November 1966



Oct-Nov. 1966   
Philips Studios, Stanhope House, 2-4 Stanhope Place, London W2, England [Released 16/12/66]
Recording sessions for If Music Be The Food Of Love LP (produced by Steve Rowland)
Bang / I’m On The Up / Hands Off / Loos Of England / Help Me / Master Llewellyn / Hair On My Chinny-Chin-Chin (Huff’n’Puff)

Dozy sings “Hands Off”, Beaky does the vocals on “Help Me” and wrote “Master Llewellyn”. Harold Geller plays violin on “Loos Of England”, where Tich adds ‘Kilroy was here, mate’ and Dozy’s voice takes a Yankee accent on ‘Comfort Stations’. Big Jim Sullivan played on some sessions. “Hair On My Chinny-Chin-Chin” is the first of only two covers in the official DDDBM&T canon.

November 1966    
US single release: Bend It (US version) / She’s So Good – Fontana 1559 [Recorded October 66]

Different version for the USA with non-explicit lyrics. The same track can be found on the American
“Greatest Hits” album (Fontana), but was never released in Europe. Reached Cash Box #100.
(This second version bears the same label number, as the first “censored” disc that had effectively been released in the USA earlier)

November 1966   
German single release: Hard To Love You / No Time – Star-Club 148.573 [Rec. April-May 66]

Two excerpts from their 1st LP. This single became their 4th release in Germany, reaching the Top 10. “Hard To Love You” was later issued in Holland (3/04/67, Fontana 267.683) and New-Zealand (April 1967, Fontana 267.664) backed with “Frustration”.



Caption: Dave Dee & Co. sind Weltreisende in Sachen Beat. Nach griechisch kommen sie uns nun afrikanisch: auf ihrer neuen Platte “Hard to love you”.



Wed 2/11/66    

ABC Cinema, Exeter, Devon, England (6:15 & 8:30)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour 

Thu 3/11/66    

Pathé News Promo Film: Inside The Playboy Paradise, ABC Cinemas, England (Colour, Lip-Sync)
Bend It Film, with Patrick Kerr wearing “The Bend” T-shirt dancing the Bend with his Go-Go Girls from the “Ready Steady Go” TV show and some Playboy Bunnies.
(filmed early October 1966 at the Playboy Club)


Thu 3/11/66    
ABC Cinema, Plymouth, Devon, England (6:15 & 8:30)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour

Fri 4/11/66   
NME n°1034: Dave Dee LP, Tich throat operation

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich have completed their second album to be issued at the end of this month on Fontana. A new single–still untitled–may be released on November, 25.
The LP, titled “If Music Be The Food Of Love . . . Prepare For Indigestion,” features Dozy ‘s first solo performance–a Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley composition, “Hands Off.”
The group will appear on German TV on November 19 without lead guitarist Tich. He enters hospital for a throat operation as soon as the group completes its present tour with the Walker Brothers.
Howard and Blaikley wrote “The Loos Of England”–a track on the Dee album–which has been recorded as a single by former “Ready, Steady, Go !” dancer Patrick Kerr.

Fri 4/11/66    
Colston Hall, Bristol, Bristol, England (6:30 & 8:45)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour

Sat 5/11/66    
Odeon Cinema, Hammersmith, London, England (6:45 & 9:00)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour

Sun 6/11/66    
Gaumont Cinema, Ipswich, Suffolk, England (5:30 & 8:00)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour
Billie Davis is part of the package tour for this venue

Tue 8/11/66   
Philips Studios, Stanhope House, 2-4 Stanhope Place, London W2, England [Released 3/12/66]
Recording session for Save Me / Shame / Over And Over Again (produced by Steve Rowland)

A top latin percussionist (Dennis Lopez) plays timbales, Tich uses a Fender Telecaster for his solo. “Shame” is their first psychedelic track. (Peter Frampton said that The Herd demoed “Save Me” and “Bang” for Dave Dee & Co.)




Wed 9/11/66    
Guildhall, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England (6:30 & 8:50)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour

Thu 10/11/66    
Ritz Cinema, Luton, Bedfordshire, England (6:30 & 8:45) [Advertised as ABC Cinema]
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour

Fri 11/11/66    
NME n°1035: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich go mad at “I Was Lord Kitchener’s Valet”.

Pages 14-15: Let Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich loose in a shop specialising in zany costumes and weirdy uniforms, and they go completely mad ! Five colourful figures walked into the “I Was Lord Kitchener’s Valet” boutique in the Portobello Road, famous for its junk shops and antiques, took one look at the scarlet tunics, old swords and moulting fur coats – and gooned around in ecstasy !
[...] Dave sported a gold braid overcoat and high-peaked cap, completing the ensemble with a brass megaphone, through which he sang “Winchester Cathedral”!
[...] The boutique’s owner, Paul Robinson, told me that the source of all the Army gear was a military secret, but that several groups had adopted the clothing into their act.
Manfred Mann wears an admiral’s top-coat and Eric Clapton, of the Cream, one of the shop’s first patrons, is constantly to be seen in uniform.
Regretfully, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich had to leave for another engagement, but not before they had invested in a little bit of military history. They emerged into the street in their more usual, but still crazy, rig, shouting “The Red Coats are coming!”, jumped into a car and were gone. (Jeremy Pascall)

Fri 11/11/66   
Regal Cinema, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England (6:15 & 8:30)
On The Stage – For One Night Only: Walker Brothers
The Sensational Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, And Tich. – Special Guest Stars: The Troggs
And Full Supporting Company
Prices:     STALLS 15/- 12/6 10/-     CIRCLE 15/- 12/6 10/-

Sat 12/11/66   
Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England (6:00 & 8:15)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour

Sun 13/11/66   
Gaumont Cinema, Hanley, Staffordshire, England (2 houses)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour

Walkers-Troggs-Dee Venue is Changed
The venue for the final date on the Walker Brothers – Troggs – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich tour has been switched. The package will now visit Hanley Gaumont on November 13 instead of Finsbury Park Astoria.

Mon 14/11/66   
(Germany) Bravo n°47: Tich enters hospital for a throat operation.
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky & Mick may have to go to Germany without him for their forthcoming tour.
Bravo page 26: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich werden ihre bevorstehende Tournee durch die
Bundesrepublik möglicherweise ohne ihren fünften Mann machen müssen. Tich hat mehrere Besuche bei Halsspezialisten hinter sich. Sie entdeckten eine schnell wachsende Wucherung und halten eine Operation für nötig. Bisher fand Tich für den Eingriff keine Zeit und er hilft sich mit schmerzstillenden Tabletten. Doch demnächst muß er unters Messer. Hoffentlich kann er trotzdem kommen – gute Besserung!

Sat 19/11/66   
NME n°1037 page 17 (26/11/66): NME’s Norrie Drummond has just spent two wacky days abroad with The Dave Dee Gang

I have just spent the craziest, wackiest, most hair-raising two days in my life, with those dedicated mind-benders Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and … no, not Tich. He was convalescing at home after last week’s throat operation.
It all began last Friday when someone suggested I fly to Germany with them. Mad fool me, I said I would go ! So I met them, and their touring manager Jay Vickers, at their hotel on Saturday morning.
A black limousine was waiting to take us to the airport and I’m here to tell you that before the 40-minute journey was over, the poor driver was wiping the sweat from his forehead. [...] The flight to Bremen was uneventful, except, amazingly, Mick, sitting next to me, talked quite seriously about the group. [...]
At Bremen Airport we were met by representatives of the TV company producing “Beat Club” the major pop show in Germany.” It’s the most important plug we can get here,” Beaky impressed on me. “That’s why we came all this way just to do it.”
The group was just miming to two records–”It’s So Hard” and “Bend It “–and so no substitute was required for Tich.
A convoy of Mercedes cars took us to a building which looked more like a barn than a TV studio. A quick rehearsal and the audience started coming in. Two gentlemen in white coats stood at the door stamping with ink everyone’s hand, which was their pass-out check. When the studio was jammed with teenagers the producer gave a short pep talk and a full run through of the show began. First on was John Smith and the New Sound (from England). Then David and Jonathan did their spot, miming to “Lovers Of The World Unite.” David Garrick, dressed in a frilled shirt and white fur cape draped over his left shoulder–was next with “Mrs. Applebee.”
Then Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky and Mick did their spot before a French singer closed the show.
The programme was rather like “Ready, Steady, Go !” but the audience had much more freedom, standing or sitting where they liked and walking in and out as they pleased.
Despite the informality in the studio, the show was slick and very professional.
                Very big
Dave Dee and Co. are very, very big in Germany. Everywhere they went they were recognised and asked for their autographs. Over there boys appeared to be more enthusiastic about pop than girls. At the studio they clamoured round every act clapping and whistling. [...]
After the show Dave Dee, Beaky, Mick, Jay Vickers and I travelled to our hotel in the centre Of Bremen and checked into our rooms. [...]
That evening we visited the clubs of Bremem. At each, when they realised the presence of their distinguished visitors, immediately played “Hold Tight.” [...]
They ARE a talented group. They are polished and professional. They’re not temperamental and above all they’re genuinely great lads–even though they’re all completely round the “Bend “–if I may be excused the pun. 

Sat 19/11/66   
TV Performance: Beat-Club 14, ARD Radio Bremen, Bremen, Deutschland (Lip-Sync)
Host: Uschi Nerke (4:30-5:00 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky & Mick (minus Tich): Hard To Love You, Bend It; John Smith & The New Sound: Winchester Cathedral, Big Time Operator, You Don’t Know (Like I Know); David & Jonathan: Lovers of the World Unite, Ten Stories High; Lee Drummond: Hi Hi Hazel; David Garrick: Dear Mrs. Applebee; Jacques Dutronc: Et Moi, Et Moi, Et Moi


Fri 25/11/66   
Scheduled single release: Over And Over Again – Fontana

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich have completed their second album to be issued at the end of this month on Fontana. A new single – still untitled – may be released on November, 25 (NME 4/11/66).

“Over And Over Again” was strongly considered as a single before “Save Me” was issued (NME 14/01/67). (“Save Me” was recorded on November 8). 

Fri 25/11/66   
BBC Transcription Disc: Top Of The Pops #104, Kensington House, London, England
We’ve Got A Good Thing Going / Dave Dee Interview / Bend It / Hello Josephine [Recorded 1966]
With The Easybeats (Made My Bed, Friday On My Mind, Pretty Girl); The Montanas (That’s When Happiness Began, What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am, Goodbye Little Girl); Jimmy James & The Vagabonds (Reach Out I’ll Be There, Ain’t Love Good Ain’t Love Proud, Sock It To ‘Em JB); The Ivy League (My World Fell Down, Yes It’s Me And I’m In Love Again); presented by Brian Matthew

Fifth “Top of the Pops” Program for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, dated November 26, 1966. Expiry date: May 1967. This means that the foreign radio stations were allowed to broadcast part or the whole of this show for six months, until the end of May ’67, after which the disc had to be discarded.

Sat 26/11/66   
NME n°1037: Patrick Kerr and his girls demonstrate the Bend Downstairs at the Cromwellian.
NME pages 4-5: Come with NME for a pic-visit to The Cromwellian
[...] Stories about the “Crom” abound. There was the evening the “Bend Competition” was held. One young lady dancing in a dress made of plastic triangles chained together apparently bent too much and the plastic tiles came apart in the middle of the dance floor.
Downstairs: On the small, intimate dimly lit dance floor in the basement, it’s all happening. Patrick Kerr, dancer from RSG, and his girls demonstrate the Bend dance.         (Norrie Drummond)

November 1966?   
Photo session: Hyde Park, London, England [for "Save Me" single]
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich were holding spears on one set of photos, and carrying snakes on another. These pictures would be used for continental sleeves until 1969.

Tich Amey (in “HoldTight! – Voices of the Sarum Sound” page 156): Each time we had one of these records out, we had to do photographic sessions with something in common with the record. [...] On “Save Me” I think we had spears and snakes – that was in Hyde Park most of the shoot for that.







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