Imagine you’re in the sixties, and your favourite group has just released a new album. Well, this is it : “The BBC Sessions” !
The chance to hear that elusive B-side from their initial single “Is It Love” ; a lot of never-before-available songs: “Hello Josephine”, “Watch Yo [...]
This track is available in three various Live versions. It was one of four songs in the Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich set when they played the Paris Pop Festival in June 1967. One month before, they played it live for the German “Beat Beat Beat” TV-Show. And their BBC version was taped in January for “Easy B [...]
In 1968, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich were available to spend a lot of time playing BBC sessions. The guests on the various radio shows performed their hits plus current successful songs which were not even in their repertoire.
This is a strong Buffalo Springfield track, of which Dave Dee & Co realize a unique [...]
WATCH YOUR STEP
A standard in the Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich repertoire from The Bostons days. The song was recorded on 28 February 1967 for a “Saturday Club” appearance, broadcast on 11 March 1967 and later featured on the BBC Transcription Disc #124 in April.
But the group can also be seen performing it live on G [...]
SNAKE IN THE GRASS
As always in these BBC sessions, we get to enjoy a great alternative to the official Fontana release. These alternate versions, being recorded on stage at the BBC, retain more of a live feeling, but they are much better than real live versions, as they are consistently high quality studio products, without crowd in [...]
I’M ON THE UP
In December 1966 appeared “If Music Be The Food Of Love…”, the second album from Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich.
It started with a “Bang” and was full of Rock’n’Beat numbers, presumably enough to cause an “Indigestion”. But there was much variety too: so [...]
THE WRECK OF THE ‘ANTOINETTE’
“The Wreck Of The Antoinette” was recorded at BBC House on Tuesday 10 September 1967, even before it was officially released as a single later that same week. But it was first broadcast only one month later, on 21 October, on the Jimmy Young Show, after the single version had been playe [...]
The song that was released as a Japan-only single. But it was considered to be issued in England before, scheduled for release on 10 January 1969, until managers/songwriters Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley came up with a stronger A side, “Don Juan”. In this version, the strings and brass of the orchestra only ser [...]
NO MORE LOVE
Do not look for this one in the BBC Sessions 2 CD-Set. The original recording could not be found in the archives. But the song has survived through a BBC Transcription Disc in August 1966: it was part of the “Top Of The Pops” Show #91.A very strong Howard Blaikley composition from Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick a [...]
THE SUN GOES DOWN
The B-side of ‘Zabadak’ was broadcast on 30 September 1967, in Saturday Club. This was the day the BBC launched “Radio One”, after the pirate stations had been outlawed on 15 August by the Marine Offences Act.
All the nation’s favourite deejays had been hired by the BBC, except for a few who s [...]
This BBC take is very cheerful, and the performers seem to enjoy the session. While Beaky plays the accordion, Tich is delicately adding touches of his balalaika around the melody. And everyone joins in the middle-eight, whistling and shouting.
Starting with “Touch Me, Touch Me”, Howard and Blaikley seemed to delight [...]
Howard Blaikley (as they were labelled as songwriters) wrote all Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich’s singles A sides, and most of the rest of their output.But David Harman, Trevor Davies, John Dymond, Michael Wilson and Ian Amey wrote quite a few tracks by themselves too, beginning with their first single B side.From 1965 [...]