Beat Instrumental n°23: What A Name!
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich is not the title of the follow-up film to Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, but the collective name of a Salisbury group who have just recorded a number called “No Time.”
These boys shine brightly on stage and define their style as a combination of Rock and Showmanship. They make sure that the audience thinks of them as individuals making up a team by each wearing different coloured corduroy jackets. They add to their visual appeal by incorporating a nice line in guitar swinging, says leader singer Dave Dee, “It’s taken us quite a few hours of hard work to develop our routines, not to mention three of Dozy’s teeth.” Instrumental line-up is-Bassman Dozy, Gibson E.B.2 with an ancient Selmer unit and two Goodman 15″ Speakers. Rhythm guitarist Beaky, Gibson Jumbo with a Fender Tremolux Amp. Drummer Mick, a Trixon set with what he calls “an ancient tatty 20″ Zyn cymbal with a load of sentimental value”. Lead guitarist Tich, Gibson 335.T.D.C. with a Vox A.C.30, and a Fal treble booster. P.A. is a set-up incorporating a Vortexion-Amp. with various speakers collected over the years.
Birthday: Michael ‘Mick’ Wilson comes of age today
3,500 US Marines arrive in South Vietnam, the first American combat troops in Vietnam.
City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich supported by The Mundanes and The Soul Agents (featuring Rod Stewart)
Australian single release: The Easybeats – For My Woman / Say That You’re Mine (Parlophone 8146)
First single for “The Australian Beatles”, two months after Dave Dee’s first output. And they would release their last single in Australia (“I Love Marie”) in November 1969, two months after Dave Dee’s quintet had played their last concert together.
The Easybeats and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich had roughly the same timespan. Moreover, if the Australians are often considered a “one-hit wonder”, they had in fact 15 Top Forty hits down under, compared to Dave Dee & Co’s 13 in Britain. And they totalled 3 Number Ones. As opposed to Howard Blaikley’s “Hit Machine”, the Easybeats relied on their own creations: Wright/Young penned all their early hits, until Vanda/Young became the usual signature after 1966. And both quintets found greater fame overseas: The Easybeats when they came to London, and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich when they became the favourite Beat group in Germany.
10th Eurovision Song Contest, Sala di concerto della RAI, Napoli, Italia
Winner was “Poupée de cire, poupée de son” by France Gall, representing Luxembourg.
Runner-up was “I Belong” by Kathy Kirby, representing the United Kingdom.
Kathy Kirby had much success between 1962 and 65. This song was to be her last hit single. She adopted the look of a ‘blonde bombshell’, and was compared to Marilyn Monroe. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich would add an impersonation of Kathy Kirby into their stage show, which they used until early 1966. Her repertoire included “No Regrets”, “Oh Darling, How I Miss You” and “My Yiddishe Momma”, all songs that were also sung at the time by Ken Howard & Alan Blaikley’s protégé Lynn Holland.
News: Jeff Beck, former guitarist with The Tridents, joins the Yardbirds replacing Eric Clapton, who had left two weeks earlier. He was recommended by Jimmy Page, who had declined the offer. From then on, he would become one of Britain’s most creative players, admired by his pairs including Tich Amey.