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July 1969

JULY 1969

 

July 1969    One-Week Radio Sessions
30 June-4 July    Dave Cash Radio Programme, BBC Radio One, London, England (5:15-7:30 pm)
7-11 July 69    Sounds Like Tony Brandon, BBC Radio One, London, England (5:30-6:30 pm)

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

6-12 July 69    Golden Garter Club, Wythenshawe, Manchester, England
13-19 July 69    Cavendish Club, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

 


July 1969   
Rave n°66 page 18: DAVE DEE: A HUNGARIAN FEAST

Dave Dee is a pop star who lives at home with his Mum. Naturally he loves home cooking, but finds that he has to eat out a lot when he’s working on tour. “I just got to the point where it seemed that I was always eating steak and I got so completely fed-up and bored with it that I couldn’t stand the sight of another one! This is what really put me on to foreign foods, the search for something different and enjoyable to eat.” Dave’s choice of restaurant was the Hungarian Csarda at 77 Dean Street. A very picturesque restaurant with dancing and music in the cellar.
Dave began with a glass of sweet Hungarian wine, and proceeded to order Bugonya leves, Toltott paprika, Paroltakaposzta and Fagylaltok – potato soup, stuffed green peppers, red cabbage and ice cream!
“Hungarian is my favourite food, it’s really delicious, but I also like Japanese and Chinese. I always find that I get ravenously hungry after I’ve been drinking wine. Drinking really puts me in the mood. I sometimes find myself in a pub ordering half a dozen sausages, rolls, sandwiches and crisps. In fact anything they’ve got!
“I’ve been eating Hungarian food now for about two years, and I really dislike cafes, but the only problem is that I’ve never found a restaurant outside London that does this kind of food. I was looking forward to going to Hungary with the group this year but unfortunately it’s been cancelled till 1970.”


July 1969   
British single release: Crosby, Stills & Nash – Helplessly Hoping (Atlantic 584.283)
Stephen Stills song released as the flip side of their first 45, “Marrakesh Express”, it would later be covered by D.B.M.& T. in a 1971 BBC session

July 1969   
Philips Studios, Stanhope House, 2-4 Stanhope Place, London W2, England [Released in Sept. 1969]
Recording session for Together LP (produced by Dave Dee)
Below The Belt / Love Is A Drum / First Time Loving / Mountains Of The Moon / P. Teaser

Dave Dee has replaced Steve Rowland for this last production, recorded as the group has already decided to split, to fill up a posthumous album. Dozy, Beaky and Tich sing “Mountains Of The Moon”, and “Love Is A Drum” is sung by Dozy.


Wed 2/07/69   
TV Performance: La Grande Bousculade, ORTF, Paris, France
Don Juan (Colour/Lip-Sync)
With Julien Clerc: La Californie; Guy Marchand: Je cherche une femme; Serge Gainsbourg: Elisa; Jacques Dutronc: L’aventurier; Michel Polnareff: Tous les bateaux; The Eyes of Blue: Largo; Les Parisiennes; Ivan Rebroff; Isabelle de Funès; Nana Mouskouri; France Arnell; Zizi Jeanmaire

Thu 3/07/69   
Cotchford Farm, Hartfield, Sussex, England
Former Rolling Stones guitarist, Brian Jones (born on 28 February 1942), drowned in his swimming pool after taking a cocktail of drink and drugs, an inquest is told.

After the death of Rock’n’Roll Pioneers Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran, this was the first big blow to the Sixties Beat Generation, soon followed by more strokes…


Sun 6/07/69   
Golden Garter Club, Wythenshawe, Manchester, Lancashire, England (6-12 July 1969)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich in Cabaret

7-11 July 69   
Radio Show: Sounds Like Tony Brandon, BBC Radio One, London, England (5:30-6:30 pm)
Second Tony Brandon week-long show with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Mon 7/07/69   
Radio Show: Tony Brandon Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (5:30-6:30 pm)
Harmony Grass: Baby You Come Rolling Across My Mind, First Time Lovin’ (Live Performance)
A Howard/Blaikley song in front of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich [Recorded on 25/06/69]

Thu 10/07/69   
Birthday: John ‘Beaky’ Dymond is 25 today
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Sun 13/07/69   
Press Report:
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich announce the group is splitting up in September. 

Sun 13/07/69   
Cavendish Club, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England (13-19 July 69)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich in Cabaret

Tue 15/07/69   
(USA) Washington Post
Pop Group Disbanding (Reuters)
London, July 14-Dave Dee, Dozy, Mick and Tich, one of the most successful pop groups in Britain, announced last night they will split up in September when lead singer Dave Dee goes solo. The group, which has been together for eight years and made 14 hit records, said the split was over a disagreement on musical policy.


Sat 19/07/69   
NME n°1175 page 7: Dave Dee Split Shock

See scan at top of page


Sat 19/07/69    
Disc & Music Echo: Dave Dee quits the band
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Mon 21/07/69   

Moon Landing: Apollo XI lands on the Moon at 3:56 am, European Time.
Neil Armstrong was the first man to step on another planet, walking in the “Mountains Of The Moon”


Fri 25/07/69   
Single release: Windmill – Big Bertha / Hey, Drummer Man (MCA MU 1090)
Windmill are Dick Scott (gt/vo), Paul French (kb), Dave Knowles (flu), Gavin Wilkinson (bs) and Nigel Reveler (dr) and they were discovered by Dave Dee in Germany

“The first new group to be signed by Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley since Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich and The Herd, with a great new Howard/Blaikley/Barry Mason Hit BIG BERTHA. Something genuinely fresh and exciting to inject some dynamics into a dull scene.”


Sat 26/07/69   
Jackie n°290 page 16: Quick On The Draw
Family Dogg’s Steve Rowland is rich in showbiz experience. At 13, during school holidays, American Steve played a part in the Hollywood movie “Gun Glory”. He had a string of other movie parts later in life.
He went to Spain and had a disc hit there with a group called Los Flapos. He came to Britain, shared a flat with Scott Walker and P. J. Proby, then started producing Dave Dee discs. (His first was “Hold Tight,” his latest “Snake In The Grass”.) Dave then returned the compliment by producing a Family Dogg disc, “I Wear A Silly Grin”.
Said Steve, “My big ambitions are a smash hit for the Family Dogg and to star in a Western movie. I was once reckoned to be among the six fastest draws in Hollywood.”

Sat 26/07/69   
Record Mirror: “Why I Quit!” by Dave Dee

DAVE DEE’S decision to leave Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich was one of the best kept secrets of showbusiness. For this split was decided 18 months ago!
But it wasn’t announced until Dave had done a couple of acting jobs – to see how the former policeman from Salisbury made out as an entertainer. He did well.
So the secret came out last week. But Dave, 25, won’t actually stop singing with the group until September 30 – exactly five years, 15 hit records and almost £1m, since he started.
And he will still be managed by the same song writing duo – Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley – that sent the group’s records spiralling up the charts.
So will the group, under the abbreviated name, D B M and T. So why split? Dave explains: “I felt that life was passing by without giving me any real challenge.
“When we all started together, there was a challenge. The challenge of making good. That went, because we had all-round success.
“Some things began to get a bit of a drag.And I felt I wanted a change of direction. The feeling I’ve always had – that I can make it on a wider scale than just pop music – got stronger and stronger.”
He first mentioned his feeling to Ken Howard about 18 months ago. Ken explains: “It became obvious then that the group had reached a plateau.
“They had done everything: Hit records, LPs, clubs, American tours and Europe. The whole lot. But nobody can just go on doing the same thing indefinitely.
“They had to move on or they would have got fed up,” said Ken.
Many groups have great rows when they reach this stage. And another of Ken and Alan’s groups – The Herd – split up when it happened to them.
“There seems to be a sort of self-destructive mechanism which swings into action and limits the length of a pop star’s life,” said Ken.
It looked as if it might happen to Dave Dee and the group. But thanks to some sensible talking disaster was averted.
And Dave had the opportunity of trying his hand at light entertainment. At Christmas he appeared as Idle Jack in the pantomime Dick Whittington at Stockton.
And he also squeezed in a small speech as Shakespeare’s Caliban in the recent TV series “Whatever Next.”
Said Ken: “We see him as a sort of cross between Rolf Harris and Engelbert Humperdinck, comedy mixed with sex appeal.
Dave already has a compering job lined – for a foreign TV company. And he is considering a part in a comedy film about a “pop person.”
Meanwhile the group will “harden up” their act to include more rock numbers. And Ken and Alan are busy with a new group called “Windmill” which sailed into their office from Germany.
“Dave spotted this group in Germany… which was where we first met him!” said Ken. He and Alan with Barry Mason wrote the group’s first single “Big Bertha” which was released on Friday.
“We see all these changes as a development … which is what pop music is all about,” said Ken.


July 1969   
Spencer Davis is dissolving his group definitely
The original Spencer Davis Group was also formed in 1963, another Fontana signing



 

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