December 1966



December 1966    
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich “Beat In Concert” German Tour:
Programme: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, The Spencer Davis Group, The V.I.P.’s, Joe Cocker, The Rattles and Ian & The Zodiacs 
(We were top of the bill and there was a couple of German bands – Tich Amey)

Sun 4/12/66    Spencer Davis Group and Dave Dee & Co Tour: Circus Krone-Bau, Munich
Mon 5/12/66    Berlin
Tue 6/12/66    Berlin
Wed 7/12/66    Spencer Davis Group and Dave Dee & Co Tour: Berlin, Germany
Thu 8/12/66    Spencer Davis Group and Dave Dee & Co Tour: Berlin, Germany
Fri 9/12/66    Spencer Davis Group and Dave Dee & Co Tour: Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany
Sat 10/12/66    Spencer Davis Group and Dave Dee & Co Tour: Essen, Germany
Sun 11/12/66    Spencer Davis Group and Dave Dee & Co Tour: Westfalenhalle, Dortmund
Mon 12/12/66    Spencer Davis Group and Dave Dee & Co Tour: Cologne, Germany
Tue 13/12/66    Spencer Davis Group and Dave Dee & Co Tour: Düsseldorf, Germany
Wed 14/12/66    Spencer Davis Group and Dave Dee & Co Tour: Hanover, Germany
Thu 15/12/66    Spencer Davis Group and Dave Dee & Co Tour: Stadthalle, Bremen, Germany
Fri 16/12/66    Spencer Davis Group and Dave Dee & Co Tour: Hamburg, Germany 

December 1966   
Film: Hallucination Generation, Trans American Pictures, New York, USA (90 mn, black & white)

Directed by Edward Mann (Santos Alcocer), Rock’n’roll songs by Steve Rowland.
With George Montgomery, Danny Stone, Tom Baker, Marianne Kanter, Steve Rowland.
Filmed in Barcelona and on the island of Ibiza in Spain in 1965, the LSD scenes are shot in colour.

Featuring Steve Rowland & Los Flaps singing: 007 (Double Agent) / Help Me

(British release: Spring 1967) 



December 1966
German single release: Gaylord Parry’s Carnival Band – Let’s Bend / Bending Kremlin’ Gremlin’ (Hansa 19302 AT)
Alan Blaikley: When ‘Bend It’ came out, the programme controller of the pirate station Radio London, Alan Keane, was very reluctant to play it as he suspected it was obscene. So we came up with the ruse that ‘The Bend’ was intended as a new dance, hopefully dance craze, hence ‘The Bend’ by The Potatoes and this one Gaylord Parry’s Carnival Band’s ‘Let’s Bend’, both written (very rapidly) by Ken and me.
The ruse worked, and thankfully ‘Bend It’ got onto the Radio London playlist, vitally important in those days. I don’t think the ‘dance craze’ ever quite happened! I was part of the chorus on these two very hastily recorded and issued records,and the lead vocal on ‘The Bend’ was by Ken and on ‘Let’s Bend’ by Steve Rowland.
(From Zabadak n°24, December 2008) 

December 66   
Beat Instrumental n°44 Page 38: DD, D, B, M & T Make A Discovery !

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich (hereinafter to be called DDDBM&T whether they like it or not) came upon psychedelics by surprise.
Or rather, they found that the exciting new sound they produced by wandering back and forth in front of the microphone and doing all sorts of musically illegal things for the “Shame” track of their new Fontana LP suddenly had a name.
They’re not happy.
“We don’t like the associations,” said Dave. “All we were after was a knock-out sound. We didn’t even KNOW about this LSD bit. But now we’ve heard this American psycho-stuff, we’ve got to say that “Shame” is a far more way-out, weird-oh mixture than anything they’ve done yet. So now everybody’ll say we’re trying to jump on to the junk wagon.”
For those sheltered few who still don’t know what “psychedelics” is (are) it is the name given to a sound and light combination which is said to reproduce the hallucinations provided by a sugar-taken dose of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), a hellish side-product of a certain South American fungus.
“We’re a bit worried,” said Dave. “All we wanted was to try something different. We all sort of stood back from the mike, then we came in – zoom – right on top of it, so we started off with a solid wall of sound. We didn’t have any real melody line – it’s an effects record. We all did a bit of contemprising” – DBM&T cheered gently – “and when we’d finished, the recording engineer did a bit of joggling around and we altogether came up with ‘Shame’.”
The boys are having qualms, too – though not the serious sort – about another track on the LP. “The Loos Of England”, a comprehensive guide, as Beaky put it, to the “characteristic bogs of this fair land”.
“It’s a bit naughty,” said Tich. “Not camp, like the track Beaky did on our last”.
“It’s all in the mind,” ventured Dave. “No” . . . . the other boys looked on the verge of howling him out for moralising . . . . “I feel strongly about this. Four years ago, the BBC made an EP of ‘Listen With Mother’ which had the line ‘Now, children, throw your balls in the air’. And nobody ever dared play it.”
But DDDBM&T aren’t making with the driven show bit. “We’re deliberately sexy on stage,” confessed Beaky. “It’s what the kids want. We’ve tried comedy – hell, half our show used to be comedy when we played the clubs. But the kids don’t want it. All they want is for you to wiggle yourself around”.
“It gets a bit frustrating,” said Dozy with his eyes shut.
Mick reversed a chair and straddled it. “Yeah, sometimes we yearn for a bit of music”.
“But we took a long, cool look”. Dave was in his well-organised mood. “We asked ourselves, ‘What do the kids want!’ We went into this with our eyes open. It has compensations . . . .”
He indicated the muted roar of the audience and the backlane hopefuls. He pointed out the Carnaby Street gear which decorated the dressing room wall like a hanging garden – and not so far from Babylon.
“If a girl gets through the security and manages to reach our dressing room, she can stay and talk for as long as she likes. That’s only fair to her. But once she touches you, that’s the finish. She never likes you as much again – ‘Yes, nice boys, but . . . .’ – The whole reason for the screams, the charges at the stage, is that we’re unattainable, you know! We’re out of reach. Once we’re in reach, she doesn’t want to know. She nor anybody with her.
“All this talk just lately about scrubbers and their experiences. This is one bloody good reason for keepin’ ‘em all out, it seems to me.”
“It’s a thought, isn’t it?” said Dozy, who is never really asleep but only thinking. “A group’s destiny settled in the back of a van . . . .”
But not the destiny of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich. No sir. They’ve got a rare quality called COMMON SENSE. 

Thu 1/12/66   
TV Performance: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
Presented by Simon Dee with Tom Jones (Green Green Grass Of Home #1) • Manfred Mann (Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James #4) • Val Doonican (What Would I Be #4) • The Small Faces (My Mind’s Eye #7) • The Kinks (Dead End Street #14) • The Seekers (Morningtown Ride #15) • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Save Me – New Release Spot) • Bobby Hebb (A Satisfied Mind – New Release) • Donovan (Sunshine Superman – New Release) 

Fri 2/12/66   
Single release: Save Me / Shame – Fontana TF 775 (267.659) [Recorded on 8/11/66]

Radio Caroline and Radio London Christmas and New Year Number 1

Record Mirror (3/12/66): TOP FIFTY TIP
As ever, the group is well served by material. This is a change of style again, a powerful up-tempo belter, marked by clever drumming and piercingly exciting falsetto vocal work. Value for money in terms of length as well as quality. Flip: self-penned, with rather a moody vocal-instrumental build-up. 


Fri 2/12/66   
TV Performance: Ready Steady Go, Rediffusion Television, London, England (6:08-6:35 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Save Me; Herman’s Hermits: East West (Host: Cathy McGowan)

Record Mirror (3/12/66): The group promote their new single “Save Me” on “Top Of The Pops” this week. On Friday (2) they appear on “Ready, Steady, Go” and apart from promoting the single, will play a number from their album “If Music Be The Food Of Love . . . Prepare For Indigestion” which is released on the same day.

Sat 3/12/66   
Disc and Music Echo: Dave Dee: Really Can’t Go Wrong (Penny Valentine)

SAVE ME (Fontana) – Commercially this group really can’t go wrong. Here’s yet another single which will obviously firmly implant them smack in the chart again with no trouble at all.
Actually this is probably the best one they’ve made yet and gets well away from that definite thudding sound they’ve been associated with. This is like a very fast “Concrete And Clay” with cow-bells and bongos played with dexterity, and a breathless South American rhythm. Messrs. Howard and Blaikley will no doubt be pleased to know that, apart from that, the number doesn’t remind me of anything else at all. Very, very good indeed.

Sat 3/12/66   
NME n°1038: Surefire Dave Dee Hit – “Save Me”/”Shame” (Fontana)

Well, you’ve got to hand it to Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich–they certainly believe in ringing the changer. This time they’ve abandoned the Bend in favour of an up-tempo, almost breathtaking, exotic Latin rhythm. It’s a sort of bossa rumba, with a touch of Afro-Cuban thrown in for good measure.
Played and sung with wild fervour, complete with uninhibited shouts. Not so easy to dance to as their previous discs–but it’s a sparkling, surefire hit.
FLIP. This reverts to their basic style, with a walloping stamp beat and throbbing drums.

Sat 3/12/66   
(USA) Billboard Chart N°1: The New Vaudeville Band – Winchester Cathedral (Fontana 1562)
The New Vaudeville Band was 3 weeks at Number 1 in the USA. This was Fontana’s second US chart topper of 1966, with The Troggs’ “Wild Thing” (Fontana 1548) on 30 July and 6 August.

Sun 4/12/66    
Circus Krone-Bau, München, Bayern, Deutschland
Spencer Davis Group and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich “Beat In Concert” Tour

NME n°1039 page 2 (10/12/66): Spencer and I in Riot Ring ! by Dave Dee
NME, the paper that gets around, brings you reports from Germany and France of our top pop stars –

Munich, Germany, Monday – It’s snowing this morning and the crooked houses of this Bavarian capital look like something straight out of the Brothers Grimm !! But there was nothing cold about the audience last night that packed the huge Circus Krone arena, where we started our tour of Germany.
They have labelled this package “Beat In Concert,” no doubt in the hope that the audiences would sit quietly and not smash any of the seats (insurance rates are fantastic).
“Listen Herr Dee,” said the promoter, seizing me by the lapels before the concert, “I am not wanting the trouble, ya?”
“Yavol!” I replied fluently, and went out to watch the start of the show. Backstage there seemed to be more animals than people, since we are in the middle of the circus season, and above the roar of the crowd and the sounds of the Rattles and Ian and the Zodiacs could be heard the bellow of a polar bear, and the excited grunting of a large gorilla!
Wedged between Sammy the performing seal, and a tame yak, I caught Spencer Davis’ act, that hushed the huge crowd through “Georgia” and had them raving to “Gimme Some Lovin”‘, “Keep On Running” and “When I Come Home”. Stevie, as always, looked like a lost schoolhoy behind the huge Hammond organ; and Muff, sporting a huge droopy moustache, seemed out of “Viva Zapata”!
After we had found Dozy, who was feeding apple strudel to the camels, we finally entered the arena to a roar, that would have put Hampden to shame.
Perhaps it is the No. 1 we have here with “Bend it”, or the kinky clothes, I don’t know, but I had only sung the first two lines of “Hold Tight” when there was a concerted rush on the sawdust ring from all sides! I know what a matador feels like now!
In a moment I was down at the bottom of a vast scrum of screaming fans, and out of the carrier of a bruised eye I saw the white-shirted police, about a hundred of them, leap from their seats and run into the ring. Tich was down and fighting . . . and the other boys were in trouble too.
Finally, with the main lights on, some sort of order was restored, and I finished the number. The same attack was launched during “Hideaway” and “Hard To Love You” (big hit here, too), and this time I was dragged out
of the ring and ended up head-down in the first row. I could hear the promoter wailing: “Herr Dee, no trouble! Please!”
We finished with “Bend It”, circled by a ring of police standing shoulder to shoulder, I can’t wait for Berlin ! ! ! . . .    DAVE DEE.

Mon 5/12/66   
(Germany) Der Musikmarkt: Heft 12/1966 – Single-Hitparade 1966
1966 Best-selling Beat groups: 1) The Beatles 2) The Beach Boys 3) Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 4) The Rolling Stones 5) The Troggs 6) The Mama’s & The Papa’s
["Gesangsgruppen" means Vocal Groups]

1966 Best-selling Singles: 15) Hold Tight! 21) Hideaway 43) Bend It

(In 1959, “Der Musikmarkt” was the first German magazine which started to publish a Best-sellers list based on actual sales throughout the country and was generally considered the most reliable)


Mon 5/12/66    
(Germany) Bravo n°50: “Beat in Concert”: Spencer Davis Group + Dave Dee & Co Tour
Bravo pages 4-5: Beat-Krieg in Deutschland!
Deckung, Fans! Jetzt wird scharf gebeatet! In wenigen Tagen gibt es in Deutschland den totalen Beat-Krieg. Ab 4. Dezember kämpfen vier Weltbands – die Spencer Davis Group, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, die Los Bravos und die Troggs – auf unseren Bühnen um den Siegeslorbeer. Siehe unten den Schlachtplan. Da wackelt ganz Deutschland. Wer wird Sieger? Wer wird die deutschen Fans im Fluge erobern? BRAVO rät allen Fans: “‘ran an die Beat-Front!” Und den vier kämpfenden Rivalen: “Nun siegt mal schön!…”
“Beat in Concert”: Spencer Davis Group + Dave Dee & Co:
München – 4. Dezember; Berlin – 7. Dezember; Berlin – 8. Dezember; Frankfurt/Main – 9. Dezember;
Essen – 10. Dezember; Dortmund – 11. Dezember; Köln – 12. Dezember; Düsseldorf – 13. Dezember; Hannover – 14. Dezember; Bremen – 15. Dezember; Hamburg – 16. Dezember;    

December 1966?   
Photo session: Berlin (?), Deutschland [for "Loos Of England" EP] 

Günter Zint (Star-Club photographer) took pictures of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich leaning against a wall (The Berlin Wall ?). They were first used in Germany for the “If Music Be The Food Of Love” LP back cover, then for their only British EP, as well as the “Okay”, “Zabadak”, ” Xanadu” and “Soho” picture sleeves. The image on the “Hard To Love You” sleeve shows how high the wall actually is.


Mon 5/12/66   
Berlin, Deutschland (Day off)
Dave, Beaky and Mick visit East-Berlin or Dachau (?)

Tue 6/12/66   
Berlin, Deutschland (Day off)
Record Mirror (7/01/67): “We want to crack the States” says Mick of Dave Dee
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.”

Wed 7/12/66   
Berlin, Deutschland
Spencer Davis Group and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich “Beat In Concert” Tour
(The VIP’s were Mike Harrison, vo; James Henshaw, kb; Mike Kellie, dr; Frank Kenyon, gt; Greg Ridley, bs). Luther Grosvenor, gt; and Keith Emerson, kb; would join after the Tour.

Thu 8/12/66   
Berlin, Deutschland
Spencer Davis Group and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich “Beat In Concert” Tour
(Joe Cocker had only released one single in 1964 as Vance Arnold & The Avengers. Joe Cocker (vo), Chris Stainton (bs), Frank Myles (gt), Vernon Nash (kb) and Dave Memmott (dr) formed The Grease Band in 1966)

Fri 9/12/66   
Scheduled single release: Patrick Kerr – The Loos Of England (CBS)
The single was withdrawn the previous week. The number was described by a CBS spokesman as “not in good taste”, to the annoyance of Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley.

Fri 9/12/66   
Frankfurt-am-Main, Hessen, Deutschland
Spencer Davis Group and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich “Beat In Concert” Tour

Sat 10/12/66   
Fabulous 208: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Christmas Cover

Page 2: Every Dave Dee, etc., fan in the Salisbury area must have spent the last few weeks shopping around for some “Get Well, Tich” presents.
Tich has just spent two weeks in hospital to have a growth removed from his throat. And while he was there, he had simply hundreds of gonks and other toys arrive for him. Being Tich, he passed them on to all the sick children in the hospital. He’s also received hundreds of “get well” cards and notes which he’s kept to cheer himself up.
Tich-visitors have had to be screened to keep fans out – so we reckon our photographer deserves a medal for getting our pic!

Sat 10/12/66    
Jackie n°153 – Pop Gossip: Sweet Mum

Lucky Mum … That’s Mrs Dymond, who has a sweet shop in Salisbury, Wilts. The son she is really proud of is John Dymond – rather better known as Beaky, of the Dave Dee mob. Since word got around about her being Beaky’s mum, sales at the shop have more than trebled. “Sure,” says Mrs D., “I have to talk a lot to the customers about Beaky – but that’s something I like doing.”
P.S. – Though Dave and the boys can have sweets on the house when they visit the shop, they insist on paying. Says Dave, “We eat so much, that if we didn’t pay, Mrs Dymond would go broke in about half an hour.”

Sat 10/12/66   
(USA) Billboard Top LP’s Chart entry: The New Vaudeville Band – Winchester Cathedral (Fontana 27560)
The New Vaudeville Band LP climbed up to #5. It was the only album on the Fontana US label to enter the Top 50, apart from the Soundtrack Album “To Sir, With Love” #16 in September 1967.
The other Fontana LP’s to chart in the USA were: Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders’ “The Game Of Love” #58 in May ’65, Gloria Lynne’s “Soul Serenade” #82 in June ’65, The Mindbenders’ “A Groovy Kind Of Love” #92 in July ’66, The Troggs’ “Wild Thing” #52 in September, “Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Greatest Hits” #155 in August ’67, The Troggs’ “Love Is All Around” #109 in May ’68 and “Je T’aime Moi Non Plus” by Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg in 1970 (#196).

Sat 10/12/66   
Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutschland
Spencer Davis Group and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich “Beat In Concert” Tour
(Germany) Bravo n°2/67 page 14: Begeistert von Deutschland
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich waren begeistert von ihrer Deutschland-Tournee. In London erzählte Dozy: “Die Fans in Deutschland sind viel wilder als unsere hier. Manchmal allerdings auch zu wild. In Essen demolierten sie die Einrichtung in der Halle und in Dortmund stürmten 200 Fans unseren Bus und ließen eine Menge unserer persönlichen Dinge ‘mitgehen’. Trotzdem, wir gehen wieder nach Deutschland.”

Sun 11/12/66   
Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutschland
Spencer Davis Group and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich “Beat In Concert” Tour
(Germany) Bravo n°2/67 page 14: Enthusiastic about Germany
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich were enthusiastic about their tour of Germany. Dozy said in London: “The Fans in Germany are much wilder than ours here. Sometimes even too wild. In Essen they demolished the fitting of the hall and in Dortmund 200 Fans took our bus by storm and let a whole lot of our personal stuff go away. Anyway, we’ll go back to Germany.”

Mon 12/12/66   
(Germany) Bravo n°51 page 16: Bend It Musicbox N°1
Bend It reaches the N°1 in the Bravo-musicbox and will stay Number One for three weeks.
But it was also officially N°1 in Germany for 2 months through November and December.

The German service of Radio Luxembourg would play the Bravo Musicbox every Wednesday afternoon at 5 pm
The British service of the station (“208″) would play the NME Top Twenty every Sunday night, around midnight

Mon 12/12/66   
Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutschland
Spencer Davis Group and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich “Beat In Concert” Tour

Tue 13/12/66   
Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutschland
Spencer Davis Group and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich “Beat In Concert” Tour

Wed 14/12/66   
Hannover, Niedersachsen, Deutschland
Spencer Davis Group and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich “Beat In Concert” Tour 

Thu 15/12/66   
(France) Salut les copains n°54 page 90: Jacques Dutronc’s own Hit-Parade with “Here’s A Heart” at #6,
” because it’s good and the performers have an incredible moniker “.
Salut les copains: Entre une bière et un calembour Jacques Dutronc a confié à Chouchou la liste des dix chansons actuelles qu’il préfère.
6. ” Here’s A Heart ” (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich). Parce que c’est bien et que les interprètes ont un nom invraisemblable.












Thu 15/12/66   
TV Performance: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
Presented by Jimmy Savile with Tom Jones (Green Green Grass Of Home #1) • The Seekers (Morningtown Ride #3) • The Small Faces (My Mind’s Eye #4) • Donovan (Sunshine Superman #6) • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Save Me #15) • Elvis Presley (If Every Day Was Like Christmas #16) • Rita Pavone (Heart – New Release) • Herman’s Hermits (East West – New Release) • The Troggs (Any Way That You Want Me – New Release)

Thu 15/12/66   
Stadthalle, Bremen, Deutschland
Spencer Davis Group and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich “Beat In Concert” Tour

Fri 16/12/66   
Album release: Fontana (S)TL 5388 [Recorded October-November 1966]
If Music Be The Food Of Love…. ….Prepare For Indigestion” LP
Bang / I’m On The Up / Hideaway / Shame / Hands Off / Loos Of England // Help Me / Master Llewellyn / You Make It Move / All I Want / Hair On My Chinny Chin Chin / Bend It

The LP reached #27 in Great Britain and #4 in Germany. It was not released as such anywhere else, except South Africa.
Record Mirror (17/12/66): Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich “If Music Be The Food Of Love”
The instant appeal that this group has on disc comes over strongly on this LP. Their music is unpretentious and well-performed and well-sung. Also they aren’t afraid to deviate from the usual group formula as can be seen from some of the titles. For anybody who likes group music this LP is ideal, as it is a good example of the best pop music this country is producing. An added bonus in the shape of three of their top hits. Standout tracks – “I’m On The Up”, “Loos” and “Help Me”.

Fri 16/12/66   
Hamburg, Deutschland
Spencer Davis Group and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich “Beat In Concert” Tour
Hamburg: The cradle of British Rock (by Alan Clayson) page 230:
[The group...] were also the well-spring of incidents like the one that took place in 1966 in an arena in Hamburg designed for Wembley-sized championship sports galas.
A balcony at the back of the stage contained a noisy young man so overcome by the jubilee atmosphere that his constant cry of ‘Dave Dee, I luff you!’ filled one of those sudden lulls that can punctuate such proceedings. Everybody laughed. “Next minute, he’s hanging over the balcony” exclaimed Tich in Runyonese present-tense. “Then he falls twenty feet, knocks over a couple of the speaker columns on the stage, drops ten feet from the stage to the floor, and gets a hiding from the Spencer Davis Group’s two roadies for knocking over the equipment. He’s covered in blood, and he’s sitting on a stool backstage in the first-aid area when we come off, and he’s still yelling ‘Dave Dee, I luff you!’”

Sat 17/12/66   
NME n°1040 Page 10: Album Review

This excellent beat group, with its first class lead singer (Dave) and lead guitarist (Tich) much to the fore, put over some memorable and novel beat tracks, including You Make It Move, Bend It and Bang.
They also add humour with Loos Of England (comparing public conveniences round the world with those of England), Master Llewellyn (about a headmaster and lines), and a beat version of the Three Pigs, called Hair On My Chinny-Chin-Chin. All this is punctuated with amusing musical sounds, which make the LP a remarkable one. The group’s managers, Howard and Blaikley, have seven composing credits.
Other titles: I’m On The Up, Hideaway, Shame, Hands Off, Help Me, All I Want.

Sat 17/12/66   
Jackie n°154: Loves And Hates of Tich of Dave Dee & Co.

Having a quiet pint in a pub. • Chinese food and “he-man”steaks. • Having a happy family background. • Beach Boys, ‘cos their sound is terrific. • My pet budgie named Peter. • Pop comedy acts like the Barron Knights and the Rockin’ Berries. • Old friends who still treat us the same and haven’t changed just ‘cos we’ve been successful. • Girls – preferably beautiful and intelligent ones. • Mini-skirts. • Athletics and weight-lifting, but I don’t get much time for them now. • Designing even more way-out gear for the group. • Easter eggs. •  Having enough money to buy the things I like, and save some for a rainy day. • Being able to sleep late. • Going home after a gig to Salisbury – it’s kind of relaxed there. • Local cider. • Lennon-McCartney compositions.
“In” clubs. Can’t see what people see in them. • People who try to turn pop into a science. It’s not intellectual, it’s there to be enjoyed. •  Not being able to do our comedy act in a lot of ballrooms because of the crowds. • Cold tea and toast. It reminds me of the days when we only had a few bobs between us. • Being overtired. • People who think that just because we’ve hit the big time we must be big-headed. • Insecurity. • Hangers-on. • Cars that keep on breaking down. • Promoters who don’t give you a fair deal when you’re not well known. • Girls who wear too much make-up. • Bad drivers. • A bulldog called Asso at a hotel in Hamburg, which wouldn’t let us in at night. • Bad manners. • Drab scenes and clothes. They’re so depressing. 

Sat 17/12/66   
Dave Dee’s Birthday: “Bend It” is N°1 in South Africa
This day, the group probably returns home from their German Tour. “Save Me” has just been released, and is already #8 on Radio London and #4 on Caroline. “Bend It” is N°1 in South Africa and in Germany, where “Hard To Love You” sits at #11. And their first album is still #16 in the German LP charts after 4 months, while their new one has just been issued (yesterday).

Mon 19/12/66   

TV Performance: Musik aus Studio B, ARD Nord Deutscher Rundfunk, Hamburg, Deutschland
Host: Chris Howland (9:00-9:45 pm)
Vicky, Jean-Claude Pascal, Graham Bonney, Roy Black and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Tue 20/12/66   
TV Show: Ready Steady Goes!, Studio One, Wembley, London, England [Broadcast 23/12/66]
Midday camera rehearsals for the final show of this series. All musical performances were short excerpts of the songs, and many guests only made spoken appearances. For the finale, Kenny Lynch led the cast in a rendition of “White Christmas”.

Thu 22/12/66   
TV Performance: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
Presented by Alan Freeman with Tom Jones (Green Green Grass Of Home #1) • Donovan (Sunshine Superman #4) • The Kinks (Dead End Street #5) • The Supremes (You Keep Me Hangin’ On #6) • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Save Me #9) • Cliff Richard (In The Country #15) • The Troggs (Any Way That You Want Me #19) • The Barron Knights (Under New Management #19) [three records tie at n°19] • Wayne Fontana (Pamela Pamela – New Release)

Fri 23/12/66   
TV Performance: Ready Steady Goes!, Rediffusion Television, London, England (6:08-6:35 pm)
Final Show: Mick Jagger and Chris Farlowe: Out Of Time/Satisfaction; The Who: Please Don’t Touch and I’m A Boy; Paul Jones: Baby Tomorrow; Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Save Me; Eric Burdon, Alan Price, Donovan, Lulu, Keith Relf & Paul Samwell Smith, Julie Felix, Cat Stevens, The Merseys, Peter & Gordon, The Small Faces and The Spencer Davis Group (Host: Cathy McGowan)

Fri 23/12/66   
Upper Cut Club, Forest Gate Center, Woodgrange Road, London, England (7.30 & 11.30 pm)
Forest Gate Center, Woodgrange Road, London, E.7 – Billy Walker’s Fabulous Opening Week
7.30 – 11.30 p.m.        Gentlemen 15/-        Ladies 12/6 

Sat 24/12/66   

Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley: It’s the first Rock ‘n’ Roll record I ever heard and I’ll always remember it.
Good Golly Miss Molly by Little Richard: I like this for the same reason I like `Rock Around The Clock’–I love Rock ‘n’ Roll.
You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling by The Righteous Brothers: Just because it’s a great record.
Oh Boy by Buddy Holly: I won my first talent contest singing this.
Say Mama by Gene Vincent: A classic rock record.
I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself by Dusty Springfield: She’s made a lot of good records, but this is one of the best.
Kelly by Del Shannon: I love everything he does–it might as well be this as any other.
In Dreams by Roy Orbison: When I was singing in Hamburg about three and a half years ago I was asked to sing this about nine times a night. I couldn’t forget it if I tried!
The Sound Of Music (LP): I avoided going to the film ‘cos I was sure I’d hate it, but somebody dragged me along and I was knocked out!
Baby You Don’t Have To Tell Me by the Walker Brothers: Although it wasn’t a big hit it’s so well produced.

Sat 24/12/66   
Radio Caroline Countdown of Sound N°1

1 (4) Save Me – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 (1) Sunshine Superman – Donovan
3 (15) Happy Jack – The Who
4 (25) Any Way That You Want Me – Troggs
5 (8) If Every Day Was Like Christmas – Elvis Presley

Sat 24/12/66   
City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich supported by The Academy

Sun 25/12/66   
Radio Show: Easy Beat, BBC Light, London, England (10:30-11:30 am)
Dancing In The Street / Help Me (Medley) (Live Performance)
Presented by Keith Fordyce with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich were featured in this show. Which song did they play ?
“Dancing In The Street” is one of the officially unreleased songs from the BBC vaults, and it is played here as a medley with “Help Me”, in a different version from the official BBC session.

Sun 25/12/66   
Radio Caroline North: Tony Prince Show (9:00 am – 12:00 noon)
Christmas Day Show with many Christmas songs (like “Silent Night” by P.J. Proby) and wishes including the Beatles’ greetings. At 11 o’clock Tony Prince played the current Caroline Countdown N°1: “Save Me” by Dave Dee, Dozy and the Gang.

That same day, “Save Me” was #3 in Radio London’s Fab 40, #6 in the Radio City Sixty and #18 in the Radio Scotland Super Fifty.

Thu 29/12/66   
TV Performance: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
Presented by Alan Freeman with Tom Jones (Green Green Grass Of Home #1) • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Save Me #5) • The Supremes (You Keep Me Hangin’ On #6) • The Who (Happy Jack #10) • Wayne Fontana (Pamela Pamela #23) • The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Hey Joe – New Release) • The Cream (I Feel Free – New Release) • The Monkees (I’m A Believer – New Release)

Fri 30/12/66   
Single release: Cat Stevens – Matthew And Son / Granny (Deram 110)
This was recorded by Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich and released as “The Boys” in 1986

Fri 30/12/66   
Decca Studio, Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead, London [Released in February 1967]
Recording session for The Mojos: Goodbye Dolly Gray / I Just Can’t Let Her Go
The Mojos then consisted only of Stu James (aka Stuart Slater), backed by unknown musicians. Before the move “Back to the country” which brought musicians like The Small Faces and Traffic to Berkshire, the group had relocated to the West Country, in Romsey, Hampshire. (Like Denny Laine, Steve Gibbons and Trevor Burton would do in 1969 with their group “Balls”).

Fri 30/12/66   
Radio Show: Joe Loss Show, BBC Light, London, England (1:00-1:50 pm)
The group probably cancelled their appearance as they were playing in Scandinavia.

Fri 30/12/66   
Copenhagen, Denmark (Afternoon, Evening and Night Shows in three different clubs)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Sat 31/12/66   
Stockholm, Sweden (4 Shows in one day)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

NME n°1043 page 12 (7/01/67): Dave Dee rang the NME from Malmo in Sweden on Monday to tell us that the group have celebrated the New Year with a bang twice!
“The audience went absolutely berserk on New Year’s Eve in the club where we were playing in Stockholm, said Dave. “They stormed the stage with fireworks and I got my trousers burnt when a banger got hung up between my sock and shoe. After the performance we left for another club in our American estate car and celebrated the New Year all over again with a bottle when we realised that you are all an hour behind us in England.
“We’ve been working at a fantastic pace careering from Denmark to Sweden and set what must be almost a world record by playing seven dates in two days. [...] we started our first date in Copenhagen at 3.30 in the afternoon and finished three jobs later and 2 am the next morning. Mind you, the kronas are nice!”








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