August 1967



August 1967    
Rave n°43: This is Where it’s at
Around the pop scene with RAVE man Mike Grant

August 1967    
(Holland) Muziek Parade: Dave Dee, etc. voelen zich okay

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (het blijft een mond vol) hebben weer eens een goeie gooi gemaakt naar de hoogste plaats op de verschillende hitparades. Hun “Okay”, met wat russisch/griekse invloeden, staat bijna overal sterk stijgend en wordt dus weer de zoveelste hit voor dit engelse vijftal. Een verdiend sukses, want het zijn bijzonder aardige jongens die heel hard werken voor dit topresultaat.

Google translation:  Dave Dee, Etc. Feel Okay
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (it’s still a mouth full) again made a good throw to the highest place on the various charts. Their “Okay”, with some russian / greek influences, almost everywhere is soaring and so is just another hit for this English quintet. A deserved success, because they are very nice guys who work very hard for this class results.

August 1967    
Town Hall, Tavistock, Devon, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (exact date unknown – Tickets in 1967 cost just over 50 pence)


Tue 1/08/67   
Radio Show: Disc Jockey Derby, BBC Light, London, England (1:00-2:00 pm)
Tuesday Big Band show with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Fri 4/08/67    
Single release: Sons And Lovers – Matters / Peaceful Is The River (Camp 602 002)
Produced by Dave Dee

Sat 5/08/67   
Fabulous 208: On Our Wavelength

Could it be that owning a restaurant is the new in thing ? Dave Dee has just gone into partnership with Royal photographer Tom Hustler.
They are negotiating for premises in Davies Street, Mayfair, and plan to open a restaurant-cum-discotheque.

Sat 5/08/67   
Radio Show: Swingalong, BBC Light, London, England (2:30-3:45 pm)
This week long afternoon show went on at 2 o’clock on weekdays, and 2:30 on saturday

Fri 11/08/67   
Single release: The Herd – From The Underworld / Sweet William (Fontana 856)
Their first hit, #6 in Great Britain, written by “Howard Blaikley”. The lyrics are based on the Greek mythology story of Orpheus and Eurydice. Here, Orpheus loses his wife he was trying to rescue From The Underworld. She had died, after having been bitten by a “Snake In The Grass”. It would be left to Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich to sing the other part of the story in 1969.

New Musical Express (12 August 1967): †”From The Underworld”/”Sweet William” (Fontana).
A remarkable disc, with a modern lyric based upon the legend of Orpheus, in which the girl runs away from her lover and gets herself killed. Opens with tolling bells, then breaks into mid-tempo.
It’s beautifully scored and very tastefully done – featuring lead singer with echo chanting.
The most serious and thoughtful composition yet from the Howard-Blaikley team, and The Herd do it full justice.
Could happen if it gets sufficient exposure. Don’t miss it.
Flip: You’d hardly recognise this as the same group. A lively bouncer with a happy lyric, it swings along happily, and it’s ideal for dancing.

Check this page about The Herd from another big Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich fan:
So Many Records So Little Time


Sat 12/08/67   
(USA) Billboard August 12, 1967 page 50: Billboard Top LP’s
155 (155) Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich’s Greatest Hits [2 Wks on chart]
Fontana MGS 27567 (M); SRS 67567 (S)

Page 62: Billboard Hits Of The World
EIRE (Courtesy New Spotlight, Dublin)        7 (–) Okay – Dave Dee & Co. (Fontana) – Lynn
HOLLAND                                              4 (3) Okay – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Fontana) Impala/Basart
SINGAPORE (Courtesy Radio Singapore)      1 (1) Okay – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Fontana)
SWITZERLAND                                       5 Okay – Dave Dee & Co. (Philips)
WEST GERMANY                                     5 (4) Okay – Dave Dee & Co. (Star-Club Records) – Lynn Music

Sun 13/08/67   
The Pier, Hastings, Sussex, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Mon 14/08/67   
(Germany) Bravo/OK n°34: Dave Dee answers a fan’s letter

Page 71: Dave Dee will sich bessern.
Rita schrieb ihm einen Brief
Lieber Dave, in einer Zeitschrift habe ich gelesen, daß Du sehr viel rauchst und daß Du auch beim Trinken nicht sparsam bist. Bitte, bitte, lieber Dave, versuch doch einmal weniger zu trinken und nicht mehr soviel zu rauchen.
In Liebe Rita.

Rita bekam daraufhin von Dave den nebenstehenden Brief :

Dear Rita    
This is just a short note to once again say thank you for all your letters
I will promise you that I will try not to smoke to many cigs and also stop my heavy drinking.
Yours with Love – Dave Dee    xxxx
P.S. My Parents thank you for their letter. xxx


14-18 Aug. 67   
Radio Show: Swingalong, BBC Light, London, England (2:00-4:15 pm)
With Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich. Pete Myers delivers a daily package of popular music with top artists in the studio all the week from Monday to Saturday and a round of records

Mon 14/08/67   
Radio Caroline South: Johnnie Walker Show (9:00 pm-12:00 midnight)
Johnnie Walker introduces his last show before Radio Caroline would be declared illegal with “We Shall Overcome”. Then precisely at 6 mn after 9 o’clock, comes the following jingle:

Tue 15/08/67   
Marine Offences Act: the Offshore (Pirate) Radios are outlawed by the British Parliament
Radio London (as well as Radio 270, Radio 355 and Radio Scotland) stopped broadcasting on the eve of the day this law was introduced to avoid prosecution. Others had quit a few weeks before (Radio City, Radio 390, Britain Radio). Radio Caroline continues.

Tue 15/08/67   
BBC Radio Session: All For You [Broadcast on 28/08/67]
Doctor Feelgood / If I Were A Carpenter (Live Performance)

Fri 18/08/67   
Single release: Chances-R – Do It Yourself / Turn A New Leaf Over (CBS 2940)
Chances-R were a four-piece soul-pop outfit from Southampton: Rob Chance (vo), Pete Cortez (Pete Scott, rh), Mike Davis (vo) & Dave Cardy (dr). This 2nd single of theirs was produced by Dave Dee.

Fri 18/08/67   
Single release: The Rolling Stones – We Love You / Dandelion (Decca F 12654)
First, the slamming of a prison door, then “We love you… We love they”. In the Summer of Love, should that be taken in the second degree ? Then when Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich sing “Look for meaning not in words”, they attain a third degree in “Zabadak”.

Sat 19/08/67   
(USA) Billboard August 19, 1967 page 40: Billboard Top LP’s
164 (155) Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich’s Greatest Hits [3 Wks on chart]
Fontana MGS 27567 (M); SRS 67567 (S)

Page 48: Album Reviews – Pop Special Merit
Miss Barbara Eden
Dot DLP 3795 (M); DLP 25795 (S)
The star of “I Dream Of Jeannie,” a popular television series, demonstrates a pretty fair legit voice. The fare is standard, and the arrangements on the corny, wholesome side, but it’s good, clean fun. Strongest cut is “Pledge of Love.”

The album includes both sides of her “Bend It!” single, plus her two subsequent discs:
I’m a Fool / I Get The Fever / Rebel / Dream / I Wouldn’t Be a Fool /
Heartaches / Pledge of Love / Nobody But a Fool / Single Girl / Bend It!


Sat 19/08/67   
Radio Show: Swingalong, BBC Light, London, England (2:30-3:45 pm)
This week long afternoon show went on at 2 o’clock on weekdays, and 2:30 on saturday


Sat 19/08/67   
TV Performance: Rendez-vous sur le Rhin, ORTF, Paris 16ème, France [Taped on 6-8/06/67]
Presented by Albert Raisner, with Hildegard Knef, Sylvie Vartan, Wencke Myhre, Michel Polnareff, Peter und Su und die Swiss Folklore, Graham Bonney, Patrik West, Jean Claude Darnal and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Okay, Touch Me Touch Me, He’s A Raver)
(Broadcast the previous month in Germany)

Mon 21/08/67   
(Germany) Bravo/OK n°35 page 24: Okay Musicbox N°1
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich are Number One in Germany once again

The Bravo Musicbox Picture is here :
Bravo Musicbox 35 – 21 August 1967

Page 16: Mit BRAVO dabei – Dave stürmt den Himmel
Dave Dee will hoch hinaus. Er bereitet sich auf seine Pilotenprüfung vor. Die notwendigen 40 Flugstunden hat er bereits hinter sich. Er hofft, daß er auch das schwierige schriftliche Examen schafft. Danach möchte Dave eine eigene Maschine kaufen und sie bei Tourneen seiner Gruppe benutzen. Das passende Geburtstagsgeschenk für Dozy, Beaky, Mick und Tich: Fallschirme!

Dave storms the sky
Dave Dee is aiming high. He is preparing for his pilot test. The required 40 hours he has already completed. He hopes he will also make the difficult written examination. Then Dave would like to buy his own machine and use it when touring with the group. The right birthday gift for Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: parachutes!

Fri 25/08/67   
Single release: The Move – Flowers In The Rain / Lemon Tree (Regal Zonophone 3001)
Promotional postcards with a caricature designed by Neil Smith are sent to the press and the fans. The card is depicting Prime Minister Harold Wilson in bed with his assistant, Marcia Williams. The group and their manager were sued for libel, and lost.

One way for a pop group to draw attention and make the headlines was to have outrageous behaviour, like The Who smashing their instruments, or to cause scandals. After The Who, The Move went one step further and began to smash television sets and Cadillacs on stage. Jimi Hendrix used to end his show by setting his guitar on fire. John’s Children were famous for their banned singles and album (“Orgasm”) and posing in the nude, decked in flowers. None of them was scorned for their attitude, mostly prompted by their managers and used as publicity stunts.
As a direct consequence of the lawsuit fiasco, The Move fired Tony Secunda as manager and hired Don Arden.

Fri 25/08/67   
25. Große Deutsche Funk-Ausstellung, West-Berlin, Deutschland
First European colour television was introduced in Germany using PAL system

Am 25. August 1967 um 10:58 Uhr startet Außenminister Willy Brandt auf der 25. Internationalen Funkausstellung in Berlin das Farbfernsehen in Deutschland. Die Bundesrepublik ist nach den USA und Japan das erste europäische Land, das Fernsehen nach dem PAL-Standard einführt.

Record Mirror (27/05/67): The drawbacks to Dave Dee’s American trip
[...] “We design all our own clothes and have two tailors who make them up. We’ll be designing a special set for Germany because we’ve been chosen to appear on Germany’s first colour TV broadcast.” [...]

Sat 26/08/67   
Record Mirror: Dave Dee Panto

Negotiations are currently near completion for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich to headline a major tour in the autumn, to be followed by a season in Pantomime. The group are likely to appear at the Golden Rose Festival in Italy early in October.
Ken Howard & Alan Blaikley have penned the group’s next single, due for release on September 29th.
“Golden Hits Of Dave Dee” will be the title of their new September album – and a Christmas album is also being planned.

Sat 26/08/67   
NME n°1076: Dave Dee U.S. return, panto ?

An itinerary is currently being worked out for a college tour of America which would probably take place in November. The group is already set for two days of concerts in Norway from September 8, to be followed by other dates in Holland and Denmark.
Dave Dee & Co. are likely to star in the panto “Babes In The Wood” at Southampton Gaumont this Christmas, but contracts have not been signed. They were also being sought for a British package tour which is being set up for October, but discussions broke down over the question of billing. They are now considering another tour offer.
The group was this week recording its new single for September 29 release by Fontana – a Howard-Blaikley composition, still untitled. The album “The Golden Hits Of Dave Dee” will be issued next month to be followed in December by an LP of entirely new material.

Sat 26/08/67   
Radio Show: Saturday Club, BBC Light, London, England (10:00 am-12:00 noon)
The Herd: From The Underworld, I Can Fly, I Like It Like That (Live Performance) [Rec. 21/08/67]
Presented by Brian Matthew with Eric Burdon & The Animals, Dave Davies

Sat 26/08/67

TV Performance: Beat-Club 23, ARD Radio Bremen, Bremen, Deutschland (Lip-Sync)


Hosted by Uschi Nerke and Dave Lee Travis (4:00-4:30 pm) [Clips from past Beat-Club shows]
The Latch: All Night Girl; Sonny & Cher: Like a Rolling Stone, Then He Kissed Me; Scott McKenzie: San Francisco, Like an Old Time Movie; The Marquis of Kensington: The Changing of the Guard; Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Loos Of England (Repeat Performance); The Walker Brothers: The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore; The Rolling Stones (on film): Dandelion, We Love You

Sat 26/08/67   
TV Performance: Piccadilly Palace 13, ABC, New York City, New York, USA (Lip-Sync, colour)
Host: Millicent Martin (9:30-10:30 pm) [British ATV show first broadcast in the USA]
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Okay & If I Were a Carpenter; Vikki Carr: It Must Be Him; Vikki Carr & Millicent Martin: Surrey with the Fringe on Top; Millicent Martin: Nursery Rhymes; Comedy Bit: John Bird & Millicent Martin spoof British Cabinet meetings.
(This episode was later broadcast in Britain, in black & white, in 1968)

Sun 27/08/67   
News: Brian Epstein dies at 32 – The Beatles’ manager was found dead in his bed at 24 Chapel Street – his London home in Belgravia.

Simon Napier-Bell (‘Black Vinyl White Powder’, Ebury Press, London):
It was no secret, most of the best managers were gay.
An upper middle-class public school background was still the principal key to success for the behind-the-scenes people in the music business, including managers. Record company executives were nearly all of that background and found difficulty in communicating with the new generation of young artists. However, young men in their early twenties with a public school education plus a modicum of unconventionality could cross the divide between the two cultures. And the most frequently found ‘modicum of unconventionality’ was a touch of homosexuality.
As well as Brian Epstein with the Beatles, there was Kit Lambert with The Who, Tony Stratton-Smith with The Nice, Ken Pitt with Crispian St Peters, Robert Stigwood with Cream, Vic Billings with Dusty Springfield, Ken Howard and Allan Blaikely [sic] with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch, me with the Yardbirds, and Andrew Oldham with the Rolling Stones (except on the days when he preferred to be straight, playing gangsters, threatening people with a beating from his tough-looking chauffeur, who of course was gay).
[Plus Joe Meek...]
If being a popstar was going to be fun – if there was going to be sex and booze and pills and pot – perhaps these gay managers were the perfect choice. ‘In London at the time,’ noted Marianne Faithfull, ‘there was a great honouring of the homosexual side of life … It was just in the air everywhere.’

Pete Townshend enjoyed having a gay manager. ‘Gays were different. They didn’t behave like other adults; they were scornful of conventional behaviour; they mixed more easily with young people, and seemed to understand them.’
It was gay managers, and their friends in fashion and media, who were chiefly responsible for creating the image of British youth culture that was being sold around the world.

Mon 28/08/67   
Radio Show: All For You, BBC Light, London, England [Recorded on 15/08/67]
Doctor Feelgood / If I Were A Carpenter (Live Performance)
Presented by Dave Symonds with Paul Jones, The Bystanders
“If I Were A Carpenter” would not be available on vinyl for another year. “Doctor Feelgood” is another track that would never be available on an official album.

Mon 28/08/67   
Hastings United’s Festival of Music, Hastings Stadium, Hastings, Sussex, England (2:00-12 pm)
The Kinks, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Robb Storme & the Whispers, Winston’s Fumbs, The Hip Hooray Band
Compere: Keith Skues. A bank holiday pop package show attended by 6,000 fans




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