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February 1966

FEBRUARY 1966

 

February 1966
Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich:
Programme: Arthur Howes present Gene Pitney, Len Barry, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, The Mike Cotton Sound, The Just 5, Sue & Sunny, Billy Boyle (14 dates, 2 houses each)

Sat 12/02/66    Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour: Gaumont, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Sun 13/02/66    Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour: New Theatre, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Mon 14/02/66
Tue 15/02/66    Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour: ABC, Croydon, Surrey, England
Wed 16/02/66    Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour: ABC, Luton, Bedfordshire, England
Thu 17/02/66    Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour: ABC, Chester, Cheshire, England
Fri 18/02/66    Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour: Odeon,Bolton, Lancashire, England
Sat 19/02/66    Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour: Odeon, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Sun 20/02/66    Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour: Palace, Manchester, Lancashire, England
Mon 21/02/66    Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour: Gaumont, Doncaster, Yorkshire, England
Tue 22/02/66
Wed 23/02/66    Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour: Odeon, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Thu 24/02/66    Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour: ABC, Dublin, Ireland
Fri 25/02/66    Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour: ABC, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Sat 26/02/66    Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour: Granada, East Ham, London, England
Sun 27/02/66    Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour: ABC, Southampton, Hampshire, England

Dave Dee interviewed by Tony Gillham on BBC Radio Bedforshire (29/12/85):
Tony Gillham: “You Make It Move” established you, or certainly got you in the charts.
Dave Dee: It also got the bigger promoters, who did the big package tours, interested in us, and they came to see us. They liked us, and they wanted to put us on the Gene Pitney / Len Barry Tour.
That was when Len Barry had just had “1-2-3″ as a big hit, and Pitney was riding on the crest of a wave. In between that time we had gone in and recorded “Hold Tight” and as we started that tour in the January or February of 1966, “Hold Tight” went into the charts, and it stayed in there for about 18 weeks. The tour obviously helped the single, and it really took off from there.
(Printed in Zabadak n°3, December ’86)


February 1966
Beat Instrumental n°34: On Stage With . . Dave Dee D B M & T

They’ve got a mad name but it gives a very good indication of what they are like on stage. They make comedy their business and are unlike any other group which has been featured in this series. They haven’t, or at least it doesn’t look as if they have planned their every move meticulously. They have a basic pattern of presentation certainly, but they stray from it if them is the slightest possibility of any extra laughs being supplied by the audience or circumstances on stage.
As per usual, this group’s lead singer doesn’t come on until the musical contingent has made its mark on the audience’s indifference. The material which they offer is varied. Most of it is old stuff but it still gets a clap, even Chuck Berry contributes to their repertoire. This is proof in itself that Dave Dee and his friends are doing just what they say they are. Trying to sell themselves, their personalities, their humour, not their music. But it doesn’t follow by any means that the group consists of humourists, who can’t play, but who use their instruments as props while they do their funny stuff. Musicians Dozy, Tich, Mick and Beaky put across a good, although not dynamic sound. They are all competent and have feeling for their music. Lead guitarist Tich is the serious member of the group. He’s a fast guitarist and shines especially on a sort of medley in which he races drummer Mick and Bass player Dozy through “Hava Nagila” and “Czardas”. This number doesn’t finish until the pace becomes so fast that Dozy and Mick become frantic, wrecks and Tich runs his fingers off the fingerboard. Drummer Mick keeps a steady beat going and wouldn’t look out of place in a bigger line-up.
Dozy, a bass guitarist of the thumping school, gets a pretty forceful sound going and now and again takes the vocal spot.
VOCAL & RHYTHM
Rhythm guitarist Beaky carries most of the vocal chores and also fills the sound out with his Gibson Jumbo. He takes the part of chief clown, working togesher with Dozy, who swops stupid faces with him.
In the portion of the act which features Dave Dee the audience is treated to a good variety of numbers with some especially effective renderings or Beachboys material. Dave has a strong and tuneful voice and forces his lyrics across. He’s a good showman, the complete entertainer, cheerfully confident and very forward. He brings the audience into the act and chatters away with friendly warmth. He talks about nothing and everything, for instance those silly adverts on the TV. He gives examples adding new meaning to them. Everyone laughs and then he looks at them long and hard as if to say “I don’t know what you’re laughing at, what I said was perfectly proper”.
BLUE
The group’s comedy masterpieces “Ahab The Arab” and “High Noon”. They are never the same two nights running. Dave ad libs so much that he repeatedly loses his place in the “thrilling sagas” which he is unfolding. The things he comes out with are nothing short of “blue” and if I gave examples of them in cold print they would look rather bad, but if you could hear them straight from Dave Dee as he stands on stage, with a big cheeky grin and a load of infectious enthusiasm about him – you’d be laughing with the rest of them.
Now and again of course trouble rears his ugly head in the form of rowdies who resent the attention which Dave Dee is getting. They shout out and try to be clever. Dave has a very effective way of putting paid to this sort of heckling. Trouble is that it calls for some plain speech and promoters have been known to object, even though the kids roll up over the trick question and answer routine which Dave uses to put the unfriendly gent in his place.
This then is Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich. A refreshing group and one which is well worth seeing if you’re broadminded. And if your mind insn’t broad? Give it a quick stretch and have yourself a laugh.
KEVIN SWIFT.


February 1966
American album release: The Mama’s & The Papa’s – If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears (Dunhill D/DS 50006) Billboard #1

Note: for this album only, the group’s name was spelled with an apostrophe before the “s” in “Mamas” and “Papas.” Subsequent albums opted for grammatical correctness and dropped the apostrophes. There are two different covers for this record. The original cover picture taken in a bathroom showed a toilet in the lower right corner. This offensive (?) cover was withdrawn quickly and replaced with one that has a printed banner covering the toilet which says “Includes California Dreaming”. The first cover, with the toilet showing is the most rare.

(“Loos” were an offending subject in the sixties. No wonder the single release of “Loos Of England” was banned: see NME 3/12/66)


Tue 1/02/66
News: Larry Page is appointed manager of The Troggs for a term of five years. The first thing he does is to rechristen Reginald Ball as “Presley” and Ronald Bullis as “Bond” (like Howard & Blaikley stressing the nicknames of Dave Dee & The Bostons as a selling point). Then he took them to Carnaby Street where they found the striped suits that became their visual trademark. Most Beat groups of the mid-sixties stepped out of the Beatles costumes to find an original way of dressing. Johnny Kidd & the Pirates started in full buccaneer regalia. The Kinks dressed in hunting jackets, The Who used badges and signs, including the British flag. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich went for colourful garments, and soon Cream and Hendrix would go for Victorian military fashion.

 


Tue 1/02/66
Floral Hall, Malvern, Worcestershire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Thu 3/02/66
Locarno Ballroom, Swindon, Wiltshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Fri 4/02/66
Co-op Hall, Gravesend, Kent, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Sat 5/02/66
Starlight Room Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Sun 6/02/66
Cleveland Hall, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Thu 10/02/66
Italian single release: I Pooh – Vieni fuori (Keep On Running) / L’uomo di ieri (Vedette VVN 33.106)

The original line-up of the group was: Valerio Negrini (dr), Gilberto Faggioli (bs) [replaced by Riccardo Fogli in Summer 66], Mauro Bertoli (gt), Mario Goretti (gt), Bob Gillot (British, kb) [replaced by Roby Facchinetti in May 66]. This first single came out around the same time as the Clockwork Oranges’ Columbia release in Germany, which sported i Pooh’s original line-up picture sleeve when they were still a quintet.


Thu 10/02/66
Town Hall, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Fri 11/02/66
Single release: Hold Tight / You Know What I Want – Fontana TF 671 (267.550) [Rec. 11/01/66]

4th single, an international Hit. British Silver Disc (worldwide sales around 400.000)

Record Mirror (12/02/66): TOP FIFTY TIP
Highly effective hit-parade follow-up with a beat based on a current clapping craze at football grounds. The boys get a big, fat vocal sound and an intriguing way of singing the word “tight”. A strong beat, with pounding guitar sounds, and all in all one of the best of the week. Flip is up to standard.

 


Fri 11/02/66
Single release: Glenda Collins – Something I’ve Got To Tell You / My Heart Didn’t Lie (Pye 17044)
This female version entered the Radio London Fab 40 for two weeks

 

 

 

(See more about “Something I Gotta Tell You” in the Covers Section)

 

 


Fri 11/02/66
NME n°996 page 6: * Dave Dee “Hold Tight”/ “You Know What I Want” (Fontana)

The stamping drum opening sounds like a Dave Clark disc – then in comes a grating rasp guitar and plonking bass, to build the rhythm to a pitch before the vocal starts.
The song itself goes up, line by line, in octaves – so that Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich are in falsetto at the end of each stanza.
FLIP: like the top side, a Howard Blaikley number. An easy-going, light-hearted jog-trotter, with an infectious bounce. * Tipped for Charts


Fri 11/02/66
Manor Lounge, Stockport, Cheshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Sat 12/02/66
Gaumont Cinema, Ipswich, Suffolk, England (6:35 & 8:45)
Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour
First date of the first National Tour for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich


Sun 13/02/66
New Theatre, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England (6:15 & 8:30)
Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour [The Just 5 are: Johnny Haven, vo; Derek Simms, dr; Don Fowler, gt]


Tue 15/02/66
ABC Cinema, Croydon, Surrey, England (6:45 & 9:00)
Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour


Wed 16/02/66
ABC Cinema, Luton, Bedfordshire, England (6:30 & 8:45)
Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour [The Mike Cotton Sound consist of: Cotton, tp; John Beecham, tp; John Crocker, sax; Jimmy Garforth, dms; Eric Heese, gt; Jim Rodford, bs]


Thu 17/02/66
ABC Cinema, Chester, Cheshire, England (6:15 & 8:30)
Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour


Fri 18/02/66
Single release: The Honeycombs – Who Is Sylvia? / How Will I Know? (Pye 7N 17089)
Howard & Blaikley keep on releasing Dave Dee & Co. and Honeycombs singles at one week intervals, since July ’65. The comparison accentuates the take over from one group to the other. Here they take a classic 19th century poem, originally set to music by Franz Schubert, and give it a Beat treatment.


DDDBMT-LenBarry-GenePitney

Len Barry and GenePitney (with Sue & Sunny) surrounded by DDDBM&T (plus compere)

Fri 18/02/66   
Odeon Cinema, Bolton, Lancashire, England (6:15 & 8:30)
Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour

NME n°997 page 12: Pitney-Barry show is a winner – with Dave Dee group a big surprise!
Biggest surprise of the evening for me was Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich. They really have got an act ! Colourful – even if a shade blue – and very polished. They play well, sound good and can be very funny.
They did impersonations of Herman, Kathy Kirby, the Who, the Walker Brothers and P.J. Proby, who incidentally, was in the audience.
Sue and Sunny, the singing sisters, added a dash of glamour with a well-rehearsed act. The Mike Cotton Sound and the Just 5 were both excellent supporting groups.
After the show I asked Gene Pitney if he felt anymore confident about the show. “I certainly do !” he said enthusiastically. “Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich knocked me out. They’re one of the most original groups I’ve seen. In fact, everyone on the show is just fine.
I heartily agree with Gene. (Norrie Drummond)


Sat 19/02/66
Odeon Cinema, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England (6:15 & 8:45)
Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour [Sue & Sunny are two sisters: Yvonne and Heather Wheatman. Sue Glover and Sunny Leslie later joined The Brotherhood of Man]


Sun 20/02/66
Palace Theatre, Manchester, Lancashire, England (5:45 & 8:00)
Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour


Mon 21/02/66
Gaumont Cinema, Doncaster, Yorkshire, England (6:15 & 8:30)
Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour [Compere Billy Boyle was famous for "My Baby's Crazy 'Bout Elvis"]


Wed 23/02/66
Odeon Cinema, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland (6:40 & 9:00)
Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour


Thu 24/02/66
ABC Cinema, Dublin, Ireland (6:30 & 9:00)
Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour [Len Barry is in the Top 10 with "Like A Baby" in February]


Fri 25/02/66
Single release: The Clockwork Oranges – Ready Steady / After Tonight (Ember S 227)
“After Tonight” is the English version of Italian song “Notte senza fine” by Equipe 84. This single credited to Clockwork Oranges is in fact by Italian group “i Pooh” before they became famous.

The “genuine” Clockwork Oranges have been founded by Terry Clarke (gt/vo) and Mick Underwood (dr) after leaving The Herd, with Brian Curtis (bs) and Harvey Hinsley (gt, ex-Outlaws)

 


Fri 25/02/66   
NME n°998: Dave Dee Agency Deal
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich this week signed a five-year agency contract with Arthur Howes. The group is currently appearing on the Gene Pitney – Len Barry tour promoted by Howes.

This guaranteed the band £52,000 per year (or £200 each per week) for five years – effectively a quarter of a million-pound deal.                 (in “HoldTight! – Voices of the Sarum Sound” page 132)


Fri 25/02/66
ABC Cinema, Belfast, Northern Ireland (6:45 & 9:00)
Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour


Sat 26/02/66
Granada Cinema, East Ham, London, England (6:30 & 9:00)
Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour     [Gene Pitney enters the Top 20 charts with "Backstage"]


Sun 27/02/66
ABC Cinema, Southampton, Hampshire, England (5:15 & 7:45)
Gene Pitney & Len Barry Tour
Last date of the tour playing “at home” for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich


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