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February 1968

FEBRUARY 1968

 

February 68    One-Week Radio Sessions
29 Jan-2 Feb    Pete Brady Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (2:00-4:30 pm)
5-9 Feb. 68    David Symonds Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (5:30-6:30 pm)
19-23 Feb. 68    Pete Brady Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (2:00-4:30 pm)
26 Feb-1 Mar    Jimmy Young Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (9:55 am-12:00 noon)

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Cabaret Dates:

11-17 Feb. 68    Club Fiesta, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, England


February 1968   
Beat Instrumental n°58 pages 20-21: 1967 Gold Star Awards

Best Group on Stage: 12. Dave Dee and Co. Ltd. (1.Jimi Hendrix, 2.Who, 3.Cream, 4.Shadows, 5.Hollies)
Best Arrangement: 12. Zabadak! (1.A Whiter Shade of Pale, 2.Strawberry Fields Forever, 3.A Day in the Life)
Songwriting Team: 12. Howard/Blaikley (1.Lennon/McCartney, 2.Shadows, 3.Jimi Hendrix)
Recording Manager: 14. Steve Rowland (1.George Martin, 2.Micky Most, 3.Denny Cordell)

 


February 1968   
Rave! n°49 page 20: This Is Where It’s At!
Mike Grant’s news and gossip from around the pop scene

Peter Frampton is a young man with both feet on the ground and his eyes fixed on the progress of the Herd. Unlike so many new groups, Peter declares that the Herd are not out to prove what world-shattering musicians they are or to inflict their personal musical ideas on the public.
“We want to give the kids what they want,” said Peter. “We’re going for the same audience as the Monkees. We can leave our own musical likes until we have satisfied the public. We’ll please our fans first and worry about the critics later.”

 


Early 1968   
German album release: The Charing Cross Boys – “Dance To The Songs Of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich” LP (Decca ND 186)
Save Me* / Zabadak* / It’s So Hard To Love You* / Nose For Trouble** / Touch Me Touch Me / I’m On The Up // Hold Tight* / Bend It / Hideaway* / Okay* / You Make It Move* / No Time

An entire album devoted to covers of Dave Dee & Co : probably due to German bandleader Horst Wende, better known internationally as Roberto Delgado, who released easy-listening albums about twice a year from 1959 until the 80s. He played a number of different musical genres, from Latin-oriented to current pop hits.
Contrary to other “Go-Go Party” albums, Roberto Delgado did not play Hit Medleys. “Dance To The Songs Of DDDBM&T” is mostly instrumental, with a few tracks (*) using backing voices and one (**) vocal.

 


February 68 ?    
Civic Hall, Barnsley, Yorkshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Reported in Fabulous 208, 9 March 1968)


Sat 3/02/68    
(USA) Cash Box Top 100 Singles: Zabadak – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich #56
The week’s Top 100 is detailed here:
Cash Box Top 100 Singles – Week ending February 3, 1968

This week “Zabadak” also reached #52 in Billboard, its peak position. In Record World it climbed to #59.


Sat 3/02/68    
Starlight Room, Boston, Lincolnshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 


Mon 5/02/68   
(Germany) Bravo n°6: “I’ll Love You” promo (second week)
The record is not sold as a Coke advert, but as their latest HIT, in exclusive “Dave Dee Sound”

Bravo page 41: Exklusiv-Angebot DM 2,50 – 17-cm-Langspielplatte
DAVE DEE DOZY, BEAKY MICK & TICH mit dem brandneuen Hit I’LL LOVE YOU
Außerdem DAVE DEE’S GO-GO-PARTY-Gäste:
PETULA CLARK, THE SUPREMES, RAY CHARLES
mit dem weltbekannten COKE Jingle “Things Go Better…”
I’LL LOVE YOU – der neueste Hit von DAVE DEE & CO. – exklusiv produziert im ORIGINAL
DAVE DEE SOUND.
Eine Sonderproduktion unter dem Patronat der Coca-Cola GmbH.
Direkt bestellen bei: DAVE DEE & COKE, 6 Frankfurt.


5-9 Feb. 68   
Radio Show: David Symonds Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (5:30-6:30 pm)
Among the guests throughout the week are Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Tue 6/02/68    
BBC Radio Session: Saturday Club [Broadcast on 17/02/68]
The Tide Is Turning / Please / The Legend Of Xanadu / Zabadak (Live Performance)

Top Of The Pops Interview :
Q: Before we hear the first song today from Dave Dee and Co, I’d like to have a word with Tich for a change.  Tich, I hear that Dave has been going a bit mad on stage with the whip you use on Xanadu ?
Tich: Yes, yeah, well it was the first television we did, actually. And, it was during rehearsals. He has to stand a little away, away from the rest of us as he, rather swings his whip, wild, you know. And he happened to catch Dozy right on the left cheek.
Q: Ow, nasty !
Tich: And it made a nasty little mark there for a few days. Dozy always gets the things. If it’s ever gonna happen, Dozy gets it.
Q: Well now, talking about “Xanadu”, you got plans to make a film to go with the song, haven’t you ?
Tich: Yes, well, we’ve done a pilot film, just a short film for the length of the record ; just for, like TVs and things, which gave us some idea of what it would feel like to appear in a big feature film. And we sort of enjoyed it, so we are looking forward, actually to making this feature film. At the moment they’re just… People are just sort of talking and discussing scripts and things, but we hope it comes up.
Q: Well, so do I. Now on the record scene, will there be another LP out in the near future ?
Tich: Humm, we’ve got a new LP, and it’s all original songs on it with the exception, I think, of one.
Q: Right! Well now, we’ll be hearing “Legend Of Xanadu” a little later in the show, but meanwhile, how about a number from this LP – “The Tide Is Turning” ?


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Fri 9/02/68   
Single release: The Legend Of Xanadu / Please – Fontana TF 903 (267.803) [Rec. 17/01/68]

Picturesleeve from France (left) and from Double R productions a promotional copy.

Introduction spoken in Spanish, and Dave Dee & Co’s first Death Disc, their only official British N°1
[But it made #2 in NME (3 weeks) and in Melody Maker (twice), both charts that really mattered]

Record Mirror (10/02/68): MASSIVE SELLER
Fiery Mexican rhythms here. What I wonder is this: will Messrs. Howard and Blaikley EVER run out of ideas for the versatile outfit. They roam the world in search of ideas and rhythms. This is the story of a sad ole love affair – which ended up with one bloke biting the dust after a duel. Tremendous impact and sounds; gimmicky, but well controlled. Flip: Quite nice, but latch on to the top deck.


Sat 10/02/68   
NME n°1100: Top Singles Reviewed

Dave Dee’s Bound To Be A Smash! – *”The Legend Of Xanadu”/”Please” (Fontana).
Continuing their world travels, Dave Dee and Co. arrive in Mexico – to be more precise, a ghost town in the burning desert, where the crumbling buildings once looked down upon a notorious duel of passion. It’s a gripping tale, vividly told – and set to an effective backing of Spanish guitars, Tijuana-type brass and of course, the driving, up-tempo beat that we always associate with the group.
Only thing I didn’t like about it was the recitation midway through. But you have to hand it to these boys – and to composers Howard and Blaikley – for continuing to ring the changes so effectively. Never a dull moment wild those lads! Bound to be another smash.
FLIP : Not the old Crosby speciality, but a new rhythmic ballad. Very appealing treatment, laden with falsettos and counter-harmonies. Uninspiring material, though.


Sat 10/02/68    
Record Mirror n°361: News Shorts
Dave Dee and Steve Rowland to record their new discovery from Scunthorpe, the Gospel Garden for Double-R Productions . . . Gold disc awarded to Dave Dee and Co. for “Bend It” . . . despite chart success, the Status Quo are to continue to fulfill their engagements with Madeline Bell as her backing group . . .


Sat 10/02/68   
Radio Show: Saturday Club, BBC Radio One, London, England (10:00 am-12:00 noon)
The Tide Is Turning / Please / The Legend Of Xanadu / Zabadak (Live) [Recorded on 6/02/68]
Presented by Keith Skues with The Peddlers, Billy Fury with the Alan Tew Orchestra
“The Tide Is Turning” is a preview of their future album, released in May ’68


Sat 10/02/68    
TV Performance: Dee Time, BBC Television, London, England (6:35 pm)
Host: Simon Dee, with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, Wilfred Pickles, Clement Freud, Frankie Vaughan, The Four Freshmen, Esther & Abi Ofarim, The Teddy Wilson Trio.


11-17 Feb 68    
Club Fiesta, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
This is their second engagement at this famous North England Night Club, after their September 1967 visit. They would return there at least twice during 1969.


Thu 15/02/68   
TV Performance: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
Introduced by Jimmy Savile and Dave Cash with Manfred Mann (Mighty Quinn over Chart countdown) • The Foundations (Back On My Feet again #18) • Status Quo (Pictures of Matchstick Men #10) • The Alan Price Set (Don’t Stop the Carnival #14) • Brenton Wood (Gimme Little Sign #8) • The Move (Fire Brigade #12) • Herman’s Hermits (I Can Take or Leave Your Loving #9) • Amen Corner (Bend Me, Shape Me #3) • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (The Legend of Xanadu – New Release Spot) • Manfred Mann (Mighty Quinn #1)


Fri 16/02/68    
Palam Airport, Delhi, Punjab, India
George & Patti Harrison, and John & Cynthia Lennon, arrive in Delhi, at 8:15 am.
Paul and Ringo, with their wives, leave London on 19 February to join them for a five weeks sojourn to study Transcendental Meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, at his ashram in Rishikesh.


Sat 17/02/68    
NME n°1101 page 8: Major ‘Xanadu’ movie for Dave Dee group

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and rich are to star in a film adaptation of their new hit single “The Legend Of Xanadu,” which enters this week the NME Chart at No. 29. Southern-TVs Mike Mansfield – who is currently producing his company’s “New Release” series – has been commissioned to direct the film, which will go into production in the spring after the group’s tour with the Bee Gees. Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley – co-managers of the Dave Dee group and writers of all its hits – will compose incidental music and additional songs.
The “Xanadu” disc is based on the story of rivalry between two men over a girl set in the Mexican desert, it ends in a duel and tragedy. The basic plot is being expanded into a full-scale screenplay. Established actors and actresses will be engaged to play the principal roles.
The Dave Dee group will be seen throughout the film, performing a “musical commentary” on the action. Special songs are being written by the Howard-Blaikley team, and the “Xanadu” title song will be featured as a running theme all the way through the production. It will be the song-writing duo’s first venture into film score, although the team is at present working on a stage musical tentatively titled “The Casbah.”
A spokesman for Dave Dee told the NME: “It is not yet clear whether the end product will be networked as a Southern-TV spectacular, or shown as a second feature in cinemas. Much depends upon the length of the film. At this stage the cinema is considered the more likely outlet and, with this in mind, the film will be shot in colour.”


Sat 17/02/68    
Melody Maker page 20: New Singles Review by Chris Welch
Dave Dee gets some sophistication
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: “The Legend Of Xanadu” (Fontana). Here come the Magnificent Five whipping up clouds of Mexican dust in a stirring Western type drama.
The crack of the whip is just part of the atmosphere on Ken Howard’s and Alan Blaikley’s latest. Encouraged by success, their songs, combined with Steve Rowland’s production are becoming more sophisticated.
They are busy creating quality, commercial pop with an expertise urgently needed by the industry. Dave Dee are the ideal vehicle for this type of material.

Page 3: News Extra
Dave Dee and Co. are first guests on Rog Whittaker’s new BBC-TV series Whistle Stop which starts on February 23

Page 5: Disgusting ! That’s Our Stage Act say The Move
“Is our stage act sexy? It’s disgusting! There’s no doubt about it, it’s vulgar, and obscene, and if I was a father I wouldn’t let my daughter see it.”
Carl Wayne of the Move bluntly agreed with critics of the group’s highly controversial stage act.
“The sexy bit comes from the positioning of the mike stand,” explained the culprit: “It causes scenes among the kids in the front rows and that’s why I do it. They’re almost obsessed with it. If fathers and mothers are concerned they should take their daughters away, because I don’t give a **** about them.”
Despite universal dislike of the group by older generation, including parents, churchmen, and a considerable number of politicians, the Move prove bad taste is still a good commercial position.
[...] The Move have in their time utilised every conceivable act of violence in their performances, from chopping up TV sets to smashing cars, not to mention actually destroying their stage and equipment in the pursuit of sensationalism.
What will the Move be up to next? Are they planning to flood St Paul’s Cathedral, bomb Halifax, or spray Crazy Foam over Stonehenge?
“It’s been a hectic year for us,” agreed Carl, “but we’re a little more subdued now. We’re not chopping things up any more. There was a period when we lost interest and were bored and tired.


Sat 17/02/68   
Record Mirror: Manfred Mann

Manfred Mann this week go to the top of the Record Mirror Charts, giving them their fourth number one record – and the first for Michael D’Abo.
This week the group were playing at the Winter Olympics at Grenoble. The last time Michael D’Abo was at Grenoble was not as a singer, but as a member of the British bobsleigh team !


Sat 17/02/68    
Radio Show: Mark Roman Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (2:00-4:00 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Sat 17/02/68    
(Canada) RPM Weekly N°1 : Zabadak – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
“Zabadak” reached #5 in the Canadian Chum Charts in January


Sat 17/02/68   
(USA) Billboard February 17, 1968 page 43: International News Reports
Brussels – Gramophone has signed the Geuzen, a group formerly with Frankie Records. First release for Gramophone is an adaptation of the Dave Dee song “Zabadak” (Hoe was da?) with “T’ee giene naam” on the flip.

Page 44: London – The Tremeloes continued to play for dancing at the Playboy Club while firemen doused a cloakroom blaze. . . . Steve Rowland produced “Pictures of Today,” the new one from Paul and Barry Ryan on MGM, and will co-produce the Gospel Garden from Scunthorpe with Dave Dee, their discoverer, for the Camp label. Rowland is also taking the next Mindbenders recording session.


Mon 19/02/68   
Radio Show: Radio 1 O’Clock, BBC Light, London, England (1:00-1:55 pm)
Live lunchtime Band Show hosted by Tom Lodge: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


19-23 Feb. 68   
Radio Show: Pete Brady Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (2:00-4:30 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich continue in this afternoon show Monday to Friday


Thu 22/02/68   
TV Performance: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
Introduced by Pete Murray and Chris Denning with Lulu (Me the Peaceful Heart – New Release) • Don Partridge (Rosie #18) • Donovan (Jennifer Juniper – New Release) • Esther & Abi Ofarim (Cinderella Rockefella #2) • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (The Legend of Xanadu #14) • Anita Harris (Anniversary Waltz #20) • Move (Fire Brigade #7) • Lemon Pipers (Green Tambourine #19) • Manfred Mann (Mighty Quinn #1)


Fri 23/02/68    
TV Performance: Whistle Stop, BBC Television, London, England (Season 2, Episode 1)
Hosted by Roger Whittacker, with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Sat 24/02/68    
NME n°1102 page 4: Dave Dee Whip Is Bottle on Guitar !
(By Richard Green Who joins the NME staff this week)

When is a whip not a whip? When it is a bottle neck being pushed along the neck of a guitar. That was Dave Dee’s explanation, anyhow, when I asked him who played the whip on the group’s new smash single “Legend Of Xanadu,” which leaps to No. 12 in this week’s NME Chart.
I found a tired Dave writing out the words of “Paint It Black” in a dressing room at the Playhouse Theatre, before a broadcast on Monday. Dozy was half asleep in an armchair and Beaky was in a state of collapse.
“Five o’clock we finished this morning,” Dave complained. “Half-past-five they told us to be here and we don’t start until eleven !”
Dave was none too happy, either, with an attempt by a Sunday newspaper to implicate the group in their “revelations” that not all pop people play on their records.
“I told the reporter that if he felt the fans were being cheated he could ask any of the millions of people who have seen us in the past seven years,” he declared in a burst of indignation.
Dave then explained that if the group use session men on their records, the label says “with orchestral accompaniment,” as does “Xanadu.”
“We had seven hits without using any other backing and we thought we should get a fuller sound and give the people who buy the record something extra,” Dave explained.
“We all play on our records but sometimes we use session men as well. This reporter said he had signed statements from four session men that they were on the record. If he had gone a bit further, he could have found twenty-four! “
So I asked if it was Dave playing the whip on “Xanadu.”
“Ah, but it’s not a whip,” he replied, happy to have something to smile about. “If you use a whip, you just get a sound like a click. It’s a bottleneck being run down the guitar neck. Or you can use a clapper board.”
Acting role
Having thus satisfied any doubts any spies from the Musicians Union may have had, Dave talked about his acting in the forthcoming film for Southern-TV – and of how he used to be an actor before he took up singing.
“I used to be in amateur theatricals when I was younger,” he revealed. “That was when I was at school and after I went into the police. When I told my headmaster that I was going into the police, he wanted me to go to drama school instead.
“But at that age – sixteen and a half – you want to get the uniform and the helmet on. I was playing the guitar at nights and making as much money as a PC during the day, although I was. just a cadet.
“Sometimes I made thirty bob or two quid a night, so you only want to do that for five nights and you’re quids in.”
But then when Dave became a full constable, he wasn’t allowed to have another job, so he eventually left the force to join the rest of the group as a guitarist.
“Actually acting is what I do best – better than singing. When we do the comedy bits on stage, it is just a way of expressing yourself. It’s entertaining people, so it’s acting in a way,” he explained.
He promised that the group’s film will not be one of the usual efforts where the stars play a bit in the middle of the field, then go back to the story.
Not like the Presley films” he insisted. “I like Presley, but his films turn me off him. In ‘Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush,’ Spencer Davis just had a standing up and playing spot.”
Bonnie fan
Dave enthused about “Bonnie and Clyde,” but said that he much preferred “The Dirty Dozen.” “Fantastic film” was how he described it.
“I’d love to do a film like that. I’ll tell you the kind of part I’d really like, the type of thing Karl Malden does. He always gets the right part. I saw him in ‘Billion Dollar Brain.’
“Did you see that ? The part was just right for him again. I’ve never played a nice guy, I was always the villain or something. In one play, I was a king and had to be on stage for the whole ninety minutes, but even he wasn’t a nice guy.”
[...] Perhaps the group were getting their own back on producers in general, then, when they told the announcer that their last number featured Dozy singing “Mama.”
It was duly announced, and they broke into a rockin’ version of “Paint It Black,” much to the amusement of everyone in the theatre!


Sun 25/02/68   
Japanese album release: The Jaguars – “The Jaguars” (First Album) LP (Philips FS-8012)
The album contains the Japanese version of “Zabadak”.

The Jaguars were known as the “Japanese Dave Dee Group”, and the lead singer Sin Okamoto attracted teen girls with his good looks, and his use of a whip like Dave Dee.
In June 1968, they released a Japanese version of “The Legend Of Xanadu”, reaching #20 in the charts.


26 Feb-1 March   
Radio Show: Jimmy Young Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (9:55 am-12:00 noon)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich appear in this morning show throughout the week

This adds up to a whole month of BBC performances, as the group was on the airwaves every week day from January 22nd to March 1st, plus a few Saturday shows in-between, except the week of 12-16 February.


Tue 27/02/68    
Radio Caroline International: Stevi Merike Show (3:00 pm-6:00 pm)
Roger ‘Twiggy’ Day sits in as Radio Caroline continues broadcasting from the South ship. The time is 4 O’Clock and guess what is joint #14 in the charts (with “Don’t Stop The Carnival”):


Wed 28/02/68    
Harlem, New York City, New York, USA
Frankie Lymon died from a heroin overdose, at his grandmother’s house. He was 25 years old.


Thu 29/02/68   
TV Performance: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
Introduced by Jimmy Savile & Ed Stewart with Esther & Abi Ofarim (Cinderella Rockefella #1) • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (The Legend of Xanadu #3) • The Move (Fire Brigade #5) • Don Partridge (Rosie #10) • The Beach Boys (Darlin’ #12) • The Bee Gees (Words #13) • The Lemon Pipers (Green Tambourine #14) • Tom Jones (Delilah – New Release) • John Rowles (If I Only Had Time – New Release)


February 68    
Philips Studios, Stanhope House, 2-4 Stanhope Place, London W2, England [Released on 31/05/68]
Recording sessions for If No-One Sang LP (produced by Steve Rowland)
Mrs Thursday / Mama Mama / If I Were A Carpenter /
If No-One Sang / Where From, Where To / I’ve Got A Feeling / In A Matter Of A Moment / Look At Me / The Tide Is Turning / Breakout / Time To Take Off / If No-One Sang

Some of these tracks had been recorded in November ‘67. Dozy sings “Where From, Where To” and “Mama Mama”. Their road manager Jay Vickers, plays Mrs Thursday’s chauffeur in the song.


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