July 1965

JULY  1965


News: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich are to appear in a documentary entitled
“A Day in the Life of a Group who haven’t made it”.

July 1965    
Philips Studios, Stanhope House, 2-4 Stanhope Place, London W2, England
Recording session for “Take It Easy With The Walker Brothers” LP (produced by Johnny Franz)
Contains both “Dancing In The Street” and “Land Of 1000 Dances” also played by DDDBM&T

As Abbey Road was to EMI, so the ‘In-house’ studios at Stanhope Place, Marble Arch was to Philips.
Situated on the cusp of London’s heart and above the central line – a faint rumble could be felt as the tube passed below – during it’s 30 year existence, the Philips studios would easily rival America’s Stax studios or London’s Abbey Road as a ‘Hit factory’. [...]
At 60ft long, 20ft wide and 25ft high, the main studio, ‘Studio One’ has been described as ‘cramped’ by one engineer who routinely recorded full orchestral and choral sessions there and as ‘vast’ by The Who’s Roger Daltrey who recorded there as part of a four piece.
Session guitarist maestro Alan Parker was among one of the new recruits called in for The Walkers first session.
“The studio was a little bit confined, long and narrow and the control room had like a narrow walkway at the back where we used to stand and listen, you know. So it was a bit restrictive, with all the orchestra and brass, percussion and singing groups…it was really crammed in”.
Entrance to the studio reception was down a stairwell via the street, in through a side door, turning left to go up. The actual recording space was on a raised level.
Roger Wake, then a teenage tape Op’ remembers the studios specifications with a boffin’s clarity. “Physically the set up was this; there was the studio, then the control room, and then a separate machine room, where the tape machines were. The control room had big windows so that Johnny (Franz-producer) and Peter (Oliff –Engineer) could look out and see into the studio and from where I was, in the machine room, we had a little
window about 3ft square, so I could see into the control room. [...]
Keith Roberts was a budding arranger and a regular at the studio, and although he wouldn’t work with John and Scott for a few years yet, he was familiar with the placing of musicians at such a session.
“The strings right down the far end, usually. Drums in the middle. So both sides could hear them. The other rhythm stuff was around the drummer. The guitars and the Bass guitar. I’d be in the middle, conducting. So all the musicians could see me. You’d have headphones on-one ear on one off…”
The human embodiment of the Philips studio was the aforementioned producer – Johnny Franz. [...]

Dave Dee, who was at this time tasting first success with Dozy, Beaky, Mick, and Tich recalls Franz with a cinematic clarity. “He used to smoke like a trooper. I mean, I been to his house for dinner and everything – he was a lovely bloke, Johnny – but we used to sit and talk to him and he used to sit and smoke a fag while he was talking and we used to time how long it took before the ash fell off. He used to sometimes smoke a cigarette almost two-thirds with the ash still on it”. [...]             (in “The Bedsitters” by Anthony Reynolds)

Full article and pictures of the Philips studio can be found here:

Fri 2/07/65   
Single release: All I Want / It Seems A Pity – Fontana TF 586 (267.472) [Recorded on 28/04/65]

Second disc, not released in any other country. The subsequent album version is a different mix.

Record Mirror (17/07/65):
Almost a military tempo for this beater, with the group getting a good sound going. They simply list the things they don’t particularly need in the “bird”. Catchy enough to make it.

Fri 2/07/65    
Single release: Marcello Minerbi e la sua orchestra – Zorba’s Dance (Durium 54001)
This was the hit version in Britain, of the Mikis Theodorakis theme, soundtrack of “Zorba The Greek”.

Fri 2/07/65   
Single releases: Other Discs released the same week
The Pretty Things: Cry To Me / Get A Buzz (Fontana TF 585)
The Dave Clark Five: Catch Us If You Can / On The Move (Columbia 7625)
Dave Berry: This Strange Effect / Now (Decca 12103)
Tom Jones: With These Hands / Untrue (Decca 12191)
Glenda Collins: Johnny Loves Me / Paradise For Two (HMV POP 1429)
The Searchers: He’s Got No Love / So Far Away (Pye 15878)

Sat 3/07/65    
Disc: Single reviews by Penny Valentine

Disc: I rather like the fantastic named Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich! And their ‘All I Want’ is a very pleasant song… well done (Fontana). Doesn’t make it though.

Fri 9/07/65    
Single release: The Honeycombs – That’s The Way / Can’t Get Through To You (Pye 7N 15890)
Released just one week after Dave Dee & Co’s second single, this former N°1 hit in Sweden was to be their last British hit (#12) 

Sat 10/07/65   
Birthday: John ‘Beaky’ Dymond is 21, coming of age

Thu 15/07/65   
Locarno Ballroom, Swindon, Wiltshire, England (7:45 & 11:00 pm)
Dave Dee, Beakey, Dozey, Mick And Tich [sic] supported by Five Hits And A Miss

Fri 16/07/65    
Salisbury Journal: “All I Want” is n°5 in the Salisbury Top Twenty (highest position)

Salisbury Top Twenty – Byrds Take Over The Top Spot
After only one week at the top of the Salisbury Top Twenty, The Hollies have slipped to position No. 3 and the top spot has been taken over by The Byrds.

Salisbury’s Top Twenty (with last week’s positions in brackets) are:
1 (4) Mr. Tambourine Man (The Byrds) ; C.B.S.
2 (2) Heart Full of Soul (The Yardbirds) ; Columbia.
3 (1) I’m Alive (The Hollies) ; Parlophone.
4 (7) To Know You Is to Love You (Peter and Gordon) ; Columbia.
5 (6) All I Want (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich) ; Fontana.

Compiled by Messrs. J. F. Sutton.






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