RMirror-67-01-07-MickOfDDPHASE TWO: We Want to crack the States (Oct. ’66 – June ’67)

Autumn ’66 and the latest Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich disc was banned by many US radio stations because of “explicit” lyrics. A new vocal by Dave Dee, again written by “Howard Blaikley”, was quickly recorded to replace the original take, for the American market.
The clean version of “Bend It” became a hit in some places, like Boston, Toledo and Denver, and even reached the Cash Box Top 100, when only at No.100 for one week in early 1967. There were even a few cover versions by people like Little Eva or Barbara Eden…
Finally the group had an opportunity to tour the States, but they only went for TV and Radio appearances. Fontana released a “Greatest Hits” album to tie-in with their US visit.


America-BendIt45IOctober 1966
American single release: Bend It / She’s So Good – Fontana 1559 (Master YW1-39024)
This is the UK version with “explicit” lyrics. It became their biggest Continental hit, and should have made No.1 in England.

A-side: Bend It (H. Blaikley)
Master number: YW1-39024
Spectorious Music Corp.
(BMI) 2:24

B-side: She’s So Good (Harman – Wilson – Dymond – Davies – Amey)
Master number: YW1-39025
Gatwick Music Co.
(BMI) 2:21

NME-66-10-14Fri 14/10/66
(UK) NME n°1031 page 8: Troggs, Dave Dee Hits in Trouble
Two current British Top 10 hits are in trouble abroad: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich have had to re-record “Bend It” (No. 2) with new lyrics for America, and the Troggs’ “I Can’t Control Myself” (No. 6) faces a total ban in Australia.

Dozens of U.S. radio stations banned the Dave Dee record “Bend It” because they considered the lyrics too suggestive, so the group this week waxed the tune again with a different set of words, and tapes of the revised version were flown to the U.S. for rush release.

Sat 15/10/66
(USA) Billboard page 16: TOP 60 Spotlights – Predicted to reach the top 60 of the HOT 100 Chart
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich – Bend It (Writer: Blaikley) (Spectorious, BMI).
Currently riding at the top of the British charts, this left-field rhythm novelty with fascinating arrangement should meet with equal success in the U.S. Flip: “She’s So Good” (Gatwick, BMI). Fontana 1559

CashBox-66-10-22Sat 22/10/66   
(USA) Cash Box: International Section

British group Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich were recently voted one of this year’s “Brightest Hopes” in a national popularity poll. They were discovered in 1964 by managers Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley who have also penned four of their major hits “You Make It Move”; “Hold Tight” (which got to No. 2 in Britain); “Hideaway” (recently a No. 1 in Germany) and their current British charter “Bend It,” also issued in the States on Fontana to tie in with the introduction of the new “Bend It” dance. After their current British tour with The Walker Brothers, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich leave for an extensive tour of Germany. Picture shows (bottom to top) Dave (vocalist), Beaky (rhythm), Dozy (bass), Tich (lead), and Mick (drums).

November 66
(USA) Flip: Are You Ready? Here Are Dave Dozy, Dee, Beaky, Mick & Tich !


TeensTopTen-Nov66-CoverNovember 66
(USA) Teen’s Top Ten: Teen’s Top Ten Predicts

When is a group not a group? When it’s DD, D, B, M & T, as they are called for short. They are really an act… a collective act, whose talent, versatility and professional manner prove this time and again. These young lads don’t just stand around and sing… each member has an important part in the performance.
Personally they are all downright mad. Not publicity-conscious mad, but fun, down to earth mad. Their pants alone may well start a revolution in men’s clothing. Their names are genuine nick-names acquired during school days, not, as some people think because their screen idols were the Seven Dwarfs. A friend thinks that’s hilarious because they do remind people of the Seven Dwarfs.
A silent member of the group is a ghost named Cyril, who keeps the boys on guard at all times with his mischievious ways. He sometimes taps them on the shoulders and often hides pieces of equipment. So far only Dave Dee and Beaky have actually seen him, and the others are perfectly happy to keep it that way.
They all come from Salisbury in England and have been in show business for several years. They made it big with their third record “You Make It Move,” and to prove they are not a flash in the pan they are number seven on the British charts with “Hold Tight” (as of this writing, and it’s climbing fast).
They are making plans to tour the United States shortly, but British and American artists are currently having difficulties getting work permits to perform in alien countries. Last January alone, three English acts were severely restricted during their tour of the States and were kept off several major TV shows. Perhaps in the future these problems will be solved and it will be easier for entertainers throughout the world to perform abroad without difficulties. It would surely cut down the number of teens who stow away on ships and sail off in the hopes of seeing their idols.
With a tour of the United States in the works, and a couple of hit records behind them, they are eagerly awaiting their first trip abroad. So is their road manager who is named Snow White. SNOW WHITE???

America-BendIt45IINovember 66
American single release: Bend It (US version) / She’s So Good – Fontana 1559 (Master YW1-38890)
Different version for the USA with non-explicit lyrics. The same track can be found on the American “Greatest Hits” album (Fontana), but was never released in Europe. Reached Cash Box #100.

[This second version bears the same label number, as the first “censored” disc that had effectively been released in the USA earlier, but a different master number: YW1-38890]

Sat 5/11/66
(USA) Billboard page 32: Radio-TV Programming
“Bend It!” is being reserviced to deejays in the U. S. by Fontana Records. The British hit by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich was banned by many stations because of the lyrics. The open letter to deejays from AXLE Enterprises Ltd. reads: “As a pop group we have no right or wish to set ourselves up as arbiters of public taste or morals. But neither would we want to be viewed in any way as corrupters of these standards.
Our two countries are so close in most things that it is always surprising to find the exceptional cases where meaning and innuendo differ between us.” The group offered sincere apologies along with the new version.

December 66
(USA) Teen Life: It’s The Way-Outest Gossip from London to Hollywood!
Cute Sharon Backshall named her puppies after Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich.


BendIt-SheetUSASat 3/12/66
(USA) KRLA BEAT Vol. 2, Number 29, page 5: Censorship Hits !

American censorship lashed out at another British record recently, so rather than risk the loss of U.S. radio air play, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich re-taped their controversial single, “Bend It.”
The Britons flew copies of the altered disc with modified lyrics to U.S. radio stations last week. The song was originally banned here because the lyrics were allegedly “suggestive.”
In an open letter to U.S. deejays, the group defends the lyrics but apologizes for “unwittingly” offending deejays.
“Our two countries are so close in most things that it is always surprising to find the exception cases where meanings and innuendo differ between us,” the boys said.
“This time (with the new version), we feel confident, the exhortation to ‘Bend It’ can only be construed as an invitation to a dance!”

Sat 31/12/66
(UK) NME n°1042 page 10: Dave Dee U.S. Gamble Is Problem (by Norrie Drummond)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich are one of the few groups to come to the forefront this year and to stay there. Since “You Make It Move” entered the chart early in the year, they have steadily churned out hit after hit.
“Hold Tight”, “Hideaway”, “Bend It” and “Save Me” all made the Top Ten – five hit records in just 12 months. They have also had two top selling LPs and have appeared on major theatre tours with Gene Pitney and the Walker Brothers.
I met Dave Dee and drummer Mick this week to talk about the past year and assess the next.

Apart from their success in Britain Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich are one of the most popular groups on the Continent.
“We seemed to have cracked that market anyway,” said Dave, “but this year we want to break into America.
“At the moment we just don’t know what to do. Although we haven’t had a hit there yet we’ve been told that the time is now ripe for us.
“We could take a gamble and go out there on a promotional trip. But that would cost us about £5.000. We could lose that, or there again we might make a lot from it. We just don’t know what to do.”
“Our records have appeared in the charts in some states but none of them has shown in the national ones.”
Despite the fact that they have still to conquer America, Dave and Mick are happy about their success in other countries.

“For a time we were worried about people here seeing too much of us,” said Dave. “For three years we played clubs and ballrooms up and down the country. Then this year we did a tour in the spring and another in autumn and between them we played more ballrooms.
“Now we can tour Germany and Sweden for example and the fans here won’t tire of seeing us.”

Sat 31/12/66   
(USA) Billboard page 32: Regional Breakout Singles
These new records, not yet on Billboard’s Hot 100, have been reported getting strong sales action by dealers in major market(s) listed in parentheses.
Bend It . . . Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, Fontana 15159 [sic] (Spectorious, BMI) (Boston)

Sat 31/12/66   
(USA) Billboard page 18: Bend It – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich n°122 (–)
“Bend It” remained “Bubbling Under” the Hot 100 for 4 weeks (122-122-110-114)
See “Bubbling Under” chart for January 21st

RaveNo36-Jan67CoverSat 7/01/67
(USA) Cash Box Top 100 Singles: Bend It – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich #100
“Bend It” peak position in the USA, in the Cash Box charts for 1-week only.
From December 10th, “Bend It” spent three weeks in the “Looking Ahead” chart: #49, 40, … 25.

January 1967
(UK) Rave! n°36 page 9: Rave-Elations !
(We Predict … We Hope … We Fear …)

We Would Love …
Dave Dee to achieve his greatest ambition, for the group to make the big breakthrough in America.
(“Save Me”: Another terrific disc from another group who improve all the time)

TeenPinups-Jan67CoverJanuary 1967
(USA) Teen Pin-Ups: We Snoop On The Groups … And Tell All!
Hi, there, all you high-ridin’ and fast-shootin’ fans! Get yourselves ready for a little trip down “group gossip alley!” Whoa, there! Slow down a little, ’cause we’re ready for the . . .
BEATLES [...] DAVE DEE, DOZY, BEAKY, MICK and TICH, that high-riding rock group, should get first prize for being the most colorful group in the biz! When these guys perform, the stage is flooded with color – fuschia satin shirts with while collars and cuffs, flowered satin trousers, paisley pants, T-shirts with ads scribbled over them and polka-dotted ties . . . no one could ever call this group dull . . . THE WHO would consider that mode of dress close to pop-art – and they should know! KEITH used to walk out in a target jumper, JOHN wore a Union Jack jacket PETE donned crazy shirts and ROGER belted his pants with insulating tape . . . What next? . . . While still on the topic of odd outfits, THE BEACH BOYS occasionally still dress in the Samurai costumes they picked up on their recent visit to Japan. They made the trip to study Oriental film-making procedures and while there, were presented with the costumes of the ancient Japanese warriors . . . Well, it’s closing time for now. But the groups never stop “grooving” – and we never stop snooping! So for the hottest and gearest gossip, tune in next time. ‘Till then . . .

America-SaveMe45January 1967
American single release: Save Me / Shame – Fontana 1569
Fifth disc for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich in the United States. The coupling is identical to the British original release.

A-side: Save Me (H. Blaikley)
Master number: YW1-39614
Spectorious Music Corp.
(BMI) 2:58

B-side: Shame (Harman-Wilson-Dymond-Davies-Amey)
Master number: YW1-39605
Gatwick Music Co.
(BMI) 2:05

RMirror-67-01-07Sat 7/01/67
(UK) Record Mirror n°304: ‘We Want to crack the States’ says Mick of Dave Dee

MICHAEL WILSON, the tall, amiable member of DAVE DEE, DOZY, BEAKY, MICK & TICH gave me a buzz the other day. It’s hard interviewing somebody on the blower when you hear the rattle of typewriters around you and the rumble of traffic from the street, but if you press a hand over your ear you can just about manage – but it’s difficult writing with your teeth!
I asked him whether he thought the group would have even bigger success in ’67. “I don’t think anyone can really predict what’s going to happen, but we’ll try to continue making records that are commercial, and progress with our music as we go on.
Our main aim in 1967 will be to try and crack the States. We’ve just done Germany and we went a bomb there – and we’re going to tour Sweden and Holland. Somebody also mentioned something about Italy. We’ve got hit records in all those countries – and I hear that ‘Bend It’ is now No. 5 in Australia so I think we’ll be going there, too.
“As far as America is concerned, we’ve had a lot of publicity over there and ‘Bend It’ sold in a few States – but things have got to happen nationally there.”
Naturally, the boys were enthusiastic about visiting Germany – their success on disc there has been more phenomenal than in Britain.
“We were all knocked out with the trip” said Mick, static crackling on the line. “We never expected the reception we got – there were riots and the police were called in. And the audiences … girls AND boys were raving it up.
“We were in Berlin for four days and Dave went to see what it was like on the other side of the wall. We were working all the time, so we only had one day to go sight-seeing. Beaky and I went to Dachau. You know, the place where they killed all those people It was morbid, but quite interesting.”

Sat 28/01/67   
(USA) Billboard page 16: CHART Spotlights – Predicted to reach the HOT 100 Chart
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – Save Me (Spectorious, BMI). Fontana 1569

Billboard-67-01-28-AdvertSat 28/01/67
(USA) Billboard page  35: Full-page Advert

Fontana Has It!

Englands Top 3 Hit!
NME Top 30
Melody Maker Pop 50

Produced By Steve Rowland


HitParader-Feb1967-CoverFebruary 67
(USA) Hit Parader page 26: Extra! The English Scene by… Our Gal in London… Miranda Ward
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

I went to see Dave Dee etc and in the car on the way to the radio show they were recording at TILES they told me of an occasion when they went fishing when they had a few days at home..
“We saw this thing in the river that looked just like a body! We called the others over and Tich found a pitch fork which we tried to get it out with… but it wasn’t a body, just an old tailor’s dummy that had been rotting there for ages!” Beaky sounded quite sad about it! Dave Dee went on.

“Whenever we can, we go fishing… plastic bags to catch eels in type scene! It makes a good break and gives us a laugh!”
“Remember the time Dozy kept losing eels? His plastic bag had a hole in it and they kept slipping out!” recalled Tich. “You should see the funny looks we get when we head for the river! People point and say ‘Is it?’ ‘No it can’t be, they’re a hit group and wouldn’t walk around like that!’ ‘That’ being old jeans and gum-boots.. do they expect us to wear our stage gear when we go fishing?” asked Mick.
The boys were off to Germany for a week the next day and Beaky eventually persuaded me to sell him my shades, as he wouldn’t have time to get any before they left. But he promised to sell them back to me if I couldn’t get another pair! It’s O.K. Beaky.. I did! The boys were having great success record wise at that point with ‘Bend It’ – a very ‘sexy’ number, which they are first to admit!.

Sat 18/03/67   
(UK) NME n°1053 page 8: Dave Dee to US in April – If Permits
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich will pay their first visit to America next month. Provided that the necessary work permits are granted they will fly to New York on April 1 for radio and TV appearances. Later they visit Chicago and Los Angeles.
They expect to be in the States for at least ten days.
Because of this Dave Dee and Co’s visit to Iceland has been postponed until later in April. They return to Germany for a ten-day concert schedule in mid-May. An extensive tour covering Australia, New Zealand and Japan is being lined up for the mid-summer period, followed by a return American visit.

Sat 18/03/67   
(USA) Billboard page 77: Fontana Disk Keyed to Film Became a Hit
Chicago – The impetus given a recording via film shorts is being felt at Mercury Records.
“Bend It,” a record released on Mercury’s Fontana subsidiary label last September topped the play list at KLIF, Dallas, as late as February even though the Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich group had another recording released a month before this. Fontana is now reservicing all stations with “Bend It.”
Credit for the long brooding success of “Bend It” is laid directly to a three-minute film short produced in London by Alan Blaikley and Ken Howard, Axel Enterprises, Ltd., and aired over television stations. Ron Chapman at WFAA-TV, Dallas, played the film every day for a week.

RMirror-67-04-08Sat 8/04/67   
(UK) Record Mirror n°317: Dave Dee Replace Hollies On Tour…
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich will be replacing The Hollies on their tour of Australia, New Zealand and the Far East and may possibly also be flying to America. They leave this Friday (7th) for a 17 day tour of Australasia, sharing the bill with Eric Burdon & The Animals. Mick (Mike Wilson) intended to get married on April 11th and due to the group’s new plans has applied for a special licence and may be wed this week.

Sat 8/04/67
(UK) Melody Maker: Dave Dee In, Hollies Out Of World Tour
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich are to replace the Hollies on their world wide tour – visiting New Zealand, Australia and possibly Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Hollies drummer Bobby Elliott is still ill at his Lancashire home and therefore they have decided not to undertake the trip.
Dave Dee and the group leave for Australia tomorrow (Friday). They will spend about a week in America promoting their “Bend It” single on their way home. They will not be back in Britain until mid-May. Eric Burdon, the Animals and Paul and Barry Ryan are also on the Far Eastern tour.
Dave told the MM this week: “This is a great opportunity for us to become known farther afield than Britain. We have been hoping to widen our scope from Europe and this is our chance.”
Dave and the group spent yesterday (Wednesday) rush-recording a new single for release while they are away. Co-manager Alan Blaikely told the MM: “We have a number which we think will make a single. We have to record before we leave so that we will have a release while they are away.”
No titles were available at presstime.

Sat 29/04/67   
(USA) Billboard page 3: Mercury UK Group OK’d In U.S. Tour
CHICAGO – Mercury Records has overcome the usual stringent obstacles to foreign talent imports into the U. S. and annouced last week that its recording group, known as Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, has been cleared for an April 26-May 4 tour of some 10 cities. The rare clearance came as a result of co-operation by the U. S. State Department and the U. S. Department of Naturalization and Immigration. The group obtained an H-1 visa.
A polished 3½-minute film of the English group performing a dance-inspired song, “Bend It”, resulted in this record becoming a top-seller in markets where the film short was programmed. The film was first shown in Dallas.
The group is lined up so far with the Larry Kane Show (KTRT-TV, Houston); Art Roberts Show (WCIU-TV, Chicago); Ron Chapman (WPAA-TV, Dallas); the Up-Beat syndicated Cleveland show; Marty Montell Show (WSBT-TV, South Bend, Ind.); Swing in Time (CKLW-TV, Detroit); Jack Elias (WIIC-TV, Pittsburgh); Bill Miller Show (WDCA, Washington); Kirby Scott (WBAL-TV, Baltimore).
Mercury is also preparing a special dance instruction sheet, and Fontana is rushing out an album.

larry kane show 1967

TeenPinups-May67CoverMay 1967   
(USA) Teen Pin-Ups: DAVE DEE, DOZY, BEAKY, MICK AND TICH – whose secret love is playing practical jokes, are known for their music and their wild antics on stage. Their act combines all the various elements of vocals, instrumentals, slapstick comedy, gags, acrobatics, and just about anything else that strikes the group at the time. 6-footer Dave Dee was born Dec. 17, 1943. He weighs in at 166 lbs. Dozy, who is one inch shorter than Dave, weighs 147 lbs. and arrived in this world on Nov. 27th, 1944. Beaky is Dozy’s height, but weighs seven pounds less. He entered the world on July 10, 1944. Mick was born on March 4, 1944 and is an even 6′ tall. Tich, who is 5’8″ tall and weighs 140 lbs., was born on May 15, 1944. Write to them at Fontana Records, 35 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago 1, Ill.


April-May 1967
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich US Television & Radio Promotion Tour:

TeenPinups-May67PhotoThu 27/04/67 ?    DD, D, B, M & T Tour: Los Angeles, California and Denver, Colorado, USA
Fri 28/04/67 ?    DD, D, B, M & T Tour: Houston and Dallas, Texas, USA
Sat 29/04/67 ?    DD, D, B, M & T Tour: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Sun 30/04/67 ?    DD, D, B, M & T Tour: South Bend, Indiana, USA
Mon 1/05/67 ?    DD, D, B, M & T Tour: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Tue 2/05/67 ?    DD, D, B, M & T Tour: Cleveland, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Wed 3/05/67 ?    DD, D, B, M & T Tour: Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Thu 4/05/67 ?    DD, D, B, M & T Tour: New York City, New York, USA

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich visited all these cities through their American Promotion Tour, but it proves very difficult to pinpoint exactly on what day they were in each place, and when precisely their various filmed performances were broadcast on television.


America-GreatestHitsLP0May 1967
American album release: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Greatest Hits

Liner notes:
On first appearance, the quintet does look as if they just emerged from Disneyland: They are a riotous montage of color. Their trousers . . . flowers and paisleys . . . and bold red and purple stripes. Their shirts are like patchwork quilts with flaring colors . . . and to top it all, great swashbuckling braided military tunics. Bizarre haberdashery, somewhat!
All of which brings us to the question of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, and Tich’s music. Five are hit songs the group had in Britain in the past year. These songs – and the others contained herin – have made our group a catchword (well, a mouthful of catchwords, anyway!) both in Great Britain and on the continent. Their music is  a raw, fuzzy, completely fresh pop sound. “We have this aggressive, slighly sexy sound that has become our trademark,” Dozy remarked recently.
Why the incredibly long name? First, in a world of “groupies,” it’s a novelty. Dave Dee said the group didn’t want to be known as a single unit. “We’re all individuals, and the names reflect the personalities,” he added.
This recording is their LP debut in the United States, and it offers not only their five hit singles but also a variety of arresting songs such as the plaintive “Here’s a Heart” and the rhythm and blues-oriented “Hands Off.” Combined with the Greek-dance sound of “Bend It” and the Latin overtones of “Save Me,” the collection reveals the phenomenal versatility of the lost colorful group in Britain today . . . Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, and Tich (Whew!!) – Jere Real

GoMagazine-LogoFri 19/05/67   
(USA) GO n°60: WMCA Edition
The sensational British recording group of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich climaxed a nation-wide tour with New York appearances.
A polished 3½-minute film of the boys performing a dance-inspired song, “Bend It”, resulted in the recording becoming a top-seller.
Mercury is preparing a special dance instruction sheet, and Fontana is rushing out an album.
It’s quite a gas, and could well take over as the latest dance craze.

Billboard-67-05-27Sat 20/05/67   
(USA) Billboard page 37: Advertisement
Smash/Fontana Spells It Out – Summer Sell*Ebrities
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Greatest Hits
Fontana MGS 27567/SRS 67567
Plus Roger Miller, James Brown, Gloria Lynne, Nana Mouskouri, The Reg Guest Syndicate,
Johnny Melfi/Jim Evering/Dorothy Vann Albums – Smash/Fontana Puts The Sell Into Summer!

Sat 20/05/67
(USA) KRLA BEAT Volume 3, Number 5, page 7: Making The News
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich are on what could develop into a world tour for them. Dave Dee & Co. stepped in for the Hollies who dropped out of the second leg of a world tour due to their drummer’ illness. After New Zealand and Paris engagements, they’re off to the Far-East for live appearances and concerts. “Following this,” says leader Dave Dee, “we want to come to the U.S. The way things look now, it won’t be long at all.”

Sat 27/05/67
(USA) Billboard page 28: Dee, Dozy, Etc., Tour
A National Promotion Tour by Fontana Records group Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich paid off with bonus exposure on radio and TV.

Above four of the British group chat with Herman Spero, center, producer of the nationally syndicated “Upbeat” TV show that originates out of Cleveland.

Below the group see Marty Montell, host of “Movin’ Generation” on WSBT-TV, South Bend, Ind. From left Mick, Montell, Tich, Dave Dee, Beaky and Dozy.


Sat 27/05/67
(UK) Record Mirror n°324 page 5: The Drawbacks to Dave Dee’s American Trip
It was the hottest day of the year in London – yet DOZY looked elegantly cool, fresh from a tour of several countries, he felt “the climates mess you a bit.”

RMirror-67-05-27“We only appeared on television and radio when we were in the States – we covered 14 cities in five and a half days, from Los Angeles to New York. We spent half our lives on aeroplanes during the whole five weeks. Our life on tour consisted of planes, hotels, taxis and theatres.”
Dave looked exceedingly smart in a floppy white cravat, corduroy jacket and lime green pants. Clothes have had their part to play in the Dave Dee success story, so I asked about them.
“A lot of the clothes that I’ve had I’ve got fed up with and cast away. At the moment we each have about six or seven different stage outfits. When I give clothes away I usually send them to the fan club. They either cut them to pieces and send them to fans around the world, or hold competitions for them. I send a lot of the clothes to Germany, too.
I must admit that our clothes made an impact in America. Wherever we went people would swing around to stare. We did a lot of colour TV’s there and the clothes went down well – in fact, we’re at our best on colour TV.
“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.”
Short though it may have been, their American trip has been worthwhile for the group. Said Dozy: “The Los Angeles radio station KRLA is now going to plug all our records – and we’ll be getting more airplay in lots of States. We’ve had Top 5 records in different States all around America and “Bend It” is now No. 1 in Denver – and it’s been on release for seven months!
“In America they have machines for everything – and it’s true that everything is much bigger – even the straws you drink coke out of are far bigger than the ones here!”

Germany has voted Dave Dee & Co. “World’s Top Group” and they’ve had six No. 1 hits in a row there.         BILL HARRY

TeenLife-June67June 1967 ?   
(USA) Teen Life: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Whew) Their First America Tour in Pix!
It was the first trip to the U.S. for DDDBM&T, and what a trip it was! They spent eight days visiting eleven cities and appearing on ten TV shows. America was much dug by the boys of “Bend It” fame, and the feeling was mutual. They were asked a few million questions by reporters, but most-asked was “Okay, what are your real names?” Dave Dee is really David Herman, Dozy is Trevor Davies, John Dymon is Beaky (because of his beak) , Michael Wilson and Ian Amey is Tich. When not on the road, all the boys live with their respective parents in Salisbury, England.

Sat 3/06/67   
(USA) Billboard page 48: New Album Releases
FONTANA : Dave Dee, Dozy, Mick & Tich [sic] – Greatest Hits; MGF 27567, SRF 67567

Sat 10/06/67   
(USA) Billboard page 47: Album Reviews – Pop Spotlight
Greatest Hits
Dave Dee, Dozy, Mick & Tich.
Fontana MGF 27567 (M); SRF 67567 (S)
An appealing rock package by this appealing English quintet. The selections include numbers that scored in Britain and “Bend It,” which made it in the United States. Standout up-tempo cuts are “Hold tight!” “Hideaway.” “I’m On The Up” is a good slow rock, and “Here’s A Heart,” a good ballad.

Sat 17/06/67
(UK) NME n°1066 page 10: No beards for Dave Dee & Co.! (says Keith Altham)

NME-67-06-17-DaveDee[Dave Dee] is not out to prove anything other than that he is doing his job well. Even his personal ambitions are modest and level-headed.
“I’ve no ambition to be the world’s greatest singer – I’ve already reached my own level,” he smiled.
“When I began with the Bostons I never intended to be a vocalist. I was playing a guitar. Then the vocalist left, and I’ve been stuck with the job ever since. I’m enjoying myself, but I’ve no illusions about being a class singer.
“That’s not to say we have no ambitions as a group. There is so much still to be done – America is a real challenge to us.
“We’ve had No. 1 hits in areas like Boston and Dallas, and ‘Bend It’ has been selling steadily for over seven months out there.
“We just don’t seem to be able to make the big break-through, but with a little more effort and personal contact we will do it. We made a lot of friends in LA on our last trip who have helped us.

“It’s surprising just how important personal contact is with people in the business. I used to see people on the TV screen and be very prejudiced about them – the big dj’s for example.
“But you meet someone like Alan Freeman, say, and you realise they are nice, human people.
“If people like you personally, they are far more likely to help you professionally. It’s a normal human reaction.”

Post-Crescent-1967Sun 25/06/67   
(USA) Appleton Post – Crescent (Wisconsin):
Cat Stevens – The Cat Is Not A Dog
Matthew & Son (Cat Stevens, Deram) By David F. Wagner
The transition from hit status in England to similar success in the States is not always guaranteed, as the fate of the Small Faces and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich attests. Whether Cat Stevens – whose top 10 achievements in England include “I Love My Dog,” “I’m Gonna Get a Gun” and the title – will fare better in his American push will be known soon.
But where the Faces and Dave’s crew had to either make it as performers or perish, Stevens has the trump card of being an extremely interesting song writer with an unusual way of stating his ideas. Already, his “Here Comes My Baby” has given him good advance press via the hit by the Tremeloes. Cat sings it here, but more deliberately than the Tremeloes. After hearing it several times, I have come to prefer Stevens’ interpretation.

StarTime-July67-CoverJuly 1967
(USA) Star Time: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, & Tich – 25 Fun-Filled Facts!

Goofy gab ‘n info on the zaniest of guys around! All past, present ‘n future stuff – now!
When you say, “Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich,” you’ve said a mouthful. And if you knew in advance what we’re going to tell you in three seconds, you’d know a whole life-full Twenty-five fun-filled facts – count ‘em – read ‘em!

1. Their stage act combines every element of show business tricks – vocals, slapstick, gags, one-line jokes and instrumental music!
2. They were once called “Dave Dee & The Bostons!”
3. He began singing when he was fourteen!
4. He once thought of becoming a plumber, because he thought it would be “dead interesting!” (one of his favorite expressions!)
5. Dusty Springfield and Ray Charles are his idols, musically!
6. He thinks it’s good for teens to “yell and holler” at concerts, ‘cause it “lets off steam!”
7. He’s sometimes accused of having a sinister look, but the other members of the group say he’s really quite “matey!”
8. Like Dave Dee, he uses the expression, “dead” – like “dead boring” or “dead good!”
9. In school he excelled in three areas – art, football and fighting!
10. He once dreamed of either joining a fair, or becoming a seaman!
11. Dozy’s name, (his real one is Trevor Davies) comes from his habit of always dozing off into daydreams!
12. He hails from the tiny hamlet of Enford, in England.
13. One of his all-time favs is the Buddy Holly recording of “That’ll Be The Day!”
14. He once worked as a paint-sprayer!
15. He says his ambition now is “to own a house near the city . . . but still in the country!”
16. He once played the cornet in a band named “The Salisbury Silver Brass Band!”
17. Mick claims he’s tone deaf! (Can’t hear the difference between one note and another.)
18. The rest of the DDBM&T consider Mick “the group wit!”
19. Mick will occasionally throw his drum stick up in the air, just “to let the audience know he’s there!”
20. He’s one of the last of the mayonnaise connoisseurs, and is familiar with the special taste of every brand!
21. Tich’s real name is Ian Amey, and he got his nickname because he was once the smallest member of a children’s gang!
22. His was a devoted fan of classical music and played the violin!
23. His dad now insists that all his friends listen to the DDDBM&T’s records. And they love it!
24. Tich’s first guitar was a home-made one. A school friend made it for him in high school!
25. He’s mad, mad, mad for home-cooked, American-style blueberry pie, with a dollop of “good old vanilla ice-cream alongside it!”

Group Gossip and Gab

Dave Dee might qualify for the Most-Rescued-By-Police Award of the year. No matter where he goes, or what he does, he causes a riot – and has to be dragged out of the middle of it every time!

Hush Hush Desires and Life Stories of Your Favorite Stars
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich – whose hush-hush desire is to play a really wild practical joke on their manager. He knows the boys so well that he never falls for their antics. But one of these days they’re hoping to fool him! 6-footer Dave Dee was born Dec. 17, 1943. He weighs in at 166 lbs. Dozy, who is one inch shorter than Dave, weighs 147 lbs., and arrived in this world on November 27th, 1944. Mick was born on March 4th, 1944 and is an even 6’ tall. Tich, who is 5’8” tall and weighs 140 lbs., was born on May 15, 1944. Write to them at Fontana Records, 35 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago, Ill.

Sat 1/07/67
(USA) KRLA BEAT Volume 3, Number 8: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
‘America’s Great, But Oh Those Hot Dogs!’ By Rochelle Reed




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