December 1969



December 69
Former Dave Dee & The Bostons’ manager Bob James travels to the USA to sell and commercialize D.B.M.& T. records. Ahmet Ertegun signs the group on Atlantic’s subsidiary Cotillion.
After releasing their records on Fontana in 1966-1967 in the United States, Dave Dee & Co’s second American outlet was Imperial, home of Johnny Rivers, Chèr and Jackie DeShannon, and now Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich are on Cotillion, whose catalogue started with Brook Benton’s “Do Your Own Thing”, the album where he sang his version of “Break Out”.

December 69
Philips Studios, Stanhope House, 2-4 Stanhope Place, London W2, England [Released on 30/01/70]
Dave Dee recording session for My Woman’s Man / Gotta Make You Part Of Me (produced by Dee/Howard/Blaikley) with the Johnny Gregory Orchestra.
Dave Dee’s backing group is The David, a Welsh trio from Newport, South Wales, managed by Bob James. Dave Dee asked his friend Peter Mason, who was no longer involved with Barry and Maurice Gibb, to join them.
The David: Phil Edwards (dr), Ian England (pia), David Martin (bs), Peter Mason (gt)

Fri 5/12/69    Album release: Chris Britton – “As I Am” LP (Page One POLS 022)
Troggs’ lead guitarist tries it on his own, after Ronnie Bond and Reg Presley solo singles in early ‘69

Sat 6/12/69
Record Mirror: Trogg to fly to the moon
Trogg member, Chris Britton is booked on the first commercial flight to the moon via Pan Am. He’s aiming to take his equipment but refuses to pay excess baggage all the way because of the increased weightlessness as one near the moon.
“As the baggage gets lighter, I’ll have to put on a pretty heavy performance to keep the price up,” he said.
The release of his first solo album on Page One Records does not by any means    indicate he will be leaving the Troggs. The reason he made the record was to put his own ideas onto disc.’”Originally I was going to do a single like the other members of the Troggs, but I had so much material to record, it couldn’t have been released as a 30-minute a-side single,” said Chris. “I’m still a Trogg and will remain in the business irrespective of what happens.”

Sat 6/12/69
Free Festival, Altamont Speedway, California, USA
Featuring, in order of appearance: Santana, Jefferson Airplane, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, with the Rolling Stones headlining.
Approximately 300,000 people attended the concert, with Hells Angels more or less used as security. This led to the death of an 18-year-old man. While Woodstock represented “peace and love,” Altamont came to be viewed as the end of the hippie era.

Fri 12/12/69    Album release: Various Artists – “No One’s Gonna Change Our World” LP (Regal Starline SRS 5013)
The Beatles: Across The Universe; Cilla Black: What The World Needs Now; Rolf Harris: Cuddly Old Koala; The Hollies: Wings; Spike Milligan: Ning Nang Nang, The Python; The Bee Gees: Marley Purt Drive; Lulu: I’m A Tiger; Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Bend It; Cliff Richard: Out In The Country; Bruce Forsyth: When I See An Elephant Fly; Harry Secombe: Land Of My Fathers

Charity album sold in benefit of the World Wildlife Fund, containing unissued recordings by The Beatles and The Hollies, it is the only official release with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich and The Beatles together.

Can YOU recognise Dave Dee, Dozy, Tich and Mick – but not Beaky hidden behind a panda ?

Wed 17/12/69
Birthday: David Harman (Dave Dee) is 26 today (or 28 if his real date of birth had been known then)
D. B. M. & T. have all turned 25 this year, as they start their “solo” career.

Mon 22/12/69
(Germany) Bravo n°52 page 22: Kurz neu heiss
Dave Dee hat seine erste Single ohne Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich produziert und wird beim Start seiner Solo-Karriere von seiner Plattenfirma mit einem groß-angelegten Reklamefeldzug unterstützt – stop

Hot News: Dave Dee has produced his first single without Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, and his record label will support him starting his solo career with a large advertising campaign – stop

Fri 26/12/69
NME n°1198: Popliners
Tremeloes Dave Munden and Chip Hawkes, Marmalade’s Junior Campbell and Dean Ford, Peter Sarstedt, Dave Dee, Leapy Lee, Tony Blackburn, Ed Stewart, Pete Murray and Carl Wayne are among stars taking part in charity football match at Slough FC’s ground on Boxing Day (3 p.m.)

Wed 31/12/69
TV Show: Beat-Club 50, ARD Radio Bremen, Bremen, Deutschland (Live)
Hosted by Dave Dee and Uschi Nerke (4:00-5:00 pm)

With Steamhammer: Louisiana Blues; Hardin & York: Tomorrow Today, The Pike; Report about Bravo-Magazin in Munich; Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Tonight Today; Chicago Transit Authority: I’m a Man; Janis Joplin: Try (Just a little bit harder); Terry Reid: Superlungs my Super Girl, Rich Kid Blues, Highway 61.

The 50th edition of Beat-Club meant the show was over four years old, and it was something special: broadcast on New Year’s Eve, for the last time in black and white, with Dave Dee celebrating by an encounter with his former mates, mentioning on screen:
“Hey Hey, how about that ? Here we got some old friends of mine, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich”

Wed 31/12/69
Star-Club, Große Freiheit 39, Hamburg, Deutschland
To mark the end of the Sixties, the most famous club in Germany closes down on New Year’s Eve with Hardin & York as the featured attraction on the final night.





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