July 1968

JULY 1968


July 1968    One-Week Radio Sessions
15-19 July 68    Dave Cash Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (2:00-4:15 pm)
29 July-2 Aug.    Jimmy Young Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (9:55 am-12:00 noon)

July 1968    
Rave! n°54 page 49: DAVE DEE REVEALED!
Exclusively for RAVE, Dave Dee has completed the famous Marcel Proust* questionnaire, which exposes a person’s true character. This month and next, Dave will be revealed in his true colours!
*Marcel Proust was a famous French author and poet who died at the beginning of the century.

This month we’re printing Dave Dee’s Marcel Proust questionnaire – aimed at assessing his character and personality. But we’re not printing the analyst’s report from Paris till next month. We’re going to attempt an analysis ourselves instead, then compare the two answers. Should be revealing!
As a person, I’ve always found Dave to be calm and collected, not easily ruffled, and not of the ‘actions speak louder than words’ set. He’s extremely polite and well mannered.
Dave also appears to me to be a thinker. Everything he does, especially his career, has been thought out beforehand, and this is probably why there haven’t been any major mistakes in his pop career. Though at times he appears to have a grin like a fiendish devil, he has a nice uncruel sense of humour. He has a pleasant life and he knows it’s up to him to enjoy it while he can.
Dave is a Sagittarian subject. This usually means someone who is pretty versatile. He is full of ambition and drive and is hoping to make the film “Legend of Xanadu” as soon as possible.
Although on the outside he may seem an easy going person, he also gives the impression of an extremely shrewd business man.
Dave will definitely not be one of those stars who have a dazzling money-spun career and come out at the end with absolutely nothing. He is a true pop star. No matter how big he will become as a name, he will never forget the importance of his fans. Being famous interferes with your private life, but Dave has accepted it completely as part of his life.
Romance wise, I don’t think he will get involved to the point of marriage. dedicated pop stars like Dave don’t like to risk upsetting their fans.
Well that’s RAVE’s analysis of what makes Dave Dee tick. Watch out next month for the opinion of the expert.

July 1968   
(USA) Hit Parader page 46: Granny’s Gossip
The Young Rascals didn’t want, and fortunately didn’t receive, much publicity about their taking Swami Satchidananda with them to Hawaii. They ate macrobiotic foods and meditated a lot. . . . The Beatles have said that they would return to the United States for a tour if they could be sure that audiences would listen to their music quietly without screaming. Petitions signed by fans promising to be quiet if the Beatles come back are being started all over the country. If you send petitions signed by all your friends to me, I’ll forward them to the boys. . . . The Beach Boys are keeping busy. Brian and Carl Wilson have been hanging around with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who’ll be doing a college tour with the group. . . . If you’re wondering why your old Granny hasn’t been going to the movies lately, it’s because I’ve been too busy going to nightclubs and concerts. . . . Till next time, hang loose.

July 1968    
Holidays: three week vacation for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (at home)

Mon 1/07/68   
Japan Import Singles N°1: The Legend Of Xanadu – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Thu 4/07/68   
TV Performance: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
Introduced by Jimmy Savile with O.C. Smith (Son of Hickory Holler’s Tramp #3) • The Marmalade (Lovin’ Things #7) • Esther & Abi Ofarim (One More Dance #15) • Petula Clark (Don’t Give Up – New Release) • Des O’Connor (I Pretend #5) •  The Ohio Express (Yummy Yummy Yummy #11) • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Last Night in Soho – New Release Spot) • The Equals (Baby Come Back #1)

Sat 6/07/68    
NME n°1121 page 6: A thumping great hit for Crooked Dave – by Derek Johnson

* Last Night In Soho (Fontana)
Another thumping great hit for the Dave Dee group, and full credit to the Howard-Blaikley team for continuing to provide the boys with such fascinating material. Rather like a musical Doctor Who, you never know just where the boys are going to end up next ! And on this occasion, they journey direct from the burning wastes of the Mexican desert to that sleazy square mile of London’s West End known as Soho.
Like “Xanadu,” it’s a story-in-song, with the singer lamenting the fact that he has been tempted from the straight and narrow by a bunch of undesirables – and here he is saying goodbye to his girl, before he’s carted off to clink? Exhilarating gallop-pace beat, sweeping strings that sound like the “1812 Overture” gone crazy, organ, a catchy tune and spirited harmonies from the boys. A must!

Sat 6/07/68    
Jackie: She’s The Love Of Mick’s Life !

A Pop Star’s Romance

Do you believe in love at first sight?
It may prove alright for some but as far as Mick Wilson of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky. Mick and Tich is concerned – the answer is no.
“Love is something you should be sure about long before you decide to get married.” says Mick, who is married himself.
He met his wife Pauline just over four years ago when the group were playing in their home town of Salisbury.
“Tich was down there with this bird. She really fancied Tich, and Pauline was her mate. They’d both come along to hear us play.
“I saw them and I chatted up Pauline, and it all worked out the other way round – because Tich didn’t fancy his bird at all. This was when our first record was coming out. I didn’t go out with her then. I invited her to a party our managers were holding as a celebration. It was in Southampton.”
After that, Mick and Pauline started going steady, but they only managed to see each other once or twice a week as the group were travelling all over the country, and often all over the Continent, too. And Pauline very rarely saw them play.
(To read more, click on Mick’s picture)

Sat 6/07/68    
TV Performance: Time For Blackburn, ITV, Southern Television, Southampton, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich performed “Last Night In Soho” (probably)

During the programme’s 21-week run, Tony dropped into London’s trendy Revolution club, met up-and-coming bands, caught them in action, and liaised with hip club-goers. Back at its base, Southern TV’s Southampton studios played host to such happening acts as Procol Harum 16th March), Spencer Davis Group (23th March), Herman’s Hermits (20th April), Cupid’s Inspiration (22nd June), Dave Dee, D, B, M & T and the Kinks (6th July) and Grapefruit (13th July) and the Strawbs (20th July), in front of hysterical audiences. Outside location slots included the Rolling Stones’ appearance at the 1968 ‘NME’ Poll Winners’ Concert, transmitted on 18th May.
On the 22nd of June, prompted by Blackburn’s inclusion of cinema reviews, the cast of ‘Til Death Do Us Part’ turned up to promote their silver-screen version of their hit TV series. Soon afterwards, Tone’s show was wrapped up: Dave Dee and his crew closed the account with “Last Night In Soho” on 27th July.

6-7 July 1968    
Woburn Music Festival, Woburn Abbey, Woburn Abbey, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Family, Geno Washington, Taste.
The Festival was organised by Melody Maker and presented by Emperor Rosko. This was the only official UK performance of the Jimi Hendrix Experience during that year. The Experience officially broke up in November 1968.

Alan Walsh of the Melody Maker asked Jimi Hendrix why there had been such a dearth of recordings since ‘Axis: Bold As Love’.
Said Jimi: “People were starting to take us for granted, abuse us. It was that what-corn-flakes-for-breakfast scene. Pop slavery, really. I felt we were in danger of becoming the American version of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich. Nothing wrong with that, but it’s just not our scene. We decided we had to end that scene and get into our own thing. I was tired of the attitude of fans that they’d bought you a house and a car and now expected you to work the way they wanted you for the rest of your life.”
“But we couldn’t just say screw them, because they have their rights too, so we decided the best way was to just cool the recording scene until we were ready with something that we wanted everyone to hear. I want people to hear us, what we’re doin’ now and try to appreciate where we’re at.”

Mon 8/07/68    
(Germany) Bravo n°28: Record of the Week: “If No-One Sang”

Bravo page 60: Dave Dee’s Glückzahl 13 – Platte der Woche
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich beginnen und beschließen ihre neue LP mit einem Lied namens “If no One sang”. Es beschreibt in tieftraurigen Tönen eine Welt, in der es keine Musik gibt. In einer solchen Welt würden uns vor allem DD, D, B, M & T fehlen! “Where from where to” heißt die von Dozy gesungene Frage nach dem Sinn unseres Lebens. “I’ve got a Feeling” hat spanischen Sound und mittenhinein bellt Oliver, der Hund von Dave. “In a Matter of a Moment” ist von italienischer Machart und bietet ein Mandolinen-Solo von Tich. “Mrs Thursday” ist eine komische Nummer mit viel Gegacker und Geschnatter. “Zabadak” hat hier noch mehr Dschungel-Effekte als in der Single-Fassung. “Mama Mama” ist ein Beitrag zur neuen Rock’n’Roll-Mode. “If I were a Carpenter” bekommt in der Bühnen-Show von Dave Dee & Co. stets besonders viel Beifall. “The Legend of Xanadu” ist der wohlbekannte Peitschen-Knaller. “Look at me” erzählt die alte Lache-Bajazzo-Geschichte. “The Tide is turning” schildert einen Spaziergang am Meer. “Breakout” ist ein echter-rechter Soul-Song. “Time to take off” bringt Flugplatzgeräusche und erinnert an die weltweiten Reisen der Gruppe. Kurz: 13 Bestleistungen – eine runde Sache von Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich!
If no One sang – LP Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich                 Fontana 886 478

13 songs – 13 performances : “If no One sang” is full of sad sounds. “Where from where to” asks the question about the meaning of life. “I’ve got a Feeling” has Dave Dee’s dog Oliver barking in the middle. “In a Matter of a Moment” is Italian. “Zabadak” has even more jungle effects than on the single version. “Mama Mama” is their contribution to the new rock’n’roll revival. “If I were a Carpenter” gets much applause on stage. “The Legend of Xanadu” is the whip hit. “Look at me” tells the old story of the white clown. “The Tide is turning” tells a ballad by the sea. “Breakout” is real soul. “Time to take off” reminisces of the world travels of the group.

Fri 12/07/68    
Single release: Peter Thorogood – Haunted / If No-One Sang (Pye 7N 17577)
Howard Blaikley are diversifying their output. “Haunted” would become a minor psych collector.

Sat 13/07/68    
Record Mirror n°383: News Shorts
Steve Rowland has just signed new singer Jericho, who is currently recording his own material under the direction of Albert Hammond . . . Amory Kane, who has a single out in the third week of September is to be launched with a massive publicity campaign . . . Next record from the Magic Lanterns on the Camp label on July 19, called “Shame Shame” . . . Steve Rowland and Ronnie Oppenheimer have formed a new film company called Destiny Films . . . The Family Dogg are currently recording an LP . . .

Sat 13/07/68    
(USA) Billboard July 13, 1968 page 74: International News Reports
Tokyo – Philips Records is high on the Tempters. The Tempters newest release is their first album, coming on the heels of several highly successful singles. It is entitled simply: the “Tempters First Album.” The Tempters follow the musical line of the Herd currently one of the most-heralded groups in England . . . Philips is releasing the Herd’s album: “Paradise Lost” at the same time to give teen-age record buyers a “complete package.” The fan magazines are carrying full-page color photos of the Herd and the Tempters along with stories comparing the two groups.

Sat 13/07/68    
Radio Show: Tom Edwards Show, BBC Radio One, London, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Sat 13/07/68    
TV Show: Beat-Club 33, ARD Radio Bremen, Bremen, Deutschland (Lip-Sync)
Hosted by Uschi Nerke & Dave Lee Travis (4:45-5:15 pm)
The Beat-Club / BFBS Poll this month asked the viewers to choose their favourite Album among ten LP’s presented by Uschi Nerke. Among them were the latest by The Equals, The Small Faces or Traffic, and “If No-One Sang” by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich.

Sat 13/07/68    
TV Performance: Dee Time, BBC1, London, England (6:35 pm)
Host: Simon Dee, with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich and Tim Hardin

15-19 July 68    
Radio Show: Dave Cash Show, BBC Radio One, London, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich guest throughout the week

Tue 16/07/68    
Royal Albert Hall, Westminster, London, England
Tim Hardin supported by Family
The composer of “If I Were A Carpenter” and many other gems gave a poor show, and actually fell asleep on stage. (His heroin addiction was portrayed in his song “The Red Balloon”). Dave Dee was in the audience and mentioned it to Keith Altham in an NME interview in August.

Thu 18/07/68   
TV Performance: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
Introduced by Pete Murray with Herman’s Hermits (Sunshine Girl – New Release) • Richard Harris (MacArthur Park #7) • Manfred Mann (My Name is Jack #8) • The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown (Fire #9) • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Last Night in Soho #23) • Roy Orbison (Walk On – New Release) • Dusty Springfield (I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten #18) • The Equals (Baby Come Back #1)

Fri 19/07/68    
BBC Transcription Disc: Top Of The Pops #190, Kensington House, London, England [wk 29, 1968]
Dave Dee Interview / Mama Mama / If I Were A Carpenter / Paint It Black [Rec. 12/06/68]
Tracks: 1.Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity: Shadows of You; 2.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Interview/Mama Mama; 3.Don Partridge: Blue Eyes; 4.John Rowles: Hush, Not a Word to Mary; 5.Donovan: The Entertaining of a Shy Little Girl; 6.Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity: This Wheel’s On Fire; 7.Don Partridge: Rosie; 8.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: If I Were A Carpenter; 9.Donovan: Hurdy Gurdy Man; 10.Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity: Why am I Treated so Bad; 11.John Rowles: Son Of Hickory Holler’s Tramp; 12.Don Partridge: Old Joe Clark; 13.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Paint It Black; 14.Donovan: Mad John’s Escape. Presented by Brian Matthews [Expiry date: 18/01/69]
“Mama Mama” and “Paint It Black” had been broadcast on Radio One on 29 June by Pete Murray. So probably this new version of “If I Were A Carpenter” had been recorded and played for the same session of “Pete’s People”.

Fri 19/07/68    
British single release: The Merseys – Lovely Loretta / Dreaming (Fontana TF 955)
Tony Crane and Billy Kinsley with The Funky Bottom Congregation

Record Mirror (20 July 1968): CHART POSSIBILITY
There’s a star-studded (Dave Dee, W. Fontana, Beaky, Tich etc.) on this, lumped together as the Funky Bottom Congregation – alone worth the price of admission, folks. The song is fair enough, one supposes, though it’s not a stand-out. But the production is healthy, alive and could restore the two lads to the charts. Happy-go-lucky. Flip: fair enough.

Lovely Loretta was written by Ray Randall and Paul Beuselinck. Ray recalls that the backing track for Lovely Loretta was recorded in a demo studio in Dean Street, London with Ray on bass, Paul on piano, Robert Lemon on lead guitar and Dave Gibbons on drums, a group that called themselves The Funky Bottom Congregation. The Merseys added their voices to the track later.            (from poparchives.com.au)

Fri 19/07/68    
British single release: The Magic Lanterns – Shame Shame / Baby I Gotta Go Now (Camp 602 007)
With a whole new line-up assembled around lead vocalist Jim Bilsbury, The Magic Lanterns are now managed by Steve Rowland. Soon to be a hit… in America.

Sat 20/07/68    
NME n°1123: Single reviews

† Lovely Loretta (Fontana).
It’s been a couple of years since the Merseys last appeared in the Chart,  but – with sufficient exploitation – this could well restore them.
Pounds along at a rip-roaring pace, with tambourine emphasising the beat, and trumpets adding depth to the backing – and there are frequent outbursts of cheering to conjure up a party atmosphere.
Spirited support is provided by the Funky Bottom Congregation – which turns out to be Dave Dee & Co., Julie Felix and sundry others. An extremely commercial disc.

Sat 20/07/68    
NME n°1123: Dave Dee For Panto And Tour – But ‘Xanadu’ Dropped

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich are virtually certain to star in pantomime this Christmas – they have agreed to appear in “Dick Whittington” at Stockton ABC and, although contracts are not yet signed, the deal seems certain to go through. Dave Dee would play Idle Jack, with cameo roles specially written for the, other members of the group. A spokesman commented: “This fits in with the boys’ plans to move into acting.”
An intensive European touring schedule is being lined up for the Dave Dee group in the early autumn. This will be followed in November by a major U.S. tour – its previous visit to America was cancelled because work permits were not granted in time. After its panto engagement, the group undertakes a tour of Australia, Japan and the Far East in the early spring.
It was revealed this week that plans for Dave Dee & Co. to star in a movie version of “The Legend Of Xanadu” have now been dropped. Esther Ofarim was to have been leading lady in the film, but it was found impossible to match her availability with Dave’s.
The group is the centre of a big merchandising campaign which is being launched on the British and foreign markets this summer. Shoppers will be able to buy Dave Dee cardboard cut-outs, Dave Dee soap and Dave Dee bedside lamps.

Sat 20/07/68   
NME n°1123: . . . Kinks in panto too

The Kinks are to make their pantomime debut this Christmas. They will star for an eight-week run in the Midlands, although the exact venue has not yet been finalised. However, manager Robert Wace told the NME that it is likely to be in the Birmingham area. The group is also to make its cabaret debut this autumn, playing selected club dates in the North.
(Like Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich in 1967, The Kinks played at the Club Fiesta, Stockton-on-Tees and the Top Hat Club, Spennymoor, County Durham, in October)

Sat 20/07/68    
NME n°1123 page 5: Nine Hits In Row, But Mick Still Unhappy !
Keith Altham discovers when he interviewed the Dave Dee group

When I arrived at the Lime Grove TV studios it was to find that Tich, Mick, Beaky, Dozy and Dave Dee (how about that for a switch?) had troubles. Mick, for example, was bemoaning the fact that for years the group had been careering up and down the country and although he liked playing in public, “the travelling is a drag!”
Tich (on hairdrier) was taking a more optimistic view. “What you have to remember is that there are plenty of groups who would like to be where we are. In spite of any of the difficulties, we are a lot better off than most other groups. We’ve each got our own house, about £10,000 in the bank and other assets. Maybe we’re not giant film stars but we’ve got a lot more out of our success than some others I could name!”
Do more ?
Mick was not entirely reconciled and felt that they should be doing more between records.
“We’ve had nine consecutive hit records,” he summed up, “but nothing else seems to happen to us. We come up with a new record and it dies down and then we come up with a new one and that dies down. We can’t seem to get anything else going. I just want to know what’s next?”
Tich observed that the days were over when a pop star, or a group, could walk into a film and become overnight sensations. As long as they were making hits like ‘Last Night In Soho,’ he was all right Jack! Dave did not enter into the career argument as he was worried about Oliver, who, it appears, was not well and had been bitten.
Huge hound
“By a rhinoceros? ” I enquired. Anyone who has observed Dave’s massive Pyrannean mountain hound will understand that the possibility of it being attacked by anything smaller than a mountain lion is remote.
“No,” smiled Dave, “My Dad had him on the lead and a little dog bit him. Dad was frightened to let him of the lead, in case he killed the little one. I might have let him off,” he added, disconsolately.
Dave has not been having much luck lately in his private life. Only recently has he recovered from a nasty incident with a “dangerous bend” traffic sign, a railway embankment and a telegraph pole, which he sliced in half when his car spun off the road and turned over.
“Look! I got this nasty graze on my little finger.” He indicated the wound. “The trouble is, with the amount of travelling I do, the law of averages is that I must have more accidents than most people. I’ve had three this year. I’m being very careful from now.” [...]
How did Dave feel about the tremendous distances that the group has been travelling recently?
“I have to admit it – we’re whacked. We’ve been averaging about 3,000 miles a week in the last few weeks, just in England. When you work as hard as we do, by the time you get round to your holidays you are almost out on your feet.
Seven years
“It wouldn’t be so bad if we had only been doing it for three years or so, but we’ve been at it for seven years. It’s got to slow down. The answer is probably doing more work abroad and less here. It’s terribly difficult to plan to work so many months and holiday so many months. You have to tour to the right places at the right times.”
One of the incredible things about Dave Dee and Co. is that they have had hits in almost every country in the world, from New Zealand to Japan, without one big hit in the States. Why?
“This is one of those questions which we just cannot answer. We could be one of those groups who will never have a big hit in America.
“The challenge is still there and we are still trying. The latest attempt is a number we recorded on the new album, one of the most soulful things we’ve ever done, called ‘Breakout.’ It was once done by James and Bobby Purify. Personally I don’t think I’m a soul singer and to release this number in America is rather like taking coals to Newcastle, but that’s what’s happened.
“We’re going to America to make our first public appearances – the last time we went we did just TV and radio – in November and we hope that will do the trick.”
Talking more generally, I mentioned that it was a shame the Majorca Pop Festival had been cancelled. Dave was not so sure it was so bad.
“At least from the performer’s point of view I don’t think it was a bad thing,” he emphasised. “We’ve had some experience of working on the Continent, in places like Italy, and they just do not know how to organise these things.
“You arrive at the airport and no one meets you. You don’t know what hotel you are staying at and when you do book-in you spend about three days waiting for someone to contact you. Then someone suddenly turns up on the day of the televised concert and you get one run-through for a major TV show with the orchestra. That was what happened to us in Rome.”
In spite of the lack of organisation, Dave was quick to add that the enthusiasm of the young people in these countries towards British pop music was very much appreciated. In fact, although the group has never had a No. 1 record in Britain they have had at least eight “Ones” in Germany!
No regret
Enthusiasm of the hysterical type in this country a while ago is not something which Dave is altogether sorry to see disappear.
“It means I can walk down the street now and the kids will say: ‘Oh, there goes Dave Dee’ or just ask for an autograph. Three years ago I would have been ripped to pieces !”
We discussed the relative merits of a pop star who approached his fans with a very human manner and one who detached himself and retained his “mystique” quality. Dave thought the better method was to be friendly and in touch and he was sure the fans appreciated the contact.
Elvis Presley,” said Dozy, suddenly awaking from a quick nap in the corner. Having made his contribution, he dropped off again. Further Dozy bulletins will be issued at six-monthly intervals !
At the risk of repeating myself, I think it should be said of Dave Dee that he remains one of those pleasant, friendly and unaffected people who always makes an effort to be helpful. A very nice guy.

Sat 20/07/68   
(USA) Billboard July 20, 1968 page 57: Billboard Hits Of The World
1 (1) Honey – Bobby Goldsboro (United Artists)
2 (3) Delilah – Tom Jones (London)
3 (2) Simon Says – 1910 Fruitgum Co. (Buddah)
4 (4) Spooky – Lettermen (Capitol)
5 (9) She’s Lookin’ Good – Wilson Pickett (Atlantic)
6 (6) If Ever I Would Leave You – Bachelors (London)
7 (–) Light My Fire – Doors (Motown)
8 (10) The Good, The Bad And The Ugly – Hugo Montenegro (RCA Victor)
9 (–) Here’s A Heart – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich (Fontana) – Home Industries Development Corp.

(Here’s A Heart – an album track from 1966 –  is a Top Ten Hit in the Philippines)

22-27 July 68    
Musica ‘68, Majorca Pop Festival, Palma, Majorca, Spain
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich were to attend, but the Festival was cancelled

(USA) Billboard June 1, 1968 page 50: International News Reports
Majorca Pop, Jazz Festival July 22 to 27
London – The first Pop and Jazz Festival of Palma, Majorca, is set for July 22-27 and will feature leading artists from half a dozen countries.
The festival, Musica ’68, is being promoted by Music Festival Productions Ltd., of London who have taken a lease on the 18,000-seater bullring in Palma for the next 10 years.
Artists booked to appear in the pop category include Jimi Hendrix, Lulu, Eric Burdon and the Animals, the Byrds, the Grapefruit, Los Pekenikes, the Hep Stars, Esther and Abi Ofarim, Tim Rose, Rita Pavone, Georgie Fame, Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth, Donovan, Julie Felix, Peret, Blossom Dearie, the Incredible String Band,Brook Benton, Gilbert Becaud, Gene Pitney, Marian Montgomery, the Tages, Sandie Shaw, Scott Walker, the Peddlers, the Tremeloes and Brasil ’66.
(An unusual array of artists for a Summer Festival, many of which had previously appeared with Dave Dee & Co. Most of them belonged to the Philips/Fontana roster)

Wed 24/07/68    
TV Performance: Wing Ding Show, WDCA-TV, Washington, Washington DC, USA (4:00-5:00 pm)
Dance Party with Jack Alix – Dave, Dee, Etc.
Dave Dee & Co. first appeared on this show in May 1967. Jack Alix then hosted “Wing Ding” from 13 May 1968 through 29 November (Mon. to Fri.), after which it was renamed “The Jack Alix Show”.

Sat 27/07/68    
Melody Maker: Dave Dee & Co. US Autumn Tour dates

Melody Maker: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich have finalised their American tour which will take place from October 10 to November 16. As a result there will be no British autumn tour for the group this year.
The American trip will include college and stadium dates as well as radio and TV appearances.
The group will also tour Sweden from August 17 to September 1.
(This American tour would later be cancelled)

Sat 27/07/68    
TV Performance: Time For Blackburn, ITV, Southern Television, Southampton, England
With Susan Maughan, The Easybeats and The Crazy World of Arthur Bown (Fire).
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich performed “Last Night In Soho” for Blackburn’s last show

Mon 29/07/68    
(Germany) Bravo n°31: “Last Night In Soho” review: Dave Dee & Co follow in the footsteps of Bonnie & Clyde

Bravo page 62: hit-verdächtig – Raffinierter Mini-Krimi
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich folgen nun den Spuren von Bonnie & Clyde. Last Night in Soho (Fontana 267 863) ist ein raffiniert gemacht Mini-Krimi. Es geht darin um einen Gangster, der sich endlich dazu durchringen konnte, ein ehrlicher Mensch zu werden. Aber er läßt sich dann leider von seinen Genossen
dazu überreden, doch noch mal ein dickes Ding zu drehen. Ein klarer Fall von DDDBM&T-Top-Hit!

Bravo p.32: Mit BRAVO dabei – Die “Herde” bricht aus
The Herd haben große Pläne. Sie bereiten für die nächsten Monate je eine Tournee durch Amerika, Australien und Japan vor. Denn dort hatten sie bisher noch keine Erfolge. Was ihnen per Platte nicht gelang, wollen sie nun durch persönliches Erscheinen erreichen. Bedeutend gefährlicher könnte eine andere Idee sein, die The Herd verfolgen. Sie möchten sich von ihren Managern Ken Howard und Alan Blaikley trennen. Das sollten sie sich noch mal gründlich überlegen. Howard & Blaikley sind nämlich nicht nur ein ungemein tüchtiges Agententeam. Sie schrieben auch die Melodien und Texte aller Herd-Hits – und sämtlicher Songs von Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich!
(For an English explanation, see below)

July 1968   
The Herd quit their managers Howard and Blaikley to join Andrew Oldham

Starmakers & Svengalis (by Johnny Rogan) pages 185-186: The group were now at the peak of their career, but fame brought ego problems and petty jealousies. They began to resent Howard and Blaikley’s commercial songwriting and, intoxicated by success, seemed intent on composing their own hit material. Moreover, as they had demonstrated in their affairs with Billy Gaff, the Herd were quite capable of cold expediency if a favourable opportunity arose elsewhere. Perhaps it was not too surprising that they were drawn towards the charismatic Andrew Oldham, whose wealth, style and managerial credibility proved irresistible.

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