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April 1968

APRIL 1968

 

April 1968   
Yardley’s “The London Look” Promotion Continental Tour:
Herman’s Hermits, Graham Bonney, The Robb Storme Group, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Sun 21/04/68    Yardley’s “The London Look” European Tour: Hamburg, Germany
Fri 26/04/68    Yardley’s “The London Look” European Tour: Sportpalast, Berlin, Germany
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(USA) Billboard April 13, 1968 page 52: Yardley’s Backs Pop Show By Leading British Artists
London – Yardley’s, the British cosmetics company, is backing a special series of pop shows by leading British acts in a promotion under the banner of “The London Look.”
The new range of Yardley cosmetics called the London Look are to be launched in Europe, and at each show, Yardley’s will give every girl in the audience a sample and a souvenir EP record manufactured by EMI.
The international sales division of EMI will issue in Europe a series of four albums on the Regal label which will be made available through the trade in the territories visited by the shows. The album sleeve will depict Yardley models. A special bus will visit the cities where the shows are staged, and a team of Yardley consultants will give advice on makeup. A “London Look” train with Radio Luxembourg disk jockeys, will run through France.
The shows will feature Herman’s Hermits, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, the Procol Harum and other British acts. The tour begins April 21 in Hamburg and will then visit Berlin (26) followed by dates in France, Italy, Belgium and Switzerland. On the French dates, Emperor Rosko will introduce the shows.

 


May 1968   
German single release: Ken Howard – Miss Ashwood / No, Sweetheart, No (Telefunken U 56006)
The singer is not the songwriter of all Dave Dee & Co. Hits, but Hartmut ‘Kuli’ Kulka, ex-member of The German Blue Flames with his second and last single. A very fine old-time sound, reminiscent of David Garrick’s Mrs. Applebee.


Mon 1/04/68   
DeMontfort Hall, Leicester, Leicestershire, England
Bee Gees and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour


Tue 2/04/68   
Film: 2001, A Space Odyssey, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Hollywood, USA (141 mn, colour)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick.
With Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Leonard Rossiter.
Mankind finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, artifact buried on the moon and, with the intelligent computer HAL, sets off on a quest.

Science Fiction was “in the air” and this film, an Oscar winner, is certainly a milestone. Did it inspire Howard & Blaikley to write “Ark 2” the following year ?


Thu 4/04/68   
TV Show: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
Introduced by Alan Freeman and Ed Stewart with The Herd (I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die – New Release) • John Rowles (If I Only Had Time #10) • 1910 Fruitgum Co (Simon Says #15 – Tie) • The Monkees (Valleri #15 – Tie) • Dorian Gray (I’ve Got You On My Mind – New Release) • Reparata & The Delrons (Captain of Your Ship #20) • Cilla Black (Step Inside Love #7) • Tom Jones (Delilah #2) • The Beatles (Lady Madonna #1)


Thu 4/04/68   
Regal Cinema, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Bee Gees and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour [ABC Cinema in Bee Gees Biography]


BBC Transcription Disc: Top Of The Pops #175, Kensington House, London, England [wk 14, 1968]
Tich Interview / The Tide Is Turning / Please / The Legend of Xanadu [Rec. 6/02/68]
Tracks: 1.The Equals: I Get So Excited; 2.Don Partridge: Rosie; 3.The Honeybus: I Can’t Let Maggie Go; 4.Procol Harum: Ramblin’ On; 5.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Interview/The Tide is Turning; 6.Don Partridge: Stealin’; 7.Procol Harum: Quite Rightly So; 8.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Please; 9.The Equals: Baby Come Back; 10.Don Partridge: I’m A-goin’ Away; 11.The Honeybus: She Comes to Me; 12.Procol Harum: Skip Softly My Moonbeams; 13.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Legend of Xanadu. [Expiry date: 5/10/68]
The 10 February edition of Saturday Club is the source of the three songs here, two of which had been used on transcription disc #172 in March.


Fri 5/04/68    
Single release: Family Dogg – I’ll Wear A Silly Grin / Couldn’t Help It (Fontana TF 921)
Meanwhile, Steve Rowland, Hammond and Hazlewood start their own group. The single was produced by Dave Dee.


Fri 5/04/68   
Adelphi Cinema, Slough, Berkshire, England
Bee Gees and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour


Sat 6/04/68   
TV Show: Beat-Club 30, ARD Radio Bremen, Bremen, Deutschland (Lip-Sync)
Host: Uschi Nerke & Dave Lee Travis (3:40-4:20 pm)

Starting with Beat-Club 29, the German and foreign viewers and the listeners who tuned in to the BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service) Saturday Show, were asked to choose the best act of the monthly show, to be repeated in the following programme. The aim being to choose the Top 1968 performer at the end of the year. The voters also had to choose their favourite Album among ten LP’s presented by Uschi Nerke.
25.000 postcards were sent in this first month and the results were:
Favourite Performance: 4) The Rolling Stones with “2000 Light Years from Home”, 3) The Beatles with “Lady Madonna”, 2) Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich with “Legend of Xanadu” and 1) Manfred Mann for “Mighty Quinn”, which was repeated in this programme.
Favourite Album: 4) Their Satanic Majesties Request, 3) Magical Mystery Tour, 2) Golden Hits of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich and 1) Horizontal by The Bee Gees, who were featured in a film performing “Harry Braff”.
So Dave Dee & Co came twice second, beating The Beatles and The Stones each time…


Sat 6/04/68   
City Hall, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Bee Gees and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour [Oval Theatre in Bee Gees Biography]


Sat 6/04/68   
Eurovision Song Contest, Royal Albert Hall, Westminster, London, England (Live)
The Contest took place in London, because Sandie Shaw had won the 1967 edition with “Puppet On A String”, bringing the United Kingdom a victory for the first time since this TV competition was created in 1956. The British entry in 1968 was Cliff Richard with “Congratulations”.
These two songs were written by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter, who also penned two album tracks for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: “We’ve Got A Good Thing Goin’” and “Bang!” in 1966.
Cliff Richard finished second, behind Spanish singer Massiel with “La La La”.


Sun 7/04/68   
Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
Bee Gees and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour [Birmingham Theatre in Bee Gees Biography]


Wed 10/04/68   
ABC Cinema, Carlisle, Cumberland, England
Bee Gees and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour


Thu 11/04/68   
Green’s Playhouse, Glasgow, Lanarkhire, Scotland
Bee Gees and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour


Fri 12/04/68   
ABC Cinema, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Bee Gees and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour


Sat 13/04/68    
Fabulous 208 page 5: Beep! Beep!

Most pop people we know are absolutely mad about cars … the kind you call pet names and coax or the ones you park in splendour outside the front door and zoom off in past open-mouthed admirers. What’s this motormania all about, we ask ourselves! June Southworth gets into gear and drives it home!
Dave Dee (Bentley), Tich (Aston Martin), Mick (Humber) and Beaky (E-Type) are car-owners likely to give poor little Dozy the inferiority complex of all time. He drives a scooter!

Page 20: BEE GEES TOUR BATTLE!
The Bee Gees/Dave Dee tour, currently zooming around Britain, has developed into a king-sized battle between the two groups to capture you, the audience.
Round One took place at The Royal Albert Hall, where competition was so keen that the two groups enrolled the Army and the R.A.F. to back their efforts !
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich produced an Army detachment who marched on stage and “shot” the audience. The Bee Gees, not to be outdone, presented an R.A.F. band in full regalia!
[...]
The first half was closed by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, who were thoroughly professional from the first note. The act began with high drama as the group appeared in black cloaks and Xanadu-type hats playing a lively instrumental. At the end of the number, the cloaks were thrown to the winds and the hats to the screaming audience.
This showmanship was topped by a hilarious comedy routine as
Dozy leaped into Dave’s arms for a send-up of Cinderella-Rockefella and Rosie (which was translated to Dozy for the occasion!).
Perfectly reproducing their record sound, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich fired off some of their hits including Zabadak and Xanadu. At one point Dave sat on the front of the stage to sing If I Were A Carpenter, and the group gave a thundering version of Paint It Black.
The highlight of the act was Bend It, during the course of which Dave was pulled off the stage, Beaky and his equipment parted company, and that Army unit made their appearance.
[...]
On this first night’s showing, it seemed that Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich were ahead on points for entertainment value. But The Bee Gees were miles ahead on gimmicks!
JUNE SOUTHWORTH


Sat 13/04/68   
ABC Cinema, Stockton, Cheshire, England
Bee Gees and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour


Sun 14/04/68   
Empire Theatre, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Bee Gees and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour


Wed 17/04/68   
Guildhall, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Bee Gees and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour


Thu 18/04/68   
Granada Cinema, Tooting, London, England
Bee Gees and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour [According to Bee Gees Biography]


Fri 19/04/68   
Gaumont Cinema, Hanley, Staffordshire, England
Bee Gees and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour [Top Rank in Bee Gees Biography] alt


Sat 20/04/68   
(USA) Billboard April 20, 1968 page 72: Album Reviews – Pop
Wow – The Moby Grape. Columbia CS 9613 (S)
There is a lot happening in this new Moby Grape album including a track that has to be played at 78 r.p.m. The package is a wild electronic affair that’s musically inventive, fresh and vigorous. Included as a bonus is a special LP titled “Grape Jam” which has some of the group’s impromptu works.

The album climbed the Billboard Top LP’s Charts up to #20
The last track on side one is played at 78 r.p.m. and track 4 is “Can’t Be So Bad” which concludes with a brief, spoken reminder from Skip Spence to change the turntable speed for the next track. This song is actually the original version of what D B M & T performed as “Talk To You” for a BBC session in late 1969.


Sat 20/04/68   
Odeon Cinema, Bolton, Lancashire, England
Bee Gees and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour [Top Rank in Bee Gees Biography]


Sun 21/04/68   
ABC Cinema, Hull, Yorkshire, England
Bee Gees Horizontal Tour with The Foundations [replacing Dave Dee & Co]
From April 21st until April 27th, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich leave the Bee Gees Spring Tour to participate in the first leg of the Yardley’s Promotion through the Continent. alt


Sun 21/04/68   
Hamburg, Deutschland
Yardley’s “London Look” Tour with Herman’s Hermits, the Flower Pot Men, Graham Bonney, The Robb Storme Group and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Mon 22/04/68   
ABC Cinema, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
Bee Gees Horizontal Tour with The Foundations [replacing Dave Dee & Co]


Wed 24/04/68   
Odeon Cinema, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Bee Gees Horizontal Tour with The Foundations [replacing Dave Dee & Co]

As the tour continued, so did the pranks. Ian “Tich” Amey still chuckles at the memory of one little jape in particular. “They used to all take a little solo spot, and Robin was due to go on stage and do his bit. They used to frequent our dressing room a lot, go in and out, and he said, ‘Oh, I must go now, I’m [due] on stage,’ and we said, ‘No, you’re not going,’ and we literally closed the door on him. ‘You’re not going anywhere,’ we repeated. ‘Ahhhh!’ he cried followed by a loud ‘Bang, bang, bang, bang.’ ‘I must go on!’ he said, ‘I must go – you have to let me go!’ ‘No, no, sorry, stay there!’ We did let him go in the end but the band were playing away like good ‘uns, waiting for the ‘singist’ to come on stage.”
As Trevor “Dozy” Davies recalls, the fraternising between the two groups was in spite of Stigwood’s attempts to keep the bands apart, concerned that over-mingling would diminish The Bee Gees’ top billing status. “There was this thing at that time, where the powers that be wanted them just to stay in their dressing room and be the stars of the show! But they didn’t want that – half the time they were in our dressing room. Even though their management still wanted them to stay away and just be the superstars. It didn’t happen.”
Their socialising wasn’t just confined to show time either. Maurice has long been associated with Aaou Martins from those days of heady excess and Tich accepts some responsibility for Mo’s infatuations with that particular make of car. “I had an [Aston Martin] DB5, and we were actually on tour with them at the time, and we happened to be in Salisbury, which is our home town. We had some time off and [Maurice] saw my car, and he says, ‘Ooh! I’d like to have a little spin in that.’ So I took him out to a place called the Amesbury Flats and got him up to about 120mph. He quite liked it, and decided that he would have one. I was driving, because he was still a learner, and I didn’t have any L-plates! And no, I wasn’t going to let him drive it.
“So, he quite enjoyed the ride,” Tich narrated. “and next minute he went out and bought a DB6, which was the next one up. I can remember seeing him, with one of the roadies sat next to him, and it seemed quite strange, somebody learning to drive in an Aston Martin DB6, going down the Bayswater Road!”
[The Bee Gees: Tales of the Brothers Gibb – Pages 174-175]


Thu 25/04/68   
TV Show: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
Introduced by Jimmy Savile with Sandie Shaw (Don’t Run Away – New Release) • The Herd (I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die #20) • Scott Walker (Joanna – New Release) • Jacky (White Horses #18) • 1910 Fruitgum Co (Simon Says #3) • The Hollies (Jennifer Eccles #6) • Honeybus (I Can’t Let Maggie Go #9) • The Small Faces (Lazy Sunday #8) • Louis Armstrong (What a Wonderful World #1)


Thu 25/04/68   
Odeon Cinema, Romford, Essex, England [Top Rank in Bee Gees Biography]
Bee Gees Horizontal Tour with The Foundations [replacing Dave Dee & Co]


Fri 26/04/68   
Odeon Cinema, Exeter, Devon, England [Top Rank in Bee Gees Biography]
Bee Gees Horizontal Tour with The Foundations [replacing Dave Dee & Co]


Fri 26/04/68   
Sportpalast, Berlin, Deutschland
Yardley’s “London Look” Tour with Herman’s Hermits, The Flower Pot Men, Graham Bonney, The Robb Storme Group and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich alt


Sat 27/04/68   
NME n°1111 page 4: report on The Bee Gees Tour (Neil Smith)

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich By Neil Smith

Just in case you’re not familiar with those songwriter sealions in bottom right-hand corner they are Alan Howard and Ken Blaikley who manage and have masterminded all Dave Dee’s hits to date.

Roll up – Roll up! Now on Tour – Dave Dee and his famous Circus also featuring Al & Ken the Songwriting Sealions, the Breathtaking Bee Gees, the very graceful Grapefruit

 

 

 

Click on the picture to discover all the little details of the drawing.

 


Sat 27/04/68    
Fabulous 208: Down Wiltshire Way with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich

Check the Clippings page


Sat 27/04/68    
Melody Maker: Why Is The Dave Dee Stage Show So Good ?
I’m Not The Greatest Singer In The World ! – that’s why, says Dave

“Congratulations Dave Dee on your well rehearsed and beautifully executed act,” wrote reader Theresa Pranckevicius in last week’s MM Mailbag. And she was echoing what reviewers have said on each of Dave’s tours.
For Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, just standing on stage playing their hits isn’t enough. They are among the handful of groups who take endless time and trouble in preparing to entertain the public.
“Of course it’s all worth it for your own peace of mind.” Dave told me this week. “If you can come off stage knowing you have done a good show it makes all the difference in the world.
“If I had the greatest voice in the world, then I might be satisfied just standing up there singing our hits. I would blow their minds by vocal ability.
“As I’m not the greatest singer in the world I have to do something else.”
How do the group set about putting an act together.
“Well, first of all we sit down and decide what numbers we are going to do,”
said Dave. “We like to do something different from our programmes on previous tours.
“You can’t do the same thing time and again because most of the kids will come to see you each time.
“You’ve obviously got to play some of your hits, but you must make them seem different.
“When you’ve decided what you are going to play you work out the routines. We sit for hours before we even start rehearsing the routines. We rehearse with one guitar and use something as make-believe mike stands.
“Our current act starts off with ‘The Magnificent Seven,’ but we start it with the intro to ‘Xanadu.’ We try to use the full stage – I get over the front of the stage, sometimes, and sit down on the edge. It all helps the visual effect.
“We also do a bit of comedy. We’d dropped it from the ballrooms, but we thought it would be nice to throw in a bit for the tour.
“It’s not foreign to us because in the old days, before our record hits, we did a lot of comedy routines.”
Dave and the group leave very little to chance.
“We hired a theatre before the tour to work out the lighting,” he told me.
“We spent a whole day just routining the lights. We employ an extra guy on the tour – we have one on each spotlight and one on the control board.”
Dave doesn’t understand the groups who say it isn’t worth working on an act because the fans’ screams will drown them, and anyway they only want to hear hit records.
“I don’t know how they get any satisfaction from doing a show,” says Dave.
I have always been impressed by the balance the group gets on their shows and was surprised to hear they don’t work on this before a show.
“The balance of the group is something you know by experience once you have seen the size of the theatre,” says Dave. “It’s just something that comes with experience.”


Sat 27/04/68   
Capitol Theatre, Cardiff, Wales [Top Rank in Bee Gees Biography]
Bee Gees Horizontal Tour with The Foundations [replacing Dave Dee & Co]


Sun 28/04/68   
Granada Cinema, Tooting, London, England
Bee Gees and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour [Thursday 18 in Bee Gees Biography]


Mon 29/04/68   
(Germany) Bravo n°18 pages 40-47: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Colour Poster

Bravo 18-68 Dave Dee & Co Double Page Colour Poster

Yardley realised what no concert agency could achieve. To promote their new Teenager series, the company brought together all the Beat groups that count: Herman’s Hermits, the Flower Pot Men, Dave Dee & Co, the Robb Storme Group and Graham Bonney.


Mon 29/04/68   
Radio Show: David Symonds Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (5:30-6:30 pm)
The Herd: I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die, Ooh Poo Pah Doo, Stagger Lee (Live Performance)
Presented by David Symonds [Recorded on 23/04/68]


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