectable profession where talented people compete against each other for success. The way to the top is rough, often uncomfortable. And it’s even rougher for genuine artists when an unscrupulous minority use unfair methods to elbow their way into the limelight. The MM carried out a round-up of opinions from leading people in the record world – stars, managers, agents, DJs, producers and record companies.

CAT STEVENS: I never realised until recently that chart fixing was an organised thing, but surely it’s similar to the old Sodom and Gomorrah tale – you have a house with three bad men and seven good men; do you burn the house down? I think that cutting back the chart to a Top 30 may stop the rot, but it also hurts a lot of new young talent that relies on a first low chart entry to get off the ground.

ALAN BLAIKELY AND KEN HOWARD (Managers, Dave Dee and Co): As managers, we do not like to see the Pop 50 cut down to a Pop 30. From our point of view, it is preferable to have a completely straight list of the best 50 records. But we’d sooner have a straight Pop 30 than an inaccurate Pop 50. We can see the MM’s problem – and you may be right in what you’ve done.

DAVE DEE: I’d hate to think that any record of ours was a flop – that’s obvious. But I’d hate it even more if it didn’t move up the chart because other records were fiddled. There have certainly been some funny instances of records in the charts recently. That sort of thing stinks as far as I’m concerned.

PHILIPS RECORDS: Any step which would ensure greater accuracy in the chart is approved of by us. At the same time, we feel that one chart for everyone which was absolutely accurate, would be the ideal.

Mon 10/04/67   
(Germany) Bravo/OK n°16 pages 43-46: Das OTTO-Sieger-Mobile ist da!
The Golden Otto Winners are made available as cut-out models in cardboard to hang on the ceiling
Dave, Tich, Mick and Dozy can be seen here:

Bravo Otto Sieger Mobile

Mon 10/04/67    
(Germany) Bravo/OK n°16 page 36: Save Me Musicbox n°8, Touch Me Touch Me n°17
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich still place 2 hits in the Bravo-musicbox with a new entry

See the complete set of the German Top Twenty Singles here:
Bravo Musicbox

Mon 10/04/67    
(Germany) musik parade n°8 Pages 45-47: Starportrait von Dozy
“We want to know everything!” require thousands of mp-readers. “Everything about our stars: How do they live. What they love. How they really are. Without stage costume. Without makeup. With no show. We want to understand the people, who enjoy great fame among the big names. And if they are worth our love.” Musik Parade fulfills this wish for you. Let’s start our series with Dave Dee & Co. Read on Dozy’s portrait . . .

Spirited night watchman
Dozy deserves your love
He is the smallest among the big ones. The most colourless among the colourful. The cheekiest among the wise: Trevor Davies, 21, aka Dozy, bass guitarist of the Dave Dee group, a former house painter. . . Nevertheless, the shaggiest among the stars deserves your love. Because he is always friendly. Because he is always modestly cautious. Because he’s a great buddy. Indeed, his round big nose is twisted between his gray button eyes. Indeed, hiding behind his too thin lips are three artificial teeth. But a man must not always be beautiful. . In return, Dozy has inner qualities: a good heart, high intelligence and an amazing level of education. The unassuming young Londoner [sic] accounts with Dave, Beaky, Mick and Tich much for an ideas-producer. And when he’s not dreaming about juicy steaks, then he’s floating in higher regions. Dave says about Dozy: “He looks like a night watchman, but under this fringe works a bright spirit . . .”        Roman

Mon 10/04/67   
Radio Show: Monday, Monday, BBC Light, London, England (1:00-1:50 pm)
Probably cancelled due to Last Minute Trip “Down Under” for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Tue 11/04/67   
Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand
Eric Burdon & The Animals Tour
[The ‘New’ Animals assembled by Eric Burdon in 1967 were Barry Jenkins (dr), John Weider (violin), Vic Briggs (gt), and Danny McCullough (bs)]

Wed 12/04/67    
Wellington, North Island, New Zealand
Eric Burdon & The Animals Tour
[Larry’s Rebels were one of the best New Zealand groups 1965-69, in the Who/Creation mould]

Thu 13/04/67    
Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand
Eric Burdon & The Animals Tour

At the end of the US tour, in the middle of April, 1967, we flew to New Zealand to begin another tour which would also take us to Australia.
Eric had been urging me to try LSD. He said that it would broaden my perceptions and allow me to see life in a totally different way. I decided that I would and we agreed to take it in Auckland on our day off.
The day before we arrived at our hotel in a town called Rotorua, about one hundred and twenty miles South of Auckland. Rotorua is a very unusual place as the whole town is built over a thermal area. No one in town needs a hot water heater; water comes out of the ground hot. Every hotel there has at least one hot mineral pool.
Our hotel was called the Geyserland Hotel. All of our rooms had balconies that overlooked a state park with the Maori name of “Whakarewarewa”. From each one of our balconies we could look out over boiling mud pots, surging geysers, steam belching out of the ground and other remarkable sights. Eric suggested that this was too good an opportunity to pass up. I didn’t quite understand why he said that, but we agreed to take the LSD that night, after the gig, and we did.                             (Vic Briggs)

Fri 14/04/67    
Radio Caroline South: Steve Young Show (0:00-6:00 am)
It was Election Night in London : the Tories were taking over the GLC as the results kept coming in (a Conservative Landslide the DJ called it).
A few minutes before 1 o’clock in this “Up All Night Show”, Steve Young played the n° 17 in the Caroline Countdown of Sound: “Touch Me, Touch Me” (its peak position).

Fri 14/04/67   
Single release: The Herd – I Can Fly / Diary Of A Narcissist (Fontana 819)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich have more in common with The Herd than they had with The Honeycombs: same managers (Ken & Alan), same songwriters (Howard Blaikley), same record label, same production company (Double R), same arranger (Alan Caddy), same producer (Steve Rowland) and more… They sang background vocals or played on each other’s sessions, The Herd made demos of some DDDBMT tracks, and would present all their singles on Beat-Club. This lasted nearly 2 years.

Fri 14/04/67   
BBC Transcription Disc: Top Of The Pops #124, Kensington House, London, England
Help Me / Touch Me, Touch Me / Watch Your Step [Recorded on 28/02/67]
Tracks: 1.The Troggs: Meet Jacqueline; 2.Dave Berry: Stranger; 3.O’Hara’s Playboys: Knock On Wood; 4.Lesley Dawson: Run For Shelter; 5.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Help Me; 6.Dave Berry: God Bless The Child; 7.The Troggs: Give It to Me; 8.O’Hara’s Playboys: Spicks and Specks; 9.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Touch Me, Touch Me; 10.Dave Berry: It’s Gonna Be Fine; 11.The Troggs: I Want You To Come Into My Life; 12.Lesley Dawson: You’ve Got Your Troubles; 13.O’Hara’s Playboys: Every Day I Have The Blues; 14.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Watch Your Step. Host: Brian Matthew [Expiry date: 14/10/67]
(Discarding the Troggs, these were all featured in Saturday Club broadcast on March 11)

Eighth contribution for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich in the syndicated radio program “Top of the Pops”. This disc is dated Week 15, 1967. “Help Me” can be found in two versions, one a medley of “Dancing In The Street/Help Me”. They were used on “Top Of The Pops” #120 and #124. Since the three songs featured here have been reissued on CD, the missing versions are probably to be found on the previous transcription disc.

Fri 14/04/67   
Travel from Rotorua to Auckland
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich and the rest of the tour members have a day off in Auckland

Sat 15/04/67    
Auckland Town Hall, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand (6:00 & 8:30 pm)
Eric Burdon & The Animals Tour

Sun 16/04/67   
1967 Daily Express Record Star Show, Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England
The Kinks, The Alan Price Set, The Troggs, The New Vaudeville Band, Julie Felix, Paul Jones, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, The Tremeloes, The Move, The Cream, Chris Farlowe, Dave Berry, Cliff Bennett, Geno Washington, Lulu, David & Jonathan, Freddie & the Dreamers
Presented by Stars Organisation For Spastics

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich were scheduled to play this event, but did not attend as they were in New Zealand at the time, having replaced the Hollies on their Australian Tour.

Sun 16/04/67    
Travel from New Zealand to Australia
Eric Burdon & The Animals had started a World Tour in February in the USA. They arrived in New Zealand in early April, before travelling on to Australia, and then on to England.
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich were booked at the last minute, as a replacement for The Hollies. They didn’t go to the Far-East, but went to the USA instead at the end of April.

Evening News: searched – Evening News reporter                    Sydney, Monday.
Two British pop groups, the Animals and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, said today their luggage and guitars were searched for drugs by Customs officers at Sydney Airport.
The search followed the seizure of two books from Eric Burdon, 23-year-old leader of the Animals. The books were Kenneth Anger’s “The History of Eroticism” and an “Olympia Reader”, containing a selection of short stories by Henry Miller and other authors.
[...] Michael “Mick” Wilson, 23, and Trevor “Dozy” Davies, 22, said the drug search was nothing new to them. “We are pretty used to it by now. Actually, the Sydney customs men are a lot milder than those at London Airport”. Davies said another pop group which arrived with the Animals had their luggage and equipment, including guitars, thoroughly searched.

Mon 17/04/67    
Big Show Tour:
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich and the “Big Show” tour spend a day off in Sydney

Tue 18/04/67   
The Barton Town Hall, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia (6:00 & 8:45 pm)
Eric Burdon & The Animals Tour
[Australian support act The Loved Ones were mods, while The Mixtures would find fame in the 70s]

Wed 19/04/67    
Travel from Adelaide to Melbourne
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich and the “Big Show” tour have a day off in Melbourne

Wed 19/04/67    
Radio Show: Parade Of The Pops, BBC Light, London, England (1:00-1:50 pm)
Cancelled due to Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich touring “Down Under”

Thu 20/04/67   
Festival Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (6:00 & 8:45 pm)
Eric Burdon & The Animals Tour
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich interrupt their show because of technical problems.

(Australia) Go-Set (26 April 1967): Animals walk out – Melbourne show ends in havoc
Top British group The Animals walk out of their second concert at Melbourne Festival Hall, because drummer Barry Jenkins has been left behind at the hotel and they refused to play without him, that support group Dave, Dee, Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich had also walked off during their performance because of technical problems and that the audience was also “unhappy” with the previous night’s concert.

Fri 21/04/67    
TV Performance: Joe And Co., BBC Television, London, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

NME n°1054 (25 March 1967): Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich guest in BBC-1’s new series “Joe And Co.,” starring Joe Brown, on Friday, April 21.

Fri 21/04/67   
Festival Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (6:00 & 8:45 pm)
Eric Burdon & The Animals Tour

The Animals’ set in Melbourne included: Shake Rattle And Roll, When I Was Young, See See Rider, Rock Me Baby, Tobacco Road, Inside Looking Out.
Animals drummer Barry Jenkins and road manager Terry McVay were arrested after a party following the concert. Also at the party were Dave Dee and the Loved Ones. Police alleged they had used indecent language and also charged them with assault. They were bailed out of jail at 7 am in the morning. Their plane to Brisbane was due to leave at 8 am.

Fri 21/04/67   
News: Military Coup d’Etat in Greece
The Regime of the Colonels was installed for 7 years, until July 1974
In the Sixties, this was still the rule in many parts of Europe. Salazar had established a dictatorship over Portugal in 1931, and Spain was led by General Franco since the civil war. And of course there was the Iron Curtain…

Sat 22/04/67   
Record Mirror: Balalaika And Accordion On New Dave Dee

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich’s next single is due for Fontana release on May 12. The number is yet another Howard Blaikley composition and is entitled “Okay!”. Tich is featured on balalaika and Beaky on accordion.
Whilst on their current world tour the boys will be arranging their British promotion by making a promotional film whilst in Australia. When the group arrived in Australia on the first step of their tour they were stopped at Sydney Airport and searched for drugs.

Sat 22/04/67   
Jackie n°172: Beaky’s got a nose for birds

What makes a girl popular, attractive – desirable even! This week we’ve popped the question to Beaky of D.D.D.B.M.T. fame.
Legs are the only thing I can honestly say make me immediately attracted to a girl. Even if she has an ordinary face, nice legs make her desirable. Long hair is attractive, too – I like long hair.
I see nice-looking girls every day. Most nights, when we play on stage, I look into the audience and see a girl I like. I tell Jay, our manager and he goes into the audience and asks her if she’d like to come round to the dressing-room. Then I take her home.
I mostly go for girls in trousers, boots and floppy jumpers. I like untidy hair, too.
Once, when I was home for the week-end, I went into the Madrid Coffee Bar in Salisbury, where all my friends from home still meet. A girl came in – her hair was all untidy and she was wearing jeans and a jumper, and she looked terrific. She generally comes into the coffee bar with her hair all back-combed and tidy and all her clothes absolutely neat. I don’t like that sort of thing, it looks too planned.
If I invite a girl out to dinner, she’ll very often come all dressed-up to the nines with a smart dress and little shoes and things, but I’d rather she wore something she was comfortable in, something she wanted to wear.
I sometimes go out on a date in my jeans and jumper. or I may wear a dinner suit. It depends on how I feel. One thing which puts me right off a girl, is if she’s got long hair piled up on top of her head, I think it looks terrible. She’d have to be really nice to make me like her after that.
I love to see girls when they’ve just come in out of the rain and their hair’s all wet and hanging – that’s great – it really turns me on that does!
The strangest thing happened to me in Sweden, we were playing in a dance hall and I saw the most beautiful girl ever in the audience. She had long, silky blonde hair and she was really terrific.
We were all going to dinner with the management after the show, and they asked us it we’d like to take some girls with us. I asked them if they’d ask the beautiful girl in the audience.
The next day we were doing a T.V. show and she came to the studio with us. When we were on the set, she stood by the side and when we went up to the dressing-room she was there with me. We left that day at three o’clock. I haven’t seen her since – but she was nice … very nice.

Sat 22/04/67   
Festival Hall, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (6:00 & 8:45 pm)
Eric Burdon & The Animals Tour

Sun 23/04/67    
Travel from Brisbane back to Sydney
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich and the “Big Show” tour spend a day off in Sydney

Mon 24/04/67    
(Germany) Bravo/OK n°18 pages 14-15: Fünf Beatmänner spielen BATmänner

To be a superhero, to be a Batman once. – This wish is no longer a dream. Each one of you can fulfill it. Mind you, you’ll have to go to London. What to do when you’re there is what Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich did: call Dunstable 62322 London, and the world famous Batmobile is already rolling to you. The super car in which the Batman from the USA is chasing gangsters in the film “Batman keeps the world in suspense”. The five Beat-men drove around for six hours with the redesigned 1961 Chevrolet. Cost: 750 marks. The six-cylinder engine has 300 hp and a top speed of 191 km/h. Anyone can hire it.

Mon 24/04/67   
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (6:00 & 8:45 pm)
Eric Burdon & The Animals Tour

Tue 25/04/67   
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (6:00 & 8:45 pm)
Eric Burdon & The Animals Tour
The Animals April 25 performance was broadcast on Australian radio.

Wed 26/04/67   
Travel from Australia to Hawaii
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich made a one-day stop in Honolulu before travelling on.

Thu 27/04/67   
Travel from Hawaii to California
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich were scheduled for an April 26-May 4 tour of 10 to 14 cities. They crossed the United States from Los Angeles to New York, appearing in Denver, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Washington and Baltimore along the way.

(USA) Billboard April 29, 1967 page 3: Mercury UK Group OK’d In U.S. Tour
Chicago – Mercury Records has overcome the usual stringent obstacles to foreign talent imports into the U. S. and annouced last week that its recording group, known as Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, has been cleared for an April 26-May 4 tour of some 10 cities. The rare clearance came as a result of co-operation by the U. S. State Department and the U. S. Department of Naturalization and Immigration. The group obtained an H-1 visa.
A polished 3½-minute film of the English group performing a dance-inspired song, “Bend It”, resulted in this record becoming a top-seller in markets where the film short was programmed. The film was first shown in Dallas.
The group is lined up so far with the Larry Kane Show (KTRT-TV, Houston); Art Roberts Show (WCIU-TV, Chicago); Ron Chapman (WPAA-TV, Dallas); the Up-Beat syndicated Cleveland show; Marty Montell Show (WSBT-TV, South Bend, Ind.); Swing in Time (CKLW-TV, Detroit); Jack Elias (WIIC-TV, Pittsburgh); Bill Miller Show (WDCA, Washington); Kirby Scott (WBAL-TV, Baltimore).
Mercury is also preparing a special dance instruction sheet, and Fontana is rushing out an album.

Thu 27/04/67 ?   
Radio Performance: KRLA, Los Angeles, California, USA
Appearance at the radio station and interview for KRLA-Beat magazine (printed on July 1, 1967)

Thu 27/04/67 ?   
Radio Performance: Denver, Colorado, USA
On First of May, “Bend It” reached #6 on the Denver Radio station KIMN. “Touch Me, Touch Me” appeared on 9 May at #58 on WOR-FM in New York, although this single was not issued in the USA. So the group found themselves in the awkward position of touring the States without any previous hit, and without any single to promote, as “Okay” was not even released yet.

Fri 28/04/67   
(New Zealand) NZ Listener: Hard To Love You is #17 in the charts this week
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich were very popular in New Zealand, since “Bend It” reached N°1 and it is the only country apart from Germany where “Hard To Love You” charted in some way. All of their subsequent singles made the Top 10, even “Touch Me, Touch Me” at #7, until “The Wreck Of The Antoinette” became a surprise N°1 in early 1969.

Fri 28/04/67 ?   
TV Performance: Larry Kane Show, KTRK-TV, Houston, Texas, USA
The Larry Kane Show was aired weekdays over KTRK (Houston’s local alternative to national teen music program “American Bandstand”). Two-hour show that went in colour in May 1967.

Fri 28/04/67 ?   
TV Performance: Ron Chapman Show, WFAA-TV, Dallas, Texas, USA
Chapman was featured on WFAA-TV Channel 8′s “Sump’N Else” show in the mid 1960s (popular Friday night teen dance show). The show debuted in September 65 and lasted until January 6, 1968.

Sat 29/04/67 ?   
TV Performance: Art Roberts Show, WCIU-TV, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Art’s “Swinging Majority” show aired live every Saturday afternoon for one hour, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm on WCIU- TV, starting Saturday 28 February 67

Sun 30/04/67 ?   
TV Performance: Movin’ Generation, WSBT-TV, South Bend, Indiana, USA
Show hosted by Marty Montell on WSBT-TV, channel 22


See in next month’s “Teen Life” pictures Dave Dee sporting a Stetson hat while handling a WSBTTV camera… The same Cowboy hat he is wearing for the Beat-Club TV show in Germany when singing “Touch Me, Touch Me”.




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