March 1968 One-Week Radio Sessions
11-15 Mar. 68 Pete Brady Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (2:00-4:30 pm)
25-29 Mar. 68 Jimmy Young Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (9:55 am-12:00 noon)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Cabaret Dates:
10-16 Mar. 68 Tito’s Club, Cardiff, Wales
The Bee Gees and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour: (UK and Ireland – 26 dates)
The Bee Gees and their Orchestra, Grapefruit
with special guest stars: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich [or The Foundations*]
Wed 27/03/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: Royal Albert Hall, Westminster, London, England
Fri 29/03/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: Victoria Hall, Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Sat 30/03/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: ABC, Chester, Cheshire, England
Sun 31/03/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: Palace Theater, Manchester, Lancashire, England
Mon 1/04/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: DeMontfort Hall, Leicester, Leicestershire, England
Thu 4/04/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: Regal, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Fri 5/04/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: Adelphi, Slough, Berkshire, England
Sat 6/04/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: City Hall, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Sun 7/04/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
Wed 10/04/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: ABC, Carlisle, Cumbria, England
Thu 11/04/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: Green’s Playhouse, Glasgow, Lanarkhire, Scotland
Fri 12/04/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: ABC, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Sat 13/04/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: ABC, Stockton, Cheshire, England
Sun 14/04/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: Empire, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Wed 17/04/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: Guildhall, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Fri 19/04/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: Gaumont, Hanley, Staffordshire, England
Sat 20/04/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: Odeon, Bolton, Lancashire, England
Sun 21/04/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: ABC, Hull, Yorkshire, England [without Dave Dee & Co]
Mon 22/04/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: ABC, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England [without Dave Dee & Co]
Wed 24/04/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: Odeon, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England [without Dave Dee & Co]
Thu 25/04/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: Odeon, Romford, Essex, England [without Dave Dee & Co]
Fri 26/04/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: Odeon, Exeter, Devon, England [without Dave Dee & Co]
Sat 27/04/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: Capitol, Cardiff, Wales [without Dave Dee & Co]
Sun 28/04/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: Granada, Tooting, London, England
Wed 1/05/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: Savoy, Cork, Ireland
Thu 2/05/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: Adelphi, Dublin, Ireland
Fri 3/05/68 Bee Gees Horizontal Tour: ABC, Belfast, Northern Ireland
* On these dates The Foundations appear in place of Dave Dee And Co.
Beat Instrumental n°59: ‘We want to make it in AMERICA’ says DAVE DEE
Dave Dee looked suitably hurt when group manager Alan Blaikley admitted: “There are some who think the boys are just a countrified lot of yobboes. Some of the in-crowd groups put them down with great enthusiasm. The so-called hip disc-producers sneer.”
Dave Dee looked unreservedly happy when group manager Alan Blaikley spoke on about what he regarded as the TRUE position of Messrs. Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich in the current pop scene.
“The time has come when the boys have proved beyond any doubt that they are a really good live group. Excellent on stage – and on live broadcasts. Producers always come back and say that, despite what the hipper groups may think. Dave and the boys get one of the best live sounds going.
“On records, we’re going for bigger and bigger sounds. We’ve been Greek, Russian, all sorts of things. The last single ‘Ballad Of Xanadu’, which came from a poem by Coleridge, had a Mexican sound, with more backing instruments than usual. For the new LP we’ve gone even bigger.”
The next part of the story involves both Alan and Dave, each contributing. It adds up to this. One should be able to ASSUME that if a group is good enough to make records one must assume, too, that the group is good enough to perform on stage. “True”, said Alan, “there are some groups who can’t even play their instruments.”
He said it more in sadness than in anger. Dave nodded sagely. If the group CAN perform, then it should be regarded as perfectly legitimate to use even the whole London Symphony Orchestra on records, or a complete choral society, because there does not HAVE to be an exact tie-up between records (which is ONE medium) and stage (which is another, separate medium).
Said Alan: “Without the backing, if you’re on stage you gain in effect simply by the atmosphere. When ‘Ready Steady Go’ went ‘live’, it made record producers try to get natural sounds – things that could be re-created on television. The age of the three-guitar and drum sound is past. It didn’t matter that there was so much sameness early on, because it was new. It was not merely an economy, which is what it largely is nowadays.”
In any case, said Alan, Dave and the boys have always avoided being on a band-wagon. Said Dave: “Yes, that’s true. I don’t think you can say there is even a typical Dave Dee type of number. We like to think of the fans waiting in anticipation to see what we come up with next. We want to adapt to whatever is required. But we do feel hurt when people put us down for being exactly what we’re trying to be.”
Flower-power came in and briefly converted a lot of British groups. Dave Dee, etc., steered clear because they felt it gave a completely wrong image for their kind of music. Said Alan: “They really are a great deal more shrewd than most other groups. They were immediately conscious that it would be bad to jump on a band-wagon like flower-power. They could see the weakness in this business of so many philosophical songs – sort of turning the pop world into one long sermon. It was a matter of SENSING what was wrong and what was right.
“Some groups do genuinely have thinkers and poets in them. But the important thing is to be first. Once a thing has been done, and done well, it’s easy to do a copy job. Take Procul Harum’s ‘Whiter Shade Of Pale’, with the surrealist lyrics. Well, they made it easy for lots of other groups to come in and simply become a copyist outfit.”
Shrewd, then; entertaining, with a strong “live” sound; consistent with record material. What else for Dave Dee and the boys? Says Dave: “America comes next. We’ve made it in Germany, the Continent, Australia, and Japan. Now ‘Zabadak’ is starting the thing off in America. We’re getting airplays there; now we want to get our faces known in the States.”
Said Dave: “Whatever happens, I don’t want to lose contact with audiences. It becomes part of your way of life. You know, the challenge thing. Recording is one side and you can lay on all sorts of exciting things in the studio. But when it comes down to it, there’s nothing MORE exciting than going out there in front of an audience and forcing them to like you.
“Films? Yes, that could be a good scene for us, but let’s be fair – not everybody can be a Tommy Steele. Groups who rush into movies take a bit of a gamble. You must be on to something original. But films, definitely. One way or another. But personally I like record producing, and some of the others are coming in on that side. Specially Tich, right now.”
But vitally important to the continuing success of Dave Dee and the others is the songwriting talent of Alan Blaikley and Ken Howard. Says Alan: “Dave’s voice is very distinctive – you can’t change that, but you can ring the changes on the songs. We’re very much last-minute writers. We work best under absolute pressure. But if the original song idea is good, then the whole thing comes in just a morning or an afternoon.”
Dave Dee and the boys: countrified yobboes? More like shrewd cookies, if you ask me. P.G.
German single promo: Cops & Robbers – Harlem Shuffle (Star-Club 148 598)
This single was only available as a promo, not for sale. Released later on Fontana, with picture sleeve. So “The Legend Of Xanadu” remains the last ever Star-Club single in March 1968 (Star-Club 148 597)
Record Mirror: DAVE DEE, DOZY, BEAKY, MICK AND TITCH
Dave Dee and Co. have a new album out shortly, to be called “If No One Sang”. The LP will feature all the different sorts of pop music, and the opening and closing tracks will be 2 minutes and 10 seconds of silence, all arranged by Johnny Gregory. The album is to be released in the U.S. immediately, and in this country in May or April.
The group have been asked to cut their American release of their single, “The Legend Of Xanadu”, from 3 ½ minutes to 2 minutes and 15 secs.
Radio Caroline International: Caroline went off the air at 5.20 am, with no closing announcement.
Both Caroline ships were forced to stop broadcasting and were towed away to the port of Amsterdam due to major debts.
(Germany) Bravo n°10: “The Legend Of Xanadu” Review
Page13: hit-verdächtig – Mit Beat um die Welt
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich bleiben die Beat-Weltreisenden vom Dienst. Sie machten auf griechisch bei “Bend it”, auf russisch bei “Okay”, auf arabisch bei “Zabadak”, und nun sind sie mit The Legend of Xanadu (Star-Club 148 597) in Südamerika gelandet. Herb Alpert-Trompeten und spanische Gitarren bestimmen den Sound. Eine düstere Story: Von der Geisterstadt in der Wüste, wo einst ein blutiges Duell stattfand. Ein DDDBMTop-Song! Obwohl sich die Unaussprechlichen diesmal irrten: Xanadu liegt nicht in Südamerika, sondern in Zentral-Asien. Xanadu war das sagenhafte Schloß des chinesischen Kaisers Kublai-Khan (1215 bis 1294)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich went Greek with “Bend It”, Russian with “Okay” and Arabic with “Zabadak”. Now they have landed in South America with “Xanadu”. A DDDBMTop-Song! The only mistake is: Xanadu is not in South America, but in Central Asia. It was the legendary castle of the Chinese Emperor Kublai-Khan.
Pavilion Ballroom, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
ARD TV Film: Beat-Club, Radio Bremen, Bremen, Deutschland [Broadcast: 9/03/68]
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich film their contribution to this 29th episode of the show :
The Legend Of Xanadu
NME n°1104 (9 March 1968): When Dave Dee appeared on German-TV in Bremen yesterday (Thursday), he was unable to wear the jackboots or use the whip which he employs as gimmicks in promoting “Xanadu.” The producer explained that both items were inadvisable for Germany because of Nazi associations.
TV Performance: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
Introduced by Pete Murray, Stuart Henry, Jimmy Savile and Dave Cash with Lemon Tree (William Chaulker’s Time Machine – New Release) • The Move (Fire Brigade #3) • Donovan (Jennifer Juniper #6) • Lulu (Me the Peacheful Heart #17) • Val Doonican (You’re The Only One – New Release) • Don Partridge (Rosie #5) • Tom Jones (Delilah #11) • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (The Legend of Xanadu #2) • Esther & Abi Ofarim (Cinderella Rockefella #1)
[Dave Dee & Co. appeared on this show 4 weeks in a row – but did not reach No.1 on Top of the Pops]
Album release: “D D D B M T (A Plea For Sanity)” LP – Fontana Special SFL 13002
DDD-BMT / The Sun Goes Down / Shame / You Know What I Want / Loos Of England //
Over And Over Again / Marina / Nose For Trouble / We’ve Got A Good Thing Goin’ / He’s A Raver
A budget album collecting some remaining B-sides and EP tracks, but no hit single.
|A PLEA FOR SANITY
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich are mad – stark raving mad!
Alan Blaikley and Ken Howard, the two guys who write their songs must be a bit crazy to keep on getting such zany records into the hit parade.
You only have to look at their record producer, Steve Rowland, to see that he is bonkers too. The group’s business managers, Bob James and Len Canham are so much off their rockers that they have to be kept in Southampton, which is of course very handy for the psycho hospital at Netley.
So how is it all done? How on earth can eight singles in a row become top ten hits when the whole gang of them are off their heads?
Well, I suppose it had to come out sometime. The truth is that the people who buy the Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich records are sane and sensible enough to know what they want and the group is stupid enough to produce hits every time.
There is one other point of course – I’m perfectly sane and I have a certificate to prove it! Brian Sommerville
Record Mirror (30 March 1968):
Some of this has been issued before – as you might expect it’s even better in stereo and contains some new brilliant pieces of pop, penned by Howard Blaikley. The enthusiasm and professionalism of this group make their records still sound quite up to date.
British single release: Kris Ife – This Woman’s Love / I Gotta Feeling (MGM 1390)
Former Quiet Five leader releases his version of “I’ve Got A Feeling” three months before Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
Disc & Music Echo: Dave Dee & Co. colour cover
Record Mirror: Dave Dee & Co. cover next week
NME n°1104: Absolute silence from Dave Dee
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich’s next LP “If No One Sang” is rush-released in America this month, due to the success there of “Zabadak !” A remarkable feature of the album, which will be issued here in April, is that it includes two tracks of absolute silence. But the group does perform on 12 other tracks, so buyers will not be deprived of listening time!
Reason for the silence gimmick is to prove how miserable life would be without song! The bulk of the
LP comprises several new Ken Howard-Alan Blaikley compositions, various rock ‘n’ roll and comedy numbers, and the group’s version of “If I Were A Carpenter.”
Dave Dee and Co. are set for a week in cabaret at Cardiff Tito’s from this Sunday (10th). Two new one-nighters are at Weston-super-Mare Pavilion tomorrow, Saturday and Bognor Butlin’s (17th). The group’s “Xanadu” single is being released in America on March 15.
DAVE DEE TO MAKE FILM
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich are to make a coloured feature film, The Legend Of Xanadu, based on their current hit single.
The film, about two men fighting for the affections of a girl in Mexico, is to he produced by Mike Mansfield.
Mike approached Dave with the idea after their record had been played on New Release.
“I’m so thrilled,” said Dave. “This will be a good start to an acting career, which I intend taking up seriously in about ten to fifteen years.”
At the moment a cast of six is planned with Dave as male lead and probably Esther Ofarim as female lead. The company will leave some time in July for location shooting in Spain.
Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, the group’s managers, are to write the theme tune, plus several new songs especially for the film.
Apart from acting, Dave Dee, D., B., M. and T. will be doing the musical commentary.
Melody Maker: Dave Dee’s gunning for Esther and Abi
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich – who leaped to number two in the MM’s Pop 30 this week – are gunning for Esther and Abi Ofarim. They are chasing the Israeli husband and wife duo for the top spot with “The Legend Of Xanadu”.
And as the Dee mob closed with Esther and Abi in their duel for pop supremacy, it was announced that they have been signed for a six week tour of America this Spring.
They fly to America on May 1 to start a 31 city nationwide tour and TV and radio promotion on “The Legend Of Xanadu” which is being rush-released in America.
Page 6: The Raver’s weekly tonic
Nothing like sex to stir up controversy. And Dave Dee’s comments in last week’s MM on putting “sadism and masochism” into pop certainly stirred up the letter writers.
Dave, though surprised people didn’t realise he was joking about having naked girls lying on stage, was unabashed this week.
He says: “I’m all for a healthy attitude towards sex. It shouldn’t be something that’s never talked about. That makes all the repression and things worse.
“All I’m saying is that sex is part of life. We have to be open and healthy about it. And it has a valid place in music.
“After all, if God invented something better than sex, He’s kept it to himself.”
(USA) Billboard March 9, 1968 pages 43-45: International News Reports
Fontana Special, 1st Budget Line On Major Label, to Debut in U.K. by Nigel Hunter
London – Fontana Special, the first budget line on a major label here, makes its debut March 8. The product will be albums billed as “stereo playable monaural” retailing at $1.50 each. […]
“No other company has used a major label for a budget line,” said Philips general sales manager Walter Woyda. ” We are setting a new standard in $1.50 value. Double albums and box sets will now be in a budget price range, and the product comes in full price quality sleeves. Fontana Special is in fact a budget line in price only.” […]
Prominent in the March 8 initial pop release are three albums for which Woyda predicted “dealers will see sales they’ve never known before.” They are “Winchester Cathedral” by the New Vaudeville Band, “D D D B M T” by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich and “What a Mann” by Manfred Mann.
Other pop releases are “The Intoxicating Pearl Bailey,” “Viva Chaquito!” by Chaquito’s Orchestra, “Here’s To Our Love” by Brian Hyland, “The 3rd Time Around” by Roger Miller and Oscar Peterson’s “Canadiana Suite”.
Radio Show: Tom Edwards Show, BBC Radio One, London, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
TV Performance: Beat-Club 29, ARD Radio Bremen, Bremen, Deutschland (Lip-Sync)
Hosted by Uschi Nerke & Dave Lee Travis (4:30-5:15 pm)
Paul & Barry Ryan: Pictures of Today; Moody Blues: Nights in white Satin; B. B. King: Heartbreaker; Nirvana: Pentecost Hotel; Sharon Tandy: The Fool on the Hill; Hit parade; Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: The Legend of Xanadu; Rolling Stones: 2000 Light Years from Home (On Film); Beat-Club/BFBS Poll; Amen Corner: Bend me, shape me; Traffic: Here we go round the Mulberry Bush; Georgie Fame: The Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde; Manfred Mann: Mighty Quinn; Beatles: Lady Madonna (On Film)
Winter Gardens Pavilion, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
Tito’s Club, Cardiff, Wales
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
11-15 Mar. 68
Radio Show: Pete Brady Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (2:00-4:30 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich appear in this afternoon show throughout the week
BBC Transcription Disc: Top Of The Pops #172, Kensington House, London, England [wk 11, 1968]
Zabadak / The Legend of Xanadu / The Tide Is Turning [Rec. 6/02/68]
Tracks: 1.Amen Corner: Bend Me Shape Me; 2.Brenton Wood: Gimme a Little Sign; 3.The Foundations: A Whole New Thing; 4.The Bystanders: I am the Walrus; 5.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Zabadak; 6.Amen Corner: (Satisnek) The Job’s worth; 7.Don Partridge: Rosie; 8.The Foundations: Back on My Feet Again; 9.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Legend of Xanadu; 10.Amen Corner: Shake a Tail Feather; 11.Brenton Wood: Oogum Boogum song; 12.The Bystanders: Somewhere they Can’t; 13.The Foundations: It’s Alright; 14.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: The Tide is Turning. [Expiry date: 14/09/68]
Fourteenth contribution from Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich to the syndicated radio program “Top of the Pops”. This disc is dated Week 11, 1968. These tracks had been previously broadcast by Keith Skues in Saturday Club on 10 February.
Record Mirror No. 366: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Colour Cover
If no one sang . . . not even Dave Dee
• “If no one sang . . . wouldn’t the world be a dull place?”
• It was an intriguing thought, and it caught the imagination of Dave Dee and the boys straight away. If no one sang … it was a thought contained in a fan letter to the boys, one of hundreds which they read concientiously.
• They liked the thought so much they have adopted it for the title of their forthcoming LP, and shaped the whole album around the idea.
• The album begins with, quite literally, no one singing. In fact no music at all. Just two minutes, ten seconds of complete silence. Just to make the point.
• Then come the songs – and what a range they are. Folk, rock and roll, fully orchestrated, ballads, comedy numbers, Latin American music …
• Two of the songs are the Tim Hardin standard “If I Were A Carpenter” and the old Ricky Nelson rock and roll hit “I Get A Feeling”.
• In other words – music from all over the world, a trend of internationalism that has become associated with the Dave Dee mob.
• The album will be released in Britain at the end of April, but is scheduled for immediate release in America to coincide with the chart entry of “Zabadak” over there. “Xanadu” is also to be released in America shortly.
• Meanwhile the boys’ programme includes the British tour with the Bee Gees, then followed immediately by a European tour with Herman’s Hernits.
• After that it’s all down to Southern Spain when the boys will shoot the colour film of “The Legend Of Xanadu”, a movie destined either for second feature cinema circuit bookings or television.
(USA) Billboard March 16, 1968 page 20: From Zabadak To Xanadu Advert
THE LEGEND OF XANADU #66287
… a legend in its own time
DAVE DEE, DOZY, BEAKY, MICK & TICH
the legend soon to transfer
from the top of all the English charts
to the top of all American charts
Record Retailer: The Legend Of Xanadu – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich N°1
Record Retailer Top Forty – Saturday 23th March 1968
1 (2) The Legend Of Xanadu Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 (1) Cinderella Rockefella Esther & Abi Ofarim
3 (6) Delilah Tom Jones
4 (4) Rosie Don Partridge
5 (9) Dock Of The Bay Otis Redding
Record Mirror: Manfred Mann Album Review
“What A Mann” – Funniest Gig; Sunny; Get-Away; With a Girl Like You; Sweet Pea; Wild Thing; Morning After The Party; Feeling So Good; One Way; So Long Dad (Fontana Special SFL 13003 Stereo).
A collection of bits and pieces from the Mann group – jazz-tinged EP tracks, ‘B’ sides, instrumental and flop ‘A’ sides. The whole thing amounts to a far more varied selection of their talent than would normally be put on an album. It is interesting and enjoyable – and a bargain price too. “Sweet Pea” sounds pretty good again, and so does “So Long Dad”. * * * *
(Just goes to show that in 1968, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich were not the only ones to get an awkward budget album release. This Fontana policy must have required some kind of reasoning, and it is not without a certain charm.)
Disc & Music Echo: Frampton to star with Dave Dee in ‘Xanadu’ film
But Dave’s missed the top spot again.
Herd’s Peter Frampton-pop’s “Face of ’68″-may have a leading cameo role in the new Dave Dee film, “Legend Of Xanadu,” which is due to go into production this year.
Also lined-up for the film is Esther Ofarim who stars as female lead.
“Xanadu” is currently in discussion stages. Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, managers of Dave Dee and the Herd, were meeting this week with director Mike Mansfield and American producer Joe Vegoda.
A special TV series-the first of which would star the two groups-may be shown in Britain this year. Howard and Blaikley told Disc that the series-each of which would star one single group on each show-received a lot of interest from both the BBC and Yorkshire TV.
Dave Dee’s new LP “If No-One Sang” will not, as previously reported, contain one track of total silence.
“I know we’re stupid,” Alan Blaikley told Disc on Monday. “But we’re not that stupid:”
Herd’s new single “I Don’t Want Our Love To Die”-a Howard/Blaikley composition-is released on March 29. The first single on which all the group sing individually, it receives its first airing on “All Systems Freeman” this Friday.
Fabulous 208: Edited by The Herd
Page 8: The Family Dogg – TOP DOGG
According to Andy Bown, The Family Dogg deserve a special place in this issue of FAB. For they, apart from being a magnetic group, have played a large part in deciding The Herd’s destiny.
STEVE ROWLAND is a talented guy with oodles of energy and a zest for moving mountains. A guy who seems to round up talent like a sheep dog rounds up his sheep.
Most certainly he’s the ace pin of The Family Dogg, but could equally well be called king-pin in The Herd story.
Steve’s the sort of person who deserves to be admired – as does anyone who won’t just sit down and wait for things to work for him. He goes all out to get what he wants.
Since he was born in Los Angeles twenty-eight years ago he’s sought . . . and achieved . . . masses.
The Family Dogg is one of his latest ventures, but above all else Steve’s a great A & R man. It’s in this way he affects The Herd most, and why, as Andy explained, they’ve cause to be grateful.
“Originally Steve was a singer/actor in The States,” said Andy. “He sang on his own and appeared in several films: mostly teddy boy kind of parts. He was in Battle Of The Bulge, too.
“Over there he was great mates with P. J. Proby and I think he came to England around the time P.J. did.
“Steve began record producing and did all the Ken Howard and Alan Blaikely hits for Dave Dee.
“One day about a year ago somebody recommended us to Steve and he came to look for himself. We had a chat and recorded a few numbers for him. He introduced us to Ken and Alan, who are now our managers. It was due to his faith we’re here now.
“But although Steve’s so good at A & R he’s still basically a singer/actor. He had to get back to singing, which is why three fellas and two girls happened to become The Family Dogg.
“They were all friends because their paths crossed business-wise anyway. Zac and Lazlo were folk singers who used to write their own songs: very folksy-high-class Bob Dylan. They’d worked with Steve, too, as backing voices.
“Zooey, who has the highest voice I’ve ever heard, knew Steve when he first arrived from a spell in Spain two years ago (he’d been in a group there). She’s sung with us before, too: at the Marquee. She’s got a marvellous voice.
“Steve met Sue through our fan club secretary and fitted in right away. It’s a purely vocal group and Steve’s lead vocal.
“One of the main things about them is they’re all doggy fanatics. They’ve only to see one and they go mad, woof woofing all over the place !
“The Family Dogg have been around for six months now. Their first record, The Storm, wasn’t that big, but the next one is great.
“They do mostly TV: Holland, Belgium, France and Italy. At Christmas they had a No. 4 in Poland. We had a show with them in Germany and honestly they stole the show.”
Andy isn’t the only Herd member to like The Family Dogg. Andrew, Gary and Peter, too, are impressed by their versatility inside and outside the group.
Zooey and Sue model. Zac and Lazlo write songs and Steve would like to carry on acting. He’s looking through a number of scripts now.
But whatever else, The Family Dogg is naturally the most important to them. It’s something they want to build up so eventually they’ll hit Britain really big. It could be soon.
(USA) Billboard March 23, 1968 page 74: Top 20 Pop Spotlight
Spotlights predicted to reach the Top 20 of the HOT 100 Chart
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – The Legend Of Xanadu (Prod. Steve Rowland) (Writer: Blaikley) (Gallico, BMI) – Creative British group made a big chart dent here with “Zabadak,” and now this infectious, clever rhythm ballad material with a Tex-Mex styled arrangement, should fast spiral them to the top of the Hot 100. Flip: “Please” (Gatwick, BMI). Imperial 66287
Dreamland Ballroom, Margate, Kent, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
Daily Express Record Stars Show, Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England
Concert Spectacular whose highlights are shown on BBC-TV on 29 March
Incl. Amen Corner, Cliff Richard, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, the Move, Procol Harum and the Easybeats, Kenny Ball & his Jazzmen, the Spencer Davis Group, Simon Dupree & the Big Sound, the Flowerpot Men, the New Vaudeville Band, Cat Stevens.
25-29 Mar. 68
Radio Show: Jimmy Young Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (9:55 am-12:00 noon)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich appear in this morning show Monday to Friday
Radio Show: David Symonds Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (5:30-6:30 pm)
The Herd: Mine Exclusively, Our Fairy Tale (Live Performance) [Recorded on 18/03/68]
Royal Albert Hall, Westminster, London, England
The Bee Gees, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, Grapefruit
The Bee Gees are backed by a 67-piece orchestra.
“That night five boys, 67 musicians, 45 RAF bandsmen and 40 mixed voices fed the 5000 the most sumptuous meal of music any British pop show has produced. But was it really worth it ? It would be absurd to say 67 musicians were necessary to enable the Bee Gees to recapture exactly their sound on record. Half the number would have been adequate, and in any case the screams often swamped those violins. And the Bee Gees themselves, smartly turned out and singing finely, did little more than merely stand and sing.
“But it was worth it. For this was a spectacular, an occasion of prestige, a concert which will not be forgotten.”
Not everyone was completely bowled over by the event. The supporting acts for the show were The Beatles-backed Apple band Grapefruit, The Foundations and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, with the latter planning a walk-out less than five minutes before the concert was scheduled to begin.
Dave Dee & Co were known for their elaborate stage routines, and were expecting time to rehearse their act, but because of the extensive rehearsal time taken up by the Bee Gees and their orchestra, were unable to do a lights rehearsal until 15 minutes before the public were admitted.
As the lighting was an integral part of their performance, the results could have been disastrous.
“I was seething,” Dave Dee recalled. “When the audience started filing in, we just had to pack up rehearsals. There was a storming row backstage, and we were ready to quit there and then. We cooled enough to realise we would be letting down the public, and in the end our act went off all right. “There were actually no problems at all on the tour itself,” Dave admits.
“We always got on very well with the boys, but this Albert Hall gig, it was important for both of us, because there we were, young bands starting off – the Albert Hall was the pinnacle in those days.
“We got wind of the fact that they’d got this great big military band in, so we thought, ‘Well, we’ve got to do something.’ Our show was good anyway, because we used to use UV lights and all sorts of stuff which was way ahead of its time for those days, but of course we needed to rehearse it, or at least to set it up to see if it would work, and of course we didn’t get the time.
We got six soldiers of our own in and right in the middle of ‘Bend It’, they all marched on stage with their guns, pointed them up, shot, turned around and walked off the stage. That was like the total opposite to what the Bee Gees were doing, and we just thought that was subtle and a bit funny, and it was just our way of at least doing something.”
Immediately after the show, he told reporters, “We don’t need a huge orchestra and choir to get across.” Despite his acerbic tone, Dave now claims, “There were never any problems, it was really a question of one-upmanship I think.”
Much of the rumpus was down to DDDBMT’s publicist, Brian Sommerville, a former Beatles publicity man.
Recognising an opportunity when he saw one, Sommerville created the impression that here were two groups about to go on the road for two months together, but who hated each other.
[...] With such a spectacular start, it was perhaps inevitable that the tour itself was anticlimactic. Ticket sales were disappointing, and Robert Stigwood shouldered the blame himself.
“I accept full responsibility for the fact that it wasn’t a sell-out tour,” he announced. “I did overestimate their drawing power in Britain. While The Bee Gees were playing all over the world, I neglected their appearances on British TV.
Apart from things like Top Of The Pops, they were never seen. I now accept they should have done far more TV shows before going out on a British tour.
[The Bee Gees: Tales of the Brothers Gibb – Pages 171-173]
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Setlist :
The Magnificent Seven Theme (introduction), Hold Tight, If I Were A Carpenter, Rosie/Cinderella Rockefella Medley (comedy bit), Zabadak, Bend It, Paint It Black, The Legend Of Xanadu (finale)
Single release: The Herd – I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die / Our Fairy Tale (Fontana 925)
Their biggest hit and a track that could have been made for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
Record Mirror n°368 (30 March 1968): Sparkling Performance From New Style Herd
* I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die / Our Fairy Tale (Fontana).
This marks something of a switch for the Herd, in that there are no classical allusions in title or lyric. It’s what the boys call “rock ska” – in other words, up-dated rock’n’roll impregnated with an insidious blue beat. I like the group’s vocal blend, laced with falsettos – and as always, the Howard-Blaikley composition is both catchy and commercial.
In fact, having broken away from their basic style, the Herd are now more in the Dave Dee mould. I wasn’t very keen on the spoken intro, but that’s quickly over and done with – and then the disc breaks into its bouncy beat and sparkling performance.
The lyric tells us of a lad who plays the field, but all the time is hooked on one girl.
FLIP: An appealing Peter Frampton routine, set to a mid-tempo broken beat, with background chanting – plus trumpets and cellos. An above-average “B” side.
Victoria Hall, Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Bee Gees and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour
NME n°1107 page 2: Dave Dee Whips Up Fans (Keith Altham)
All this “Marquis de Sade” and “Kiss of the Whip” bit is somewhat wasted on Dave Dee! He’s about as kinky as a pint of bitter! He talked to me about his new role as “the Party Whip” at his house in Salisbury with interruptions from Oliver, his massive Mountain Hound (or maybe it is an albino Yeti), who kept bringing trees into the room.
“The pop business has been getting a bit too ‘twee’ for my liking,” said Dave. “The whip has made us just a bit nasty, which is good after all the pansies who blossomed in the flower-power garden. Just because we wear “funny” clothes on stage does not mean we’re a load of old poofs!
“All the birds at ‘Top Of The Pops’ loved it when I used the whip on stage. They told me it really turned them on and several remarks were made about the wide open-necked shirt I wore. It was only open that far because I’d lost a button. Really the whole thing is just an act and ‘the whip’ is as good a gimmick as any.”
The lid on Dave’s letter box clattered and Oliver thundered out from the kitchen like an enraged rhinoceros and roared his disapproval. There was the hasty retreat of pattering feet along the garden path and Oliver returned from a job well done.
“That’ll be the kids from the school along the road,” said Dave. “Every afternoon I get a little bundle of fan letters. But they don’t come round too often after they’ve met O!iver. He’s not vicious but he makes a lot of noise and has a frightening appearance.
The most refreshing thing about Dave is that after more than eight years in a pop group he still gets a kick out of being a pop star and is so staggeringly “just one of the boys” off-stage.
“Some advisers have told me that a pop idol must remain aloof from the public, but that’s not necessary,” said Dave. “The public put you up there and once you’ve appeared on TV a few times you’re a celebrity in most people’s eyes.
“The only time when you have to break through the barrier and prove that you are not arrogant or different is at the clubs or in the kind of cabarets we’ve just been doing. Then we break the ice by telling a few blue jokes and making fun of each other. Like, for example, we might introduce Dozy as ‘a nice lad who picks his nose’.”
Well aware that he cannot go on being a pop idol for ever, Dave defines the time to stop as “when I’ve got bags and wrinkles under my eyes” and admits that he cannot imagine himself on stage at thirty-five. He still sees a number of challenges left – two of them are a big hit in the U.S. and a No 1 hit record here. Surprisingly enough they have never had a No 1 entry in the NME Chart.
I think we just might make it with ‘Xanadu’ in America,” said Dave. Apart from its obvious ‘cowboy’ appeal, there is the kind of ‘Tijuana Brass’ effect which is very popular over there. I understand from the reaction so far that they love the talking bit – I don’t think they’ve heard a Wiltshire accent before!
“We are going over for a few days of personal appearances in May and I think this time we may really bring it off. The Americans already know a little about us from ‘Zabadak,’ which got into the Top Fifty.”
At this point Oliver galloped into the room with what looked suspiciously like a tree in his mouth. It turned out to be a large log from their fireplace. Dave took Oliver out into the hall – or Oliver took Dave, I’m not quite sure – and turned him over to mother. Oliver promptly bounded up the stairs and dropped his tree down them like a timber chute!
It was some time until we got back to talking about Dave’s extracurricular activities. He enjoys the cinema and was enthusiastic about “The Mercenaries,” which he had recently seen. I made a mental note to introduce him to “Mad Mike II,” a friend of mine who was the real thing and likely to curb anyone’s enthusiasm on that score. Then, of course, he is a qualified pilot and likes to drive over to Thruxton to fly a while in his Piper Cherokee, which is a plane and not a Red Indian!
“They’ve built a motor car track round the perimeter of the airfield,” said Dave. “They drive their cars right up to the edge of the runway so we come in very low and leave our wheelmarks on their roofs. That way they get the message!
“I flew to Jersey recently, my first flight over the sea. I must admit it’s a little worrying to realise that if your one engine packs up you’ve had it. I kept an eye open for the ships all the way over.
“Perhaps because I fly myself I don’t get worried about flying when we go abroad, but I remember talking to a pilot of one of the big jets on a recent trip. I asked him if the plane would float if it went down in the Atlantic. He replied: ‘Yes – like a brick!’
“We always give the air-hostess on our trip a round of applause after she has demonstrated the safety equipment and oxygen mask and request an encore of ‘Melancholy Baby.’ It’s not so silly as it sounds; it relieves tension and starts people talking to one another.”
Dave recalled Pete Townshend’s early pronouncement last year that ’68 would be a big year for groups like Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich because they were not afraid to be commercial and the Bonzo Dogs, who were not afraid to laugh at pop music!
“So far he’s making a lot of sense,” said Dave. “I’ve thought about that remark a great deal. It’s true that we are not out to prove anything other than that we can entertain people. We’ve always been an act first.”
One other new development for Dave is to produce records of his own. He recently produced a single for the Family Dog, on which their own record producer, Steve Rowlands, sings.
“It was great to have him on the other end of the stick!” said Dave. “I kept telling him he wasn’t singing it right and watching him sweat from the control room. Great!”
There was an anguished squawk from the kitchen at this point as two-ton Oliver, after innumerable requests to “get down,” had apparently done so – on top of mother.
“Oh God that’s it!” moaned Dave, “he’s sat down now we’ll never shift him.” Is there a crane driver in the house?
Fabulous 208 Cover: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
Page 21: Troggs Banned From Touring Vietnam
A request by The Troggs to entertain troops in Vietnam has been turned down by the American State Department in Washington
(by June Southworth)
Page 19: High Loon with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
(by June Southworth)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich are happy to be known as looners so long as we point out that they’re very individual looners !
ABC Cinema, Chester, Cheshire, England
Bee Gees and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour
Palace Theater, Manchester, Lancashire, England
Bee Gees and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour