November 1968



Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour Of Scotland:

Thu 7/11/68    Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Scottish Tour
Fri 8/11/68    Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Scottish Tour
Sat 9/11/68    Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Scottish Tour
Sun 10/11/68    Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Scottish Tour
Mon 11/11/68    Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Scottish Tour

Sat 2/11/68
Record Mirror: Dave Dee & Co. colour cover – Dave on success (by Lon Goddard)

The 12th EDITION
Dave Dee and Top of the Pops have something in common; they are both unstoppable, TOTP just celebrated its 250th edition, so it was only right to get Dave’s comments on his enviable string of top ten victories. In the raucous atmosphere of the BBC club, he remarked:
“I’m really pleased with 11 hits in a row. It’s hard to believe it amounts to that many. Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley consistently turn out top quality stuff that is really suited for us. This is because they write specifically for us and not just a bundle of demos to try and sell. We usually discuss what type of song is needed before it’s written. We decide whether it should be slow or fast. Maybe the last one was a hit but the kids couldn’t dance to it or something, so we make the next one beatier. Even before we hear the new number, we know it will be the song.
“Only the Beatles are assured of top ten hits before release. The advance orders alone pull them in way before the record is out. Our advance orders pull us into the top 50. I don’t find that each disc brings us higher up in the chart before release though. In fact the last one, ‘The Wreck Of The Antoinette’, was a little slower than the rest. It’s beginning to move now, but it was released during a slump in chart activity. Nothing was happening in the top ten which meant fewer people were buying singles. I think we’re out of that period now though.”
Dave explained that there was no impatience in the group toward writing their own single…
“There is no reason to endanger our present success by attempting our own single. We’ve written all our ‘B’ sides but we leave the ‘A’ sides to Howard and Blaikley. If one of their songs was not up to par, we’d tell them. However, there is no apprehension concerning that. I think some of the songs we write could do just as well in the charts, but we have lots of time and waiting is no trouble, at all.”
Whoever the writer is, you know Dave will turn out a good sound. I thought it was about time, then, to have a little alcoholic celebration in honour of the 12th edition of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.

Tue 5/11/68
Richard Nixon is elected President of the United States
His name would be mentioned in “Tonight Today” by D.B.M.& T.

7-11 Nov. 68
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Scottish Tour
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Sat 9/11/68
NME n°1139 page 2: Is Price Killing Singles Market ?
Dave Dee thinks so … (by Richard Green)

With singles sales allegedly on the decline and album sales increasing all the time, the times they most definitely are a’ changing. This week, I phoned Dave Dee at his Yorkshire hotel and asked him for his opinion on the matter.
“Sometimes, we ring up certain record shops in areas where we are selling well to check on sales, and they say that our last LP was one of their top sellers,” Dave informed me.
“That one was one of the ‘golden oldies’ type. Generally, they are a bit cheaper, which I think is one of the reasons that they sell so well. Records are so expensive in this country that many people, especially the younger ones, cannot afford them.
“Sometimes, a record company puts out a golden hits LP at the normal price, then they do another one later, cheaper, a sort of follow-up to a follow-up.
“We went to our record company and they said they were putting out a golden hits LP and we told them we didn’t want that sort of thing released, but they said they knew what they were doing and the record did sell.
“You have to spend eight and five on a single whereas two years ago, for just over ten bob, you could have bought two singles. I think it’s the price that is killing the singles market, people prefer to save up and wait for an album.”
I asked Dave if he would prefer Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich to become an album group and not make so many singles.
“If we were just a blues group,” he replied, “people would know what we were and what type of thing to expect, but we’re a pop group that tries to make everything different. We can only do this by making singles.”
On the subject of singles, how about “The Wreck Of The Antoinette” which took a bit longer than usual Dave Dee records to get into the chart.
“What has, in the past month, really leapt into the chart with the exception of Mary Hopkin and the Beatles?” Dave said. “I was worried at first, but look at the big names that are taking a long time to get in. There are only two or three spaces vacant in the top twenty a week and it really is a fight each week to get in.”
The group’s managers, Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, have always written the hit songs and I wondered if, sometimes, the group might like to pen its own “A” side.
“We have written some numbers that have been “A” sides in their own right by other people on the Continent,” Dave painted out. “Ken and Alan are on a winner, you can’t knock guys that have written eleven consecutive hits.”

Mon 11/11/68
(Germany) Bravo n°46: Tich gave away his trousers [letter sent by Bravo reader Klaus Meyer]

Bravo page 34: Tich verschenkte seine Hose
Bonn-Duisdorf. Tich von Dave Dee & Co. ist einer der freundlichsten Pop-Stars Englands! Das konnte ich bei einem Besuch in Salisbury, der Heimatstadt der fünf, feststellen. Beakys Schwester Janet hatte mich eingeladen, da ich sie kenne. Janet rief Tich an – und wenig später rollte er in seinem Jaguar an.     Als ich ihm erzählte, daß ich mir eine knallbunte Hose für Partys kaufen wollte, bot er mir sofort eine von seinen Bühnen-Hosen an. Er fuhr nach Hause und kam mit einer blau-roten Hose und einem blauen Bühnen-Jackett wieder. Die Sachen paßten mir wie angegossen. Tich schenkte sie mir!
Auch für seine Fans ist Tich immer da. Sehr oft findet man ihn im Fan-Club seiner Gruppe. Dort beantwortet er die Briefe der Clubmitglieder. Er war es auch, der auf die Idee kam, einen Paß einzuführen, mit dem die Mitglieder bei Konzerten durch die Absperrung kommen und die Musiker hinter der Bühne besuchen können.

Janet Dymond invited me over for a visit in Salisbury. She called on Tich, who soon came in his Jaguar. As I told him I needed to buy myself a pair of multicoloured trousers, he offered me one of his stage trousers. He drove back home and brought back blue-pink pants and a blue stage jacket. They suited me just right.
Tich often answers fan letters, and he’s also the one who thought of introducing passes, so that Club members can go and see the musicians backstage.

Mon 11/11/68
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

Mon 11/11/68
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Scottish Tour (7-11 November 1968)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich last date

Fri 15/11/68
Single release: Holly – On With The Game / Paradise Lost (Fontana TF 980)
Lynn Holland, Howard Blaikley “protégée” with her latest record under a new name. Both sides of the single were written by Dave Dee & Co’s managers. “On With The Game” is somewhere between “The Stripper” (introducing “Paradise Lost”) and “Cabaret”, the 1966 Broadway Musical.

Record Mirror (16/11/68): CHART POSSIBILITY
Holly is a slight name change for a girl who is a darned fine singer and already doing nicely in cabaret. Here she teams up with a specially-written Howard/Blaikley song and it’s so interesting and varied that it could see her into the charts this time of asking. She switches from smooth but vibrato-ish soprano to a belting bluesy style . . . it kinda takes you by surprise. Great swinging brassy backing. Watch it, I’m telling you. Flip: The Herd song given a new treatment.

All four hits by The Herd were covered sometime: “I Can Fly” by Windmill in 1970, “From The Underworld” was sung in German by Ed Viller, and in Spanish by Los Z-66, and “I Don’t Want Our Lovin’ To Die” by Tracey Ullman in 1984 (after Erasmus in 1974).

Fri 15/11/68
Charity Concert, Royal Albert Hall, Westminster, London, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (in the presence of the Queen Mother)
Benefit concert on behalf of the Scout Association and the Outward Bound Trust, compered by Ed Stewart with Dick Emery, Deena Webster and Terence Judd.

Sat 16/11/68
NME n°1140: Hollies and Nash Part for Mutual Freedom
Graham Nash leaves The Hollies, after a charity concert at The London Palladium on 8 December

Sat 16/11/68
TV Performance: Beat-Club 37, ARD Radio Bremen, Bremen, Deutschland (Lip-Sync)
Hosted by Uschi Nerke & Dave Lee Travis (4:45-5:45 pm)
The Easybeats: Good Times; Spooky Tooth: The Weight; Britain’s Top 7; The Beatles: Revolution (On Film); Blue Cheer: Summertime Blues; Family Dogg: Brown Eyed Girl; BFBS/Beat-Club Poll – The Who: Magic Bus; Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: The Wreck Of The Antoinette (Recorded in October 1968); The Bee Gees: I´ve Gotta Get A Message To You; The Beatles: Hey Jude (On Film); The Hollies: Listen To Me; Barry Ryan: Eloise.

Dave Lee Travis introduced the show by presenting all performers, “also Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Fritz”. The winners of the previous month competition, to be repeated, were The Who but “Last Night In Soho”, despite 3 performances in 3 months, came a close second ! All the better since the group had already been filmed singing their new single.

Sat 16/11/68
Neeld Hall, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Mon 18/11/68
(Germany) Bravo n°47 pages 1-8: Dave Dee & Co.: “Jeder Song von uns reist um die Welt”
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich haben mit den großen Beatles, den Rolling Stones und den Bee Gees eines gemeinsam: Jedesmal, wenn sie eine Platte aufgenommen haben, ist ihnen der Erfolg schon sicher. In England, in Deutschland, in Japan – überall. Dave Dee behauptet stolz: “Jeder Song von uns reist um die Welt”

Bravo n°47 page 20: Dozy: Mit “Fehltritt” in die Ehe
Bravo p.20: Mit “Fehltritt” in die Ehe
Trevor Davies, der “Dozy” von Dave Dee & Company, heiratet in den nächsten Tagen seine langjährige Freundin Yvonne Skinner: “Wir haben uns durch einen ‘Fehltritt’ kennengelernt. Ich stieg ihr im Bus auf den Fuß, entschuldigte mich mit der Einladung zu einem Drink – so ist alles passiert!”

Page 1: Every time Dave Dee & Co release a new record, it is a guaranteed success, all around the world ! (photos reproduced in Zabadak n°5, December 1987).
Page 20: Dozy married soon (he met his future bride when stepping on her foot in the bus)

18-22 Nov. 68
Radio Show: Jimmy Young Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (9:55 am-12:00 noon)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich appear Monday to Friday

Fri 22/11/68
Album release: The Beatles – “The Beatles” (Apple PCS 7067 / 7068)
The highly regarded “White Album” marked the end of the Beatles as a group, as it was more a compilation of songs by four individualities, who would only remain together for one more semester.
That same day, the Kinks released their “Village Green Preservation Society” LP, the sound portrait of a world already confined to nostalgia.

Sun 24/11/68   
Rushall, Wiltshire, England
Trevor Davies (“Dozy”, 24 next Wednesday) marries Yvonne Skinner (“Dusty”, 19 years old)

Tue 26/11/68
Farewell Concert, Royal Albert Hall, Westminster, London, England
Cream disband after playing two farewell concerts at The Royal Albert Hall (25th and 26th)
Also in November, the “New Yardbirds” sign with Atlantic Records under the name “Led Zeppelin”.
As the Sixties are coming to a close, Pop groups split and disappear or create new “Supergroups” while Beat musicians get married and settle down.

Fri 29/11/68
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Irish Tour (29 November-6 December 68)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich first date





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