Dave Dee and The Bostons change their name to Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
The change was thought of by Howard & Blaikley in one brainstorming session at their Swiss Cottage residency, thinking that “the Bostons” sounded square. That’s how their first single was labelled, and what was printed on the accompanying music sheet, over a picture of the quintet in Stonehenge.
German album release: The Rattles – “Star Club Show n° 1” (Star-Club 158 000)
Star-Club Records had been launched in November ’64, and this was the first LP on the label. The last one would be “Golden Hits Of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich” in December 1967.
Single release: Alan Dean & His Problems – Thunder And Rain / As Time Goes By (Pye 7N 15749)
Alan Dean’s second single, produced by Joe Meek and written by Howard Blaikley.
Radio London Fab Forty N°1: Downtown – Petula Clark
Radio London started its programs around Christmas ’64, and its content was based on a Top 40 format, with commercials, jingles, contests, listener dedications, news updates, traffic reports, and other features. “Downtown” later reached the top spot in the USA, France, Germany and Italy (which is an achievement even The Beatles never managed).
Locarno Ballroom, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
Single release: The Sorrows – I Don’t Wanna Be Free / Come With Me (Piccadilly 35219)
First recording by this Coventry band with lead singer Don Fardon. They would travel to Italy in 1966, and with a new line-up settle in Rome in Summer 1967, where they take part in the Festival of the Roses with their Italian cover of “Zabadak”, along with Dave Dee & Co. They release an Italian LP in 1968, and even record a second one in 1969, which was never released. They disband soon after.
News: The Kray Twins – Brothers In Arms
Ronnie and Reggie Kray are arrested and charged with demanding money with menaces from one Hew McCowan. They are refused bail and the case goes to court. McCowan owned a club in the West End called the Hideaway, located in Soho. The twins and their lawyers go to trial on February 28th 1965, and win. That night the twins hold their biggest party ever, in McCowan’s club, which they by now had purchased and renamed.
Jack “The Hat” McVitie was a typical East End villain. In September 1967, Ronnie Kray gave McVitie £1,500 in advance to kill ex-friend and business partner Leslie Payne. Jack The Hat never got around to the killing and refused to pay the deposit back. On October 28th, 1967, Reggie Kray killed “The Hat” with a butchers knife. The twins received life imprisonment for the murder in 1969.
(The Kray brothers were a part of the London scene, socialising with the celebrities, photographed by David Bailey. On the other hand, showbiz people often like to slum it. Ronnie Kray: “They called them the swinging sixties. The Beatles and the Rolling Stones were rulers of pop music, Carnaby Street ruled the fashion world… and me and my brother ruled London”.)
Locarno Ballroom, Swindon, Wiltshire, England
Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, Dave Dee & The Bostons
Single release: The Who – I Can’t Explain / Bald Headed Woman (Brunswick 05926)
Their first single as “The Who” on a new label, and it was supervised by an American producer, Shel Talmy. The group is now under the wings of managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp.
Two weeks before the release of the first record by Dave Dee & Co, managed by another London duo, and soon-to-be produced by another expatriate American.
(USA – ABC TV) Shindig: Episode 20 – First 60-minute show
Opening medley: 1. Bobby Sherman (I Can’t Stop) 2. Jackie and Gayle (Give Him A Great Big Kiss) 3. The Walker Brothers (I’m A Loser) 4. Donna Loren (Rock ‘n’ Roll Music) 5. Glen Campbell (Mean Woman Blues). With Petula Clark, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, the Dave Clark Five, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Bobby Vee, the Walker Brothers (Promised Land, Pretty Girls Everywhere), etc.
Record Mirror: The Face
Bobbie Graham, who produced last Pretty Things’ single completed the group’s first LP last Thursday . . . They all have individual names but Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, and Tich, from down Stonehenge way are still a group . . . Goldie and the Gingerbreads, recorded by Mickie Most, arrive from America, via Hamburg today (Thursday) for promotional work . . .
Ruskin Arms, 386 High Street North, Manor Park, London, England
The Small Faces begin rehearsing in this pub, and after 4 years will sign with Reprise as “The Faces”
[Small Faces Lifespan: 27/01/65 – 25/10/69]
On 29/01/65 Dave Dee & Co release their first record, on 29/09/69 they play their last concert.
Radio Show: Roundabout, BBC Light, London, England (5:00 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: No Time
TV Performance: Day By Day, ITV, Southern Television, Southampton, England
Host Don Moss interviews Dave Dee
Single release: No Time / Is It Love – Fontana TF 531 (267.416) [Recorded on 18/11/64]
First single, only released in Great Britain, South Africa (and Singapore). A joyful waltz not unlike Herman’s Hermits’ “I’m Into Something Good”. The B-side is a Merseybeat ballad.
Record Mirror (30/01/65):
From the same stable as the Honeycombs, this hard-to-ask-for disc is pretty good… not so much a group as a way of life – that’s the blurb. Song has a good tempo and the boys sing well. Entertaining.
Salisbury Journal: “No Time” is #5 in Salisbury’s Top Twenty
The Top Twenty – Big demand for Dave’s first disc
What a change in this week’s Salisbury Top Twenty ! Dave Dee and the Bostons, now known as Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, have come into the charts at No. 5 with their first record, “No Time To Lose”. I hope that the next stop for the boys will be the National Charts.
The number of advance orders for the disc over last week-end totalled 75. This compares favourably with the Beatles’ “I Feel Fine” which totalled more than 100 the first week-end of release.
The only thing that puzzles me about the record is why the releasing company changed the group’s name. They said that “the Bostons” sounded square. I don’t think it does.
The record was featured on B.B.C’s “Roundabout” on Wednesday and Dave Dee was interviewed by Don Moss on Southern T.V’s “Day by Day” yesterday (Thursday).
Single releases: Other Discs released the same week
Bobbie Graham: Skin Deep / Zoom, Widge And Wag (Fontana TF 521)
Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders: Game Of Love / Since You’ve Been Gone (Fontana TF 535)
The Animals: Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood / Club A-Go-Go (Columbia 7445)
Goldie & the Gingerbreads: Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat / Little Boy (Decca 12070)
Unit 4+2: Concrete And Clay / When I Fall In Love (Decca 12071)
The Zombies: Tell Her No / What More Can I Do (Decca 12072)
Europe: The Honeycombs are N°1 in Sweden with “That’s The Way”
Sir Henry & his Butlers are N°1 in Denmark with “Let’s Go” (with english vocals)
This song is also very popular in Germany and France (with French vocals by “Les Rockers”)