October 1966



October-November 1966    
The Walker Brothers, The Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour:
Programme: Arthur Howes in association with Capable Management presents
The Walker Brothers, The Troggs, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich,
Cloda Rogers, The Montanas, The Quotations – Compere: Don Crockett (34 dates, 2 shows each)

Sat 1/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: Granada, East Ham, London, England
Sun 2/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: De Montfort Hall, Leicester, Leicestershire, England
Mon 3/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: ABC, Chester, Cheshire, England
Tue 4/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: ABC, Wigan, Lancashire, England
Wed 5/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: Odeon, Glasgow, Lanarkhire, Scotland
Thu 6/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: Caird Hall, Dundee, Angus, Scotland
Fri 7/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: ABC, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Sat 8/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: ABC, Stockton, Cheshire, England
Sun 9/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: Odeon, Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Mon 10/10/66    
Tue 11/10/66    
Wed 12/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: Gaumont, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England
Thu 13/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: Odeon, Manchester, Lancashire, England
Fri 14/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: City Hall, Newcastle, Northumberland, England
Sat 15/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: Gaumont, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Sun 16/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: Coventry Theatre, Coventry, Warwickshire
Mon 17/10/66    
Tue 18/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: Granada, Tooting, London, England
Wed 19/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: ABC, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Thu 20/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: Adelphi, Dublin, Ireland
Fri 21/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: Adelphi, Slough, Buckinghamshire, England
Sat 22/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: Gaumont, Bradford, Yorkshire, England
Sun 23/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: Odeon, Derby, Derbyshire, England
Mon 24/10/66    
Tue 25/10/66    
Wed 26/10/66    
Thu 27/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: ABC, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
Fri 28/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: Capitol, Cardiff, Wales
Sat 29/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: Odeon, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
Sun 30/10/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: Odeon, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Mon 31/10/66    
Tue 1/11/66    
Wed 2/11/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: ABC, Exeter, Devon, England
Thu 3/11/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: ABC, Plymouth, Devon, England
Fri 4/11/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: Colston Hall, Bristol, Bristol, England
Sat 5/11/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: Odeon, Hammersmith, London, England
Sun 6/11/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: Gaumont, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Mon 7/11/66    
Tue 8/11/66    
Wed 9/11/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: Guildhall, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Thu 10/11/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: Ritz, Luton, Bedfordshire, England
Fri 11/11/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: Regal, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Sat 12/11/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, Hampshire
Sun 13/11/66    Walker Brothers & Troggs Tour: Gaumont, Hanley, Staffordshire, England

Sunday November 13th concert was originally programmed at Finsbury Park Astoria 

October 1966   
French EP release: Bend It / Hard To Love You / Frustration / After Tonight – Fontana 465.324

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich’s second release. It should be noted that the two Album tracks with obvious Single potential were chosen here, making France the first country to release “Hard To Love You” on 45 (Germany would do so in November). And the group favourite, twice used on BBC sessions, “Frustration” would find its way on 45 in the Netherlands only in 1967.


October 1966    
German single release: Bend It / You Make It Move – Star-Club 148.568 [Rec. A: 1966/B: 1965]

This is the first certified Number One single for the Star-Club label in Germany. A welcome hit both for the group who would explode in the country, and for the label which needed some success to keep going. Star-Club chose to change the original flip side “She’s So Good” for their 1965 hit “You Make It Move” which hadn’t been released in Germany.

October 1966   
Playboy Club, 45 Park Lane, London, England 

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
This performance is only a part of a longer document about the London Playboy Club, which was opened on July 1st in Park Lane. The first part features the Potatoes track: “The Bend”.
(filmed for inclusion as “Inside The Playboy Paradise” for Pathé News in ABC cinemas) 

Sat 1/10/66    
Record Mirror: Dave Dee Dance

Following the success of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich and their “Bend It” single, a new dance has been created by the writers, Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, choreographed by Patrick Kerr. First of several records featuring the Bend is by a five-strong London group, the Potatoes, and is called simply “Bend”, on Fontana. Flip is called “There ‘s A Bend Ahead”.

First step in Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley’s strategy to fight off sarcastic remarks against Dave Dee & Co’s latest single and get it played and not banned [see Alan Blaikley’s interview in Record Mirror, October 15], they try to launch a new “Bend” dance and cover all fronts: the dance, the choreography, the cover singles, the shows, the publicity, the Pathé news, etc. To achieve their aim, they would call on Patrick Kerr, the “Ready Steady Go” image, the Go-Go Girls, the Playboy Club, the Cromwellian Discotheque, Steve Rowland singing with the Potatoes, and so on.

Sat 1/10/66    
Billboard entry: Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs – Hair On My Chinny Chin Chin (MGM 13581) #22
The original version, this made the Cash Box Top 20. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich released their own cover in December. Notice that the B-side was called “(I’m In With) The Out Crowd”, which would be perfectly fitting for Dave Dee & Co.

Sat 1/10/66   
Radio Caroline Countdown of Sound N°1

1 (4) Bend It – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 (8) All I See Is You – Dusty Springfield
3 (2) Little Man – Sonny & Cher
4 (3) You Can’t Hurry Love – Supremes
5 (1) I’m A Boy – Who

Sat 1/10/66    
Radio Show: Swingalong, BBC Light, London, England (2:30-3:45 pm)

NME (23/09/66): Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich will be heard in the Light Programme’s “Swingalong” series daily (except Sunday) from Saturday, October 1 to Friday, October 7. Also set are the Fortunes, Pinkerton’s Colours, Kenny Lynch, Alan Haven and Tony Crombie, the Lorne Gibson Trio, the Sands Of Time and the bands of Ray MacVay, Chris Barber and Brian Fahey. Compere is Chris Denning.

Sat 1/10/66   
TV Performance: Countdown, Southern Television, Southampton, England (4:00 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich (Live)

NME n°1024 (26/08/66): Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, Sandie Shaw, Adam Faith and Lulu will be among the guests in the first of Southern-TV’s new “Countdown” series on Saturday, October 1. The show will fill the gap created by the dropping of ABC-TV’s “Thank Your Lucky Stars,” and it will be fully networked.
Also in the first edition are Simon Dee and either Hayley Mills or Jean Shrimpton. The series is hosted by Muriel Young and Don Wardell, and the resident musical director is Johnny Pearson. The shows will be pre-recorded on the Tuesday prior to transmission, but all the singing will be `live.’
Director Mike Mansfield told the NME : “It is a completely new-style series-a sort of combined quiz and pop show.”
Transmission time varies in different regions throughout the country. Southern-TV is screening it at 4 pm ; London-area viewers will see it as a late-night show at 11.45 pm.

Sat 1/10/66    
Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, London W1, England
The Herd obtain a residency at the Marquee, playing every Saturday night until January 1967
Line-up: Andy Bown (kb/vo), Gary Taylor (bs/vo), Andrew Steele (dr) and Peter Frampton (gt/vo)

Sat 1/10/66    
Granada Cinema, East Ham, London, England (6:30 & 9:00)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour – first date

NME n°1030 (7/10/66):
On top now (by Norrie Drummond)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, who closed the first half, are surely now one of our top groups! Sure, they’re gimmicky and unashamedly pop, but they’re lively and colourful and can always be relied on to come up with something different.
Saturday was no exception. They used the luminous paint effect, which has probably been used in every pantomime sinto the original version of ” Dick Whittington,” but it never fails to be strikingly effective.
They appeared on a blacked-out stage with their backs to the audience, their luminous capes in red, green, blue, yellow and orange swaying back and forth, while they played “Tell Him.”
The lights went up and they threw off their cloaks revealing their new and even more extravagantly colourful outfits, “Hold Tight,” “Hideaway” and “Bend It” sent the capacity audience into raptures.
Musically they’re not brilliant but they have tremendous personality, and it shouldn’t be too long, I feel, before they’re topping their own tour.

I feel the same way about the Troggs, who preceded the Walkers. They have improved immensely since I saw them some months ago. Musically they are better, they have greater stage presence and Reg Presley doesn’t seem as anxious as he was to be pulled off stage.
Naturally their hits “Wild Thing,” ” With A Girl Like You ” and their new one “I Can’t Control Myself” get the best reception, but their act was neat, compact and well rehearsed.
They have a rough, earthy quality which I hope they don’t lose. Highlight of the act was drummer Ronnie Bond falling off his stool.

Sun 2/10/66   
Radio Show: Easy Beat, BBC Light, London, England (10:30-11:30 am)
Presented by Keith Fordyce with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, The Troggs

Sun 2/10/66    
De Montfort Hall, Leicester, Leicestershire, England (5:40 & 8:00)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour
(The Quotations were the backing band for the Walker Brothers)

Mon 3/10/66   
(Germany) Bravo n°41 page 6: The Spencer Davis Group have recorded a German single in London.
Bravo asked its readers if The Spencer Davis Group should release a Beat song in German. Thousands of fans answered yes. So the group went into the Philips studios in London, and recorded “Det war in Schöneberg/Mädel ruck, ruck, ruck” sung by Spencer in German, and produced by German Star-Club producer Siegfried E. Loch. The single, with an instrumental “Stevie’s Groove” on the back side, is due out in Germany in mid-October, on Fontana Records, with a “Bravo musik” picture sleeve.

3-7 Oct. 66   
Radio Show: Swingalong, BBC Light, London, England (3:00-4:15 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Presented by Chris Denning)

Mon 3/10/66    
ABC Cinema, Chester, Cheshire, England (6:15 & 8:30)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour
(The Montanas were Graham Crew, dms; William Hayward, gt; John Jones, vo; Terry Rowley, kb;
Jake Elcock, bs; and had made only one single in 1965 on Piccadilly)

Tue 4/10/66    
ABC Cinema, Wigan, Lancashire, England (6:20 & 8:35)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour
(Clodagh Rodgers signed for Decca in 1961. She made 4 singles before moving to Columbia in 1965, where she was known as “Cloda Rogers”, and made three singles in 1965-66)

Wed 5/10/66    
TV Performance: Die Drehscheibe, ZDF, Wiesbaden, Hessen, Deutschland (6:20-6:55 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Wed 5/10/66    
Odeon Cinema, Glasgow, Lanarkhire, Scotland (6:40 & 9:00)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour 

Thu 6/10/66   
TV Performance: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
Presented by Simon Dee & Samantha Juste with The Troggs (I Can’t Control Myself #16) • The Seekers (Walk With Me #10) • Cat Stevens (I Love My Dog – New Release) • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Bend It #3) • Peter & Gordon (Lady Godiva #20) • The Hollies (Stop Stop Stop – New Release) • Georgie Fame (Sunny #14) • Los Bravos (I Don’t Care #16) [three records tied at n°16] • The Rolling Stones (Have You Seen Your Mother Baby Standing In The Shadow #5) • Cliff Richard & The Shadows (Time Drags By – New Release) • Jim Reeves (Distant Drums #1)
Top Of The Pops Orchestra directed by Johnny Pearson, Producer – Johnnie Stewart

Thu 6/10/66    
Caird Hall, Dundee, Angus, Scotland (6:30 & 8:45)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour

The Montanas’ lead singer Johnny Jones, tells about the group’s experiences on their package tour:
“On the back of our second single, That’s When Happiness Began, we got to do a six week nationwide tour with the Walker Brothers, Troggs, Dave Dee, Dozy etc. and Clodagh Rodgers. To us at that time it was the pinnacle, real big cheese. It was what we had been after from the start, the record deal, the package tour, TV etc.”
“We travelled around in a tour bus and the only PA system was our little 50 watt Vox which was kept in a storage compartment under the bus. It was only used in big halls which lacked their own PA system like Dundee and Sheffield You imagine that happening nowadays.”
“When we played halls where they had their own PA systems it meant that possibly the purest and best pop singing voice of the 60s, namely Scott Walker, sounded so weak and puerile. It was ridiculous. It s no wonder that he would fly off the handle with those conditions.”

Fri 7/10/66   
NME n°1030: DDDBMT Tour with Walker Brothers and Troggs review
Dave Dee out of action when Tich enters hospital
DAVE DEE, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich will play no dates for at least two weeks after the end of their current tour with the Walker Brothers and Troggs, as Tich is to enter hospital for a throat operation.
The group had to miss its appearance on last week’s “Joe Loss Pop Show” for Tich to attend a hospital examination. He was advised by a specialist to have the operation immediately but decided to wait until after the tour. He is expected to be fit enough to go with the group to Germany at the end of November.
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich have filmed “Bend It” at London’s Playboy Club for inclusion in a forthcoming Pathe Pictorial. The film is to be released on the ABC circuit later this month.
A new TV date for the group – up to No. 3 this week – is BBC-1′s “Crackerjack” on October 28. 

Fri 7/10/66   
Single release: The Potatoes – The Bend / Bend Ahead – Fontana TF 756 (267.639)

The Potatoes were producer Steve Rowland and his musical director Alan Caddy, who sang an imitation of “Bend It”, recorded with the help of Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley.
The accompanying dance of “The Bend” was created by disc-jockey Mike Quinn, a Carnaby Street boutique owner, and it was based on the sirtaki from Zorba’s Dance. The steps to dance “The Bend” were printed on the music sheet, as well as on the German picture sleeve of the record. There was even a British national “Bend” competition, with finals at the Cromwellian Club, London, SW7.

Fri 7/10/66   
A58, Bury New Road, near Radcliff, Manchester, Lancashire, England
Johnny Kidd is killed in a car crash late at night (he was born Frederick Heath, 23/12/39, London)

Fri 7/10/66   
ABC Cinema, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland (6:30 & 8:50)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour

Sat 8/10/66    
Jackie n°144: Dad Is A Fan
Two people who have come to terms as regards music are Tich of the Dave Dee group – and Tich’s dad. Tich has always been keen on pop. Dad – an expert violin player – had time for classical music and nothing else.
“But,” Tich recalls, “he was always great to me when I decided to try to make a career in pop. Didn’t run the music down. Always encouraged me and helped me with a few quid when I needed it – which was often.”
Now? Tich has been listening to the classical stuff and likes quite a lot of it. Dad? Says Tich, “Every time we have a new disc out, he takes it down the local and insists on playing it to all his mates.”

Jackie page 19: loves and hates of dave dee

Having enough money to buy as many crazy shirts as I want • Motor scooters • Reading thrillers, especially James Bond and Man from U.N.C.L.E. • Good English grub like roast beef and Yorkshire pudding • Groups like Rockin’ Berries and Barron Knights who have a good comedy act • Lennon-McCartney compositions • Drinking bitter in a pub • One-armed bandits and pin ball machines. That’s where I spend all my money • Girls who dress to suit themselves • Colours blue and brown • Easter eggs • Holiday, because it’s such a novelty to have one • Telling jokes to a good audience •  Sincerity • Old friends who used to be around before we made it • Eating regularly • Hearing the whacky mistakes people make with our name • Sleeping.
Getting up early •  “In” clubs and “in” crowds • Back-biting, a lot of if goes on in showbiz • Talking shop, I like to relax and forget work • Hangers-on • Wearing formal clothes • Groups who dress alike • People who don’t have a sense of humour • Not eating • People who don’t believe in the group’s ghost, I know he’s there, I’ve seen him • Not being able to tell jokes because of the fans screaming • Groups who try to be pretentious about pop music • Vanity and insincerity • Cold toast • Being caught in the rain • Tours where you work so hard you don’t have time to sightsee • Being broke.

Sat 8/10/66   
ABC Cinema, Stockton, Cheshire, England (6:15 & 8:30)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour

Sun 9/10/66   
Odeon Cinema, Leeds, Yorkshire, England (5:30 & 8:00)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour








Mon 10/10/66   
(Germany) Bravo n°42: Dave Dee & Co double page colour poster:

Bravo 42-66 Dave Dee & Co Double Page Colour Poster

Caption: Ihre Anzüge sind ein Chaos aus Farben und Mustern. Ein Chaos sind auch ihre Namen. Niemand im Show-Geschäft glaubte, daß die fünf Burschen damit durchkommen würden. Aber sie kamen durch, nicht zuletzt durch so Klasse-Hits wie „Hold tight” und „Hideaway”!

Mon 10/10/66   
(USA) Billboard October 15, 1966 page 16: TOP 60 Spotlights – Predicted to reach the top 60 of the HOT 100 Chart
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich – Bend It (Writer: Blaikley) (Spectorious, BMI).
Currently riding at the top of the British charts, this left-field rhythm novelty with fascinating arrangement should meet with equal success in the U.S. Flip: “She’s So Good” (Gatwick, BMI). Fontana 1559
(Check Billboard item three weeks later on October 31st)

October 1966    
Philips Studios, Stanhope House, 2-4 Stanhope Place, London W2, England [Released in October]
Recording session for Bend It (US version) (produced by Steve Rowland)

A new vocal by Dave Dee, written by “Howard Blaikley” was added to the original instrumental take,
taped in September, to counter the ban of the single in the USA. (See Billboard entry 31/10/66)

Wed 12/10/66   
Gaumont Cinema, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England (6:30 & 8:40)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour

Thu 13/10/66   
Swinging Radio England: Roger Day Show (6:00-10:00 pm)
The name “Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich” was a real tongue-twister the DJ’s loved to play with. Here’s a mouthful to introduce “Bend It” – n°21 in the Fun Fifty.
That same week, “Bend It” was also #10 in the Radio London Fab Forty, #3 on the Caroline Countdown, #21 on Radio City, #2 on Radio 270 and #2 on Radio Scotland.

Thu 13/10/66   
Odeon Cinema, Manchester, Lancashire, England (6:15 & 8:45)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour

Fri 14/10/66   
BBC Transcription Disc: Top Of The Pops #98, Kensington House, London, England
Bend It / She’s So Good / Hands Off  [Recorded on 30/08/66]
Compered by Chris Denning. Tracks: 1. The Spectres – Gloria; 2. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – Bend It; 3. Hedgehoppers Anonymous – Hard Time; 4. The Settlers – Till Winter Follows Spring; 5. The Fortunes – Working In A Coalmine; 6. The Spectres – I (Who Have Nothing); 7. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – She’s So Good; 8. Hedgehoppers Anonymous – Day Time; 9. The Fortunes – Is It Really Worth Your While; 10. The Spectres – Neighbour, Neighbour; 11. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – Hands Off; 12. The Settlers – Do You Want to Know The Reason; 13. Hedgehoppers Anonymous – Make Love; 14. The Fortunes – I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love.

Fourth “Top of the Pops” programme for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, dated Week 41, 1966.

Fri 14/10/66   
NME n°1031: Troggs, Dave Dee Hits in Trouble

Two current British Top 10 hits are in trouble abroad: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich have had to re-record “Bend It” (No. 2) with new lyrics for America, and the Troggs’ ” I Can’t Control Myself” (No. 6) faces a total ban in Australia.
Dozens of U.S. radio stations banned the Dave Dee record “Bend It” because they considered the lyrics too suggestive, so the group this week waxed the tune again with a different set of words, and tapes of the revised version were flown to the U.S. for rush release.
If the Australian Commercial Broadcasting Federation approves a decision to ban the Troggs’ record, it will mean not only TV and radio silence for the disc, but dealers will be Prevented from selling it.
This would be the first time a pop record has been completely censored by the State in Australia. 

Fri 14/10/66   
City Hall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England (6:00 & 8:30)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour

Sat 15/10/66   
Record Retailer: “Bend It” is at #2 for the second week, kept off the top by Jim Reeves’ “Distant Drums” (N° 1 four weeks in a row, and the best-selling single of 1966, no less). This same week, “Bend It” is at #2 in the New Musical Express Top 30

Sat 15/10/66   
Disc and Music Echo: Dave Dee & Co. color cover; Dozy – “The false Pop scene I hate”

DOZY: The false pop scene I hate                    by PENNY VALENTINE
Names can be very deceptive. Take Dozy for instance. He’s not at all, really. They gave themselves nicknames years ago and they stuck. He says he doesn’t mind at all about his. HE thinks it’s rather appropriate.
[...] But strangely, despite the group’s ‘aren’t we having fun’ attitude on stage, Dozy is disillusioned about the whole scene. [...]
“Sometimes the whole scene makes us feel sick. It gets so bad it makes us feel sick inside.
“Yes you could say we were disillusioned. You come into this business thinking that whatever happens you’ll never change. But however hard you try you DO change. I don’t believe it when people say ‘I can ‘onestly say that none of us has changed at all since success came along.’
“We’ve changed. When we’re all alone travelling I can’t see any difference from the bunch of blokes we were three years ago.
“But when we’re talking to anyone else – reporters for instance – I can see a whole false front going up. It isn`t something we can help, I do it myself without knowing why.
“I think it’s because we’ve got very wary now. We all used to leap around and be very genuine. But people don’t want you to be nice and straightforward.”
You know, some people think that after three hits you’ve found a formula for success and you never worry. But we worry all the time about our records. We don’t consider we’re in a position where we’ll naturally have a hit record. “Even if we had ten million hits we’d still wonder if the next one would be a hit.
“And although we have this aggressive, slightly sexy sound that has more or less become our trademark, it really happened by accident. Until I listened to our LP closely I hadn’t really noticed it, but nearly every track sounded the same. If we found a suitable ballad we’d do it as a single. I don’t think we’re that tied to our sound. I hope not. [...]

Sat 15/10/66   
Record Mirror: “It’s The BEND!” (Richard Green)

And if you happen to be one of those people who think Dave’s record is a ‘sexy pinch’, read on

With a list of four smash hits in a row, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich can now be said to be in the upper bracket of today’s pop boys. But the record which has notched up the four-in-a-row, “Bend It”, has been criticised as “a nick” and having “sexy lyrics”.
The main allegation seems to be that the song sounds rather like “Zorba’s Dance” in parts. So when I met co-manager and co-writer of the song, Alan Blaikely last week, I asked him what he thought of the controversy.
“Who wrote that piece in ‘The Face’ about people being offended by the record?” he replied. “Did that mean the Zorba bit or the lyrics?”
We settled ourselves in a Mayfair bar, and Alan went on: “People only think it’s like ‘Zorba’s Dance’ because that’s the only Greek tune they’ve heard. Something Ken and I had wanted to do for a long time was go to Greece, and when we did, we heard hundred of tunes that went the same. You can say we took the idea from any one of them or from all of them if you like.”
How about the lyrics, then? Did Alan think they could be taken the wrong way?
“Really, it depends on what you interpret by the words ‘bend it’,” he said. “It can mean cool it or don’t loose your head, or just the dance ‘The Bend’. I suppose people can take it the wrong way, but that’s not how we meant it.”
“When Ken and I were writing the song, we were trying to think of a catchy phrase, and ‘bend it’ fitted. After they made the record, we thought it would be a good idea for a dance, so we asked Patrick Kerr to do something for us.”

Sat 15/10/66   
(France) Disco Revue n°15: Bend It n°7 in the Top 30

Disco Revue page 11: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich n’arrivent plus à faire leur tour de chant en entier car ils se retrouvent toujours enfouis sous un amas de filles déchaînées après la quatrième ou cinquième chanson. Tous les critiques anglais sont d’accord pour dire qu’ils sont les plus appréciés et les meilleurs dans la tournée qu’ils effectuent actuellement en Angleterre avec les Walker Brothers et les Troggs…
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich are unable to complete their performance because they always find themselves buried under a pile of excited girls after the fourth or fifth song. All the english critics agree that they are the most appreciated and the best in the tour they are currently making in England with the Walker Brothers and the Troggs…

Sat 15/10/66   
Gaumont Cinema, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England (6:15 & 8:45)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour

Sun 16/10/66   
Coventry Theatre, Coventry, Warwickshire, England (6:00 & 8:30)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour 

Mon 17/10/66   
Verve Studio, New York City, New York, USA
Recording session: Little Eva – Bend It / Just One Word Ain’t Enough (released in November)
This is the first American cover of a Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich song (Verve VK-10459)

Please check the Covers section for more about Eva Boyd

Tue 18/10/66   
Granada Cinema, Tooting, London, England (7:00 & 9:10)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour

Wed 19/10/66   
ABC Cinema, Belfast, Northern Ireland (6:45 & 9:00)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour

Thu 20/10/66   
Adelphi Ballroom, Dublin, Ireland (6:30 & 9:00)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour

Fri 21/10/66   
Adelphi Ballroom, Slough, Buckinghamshire, England (6:30 & 8:45)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour

Sat 22/10/66   
Radio Show: Saturday Club, BBC Light, London, England (10:00 am-12:00 noon)
We’ve Got A Good Thing Going / Bend It / Hello Josephine (Live Performance)
Presented by Brian Matthew with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, The Ivy League, Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, The Easybeats, The Montanas

There is no track listing for this session. Nonetheless, the groups featured are exactly the same as the names appearing on the BBC Transcription Disc “Top of the Pops #104” released the following month. These are: 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). The three Dave Dee & Co songs here had already been featured in previous radio shows.

Sat 22/10/66   
Gaumont Cinema, Bradford, Yorkshire, England (6:00 & 8:30)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour

Sun 23/10/66   
Odeon Cinema, Derby, Derbyshire, England (6:00 & 8:30)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour

Thu 27/10/66   
ABC Cinema, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England (6:15 & 8:30)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour

Fri 28/10/66   
TV Performance: Crackerjack, BBC Television, London, England (5:00-5:45 pm)
Bend It (?)

Fri 28/10/66   
Capitol Theatre, Cardiff, Wales (6:15 & 8:50)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour 

Sat 29/10/66   
(USA) Billboard Chart entry: The Supremes – You Keep Me Hangin’ On (Motown 1101) #1 

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich went back to the studio to cover this hit in 2008. Their version is heavier, more like the remake Vanilla Fudge did in 1967, without slowing down the pace of the original.

Sat 29/10/66   
Odeon Cinema, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England (6:30 & 9:00)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour 

Sun 30/10/66   
Odeon Cinema, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (5:40 & 8:00)
Walker Brothers, Troggs and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour

Mon 31/10/66   
(USA) Billboard November 5, 1966 page 32: Radio-TV Programming

“Bend It!” is being reserviced to deejays in the U. S. by Fontana Records. The British hit by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, and Tich was banned by many stations because of the lyrics. The open letter to deejays from AXLE Enterprises Ltd. reads: “As a pop group we have no right or wish to set ourselves up as arbiters of public taste or morals. But neither would we want to be viewed in any way as corrupters of these standards.
Our two countries are so close in most things that it is always surprising to find the exceptional cases where meaning and innuendo differ between us.” The group offered sincere apologies along with the new version.

October 1966 ?   
Philips Studios, Stanhope House, 2-4 Stanhope Place, London W2, England
The Herd Demo Recordings:  Save Me / Bang (produced by Steve Rowland)
The Herd landed a Saturday night residency at the Marquee Club, Soho during the summer of 1966. Producer Steve Rowland came to see them play and recommended them to Howard and Blaikley. He also suggested he should be their producer.
Peter Frampton: “The next weekend Ken and Alan came down, met with us afterwards and said they were very interested. We were excited because this was ‘the big time’. Steve tested us out in the studio, getting us to demo ‘Save Me’ for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich. Then Howard and Blaikley wrote ‘I Can Fly’ and that was our first single for Fontana.
Steve Rowland: I originally recorded ‘Bang’ with The Herd. It was going to be a single, but at the last minute I decided against it. By now we had Howard & Blaikley as their managers, and their songs were much better. We recorded ‘I Can Fly’ for The Herd’s first single release. Dave Dee & Co liked ‘Bang’, but I can’t remember what prompted them to perform it.
[...] We held off on releasing ‘Bang’ as the record company wasn’t too keen on it. Dave Dee recorded it after we did. I’m not sure when, or why it was released. (Zabadak n°21, October 2004)

Oct-Nov. 1966   
French album release: Various Artists – “Made In England” (Fontana 687.919 TL)
The Spencer Davis Group: When I Come Home, When A Man Loves A Woman; The Troggs: Wild Thing, With A Girl Like You; Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Bend It; The Mindbenders: Ashes To Ashes; Manfred Mann: Just Like A Woman: Karen Young: Me And My Mini Skirt; The Walker Brothers: Living Above Your Head; The Pretty Things: L.S.D.; Wayne Fontana: Goodbye Bluebird; The Eyes: Good Day Sunshine
First album of the “Made In England” series, containing a host of Fontana/Philips/Mercury acts. They may have been released in other countries as well, but in France, it was the only way to get material by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich on LP. Although Spencer Davis, Walker Brothers and Pretty Things albums were made available. French EPs usually had two hits, so an LP gave the opportunity to hear 10 to 12 for only twice the price: very interesting for teenagers short on pocket money.
“Made In England N°2″ contained “Touch Me, Touch Me”, and the next one changed to “Made In England And In USA N°3″ with “Okay”. Then came “Zabadak” on N°4, “Xanadu” on N°5, “Antoinette” on N°6 and “Don Juan” on the last one, which was called “Top Of The Pops”. The first in fact, in Summer 1966, was labelled “Let’s Go A Gogo” and featured “Hold Tight”. In early ’67 came another compilation “Dance With…” with “Save Me” (twice a year Philips released a compilation of French artists called “Dansez Avec…”).
The decline of the label can be noticed from the end of ’67: there were not enough stars by then so the LP’s were padded with inferior versions of current hits like “Flowers In The Rain” by The Window Box. These mostly came from Avenue Records, The “Top 6″ label of Britain, handled by Alan Caddy (former Potato).





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