June 1967

JUNE 1967


June 1967    
Rave n°41 page 26: Sexy ? Serious ? the two sides of Dave Dee

To his fans, Dave is sexy. In an interview with RAVE’s Dawn James he reveals a new, serious side of himself.


June 1967    
Rave n°41: This is Where it’s at
RAVE man Mike Grant with news and gossip from around the pop scene

The Move’s first album, called “Move Mass” and due out soon, contains some really weird tracks. All the titles and tracks aren’t fixed definitely, but there’ll be one called “Kilroy Was Here”, and another provisionally titled “Roy Wood’s Toytown Band”, which features the group playing toy instruments. There’s a very un-Garland like version of “Zing Go The Strings Of My Heart” and “Walk Upon The Water”, which tells us not to drive and drink.

Groups have always had problems of one sort or another, but one particular problem that the Herd had was with the words of their song “I Can Fly”. Everybody said it was about drugs, but the Herd say it’s not, it’s a Freudian love song. On “Juke Box Jury”, Ray Davies said, “It should be banned,” and Pete Murray said, “Is it anything to do with B.E.A ?” Pete Frampton of the Herd says, “Younger fans buy records and listen to the words afterwards, but the older ones always want to try and make them out to be controversial. Anyway, the record is selling very well, thank you!

June 1967   
Beat Instrumental n°50: Dave Dee

“You can’t really define it in a few words. It covers so many different things. Personally, I would say that professionalism in any act means you must perform well, be competent, communicate with the audience, and, very important this, arrive on time. You must do what you’re paid to do, regardless of the number of people in the audience. This applies especially to new groups. They get to a gig, find about ten people in the hall, and think-’There’s only a few people here, so we won’t really bother’. This is bad, and very unprofessional. Those 10 people have paid good money to see you, so they deserve a show. You never know, one of them might be a very important agent”.

Russian Tich
Continuing his policy of going round the world for different sounds, Tich has used Balalaika on the latest Dave Dee record. He bought it in a little shop in Luton.
Said Tich: “I found it hard to play because it has a thin fretboard and is tuned to the same notes as a violin. It has eight strings arranged in sets of two. Hugo Dalton, a session man who is an expert on the mandolin, told me how to go about playing it.
“The session for ‘Okay’ was in the week before we were going to Australia. We hadn’t even heard the song when we went into the studios. We did the backing track on the Wednesday. Dave was playing guitar, Dozy was on bass, as usual, and Beaky was playing accordian.
“On stage I’m using a pick-up on the Balalaika, but in the studios it sounded best over the mike.

June 1967    
Single release: She Trinity – Across The Street / Over And Over Again (CBS 2819)
This all girl group, a sextet with two drummers, featured Beryl Marsden. The B-side of this single is a Howard Blaikley track previously recorded by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich.

Thu 1/06/67   
1er Festival International de Pop Music, Palais des Sports, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15ème, France
With Herbert Leonard, Baschung, The V.I.P.’s, The Pretty Things, Ronnie Bird, Jimmy Cliff, The Cream, John Walker, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Hold Tight / Hideaway / Frustration / Save Me / Watch Your Step) and The Troggs (The Who, top of the bill, had to cancel their performance because Keith Moon was in hospital for a hernia operation).


There are two shows at 3:00 pm and 8:30 pm. “Le Président Rosko”, although on the programme, is not the deejay heard presenting the artists on stage. The Cream set was not recorded, as they were not contracted to the Philips label. The planned album of the event was not released.
Festival broadcast by Radio Luxembourg (French service), and taped for future transmission on French television (scheduled for December 1968, and finally screened on 11 January 1969).

The VIP’s are a quartet without Keith Emerson, who has just left to form The Nice. The Pretty Things consist of Phil May, Dick Taylor, John Povey, Wally Allen & Skip Alan (the group that recorded the “Emotions” LP with Steve Rowland). John Walker, without his “Brothers”, played ‘Do You Wanna Dance’ and ‘Land Of Thousand Dances’. Headliners The Troggs closed the show with an 8 song set, including ‘Hip Hip Hooray’, which they would not release on single before October 1968.

Watch Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich on YouTube:

Hold Tight and Watch Your Step

[...] It was making a happy beginning that Dave Dee, etc. were worried about when they sat in their Paris hotel waiting for a coach to take them to the Paris Pop Festival. “We just don’t know what to do in France,” said Tich. “The first time we came over we didn’t exactly set the place on fire. This is our fourth visit — and we still don’t know what the people want.”
Dave Dee entered the lobby wearing a Hoss Cartwright hat and a glum expression. “I’ve been upstairs freaking out with the bedroom wallpaper,” he said. “It’s positively psychedelic.”
“What about France?” I asked. “What’s the French for … ?” “Merde.” I said.
“As far as we’re concerned it’s the worst audience in Europe. The whole French scene seems to be a pretty closed shop. Even the Beatles and the Beach Boys didn’t go a bomb when they first played here.” Dave said that in most other European countries the group got a good response “Our records always sell better than the cover versions in other European countries but it seems to be the other way around here.” [...]
“What else don’t you like about France?” “The organisation,” said Tich. And road manager Jay Vickers said: “What organisation? There’s supposed to be a bus coming to take us to the theatre — it’s already half an hour late.” [...]
The bus was now forty minutes late. [...]
The bus wasn’t coming at all. Somebody had phoned up to say there’d been a slight oversight and would everybody take a taxi?
At the Palais des Sports, along with the Troggs, the V.I.P.s, the Cream, the Pretty Things, John Maus of the Walker Brothers and Jimmy Cliff, Dave Dee & Co. were due to cross swords once more with what they regard as the most baffling audience in Europe.
Communication with French fans is difficult at the best of times, but it becomes a problem of major proportions when you can’t get into the theatre.
Somebody forgot to give the group the necessary passes and they had literally to fight their way into the theatre. Oh, and somebody forgot to provide them with a dressing room. Oh, and somebody forgot to set up the proper equipment. Oh, and somebody forgot to provide transport back to the hotel. Oh and somebody forgot to pay the hotel bill.
Despite all the adversities, however, Dave Dee and Co went over pretty well with the audience. Dave Dee was certainly determined to make contact with the French fans, even if it meant taking a running leap off the stage into the front rows at the end of his act.
Which he did.                                     Printed in Zabadak n°9, April 1992

Sat 3/06/67   

(USA) Billboard June 3, 1967 page 48: New Album Releases
FONTANA : Dave Dee, Dozy, Mick & Tich [sic] – Greatest Hits; MGF 27567, SRF 67567

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Greatest Hits
Bend It / Touch Me, Touch Me / Hold Tight / I’m On The Up / Hideaway // Save Me / You Make It Move / Here’s A Heart / You Know What I Want / Hands Off

First album release in the USA, it reached #155 in the Billboard charts on August 5, 1967. It contains the second (uncensored) version of ‘Bend It’.
(USA) Billboard (10/06/67):
An appealing rock package by this appealing English quintet. The selections include numbers that scored in Britain and “Bend It,” which made it in the United States. Standout up-tempo cuts are “Hold tight!” “Hideaway.” “I’m On The Up” is a good slow rock, and “Here’s A Heart,” a good ballad.

Sat 3/06/67   
TV Performance: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Sun 4/06/67   
Plaza Ballroom, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Tue 6/06/67   
TV Performance: As You Like It, ITV, Southern Television, Southampton, England
Compered by Dave Dee, with The Troggs, David Garrick, Kiki Dee and Procol Harum.
Tuesday pop show hosted by Don Moss. This show was largely filmed at London Zoo. Comprising a Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky Mick & Tich performance, and Dave Dee interviewing guests such as The Troggs and Procol Harum. Dave Dee also performed a duet with other Fontana recording artist Kiki Dee on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”.
(from “HoldTight! – Voices of the Sarum Sound” page 159)

NME n°1063 (27 May 1967): “AS YOU LIKE IT”
The Dave Dee group, the Troggs, David Garrick, Kiki Dee and chart newcomer Procol Harum are booked for Southern-TV’s pop request show “As You Like It” on Tuesday, June 6. Dave Dee will be the roving reporter and will interview visitors to the London Zoo.

6-8 June 1967   
SWF Film: Rendezvous am Rhein, Süd West Funk, Baden-Baden, Baden-Würtemberg, Deutschland
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich film their contribution to a forthcoming show with Hildegard Knef, Sylvie Vartan, Wencke Myhre, Michel Polnareff, Peter und Su und die Swiss Folklore, Graham Bonney, Patrik West and Jean Claude Darnal.
They are filmed performing on the “Oscar Huber” boat cruisin’ down the Rhine between Bacharach and Bingen, in rainy weather, among a crowd of teenagers: Okay, Touch Me Touch Me, He’s A Raver
[Broadcast on 18 July in Germany, and 19 August in France]
Associate Production of German, French, Swiss and Austrian Television.

Rendezvous am Rhein
Musikalische Sendung für junge Leute
„Oscar Huber“ heißt der alte Raddampfer, auf dem sich zwischen Bacharach und Bingen Topstars Europas und muntere Teenager und Twens aus Deutschland, Frankreich, Österreich und der Schweiz zu einer fröhlichen Rheinfahrt zusammenfinden. Bei den Dreharbeiten hatte die Teilnehmer mit einem defekten Schiff und Dauerregen zu kämpfen. Die heutige fünfte Folge ist die letzte unter diesem „regionalen“ Titel, die nächste Ausgabe soll im September in Paris entstehen. Als erster Ostblockstaat interessiert sich auch die Tschechoslowakei an einer Beteiligung.
Interpreten: Hildegard Knef (Von nun an ging’s bergab, Samtbraune Augen), Sylvie Vartan (Un peu de tendresse), Wencke Myhre (Wenn’s in den Ohren klingelt), Michel Polnareff (Ame Caline, Fat Madame), Peter und Su und die Swiss Folklore, Graham Bonney (Happy together), Patrik West (Eine Welt ohne Liebe), Jean Claude Darnal (Die Wege Europas), Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich (Okay, Touch me touch me, He’s a raver)
Die Sendung wird präsentiert von Albert Raisner
Gemeinschaftsproduktion des SWF mit dem Französischen, Österreichischen und Schweizer Fernsehen
Regie: Dieter Pröttel

Wed 7/06/67   
Radio Show: Parade Of The Pops, BBC Light, London, England (1:00-1:50 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – Presented by Denny Piercy

Thu 8/06/67   
TV Performance: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
Introduced by Jimmy Savile with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Okay #16) • The Young Idea (With A Little Help From My Friends – New Release) • P.P. Arnold (The First Cut Is The Deepest #17) • Engelbert Humperdinck (There Goes My Everything #4) • New Vaudeville Band (Finchley Central #10) • The Turtles (She’d Rather Be With Me – New Release) • Cilla Black (What Good Am I – New Release) • Procol Harum (A Whiter Shade of Pale #1)

Fri 9/06/67   
Ludwigshafen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Deutschland
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Sat 10/06/67   
Disc & Music Echo: Paris Goes Pop Mad!
Paris went pop mad last week when thousands of pounds worth of British talent flew to the French capital for a festival at the famous Palais De Sports.
Disc photographer Peter Stuart met the special charter flight bringing the artists home. His picture shows the Troggs and Pretty Things leaving the jet. Also in the party were Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, the Who, the Cream, and John Walker – making his solo debut (see story at foot of page).
[The Who had cancelled their participation at the Palais DES Sports]

Pic (from up to downstairs): Phil May, Ronnie Bond, Pete Staples, Dick Taylor and the other Pretty Things (Skip Allan, John Povey, Wally Waller), Chris Britton

Walker offered return Paris date
John Walker is likely to accept an invitation to make a return visit, headlining his own show, to the Paris Palais De Sports.
John’s debut as a solo performer at the French Pop Festival last week was so successful that he was immediately asked to return.
Full line-up of John’s backing group, the Technique, is: Johnny B.Great (former leader of the Walkers’ backing group, the Quotations) on organ, John McCaine (guitar), Stuart Fordham (drums), Martin Clarke (bass).
John’s debut single, out at the end of the month, will be “Annabella,” a song by Nicky James, the artist recorded by Scott Engel.

Sat 10/06/67   
Wien, Österreich [Vienna, Austria]
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
(This concert is as scheduled in the music press. They would return here on 8 October)

Sat 10/06/67   
Jaguar Club, Scala, Herford, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutschland
Supported by The Remo Four and The Scorpions
(That concert seems to have taken place on the same day – some mistake ?)

Sun 11/06/67   
München, Bayern, Deutschland
The city of Munich passed a bill by which all Beat Concerts promoters had to return 20 % of their income to the city (as they were deemed un-arty and a potential source of violence). This prevented them from booking foreign Beat Groups for a while. The previously advertised Dave Dee & Co. concert scheduled for this day had to be cancelled, as was another by Sonny & Cher.

Mon 12/06/67   
(Germany) Bravo/OK n°25 : Schlugen die Beatles – Dave Dee & Co. [Beat the Beatles to Number One]
Bravo LParade: If Music be the Food of Love – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich N°1

Wed 14/06/67    
TV Show: Piccadilly Palace, ATV, London, England [Broadcast on 26/08/67]
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, Vikki Carr, Millicent Martin and John Bird tape their appearance in the show.
(This episode was first broadcast in August in colour in the United States on ABC, and in Britain, in black & white, on ATV in September)

Thu 15/06/67   
TV Performance: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
Introduced by Alan Freeman with Judith Durham (The Olive Tree – New Release) • Cream (Strange Brew – New Release) • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – and Oliver (Okay #11) • Petula Clark (Don’t Sleep in the Subway #16) • The Hollies (Carrie-Anne #6) • The Supremes (The Happening #5) • Traffic (Paper Sun #13) • Procol Harum (A Whiter Shade of Pale #1)

Thu 15/06/67   
Weymouth Pier, Weymouth, Dorset, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Record Mirror n°347 (4 Nov. 1967): “Is Dozy Dozy? Dave & Co. try to supply the answer” (David Griffiths)
[...] Tich pointed out, gleefully pressing home his point. “It’s always you. Here’s another example. Once when Dave was driving he took the wrong fork in a road, stopped and reversed. This woke Dozy up. He looked out of the van window and shouted ‘Dave, Dave – do something, you’re going backwards!’ ”
‘I can explain that.’ Answered a stern Dozy. “Some time ago we were coming back from Weymouth. We were all dead tired and Dave actually fell asleep for a moment at the wheel. Fortunately, I was awake and saw the danger – we were going round a very sharp bend with a his drop on one side of the road. I grabbed the wheel and stopped us going to our deaths.”
“True enough.” admitted Tich, ‘and then you said to Dave that if you hadn’t grabbed the wheel we’d have all been killed – and he’d have been the first to moan.”
Dozy looked a bit groggy at this, so Tich added: “Sometimes we’d drop him outside his home, he’d get out – and start walking in the wrong direction!”
“I’ve dealt with that.” responded Dozy sharply. “When you’re half asleep you don’t know where you are, nobody does.”

Fri 16/06/67   
Queen’s Hall, Barnstaple, Devon, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Sat 17/06/67   
NME n°1066 page 10: No beards for Dave Dee & Co.! (says Keith Altham)

Dave is as unpretentious as the numbers he sings with Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich which, right from “You Make It Move” to their present single, “Okay,” have retained that “happy feet formula” which co-managers Howard and Blaikley write so well.
In his publicist’s Denmark Street office recently, Dave revealed that neither he nor the group have any wild desire to turn psychedelic or sprout moustaches and beards.
He was deeply concerned with the war in Israel, with the basic concern of a man who has no desire to kill or be killed. He was intending to take the first plane to Switzerland at the slightest sign of involvement.
After some minutes we reluctantly returned from solving the Middle East problems to talking about the future developments for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.
“We’re not planning any major musical switches – why should we ?” said Dave. “It’s like playing a fruit machine: while you’re winning you keep pulling the handle.
“Our new single, ‘Okay,’ is for the average guy in the street who wants to whistle a popular tune.
“Too many groups are killing the pop scene with this so-called ‘progressive’ music which no one understands and has everyone confused.
“Look at all this nonsense about psychedelic dress – these multicoloured suits and scarves, etc.
“Take a good look at what we were wearing 18 months ago. Only then everyone laughed at us – we were clowns. Now it’s supposed to be psychedelic. It makes me sick – write that down – it makes me sick !”
Dave’s musical philosophy is quite simple. He believes he is providing entertainment, and finds nothing exceptionally serious about pop or groups. […]
“I’m a looner,” says Dave. “My old man’s a looner. We don’t want much out of life.
“He still works on the buildings with his mates. He’s happy – the kind of man who would give you his last pound if he thought you needed it.”

Sat 17/06/67   
Town Hall, Torquay, Devon, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Sun 18/06/67   
Radio London Trophy Meeting, Brands Hatch, Swanley, Kent, England (from 2:30 pm)
Motor Racing and Pop Festival organized by Radio London
With Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds, Episode Six and The Shell Shock Show.
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky Mick & Tich, David Garrick, The Moody Blues, Pink Floyd and ‘Tristram the Seventh Earl of Cricklewood’ (vocalist with the New Vaudeville Band) are scheduled to head a parade round the circuit in open cars.

Sun 18/06/67    
TV Show: Bouton Rouge, ORTF, 2ème chaîne, Paris, France
A new Pop Programme that started in May 1967, the first of its kind aimed at the French Youth.
Included live footage (in black and white) of Jimmy Cliff, the VIP’s, the Troggs and Cream from the First International Pop Music Festival at the Palais des Sports, Paris, June 1st 1967 (But no mention of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich)

Tue 20/06/67   
Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Wed 21/06/67   
Top Rank Ballroom, Swansea, Wales
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Thu 22/06/67   
TV Performance: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
Introduced by Pete Murray with The Young Rascals (Groovin’ #10) • The Hollies (Carrie-Anne #3) • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Okay #6) [tied with The Supremes at n°6] • The Troggs (Night of the Long Grass #19) • Cilla Black (What Good Am I #20) • The Small Faces (Here Come The Nice #16) • Engelbert Humperdinck (There Goes My Everything #2) • Procol Harum (A Whiter Shade of Pale #1)

Fri 23/06/67   
BBC Transcription Disc: Top Of The Pops #134, Kensington House, London, England
He’s A Raver / Okay / (You’ve Been A) Bad Girl / Hold Tight [Recorded on 16/05/67]
Hosted by Brian Matthew. Tracks: 1.Simon Dupree & The Big Sound – I See The Light; 2.The Bee Gees – New York Mining Disaster 1941; 3.Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers – You Got It Made; 4.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – He’s A Raver; 5.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – Okay; 6.Tom Jones – My Prayer; 7.Simon Dupree & The Big Sound – Day Time Night Time; 8.The Bee Gees – One Minute Woman; 9.Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers – Use Me; 10.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – (You’ve Been A) Bad Girl; 11.Tom Jones – Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings; 12.Simon Dupree & The Big Sound – A Lot Of Love; 13.The Bee Gees – Cucumber Castle; 14.Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers – Soothe Me; 15.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – Hold Tight; 16.Tom Jones – Money Honey. [Expiry date: 23/12/67]

This disc is dated Week 25, 1967. Ninth participation for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich in the syndicated radio program “Top of the Pops”.

Fri 23/06/67    
Single release: Miriam Karlin – Celebration! / Nose For Trouble (Columbia DB 8220)
Both sides of this record were written by Howard Blaikley, and “Nose For Trouble” has different lyrics than in the version by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich.

Fri 23/06/67   
Casino Club, Bolton, Lancashire, England (Two concerts in the same evening)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Fri 23/06/67   
Casino Club, Wigan, Lancashire, England (Twin bookings)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Sat 24/06/67    
Disc & Music Echo: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, Tich – and OLIVER!
Meet Oliver, the dog who always asks for more – and gets it!
Oliver is the latest addition to Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich – and stole the limelight when it was introduced to “Top Of The Pops” last Thursday.
Expected to weigh 12-stone when fully-grown, the four-month-old Pyrennean Mountain dog was bought by Dave a few weeks ago and has become the group’s mascot.

Procol: instant hit! – Traffic: can’t miss
I heard Procol Harum before it was released, and said then “I bet this will be No. 1.” It’s an instant hit sound, and I’m very interested to hear what they do next.
Honestly, I like Engelbert. There’s room in the charts for all sorts of records, and this record gives older people more interest in the business.
I don’t think “Carrie Anne” is the Hollies’ best, but it has that catchy quality that is the secret of their success.
I’m really glad the Young Rascals have finally made it. This is a very nice sound, with no bad edges, and again Mums and Dads must be buying it.
Supremes just keep turning out good songs, and I don’t know how they do it.
Vince Hill could have chosen a better follow-up. I liked “Edelweiss”, but I don’t think any kids are buying this one.
Traffic just can’t miss, can it. It may sound complicated but the melody is very commercial.
I’m not too stuk on Petula Clark’s. It seems to be a step back to “Downtown” and things. She could have done something stronger.
Topol is knockout – great. And I was not surprised to see him in the chart.
Cilla’s is one of the best she’s ever done, but you have to listen to it more than once to really appreciate it.
Cliff Richard would get in the chart if he sang the National Anthem. He’s a complete enigma.
Cream are great. I like Eric Clapton’s style, especially when he plays and sings.
‘Fraid I can’t find anything at all to say about the Troggs.

Sat 24/06/67    
Record Mirror n°328: Dave Dee Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Colour Cover (Okay)
Pic by Dezo Hoffman


Sat 24/06/67   
NME n°1067 page 6: Dave Dee turns A-and-R Man – Dave Dee forms record company
Page 7: Pop at the Palace – Manfred Mann, Dave Dee, and others appear at Blenheim Palace

Dave Dee has formed his own record production company with Southampton agents Bob James and Len Cannon, called Avenue Artists Productions. First releases from the company are “Do It Yourself ” by the Chances R on CBS, and “Daffodillo” by the Nite People (Fontana).
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich are set for three weeks in cabaret. They play weeks at Stockton Fiesta doubling with Spennymore Top Hat commencing September 17, Garrick Leigh and Warrington Towers (September 24) and Greaseborough Social Club doubling at Cattlethorpe (October 8).
(The Nite People track “Daffodillo” doesn’t seem to have ever been released.)

Sat 24/06/67    
Disc & Music Echo: ‘If I was like James Bond and only lived twice, I’d return as George Harrison’

Today’s hero is James Bond. Women worship him; men yearn to imitate him.
Seeing a 007 film these days with its suave, sophisticated superspy ruling the roost among the rascals of the underworld and fighting off raving beauties with the other bronzed well-manicured hand, leaves one with a feeling of social inadequacy.
There’s the fervent desire to dash from the cinema, leap into a shining, all-mod-con Aston Martin and zoom round to the nearest casino, a devastatingly voluptuous blonde, long hair streaming in the slipstream, in the passenger seat.
So Bond, cool, calm and calculating, has emerged in the wake of Biggles and Batman as the star of the Sixties – and as much a pop person now as any of our chart champions.
Who then were the idols of the idols? What were the boyhood heroes of today’s pop people?

Supposing, we asked (tongue quite definitely in cheek), you could in fact “live twice” – who would you choose to be?
Bouncy Eric Burdon, whose London lounge is dominated by an almost life-size blow-up photo of that “angry young man” Marlon Brando, confesses that his main influence as a youngster came from James Dean.
But, says Burdon: “Paul Newman is my hero of the moment. Particularly after seeing him in ‘Hud’ and ‘Hombre.’ He’s quite definitely today’s Dean – only more mature.
“I’ve always been a Dean fan. I think he reflected more than anyone the feelings of the kids at the time he was alive.
“Yes. He influenced me a lot . . . and everything that does invariably rubs off!
“Bond? Very laughable. But quite sickening. Taken as a joke it’s O.K., I suppose. To me he misuses people though. seems to trample over them all the time.”
Tremeloes’ Dave Munden fancies himself as a cowboy.
“I’d like to be Clint Walker. Why? Then I wouldn’t have to put up with clever remarks from rockers who make funny comments about us as a group. Also I wouldn’t be afraid of interfering in any fights!”
Easybeats’ lead singer, little Stevie Wright, must have been the female Bond film “Modesty Blaise,” with her rugged sidekick, Willie Garvin.
“Terence Stamp [he played Garvin in the film] is my hero,” he enthuses. “I like his image and approach to life. And I admire his ability to live from day to day – and be able to afford it.”
Professionally speaking, Tich (of the Dave Dee outfit) rates a Beatle top of his hit of heroes.
George Harrison. I admire him tremendously as a musician. And I’d like to be on a similar scene and able to nip over to India to learn about new fields of music. It’s mysterious and exciting – and furthers your knowledge.”
It fell to Spencer Davis to lend this fairy tale a slice of humour and wit.
“Spike Milligan” he announced quick-as-a-flash. “He’s the only sane guy in the world. In a class of his own today. The Goons are history now – but they were great and wonderful.
“I mostly admire him for his depth,” he added. “In those petrol adverts he just knocks me out.”
Mike Ledgerwood

Sat 24/06/67   
Fabulous 208: DAVE DEE is a property owner!

“I think I’ve always wanted a house of my own,” he told me. “I saw this place in Salisbury – not a mansion, but fairly big – and just fell for it.”
Dave’s mum and dad are living with him there, too, but Dave has put some rooms aside for himself and plans to decorate them.
‘I’m going to get some really weird things,” he said. “Travelling round the world, I’ve seen loads of things I like; I’ve got lots of ideas for decorating. I shall get bits of iron and instruments and things, stick them on the wall and then spray them with paint. Great !
“We’re taking time off in July – three weeks – and I shall do the decorating then. I’ll just potter round, loon off for a few days (that means getting into his car and driving till he sees some place he likes !).
“Trouble is my mum likes modern furniture and i like antiques. So I’m going to have a big looning room. I’ll fill it full of my antiques and I can go and sit there and write songs or just think.”
Could it be that Dave the Looner is turning serious ?

Sat 24/06/67   
(USA) Billboard June 24, 1967 page 54: International News Report
Paris – Philips has released the first single by the new Stevie Winwood group Traffic featuring “Paper Sun” b/w “Giving To You”. Also released on Philips is the new Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich record, “Okay.”
(“Paper Sun” was released with picture cover, but “Okay” was only made available in company sleeve)

Pages 59-60: Rock Groups Lead Search For New Instrument Sound
[…] Tich, of the British Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich group that recently toured the United States, haggled for more than a half hour in Cleveland with a youngster who wanted to part with a 10-year-old “Les Paul Custom” Gibson guitar. Asked why the interest, he replied, “It’s got a sound of its own. All of a sudden it’s become a really popular thing. The quality is better than many of the ones made today; it’s like an antique, it’s only 10 years old. “When the Hollies came over here they spent their whole tour looking for this model. Any of the British groups, the Animals or any of them, would give anything for it.” […]

Mon 26/06/67    
(USA) Billboard July 1, 1967 page 16: Top 60 Pop Spotlight
Spotlights predicted to reach the Top 60 of the HOT 100 Chart
The Buffalo Springfield – Bluebird (Writer: Stills) (Ten East-Springalo-Cotillion, BMI) – Following up their “For What It’s Worth” hit, the West Coast group offers an intriguing folk-rock item that should prove to be a sales giant. Flip: “Mr. Soul” (Ten East-Springalo-Cotillion, BMI). Atco 6499

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich covered the flip at a BBC session in 1968, and D.B.M. & T. the A side in 1971

Tue 27/06/67   
Sherwood Rooms, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Wed 28/06/67   
Top Rank Ballroom, Doncaster, Yorkshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Thu 29/06/67   
News: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are sentenced to three months and one year jail respectively

On the evening of 29th June 1967, Mick Jagger was taken handcuffed in a white police van to Brixton Gaol. Earlier that day in Chichester Judge Leslie Block had said to him “Michael Philip Jagger, you have pleaded guilty to possessing a highly dangerous and harmful drug (actually just four amphetamine tablets)…You will go to prison for three months”. According to the Daily Telegraph, “Jagger almost broke down and put his head in his hands as he was sentenced. He stumbled out of the dock almost in tears.”

Mick Jagger, in the end, spent only one night at Brixton Prison although he purportedly wrote lyrics to the songs “We Love You” and “2000 Light Years From Home” whilst there. On the morning of the 30th June 1967 he was released on £7000 bail, pending an appeal, and was picked up by a green Bentley which drove to Wormwood Scrubs where he picked up Keith Richards. They both subsequently had a celebratory pint in a pub off Fleet Street.
(From “Another Nickel In The Machine” a fine blog about 20th century London, its history, its culture and its music @ http://www.nickelinthemachine.com/)
Read the complete story here: Nickelinthemachine

Thu 29/06/67   
Radio Show: Pop North, BBC Light, Manchester, England (1:00-1:55 pm)
Thursday lunchtime show presented by Ray Moore with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich




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