December 1967



December 67    
(USA) Star Time December 67: 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.

December 67

German album release: “Golden Hits Of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich” – Star-Club 158 037 STY
Zabadak / Marina / Hideaway / You Make It Move / Save Me / He’s A Raver //
Bend It / The Sun Goes Down / Touch Me, Touch Me / She’s So Good / I Can’t Stop / Okay

The very last album release from Star-Club Records. It is a little different from the British version, in that it replaced “Hold Tight” by “Zabadak”, and “All I Want” by “The Sun Goes Down”, leaving only three tracks previously available on album.

December 67 ?   
Album release: Lynn Holland – “Oh Darling How I Miss You” LP (Polydor 236.217)
Come And Love (Hava Nagila) / All The Love In The World / Bend It / One Man In My Life / Wand’ring Boy / Oh Darling How I Miss You / My Yiddishe Momma / Face In The Crowd / May God Help You And Protect You / Before / No Regrets / Loneliness

This is a collection of her songs from 1965 onwards, five of which came from the pen of Howard Blaikley. Her repertoire includes Yiddish songs and Edith Piaf.

More about Lynn Holland in the Covers section / “Bend It”

Fri 1/12/67    alt
Single release: The Herd – Paradise Lost / Come On – Believe Me (Fontana 887)
Another reference to British litterature made by Howard Blaikley here, this time to John Milton’s poem first published in 1667

NME (2 December 1967): *”Paradise Lost”/”Come On–Believe Me” (Fontana).
Hello, what’s this – have I put on the wrong record ? Sounds like David Rose’s “Stripper,” with its brash burlesque music ! Ah, now it’s settled into mid-tempo – and it’s the Herd all right. No mistaking that urgent, attacking style of young Peter Frampton, commanding sympathy and appeal in this expressive and wistful lyric.
And that strange spectral wailing in the background is another distinctive trademark. But, wait a minute, now it’s gone back to razzamatazz again!
Well, superficially, it sounds like a bit of a hotch-potch. But actually, it’s the tale of a fellow who’s drowning his sorrows in drink in a sleazy strip joint, while he reflects sadly on the loss of his youthful innocence. Extremely well done – evocative and highly commercial.
Flip: A much more straightforward rhythmic ballad, and an excellent showcase both for the singer and the musical competence of the group as a whole. alt

Sat 2/12/67   
Pearce Hall, Maidenhead, Berkshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozie, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Sun 3/12/67   
Neue Welt, Berlin, Germany (7:00 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

4-8 Dec. 67   
Radio Show: David Symonds Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (5:30-6:30 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich are appearing a second time within a month

Sat 9/12/67    
Disc and Music Echo:  

Final arrangements for the Dave Dee group’s proposed concerts in Rhodesia next January have now been delayed until the group gets written guarantees that they won’t have to play to segregated audiences.
Promoter Peter Bankoff, in London recently for talks with the boys’ co-manager, Bob James, has returned to Salisbury, Rhodesia, to get a specially-signed warrant from rebel Premier Ian Smith’s Government.
Explained James: “A lot of paperwork is involved. Because of the Musicians Union ruling about members playing there on apartheid grounds, it’s necessary to get guarantees that segregation isn’t involved.”
If the deal does go through, the boys fly to Salisbury on January 19 for a week’s season, followed by dates in Bulawayo. Later they play Singapore (January 31-February 6) and Japan (two weeks from February 9). Visit to Australia, before returning home via America, is also planned.alt

Read on the January 1968 Chronicles to see how the deal fell through.

Sat 9/12/67   
(USA) Billboard December 9, 1967 page 57: Zabadak Advert
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 with zabadak
now #2 in england soon to be #1 in the u.s.

Page 98: Spotlight Singles – Special Merit Spotlight
Spotlighting new singles deserving special attention of programmers and dealers


Dana Valery – Zabadak (Gallico, BMI). (Prod. Charlie Callelo) (Writer: Blaikley) – The influence of the successful “Pata Pata” is apparent with this strong rhythm number with an African flavor, currently showing on the British charts. Columbia 44389.

Sat 9/12/67   
Manchester, Lancashire, England
Concert cancelled following a car accident involving group members

Sun 10/12/67   
Wakefield, Yorkshire, England
Concert cancelled following a car accident involving group members

Sun 10/12/67   
Lake Monona, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Rock ‘n roll singer Otis Redding (26) and four members of his Bar-Kays band were killed when their Beechcraft H18 plane crashed in icy Lake Monona near Madison, Wisconsin, on a foggy night. Ronnie Caldwell (or), Jimmy King (gt), Phalon Jones (sx), and Carl Cunningham (dr) also died.

Mon 11/12/67   
Ringwood, Hampshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Wed 13/12/67    
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour Of Ireland
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Disc & Music Echo (9 December 1967):
Dave Dee and Co will be the first pop group to be sprayed with anti foot-and-mouth disinfectant when they start a short tour of Ireland next Wednesday (13).

Thu 14/12/67    
TV Show: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)

Introduced by Alan Freeman & Mike Lennox with The Scaffold (Thank You Very Much #10) • The Herd (Paradise Lost – New Release Spot) •  The Monkees (Daydream Believer #11) • The Bee Gees (World #8) • Diana Ross And The Supremes (In And Out Of Love #19) • Cat Stevens (Kitty – New Release) • Tom Jones (I’m Coming Home #7) • The Beatles (Hello Goodbye #1)

(Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich had just slipped out of the BBC Top 20, Zabadak being at #21)

Fri 15/12/67   
EP release: Zabadak! And Other Hits – Fontana MCP 5006 [Available on Musicassette only]
The Sun Goes Down / Loos Of England / Zabadak! / Marina

A repackaging of previously available songs in a new format. “Zabadak” and its B-side were not included in the “Golden Hits” album issued one month earlier in Britain. Third edition of the “Loos Of England” after the vinyl LP at Christmas 1966 and the vinyl EP in February.

Fri 15/12/67   
BBC Transcription Disc: Top Of The Pops #159, Kensington House, London, England
The Sun Goes Down / Frustration / Zabadak [Rec. 1967]
Tracks: 1.Long John Baldry: Morning Dew; 2.Kippington Lodge: Shy Boy; 3.Brenda Lee: Where’s The Melody; 4.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: The Sun Goes Down; 5.The Moody Blues: Nights In White Satin; 6.Long John Baldry: Let The Heartaches Begin; 7.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Frustration; 8.Brenda Lee: Rusty Bells; 9.The Moody Blues: Leave This Man Alone; 10. Long John Baldry: Bad Luck Soul; 11.Kippington Lodge: Younger Girl; 12.Brenda Lee: Sweet Nothin’s; 13.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Zabadak. Hosted by Brian Matthew [Expiry date: 15/06/68]

Thirteenth Program for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, dated Dec. 15, 1967. “Frustration” makes its 4th appearance on “Top of the Pops”: twice with the ’66 version, and twice with that of ’67.

Sat 16/12/67   
Record Mirror: Dave Dee
Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dickens, and now Dee.
Dave Dee is planning to write a “first-person” novel in the new year. He reckons to have the book, which will be about the pop-music business, finished within a few months.

Sat 16/12/67   
NME n°1092: Dave men crash in blizzard

Four members of the Dave Dee group were involved in car accidents during blizzards last weekend. Beaky and Dozy were taken to hospital and treated for concussion, cuts and bruises after their car had skidded and crashed. Dave Dee and Mick, driving in another car, escaped unhurt when their vehicle skidded off the road.
The group missed dates at Manchester and Wakefield on Saturday and Sunday, but were able to resume engagements at Ringwood on Monday.

Sat 16/12/67    alt
(USA) Billboard December 16, 1967 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.)


Fri 22/12/67   
TV Performance: Crackerjack, BBC Television, London, England (5:00-5:45 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Little Star

Record Mirror (23 December 1967): Dave Dee
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich will be singing a Christmas carol, called “Little Star”, written specially for them by Howard-Blaikley, on Crackerjack, December 22.
For the first time live, or on record, Mick will be the lead singer.

Addenda by Ron Cooper (Zabadaaltk Magazine): From all accounts and memories which are very faded (Dozy & Alan Blaikley – Tich couldn’t remember anything) then it was a song with five verses & where each member took his turn to do a verse. Because Mick Wilson couldn’t sing then they believe that he probably spoke his part.

Fabulous 208 (30 March 1968): High Loon with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
MICK has constantly-amused blue eyes, very direct, and a face that in repose is always set in a smile. It’s good that he can smile at himself. Sometimes he needs to do just that.
There was the Christmas carol incident. Mick is, by his own admission, tone deaf. He has rarely, if ever, contributed a note vocally to the group sound. His partners-in-loon decided last Christmas that Mick would sing, and the ideal opportunity arose when they were booked for Crackerjack and asked to sing a carol. Mick went into training for two weeks to prepare to sing his one-verse contribution. The bathroom resounded night and day to the dulcet (?) tones of melodious Mick. So what happened when the big day came? The show overran, and Mick’s contribution went for the chop !


Fri 22/12/67   
TV Series: BBC Television, London, England
Mrs. Thursday – We Bid You All Goodbye (Season 3 – Episode 38)
Last episode of the series that was the most popular in 1966 and 1967 in Britain.

Fri 22/12/67    
Top Rank Ballroom, Doncaster, Yorkshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Fri 22/12/67    
Majestic Theatre, Retford, Nottinghamshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Fri 22/12/67    
Majestic Theatre, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

According to Fabulous 208, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich were playing at three venues on the same day. Which doesn’t seem impossible, as the three places were within short distance.

Sat 23/12/67   
City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich supported by The Jigsaw

Mon 25/12/67   
Radio Show: Music For Your Party, BBC Radio One, London, England
Christmas Show with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Tue 26/12/67   
TV Performance: Top Of The Pops ’67 Part Two, BBC Television, London, England (5:10-6:10 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Zabadak (Repeat Performance) presented by Alan Freeman, Jimmy Savile & Pete Murray
With The Bee Gees, The Monkees, The Rolling Stones, Long John Baldry, Lulu, Scott McKenzie, The Supremes, Cliff Richard, Procol Harum, The Beatles, Engelbert Humperdinck
[Rediffusion of all year’s Hits in two parts, on Christmas Day and Boxing Day]

(Dave Dee, Beaky and Tich can be spotted dancing among the audience in the end)

Sat 30/12/67    
NME n°1094 Cover: NME Chart Points Top Tenners For 1967
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich are pictured at #8 for “Zabadak”

Sat 30/12/67    
Fabulous 208: Beaky, Dozy, Mick, Tich and Dave Dee Poster by Fiona Adams

Pages 4-5: Christmas Time Off (June Southworth)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich knock off – if you’ll excuse the expression – for a week from Christmas Eve.
They could have spent the time flashing down the ski-slopes in Switzerland, or having late night rave-ups on the TV, or consuming champers and caviare among the nobs at The Ritz.
Actually, the whole reason why they left their date book free is so that they can eat their Christmas pud under the mistletoe with their mums and dads.
Lovely Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich (you see, we’ve already turned over a New Year leaf and called them by their full names!) are going home to Salisbury come hell, high water or holly. After all what’s Christmas without your folks around you ? Come on, own up!
So as you pull your crackers and read the funnies or make idiots of yourselves in happy hats, you have the rather nice knowledge that Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich are doing it, too!

Pages 20-21: Merry Quizmas
Pop by June Southworth
1 In which group would you find Ian Amey, Trevor Davies, David Harman, John Dymond and Michael Wilson ?
Guess Who?
4 Who’s backview
Page 19: The Dave Dee Story
Dave Dee has a novel new year resolution. He’s resolved to write a book.
Dave intends to spend every spare minute on the book, and has devised a plot with a pop music slant.
He says the book will be fiction based on his own experiences, and he intends to write it in the first person.
Like most dedicated authors, however, Dave refuses to give any further details about the plot.
“You’ll just have to wait and see,” he says.


Sat 30/12/67   
(USA) Billboard December 30, 1967 page 44: Billboard Hot 100
Bubbling Under The Hot 100:
111. Zabadak ……… Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, Imperial 66270 [First Week]


Sat 30/12/67   
TV Performance: Beat-Club 27, ARD Radio Bremen, Bremen, Deutschland (Lip-Sync)
Hosted by Uschi Nerke & Dave Lee Travis (5:10-5:40 pm)
The Flowerpot Men: A Walk In The Sky; Billy Nichols: Would You Believe; The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band: Equestrian Statue, Little Sir Echo; The Bee Gees: World; P.P. Arnold: Groovy; Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Zabadak; Marion: I Go to Sleep; The Small Faces: Tin Soldier.

Sun 31/12/67   
Radio Show: Top Gear, BBC Radio One, London, England (2:00-5:00 pm) [Recorded on 22/11/67]
The Herd: Mixed Up Minds, Paradise Lost, Come On Believe Me, She Loves Me She Loves You Not, I Want You
Presented by Tommy Vance and John Peel with The Alan Bown Set, The Moody Blues, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Pink Floyd (Live Performance) Top Gear Exclusive: Mighty Quinn by Manfred Mann




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