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February 1965

FEBRUARY  1965

 

February 1965
Mod Ball, Guildhall, Southampton, Hampshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, Ten Feet Five, The MeddyEVILS

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, the Salisbury group whose disc “No Time” seems to be heading for the charts are appearing at the Mod Ball, Guildhall, Southampton on Friday evening. Dave is being interviewed on STV’s “Day By Day” the same evening. Also at the Mod Ball are The Bumblies (?), Ten Feet Five and…
(from http://www.davidstjohn.co.uk/meddyevils.html)


Fri 5/02/65
NME n°943 page 6: Singles Reviewed by Derek Johnson

NME: Biggest novelty of the stamping-beat ‘No Time’ is the name of the group which has recorded it – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich. Surely that collection must attract attention. ‘Is It Love?’ is a rocka ballad… like the top side, pleasant sounding but innocuous. Fontana.


Fri 5/02/65
Salisbury Journal: “No Time” is N°1 in Salisbury’s Top Twenty

Top Twenty – Dave’s new disc is at No. 1
It was bound to happen. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich have hit the top of the Salisbury charts with their first record, “No Time To Lose”. The boys have taken two weeks to do this, entering at No. 5 last week and moving up the next five rungs during the last seven days.
Salisbury’s Top Twenty (with last week’s positions in brackets) are:
1 (5) No Time (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich) ; Fontana.
2 (2) Tired Of Waiting For You (Kinks) ; Pye.
3 (1) Go Now (Moody Blues) ; Decca.
4 (4) You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (Righteous Brothers) ; London.
5 (3) Come Tomorrow (Manfred Mann) ; H.M.V.
Compiled by Messrs. J. F. Sutton.


Fri 12/02/65
Single release: The Honeycombs – I Don’t Love Her No More / I’ll See You Tomorrow (Pye 7N 15781)
The B-side starts with the chimes of a clock, like “No Time”, and was also the B-side of their next disc on 26th March, “Something Better Beginning”.


Mon 15/02/65
TV Performance: Gadzooks! It’s All Happening, BBC Television, London, England (30 mn)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: No Time Presented by Christine Holmes (?)


Tue 16/02/65
TV Performance: The Five O’Clock Club, Rediffusion Television, London, England (30 mn)
From 1963 to 1966 ‘The Five O’Clock Club’ met every Tuesday and Friday. A children show introduced by Muriel Young and Howard Williams. With Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich; Shirley and Johnny.


Wed 17/02/65
Heathrow Airport, London, England, 6 am
The Walker Brothers arrive in Swinging London from Hollywood, California. Gary Leeds’ stepfather sponsored their installment. Being signed to Mercury in the USA, they were readily under contract with Philips. They moved into a flat in Kensington, and started recording in Stanhope Place.

Dave Dee: “The first time I heard about the Walkers, we were travelling to a gig and we bumped into another 60s band and they said, ‘Have you heard about the Walker Brothers?’ ‘No, what are they like?’ ‘Ever so good but really – big time. They’ve got these heavies with them all the time…you can’t get in the dressing room and you can’t talk to ’em.’ And we had never been used to this because this was the very beginning of the managers doing the protective showbiz thing, which got the media to talk about them…you know, making them untouchable…”                     (in “The Bedsitters” by Anthony Reynolds)

Landing in Britain two weeks after Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich had released their debut single, the Walker Brothers split would be annouced on Wednesday 3 May 1967. The last Walker Brothers single would be released later on 12 May, the same day as “Okay” – Dave Dee & Co.’s last “Beat” single. Both groups lived through their Beat period simultaneously.


Sat 20/02/65
Record Mirror: New Faces – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
There are those who refuse, steadfastly, to believe that a group called Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich can possibly exist – and I present now a picture of them to prove that they do ! Debut disc : “No Time,” on Fontana – and they’re handled by the same management as the Honeycombs. Here are their full names: Dave Dee (David Harman); Dozy (Trevor Davies); Beaky (John Dymond); Mick (Michael Wilson); Tich (Ian Amey). All are six-footers, near enough – except Tich. All profess a great hatred for Dozy’s feet – except Dozy. All worked in jobs ranging from police cadet (Dave) to skilled labourer (Beaky) before turning fully professional. All are off-beat characters. All somehow manage to be serious when it comes to music.
(See picture below)


Fri 26/02/65   
Single release: The Soul Agents – Don’t Break It Up / Gospel Train (Pye 7N 15768)
This A-side was written by Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, and is probably their only “R&B” song. The Soul Agents had something else in common with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: they came from Southampton. Don Shinn was the leader, and drummer Roger Pope later joined The Loot. This was their third and last single, and they included Rod Stewart in their ranks from November 1964 to June 1965. Two weeks later, they opened for Dave Dee & Co at Salisbury City Hall.


Fri 26/02/65
Single release: The Walker Brothers – Pretty Girls Everywhere / Doin’ The Jerk (Philips BF 1401)
The group, who were not brothers and neither of whom was named Walker, was created in the USA in October 1964. Before that, John had been in the Standells (on Peppermint Beatle), Scott had issued a few singles and Gary had played with PJ Proby.


Fri 26/02/65
California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England (All Star Night)
The Hollies, The Bowstreet Runners, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, The Jaguars (adm. 7/6)


Sat 27/02/65
Billboard Chart entry: Cannibal & the Headhunters – Land Of 1000 Dances (Rampart 642) #30
Hispanic group from Los Angeles, they add the “Na, Na Na Na Na, Na Na Na Na” part in the song.
This bridge is the only excerpt of the song Dave Dee & Co used in the middle of “Watch Your Step”.


 

 

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