Please (BBC)



Howard Blaikley (as they were labelled as songwriters) wrote all Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich’s singles A sides, and most of the rest of their output.
But David Harman, Trevor Davies, John Dymond, Michael Wilson and Ian Amey wrote quite a few tracks by themselves too, beginning with their first single B side.
From 1965 to mid-1967, they penned seven flip sides (plus one LP track) as “Harman, Wilson, Davies, Amey, Dymond”. Then they wrote eight more tracks (including seven B sides), until the group split in 1969, that were only credited to “Harman/Dymond/Davies”, the first of which was recorded solely for a BBC session: “You’ve Been A Bad Girl”.

These flip sides often gave them an opportunity to try something new, and go psychedelic, or to use feedback, sound effects and distorted voices…
For “Please”, the NME review stated: ‘Not the old Crosby speciality, but a new rhythmic ballad. Very appealing treatment, laden with falsettos and counter-harmonies’. The Bing Crosby song being the one that inspired John Lennon’s “Please Please Me”.

On the studio take of this DDDBM&T single, the Mariachi brass gracing the top side were to be heard again. But for the BBC version, Dave Dee sang the trumpet part with “Pa-pa-pa-pa-pa’s”.
The song featured in “Saturday Club” broadcast on 10 February 1968, and on the BBC Transcription Disc #175, dispatched to overseas stations on 5 April 1968.




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