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October 1968

OCTOBER 1968

 

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

Fri 11/10/68    Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Belgian Tour
Sat 12/10/68    Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Belgian Tour
Sun 13/10/68    Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Belgian Tour


October 1968
Rave page 53: A Bird’s Eye View Of Dave Dee

The world of a pop star as seen by RAVE’s bird on the scene, Dawn James, talking here to Dave Dee, on how he sees himself and others.
Dave Dee is a pop star. He has had ten hits in a row. He is twenty-five years old. He owns a three-quarter acre plot on which stands his home where he lives with his parents.
“I get on very well with my parents. They are not in my way and I like their company. I’m able to do as I want and they don’t normally interfere with me. I wouldn’t say they are very modern, not way out, but I guess they have the same view most parents have. They certainly don’t try to force me to share their way of doing things.
“That’s where parents go wrong, when they make their children copy them. Who wants to? I don’t. There’s plenty of room for all sorts of people, if everyone is allowed to think freely. My parents never did insist I do certain things, because they knew that once they told me to, I wouldn’t. Of course, when I was younger, about fourteen or fifteen, I had to be in at a certain time. But once I joined a group they knew I’d be out later, so they didn’t worry me.
“I don’t want to marry yet”
“When I was younger I needed discipline, as most people do, but I wouldn’t have liked to be ordered about. Nowadays, I have no discipline myself, and if I’d never had to put up with it before, it would come hard. You think when you are very young that as you get older you will do just as you like, but you can’t. Each year that goes by gives you more responsibility. Being a pop star I have to be careful what I do because there are so many things that would upset my fans.
“Of course, I’m not a goody-goody. I’m a normal healthy young man, with all the male instincts. I don’t want to get married yet because I like my freedom. I don’t know when I’ll be ready for marriage, but when I am, I want that marriage to last, and I’ll do everything I know to make it last. I haven’t had a serious girl friend since I was eighteen. At that time I thought I’d found the love of my life, but it wasn’t. Recently I went out with Miss World, but that’s over now.
He is casual about his girl friends, casting them off lightly with a pale goodbye. He is the sort of boy that’s hard to reach. He is friendly, smiling at people around him, but deep down ever a loner.
“There is nothing mixed up about me, I’m a loner because I like it that way. I rely on myself because I trust my judgement. Of course, I listen to advice about my career, because that concerns the other four too. We have a great team going, including Steve Rowland our production manager, and Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, who write our songs. It’s great to work together, helping each other and pooling ideas.
“I like a challenge, and believe me, each new record is a challenge. We have had ten hits in a row, yet if we had one that didn‘t get into the top twenty, we’d be considered slipping. When you do well you have terrific standards to keep up. That’s why we don’t want a number one hit. That is a drag and it doesn’t make you any more money than a number three can.”
He likes to make money because he likes matrerial things. He owns a Bentley car, he buys lots of clothes and invests his money in property.
“I like to be rich. I’ve been very careful with the money I’ve earned. I never knew how long we would be successful and I was determined to gain materially from my career, so I started saving early on. Pop has given me security. It hasn’t bought me friends, but I don’t want them anyway. I’ve always got lots of people to meet and go out with when I feel like it, but no one I need. I don’t want to need anyone. If I died who would cry? My managers and agents because they’d lose money? Pop is a rat race, full of people like me who want to get on. I like these people, but I wouldn’t be able to love them, or cry for them. We pass on our way up or down, each obsessed with himself. I’ve got a lot of good fans whom I’m ever aware of. When they ask me for autographs I gladly oblige. They put me where I am, they bought my house and my car.
“At the moment I don’t find pop exciting. There is not a lot going on in the way of sounds. Our group is progressing quietly, without jumping on any band wagons. We have three different acts, the cabaret act being the most sexy. This christmas we are doing Dick Whittington at Stockton. We have to branch out slowly because we can’t hope to be pop stars for ever. Each new generation chooses its own idols.”
“I’m never lonely”
Time off for any pop star is a rare and precious thing. For Dave it’s something to guard jealously against all interference. Too many stars tend to live their role night and day, on-duty and off.
When he isn’t working, Dave is at home in Salisbury. He likes to walk his dog, and go to football matches with old friends.
“I like to be happy. I’m never lost or lonely, I enjoy my life.” Is there anything he fears?
“Not too much. If I am frightened I don’t show it. At the dentist I pretend I’m fine even if I’m being killed with pain. I swear at him to myself, and when I leave I say: “That didn’t hurt at all.” I don’t fear doing it. I don’t mind what a doctor does to me. I can pretend I feel all right. And in the end I do. I’m really very controlled in every way.”
He’s also rich, successful, sexy, sought-after – and happy. And he spends his life with Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich. Which can’t be too bad!

“Pop has given me security. It hasn’t bought me friends, but I don’t want them anyway. I don’t want to need anyone. If I died who would cry…?” Dave Dee talking


October 1968
Film: Otley, Columbia Pictures, London, England (91 mn, colour)
Directed by Dick Clement.
With Romy Schneider, Tom Courtenay, The Herd.

A British spy comedy film where The Herd only make a brief appearance at a ceremony.


Wed 2/10/68
Pavilion Ballroom, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Thu 3/10/68
Brighton Dome, Brighton, Sussex, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Fri 4/10/68
Single release: The Herd – Sunshine Cottage / Miss Jones (Fontana 975)
Peter Frampton (gt/vo), Andy Bown (kb), Gary Taylor (bs), Henry Spinetti (dr) with a Frampton-written song, on Fontana, produced by Double R. Production. A miss.


Fri 4/10/68
Colston Hall, Bristol, Bristol, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Sat 5/10/68
Radio Show: Saturday Club, BBC Radio One, London, England (10:00 am-12:00 noon)
Special 10th Anniversary Edition, presented by Keith Skues with The Hollies, Marty Wilde & The Summers, The Move, Kenny Ball’s Jazzmen, The Four Pennies (specially reformed), and an interview of Cliff Richard & The Shadows
A few records were also spinned, including the latest by Treble D. B. M. & T. !
“The Wreck Of The Antoinette”


Sat 5/10/68
Radio Show: Chris Denning Show, BBC Radio One, London, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Sat 5/10/68
New Century Hall, Manchester, Lancashire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Sun 6/10/68
Market Hall (?), Carlisle, Cumberland, England (venue unknown)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


7-11 Oct. 68
Radio Show: Dave Cash Show, BBC Radio One, London, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich guest throughout the week, Monday to Friday


Mon 7/10/68
Radio Show: David Symonds Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (5:30-6:30 pm)
The Herd: Love Letters, Miss Jones, Sunshine Cottage, The Purple God (Live Performance)
Presented by David Symonds [Recorded on 17/09/68]


7-11 Oct. 68
Radio Show: David Symonds Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (5:30-6:30 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich appear in two different BBC shows every day of the week ?


Thu 10/10/68
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich American Tour (October 10th-November 16th)
The projected tour, like the trip to Japan, did not materialize


Fri 11/10/68
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour of Belgium (11-13 October 1968)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich first date


Sat 12/10/68
NME n°1135 page 18: Dave Dee Has A Go At The Underground (Alan Smith)

Blunt words from Dave Dee, who can afford to be blunt as he watches his 13th lucky hit single, “Wreck Of The Antoinette,” jumping up the NME Chart this week.
“I know there are so-called Underground groups around who wouldn’t touch us with a barge-pole. Either that, or they think there’s something not quite cool about the way we keep getting hits over and over again.
“As far as we’re concerned, though, the Underground scene can stay there. These arty types seem to enjoy a go at us from time to time, but some of them seem to think all they need to do to be hip is throw in an occasional “Sock it To Me Baby.”
“Now that’s nice enough. But who do they think they’re really kidding? So maybe it’s all uptight and outasight, except that don’t they realise that the people who buy records usually maybe like the melody, anyway?
“What gets me most of all is this ‘message’ thing from some of the groups.
“They go on about the thing they’re trying to put across but the words are so incoherent anyway I can’t see the point. As it would usually take a computer to figure them out, it all seems a waste of time to me.
“In Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, we make no bones about it. There are no messages. We just set out to make commercial pop records. We don’t have any set musical policy and we just set out to make every record as individually different as the one before.”
This torrent of intense feeling had been sparked off in Dave simply because I asked him to describe “Antoinette” for me, and he then started talking about pop music having to progress in some way.
It’s obvious he feels needled by the sniping that always seems to be aimed at commercially successful names (Trems, Tom, Engelbert etc.), although as an intelligent being (i.e., trained pilot), I definitely think Dave should see the funny side and do the proverbial laughing all the way to the bank.
Justifiably, he’s very proud of the group’s international reputation: “We’ve had hit records in every pop record-buying country in the world, although America is still a bit of a problem.
“I really don’t know if we should give up with the U.S. Thats the place where we’ve had the most consistent flops! You can record a load of – and put it out and get a hit, but try good clean pop and they don’t want to know.
“The way we feel now is, with all the countries we can earn good money in, why should we maybe bother with the States for five weeks and come back out of pocket? Who needs it?
“We’re very conscious of our success right now, and the need to be shrewd and save our money.
“I’ll tell you this. I’d hate to think of all those years we spent grovelling down there at the bottom, and then to have it good the way we have it now, and then to end up penniless.
“I’ve seen it happen to others, and it’s tragic. I’m determined not to have it happen to us.”


Sat 12/10/68
TV Performance: Beat-Club 36, ARD Radio Bremen, Bremen, Deutschland (Lip-Sync)
Hosted by Uschi Nerke & Dave Lee Travis (4:35-5:30 pm)
Vanity Fare: I Live For The Sun; The Casuals: Jesamine; The Merseys: Lovely Loretta; Love Affair: A Day Without Love; Britain’s Top 7; Grapefruit: C’ Mon Marianne; Nilsson: Everybody´s Talking; Pan’s People; BFBS/Beat-Club Poll – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Last Night In Soho (New Performance recorded in October 1968); Poll Winners cards drawn by Dave Dee & Co; The Who: Magic Bus; David Garrick at home; Sandie Shaw: Those Were The Days; The Easybeats: Hello How Are You; The Troggs: Hip Hip Hooray (in Beat-Club for the first and last time).

The monthly poll was won a third time by Dave Dee & Co’s “Last Night In Soho” (beating The Move, Canned Heat, Status Quo and The Beach Boys), but this time the group travelled to Bremen to record a new lip-synched performance, and were on the show to draw the 20 poll-winners cards who won the chosen LPs. This video clip has not been compiled on the DVD’s available until now.
They also filmed their next participation to Beat-Club, as Hostess Uschi Nerke promised they would be there again to present their new single the next time.And indeed they wore the same stage dresses on the present show and on Beat-Club 37 in November for “The Wreck Of The Antoinette”.


Sun 13/10/68
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Tour of Belgium (11-13 October 1968)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich last date


Thu 17/10/68
TV Performance: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
Introduced by Jimmy Savile with Mary Hopkin (Those Were The Days #1) • Engelbert Humperdinck (Les Bicyclettes De Belsize #7) • The Hollies (Listen To Me #12) • The Marbles (Only One Woman #16) • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (The Wreck Of The Antoinette #17) • Joe Cocker (With A Little Help From My Friends #18) • Barry Ryan (Eloise – New Release)


Fri 18/10/68
Album release: The Howard Blaikley Orchestra – “Silhouettes Of Success” LP (Rediffusion ZS 3)
Zabadak / Hideaway / Dreamer Of Dreams / Touch Me / I Love / Have I The Right // Bend It / From The Underworld / Okay / Hold Tight / Goodbye / That’s The Way

Record Mirror (19/10/68): Two ex-BBC men who went on to find international fame as songwriters – Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley. Now an orchestral album featuring their big hits, but dressed up in a completely new style. Such as Zabadak, Touch Me, Have I The Right, Hold Tight, Hideaway and so on. And the interesting thing is how strong the melodies are – even without the lyrics


Fri 18/10/68
Single release: The Howard Blaikley Orchestra – The Legend Of Xanadu / Yodelling Latin (Rediffusion RIM 6)
The single is not featured on the accompanying album


Sat 19/10/68
Disc & Music Echo: DOZY to wed soon – by Mike Ledgerwood

‘If everyone thought like Jagger, it would be like going back to the Stone Age … ‘
Dozy, of the Dave Dee group, will marry his hometown childhood sweetheart, Yvonne Skinner – to whom he has been secretly engaged for the past two years – before Christmas.
And as he added his name to the current crop of pop mariages – Herman also plans a winter wedding – Dozy and his 18-year-old bride-to-be launched a shock attack on the Mick Jagger/Marianne Faithfull relationship.
“It’s horrible really. If everybody thought like them it would be like going back to the Stone Age. Everybody for themselves. That sort of thing!” blasted a disgusted Dozy.
“Not that they’re doing or saying anything now, of course. I suppose it would be all right if there wasn’t a child involved. Imagine what he or she’s going to feel like when they’re old enough to understand. What a stigma to live with.”
Marianne says she is expecting Mick Jagger’s baby. But he has stated that they have no intention of marrying.
Added Dozy: “Marriage is something you have got to have these days. It’s a sort of legal bond that should stop people from just going off and messing about.”
And from his attractive brown-eyed fiancée Yvonne, a typist/telephonist he met on a bus three years ago before the Dave group became famous, comes the comment: “I think the Mick and Marianne business is disgusting. They’re only thinking of themselves. There’s no thought for the baby at all!”
Dozy – real name Trevor Davies (23) – plans to fit in his wedding with the Group’s bookings around early December. The couple will be married among family and friends in the small Wiltshire village of Rushall, near Salisbury. They will live in a new house Dozy has bought at Pewsey.
They met on a bus!
“I literally bumped into Yvonne on a bus,” he explained. “I banged her ankle, and when we got off at the same stop I took her for a drink to apologise.”
Dozy and Yvonne met about the time of the group’s first-ever single, “No Time,” when they were still comparative unknowns in pop.
“It’s fortunate I did meet her then,” he said. “We’ve been through a lot together now. But we hit it off from the word ‘Go.’
“If I met someone now – now we’re successful and having hit records – I wouldn’t really know whether she loved me . . . or my image and money!”
Says Yvonne: “Dozy immediately struck me as being very nice and polite. He didn’t even tell me he was in pop till a couple of weeks after we’d started going together.
“I’m not jealous of what other girls think about him. I did at first, of course. But I’m completely hardened to it now. Once a girl grabbed him and threw her arms round him and kissed him when we got off a bus. I was a bit startled – but it didn’t upset me.”
Dozy will be the second member of the Dave Dee group to marry. Mick Wilson is the other.


Sat 19/10/68
Bubbles Club, Brentwood, Essex, England
Peter Frampton joins The Small Faces on stage (Brentwood is close to Dagenham). He and Steve Marriott strike up a rapport and they begin planning a new group.


Mon 21/10/68
Radio Show: Jimmy Young Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (9:55 am-12:00 noon)
Mr Soul / Still Life / The Wreck Of The Antoinette (Live Performance) [Recorded on 10/09/68]
Presented by Jimmy Young
Mr Soul” is a Buffalo Springfield cover, unusual for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


21-25 Oct. 68
Radio Show: Jimmy Young Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (9:55 am-12:00 noon)
Just Dropped In / If I Were A Carpenter (Live Performance) [Recorded on 10/09/68]
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich appear throughout the week, Monday to Friday with Tony Christie, The New State Jazzband, The Idle Race, The Marmalade and Kenny Ball’s Jazzmmen.

The Mickey Newbury song “Just Dropped In” is one of the undocumented songs they played for the BBC. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich probably played it that week, as it was recorded for Jimmy Young on the same date as their Monday set.
“If I Were A Carpenter” is a different take of the song.


Tue 22/10/68
Radio Show: Radio One Club, BBC Radio One, London, England (12:00 noon-1:55 pm)
Radio 1 Club was launched on Monday 21st. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich had started on the Jimmy Young Show at 10 am that day.
Radio One Club was broadcast from the BBC Paris Cinema, Lower Regent Street, in London


Thu 24/10/68
TV Performance: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
250th Edition of Top Of The Pops, introduced by Alan Freeman, Stuart Henry, Pete Murray & Jimmy Savile with Mary Hopkin (Those Were The Days #1) • The Tremeloes (My Little Lady #5) • Love Affair (A Day Without Love #7) • Hugo Montenegro (The Good, The Bad And The Ugly #8) • Joe Cocker (With A Little Help From My Friends #9) • Jose Feliciano (Light My Fire #14) • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (The Wreck Of The Antoinette #15)


Fri 25/10/68
TV Performance: Time For Blackburn, Southern Television, Southampton, England

NME n°1134 (5/10/68): Blackburn TV Names
DAVE DEE and Co., and the Dave Clark Five – plus interviews at London’s Revolution Club with Long John Baldry, Keith Moon of the Who, Emperor Rosko and others – are featured in Southern-TV’s “Time For Blackburn” when the show re-joins the full national network on October 25.


Fri 25/10/68
Scene 2, Scarborough, Yorkshire, England (David Cook Entertainments)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Sat 26/10/68
NME n°1137 page 13: Dozy to Wed – Dave Dee LP
Dozy of the Dave Dee group is to marry next month! His bride-to-be is Yvonne Skinner, and the ceremony takes place on November 25 at Charlton, Wilts.

Page 18: From YOU To US
David Neal (Aberystwyth) sends this message to all Scott’s more vocal fans: Dear girls, thank you very much for your wonderful performance last night of the “Scream Overture A La Jump On Your Seats So Nobody Can See.”
Unfortunately there were minor interruptions for some inconsiderate yobo called Scott Walker, who seemed to think that just because he was in Cardiff he could sing away and spoil my enjoyment of the girls’ screams. Such bad manners!


Sat 26/10/68
(USA) Billboard Chart entry: The Magic Lanterns – Shame Shame (Atlantic 2560) #29
The single was produced by Steve Rowland and with this group he achieved what he could not do with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: a Top 30 in the USA.
The record was originally released in England on Rowland’s Camp label on 19 July, and was re-issued on 13 December after it hit in America. The group’s line-up then was: Jimmy Bilsbury (vo), Alistair Beveridge (gt), Peter Garner (gt), Paul Ward (dr), Mike Osbourne (bs).


Sat 26/10/68
Scene 2, Scarborough, Yorkshire, England (David Cook Entertainments)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Mon 28/10/68
(Germany) Bravo n°44 : Latest Dave Dee & Co. album is in the Top 10
Bravo LParade: If no one sang – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich n°9

The German album chart as calculated by BRAVO magazine was printed irregularly, about once a month.
“Last Night in Soho” was standing at n°11 in the BRAVO-musicbox that week.


 

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