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March 1969

MARCH 1969

 

March 1969   
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Cabaret Dates:

23-29 Mar. 69    Club Fiesta, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham


March 1969   
Film release: What’s Good For The Goose (Directed by Menahem Golan)
Theme Song by Norman Wisdom: What’s Good For The Goose [Howard Blaikley/Tilsley]
Starring Norman Wisdom, with a performance by The Pretty Things
Watch the trailer on the Howard Blaikley page on this website


Sat 1/03/69   
Fabulous 208: Dave Dee Column – JUST ONE LONG DRAG

Three years ago I was able to hit some pretty high notes when I was singing. Can’t get ‘em now. The reason, I think, is that three years ago we started being successful and my nerves got a bit frayed … and I started smoking. I still am smoking.
Maybe you know how it is. Something on the mind – in my case daily phone calls to see whether our record had made the top 50 – and an experimental drag on a ciggie. One fag leads to a packet, one packet to another and suddenly you’re hooked. I was twenty-two then. I’d tried a ciggie when I was much, much younger but it made me sick.
Which leads me into the whole business of smoking and drinking and, to an extent, the old cannabis resin, alias pot. I smoke cigarettes and I like a drink. But to be honest, I know that healthwise I’m being a mug by going on smoking. Trouble is that right now I’m not too conscious of my health … except that I feel unhealthy all the time, what with all the rushing around!
My voice certainly has taken a hammering from nicotine. But at the same time l enjoy a cigarette, especially after a meal as I sip at a cup of coffee. One day I’ll try to give it up for a while just to prove that I can master the tobacco habit, but in the meantime I’m certainly not recommending that non-smokers among you should get hooked.
I believe that most young people have a desire to try drinks or cigarettes. At fourteen, I’d go for the occasional walk with my mum and dad and they’d call in at the local for a beer or shandy, and I remember always asking them for a sip. But to be honest I didn’t like the taste of it. Even now I don’t like most spirits, like Scotch or gin, as they make me feel bad.
So I stick to stuff culled from the Glorious Grape, like champagne, or brandy and coke, or the occasional glass of wine. If I’m gasping from thirst, I might just have an ice-cold lager.
But as I was saying, it’s very difficult to stop young people experimenting. Most get quite a lot of pocket money these days, and it’s easy to nip out and buy ten cheap fags. So mum and dad don’t approve? Well it’s hard to stop somebody having a few crafty drags when locked in the ‘little room’, or by blowing smoke up the chimney.
Thing is that you know when you’ve overdone it, maybe at a party. Next day I wake up feeling as if someone has been jumping up and down on my chest! Not to mention the little people who are chipping away with a chisel inside my head.
Just take both the booze and the ciggies easy, that’s my advice. But as in so many things I believe different rules apply to girls as to boys. I hate seeing chicks smoking when they’re out walking in the street. And the ones who have cigarettes drooping from the corners of the mouth … ugh! Lots of girls look so ill-at-ease when smoking, anyway, that I doubt if they even enjoy it.
As for drinking, that’s not such a drastic problem. But I can’t stand seeing girls lowering pints of beer. Yes, PINTS! It’s a habit that seems to be growing and, plus the drooping fag, paints a pretty dismal picture for me. Maybe it’s the old-fashioned side of me coming out, but I prefer my girls to be a bit prim and sophisticated.
And finally we come to the dreaded subject of pot-smoking. I wrote once before that I’m all against it. Now we’ve got one body of opinion urging that penalties for having the drug or smoking it should be lowered, and the other body saying that they should be raised. There’s one state in America where you can got ninety years in jail for possessing cannabis, but the neighbouring state has a top-whack penalty of only ninety days.
I guess, in the last instance, you have to leave it to the common-sense of the individual. But it can so easily lead to the hard stuff. In every community there are the sheep and the shepherds. There are the weak ones who can be led into hard drugs, into crime, into drunkenness – and there are others who are so much in control that they know where to draw the line.
Me, I think drugs are over-publicised nowadays anyway. Keep off ‘em. And take great care with smoking and drinking.
Finally, would you mind not chewing gum when I’m anywhere in the neighbourhood? Can’t stand that, either.

DAVE DEE
Address your letters to Dave, c/o FAB-208, Fleetway House, Farringdon Street, London E.C.4 (Please do NOT enclose a stamped, addressed envelope as Dave won’t be able to answer any letters through the post, though he will read every one and discuss some in his column.)


Mon 3/03/69   
(Germany) Bravo n°10 Pages 40-41: Das “Goldene Otto-Spiel”

Seit zwölf Jahren vergeben die BRAVO-Leser Goldene Ottos. Von heute an könnt Ihr mit den strahlenden Siegern aus zwölf Jahren spielen, zu Hause, bei Freunden, wann immer Ihr wollt. Alles, was Ihr dazu braucht, sind Würfel und ein Stück Pappe, im Format einer BRAVO-Doppelseite. Auf den nächsten Seiten findet Ihr das „Goldene-Otto-Spiel”, ein Würfelspiel mit 35 Goldenen-Otto-Siegern. Löst die Doppelseite vorsichtig aus dem Heft und klebt sie auf das gleich große Stück Pappe. So könnt Ihr das Spiel besser aufheben.
Spielregeln: Jeder Spieler bekommt einen Würfel; wer als erster eine Sechs gewürfelt hat, beginnt. Jeder Spieler richtet sich nach den Anweisungen des Stars, dessen Feld er erreicht hat. Viel Spaß beim „Goldenen-Otto-Spiel”!

The Bravo “Otto” Awards were given every year since 1957 to the best male/female candidates in three categories: Film, TV and Song. The “Beat Group” Award was created in 1966. So all the winners were featured (once) on the board, from James Dean in 1957 to “The Avengers” and the Bee Gees in 1968 (the 1969 “Ottos” had not been awarded yet).
The instructions concerning the “Dave,Dee & Co.” square were:
Dozy and Mick got married – Move two squares back


Tue 4/03/69   
Birthday: Michael ‘Mick’ Wilson celebrates his 25th birthday
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Thu 6/03/69   
TV Performance: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
Introduced by Alan Freeman with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Don Juan #49) • Stevie Wonder (I Don’t Know Why – New Release) • The Love Affair (One Road #21) • Lulu (Boom Bang-A-Bang – New Release) • The Tymes (People #24) • The Bee Gees (First of May #11) • Peter Sarstedt (Where Do You Go To My Lovely #1)

The BBC was now using the new BMRB Top 50 charts as published by Record Retailer, since February 1969. This year, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich would appear in “Top Of The Pops” only twice, to present their two new singles.


Fri 7/03/69   
Single release: The Who – Pinball Wizard / Dogs Part Two (Track 604 027)

Preview of “Tommy”, covered by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich in a Medley as “Stairway To Heaven/Pinball Wizard” in 2008.


Fri 7/03/69   
Single release: Ronnie Bond – Anything For You / Carolyn (Page One POF 123)
As The Troggs split, drummer Ronald James Bullis is the first to release a solo single. Reg Presley follows in May, and Chris Britton would record an album for December 1969. The Troggs would reform the following year with Presley, Bond, and new members Tony Murray and Barry Lee.


Fri 7/03/69    
University of Salford, Salford, Lancashire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Sat 8/03/69    
Fabulous 208 page 29: Along The Tracks – The Pick Of The New LPs, By Ken Bow
Memories Of Time Unwound
is the first album by twenty-two-year-old singer/composer Amory Kane. He came to Britain from San Francisco two years ago and has since been making a name for himself in London clubs. Now he has been “discovered” and signed to a five year contract by MCA Records, which shows how much faith they must have in him. But after listening to the ten tracks (all but one written by himself) I’m sure they’ve done the right thing. Amory sings beautifully, the songs are tuneful, the lyrics are clever. But equal praise must go to Steve Rowland who produced the disc, and to the four arrangers whose varying use of light and shade is nothing short of brilliant. Particularly impressive is the use of guitar and lush orchestral strings on the ballads, which help to build up a strong emotional atmosphere. Highly recommended. (MCA)
Tracks: Mama Mama; Reflections (Of Your Face); All The Best Songs And Marches; You Were On My Mind; Physically Disqualified Blues; New Light; Night; Maybe You’ll Stay; Candy Queen; Birds Of Britain; Perfumed Hand Of Fate.


Sat 8/03/69    
Leas Cliff Pavilion, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Tue 11/03/69   
BBC Radio Session: Symonds On Sunday [Broadcast on 16/03/69]
Don Juan / Loos Of England / Run Colorado (Live Performance)


Tue 11/03/69   
Radio Show: Radio One Club, BBC Radio One, London, England (12:00 noon-1:55 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich on a Live midday show after recording in the morning


Fri 14/03/69    
TV Performance: Crackerjack, BBC Television, London, England (5:00-5:45 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Don Juan (filmed at Golders Green BBC TV theatre)


Sun 16/03/69   
Radio Show: Symonds On Sunday, BBC Radio One, London, England (10:00 am-12:00 noon)
Don Juan / Loos Of England / Run Colorado (Live Performance) [Recorded on 11/03/69]
Presented by David Symonds with Colosseum
“Run Colorado”, the Japanese single, would not be available in Europe before the group split


Sun 16/03/69   
Pop World ‘69, Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England (2 Performances)
Gene Pitney, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Gun, Madeline Bell, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, The Flirtations, Vanity Fare – Compered by Simon Dee and Alan Freeman

(Advert from the NME, 4 January 1969 – but the list of star performers may have changed in two months. Stop Press adverts printed a new bill with: Fleetwood Mac, The Move, Peter Sarstedt, The Gun, The Tymes, Harmony Grass, Barry Ryan, The Paper Dolls, Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band, Sharon Tandy & the Fleur de Lys, Gary Walker & the Rain; comperes were Alan Freeman and Derek Johnson)


Fri 21/03/69   
Royal Ballroom, Tottenham, London, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Sat 22/03/69   
NME n°1158 page 4: Dave Dee Repays Fans’  Loyalty – Gordon Coxhill

“You’re overweight, ill, ruddy awful and you haven’t got the vaguest idea what questions you are going to ask us.” Thus spake Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich when I visited them at the Golders Green BBC TV theatre last week.
So what the hell am I doing writing about the offensive fivesome? I had only just entered the group’s dressing room when I was met with an avalanche of abuse that covered everything from my bulging eyes to the dubious history of my parentage!
Fortunately, Dave Dee et al. and myself have been on insulting terms for a couple of years now.
The group were in the Jewish sector of London to plug their latest three minutes of fun entitled “Don Juan” on “Crackerjack.”
What, I wanted to know, is the record all about?
“To be honest,” Beaky admitted as we wandered downstairs from the dressing room to the studio for a run-through, “I don’t really know.”
Dozy sighed – at no one in particular. “Marvellous isn’t it?
“Don Juan is a famous bullfighter in Spain. One afternoon, in the ring, he is playing with the bull, and he’s thinking the only reason he risks his life every week is for his girl.
“The next thing he sees is the bird up in the five pesetas with another bloke. He is too shocked to see the bull charging so . . .”
Dozy lowered his head, stretched out his arms, and charged at Mick, who let out a high-pitched shriek and fled down stairs.
The run through wasn’t very successful. The group were complaining about the trumpets. They wanted them left off when the show went on the air.
Move about
Steve Rowland, the boys’ record producer, and leader of the Family Dogg, told Tich and Mick to move about a bit.
“You look as if your legs are tied together,” he said.
Later, in the canteen, Dave and I had a quiet talk. The group have just returned from a tour of Japan. Were the natives as friendly as we have been led to believe?
“Yes, it’s true.” Dave replied. “The Japanese are very polite. You don’t have to lift a finger yourself.
“It was fun over there, but we are glad to be back. It’s been a while since the last record, so we are going to spend a lot of time and effort promoting this one.
“Being out of the country is very good for the group. Apart from seeing the world, we create a demand in this country merely by not being available all the time.
“When a club owner or a booker phones our agent and asks if we can play for a week at his club, he’ll want us all the more if we are not around just at that time.”
Despite being one of the few groups who can count on a sizeable chart hit with every record, there is no complacency about Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.
They work the whole year round: tours, clubs, panto, and they are still playing the ballroom circuit.
While Dave got himself a cheese salad from a machine, and discarded the salad cream as being fattening, Mick told me why they still put up with dingy ballrooms and small, dirty dressing rooms.
“I don’t know of a single ballroom in Britain we haven’t played,” he said. “In fact we played them all about three times over before we had our first hit. The thing is, we can’t afford to.”
My raised eyebrows brought Dave away from his lettuce and cheddar.
Can’t afford
“It’s true,” he maintained. “I know what you’re thinking. There’s us with all those hits saying we can’t afford to pack up ballrooms. So how the hell can all the other groups.
“I agree. They must be mad. Of course loyalty comes into it. I mean you have to be eighteen to get into the cabaret venues, and the kids who buy our records are much younger than that.
“It wouldn’t be fair of us to forget them. We still enjoy playing to the kids. In fact, our cabaret and ballroom acts aren’t so different.”
“The only thing that gets us down is the M1,” muttered Mick. “We know every stretch of that road so well. As long as it’s in a good cause, we don’t mind,” he added with a smile.
“It’s a good cause all right,” said Dave, “it’s ours!”


23-29 Mar 69   
Club Fiesta, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Sat 29/03/69    
Melody Maker: Pop 30 – Don Juan at #23 [Highest position]

Dave’s Secret: Knowing your place in the chart, of course

After 12 hits in a row, you’d think that Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, purveyors of purple pop, had a formula for success. You know, mix in three parts music, two parts personality and four parts Boys Own Paper, mix thorougly, add a dash of Steve Rowland and a pinch of Howard and Blaikley, stir well and cook in a pressing machine. Hey Presto! A hit!
But Dave Dee, toothy leader of the most colourful of Britain’s pop groups, doesn’t agree.
“It’s as hard for us to get a hit as it ever was – if not harder,” he said at his new Salisbury home. “No hit record ever comes easy. It’s all down to whether the public likes it or not. You can have a hundred hit records. If your next isn’t what the public wants they won’t buy it, whoever you are.
“You only have to look at the number of top name groups who have missed out lately to see that.
“When you start out in this business, there’s a strong element of luck. If your face fits and the record’s not bad, you might be lucky and have a hit. We’ve had 12 hits now. I always feel our luck must be running out. It can’t be that good any more.”
But Dave is a pessimist and admits it. The group’s latest, “Don Juan,” is obviously evoking nostalgic memories of nine days on the Costa Brava for many thousands of Britain’s youths. It’s nestling neatly in the MM’s Pop 30 this week.
Dave and the group have reached a seam of pop unexploited by anyone else in this country: a sort of pop adventure story, the “Rover” and “Hotspur” image in the face of Rolling Stone and International Times. They represent the land or dreamy, C. S. Forester excitement for many.
And Dave, a professed theatrical, takes the lead in these 2 minute 50 second sagas: he’s cut a dash as a Regency buck, whipping up excitement, and played the Ancient Mariner. Now he’s the legendary amorist Don Juan, a not unfitting role.
“It’s a funny thing about these things we do,” he said. “If we break away from them, our records get in the chart, but they aren’t such big hits as ‘Xanadu’ or ‘Antoinette.’ We’ve tried other things of course, but they don’t seem to happen in the same way: not even in the studios.
“I think there’s a slot in the pop business that we are filling. There’s obviously a need for this sort of record and we are the only people making them. There’s room for the blues and the underground stuff and there’s room for the Tom Joneses and the Engelberts. And there’s also a place for us, obviously.
“I wouldn’t say it would be foolish to change our style and image. But we have a sound that appeals, not just to young people, but to a lot of adults as well. We get a lot of older people saying they like our records and obviously a lot of them buy them. We could do a big feedback thing, but it wouldn’t be us. And I don’t think it would sell either.”
The group’s flamboyancy is most illustrated by their TV appearances to promote their new singles. That’s when Dave’s sense of theatre and drama comes into play.
“On a show like Top Of The Pops, you’ve got two minutes or so to make an impression. I believe you need to do more than just be a group, grinning at the cameras. You’ve got to put the record over, make an impression. You’ve got to sell yourselves and that way, sell the record.
“These days, there are about three TV shows you can do to move the record. If you are lucky to get all three and don’t sell the record on those, you’re down the chute. That’s why it’s so important, because as I’ve said, I don’t believe that anyone today can have an automatic hit.”
With the exception of America, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich have broken as a major pop attraction all over the world. It’s been a deliberate policy of the group over the past three years to promote themselves abroad.
“I think we saw the potential earlier than a lot of groups. We used to go off abroad and work for nothing the first trip, just to get the name across; the second time we went we’d get paid; the third time we’d make a little money until we’d built a good market for ourselves all over the place.
“It was a deliberate aim; and it worked.”
Except in America.
“America’s a complete mystery to me,” said Dave. “We just can’t get off the ground there at all.
“I’m not claiming we are the greatest thing since sliced bread, but I really believe that our sort of pop is superior to what’s making it in the States. When I look at some of the records that have made number one over there recently, I think ‘God!’
I think our pop records are better produced and more melodic than the American’s yet the group’s records never happen there.
“We’ve even tried doing a special, different single for the American market, but that didn’t happen either. I suppose we could do a freaky underground thing, but what’d happen if it was a hit. We’d go there and they’d see it wasn’t us.
“I think that America’s dead as far as we’re concerned unless we can have a record – or even two or three – that happens there before we go again. I wouldn’t go back without that.
“We’d like to play some cabaret dates there, but without a hit they don’t want to know, even though I know we’d go down well.” – Alan Walsh.


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