March 1967

MARCH 1967


March 1967
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour of Germany
With Marianne Faithfull, Michel Polnareff, Paul Jones and Graham Bonney


Wed 1/03/67
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 2/03/67   
TV Performance: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
Introduced by Pete Murray with The Tremeloes (Here Comes My Baby #4) • Donovan (Mellow Yellow #9) • The Troggs (Give It To Me #18) • Val Doonican (Memories Are Made Of This – New Release) • Roy Orbison (So Good – New Release) • The Seekers (Georgy Girl #16) • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Touch Me Touch Me – New Release Spot) • The Beatles (Strawberry Fields Forever #2) • Engelbert Humperdinck (Release Me #1)

Thu 2/03/67
Upper Cut Club, Forest Gate Center, Woodgrange Road, London, England
Big L Party Night featuring The Herd, Patrick Kerr and his readier steadier Go-Go Girls

Fri 3/03/67
Single release: Touch Me, Touch Me / Marina – Fontana TF 798 (267.685) [Recorded on 15/02/67]

Eighth single, their fastest to date. It was not issued in the States, but was their first release in Japan.
Record Mirror (4 March 1967): TOP FIFTY TIP
Sixth hit in a row for the boys – and their writing partnership, good old Ken and Alan, alias Howard Blaikley. A change of approach, too, but the same instant impact, with good lyrics and a commercial driving beat. Honest I have to admire the way they all (seven of them) come up with the goods. Flip: Group-penned, slower, and nowhere near so interesting, alas.

Sat 4/03/67
NME n°1051 page 4: Top Singles Reviewed

Dave Dee Banish Blues – * “Touch Me, Touch Me”/”Marina” (Fontana)
Another Howard Blaikley composition, and he certainly does the boys proud. It pounds along with a sizzling sparkling beat, liberally embellished with twangs and falsetto harmonies–and if you’re feeling down in the dumps, I can guarantee that this will chase your blues right out of the window.
Great for dancing (provided that you’re feeling energetic!) while melodically it’s a cross between “Hold Tight” and “Save Me.” Doesn’t ring the changes quite so effectively as the last few discs but, boy, what a beat this one has !
FLIP: Tempo slackens to rockaballad for this haunting tune. It’s a love lyric, flecked with a faint Latin rhythm. Flute enhances the lilting backing.

Sat 4/03/67
Record Mirror: Dave Dee Beats The Beatles
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich are top of the pops as far as German youngsters are concerned – and they receive two major awards from Germany this week. The boys beat THE BEATLES in a poll for the most popular group with teenagers in Germany to win “The Golden Otto Award”. They also travel to Essen this week to receive the “Silver Bear Award”. Currently, the group are in the unique position of having records at No. 1, No. 2 and No 6. in the German charts – and Germany is the World’s third biggest record market!

“Loos Of England” enters the Record Mirror EP chart this week at No. 10 (reaching No. 8 in 3 weeks).

Sat 4/03/67
Radio Luxembourg Lion Awards, Gruga-Halle, Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutschland

Golden Lion Award to Roy Black for “Irgend jemand liebt auch dich”
Silver Lion Award to Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich for “Bend It”
Bronze Lion Award to Rex Gildo for “Augen wie zwei Sterne” (That’s Nice by Neil Christian)

(The Lions of Radio Luxembourg are awarded twice a year since 1959, and this was the first time it was given to a Beat group. Even The Beatles never won)

From left to right: Dozy, Radio Luxembourg Deejay Camillo, Dave Dee, Mick, Tich and Beaky

Mon 6/03/67
(Germany) Bravo n°11 pages 6-7: Bravo Exclusive: These are the lyrics to the new Dave Dee Long-Play
Bravo prints the lyrics to the 12 tracks on the latest Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich LP

Die Dave-Dee-Beatbombe ist explodiert! Und „Bang“ heißt auch der erste Titel der brandneuen Langspielplatte „If Music be the Food of Love“ aus dem Hause Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich. Sie haben in den letzten Monaten Eure Herzen erobert. Sie sind dabei, sogar die Beatles zu entthronen. Als einzige Zeitschrift Deutschlands bringt BRAVO Euch alle Texte der neuen LP – zwölfmal Dave Dee & Co.! Wort für Wort! Hinhören! Mitlesen! Das ist Beat-Supermischung!

BRAVO Exclusive to be found on the lyrics page: “If Music Be The Food Of Love”

Wed 8/03/67
Locarno Ballroom, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Sat 11/03/67
Record Mirror: Pop Shorts
. . . Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley now manage The Herd, who make their disc debut with “I Can Fly” on the Fontana label on April 14. The group’s agent is Danny Betesh . . . Burgomaster of Essen Germany refused to let Dave Dee sign Visitor’s Book in the Town Hall there . . .

Sat 11/03/67
Jackie n°166: Your Instant Guide to Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
(We haven’t included Dave. He had his own Instant Guide in the Christmas issue.)

A Cuppa Tea And Four Straws Please !
Dozy’s real name is Trevor Leonard Ward Davies. Beaky – John Dymond. Mick – Michael Wilson. Tich – Ian Frederick Stephen Amey.
All were born in Wiltshire, Beaky and Tich in Salisbury, Dozy in Enford and Mick in Amesbury.
Birthdays: Dozy – November 27, 1944. Beaky – July 10, 1944. Mick – March 4. 1944. Tich – May 15, 1944.
Dozy has sister, Sylvia. Beaky – sister, Janet. Mick – brothers Tish and Hibs. Tich – sisters, Iris and Shirley, brother, Dave.
Heights (going down): 6 ft. – Mick. 5 ft. 11 in. – Dozy. – 5 ft. 11 in. – Beaky. 5 ft. 8 in. – Tich.
Weights (going up): 10 st. – Tich. 10 st. – Beaky. 10 st. 7 lb. – Dozy. 12 st. – Mick.
Beaky and Tich used to play in local group called the Boppers.
Beaky quote: “One day an untidy little bloke asked if he could sing ‘Move It’ with the Boppers. It was Dozy.”
Mick plays drums. Tich – lead guitar. Beaky – guitar, drums, bass. Dozy – bass guitar, drums, bongos.
Dozy says he could sit and watch cats for hours on end.
Tich quote: “Once we were so broke we had to buy one cup of tea between us and have a sip each.”
Dozy quote: “Sleep is the next big thing to money.”
Dozy enjoys reading Sherlock Holmes stories.
Last October the group said they would only do more ballroom dates if they were issued with suits of armour.
Tich quote: ” We bought a big, flashy car as a success symbol – but it seems a bit daft.”
Mick quote: “It’s a dead loss, trying to crack jokes with girls screaming their heads off.”
Tich quote: “Unless you’re in the Top Ten, you’re nobody.”
Dozy says he was such a demon bowler at school he broke a boy’s leg.
Tich is a weight-lifting fanatic. (He once sipped a weight into each of the boys’ cases so that they would unknowingly carry them to the next ballroom date for him!)
Mick once played with the Salisbury Silver Band. “Our real rave piece was ‘Selections from South Pacific’!”
Tich got his nickname because he was the smallest member of Salisbury gang.
Beaky and Tich used to sit next to each other at elementary school.
Dozy says he is called that because he gets absent-minded at times – like the night in the van when he threw the bar of chocolate out of the window and started eating the wrapper!
Tich’s latest guitar cost £150. His first cost twenty-five bob. (“Off a mate of mine who had made it himself. When people ask though, I can always say I started on a hand made job.”)
Dozy quote: “Every second I’m in a plane, I keep thinking that it’s going to crash.”
Tich quote: “If you want to be a good guitarist, you should stick so close to your guitar that you even sleep with it.”

Sat 11/03/67
Radio Show: Saturday Club, BBC Light, London, England (10:00 am-12:00 noon)
Help Me / Touch Me, Touch Me / Watch Your Step (Live Performance) [Recorded on 28/02/67]
Presented by Brian Matthew with Tom Jones & the Squires, O’Hara’s Playboys, Lesley Dawson, Dave Berry & The Johnny Arthey Band
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich play ‘Watch Your Step’ with an added bridge of “Na na na na na” – excerpt taken from ‘Land Of 1000 Dances’. This second version might be the available one, excluding the “Dancing In The Street” medley.

Sat 11/03/67
TV Performance: As You Like It, ITV, Southern Television, Southampton, England (5:15 pm)

Record Mirror n°313 (11 March 1967): Pop Shorts
A new experimental TV pop show “As You Like It” will be screened at 5.15 p.m. on successive Saturdays March 11 and 17. On the first show, which is a ‘record request’ show, Peter Murrya introduces records by Beatles, Adam Faith, Julie Felix, Kiki Dee and Dave Dee & Co. Muriel Young introduces the second show . . .

Sat 11/03/67
Ricky Ticky Club, Rotterdam, Netherlands (Two concerts in the same evening)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Sat 11/03/67
Casino, Scheveningen, Den Haag, Netherlands (Two concerts in the same evening)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Sun 12/03/67
Radio Show: Easy Beat, BBC Light, London, England (10:30-11:30 am)
Presented by Keith Fordyce with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Sun 12/03/67
Dancing Modern, Enschede, Netherlands (Afternoon show)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Sun 12/03/67
Dancing Beijering, Vlagtwedde, Netherlands (Evening show)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Tue 14/03/67
France: The last American Forces in France are leaving the country, as President De Gaulle has decided to leave the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in March 1966.
The American bases (Châteauroux, Verdun, Orléans, la Rochelle, Chaumont, Toul and Evreux among others) had since 1950 been a welcome economic resource for these towns, and a destination for many 60s British Beat groups (Bern Elliott & the Fenmen, The Redcaps, The System, etc).

Fri 17/03/67   
BBC Transcription Disc: Top Of The Pops #120, Kensington House, London, England
Save Me / Dancing In The Street / Help Me / I’m On The Up [Recorded on 6/02/67]
Tracks: 1.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Save Me; 2.Chris Farlowe: My Way of Giving; 3.The Searchers: Have You Ever Loved Somebody; 4.Truly Smith: Windows and Doors; 5.Herman’s Hermits: A Must to Avoid; 6.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Interview, Dancing in the Street /Help Me; 7.Chris Farlowe: What Becomes of the Brokenhearted; 8.The Searchers: Popcorn, Double Feature; 9.Herman’s Hermits: There’s a Kind of Hush; 10.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: I’m on the Up; 11.Truly Smith: Take a Broken Heart; 12.The Searchers: Goodbye, So Long; 13.Chris Farlowe: Paint It Black; 14.Herman’s Hermits: Jezebel. Hosted by Brian Matthew [Expiry date: 16/09/67]
(Discarding Herman’s Hermits, these were all featured in Saturday Club broadcast on February 11)

This disc is dated Week 11, 1967. “Save Me” and “I’m On The Up” had both been featured one month before in TOTP #116, but these are different versions. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich showcased “Help Me” twice: here, and in a following TOTP #124, manufactured on 14 April 1967. One of these is a medley of “Dancing In The Stret/Help Me”, it is unclear which one.
In fact, this particular Transcription Disc #120 features material not officially reissued as yet.

Sat 18/03/67
Record Mirror: Pop Shorts
The Herd began 16 day season at  St. Tropez’ Papa Guyo Club [the Papagayo] on March 18 . . .

Picture of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich at Philips’ factory, Walthamstow.
As, if you didn’t know – here are Dave Dee and Co. at a factory. But no ordinary factory, if there is such a thing as an ordinary factory. This is Philips records factory, where the records are pressed, and the boys can be seen playing about with the gadget that presses LP’s. While they were at the faclory they also saw their new single “Touch Me Touch Me” being pressed – by the thousand!

Sat 18/03/67
Melody Maker: Dirty? ‘If You’ve Got That Kind Of Mind – I Suppose It Is’ Says Dave Dee
About their last single, “Touch Me, Touch Me”

Mick Jagger interview in NME (7/01/67): “If people have twisted, dirty minds, I suppose “Let’s Spend The Night Together” could have sexual overtones.”

Sat 18/03/67
NME n°1053 page 8: Dave Dee to US in April – If Permits
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich will pay their first visit to America next month. Provided that the necessary work permits are granted they will fly to New York on April 1 for radio and TV appearances. Later they visit Chicago and Los Angeles.
They expect to be in the States for at least ten days.
Because of this Dave Dee and Co’s visit to Iceland has been postponed until later in April. They return to Germany for a ten-day concert schedule in mid-May. An extensive tour covering Australia, New Zealand and Japan is being lined up for the mid-summer period, followed by a return American visit.

Sat 18/03/67
(USA) Billboard March 18, 1967 page 77: Fontana Disk Keyed to Film Became a Hit

Chicago – The impetus given a recording via film shorts is being felt at Mercury Records.
“Bend It,” a record released on Mercury’s Fontana subsidiary label last September topped the play list at KLIF, Dallas, as late as February even though the Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich group had another recording released a month before this. Fontana is now reservicing all stations with “Bend It.”
Credit for the long brooding success of “Bend It” is laid directly to a three-minute film short produced in London by Alan Blaikley and Ken Howard, Axel Enterprises, Ltd., and aired over television stations. Ron Chapman at WFAA-TV, Dallas, played the film every day for a week.
Go-Go Girls
“Ordinarily Chapman won’t play the usual stereotyped nothing-happening film shorts done on records,” said Mercury’s promotion director, John Sipple. “but this film was very unusual. It featured four English go-go girls and was well produced. Actually, this kind of film is timeless, it’ll be used for four or five more months because kids like to watch it over and over.”
Sipple said that “Bend It” was one of the first records to utilize the heavy, enhanced background “Greek Rhythm” sound. “I really think that this film would go on something like the Ed Sullivan Show and be entertaining for adults, too.” he said.

Mon 20/03/67
(Germany) Bravo n°13 pages 40-44: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Portraits
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich are awarded the Golden Otto for Best Beat-Group

Sat 25/03/67
Disc and Music Echo page 8: Dave Dee: ‘If Touch Me is top, we’d just do our nuts!’

Think of a big-name group! Which spring to mind after the Beatles, Stones and Monkees? Walker Brothers … Small Faces … Hollies … Manfred Mann?
O.K. But what about people like Spencer Davis, Kinks, Troggs, Seekers? Each is equally important in its own sphere.
Where, then, does one place that happy-go-lucky, colourful combination Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich? At the top of the list, in the middle – or as one of the also-rans?
So far all the names mentioned – apart from them – have a common denominator. A number one hit.
For Dave and Co., however, this prize has been more than elusive. Today they find themselves in a similar position to the Hollies before they chalked up a chart-topper with “I’m Alive.” They’ve been around long enough to have become an established group, have made their mark hit and publicity-wise, but in a business where success is measured by chart progress, they’re still missing out.
And although they don’t exactly lay awake at night worrying about it, DD, D, B, M and T topping the hit parade would be a happy sight for all concerned.
In one fell swoop recently these Wiltshire lads made their mark in Germany. They demolished the Beatles in the current popularity stakes, had a tour reversed so they topped the bill over people like Paul Jones, Marianne Faithfull and Continental charmer Graham Bonney – AND PICKED UP A NUMBER ONE HIT!
But it’s not quite the same as making it at home. Particularly as their big smashes with the winning two-word title formula – “Hold Tight,” “Bend It” and “Save Me” – all rocked the top five here, but none quite made it.
And Dave Dee, the one-time copper who gave up pounding the beat in favour of singing it, is sceptical.
“I think we would all have a nervous breakdown if we ever had a number one.
“People don’t mind artists getting to number two, three or four [their last hit "Save Me" was four, and "Bend It," a chart-topper in Germany, and "Hold right" stopped at three], but as soon as a number one pops up they’re only too glad to see them fall!”
But the cheeky-titled “Touch Me, Touch Me” is rocketing up the chart. And hits which move that fast usually end up number one!


Mon 27/03/67
(Germany) Bravo n°14 poster: The 20 favourite Beat-Groups in Germany [Back of the "Star Of The Month" Poster]

Die 20 beliebtesten Beatgruppen :


1. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (82,034) 2. The Beatles (79,669) 3. The Beach Boys (28,986)
4. Herman’s Hermits (17,345) 5. The Rolling Stones (13,898) 6. The Troggs (13,400)
7. Sonny & Cher (9,688) 8. The Kinks (9,054) 9. The Lords (7,907)
10. Los Bravos (6,641) 11. The Walker Brothers (5,320) 12. The Spencer Davis Group (3,529)
13. The Who (3,258) 14. The Rattles (2,111) 15. The Rivets (1,088) 16. The Mama’s & Papa’s (1,017)
17. The Small Faces (839) 18. The Monkees (541) 19. New Vaudeville Band (417) 20. The Easybeats (352)

The 4 pages DDDBMT “Star Of the Month” Bravo Poster can be seen here :

Star des Monats April – Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick and Tich

Mon 27/03/67
Civic Hall, Barnsley, Yorkshire, England
Chris Farlowe, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band had only released two singles on Parlophone

Thu 30/03/67
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

Thu 30/03/67   
TV Performance: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
Introduced by Pete Murray with Sandie Shaw (Puppet On A String #6) • Cat Stevens (I’m Gonna Get Me A Gun – New Release) • The Alan Price Set (Simon Smith & His Amazing Dancing Bear #4) • The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Purple Haze – New Release) • Dusty Springfield (I’ll Try Anything #16) • The Byrds (So You Want To Be A Rock & Roll Star – New Release) • Cliff Richard (It’s All Over #14) • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Touch Me Touch Me #20) • Frank & Nancy Sinatra (Something Stupid #7) • Engelbert Humperdinck (Release Me #1)

March 1967
Champness Hall, Rochdale, Lancashire, England
Show at the Champness Hall in Rochdale starring Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, Simon Dupree & the Big Sound, The Creation along with three local groups:
Somebody’s Corporation, Anita & The Chariots and The Apex Jazz Band




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