Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich recorded their “live” version of the song, written by Amory Kane, on 12 June at the BBC, and it was transmitted on Pete’s People radio show on 29 June.
So there are three covers of “Mama Mama”, the first from the album “If No-One Sang” recorded in February, the BBC live take and the composer’s own, to be found on his album released a while later, in January 1969.
“Mama Mama” is a bluesy rocker, with boogie-based piano and drums to the fore. There was indeed a brief Rock’n’Roll revival around April/May 1968, led by the Beatles release of “Lady Madonna”, with groups like “At Last The 1958 Rock ‘n‘ Roll Show” (with Freddie ‘Fingers’ Lee) and even Buddy Holly and Bill Haley finding their way back into the British Top Fifty.
As usual when it comes to vintage Rock’n’Roll, Dozy takes over vocal duties, as he does on “Hello Josephine” or “Help Me”. On the album version, Dozy’s lead vocal is given a Gene Vincent echo effect. But the BBC version is done without piano, the lead guitar taking over the bridge, in pure R’n’R style.
Catch a glimpse of Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich greased up as well on Vintage British TV