davedeedozybeakymickandtich.nl

Dave Dee Cut-Out Clothes Book

In Summer 1968, New Musical Express reported that a big merchandising campaign was going to be launched on the British and foreign markets. After Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich items, here is the Dave Dee cut-out book from 1969.

DaveCutout

Real name: Dave Harman.
Born: Salisbury, December 17, 1943.
Hair: Light brown. Eyes: Blue.
Height: 6 ft.
Weight: 11 st. 12 lb.

DaveCutout1

One of the few groups which seems to go on forever is Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich. They’ve been on the pop scene for several years now, and they’ve already had ten hits; a silver disc for selling 250.000 copies of a record and the most-coveted prize of all – a gold disc for selling 1.000.000 copies.

Why have they been so successful?
One reason is that they didn’t rise to fame overnight. for three long years they were struggling hard to make enough money to live. They were playing at small clubs and dancehalls all over the country and travelling hundreds of miles. For some gigs the boys were paid as little as £ 17 between the five of them. And, of course, they had to pay for their food and petrol.

DaveCutout2

Why have they been so successful?
One reason is that they didn’t rise to fame overnight. for three long years they were struggling hard to make enough money to live. They were playing at small clubs and dancehalls all over the country and travelling hundreds of miles. For some gigs the boys were paid as little as £ 17 between the five of them. And, of course, they had to pay for their food and petrol.

They definitely came up the hard way, also learning the lessons of show business the hard way. That’s why they’re so professional, so polished, today.
Another reason why the group is so successful is that the leader, Dave Dee, is such a nice person. He is tall, well-built, good-looking and has a very charming personality. Although he is now famous and earns a lot of money, it has not gone to his head.

DaveCutout3

It took Dave a long time to finally decide on a musical career, but even when he was two years old, it was obvious to his mother that he enjoyed music. “He could listen to a song on the radio and memorize it,” Dave’s mother told me.

Dave wasn’t brilliant at school, although he specially liked history. But he excelled himself at sports – his school records for the 100 and 220 yards are still standing. He won a shield for swimming and he was also in the rugby and cricket teams.

But while Dave’s been in the group, he’s had to give up football – what should the group do if he were injured?

It was while he was at technical college that Dave went to work on a farm during the holidays. And by lumping great sacks of grain, he managed to save up £ 25 for his first guitar.

DaveCutout4

Then Dave started a group with four of his friends from the Salisbury area. They were called ‘The Boppers’. But at this time, they were still studying or working. Then, at the age of sixteen, Dave got himself a job – as a policeman!

A few weeks later, when he had put on his uniform, he went home and knocked on the front door. Dave’s father opened it and didn’t recognize his son.
“Mr. Harman?” asked Dave. His father just gasped and wondered what he had done wrong, when suddenly, he realised that the policeman was dave!

But, really, Dave longed to make music his career, and music it had to be – so he decided to become a professional musician.

The other members of the group agreed and the long journey from obscurity to fame began.

But they still had to work in between jobs and Dave certainly covered some ground! He was a factory worker, window-cleaner and crane-driver – to name but a few jobs he had. but all the time, he stuck doggedly to his one ambition – to make the grade as leader of a successful pop group.

DaveCutout5

The name of the group has changed twice. When Dave decided that ‘The Boppers’ was no longer suitable, he changed their name to ‘Dave Dee and the Bostons’. That’s the name that stuck until their first hit record in 1965. The record was ‘You Make It Move’, it reached number twenty-four in the charts. The group had already been playing at Butlin’s holiday camp when they made two records, but this was their first real taste of success.

After that, their records sailed into the top twenty – like this – ‘Hold Tight’; number three, ‘Hideaway’, number eight; ‘Bend It’, number three again; ‘Save Me’, number four. Then ‘Touch Me, Touch Me’, only reached twenty, but was followed by ‘O.K.A.Y.’ which rocketed up to number five. And ‘Zabadak’ almost broke the elusive number one barrier, making number two.
And they’re still turning out consistent hit records. ‘The Legend Of Xanadu’, which again made the number two position in the charts. ‘Last Night In Soho’, and ‘The Wreck Of The Antoinette’ were both great records, worthy of the group’s fine reputation.

DaveCutout6

Did you know that Dave Dee is a qualified pilot? He is also a member of the National air Guard. This is a voluntary organisation which uses planes to fly to people in distress. One of the pilots might be called on to fly blood to an injured person, or to search for a lost ship, or take part in a rescue at sea.
How would Dave spend a free evening?
He wouldn’t go to a nightclub, or a party – he’d just spend it quietly at home. And when you know how hectic the life of a pop star is, it’s not surprising.
But Dave Dee has show business running in his veins. I asked him what would happen if the group split up.
“I’d like to go solo, I suppose,” he said. “But at the moment, I’m just part of the group and I like it that way.”
Dave has pretty firm views about a lot of things outside the pop scene. I asked him what he would do if he were Prime Minister. “I’d change the tax system,” he replied. “You earn a lot of money working hard, and the government takes it all away in taxes!”

DaveCutout7

Very much the leader, Dave talked of the group’s plans for the coming months. “We’d like to make a film and do some cabaret. But really we’d like to progress in the pop world, playing good pop music – none of this psychedelic stuff!
“I think the pop scene at the moment is rather stagnant. Nothing much seems to be happening and people seem to be rushing off at tangents all the time. We need another ‘Beatles’ to come along and give it some direction. It’s been five years they’ve been at the top, and now there has got to be something a little different!”
What about the girls in his life?
Right from the outset, the group agreed that work and girls don’t mix, and they’ve always stuck to it. Wives and girl-friends rarely go with them on tour.
“But I must admit,” Dave smiled. “I do like girls with long hair!” Even though Dave puts girls second to his work, it can’t be long before some pretty fan hooks the leader of one of Britain’s top pop groups.

DaveCutout8

So, that’s Dave Dee – the policeman turned pop star. “And I can tell you this,” said Dave. “My Mum still has doubts about whether I should have got involved with pop music instead of training to be Chief Inspector of Police!”
Well . . . what do you think?

DaveCutout9

All the scans on this page have been kindly donated by Helmut.

DaveBackcover

Menu

 

Statistics

1027458
Who's Online : 5