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April 1969

APRIL 1969

 

April 1969     One-Week Radio Sessions
7-11 Apr. 69    Sounds Like Tony Brandon, BBC Radio One, London, England (5:30-6:30 pm)
14-18 Apr. 69    Dave Cash Radio Programme, BBC Radio One, London, England (5:15-7:30 pm)
28 Apr.-2 May    Jimmy Young Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (9:55 am-12:00 noon)


April 1969

British album release: P.J. Proby – “Three Week Hero” (Liberty LBS 83219)
Three Week Hero/The Day That Lorraine Came Down/Little Friend/ Empty Bottles/Reflections (Of Your Face)/Won’t Be Long/Sugar Mama/I Have a Dream/It’s Too Good to Last/New Directions/Today I Killed a Man/Medley: “It’s so Hard to be a Nigger/Jim’s Blues/George Wallace is Rollin’ in This Mornin”

The album was recorded in London and produced by Dave Dee & Co. producer Steve Rowland. It was arranged by John Paul Jones, who invited his soon-to-be-Led Zeppelin colleagues (Jimmy Page, John Bonham and Robert Plant) to play on the record in late August 1968.
“Empty Bottles” and “New Directions” are written by Family Dogg members Hammond/Hazlewood, “Reflections (Of Your Face)” is a number by Amory Kane (who penned “Mama, Mama” for Dave Dee, Dozy, Etc.) and Salisbury musicians Gair & Mason contribute with “Little Friend”.


Thu 3/04/69    
Top Of The World Ballroom, Stafford, Staffordshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Fri 4/04/69   
Single release: The Family Dogg – A Way Of Life (Bell BLL 1055)
The group’s fourth single breaks into the British Top 10 and will launch their first album later this year. Family Dogg are: Steve Rowland, Albert Hammond, Mike Hazlewood, Pam ‘Zooey’ Quinn and Doreen De Veuve


Sat 5/04/69    
Record Mirror n°421: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Color Cover


7-11 Apr. 69

Radio Show: Sounds Like Tony Brandon, BBC Radio One, London, England (5:30-6:30 pm)
Teatime show with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Sun 13/04/69   
Daily Express Record Star Show, Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England (2:00 pm & 6:30 pm)
Amen Corner, Joe Cocker and The Grease Band, Simon Dupree and The Big Sound, The Herd, The Marbles, The Paper Dolls, Barry Ryan, Status Quo, The Casuals, The Flirtations, Leapy Lee, Hank Marvin, Cliff Richard, John Rowles, Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band, The Scaffold, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich


14-18 Apr. 69    
Radio Show: Dave Cash Radio Programme, BBC Radio One, London, England (5:15-7:30 pm)
With Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – Monday to Friday


Tue 15/04/69   
Philips Studios, Stanhope House, 2-4 Stanhope Place, London W2, England [Released on 2/05/69]
Recording session for Snake In The Grass (produced by Steve Rowland)

The group’s last single is a return to the lightweight sound of their first record, in contradiction with lyrics closer to the tale of a rape than to the myth of Orpheus.


Wed 16/04/69    
Philips Studios, Stanhope House, 2-4 Stanhope Place, London W2, England [Released on 2/05/69]
Recording session for Bora Bora (produced by Dave Dee)

First Dave Dee production for the group, for a Harman/Davies/Dymond track


Fri 18/04/69    
BBC Transcription Disc: Top Of The Pops #229, Kensington House, London, England [wk 16, 1969]
Don Juan / The Loos Of England [Rec. 11/03/69]
Tracks: 1.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Don Juan; 2.Cilla Black: Surround Yourself With Sorrow; 3.Fleetwood Mac: Blues With a Feeling; 4.The Foundations: In The Bad, Bad Old Days; 5.The Love Affair: A Day Without Love; 6.Family: Love is a Sleeper; 7.Engelbert Humperdinck: The Way It Used To Be; 8.The Hollies: Sorry Suzanne; 9.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: The Loos Of England; 10.The Foundations: Any Old Time; 11.The Love Affair: One Road; 12.Family: Hole in The Compass; 13.Fleetwood Mac: Tallahasie Lassie. [Expiry date: 18/10/69]

Dave Dee & Co. are featured on their first 1969 BBC transcription disc, where they appeared on 20 shows until then. And for the first time, they only have two songs to showcase, previously played on “Symonds on Sunday” in March.


Fri 18/04/69    
(Germany) Europawelle Saar:
Hallo Twen Top 12: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – Don Juan N°1 (2)

“Don Juan” was the group’s biggest hit in the Netherlands, reaching #2 on Radio Veronica on 5 April, even prompting a “Don Juan” compilation album in Holland.
But it was also N°1 here on one of the most powerful German radio stations, Europawelle Saar (Saarland European Waves), with Deejay Manfred Sexauer’s “Hallo Twen”, daily at 6 pm. Sexauer went on to host German TV’s “Musikladen”, the show which took over from “Beat-Club” in 1972.

Chartsfreak Page showing “Don Juan” standing at N°1 this week

On Thursday there was open house at the radio, and once Manfred Sexauer’s guest was Dave Dee (from the “Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich” supergroup), one of the greatest, and friendliest guys he ever met. One hour before the show, Sexauer took him to the station canteen, where Dave insisted that since they were practically in France, red wine should be ordered instead of beer. Soon another bottle of Bordeaux was opened, and the following show was one of Sexauer’s most lively ones. During the show, Dave finally invited all the fans to come at the end of the hour and share a drink. The host took care not to translate his speech in German, but a whole crowd had still gathered at the door: most were content to get an autograph, but many still insisted on the drink.


Fri 25/04/69   
Single release: The Herd – The Game / Beauty Queen (Fontana 1011)
The Herd go on as a trio of Andy Bown (kb/vo), Gary Taylor (bs) and Henry Spinetti (dr)

Record Mirror (26/04/69): CHART POSSIBILITY
The Game; Beauty Queen (Fontana TF 1011). Pretty direct and basically commercial, this could do the trick for the reconstituted group, at one time sure-fire hit-makers. Song is powerful and so is the guitar work. Mind you, it’s a bit samey in parts and that could affect it, but taken over all things should just about make it. Flip: Pretty similar stuff, but a good song idea.


Fri 25/04/69    
Single release: Manfred Mann – Ragamuffin Man / A ‘B’ Side (Fontana TF 1013)
The Manfreds last record is delivered one week before Dave Dee & Co’s ultimate single


Sat 26/04/69    
NME n°1163: Happy Herd

HERD: † The Game (Fontana).
The Herd’s first single since the departure of Peter Frampton. And a vital, dynamic offering it is, too. It’s the tale of a guy who flirts with a girl at a party, and afterwards finds that she’s taken him seriously!
Pounds along at breakneck speed, with a spirited unison vocal from the lads – and it’s just as well they sing with such gusto and relish, because otherwise they’d be drowned out by the bustling backing.
A happy, bubbling disc with a catchy chorus line – and certainly with instant pop appeal.


Sat 26/04/69    
Humble Pie are formed by Peter Frampton who quit The Herd in February, and Steve Marriott who
has left The Small Faces, with the addition of Greg Ridley (ex-Spooky Tooth, bass) and Jerry Shirley (ex-Apostolic Intervention, drums)

NME Popliners: Henry Spinetti, 18-year-old brother of actor Victor Spinetti, replaces Andrew Steele as drummer with Herd. • New pop group formed by Manfred Mann and Mike Hugg, called Emanon, gives first public performance at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts tomorrow (Saturday).


Sat 26/04/69    
TV Performance: Beat-Club 42, ARD Radio Bremen, Bremen, Deutschland (Lip-Sync)
Host: Uschi Nerke (4:15-5:15 pm)
U.K. Jones: Let Me Tell Ya; Les Reed: Don’t Linger With Your Finger On The Trigger; Moby Grape: Truckin’ Man (on film); Grisby Dike: The Adventures Of Miss Rosemarie LePage; Paul Williams Set: My Sly Lady; David McWilliams: The Stranger; Melanie: Bo Bo’s Party; Trifle: All Together Now; Manfred Mann: Ragamuffin Man; Clodagh Rodgers: Come Back And Shake Me; Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Don Juan; The Kinks: Plastic Man; The Beatles: Get Back (on film)

The Beat-Club excerpt is somewhat longer this month… Including Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, although DLT (Dave Lee Travis) forgot to announce them.
What is special in this episode are the featured news from London, Paris and Amsterdam. Bringing together the three components of this website: Holland, France and England. And their subject are Religion, Love… and Peace ! (all in German, of course).


Mon 28/04/69    
(Germany) Bravo n°18: Dave Dee & Co. Double Poster

Bravo 18-69 Dave Dee & Co Double Page Colour Poster

“Don Juan” is n°16 this week in the Bravo-Musicbox, and would climb a high as n°9 by June.


Mon 28/04/69   
(USA) Billboard May 3, 1969 page 50: Album Reviews – Pop
Brook Benton
Do Your Own Thing
Cotillion SD 9002 (S)
Back on the pop-soul scene is the smooth Brook Benton, and thanks to the soul magic of Muscle Shoals, Ala., strong production and singing support from the Sweet Inspirations, Brenton could be chart bound again. His last disk, “Do Your Own Thing,” and his latest, “Touch Em with Love,” is joined by “Destination Heartbreak” and a soulful version of Los Pop Tops’ “Oh Lord, Why Lord” in a solid bid for a chart breakthough.

The album includes his version of a Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 1968 single, “Break Out”:
Touch ‘em With Love/Nothing Can Take The Place Of You/Destination Heartbreak/Woman Without Love/Break Out/She Knows What To Do For Me/Set Me Free/With Pen In Hand/Hiding Behind The Shadow Of A Dream/I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself/Oh Lord, Why Lord/Do Your Own Thing.


28 Apr.-2 May    
Radio Show: Jimmy Young Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (9:55 am-12:00 noon)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich appear in this morning show, Monday to Friday


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