March 1966

MARCH 1966


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

13-19 Mar. 66   
Garrick Club, Leigh, Lancashire (doubling with) Towers Club, Warrington, Lancashire, England

March 1966   
TV Performance: A Whole Scene Going, BBC Television, London, England (6:30-7:30 pm)
Host: Barry Fantoni. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich appeared a first time on this show after the Gene Pitney tour, as stated in the Bridgwater Mercury on 28 March. They would also be filmed in Paris in May for a second appearance on this show on 8 June.

Tue 1/03/66    
TV Performance: Scene At 6.30, Granada Television, Manchester, England (6:30-7:00 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich appear in this daily news magazine

Fri 4/03/66   

NME n°999 Advert: HOLD TIGHT! dave dee, dozy, beaky, mick & tich TF 671

Publishers: Lynn Music Ltd.
Agency: Arthur Howes Ltd. (REG 5202)
               in association with Avenue Artists Ltd. (Southampton 87125)

Personal Management: Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley (JUN 1571)

Publicity: Brian Sommerville (TEM 0535)





Fri 4/03/66   
TV Performance: Ready Steady Go, Rediffusion Television, London, England (6:08-6:35 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich;The Spencer Davis Group; Manfred Mann; The Small Faces: Sha La La La Lee; The Yardbirds: Shapes Of Things (Host: Cathy McGowan)

NME n°998 (25/02/66): Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich make their first appearance in this series [Rediffusion’s “Ready, Steady, Go”] on Friday, March 4. They are joined by the Small Faces and – as previously reported – the Spencer Davis Group.

Fri 11/03/66   
NME n°1000: Dave Dee U.S. Trip

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich – who enter the NME Chart this week at No. 22 with “Hold Tight” – are set for their first visit to the U.S. Subject to obtaining a work visa they will fly to New York on April 9 to appear in Murray the K’s Easter show. Another date before their return on April 17 will be the TV show “Hullaballoo”.
(This planned U.S. trip could not be finalized)

Garrick Club, Leigh, Lancashire doubling with Towers Club, Warrington, Lancashire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Tue 15/03/66   
TV Performance: Blue Peter, BBC Television, London, England (Live 5:05-5:30 pm)
Hold Tight! (Lip-Sync)
The show host, Valerie Singleton, can be seen on the swing with Dave Dee. Her assistant Christopher Trace makes the carousel go round. This programme was broadcast “Live”. 
Blue Peter is one of British television’s longest running programmes. It is transmitted live from the BBC’s Television Centre after hectic rehearsal. It became a twice-weekly, 30-minute programme in 1963. A third presenter was later introduced and its Monday/Thursday slots were changed to thrice weekly transmission (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) in 1965. So it was not broadcast on Tuesday ?

Tue 15/03/66   
TV Series: BBC Television, London, England
Mrs. Thursday – A Ride in a Rolls Royce (Season 1 – Episode 1/38)
First episode of a series which would inspire this Harman/Dymond/Davies song in 1968.

Thu 17/03/66   
TV Performance: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
Presented by David Jacobs with The Walker Brothers (The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore #1) • The Hollies (I Can’t Let Go #2) • Gene Pitney (Backstage #5) • The Yardbirds (Shapes Of Things #6) • Bob Lind (Elusive Butterfly #17) • Sonny & Cher (What Now My Love #17) [two records tied at n°17] • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Hold Tight #19) • Elvis Presley (Blue River #20) • Herman’s Hermits (You Won’t Be Leaving – New Release)
(The BBC compiled a Top Twenty based on the Charts from ‘N.M.E’, ‘Melody Maker’ and ‘Disc and Music Echo’ since 1st January 1964. The Record Retailer chart joined the BBC calculations from 1st January 1966. The 6th February 1969 show was the last to use this compiled chart method, replaced by the introduction of the B.M.R.B. chart.)

Record Mirror (26/03/66): The Great Mystery Of The Empty ‘Top Of The Pops’ Studio (by Richard Green)
Gary Leeds appeared in a corridor and announced: “I think it’s a losing scene I’m on. Pneumonia again.” And off he went, eyes watering and face paling by the minute.
Scott Engel was asleep in his dressing room and Mick of Dave Dee and Co. was reading a musical paper. Believe it or not, those three were the sum total of the artistes at “Top Of The Pops” when I arrived last
                                                                             Locked and empty
Herman’s room was open and empty. Bob Lind’s was locked and empty. Spencer Davis was nowhere to be seen despite his name being on a door. It turned out later that he wasn’t even on the programme.
Herman’s co-manager, the lithe Charlie Silverman, stopped preening himself in front of a mirror long enough to tell me: “The whole gang is in the studio.”
But they weren’t. Noises were coming from behind a door labelled “Harry Goodwin” but I couldn’t see any point in investigating that possibility. My day was not wasted, though, because I did bump into writer Penny Valentine (quite the nicest thing to bump into) and she let me fill my notebook with the information that she had been at school with one of the Gogos. Success?

Thu 17/03/66   
Royal Albert Hall, Westminster, London, England
A “Host Of Stars” are filmed in London for Dick Clark’s US TV Show “Where The Action Is”

Record Mirror (12/03/66): The Tony Hall Column
‘Where The Action Is’ – Over Here!
Watch out America, The biggest-ever TV invasion by British groups since the beat boom began is due any day now. And – bet this’ll make you envious – it’ll all be in colour! The mastermind behind it? Ace American TV personality, Dick Clark. For his current show – “Where The Action Is”. Co-ordinating everything: Esther Phillips’ manager, Jack Hooke.
Next Wednesday and Thursday, the biggest-ever all-star assembly of ‘name’ groups will assemble at top secret ‘location’ rendezvous. To mime to their current, and where possible, forthcoming records. Fifty to one hundred handpicked hip teenagers will be invited to attend the filming.
Imagine this line-up. Like a dream come true . . . provisionally, it includes the Walker Brothers, the Animals, Freddie and the Dreamers, Wayne Fontana, the Hollies, the Yardbirds, Them, Dave Berry, the Fortunes, Pinkerton’s Assorted Colours, Spencer Davis Group, Paul and Barry Ryan, Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Moody Blues, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Unit Four Plus Two, the Small Faces, the Nashville Teens, the Zombies . . . Plus comparatively “new Boys”, Gary Farr and the T-Bones and the Measles, and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.
Sorry. But I can’t tell you where in London Dick Clark’s action will be. Don’t even know myself, it’s so secret. But it should be a ball! 

Fri 18/03/66   
NME n°1001 page 9: Life-lines of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, and Tich

Click on the picture if you want to learn about Dozy’s favourite colour or Beaky’s hobbies…

Sun 20/03/66   
Oasis Club, 45-47 Lloyd Street, Manchester, Lancashire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich supported by The In Crowd and The Soul Set
The In Crowd were Keith West, vo; Steve Howe, gt; Junior Wood, rh; Simon Alcot, bs; Ken Lawrence, dr; and they were about to become Tomorrow after a line-up change

Mon 21/03/66   
American single release: The Beach Boys – Sloop John B / You’re So Good To Me (Capitol 5602)
An old standard, revived by Dave Dee with new lyrics as “Bulldog Bobby” in 1982

Tue 22/03/66   
TV Performance: Five O’Clock Club, Rediffusion Television, London, England (5:00-5:30 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich on a children programme hosted by Muriel Young with glove puppets “Ollie Beak” and “Fred Barker”. Between 1963 and 1966 it came on every Tuesday and Friday.

Tue 22/03/66   
Starlite Ballroom, Herne Bay, Kent, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Fri 25/03/66   
Queens Rink Ballroom, Hartlepool, County Durham, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Sat 26/03/66   
TV Performance: Thank Your Lucky Stars, ABC Television, Birmingham, England (5:50-6:35 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich with Janie Jones, Dusty Springfield, Billy Joe Royal, Cliff Richard & The Shadows





Sat 26/03/66   
Il Rondo Club, Leicester, Leicestershire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Mon 28/03/66   
Top Twenty Club, Bridgwater, Somerset, England (7.45 to 10.45 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

That strangely monikered group Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich paid another visit to the Top 20 Club at Bridgwater last Monday. This time they came as top stars at the moment, riding high on the crest of the wave with their disc “Hold Tight” which is number four at the time of writing in the Bridgwater Top Ten Chart, and number 11 in the National Chart. Even these five, ordinary Wiltshire-born lads must be surprised at the adoration lavish upon them in recent weeks after playing for two years without hitting the headlines. On every night for two weeks the group have been touring the country with top America singer Gene Pitney and Len Barry, then they appeared on “A Whole Scene Going” for B.B.C. Television, followed quickly by Television spots on A.B.C’s “Thank Your Lucky Stars,” Rediffusion’s  “Five O’Clock Club” last Tuesday, and a number of appearances on “Top Of The Pops.” Then the boys have been busy designing much of their colourful stage clothes, given countless interviews to newspapers, and started work on their first L.P. for probable release in early May under the title “Hold Tight.” While they all took a breath before, apparently preparing to reel off another string of engagements, I took the chance to butt in and enquire how the tour went. “Marvellous!” they echoed. Gene Pitney wanted to take us back to the States for a show he’s organising, but there was trouble over work permits and visas. Unless you have a current hit in America it’s a job to get them.” And the L.P. they had mentioned? What is going to be on that?  Oh, beat numbers, slow ones — all new things we haven’t recorded before,” came the reply. Since their last Top 20 Club visit about eight weeks ago the group have been signed up to one of the big agencies—Arthur Howes — but they have not parted company altogether with Avenue Artistes Ltd., the Southampton agency, which promoted them for so long before they hit the big time. The boys go to Germany and France soon, and will star in their first pantomime sometime up North next Christmas. This fame hasn’t changed the boys one bit, but it is amazing to see how many suddenly want to know them after they’ve been doing the rounds for so long. It is also fantastic to watch where a group can go between one Top 20 Club visit and another.
MIKE GUY – Bridgwater Mercury        (From Dave Edney’s http://toptwentyclub.blogspot.com/) 

Wed 30/03/66   
Town Hall, Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Thu 31/03/66   
TV Performance: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
Presented by Jimmy Savile with The Walker Brothers (The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore #1) • Bob Lind (Elusive Butterfly #3) • The Yardbirds (Shapes Of Things #3) • The Kinks (Dedicated Follower Of Fashion #3) [three records tied at n°3] • The Spencer Davis Group (Somebody Help Me #7) • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Hold Tight #11) • The Who (Substitute #13) • The Seekers (Someday One Day #20) • Dusty Springfield (You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me – New Release)

(Performances were filmed at the BBC studios, Television Centre, Wood Lane, West London, until June 1966. Afterwards the studio used was at Lime Grove in West London.)




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