January 1967



Dec 66-Jan 67    Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Scandinavian Tour:

Fri 30/12/66    Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sat 31/12/66    Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour: Stockholm, Sweden
Sun 1/01/67    Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour:
Mon 2/01/67    Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour: Malmo, Sweden
Tue 3/01/67    Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour: Helsinki, Finland
Wed 4/01/67    Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour:
Thu 5/01/67    Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour:
Fri 6/01/67    Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour: Karlstad, Sweden
Sat 7/01/67    Älvkullegymnasiets Aula, Karlstad, Sweden
Sun 8/01/67    Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour: Oslo, Norway
Mon 9/01/67    Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour:

12-14/01/67    Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour Of Ireland

27-29/01/67    Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour Of Holland

Record Mirror (7 Jan. 1967): “We want to crack the States” says Mick of Dave Dee
“Our main aim in 1967 will be to try and crack the States. We’ve just done Germany and we went a bomb there – and we’re going to tour Sweden and Holland. Somebody also mentioned something about Italy. We’ve got hit records in all those countries – and I hear that “Bend It” is now No. 5 in Australia so I think we’ll be going there, too.”

January 1967
German album release:
If Music Be The Food Of Love… …Then Prepare For Indigestion” LP – Star-Club 158030 STY
Bang / I’m On The Up / Hideaway / Shame / Hands Off! / Loos Of England // Help Me / Master Llewellyn / You Make It Move / All I Want / Hair On My Chinny Chin Chin (Huff’n’Puff) / Bend It

Same LP as the English version, except for the cover: the dark photo with sombre background taking up both front and back cover, and cutting the picture (and the group) in two separate pieces, has been reduced to fit only one side, bringing the group back together. Plus, it has been brightened by some lively colours, with big letters in a proto-Hippie or “Yellow Submarine” fashion (the film). It suits their image… and clothes!


Giving the opportunity to create a new back cover, with a picture from the “Loos of England” series. And again the same lettering style (with an added “…Then”, as used by Fleetwood Mac in their title “Then Play On”). Note the three suspension points (and not four!).

The cardboard used in Germany at the time is twice as thick, and the Star-Club label gives it additional value. The album stayed 5 months in the Top 40, going up to n°4. For “Bravo” it stayed 8 months, reaching N°1.

All through the second half of 1966, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich have had numerous articles written in the German magazines. Two words appear most often, defining how they were considered there : “Die Unaussprechlichen” (The Unpronounceable) and “Papageien” (Parrots) to describe their outlook and colourful gear.

January 1967
German single release: Gaylord Flock – I’m On The Up / Walking In Circles (Hansa 19 326 AT)
Both titles are credited to « Blaikley » ; they are produced by Steve Rowland, British co-director of Hansa Records. This label is one of the usual Fontana outlets in Germany, issuing records by The Troggs and The Hollies among others, at the same period.
Like Gaylord Parry’s Carnival Band (and The Potatoes), this record features Steve Rowland, Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley.

(See “I’m On The Up” Covers page, or the Howard/Blaikley Section)

January 1967
(France) Formidable n°16: ‘JE SUIS IN’

Page 10: Les expressions les plus « IN ». –
La danse la plus démente. Le « Bend it », créé par le groupe anglais Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.


Sun 1/01/67
Radio London Fab Forty N°1

1 (3) Save Me – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 (2) Any Way That You Want Me – Troggs
3 (4) In The Country – Cliff Richard & the Shadows
4 (5) (I Know) I’m Losing You – Temptations
9 (1) Happy Jack – Who

Mon 2/01/67
Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, London W1, England
The Herd’s residency at the Marquee on Mondays continues until the end of July 1967

Mon 2/01/67
Malmo, Sweden
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Tue 3/01/67
Helsinki, Finland
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

NME n°1043 (7 Jan. 1967): Dave Dee rang the NME from Malmo in Sweden on Monday
“It’s freezing cold where we are on the coast here at the moment and there’s snow on the ground but I
understand that it’s even worse in Helsinki where we are flying tomorrow – there’s four feet of the stuff over there. We daren’t tell Dozy. He died a hundred deaths on the plane coming into Stockholm when he saw ice on the runway.

Fri 6/01/67
Karlstad, Sweden
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Thanks to Karl-Arne for the info)

Sat 7/01/67   
NME n°1043 page 12: Road Manager Jay Vickers’ trials and tribulations abroad with Dave Dee & Co.

Dave Dee rang the NME from Malmo in Sweden on Monday :
“We arrived in Stockholm and started things well by getting our road manager ‘Jay’ arrested at the customs. We’d overlooked the fact that his working permit had run out on December 31st and the officials whipped him away without us even noticing, until it was realised he had the case with all our money in it.
“They thought he was trying to get over the border with some stolen loot and we had a hard time convincing the police that the money in the case was ours, before we could bail him out with it. We’ve managed to smuggle him back in for 24 hours but we’re getting that permit renewed fast. Poor Jay is beginning to think they’ve got it in for him over here – he was arrested by mistake on a previous trip in Sweden when there was a mix up with the Kinks.”

On 9 April 1965, after a Kinks concert at the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, an inebriated Dave Davies tried to smuggle his newly met Danish girlfriend (and future wife) in his hotel room. After having smashed a mirror and assaulted the security guards, he was arrested by the police with road manager Jay Vickers and both were put in jail for the night.
(Jay’s voice can be heard at the start of “Mrs Thursday” asking: “Shall I return at 6 o’clock as usual milady?”)

Sat 7/01/67
(USA) Cash Box Top 100 Singles: Bend It – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich #100
“Bend It” peak position in the USA. The week’s Top 100 is detailed here:
Cash Box Top 100 Singles – Week ending January 7, 1967

On WBZ Radio 103 in Boston, Massachusetts, Bend It is #3 this week.

Sat 7/01/67
Älvkullegymnasiets Aula, Karlstad, Sweden
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Thanks to Lennart Svensson for the info)

Sun 8/01/67
Norwegian TV Show: Hi Kids! Special, NRK, Oslo, Norway [Broadcast on 1/02/67]
Save Me / Hands Off / Hold Tight / Help Me / Frustration (Lip-Sync)

Sun 8/01/67
Edderkoppen Theatre, Oslo, Norway (2 shows)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Wed 11/01/67
BBC Radio Session: Easy Beat [Broadcast on 15/01/67]
Hard To Love You / I’m On The Up / Save Me / You Make It Move (Live Performance)

Wed 11/01/67
TV Performance: Meine Melodie, ARD Saarländischer Rundfunk, Saarbrücken, Deutschland
Host: Marianne Koch (9:00-10:00 pm)
Thomas Fritsch, Heidi Brühl, Inge Brück, Manuela, Peter Beil, Michel Polnareff, Bobby Solo, Hervé Vilard, The Horst Jankowski Chor and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour Of Ireland
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Fri 13/01/67
TV Performance: Crackerjack, BBC Television, London, England (5:00-5:45 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Save Me (?)

Sat 14/01/67
NME n°1044 page 9: Dave Dee Group for Trips Abroad

The controversial Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich LP track “The Loos Of England” is being rush-released as the title song on a new EP by the group.
Other songs featured are “Over And Over Again” – a military-style number previously unreleased – plus Beaky’s “Nose For Trouble” and another LP track, “All I Want To Do.” “Over And Over Again” was strongly considered as a single before “Save Me” was issued.

Sat 14/01/67   
NME n°1044 page 14: Dave Dee’s recording manager is a film star as well ! (Norrie Drummond)

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich are colourful on stage, have a good sound on discs and have everything going for them . . . . including a film star for a recording manager !
He’s Steve Rowland, a dark-haired, dapper, little American. An actor and singer, he’s also one of the most interesting people involved with pop music. At 26, his exploits could fill a book.
He talks softly, but intensely, with an air of worldly wisdom, about his experiences – the times he played football with Elvis Presley and Troy Donahue, how he worked as a wild animal trainer, of his career in an
acrobatic troupe with Rick Nelson, and the days when he and P.J.Proby used to sing together!
He has appeared in several films, including “The Thin Red Line” and “The Battle Of The Bulge.” It was while he was filming in Spain in a movie called “Hallucination Generation” to be released here in the spring, that his career as a record producer began.
One scene in the film featured a pop group – Steve was a member of it – and he was commissioned to write the songs.
The group played six numbers which Steve produced. “I had never before produced a record,” said Steve, “but everyone seemed quite happy with the result.”
While in Spain he met up with his old friend P.J. Proby, who told him that England was the happening place.
“I had known Proby for years,” said Steve. “We used to sing together as a duo at the famous Peppermint Lounge. When we met again in Spain he suggested I should come to England.”
And so Steve took the plunge and arrived here with little more than a lot of determination.
“I had no job and very few friends, apart from Proby, who introduced me to a lot of people,” he continued. Steve went to see Jack Baverstock, Fontana recording manager, and told him about his career as a singer. The result was a disc called “Closer Together,” by Steve Rowland and Pam.
But Steve found out that it was virtually impossible for him to obtain a work permit as a singer. So he had to take up a different career.
He explained his problem to Jack Baverstock and told him of the records he had produced in Spain. “I am deeply indebted to Jack,” continued Steve. “He listened patiently to what I told him and decided to give me a
chance as a producer.
“If it hadn’t been for Jack, Dave Dee, and the group’s managers, Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, all trusting me I don’t know what I would have been doing now.
“I have seen other Americans over here shooting their mouths off about how successful they’ve been in the States. I’ve always tried not to be like them because if they were successes in the States why move away?”
Apart from the Dave Dee group, Steve is now producing records by the St. Louis Union, the Herd and Gaylord Flock. He is also managing singer-actress Geneveve and a new single by himself will be released late next month.
“Basically I know very little about record production – the technical side anyway,” he admitted. “I simply try to get on tape what I think is a good commercial sound. I think up new ideas and attempt to make the next record better than the last.”
I asked Steve about his career as an animal trainer. “Ever since I was a kid I’ve always loved circuses and so
I bought a lion,” he said simply. “I taught him some tricks and we did an act.”
Steve eventually had to sell his lion, which he christened Zamba, and next became an acrobat with Ricky Nelson a member of the troupe.
In 1963, he decided to break into the music business and he moved into an office in Hollywood. Among the other names who shared the one-roomed office were Sonny Bono, Johnny Rivers and Phil Spector.
Sat around
“Spector soon moved out when things started happening for him. Herb Alpert had just left, too, and Sam Cooke was also involved. Everyone just sat around all day. Occasionally one of us would make a demo of some kind and that’s the way we lived.
“Every Sunday our crowd would make up a football team and go down to a place called Beverly Glen Canyon.
Elvis Presley used to arrive with a crowd of his friends to take part and after the game we all went back to his place for drinks.”
The topic of conversation returned to the British pop scene. “There is so much about at the moment. Songs are becoming much better and so are the artists. I want to progress as a producer and obviously Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich want to progress as a group. All their records have been hits, yet they’ve all been different. That’s true progression.
“Dave was a bit anxious about ‘Bend It’ being issued as a single, but it was a smash. One of the main reasons why I enjoy working with them and their managers is that they are keen to experiment and try something new. And most important, they’re not afraid of failures. That’s essential if you want to be a success – and keep being one.”

Sun 15/01/67
Radio Show: Easy Beat, BBC Light, London, England (10:30-11:30 am) [Recorded on 11/01/67]
Hard To Love You / I’m On The Up / Save Me / You Make It Move (Live Performance)
Presented by Keith Fordyce with Clinton Ford: Dandy, Run To The Door

Wed 18/01/67   
Top Rank Suite, Brighton, Sussex, England (7.30-11.30 pm)

Fabulous 208: Fab Moves Brighton-Wards
The whole of the FAB-208 office moves to Brighton on Wednesday (18th) for one Fab Night Out.
We want to see as many people as possible having a great old time at The Brighton Top Rank Suite.
Georgie Fame will be playing two long spots on stage, which is a marvellous reason for going there, even if it does mean a bit of travel is involved for some of you.
And – hold your hats! – some of the top pop people have agreed to come along to meet you, if their schedules permit.
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich will try to come. But please don’t be too disappointed if they don’t make it, because this is the only day they have free in months! [...]
Remember, Fab Night Out is your night. It’s at The Top Rank Brighton Suite on January 18th, and lasts from 7.30-11.30 pm. Tickets are 7s. 6d. each, and there should be some left on the door on the night.

Sat 21/01/67
Winter Gardens Pavilion, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Mon 23/01/67
(Germany) Bravo n°5 page 12: Bend It Musicbox n°3, Hard To Love You n°15, Save Me n°17
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich place 3 hits in the Bravo Top Twenty for the next 6 weeks

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour Of Holland
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Sat 28/01/67
NME n°1046 page 12: For a Few Nightmarish Hours… NME TAKE-OVER
By Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich

Words: Norrie Drummond
Pictures : Napier Russell
If any of the pictures in this week’s NME are upside down or if you discover any blank spaces please forgive us. It’s simply that Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich swooped on us this week and played havoc in the office.

PIC 1: Seconds after this picture was taken our telephonist resigned and the switchboard disappeared in a cloud of smoke ! DAVE DEE assumes Editor’s typical pose, but how did a beardless Manfred Mann get into the act?

Conferences in Editor’s office were never like this. Nor has it ever been decided to devote the entire issue to that fantastic, fabulous, electrifying DAVE DEE, DOZY, BEAKY, MICK and TICH group before!

PIC 3: Another resignation ! This time our filing girl, who afterwards had the job of sorting out this mess. Wordsman NORRIE DRUMMOND helped with the chaos.

PIC 4: No, we don’t have babies in the office, and this ISN’T a pram ! As MICK and TICH discovered, it’s a camera.

PIC 5: Save me! Not once did we hear secretary PENNY say this when chased by BEAKY ! In fact, she’s one of the few girls who DIDN’T resign !

PIC 6: DOZY lives up to his name, proving conclusively he has all necessary qualifications to take him through from office-boy to Editor !
(N.B.-Editor Andy Gray is on holiday this week !).

Sat 28/01/67
Disc & Music Echo: Pete Townshend blasts Dave Dee & Jim Reeves

It seems the Who’s leader was angry about his latest single prevented from reaching No.1 in the UK charts…
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich will retaliate when interviewed by Bravo a few months later (3/04/67)

Sat 28/01/67
Record Mirror n°307 page 3: Jack Tells All About The Label That Won’t Stay Out Ot The Top Ten…

R.M. Pic: Jack Baverstock seen at a Mindbenders recording session

Jack Baverstock – now there’s a name to conjure with. For Jack (a former dance band pianist and pop paper editor) has been running the artistes and repertoire of Fontana records for the last eight years. He came from Oriole, where he’d built a fast reputation as a hitfinder on the strength of “Freight Train” by Nancy Whiskey and “We Will Make Love” by Russ Hamilton.
His task: build up Philips’ new Fontana label from scratch. Asked how he’d managed to get Fontana into the enviable position of hardly going a week without a disc in the top ten in 1966, Jack replied. “I’d previously worked on a label specialising in making inexpensive cover versions of current hits. Every shilling counted, I had to make sure nothing was wasted. It proved great training. When I got to Fontana I began looking for talent in all directions but first I concentrated on building a strong LP catalogue to give the label a firm grounding. I recorded Irish folk music and it sold like a bomb. Johnny Mathis did well for us too.”
Having established Fontana in the steady but unspectacular album field, Jack looked around for unusual singles that did have spectacular potential. In some of his choices he showed greater imagination than his rivals. There was the freak hit of Dave Brubeck’s, “Take Five.” Said Jack: “I just liked it, thought it worth putting out as a single, and up it came.”
Mistakes? “Well, I turned down the song ‘It’s Not Unusual’ when Les Reed played it to me. I said I liked it but it wasn’t commercial. Of course, I hadn’t heard it sung by Tom Jones!
Hits that Jack confidently expected but never happened? “I thought Kiki Dee’s ‘Why Don’t I Run Away From You’ would be a giant hit. It just crawled onto the bottom of one chart for one week. And ‘If We Lived On Top Of A Mountain’ sung by Cleo Laine. I’d have written you a guarantee about that one. It got lots of airplay. Nothing happened.
“I’ve put out an average of three singles a week at Fontana and we try to promote each of them. I don’t see how a company that puts out 20 or more a week can do that. I like to study our artistes – you’ve got to be a good psychological man in the recording studio. Some performers will only react to a bloody great row. You’re only trying to help them and record numbers that will be hits but they try to baulk you at every turn. Others need their confidence building up. They need jokes and encouragement to do things they didn’t think they could manage.
“A few artistes really work at their jobs. Manfred Mann will try anything 3,000 times to make it better. And Manfred will listen to advice. He wasn’t so keen on “Semi – Detached” but I convinced him it would be a winner. Other times, artistes are convinced a poor song is right for them and I usually say ‘OK, let’s do it.’ As like as not, those numbers finish up as part of an LP. I’d reckon that about nine out of ten artistes don’t like a record that eventually becomes a hit.
“No, I don’t believe that young people are necessarily the best judges of pop. You need a lot of experience behind you to cope with all the tricks in this business.”
Jack’s nap selections for the Fontana hitmakers of ’67:
“The Misunderstood are a great group and I hope everything will turn out well for them. The Blues Magoos are a fine group. I still have hopes for Kiki Dee – she’s just done a fabulous record. And Wayne Fontana and Julie Felix should do better and better.”                            David Griffiths

Sat 28/01/67
Record Mirror n°307 page 2: Letters Page

DAVE DEE – a reader talks about an unfortunate incident which occurred to the group.

The Time A Bus Just Missed Dave’s Head
I just had to write and say how really disgusted I was with the fans at a recent “Crackerjack”. Talk about merciless! My friend and I had gone to see Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich. We waited at the side door and then we heard all the fans screaming round at the front. All the boys were in a taxi, except Dave Dee. He was trying to battle off 25 or 30 fans. Dave and the driver helped each other and got all but one off of him. This one had Dave on the ground out in the road. I was horrified to see a bus just miss his head – he got up and practically staggered into the taxi, all his clothes wet and dirty from the road. Agreed, some groups may like this. But after seeing Dave’s face, I don’t think HE does. Watch it, fans – or your idol will be in hospital. – Bree and Popcorn, 38 Bishops Road, Fulham, London, S.W.6.

Page 2: In brief . .
Jon Steele, Dukinfield, Cheshire:
Being a disc-jockey I get to hear all the new releases from week to week and I’m disgusted a few weeks later when I see all the bum records getting in the charts. Why should rot like Dave Dee, Troggs, Monkees etc. get into Swingin’ England’s charts. It’s like going back to pre-Beatle days. Why don’t the progressive class sounds of Eddie Floyd, Sam and Dave, Homer Banks, Ramsey Lewis, etc., get any sales. The buying public is losing its taste in good music.


Sat 28/01/67
(USA) Billboard Jan. 28, 1967 page 16: CHART Spotlights – Predicted to reach the HOT 100 Chart
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – Save Me (Spectorious, BMI). Fontana 1569

Page 35: Full-page Advert


Sat 28/01/67
King’s Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

NME n°1045 (21 Jan. 1967): Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich interrupts its Dutch visit at the end of this month to fly home for a one-nighter at Stoke King’s Hall on January 28.

Sun 29/01/67
Presented by Theaterbureau Paul Acket, Holland
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Muziek Expres 132 (November 1966):
And we expect to have the following big attraction for the 1966/67 season – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich on January 28 and January 29, 1967


Mon 30/01/67
(Germany) Bravo n°6 page 15: Bend It Musicbox n°4, Save Me n°16, Hard To Love You n°17
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich place 3 hits in the Bravo-musicbox for 6 weeks


Herman’s Hermits were number one on the continent and made a standard of this song. British singer Graham Bonney is featured here twice, and he became a genuine Pop Star in Deutschland. The Kinks’ Dandy was not released as such in Britain. German artists are very few, and there is even a French Beatnik in the Top 10. And David Garrick, unknown in Britain, would also reach number one soon with Dear Mrs Applebee.


Bravo LParade page 18: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich n°10 (–) Star-Club 158.027
And their first album enters the Bravo Top 12

30 Jan-4 Feb
MIDEM (Marché International du Disque et de l’Edition Musicale), Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France
First occurrence of this meeting of international music editors, composers, writers, performers, tour agents, managers, music journalists and other professionals. Over 35 countries are present.
International stars appearing are: Sonny and Cher, Peter and Gordon, Tom Jones, Sandie Shaw, Petula Clark, Françoise Hardy, Antoine, Georgie Fame.




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