Zabadak-AdvertPHASE THREE: Now A Giant Here! (July ’67 – Jan. ’68)

During the Flower-Power Summer ’67 the group’s “Okay” single and their “Greatest Hits” album made a small venture into the US charts.
Soon a new college tour of America was being prepared, but Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich then switched their American outlet from Fontana to Imperial, a subsidiary of Liberty Records.

In December, the group’s debut on this new label was launched in the United States. Tours were re-scheduled for the New Year, while “Zabadak” began to take off in North-America.




America-Okay45July 1967
American single release: Okay / Master Llewellyn – Fontana 1591
“Touch Me, Touch Me” did not come out in the U.S. probably due to its poor English sales. The flip side to “Okay”, the rocking “He’s A Raver”, was strangely omitted in favour of an old LP track.

A-side: Okay (H. Blaikley)
Spectorious Music Corp.
(BMI) 2:35

B-side: Master Llewellyn (Harman – Wilson – Dymond – Davies – Amey)
Lynn Music Ltd.
(BMI) 2:23


Sat 15/07/67   
(USA) Billboard page 16: CHART Spotlights – Predicted to reach the HOT 100 Chart
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich – Okay (Spectorious, BMI). Fontana 1591

Billboard-67-07-22Sat 22/07/67
(USA) Billboard page 51: Full-page Advert
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

If Music Be The Food Of Love . . .

Prepare For Indigestion!

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

feasting on success in the Top Ten charts
in Britain, France, Germany, and Holland

Now Taking A Big Bite Of The Cherry In The $ Market

A Publication Of Philips’ Phonographic Industries, Baarn-The Netherlands

(Same “Prepare For Indigestion” Advert in Cash Box the following week)

Sat 29/07/67   
(USA) Billboard July 29, 1967 page 37: New Action Albums
These new albums, not yet on Billboard’s Top LP’s Chart, have been reported getting strong sales action by dealers in major markets.
Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich’s Greatest Hits.
Fontana MGS 27567 (M); SRS 67567 (S) (498-27567-3; 498-67567-5)
[The album spent 3 weeks on the Billboard chart starting August 5th]

Sat 12/08/67   
(USA) Billboard 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)

Sat 19/08/67   
(USA) Billboard 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)

Sat 26/08/67   
(UK) NME n°1076: Dave Dee U.S. return, panto ?
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich are being negotiated for a return visit to America. The group is also lined up for a string of TV and concert dates on the Continent, and plans for it to star in a major pantomime are now being finalised. There is also a possibility of the group joining a British package tour this autumn.
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.
PiccadillyPalace-DDDBMTDave 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.

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 recorded on 14 June and later broadcast in Britain, in black & white, in September 1968.]

TeenPinups-Sep67-CoverSeptember 67   
(USA) Teen Pin-Ups: pop gossip
Sorry to report it, but John Maus’ (of The Walker Brothers) pretty wife lost the baby she was expecting. We’re really sorry about that, John and Cathey! . . .
DAVE DEE of DAVE DEE, DOZY, BEAKY, MICK AND TICH smokes 80 cigarettes a day. His brand is Benson and Hedges, and those are even longer than King-size! Dave attributes his heavy smoking to nerves and having nothing to do when traveling – except smoke! . . . John Sebastian of The Lovin’ Spoonful just bought a beautiful new ranch house in Vermont. It’s got loads of horses which he and his pretty wife Laurie are just mad about! Michael d’Abo of Manfred Mann appeals to fans who grabbed his gold pendant at a show to return it. It was a wedding present from his wife Maggie London!

October 67
(USA) Teen Set: Music Maker Profiles
“Bend It” (Fontana)
Carol Gold has related to Teen-Set readers tales of newcomers to British pop being shocked by the group name Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich. Dave Dee explains the logical reasoning behind the mind-toggling title: “We were known as Dave Dee and the Bostons, but people told us that it was old fashioned. We finally decided to go along with our manager’s idea of using nicknames that fit our personalities. Except for the “Dee” along with Dave, each name has a meaning. (“Dozy,” because he never knows where he is or what’s going on; “Beaky,” because he has a funny nose; Mick, because they couldn’t think of anything mean enough for him; and “Tich,” because he is the smallest. A “tich” in England is a tot.)
During the group’s recent American tour, which took them to eleven cities in eight days, Dave and his friends discovered that America is “bigger than anything I’ve ever seen. People, cars, everything!”
TeenSet-Oct67-CoverIndividually and candidly, as described by their road manager Jay Vickers, the group members are:
Dave Dee: “very down to earth … enjoys being at home … enjoys work … can be rather obstinate at times … remembers things about people … doesn’t like to miss a meal …”
Dozy: “manages to close his mind much of the time to hard work … very, very nice character … lovable … when we landed in Honolulu he said he was disappointed because he thought we were going to Hawaii …”
Beaky: “a home lover … rather petulent at times … no particular vices … very good sense of humor … he and Dave establish quite a rapport between themselves when doing live shows …”
Mick: “very nice … wants everything to be exact …very meticulous … groovy drummer … loves to spend time at home …”
Tich: “by far the most trouble-some of the lot … the most colorful dresser of the group … tends to take an interest in countries he goes to…would make a good spy …”

ForTeensOnly-Nov67-CoverNovember 67   
Little girls are made of “sugar and spice and everything nice.” But that’s a well-known fact! The question is, what is a groovy guy like Dave Dee made of? What makes him tick? Want to know? Okay, here’s a little recipe stating the ingredients of Dave Dee. It’s sure to give you all the answers!

Bacis Ingredients Of Dave Dee
1 real name – David John Harman. 23 years of age – as of Dec. 17th. 0 brothers and sisters. Loads of meat and cheese for stuffing. Plenty of coca-cola and an occasional beer or vodka and lime. 80 Benson and Hedges cigarettes a day. Modern, trendy clothes – closets-full. Plenty of interesting people – that includes girls! The color blue – in various hues! A dash of all kinds of music – except jazz. 1 fear – snakes! 1 birthplace – England. 6′ of height. 166 lbs of zany fun!

Sat 11/11/67
(UK) Disc and Music Echo: Dave Dee & Co. Far-East Tour in 1968, UK Tour in the spring
Ken [Howard] also revealed that Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich would DEFINITELY tour Britain in a major package next spring. The group would probably co-top the bill on a trek lasting at least three weeks around March and April.
This would be the last part of a world trip also taking in Singapore, Hong Kong and America again.
Continued Ken: “Their O.K.A.Y. hit is in the chart in Japan and we’ve had offers for them there for a week touring at the beginning of January. Following this would be other Far East dates and a proposed tour of American colleges.”
“Zababak” – number three this week in the chart and topping 200,000 in sales – has been delayed for States release. The group is in the process of switching labels. The hit may now be out on Liberty.
Dave Dee are close to completing their next LP for January release. “It’s a lot more ambitious than anything they’ve done before. We’re using a full orchestra and big arrangements. The boys are also writing some good new material themselves.”

67NMEDDBMT11thNovSat 11/11/67
(UK) NME n°1087 pages 10-11: World Tour For Dave Dee Group
A major tour of America, Australia, New Zealand and Japan is being lined up for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich in the New Year. Visits to France, Germany, Sweden and Denmark are being arranged for later this month and early December.
If negotiations are successful, the group will fly to Australia early in January before travelling on to New Zealand and Japan. It then goes direct to America for a college tour, and will not return to Britain before the end of February.
They fly to Paris on November 21 for TV dates and concerts, and are then likely to travel on to Denmark and Sweden for a week of concerts. On December 3 they fly to Germany for two days of TV dates.

StarTime-Dec67-CoverDecember 67   
(USA) Star Time: We Caught the Groups Off Guard
Dave Dee, in floral brocade gear, gets his rings complimented by a fan!
Group Gossip and Gab
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich have recently added a new member to their group – a dog named Oliver! The four-month-old Pyrennean Mountain dog was bought by Dave and has already become a popular mascot. The one thing the fellas didn’t count on, however, was that Oliver in the limelight would also mean Oliver steals the entire show!

Hot Happenings and Life Stories
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
What happens when Dave Dee & Co. have some free time? Like anyone else, they do the things they enjoy most. 6′, 166 lb. Dave Dee says there’s nothing like his home town, Salisbury, England, and one of Mum’s home-cooked dinners to make him feel good! Dave’s birthdate is Dec. 17, 1943. Mick likes to spend his relaxing hours keeping the boys’ scrapbook of clippings up to date. The 6′, 168 lb. singer says he still can’t believe that he and his mates have really become famous. He hails from Amesbury, England where he was born on March 4, 1944. The smallest member of the group, Tich, claims that weight-lifting is a great way to relieve tension – and build his 5’8″ frame up into a healthy 147 lbs! Also a Salisbury lad, he was bom on May 15, 1944.

5’11″, 147 lbs., Beaky is an art lover who likes spending his spare moments in modern art exhibits. He confesses he occasionally “has a bash at it” himself! He came into the world on July 10, 1944 in Salisbury, England. There’s nothing like a wild shopping spree as far as 5’11″, 147 lb. Dozy is concerned to keep him feeling happy! He was born in Enford, England on Nov. 27, 1944.
Address their letters to Fontana Records, 35 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago, Ill.

America-Zabadak-Promo45December 67
American single release: Zabadak / The Sun Goes Down – Imperial 66270
Imperial was located in Los Angeles, California, and had other British groups under contract like The Hollies, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, as well as Georgie Fame.

A-side: Zabadak (Howard Blaikley)
Al Gallico Music Corp. BMI

B-side: The Sun Goes Down
(Harman – Dymond – Davies)
Producer: Jack Baverstock



NME-67-12-09-TroggsSat 9/12/67   
(UK) NME n°1091: Who, Troggs U.S. tour
U.S. tours by the Who and the Troggs were finalised in New York last week by their agent, Danny Betesh.
The Troggs play clubs, ballrooms and concerts from March 29 to April 21, and radio and TV dates are currently being set for their visit.
[The Troggs joined the Who in the midst of their tour. It was so successful that it was extended until 4 May, making it a total of 6 weeks for the Troggs.]

Sat 9/12/67
(USA) Billboard page 57: Zabadak Advert
Billboard-67-12-09-Advertimperial records
the label that has
presented and built
many giants
in the industry

now welcomes
and presents
yet another giant

one of the
hottest groups
in england
and other areas
of the world

dave dee, dozy, beaky, mick and tich

Sat 16/12/67   
(USA) Billboard page 69: Spotlight Singles – Top 60 Pop Spotlight
Spotlights Predicted to reach the top 60 of the HOT 100 Chart
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich – Zabadak
(Prod. Jack Baverstock) (Writer: Blaikley) (Gallico, BMI) – The original British chart topper serves as a strong Imperial debut for the fine group here in the U. S. African flavored rhythm item has much of the feel of “Pata Pata.” Flip: “The Sun Goes Down” Imperial 66270
[Unfortunately, Dave Dee & Co’s platter was in the charts in England before Miriam Makeba obtained her hit in the U.S.of A. The delay caused by the group changing labels from Fontana to Imperial explains this mistake.]

Sat 30/12/67   
(USA) Billboard page 44: Billboard Hot 100
Bubbling Under The Hot 100:
111. Zabadak ……… Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, Imperial 66270 [First week]
“Zabadak” reached No.52 in Billboard : 111 – 83 – 65 – 65 – 55 – 52 – 52 (6 weeks)

Sat 30/12/67
(USA) Cash Box Top 100 Singles:
98. Zabadak ……… Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – Imperial 66270 (–) [1st week]
“Zabadak” climbed to No.56 in Cash Box: 98 – 91 – 80 – 70 – 62 – 56 – 58 (7 weeks)
In Record World, “Zabadak” reached No.59 in a 6-wks run from January 6th, 1968

["Zabadak" was the group's biggest hit across the Atlantic. Not quite Top 50 in the USA, it reached No.5 on the Toronto Chum Chart, and even No.1 on the Canadian RPM Weekly.
On local radio surveys, "Zabadak" was #9 on KGB, San Diego, and #10 on KHJ, Los Angeles.]

Wed 10/01/68
(USA) KGB’s “Boss 30” (San Diego, California) Issue No.62:
9 (13) Zabadak        Dave, Dee, Dozy    Imperial    (5 weeks)
(The Imperial label was also No.1 with Spooky by the Classics IV)

Wed 24/01/68
(USA) KHJ’s Boss 30 records in Southern California (L.A.) Issue No.134:
(16) 10. Zabadak    Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich    Imperial    (4 weeks)
(Zabadak disappeared from this survey the following week)

Billboard-68-01-27-AdvertSat 27/01/68
(USA) Billboard page 13: NOW A GIANT HERE!
imperial records
the label that has
presented and built
many giants
in the industry

now welcomes
and presents
yet another giant

one of the
hottest groups
in england
and other areas
of the world

dave dee, dozy, beaky, mick and tich

Sat 27/01/68
(UK) NME n°1098: Dave Dee group signed for Bee Gees concert package
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich have been booked as main supporting attraction on the Bee Gees’ first concert tour which opens at London’s Royal Albert Hall on March 27. Full details of the itinerary were reported in last week’s NME. A further attraction still has to be announced for the tour, and the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band is being sought to fill the vacancy.
It is probable that the group will pay a short promotional visit to America–where its “Zabadak!” is currently climbing the U.S. chart – in early March.





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