America-TimeToTakeOffLP0PHASE FIVE: Nine Hits In Row, But Mick Still Unhappy ! (June – Oct. ’68)

After the failure of “The Legend Of Xanadu” in the USA, Imperial decided to drop “Last Night In Soho” and issue “Break Out” instead. That was to be their last American release as a quintet.


The Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich US-tour was scheduled for October, but postponed to November due to the delay in obtaining permits. And finally the project was scrapped . . .
Why bother with the States for five weeks and come back out of pocket? Who needs it?





America-Breakout-Promo45June 1968
American single release: Break Out / Mrs. Thursday (Imperial 66325)
This was the first Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich US single not issued anywhere else in the world.

A-side: Break Out (Gary Illingworth – Myrna March)
Big Seven Music Corp. BMI

B-side: Mrs. Thursday
(Harman – Dymond – Davies)
Ashton Music Ltd. BMI
Producer: Steve Rowland


NME-68-06-01-HerdSat 1/06/68
(UK) NME n°1116: Herd to U.S., too
The Herd is also in line for a major U.S. tour this summer. The group will open its first American visit with a three-day stint at San Francisco Fillmore from July 19. Another three-day booking is at Los Angeles Whisky A-Gogo from July 26. The Herd will spend a total of two weeks in the States, and its itinerary also includes four West Coast TV shows.
[This never came to fruition and the Herd never played in America. A little while later, in July, it was announced the group parted company from their managers Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley.]

RMirror-68-06-15Sat 15/06/68
(UK) Record Mirror n°379: My Ears Are Still Ringing!
RMs Derek Boltwood has a quiet chat with Dozy of Dave Dee fame after a recording session . . .

“As far as the group goes, now, our next move is to try and break into the American market. It’s funny, but we’ve never really taken off over there – I thought that perhaps “Legend of Xanadu” would have happened in the States, but it didn’t. I suppose it’s like taking coals to Newcastle, because the theme of the song was about cowboys – not the sort of song a British group should try to sell to the Americans!
“In fact, I’ve been keeping a scrap-book about the group since the days we first started, years ago. It’s quite fascinating to see how we’ve changed since the early days.”
Derek Boltwood.
NOTE: RM will be publishing parts of the scrap-book in the near future.


Sat 22/06/68   
(UK) NME n°1119: Dave and Co – Globetrotting
Concerts in Sweden, Japan and Austria have now been lined up for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich and it now seems definite their postponed US trip will take place in October.
The group plays Swedish folk-parks from August 16-31, and the following month spends ten days in Japan at major venues. From September 29 – October 1 it appears with Diana Ross and the Supremes and Ray Charles at Vienna City Hall.
Their group’s American work permit problems have been settled and the remainder of October has been set aside for its coast-to-coast tour there.

CashBox-BreakoutAdvertSat 22/06/68
(USA) Cash Box: Breakout Imperial Advert


b/w MRS. THURSDAY #66039



Produced By Steve Rowland

Imperial Records

[The actual Record Number is #66309]

Sat 29/06/68   
(USA) Billboard page 95: Special Merit Spotlight
Spotlighting new singles deserving special attention of programmers and dealers.

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich – Break Out (Big Seven, BMI) (Prod. Steve Rowland) (Writers: Illington-March) – The “Legend of Xanadu” group changes pace with this smooth, easy ballad with a smoothly blended vocal. Imperial 66309
[The single was reviewed in Cash Box on June 22nd]

Sat 20/07/68   
(UK) NME n°1123: Dave Dee For Panto And Tour – But ‘Xanadu’ Dropped
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich are virtually certain to star in pantomime this Christmas – they have agreed to appear in “Dick Whittington” at Stockton ABC and, although contracts are not yet signed, the deal seems certain to go through. Dave Dee would play Idle Jack, with cameo roles specially written for the, other members of the group. A spokesman commented: “This fits in with the boys’ plans to move into acting.”
An intensive European touring schedule is being lined up for the Dave Dee group in the early autumn. This will be followed in November by a major U.S. tour – its previous visit to America was cancelled because work permits were not granted in time. After its panto engagement, the group undertakes a tour of Australia, Japan and the Far East in the early spring.
It was revealed this week that plans for Dave Dee & Co. to star in a movie version of “The Legend Of Xanadu” have now been dropped. Esther Ofarim was to have been leading lady in the film, but it was found impossible to match her availability with Dave’s.
The group is the centre of a big merchandising campaign which is being launched on the British and foreign markets this summer. Shoppers will be able to buy Dave Dee cardboard cut-outs, Dave Dee soap and Dave Dee bedside lamps.

Sat 20/07/68
(UK) NME n°1123 page 5: Nine Hits In Row, But Mick Still Unhappy !
Keith Altham discovers when he interviewed the Dave Dee group

NME-68-07-20-UnhappySeven years
“It wouldn’t be so bad if we had only been doing it for three years or so, but we’ve been at it for seven years. It’s got to slow down. The answer is probably doing more work abroad and less here. It’s terribly difficult to plan to work so many months and holiday so many months. You have to tour to the right places at the right times.”
One of the incredible things about Dave Dee and Co. is that they have had hits in almost every country in the world, from New Zealand to Japan, without one big hit in the States. Why?
“This is one of those questions which we just cannot answer. We could be one of those groups who will never have a big hit in America.
“The challenge is still there and we are still trying. The latest attempt is a number we recorded on the new album, one of the most soulful things we’ve ever done, called ‘Breakout.’ It was once done by James and Bobby Purify. Personally I don’t think I’m a soul singer and to release this number in America is rather like taking coals to Newcastle, but that’s what’s happened.

“We’re going to America to make our first public appearances – the last time we went we did just TV and radio – in November and we hope that will do the trick.”
Talking more generally, I mentioned that it was a shame the Majorca Pop Festival had been cancelled. Dave was not so sure it was so bad.

WingDingShow-WDCAWed 24/07/68
TV Performance: Wing Ding Show, WDCA-TV, Washington, Washington DC, USA (4:00-5:00 pm)
Dance Party with Jack Alix – Dave, Dee, Etc.
Dave Dee & Co. first appeared on this show in May 1967. Jack Alix then hosted “Wing Ding” from 13 May 1968 through 29 November (Mon. to Fri.), after which it was renamed “The Jack Alix Show”.

Sat 27/07/68   
(UK) Melody Maker: Dave Dee & Co. US Autumn Tour dates
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich have finalised their American tour which will take place from October 10 to November 16. As a result there will be no British autumn tour for the group this year.
The American trip will include college and stadium dates as well as radio and TV appearances.
The group will also tour Sweden from August 17 to September 1.

America-TimeToTakeOffLPAugust 1968
American album release: Time To Take Off (Imperial 12402)

Liner Notes:
Despite a bunch of name that sound like they belong to the Seven Dwarfs, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich come across with giant size sounds that crash through conventional barricades and step lively into the musical bizarre. You’ve already heard “Zabadak” and “The Legend Of Xanadu,” of course, but that’s hardly scratching the surface. Now it’s time to blow up that glimpse to a towering well-rounded look at the diverse dimensions of this group in search of a name.
“Mrs. Thursday” could well be the first four bars of a small country’s coronation ceremony. It turns into semi-syncopated blend of harmonic vocals and cleverly integrated instruments that reminisce of stern-faced blokes in red uniforms and tall, firry hats whose faces would surely shatter at the mere suggestion of a smile.
The album proceeds on the same unpredictable note, with a bunch of songs you’ve never heard – and isn’t that the way it should be? It’s relaxed at the same time smashing. The music is fun yet carves emotional crevasses in the provoking pop music river bed.
If you want to relax and hear good pop music, you can. And if you want to delve into “message music” and pry the words apart, you can do that, too – the messages are here. But the basic appeal of the Dave Dee, etc., sound is that good music individuality these five lads from Salisbury possess.
Other groups may be thrashing their voices through reverb units and fuzz-bassing their amplifiers to death – don’t expect that from Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich; they’re doin’ their own thing . . . and they’re good at it.


Sat 31/08/68   
(USA) Billboard: Album Reviews
Time To Take Off–Dave Dee, Dozy, Mick & Tich.
Imperial LP 12402 (S)
This bright and sparkling album includes three of the group’s most recent singles, “Zabadak,” “The Legend Of Xanadu” and “Break Out,” and that should prove a powerful selling point. The program opens and closes with an exceptional Harold Blaikley ballad, “If No-One Sang,” and the numbers in-between are well balanced and diversified.

TeenScoop-Sep68-CoverSeptember 68
(USA) Teen Scoop: DAVE DEE – Ex-copper to pop rocker
By Julie Harper
“It’s not easy being an ex-copper – British for policeman – turned pop music star,” explained Dave Dee, lead man for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich. “I have to live down the reputation every time I go on stage. I was a bobby for a year, you know, and then one day I just sat down and typed out my resignation. Pounding a beat is okay, but singing is my real fancy.”
Dave and the other boys had just entered the States to begin a personal appearance tour. TEEN SCOOP had been tipped off that Dave Dee and Co. were a smash in England, mainly because of their sexy image and frenetic delivery of a pop song. So before they ventured out on tour, I interviewed Dave over lunch to see if the reports were true – they were!
Devouring a hot steak sandwich, Dave continued. “We get our share of criticism. In fact, sometimes it seems that we get more than our share. Some critics have complained that our music isn’t progressive enough.
“But despite what some of the professional critics say, we’re not planning any major musical changes. It’s like playing a slot machine. When you’re winning, you keep pulling the handle.
“Listen, what is a pop record? It’s something that sets out to be popular. Music is a form of relaxation, and when a bloke comes home from school or work he wants to hear something simple and easy on the ear.”
He finished off his mashed potatoes, then ordered hot apple pie and tea with cream and sugar.
“I’ll tell you something else. Anyone who says material values are unimportant is kidding himself. I’ve bought a house, I own interests in a block of flats in London, and I’ve just bought a Bentley. And why not? Driving around, I see lots of hippies, and if they want to laugh at me because I work and have money, let them. I know who’s better off. I may be a fink – but I’m an honest one.
“We’ve had a fair share of hits in England and are one of the biggest groups in the country. But we work hard and we work often, which seems to puzzle some people.
“Actually, it’s not so hard to understand. We can’t afford to slack off  because we have such a high running expense. All top acts do. It costs us over 1,000 pounds a week – about $2,500 – to tick over, and if we stopped work for two weeks, our system would collapse.
“Of course our sense of values has changed since we started earning in a week what we used to make in six months. But success came gradually.”

TeenScoop-Sep68-CopperI asked Dave for a run-down on the rest of the group.
“Dozy is our bass guitarist. His real name is Trevor Davies, so now you know why we call him Dozy. Actually he got his nickname because of his habit of dozing off. He can catch 40 winks in the weirdest positions.
“Beaky is our rhythm guitarist. The girls rave over his blue eyes, and he raves over girls no matter what color their eyes are. Once upon a time he was an interior decorator.
“Mick joined the group after serving an apprenticeship as a motor mechanic. He’s a sensitive boy, and he once remarked after a screaming scene in London, ‘Sometimes, Dave, I wish I were a grease monkey again.’ But those moods pass, and when he swings he really lets his hair down.
“Tich is the smallest one in the group, hence his nickname. He’s a jolly lad, and an incurable practical-joke player. The lark I remember best is the one he pulled on us in Germany. He set the clocks in our hotel rooms ahead three hours, and we showed up for the performance much too early – all except Dozy. He waltzed in at the correct time and we all pounced on him. He’s a good sport though – took his thrashing in good humor, like we knew he would.”
“That sounds like a pretty exciting crew,” I remarked.
“You’re right, luv,” he answered. “We’re out to whip up excitement. I want to show that pop music is not twee, Ordinary. Some of it is, of course, but not ours. When we give a performance, you know you’ve seen a show – because your spine tingles.”
Lunch was over and it was time to go. I started to shake hands with Dave but he reached over, pulled me to him (I must admit I didn’t resist) and gave me a kiss. My spine still tingles.

[Note: Dave Dee & Co. were due to tour the USA from October 10 to November 16, 1968.
Teen Scoop wanted to try to promote the group more, especially with all of the hits and couldn't understand why they weren't catching on in the States. They were anticipating their return and success and hoping to get them on the cover, which would probably have been their first American teen magazine cover. - RL Daly]

September 68   
American single release: Break Out / Mrs. Thursday (Imperial 66325)
Re-release of single formerly issued in June 1968, with a different catalogue number.
[Although it seems actual records were never commercially available.]

Mon 9/09/68
(Canada) RPM Weekly: Break Out #28 (34)
Break Out, released in Canada on Fontana 15001, entered the RPM Weekly charts at #93 on July 6th and stayed 11 weeks in the Top 100.
No more Dave Dee & Co records were released in the United States until “Tonight Today” in late 1969 (Cotillion), although “Antoinette” was given a label number: Imperial 66339.

NME-68-10-12-PhotoSat 12/10/68
(UK) NME n°1135 page 18: Dave Dee Has A Go At The Underground (Alan Smith)
Blunt words from Dave Dee, who can afford to be blunt as he watches his 13th lucky hit single, “Wreck Of The Antoinette,” jumping up the NME Chart this week.

Justifiably, he’s very proud of the group’s international reputation: “We’ve had hit records in every pop record-buying country in the world, although America is still a bit of a problem.
“I really don’t know if we should give up with the U.S. That’s the place where we’ve had the most consistent flops! You can record a load of ― and put it out and get a hit, but try good clean pop and they don’t want to know.
“The way we feel now is, with all the countries we can earn good money in, why should we maybe bother with the States for five weeks and come back out of pocket? Who needs it?
“We’re very conscious of our success right now, and the need to be shrewd and save our money.
“I’ll tell you this. I’d hate to think of all those years we spent grovelling down there at the bottom, and then to have it good the way we have it now, and then to end up penniless.
“I’ve seen it happen to others, and it’s tragic. I’m determined not to have it happen to us.”

Sat 12/10/68
(USA) Rolling Stone n°19 page 31: Imperial Advert

Time To Take Off – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich



DBMT-BadNewsPSEPILOGUE: America’s a complete mystery to me

In the end, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich could only finalize one tour of America, although at least five more projects had been worked out, between early 1966 and late 1968.
During these same three years, The Kinks were banned from playing in America, after a U.S. Summer 1965 tour. The members place the blame on a powerful musicians union’s denial of permits to perform in the States.

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich played their last concert together in September 1969, after which Dave Dee decided to try a solo career, while Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich returned as “D.B.M. & T.” – under which name they released a few more discs in the U.S., for yet another label: Cotillion, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records.


Sat 4/01/69
(UK) NME n°1147 page 7: Gees, Dave Dee disc delays; Aretha, Family Stone Newies
The Bee Gees have decided NOT to release “Odessa” as their new single – it will, instead, be the title track of their next album, to be issued by Polydor on February 14. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich have also changed their plans for a new single, which will not be released until after the group returns from its Japanese tour in mid February.
[...] Dave Dee’s “Run Colorado” will not now be coming out next Friday (10), although it will be released in America the following week. Instead, the group has decided to defer its next single until mid-February – and it is probable a completely different track could now be selected for the British market.

MMaker-69-03-29-PhotoSat 29/03/69   
(UK) Melody Maker: Dave Dee & Co. – Dave’s Secret: Knowing your place in the chart, of course

After 12 hits in a row, you’d think that Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, purveyors of purple pop, had a formula for success. You know, mix in three parts music, two parts personality and four parts Boys Own Paper, mix thorougly, add a dash of Steve Rowland and a pinch of Howard and Blaikley, stir well and cook in a pressing machine. Hey Presto! A hit!
But Dave Dee, toothy leader of the most colourful of Britain’s pop groups, doesn’t agree.

With the exception of America, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich have broken as a major pop attraction all over the world. It’s been a deliberate policy of the group over the past three years to promote themselves abroad.
“I think we saw the potential earlier than a lot of groups. We used to go off abroad and work for nothing the first trip, just to get the name across; the second time we went we’d get paid; the third time we’d make a little money until we’d built a good market for ourselves all over the place.
“It was a deliberate aim; and it worked.”
Except in America.
“America’s a complete mystery to me,” said Dave. “We just can’t get off the ground there at all.
“I’m not claiming we are the greatest thing since sliced bread, but I really believe that our sort of pop is superior to what’s making it in the States. When I look at some of the records that have made number one over there recently, I think ‘God!’
I think our pop records are better produced and more melodic than the American’s yet the group’s records never happen there.
“We’ve even tried doing a special, different single for the American market, but that didn’t happen either. I suppose we could do a freaky underground thing, but what’d happen if it was a hit. We’d go there and they’d see it wasn’t us.
“I think that America’s dead as far as we’re concerned unless we can have a record – or even two or three – that happens there before we go again. I wouldn’t go back without that.
“We’d like to play some cabaret dates there, but without a hit they don’t want to know, even though I know we’d go down well.”
– Alan Walsh.

69NMEDDBMT19thJulyTue 15/07/69
(USA) Washington Post: Pop Group Disbanding (Reuters)
London, July 14-Dave Dee, Dozy, Mick and Tich, one of the most successful pop groups in Britain, announced last night they will split up in September when lead singer Dave Dee goes solo. The group, which has been together for eight years and made 14 hit records, said the split was over a disagreement on musical policy.

TeenPinups-Nov69-CoverNovember 69
(USA) Teen Pin-Ups: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
Dave Dee – Born Dec. 17, 1943 in Salisbury, Eng. 6’ 1” . . . 166 lbs . . . Single
Dozy – Born Nov. 2, 1944 in Enford, Eng. 5’ 11” . . . 147 lbs . . . Married
Beaky – Born July 10, 1944 in Salisbury, Eng. 5’ 8” . . . 140 lbs . . . Married
Mick – Born March 4, 1944 in Amesbury, Eng. 6’ . . . 168 lbs . . . Married
Tich – Born May 15, 1944 in Salisbury, Eng. 5’ 8” . . . 140 lbs . . . Single

These five guys have one thing on their minds this time of year – and that’s getting a head-start on their new wardrobes for Fall. If you didn’t say anything else about Dave and his friends, you’d have to say they’re right up there in the fashion world. Some of the things they’re planning to buy will give you an idea of what’s coming into style – like flowered ties, wide, wide belts studded with metal, sheer see-through shirts with heavier cuffs and collar, straighter-legged pants (with cuffs again) and boots with smaller heels. Another idea? Hats! Speaking of hats, we’ve got to take ours off to them. They’re one group that’s managed to stay on top record after record without doing any major tours on either side of the Atlantic. While they’re still “relaxing on their laurels,” do write to them at Fontana Records, 35 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago, 111.

[The article mixed up Tich and Beaky's marital status.Although Teen Pin-Ups ran the article in their November 1969 issue, it may have been written at an earlier time.]

LillianRoxonLate 1969
Lillian Roxon’s Rock Encyclopedia: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
There has always been a place in rock for good, honest commercialism. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, who are English, are it. They used to be known as Dave Dee & the Bostons, but then decided to use their old school nicknames. Bend It was banned in America for being too sexy, which it certainly was (and even more so in live performance). In Legend of Xanadu, which was not banned, you can hear the cracking of whips (the Velvet Underground did it first, though). Again, to get the full impact of that, you have to see ex-policeman Dee do it live at London’s Royal Albert Hall in front of an audience of very hip fourteen-year-olds. The group specializes in good, clean, wildly entertaining, very sexy off-color fun, beautifully staged. They should have made it in America by now. Almost everyone else has, and they’re better than some.




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