May 1966

MAY 1966


Spring 1966    
Italian single release: The Rolling Stones – Con le mie lacrime (As Tears Go By) (Decca F 22270)
This song is the only incursion of The Rolling Stones into foreign language – and they chose Italian, like Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich would in 1967 with “Zabadak”.

April-May 1966    
Philips Studios, Stanhope House, 2-4 Stanhope Place, London W2, England [Released 24/06/66]
Recording sessions for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich LP (produced by Steve Rowland)
DDD-BMT / Something I Gotta Tell You / Frustration / Hard To Love You / Nose For Trouble / No More Love / After Tonight / We’ve Got A Good Thing Goin’ / All I Want To Do / Double Agent

Tich sings “Double Agent” (Double-O-Seven). Beaky sings the vocals for “Nose For Trouble” accompanied by Harold Geller on violin. Radio London Deejay Kenny Everett introduces the album with “DDD-BMT”. Not to forget Ken Howard on piano.

May 1966   
Beat Instrumental n°37: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Profiles

Tich of Dave Dee, etc., had his Gibson stolen from the group van a few weeks back. Naturally he was very annoyed to lose his old friend, but decided to think of it as a write-off and buy a new one. When he was in London he went looking around the shops for something similar and came across the same model as his old one. He had a good look at it and then to his amazement found that it was his old one. “The thing that decided me”, he told “BI”, was that whoever had whipped it hadn’t even changed the strings and I found that the banjo strings, which I had for the top G, B, E, were still on.” Of course, the shop wanted proof that this was in fact Tich’s guitar, and so he rang his mum and asked her to look on the agreement form for the serial number. Unfortunately she gave him the wrong number over the ‘phone at first and the situation looked grim when the number didn’t tally. A few minutes later Tich’s mum rang back to give the right number. Tich got his Gibson back, banjo strings and all!

Dave Dee is a six-footer with blue eyes, brown hair, broad shoulders . . . and an assumed name. […]
He is also reticent about listing his favourites in groups or singers. “I like Dusty Springfield because of the way she holds an audience from the first entrance. And Roy Orbison because he doesn’t seem to do anything . . . yet also gets an audience. But when it comes to groups . . . well! A good group can make a bad record; a bad group can make a good record. What’s important is being able to do on stage what you can do on record”.
Anything Dave doesn’t like much about the industry ? “It seems a shame that to become an established artist you have to have a hit record. I see singers, groups, acts, working like mad in clubs and dance-halls, but they don’t become anything because they never get a hit record. It’s wrong, because talent is talent – not just one successful disc.”
And what about allegations that some of Dave’s humour with the Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich group is rather too “blue” for teens ? Said Dave Dee: “You must remember that kids nowadays are more adult and mature than they ever were. Girls know what is going on. If you stick to something clean, then you’re regarded as being corny. One comedy is a bit blue, but it’s never offensive. If you start on comedy in a group you must sustain it.”
Pete Goodman. 

Sun 1/05/66   
NME Poll Winners Concert, Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England
4th Annual New Musical Express Concert, compered by DJ’s Jimmy Savile and Pete Murray:
Sounds Incorporated, The Overlanders, The Small Faces, The Spencer Davis Group, Roy Orbison, The Walker Brothers, The Yardbirds, The Seekers, The Alan Price Set, Cliff Richard & The Shadows – end of 1st half – The Fortunes, Crispian St. Peters, Herman’s Hermits, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (You Make It Move / Hold Tight), Dusty Springfield, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles

Kim Fowley: “I saw them blow The Who, The Beatles and The Stones off stage. That night those guys were the best band in the world!” (Ugly Things n°19 – 2001 Summer Issue)

The only appearance of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich and The Beatles on the same stage (As can be seen on the picture with Ringo’s drums)

A rare opportunity for Dave Dee to watch both his favourite artists perform: Roy Orbison and Dusty Springfield.
It should also be noted that Sounds Incorporated started the show, playing their pop version of “Zorba The Greek”. They would not release the song officially on album before November 1966.

Tue 3/05/66   
Civic Hall, Grays, Essex, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Thu 5/05/66   
Locarno Ballroom, Streatham, London, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Fri 6/05/66    
NME n°1008 page 3: Poll Winners Concert Review – by Keith Altham and Alan Smith

All about the world’s greatest pop show – Mightiest ever!
[...] Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich came next and were one of the highlights of the second half – a dizzy, weaving mass of colour and sound!
Dave Dee wore an outfit that would have put a rainbow to shame: a shirt made up in a cocktail of black and white check and yellow and blue stripes, and bell-bottom trousers. If it all sounds like a fashion parade – I suppose it was. But it was the sound of this group that impressed the most: a beautifully muzzy effect underlying the sheer excitement and the repetitive beat of their numbers ‘Hold Tight’ and ‘You Make It Move’. They were a hard enough act to follow [...]

Fri 6/05/66    
DeMontfort Hall, Leicester, Leicestershire, England
The Kinks & Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Sat 7/05/66    
La Locomotive, Hall du Cinéma Moulin Rouge, Place Blanche, Paris 18ème, France
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich [First visit to France]
Comment from Dave Dee: “The rest of the people, you know, they just sort of look at you as though you were freaks, especially if you got long hair… On the average, they’re sort of behind as far as the music’s concerned. They like all this old rock stuff, you know…”

(France) Disco Revue n°14 Mai 1966, p. 4: Ronnie Bird fera sa rentrée à la Locomotive le Samedi 14 mai.
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich et les Merseys y feront leur première apparition.
[...] Donc, n’oubliez pas ce rendez-vous avec Ronnie à “La Locomotive”, Hall du Cinéma Moulin Rouge, Place Blanche, Paris 18e, le samedi 14 mai à partir de 21 heures.
[...] Après Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick et Tich qui sont venus le samedi 7 mai et qui ont remporté un vif succès, Jean Claude Berthon vous présentera Les Merseys, deux chanteurs qui n’ont rien à envier aux Walker Brothers sur scène, et qui sont accompagnés par un orchestre étonnant.

Sun 8/05/66    
ITV: NME Poll Winners Concert, Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England (1st part, 3:50-5:00 pm)
[Transmission of the NME Poll Winners Concert in two parts on May 8th and May 15th]

Fri 13/05/66    
NME n°1009 page 2: Dave Dee laughs, too – all the way to the bank! (by Keith Altham)

Fri 13/05/66    
Single release: The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black / Long Long While (Decca F 12395)
Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich added the song to their repertoire in 1968

Sat 14/05/66   
Disc and Music Echo page 5: Dave Dee hit in Paris: back in July

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, in Paris last week-end for an appearance at the famous la Locomotive Club, were also invited to play the Olympia and were such a success they were asked back for a special spectacular in either July or September.
On May 24 BBC TV’s “Whole Scene Going” plan to build a complete programme round the group. They’ll fly to Paris and be shown walking round chatting to people.
Sixty-one girls fainted when the group were at Doncaster last week.
Beaky has bought a pair of roller skates. He plans to speed round ballroom floors before dates. “I need the exercise,” he explains.

Sun 15/05/66    
ITV: NME Poll Winners Concert, Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England (2nd part, 3:50-5:00 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: You Make It Move / Hold Tight (Live)
[The cameras were switched off for The Beatles' and The Rolling Stones' performances]

Sounds Incorporated: Hall of the Mountain King, Zorba the Greek. The Fortunes: This Golden Ring, You’ve Got Your Troubles. Herman’s Hermits: A Must to Avoid, You Won’t Be Leaving. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: You Make it Move, Hold Tight. The Yardbirds: Train Kept-A-Rollin’, Shapes of Things. Crispian St. Peters: Send Me Some Lovin’, The Pied Piper. The Alan Price Set: Baby Workout, I Put a Spell on You. Dusty Springfield (backed by the Echoes): In the Middle of Nowhere, You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, Shake.
Also, footage of the NME awards being presented to the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield, the Shadows, the Seekers, Jimmy Savile and Sounds Incorporated.

Mon 16/05/66    
(Germany) Bravo n°21 page 24: Bravo Porträt – Beat mit Komik und Akrobatik
Sie sind ein abendfüllendes Programm. Sie garnieren ihre Songs mit Akrobatik, Komik und sonstigen Zugaben. [...] Allerdings hat das nun seine Schwierigkeiten. Seit DDDBM&T mit “Hold tight” ihren ersten Hit haben, fehlt es ihnen für ihre Darbietungen meist am nötigen Platz. Denn das plötzlich berühmte Quintett beschränkt sich jetzt nicht etwa darauf, durch schützende Barrieren von seinen Fans getrennt auf hoher Bühne zu stehen. Es gastiert, wie es das gewohnt ist, auch in Fabrikkantinen und natürlich in Tanzlokalen. “Dort gibt es dann ein solches Gedränge um uns, daß wir auf unsere Show verzichten müssen. Das ist freilich der einzige Nachteil, den wir bisher an unserer Popularität entdeckt haben!” [...]
They are an evening filling programme : using acrobatics, comedy and more… This now brings problems. Since they had their first hit “Hold Tight”, most of the time they don’t have enough room left for their display. They became suddenly famous, but cannot use any barriers or high stages to prevent fans from climbing up. And they still, as usual, gig in factory canteens and naturally ballrooms. “The crowd pressure around us is such, that we have to abandon our show. This is of course the only drawback brought out by our popularity.”

Tue 17/05/66   
Philips Studios, Stanhope House, 2-4 Stanhope Place, London W2, England [Released 27/05/66]
Recording session for Hideaway / Here’s A Heart (produced by Steve Rowland)

Kenny Everett plays wooden blocks on “Hideaway”, and Tich uses his Gibson ES 335, with fuzz box. For the BBC film “A Whole Scene Going”, ten days earlier, they mime to the studio version of the disc.

Wed 18/05/66   
Town Hall, Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Thu 19/05/66   
Pier Pavilion, Worthing, Sussex, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 

Fri 20/05/66   
WTRY – Radio 980, Troy, New York, USA
The Big Sound Survey – For The Week Ending May 20, 1966

1 (2) When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge
6 (7) Hold Tight – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

[...] It was a smorgasbord of great late night radio – the kind you only hear about existing so long ago. All this music was actually there for me to hear by searching my pocket sized handheld device. Every kid had one even then: an AM transistor radio.
The previous spring/summer ‘66 brought me the same privilege, but that year the bands were almost exclusively English. Boston and the whole Northeast was pretty UK centric when it came to radio programming. At night you’d hear The Moody Blues, The Small Faces, The Pretty Things, non-hits by hitmakers (Hollies/Troggs/Searchers/Swinging Blue Jeans/Zombies/Them) – loads of stuff. WBZ heavily played Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich’s ‘Hold Tight’ that year, but so did the local Syracuse stations. If it weren’t for Billboard, I’d had no idea it wasn’t a national smash.
(Syracuse, New York, childhood memories from “So Many Records, So Little Time”)

Fri 20/05/66   
NME n°1010 page 7: Film plans for Spencer, Lulu, Dave Dee
The Spencer Davis Group is to star in a 60-minute comedy film being made by Associated British-Pathe. Lulu has a major acting role –her first ever– in Columbia’s “To Sir, With Love”. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, and Tich are to appear and sing their hit recording of “Hold Tight” in a new MGM feature film –“The Blow Up”– which is at present being shot in London. The Dave Clark Five may star in a crime thriller tentatively titled “You’ll Never Get Away With It”.

May 1966    
Guildhall, Southampton, Hampshire, England (Live Performance)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, The Dowlands and The MeddyEVILS [correct ‘arty’ spelling]
Broadcast on Saturday 21 May on the BBC Light Programme Saturday Club. Presented by Brian Matthew.

Sat 21/05/66    
Radio Show: Saturday Club, BBC Light, London, England (10:00 am-12:00 noon)
Presented by Brian Matthew with Mr. Acker Bilk & His Paramount Jazz Band, Manfred Mann, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, David and Jonathan, Nita Rossi, The Dowlands, The MeddyEVILS, The Ted Taylor Six
Broadcast live as part of a BBC week in Southampton. Also appearing live were The Dowlands and The MeddyEVILS. Performances by Manfred Mann, Nita Rossi and David & Jonathan had been recorded earlier in the week.

Sat 21/05/66   
Manchester University, Manchester, Lancashire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 

Mon 23/05/66    
(Germany) Bravo n°22 page 24: Heißes Fest
Großes Beatfest in München. Herman’s Hermits, die Spencer Davis Group, die Mindbenders und Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich kommen. Die vier berühmten Beatbands gastieren am 25. Mai 20.00 Uhr im Circus Krone. Wer keine Gelegenheit hat, seine Lieblinge direkt auf der Bühne zu hören, kann sie auch im Fernsehen bewundern. Spencer Davis, die Mindbenders und Dave Dee in “Beat Beat Beat”, Herman und seine Hermits in der Show von Conny Froboess “Mein Gästebuch”.
The “Circus Krone” in Munich is the same Concert Hall where the Beatles would play the following month (June 24th) for the first time in Germany since 1962. The same article states that these last three groups would be featured on a forthcoming “Beat! Beat! Beat!” TV Show (July 1st).

Mon 23/05/66   
Community Center, South Oxhey, Hertfordshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Tue 24/05/66 ?   
BBC TV Film: A Whole Scene Going, BBC Television, Paris, France [Broadcast on 8/06/66]
Filmed in Paris in black & white
Scenes: the “Brasserie Lipp” in Saint-Germain des Prés, singing “Hideaway” opposite the Drugstore Saint Germain, the Opera, Loos of France, painting in Montmartre, the Arch of Triumph, ending with an acapella rendition of “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” (Dave Dee & Co. commenting all along).

Disc and Music Echo (14/05/66): On May 24 BBC TV’s “Whole Scene Going” plan to build a complete programme round the group. They’ll fly to Paris and be shown walking round chatting to people.

May 1966   
Film: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich in Paris, Ken Howard Private Film, Paris, France
Shot by Ken Howard in colour


Scenes: Montmartre (followed by photographer Dezo Hoffmann), the “Unknown Soldier” flame under the Arch of Triumph, the café “Les Deux Magots” in Saint-Germain, Loos of France, wrestling with Ken Howard (Alan Blaikley can be seen too).

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich can be seen passing through British, then French customs at the airport (probably Orly). They left by the same airport, on a Boing 727 from Lufthansa.


May 1966   
Photo session: Frankfurt-am-Main (?), Hessen, Deutschland [for "Touch Me, Touch Me" single]

Pictures of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, all wearing leather jackets, were taken by Petra Niemeier inside a phone booth in a German city and in front of a newspaper stand (kiosk). The magazines on display include the May issue of the monthly “Twen”.





Wed 25/05/66   
Big Apple Parade, Circus Krone-Bau, München, Bayern, Deutschland (8.00 pm)
Herman’s Hermits, Spencer Davis Group, The Mindbenders, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
Presented by Mal Sondock [First Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich concert in Germany]
Hamburg: The cradle of British Rock (by Alan Clayson) page 229:
Tich and Dozy were to agree that a bottom-of-the-bill performance in Munich’s Circus Krone in 1965 (sic) was the pivotal event that spurred greater record success in Germany. With no preconceptions about them from an audience awaiting The Spencer Davis Group and then Herman’s Hermits, the Wiltshire lads stole the show just as they had from The Honeycombs at Butlin’s in 1964. “Without sounding big-headed,” said Dozy, “I have to say that no-one could follow us. That was the first time that we’d witnessed enthusiasm from an audience that size. The hits just seemed to happen from there on in.”

Fri 27/05/66   
Single release: Hideaway / Here’s A Heart – Fontana TF 711 (267.593) [Recorded on 17/05/66]
The third hit with suggestive lyrics, and their first German Number One according to Bravo Magazine.

Record Mirror (4/06/66): TOP FIFTY TIP
The boys invariably get something dead catchy going – here it’s an opening instrumentally, with a repetitive beat. Another good vocal arrangement and the song stands up in any company. A definitive hit.

Fri 27/05/66    
Single release: The Yardbirds – Over, Under, Sideways, Down / Jeff’s Boogie (Columbia 7928)
A first encounter with Russian/Gypsy rhythms and atmosphere, before Dave Dee & Co made “Okay”
Simon Napier-Bell (‘Black Vinyl White Powder’, Ebury Press, London):
By the beginning of 1966 I was managing the Yardbirds.
The Yardbirds were complaining of having nowhere to live. The best thing I could do for them was to get them a lump sum of money – say, £5,000 each. The only way to get that was from the record company. Their recording contract was with Georgio Gomelski, who leased their records to EMI. I decided that if the agreement for their management could be broken, so could their agreement for their recording. So I went to Len Wood, the general manager at EMI and told him the group would want £25,000 to sign a new recording contract, and that EMI could have first option, but not for long.
From EMI, I went to Jack Baverstock at Philips who offered me £10,000, the most they’d ever paid for any artist. I called EMI and said Philips had offered the full £25,000 that we needed and within an hour EMI agreed to pay the same amount. They then had to negotiate with me over the royalties about which I was now becoming something of an expert. In the end, the Yardbirds got more than the Beatles were getting.
I took 20 per cent commission, and gave the group £4,000 cash each. In those days that could buy each one of them a house, or even two.
Meanwhile, the money I made from the group’s live gigs compensated for putting up with the endless disputes between Jeff and the others. In the UK, The Yardbirds went out for about the same price as the Animals or The Who – £350 a night. This compared with £450 for the Stones, and around £1,000 for the Beatles. We were members of a cozy club of five or six top groups, and everyone did nicely – particularly the agents who took 10 per cent for nothing more than telling their secretaries to accept all offers and fill the group’s diary.

Fri 27/05/66    
Fairfield Hall, Croydon, London, England (6:45 & 9:00 pm)
The Kinks, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, Sean Buckley & The Breadcrumbs
(The Sean Buckley Set covered “Hold Tight” on a German single in April 1966)

Sat 28/05/66    
TV Performance: Beat-Club 8, ARD Radio Bremen, Bremen, Deutschland (Live with audience)
Host: Uschi Nerke (3:45-4:30 pm)
The Remo Four: Peter Gunn Theme, What’cha Gonna Do About It, Rock Candy; Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Hideaway, Hold Tight; Graham Bonney: Supergirl, Barefootin’; The Who: Substitute (on film); The Hollies: Look Through Any Window, The Very Last Day, I Can’t Let Go; The Walker Brothers: Land of 1000 Dances, Love Minus Zero (No Limit), The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore
This show was broadcast live and after their set, hostess Uschi Nerke stated that “Hideaway” would be released in England the following week, and that Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich would fly back to England the same afternoon, to be ready for a BBC performance the next day in London. 

Sat 28/05/66   
In Crowd Club, Hackney, London, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Sun 29/05/66    
Radio Show: Easy Beat, BBC Light, London, England (10:30-11:30 am)
No More Love (Live Performance)
Presented by Keith Fordyce with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, The Mindbenders, Mr. Acker Bilk & His Paramount Jazz Band.
Which song did Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich play in this show ?
“No More Love” is one of the undocumented songs they played for the BBC, officially unreleased, and it belongs to their first album which was to be issued the following month.

In fact, the song was used on the “Top Of The Pops” Show #91, dated Week 34/1966, to be broadcast overseas by radio stations in partnership with the BBC (See entry for 26/08/66).
Mario Sienknecht: Brian Matthew was the disc jockey of a fantastic radio programme made in Britain which I could listen to via Danish radio where it was called “Top of the Pops”. The good things about Brian’s shows was (a) to be able to hear what the bands really sounded like
and (b) to listen to songs which were never released on record.     (from Zabadak n°3, December 1986)

Mon 30/05/66    
Sincil Bank Festival: Lincoln City Football Club, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England (12 noon-10:45 pm)
The Brother-hud, The Children, The Creation (first ever gig), The Dimples, Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, The Small Faces, The Barron Knights, Crispian St Peters, Screamin’ Lord Sutch, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, The Ivy League, The Koobas, The She Trinity, The Yardbirds, The Alan Price Set, The Kinks, The Who (headliners)
An open-air rock festival on Whit Monday holiday, but attendance is poor despite the impressive bill

Tue 31/05/66   
Bridgwater Mercury: Pop News (by Mike Guy)
Dave Dee group likely to appear in soon to be made British film “The Blow Up” singing over credits and acting a cameo part. “Hold Tight” has been adopted as sig(nature) tune by Southampton, promoted to First Division next season.

May 1966   
Photo session: Hyde Park, London, England [for "Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich" album]
Group pictures were taken in Hyde Park by Malcolm Aird, climbing on a tree trunk (for the German “Bend It” single), or sitting on the ground (for the German “Hideaway” single), by the Serpentine (for the first French EP). And standing under a tree: low-angle shot for the album cover, à la “From Nowhere – The Troggs” as opposed to the high-angle shot of “The Who – My Generation”.
Since the release of “With The Beatles” in 1963, with its Dezo Hoffman cover, the best photographers were called to give beat groups the best possible image, and to create a style. For “Revolver” it was Robert Freeman, and The Rolling Stones called upon David Bailey.





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