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DDDBM&T IN AMERICA Phase 1

America-GreatestHitsLPPHASE ONE: Watch out America (Dec. ’65 – Aug. ’66)

1965: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich had hardly entered the national charts for the first time when a trip to the United States was already in discussion. Consequently, “You Make It Move” was soon released as their first american single in the New Year. At the time, the U.S.A. were restraining foreign tours to counter the British Invasion and the U.K. was retaliating. Thus, P.J. Proby had to leave Britain in April 1966, and the Walker Brothers permits were not renewed the following year, preventing them from working in the U.K.
For DDDBM&T’s American campaign, a first Transatlantic trip was to take place in February, and later postponed to Easter 1966. The tour did not materialize.

 

Fri 31/12/65
(UK) NME n°990: Spencer Davis, Dave Dee For America?
Two British groups with their first hits in the current NME Chart are already making plans to go to America.
65NMEDDBMT31stDecSpencer Davis – up to No. 4 this week with “Keep On Running” – is considering an offer to fly there for just one concert – at Yale University on February 25.
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich – up to No. 19 with “You Make It Move” – plan a trip at the beginning of February, when their first hit is released in the U.S.
But both groups have home engagements set for January, and plan new singles for release here early in February.


America-YouMakeItMove45blueJanuary 1966
American single release: You Make It Move / No Time – Fontana 1537
Fontana in the United States coupled the first Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich A-side from January 1965 with their current British Top Twenty hit.

A-side: You Make It Move (H. Blaikley)
Master number: YW1-37532
Gatwick Music Co.
(BMI) 2:50

B-side: No Time (H. Blaikley)
Master number: YW1-37533
Gatwick Music Co.
(BMI) 2:10


Sat 15/01/66
(USA) Billboard page 23: International News Reports
London – . . . Despite the visa difficulties encountered during December by U.S.-bound Jonathan King, the Fortunes, the Moody Blues and the Silkie, two other new British chart groups plan American trips for February – they are the Spencer Davis Group and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich. . . .


Sat 22/01/66
(USA) Billboard page 16: CHART Spotlights – Predicted to reach the top 60 of the HOT 100 Chart
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich – You Make It Move (Gatwick, BMI).
Currently a big hit in England, this hard driving rocker loaded with teen dance appeal has all the earmarks of a smash in the U.S. Watch this one. Flip: “No Time” (Gatwick, BMI). Fontana 1537


NewYork-CavalcadeSat 22/01/66
(USA) Cedar Rapids Gazette, Iowa: New York Cavalcade
As if we haven’t suffered enough – get this.
The newest rock ‘n roll group set to invade our shores (they’re big in London) has the longest label:
Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich!


RaveNo25-Feb66-NotesFebruary 1966
(UK) Rave! n°25 page 53: Dodo’s Pop Diary
February – twenty-eight days in the life of a pop lover
NOTES:
Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich fly to U.S. this month. Must see them off.

Ringo’s Anniversary on the 11th. But what can you buy a millionaire for a present . . ?

Toys and McCoys must check on return visit rumour.
[Rave was printed before the group’s last minute addition to the Gene Pitney/Len Barry UK tour]


America-HoldTight45blueMarch 1966
American single release: Hold Tight / You Know What I Want – Fontana 1545
The second Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich disc was published only one month after England, as soon as it became a national hit.

A-side: Hold Tight (Howard Blaikley)
Master number: YW1-38462
Gatwick Music Co.
(BMI) 2:45

B-side: You Know What I Want (Howard Blaikley)
Master number: YW1-38463
Near North Music Inc.
(BMI) 2:35


Sat 12/03/66
(UK) Record Mirror n°261: ‘Where The Action Is’ – Over Here!
Watch out America. The biggest-ever TV invasion by British groups since the beat boom began is due any day now. And – bet this’ll make you envious – it’ll all be in colour! The mastermind behind it? Ace American TV personality, Dick Clark. For his current show – “Where The Action Is”. Co-ordinating everything: Esther Phillips’ manager, Jack Hooke.

Next Wednesday and Thursday, the biggest-ever all-star assembly of ‘name’ groups will assemble at top secret ‘location’ rendezvous. To mime to their current, and where possible, forthcoming records. Fifty to one hundred handpicked hip teenagers will be invited to attend the filming.
Imagine this line-up. Like a dream come true . . . provisionally, it includes the Walker Brothers, the Animals, Freddie and the Dreamers, Wayne Fontana, the Hollies, the Yardbirds, Them, Dave Berry, the Fortunes, Pinkerton’s Assorted Colours, Spencer Davis Group, Paul and Barry Ryan, Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Moody Blues, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Unit Four Plus Two, the Small Faces, the Nashville Teens, the Zombies . . . Plus comparatively “new Boys”, Gary Farr and the T-Bones and the Measles, and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.
Sorry. But I can’t tell you where in London Dick Clark’s action will be. Don’t even know myself, it’s so secret. But it should be a ball!
[The show was filmed at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday 17th.]


Sat 19/03/66
(USA) Billboard: CHART Spotlights – Predicted to reach the top 20 of the HOT 100 Chart
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich – Hold Tight (Gatwick, BMI) – Good group vocal on ultra-big beat dance rhythm for a left-field winner. Top-of-the-chart contender. Flip: “You Know What I Want” (Near North, BMI). Fontana 1545.


Sat 9/04/66
(USA) KRLA BEAT page 11: Hotline London (by Tony Barrow)
DAVE, DEE, DOZY, BEAKY, MICK AND TICH – in our current Top Twenty with “Hold Tight” – will make their first visit to America for TV and concert at Easter.


KRLAbeat-66-04-23-HelpSat 23/04/66
(USA) KRLA BEAT page 1: Help Save ‘Them’

Is Them, or ain’t Them?
That’s the question the U.S. Government is asking-while trying to untangle the grammatical problems-and it appears they’re looking to YOU for the answer.
Before getting any deeper involved let’s explain that THEM is the Irish singing group which has recorded a string of worldwide hits. They’ve requested permission to enter the U.S. and perform here, but have been denied entry by the U.S. immigration authorities.
Immigration officials say they don’t think Them is a big group in this country or that the fans really want to see them. Although uncertain grammatically, they state positively, ‘Them are (is?) not artists of distinguished merit and ability.”
So far the immigration authorities have been shown favorable statements from two U.S. Senators and several recording companies. And they’ve been shown commitments for more than $100,000 in bookings scheduled for Them in this country.
But in addition to this they demand actual material evidence that Them is (are?) popular over here. That’s where you come in.
The BEAT has been contacted by Them’s American managers, Buddy Resnick and Larry Goldblatt, on behalf of their British manager, Philip Solomon, to enlist its readers in the fight to get Them into the country.
They asked our help and we’re asking yours. You are the only ones who can save Them. The authorities will listen to you, because you are the ones who determine an artist’s true popularity.
Remember Them are the ones who brought you “Gloria,” “Baby Please Don’t Go,” “Here Comes the Night” and “Mystic Eyes.” They also have a new single titled “Call My Name” which they hope to come and perform for you live.
Them is also the only big foreign group to ever have a number of smash hits over here without coming over in person. This is to be their first visit to America. It’ll be their first visit if they can get in. They can only get in if you help them.
Here’s how you can convince immigration authorities that Them is a popular group in the U.S.: Since they are seeking printed proof, collect anything you have from any U.S. publication regarding Them and send it to their  American managers. Or just write a letter telling them how much you want Them in the country. They’ll personally take all the material they receive and pile it all on the authotities desk as material proof that you care.
Send your clippings and letters to: Help Them, 144 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, Calif.

[Another example of how things worked for British groups in 1966...]


RecordBeat-66-04-26-DJTue 26/04/66
(USA) Record Beat: Advert for Hold Tight
This one, RECORD BEAT was, I think, from Buffalo and somehow made it’s way to a local Syracuse store, probably it was spread over the upstate New York area.
The really fun one here is the ‘Ask Your DJ To Play’ reviews. Can you imagine, they’d actually take your requests back then, and sometimes play them at night even.
I’m still pissed that ‘Hold Tight’ by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich wasn’t played nationally. A real loss for America.
(from the blog SO MANY RECORDS, SO LITTLE TIME)


Sat 21/05/66
(USA) Cash Box: Advert for Hold Tight
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
Have A Chart-Topping Hit In England
That’s About To Let Go
HOLD TIGHT
Watch This Record Cut Loose


16Magazine-June66CoverJune 1966
(USA) 16 Magazine Vol. 8, N°.1: Gee Gee’s Gossip
. . . DC5-er MIKE SMITH bought a new home for his parents and a flashy new Jag for himself . . . BOB DYLAN will tour the world (playing the Orient and Europe – ending up in London) this summer. . . DAVE, DEE, DOZY, BEAKY, MICK & TICH (on Fontana Records) couldn’t pull their English smash hit off here – but they will come up with one sooner or later (or their names aren’t DAVE, DEE, and ohwellyouknow) . . . DRAKE LEVIN doing four months for his Uncle Sam . . . SONNY & CHER depart for a tour of Europe in May . . .

[GeeGee was Gloria Stavers, legendary Editor-in-Chief of 16 Magazine. Quote: "Gloria Stavers and 16 Magazine basically invented rock and pop-culture journalism as we know it today."]

 


America-Hideaway45July 1966
American single release: Hideaway / Here’s A Heart – Fontana 1553
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich third record in the United States which went largely unnoticed.
The flip side was written by Tubbs-Segal.

A-side: Hideaway (Blaikley)
Master number: YW1-38640
Gatwick Music Co.
(BMI) 2:21

B-side: Here’s A Heart (Tubbs-Segal)
Master number: YW1-38641
Near North Music Inc.
(BMI) 3:13


Sat 9/07/66
(USA) Billboard page 16: CHART Spotlights – Predicted to reach the HOT 100 Chart
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich – Hideaway (Gatwick, BMI). Fontana 1553


TigerBeat-CoverAug66August 1966
(USA) Tiger Beat: MOD MAG – Edited in England

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch – how’s that for a mouthful. When people talk about them they get as far as Dozy and continue to say something like Fred, Bill and Bert! How did a group come to get such a name? It’s quite simple really. Dave Dee is more-or-less his real name, Dozy I think is quite obvious, Beaky – because of his nose, Mick – that’s his real name and Titch because he’s the littl’n.
This very entertaining group finally gained recognition after about three years with a record titled ‘You Make It Move’. They are visually very striking and are usually clad in two-tone trousers with different coloured tartan legs and their shirts are equally as colourful.                    END.

From London with Luv – Chrissie Shrimpton
What about Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich then? And it isn’t just their name which is a bit unusual. I admire them because they really make an effort to be different. Their clothes are quite a mixture – trousers which are half bright pink and half lime green. And shirts which combine gingham and stripes. The whole effect is slightly mad, but it does make a change from the more conventional gear.


Sat 13/08/66
(USA) KRLA BEAT Volume 2, Number 21, page 15: …DDBM&T – Tongue-Twisting Agony

KRLA-66-08-13


NME-66-08-26-TroggsFri 26/08/66
(UK) NME n°1024 Page 7: Troggs win second Gold disc ; U.S. tour is off
The Troggs’ tour of America planned for next month is off.
[…]
The American tour has been called off because a dispute over which U.S. label the Troggs’ records should be released on is still unsettled. Instead they may go there at the end of the year and New York agent Lloyd Greenfield is negotiating an “Ed Sullivan Show” appearance for them.
[Like Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, other British artists had problems finalising concerts across the Atlantic. The Troggs would not be able to make a Stateside tour before 1968, two years after they had an American chart-topper with “Wild Thing”.]


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