BeatInst-March68-PhotoPHASE FOUR: We want to make it in America (Mar. – May ’68)

With “Zabadak” getting lots of airplay and a genuine hit in the American and Canadian charts, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich were ready to embark on a new tour of the U.S.A.
This March 1968 visit was to be supported by a new album, “If No One Sang” – retitled “Time To Take Off” in America. But the group was still in the studio with Steve Rowland in February, and their newest British chart-topper, “The Legend Of Xanadu” failed to match the US-success of their previous disc. The next plan was a 31-city nationwide tour starting First of May. Hence the drawing of a poster advertising a Yardbirds/Dave Dee-Dozy-Beaky-Mick-&-Tich concert on May 10th in Santa Barbara.



March 1968
(UK) Beat Instrumental n°59: ‘We want to make it in AMERICA’ says DAVE DEE
Dave Dee looked suitably hurt when group manager Alan Blaikley admitted: “There are some who think the boys are just a countrified lot of yobboes. Some of the in-crowd groups put them down with great enthusiasm. The so-called hip disc-producers sneer.”

BeatInst59-Mar68Flower-power came in and briefly converted a lot of British groups. Dave Dee, etc., steered clear because they felt it gave a completely wrong image for their kind of music. Said Alan: “They really are a great deal more shrewd than most other groups. They were immediately conscious that it would be bad to jump on a band-wagon like flower-power. They could see the weakness in this business of so many philosophical songs – sort of turning the pop world into one long sermon. It was a matter of SENSING what was wrong and what was right.
“Some groups do genuinely have thinkers and poets in them. But the important thing is to be first. Once a thing has been done, and done well, it’s easy to do a copy job. Take Procul Harum’s ‘Whiter Shade Of Pale’, with the surrealist lyrics. Well, they made it easy for lots of other groups to come in and simply become a copyist outfit.”
Shrewd, then; entertaining, with a strong “live” sound; consistent with record material. What else for Dave Dee and the boys? Says Dave: “America comes next. We’ve made it in Germany, the Continent, Australia, and Japan. Now ‘Zabadak’ is starting the thing off in America. We’re getting airplays there; now we want to get our faces known in the States.”
Said Dave: “Whatever happens, I don’t want to lose contact with audiences. It becomes part of your way of life. You know, the challenge thing. Recording is one side and you can lay on all sorts of exciting things in the studio. But when it comes down to it, there’s nothing MORE exciting than going out there in front of an audience and forcing them to like you.

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American single release: The Legend Of Xanadu / Please (Imperial 66287)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich’s latest disc was about to reach Number One in England, when only in the “Record Retailer” chart.

A-side: The Legend Of Xanadu (Howard Blaikley)
Al Gallico Music Corp. BMI

B-side: Please
(Harman – Davies  – Dymond)
Gatwick Music Co. BMI
Producer: Steve Rowland


RMirror-68-03-02Sat 2/03/68   
Dave Dee and Co. have a new album out shortly, to be called “If No One Sang”. The LP will feature all the different sorts of pop music, and the opening and closing tracks will be 2 minutes and 10 seconds of silence, all arranged by Johnny Gregory. The album is to be released in the U.S. immediately, and in this country in May or April.
The group have been asked to cut their American release of their single, “The Legend Of Xanadu”, from 3 ½ minutes to 2 minutes and 15 secs.


Sat 9/03/68
(UK) NME n°1104: Absolute silence from Dave Dee
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich’s next LP “If No One Sang” is rush-released in America this month, due to the success there of “Zabadak !” NME-68-03-09A remarkable feature of the album, which will be issued here in April, is that it includes two tracks of absolute silence. But the group does perform on 12 other tracks, so buyers will not be deprived of listening time!
Reason for the silence gimmick is to prove how miserable life would be without song! The bulk of the LP comprises several new Ken Howard-Alan Blaikley compositions, various rock ‘n’ roll and comedy  numbers, and the group’s version of “If I Were A Carpenter.”

MMaker-68-03-09-CoverSat 9/03/68
(UK) Melody Maker Cover: Dave Dee’s gunning for Esther and Abi
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich – who leaped to number two in the MM’s Pop 30 this week – are gunning for Esther and Abi Ofarim. They are chasing the Israeli husband and wife duo for the top spot with “The Legend Of Xanadu”.
And as the Dee mob closed with Esther and Abi in their duel for pop supremacy, it was announced that they have been signed for a six week tour of America this Spring.
They fly to America on May 1 to start a 31 city nationwide tour and TV and radio promotion on “The Legend Of Xanadu” which is being rush-released in America.

Sat 16/03/68
(UK) Top Pops n°18: If no one sang . . . not even Dave Dee

• “If no one sang . . . wouldn’t the world be a dull place?”
• It was an intriguing thought, and it caught the imagination of Dave Dee and the boys straight away. If no one sang … it was a thought contained in a fan letter to the boys, one of hundreds which they read concientiously.
• They liked the thought so much they have adopted it for the title of their forthcoming LP, and shaped the whole album around the idea.
TopPops18• The album begins with, quite literally, no one singing. In fact no music at all. Just two minutes, ten seconds of complete silence. Just to make the point.
• Then come the songs – and what a range they are. Folk, rock and roll, fully orchestrated, ballads, comedy numbers, Latin American music …
• Two of the songs are the Tim Hardin standard “If I Were A Carpenter” and the old Ricky Nelson rock and roll hit “I Get A Feeling”.
• In other words – music from all over the world, a trend of internationalism that has become associated with the Dave Dee mob.
The album will be released in Britain at the end of April, but is scheduled for immediate release in America to coincide with the chart entry of “Zabadak” over there. “Xanadu” is also to be released in America shortly.
• Meanwhile the boys’ programme includes the British tour with the Bee Gees, then followed immediately by a European tour with Herman’s Hernits.
• After that it’s all down to Southern Spain when the boys will shoot the colour film of “The Legend Of Xanadu”, a movie destined either for second feature cinema circuit bookings or television.

Billboard-68-03-16Sat 16/03/68
(USA) Billboard page 20: From Zabadak To Xanadu Advert
…a legend in its own time


the legend soon to
transfer from the
top of all the
English charts
to the top of all
American charts

Sat 23/03/68   
(USA) Billboard page 74: Top 20 Pop Spotlight
Spotlights predicted to reach the Top 20 of the HOT 100 Chart
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – The Legend Of Xanadu (Prod. Steve Rowland) (Writer: Blaikley) (Gallico, BMI) – Creative British group made a big chart dent here with “Zabadak,” and now this infectious, clever rhythm ballad material with a Tex-Mex styled arrangement, should fast spiral them to the top of the Hot 100. Flip: “Please” (Gatwick, BMI). Imperial 66287

Sat 30/03/68   
(UK) NME n°1107 page 2: Dave Dee Whips Up Fans (Keith Altham)
The most refreshing thing about Dave is that after more than eight years in a pop group he still gets a kick out of being a pop star and is so staggeringly “just one of the boys” off-stage.
“Some advisers have told me that a pop idol must remain aloof from the public, but that’s not necessary,” said Dave. “The public put you up there and once you’ve appeared on TV a few times you’re a celebrity in most people’s eyes.
“The only time when you have to break through the barrier and prove that you are not arrogant or different is at the clubs or in the kind of cabarets we’ve just been doing. Then we break the ice by telling a few blue jokes and making fun of each other. Like, for example, we might introduce Dozy as ‘a nice lad who picks his nose’.”
NME-68-03-30-PhotoWell aware that he cannot go on being a pop idol for ever, Dave defines the time to stop as “when I’ve got bags and wrinkles under my eyes” and admits that he cannot imagine himself on stage at thirty-five. He still sees a number of challenges left – two of them are a big hit in the U.S. and a No 1 hit record here. Surprisingly enough they have never had a No 1 entry in the NME Chart.
I think we just might make it with ‘Xanadu’ in America,” said Dave. Apart from its obvious ‘cowboy’ appeal, there is the kind of ‘Tijuana Brass’ effect which is very popular over there. I understand from the reaction so far that they love the talking bit – I don’t think they’ve heard a Wiltshire accent before!
“We are going over for a few days of personal appearances in May and I think this time we may really bring it off. The Americans already know a little about us from ‘Zabadak,’ which got into the Top Fifty.”

At this point Oliver galloped into the room with what looked suspiciously like a tree in his mouth. It turned out to be a large log from their fireplace. Dave took Oliver out into the hall – or Oliver took Dave, I’m not quite sure – and turned him over to mother. Oliver promptly bounded up the stairs and dropped his tree down them like a timber chute!
Dave recalled Pete Townshend’s early pronouncement last year that ’68 would be a big year for groups like Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich because they were not afraid to be commercial and the Bonzo Dogs, who were not afraid to laugh at pop music!

SongHits-Apr68April 1968
(USA) Song Hits: Correct Lyrics By Permission Of Copyright Owners

We Can Fly
I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight
Green Tambourine

And a few British hit songs:
I Can Take Or Leave Your Loving
Itchycoo Park
Baby, Now That I’ve Found You

Sat 13/04/68   
(USA) Billboard page 71: Billboard Hot 100
Bubbling Under The Hot 100:
125. Legend Of Xanadu ……… Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, Imperial 66287 [First week]
“Xanadu” bubbled under the Hot 100 only two weeks, from 125 to 123.
It fared just a little bit better in Cash Box, reaching No.103 on March 30th, 1968.

RaveMay68-CoverMay 1968   
(UK) Rave! n°52 page 12: This is Where it’s at
News and gossip from around the pop scene with RAVE’s Mike Grant.

Dave Dee has been slogging along on the pop scene now for nearly eight years. When will he have had enough and want to retire?
“We still have to get a number one record,” says Dave.

“We still have to get a break in America and a big hit there. With challenges like this still about, who wants to retire?
“As long as people still want to hear me and come to see the group I’ll carry on regardless.”

Fri 10/05/68
Earl Warren Showgrounds, Santa Barbara, California, USA

The Yardbirds, Three Dog Night (replacing Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich) and Turquoise

Yardbirds-TurquoisePosterJimmy Page: On this day I played the Earl Warren Showgrounds, Santa Barbara with the Yardbirds. the band were looking good, sounding good and it had an ever increasing cult following on the underground scene.

(On that day, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich played at the Koningin Elizabethsaal, in Antwerp, Belgium. It makes this poster all the more interesting !)

Read more here: Yardbirds 68 Blog

Sat 25/05/68   
(UK) Melody Maker: “If No One Sang” next Dave Dee & Co. LP – Breakout out in the USA in 3 wks
NEW DEE SINGLE – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich release “Break Out”, a track off their forthcoming album “If No One Sang”, as their next American single in three weeks time. Their managers, Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, are currently writing their next British single.

SamshFontana-CatalogMay 1968 ?
(USA) Smash / Fontana LP Catalog 1968
God knows where I got this – probably wrote away for it being the record collector I was at eight years old. Still have a few Fontana 7″ mailers from that time period as well. I would write to this person, Claranelle Morris, at Fontana’s main office in Chicago back then, pestering her about The Herd and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich. She’d send photos, bios, sometimes even a single. I guess she figured you couldn’t hear or buy them in the sticks of the Syracuse suburbs, so give the kid the record already. We’re going to toss them anyways. Thank you Claranelle.

Spring 1968
From “Our Music Is Red – The Story Of The Creation” by Sean Egan

Early 1968, Ronnie Wood was the Creation’s lead guitarist, alternating with appearances as bass player for the Jeff Beck Group.

SeanEgan-StoryOfTheCreationPages 246-247: Ronnie Wood may not have liked Jeff Beck very much but in early ’68, he came up with an offer Wood couldn’t refuse: the chance to tour America. for musicians in the Sixties, this opportunity did not come very often; all except the most successful British bands had problems taking their music to the mythical land of rock’n’roll’s birth, a country that seemed much further away in an age before instant global communication.
Creation drummer Jack Jones:
“But then one day [Ron Wood] walked in and said, ‘I’m sorry lads. I’ve always wanted to go to America and Jeff’s putting a band together. We’re going in a couple of months. I’m going to have to leave.’ And that was a blow. America… everybody wanted to go there… but there’d been real problems with visas. The American unions wouldn’t let the British bands go out there at first until they were forced to. He had this opportunity.

(The Jeff Beck Group toured the USA from 14 June to 27 July 1968)





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