September 1968



Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Cabaret Dates:

15-21 Sept. 67    Cleopatra Club, Newport, Wales (doubling with) Cleopatra Club, Pilning, Bristol, England

Sun 22/09/68    Pop Festival, Bern, Switzerland

26-29 Sept. 68    Pop Festival, Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria

September 68    
American single release: Break Out / Mrs. Thursday (Imperial 66325)
Re-release of single formerly issued in June 1968, with a different catalogue number 

September 68    
US album release: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – “Time To Take Off” LP (Imperial 12402)
Medley: If No-One Sang-Where From Where To / I’ve Got A Feeling / In A Matter Of A Moment / Mrs Thursday / Zabadak / Mama Mama // If I Were A Carpenter / The Legend Of Xanadu / Look At Me / The Tide Is Turning / Break Out / Medley: Time To Take Off-If No-One Sang 

September 68    
American album release: The Herd – “Lookin’ Thru You” LP (Fontana 67579)
I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die / Come On, Believe Me / Our Fairy Tale / On My Way Home / Goodbye Groovy // From the Underworld / Paradise Lost / Sweet William / I Can Fly / Understand Me

September 68   
(USA) Teen Scoop: DAVE DEE – Ex-copper to pop rocker
By Julie Harper
“It’s not easy being an ex-copper – British for policeman – turned pop music star,” explained Dave Dee, lead man for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich. “I have to live down the reputation every time I go on stage. I was a bobby for a year, you know, and then one day I just sat down and typed out my resignation. Pounding a beat is okay, but singing is my real fancy.”
Dave and the other boys had just entered the States to begin a personal appearance tour. TEEN SCOOP had been tipped off that Dave Dee and Co. were a smash in England, mainly because of their sexy image and frenetic delivery of a pop song. So before they ventured out on tour, I interviewed Dave over lunch to see if the reports were true – they were!
Devouring a hot steak sandwich, Dave continued. “We get our share of criticism. In fact, sometimes it seems that we get more than our share. Some critics have complained that our music isn’t progressive enough.
“But despite what some of the professional critics say, we’re not planning any major musical changes. It’s like playing a slot machine. When you’re winning, you keep pulling the handle.
“Listen, what is a pop record? It’s something that sets out to be popular. Music is a form of relaxation, and when a bloke comes home from school or work he wants to hear something simple and easy on the ear.”
He finished off his mashed potatoes, then ordered hot apple pie and tea with cream and sugar.
“I’ll tell you something else. Anyone who says material values are unimportant is kidding himself. I’ve bought a house, I own interests in a block of flats in London, and I’ve just bought a Bentley. And why not? Driving around, I see lots of hippies, and if they want to laugh at me because I work and have money, let them. I know who’s better off. I may be a fink – but I’m an honest one.
“We’ve had a fair share of hits in England and are one of the biggest groups in the country. But we work hard and we work often, which seems to puzzle some people.
“Actually, it’s not so hard to understand. We can’t afford to slack off  because we have such a high running expense. All top acts do. It costs us over 1,000 pounds a week – about $2,500 – to tick over, and if we stopped work for two weeks, our system would collapse.
“Of course our sense of values has changed since we started earning in a week what we used to make in six months. But success came gradually.”
I asked Dave for a run-down on the rest of the group.
“Dozy is our bass guitarist. His real name is Trevor Davies, so now you know why we call him Dozy. Actually he got his nickname because of his habit of dozing off. He can catch 40 winks in the weirdest positions.
“Beaky is our rhythm guitarist. The girls rave over his blue eyes, and he raves over girls no matter what color their eyes are. Once upon a time he was an interior decorator.
“Mick joined the group after serving an apprenticeship as a motor mechanic. He’s a sensitive boy, and he once remarked after a screaming scene in London, ‘Sometimes, Dave, I wish I were a grease monkey again.’ But those moods pass, and when he swings he really lets his hair down.
“Tich is the smallest one in the group, hence his nickname. He’s a jolly lad, and an incurable practical-joke player. The lark I remember best is the one he pulled on us in Germany. He set the clocks in our hotel rooms ahead three hours, and we showed up for the performance much too early – all except Dozy. He waltzed in at the correct time and we all pounced on him. He’s a good sport though – took his thrashing in good humor, like we knew he would.”
“That sounds like a pretty exciting crew,” I remarked.
“You’re right, luv,” he answered. “We’re out to whip up excitement. I want to show that pop music is not twee, Ordinary. Some of it is, of course, but not ours. When we give a performance, you know you’ve seen a show – because your spine tingles.”
Lunch was over and it was time to go. I started to shake hands with Dave but he reached over, pulled me to him (I must admit I didn’t resist) and gave me a kiss. My spine still tingles.

Note: Dave Dee & Co. were due to tour the USA from October 10 to November 16, 1968.
Teen Scoop wanted to try to promote the group more, especially with all of the hits and couldn’t understand why they weren’t catching on in the States. They were anticipating their return and success and hoping to get them on the cover, which would probably have been their first American teen magazine cover.

Sun 1/09/68   
Radio Marina (Belgian offshore station) starts test transmissions towards the Netherlands (1160 Khz)
Marina did use the jingle: “I Need You Marina…”
An excerpt from a Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich flip side.

Sun 1/09/68   
Tour Of Sweden (17 August 1968-1 September 1968)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich last date

Tue 3/09/68   
Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Wed 4/09/68   
Vienna, Austria
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Sat 7/09/68    
NME n°1130 page 11: Dave Dee Royal Date; Panto Set; To Japan ?

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich are to star in a charity concert – to be staged in the presence of the Queen Mother – at London’s Royal Albert Hall in November. The group is set for visits to Switzerland, Belgium and Scotland, as well as for two Irish tours. Its pantomime debut in “Dick Whittington” is now confirmed, and this is likely to be followed by a tour of Japan. Also booked for the team is a cabaret week.
The Albert Hall concert, in aid of the Outward Bound Trust, is being presented on Friday, November 15. The Dave Dee group co-stars in the event with comedian Dick Emery.
After an appearance in the Welwyn Garden City Festival tomorrow (Saturday), the group guests in Anglia-TV’s “Glamour 68″ next Monday (9). On Sunday, September 15, it begins a week in cabaret in Wales, doubling the Cleopatra clubs in Newport (Mon.) and Pilning.
Dave Dee & Co. fly to Bern on September 21 to appear in the Swiss Festival of Pop, for which the Small Faces and the Flirtations are also set. Also lined up for the group are tours of Ireland (September 26-29 and November 29-December 6), Belgium (October, 11-13) and Scotland (November 7-11).
Contracts have now been signed for the Dave Dee group to make its pantomime debut in “Dick Whittington” at stockton ABC, opening on Boxing Day and running until January 18. Leading lady in the show, in which Dave plays the title role, is Sheila Buxton.
It is probable the group will undertake a concert tour of Japan, beginning in late January. A leading Japanese promoter is due in London next week to finalise arrangements for the tour with Dave’s managers.

Sat 7/09/68    
King George V Playing Field, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich supported by The Greatest Show On Earth

Mon 9/09/68    
(Canada) RPM Weekly N°28 : Break Out – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Peak position)
Break Out, released in Canada on Fontana 15001, entered the RPM Weekly charts at #93 on July 6th and stayed 11 weeks in the Top 100.

Tue 10/09/68    
BBC Radio Session: Jimmy Young Show [Broadcast on 21/10/68]
Mr Soul / Still Life / The Wreck Of The Antoinette / Just Dropped In (Live Performance)

Thu 12/09/68   
TV Performance: Glamour ‘68, Anglia TV, Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich take part in this series of 13 programmes to search for Miss Anglia 1968, started in June. This week (part 12) the beauty parade takes place in Northampton.

Thu 12/09/68   
Disc & Music Echo: single review
DAVE DEE – The Wreck Of The “Antoinette” (Philips) – it’s very sexy, and seeing as Dave Dee’s whole bit is, sort of . . . you know . . . hee! hee! . . . this seems a very strange product.
I think Dave Dee should go back to thrunching great heavy sexy lungings on wax!

Fri 13/09/68    
Single release: The Wreck Of The Antoinette / Still Life – Fontana 971 (267 888) [Rec. on 13/08/68]

13th British single, and the first “failure” for the group (despite the good reviews). Tale of the wreck of a “small single-handed ketch” taking the clipper route to Sydney, in the path of Chichester and Rose.

Record Mirror (14/09/68): MASSIVE SELLER.
Splendid. Oh, yes, a hit. Further congratulations to writers Howard and Blaikley for creating yet another setting for the group… this time at the bottom of the sea!  Interesting intro sets the scene, then that extremely distinctive vocal sound takes over, spearheaded by Dave himself. Easy melody line, good lyrics, usual high spirits… oh, yes, a hit. Flip: Less ambitious, more emphasis on the vocal line. Good.

Fri 13/09/68    
Radio Show: Joe Loss Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (1:00-1:55 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich on a Friday lunchtime programme

Sat 14/09/68    
Melody Maker: “Antoinette” another stroke of genius from Howard and Blaikley

DAVE DEE, DOZY, BEAKY, MICK & TICH: “The Wreck Of The Antoinette” (Fontana). Aye, aye, keel haul on the main poop, me hearties, here comes that matey lot, the Dave Dees, with another stroke of genius from lubbers Howard and Blaikley.
But this tale of the wreck of a “small single-handed ketch” taking the clipper route to Sydney and foundering in the treacherous Roaring Forties, is taken at such a tempo it sounds like the mariner was taking part in a power boat race.
A furious rock beat prevails, and pressure rises throughout the voyage. Clever lyrics once again by the jolly tars from Hampstead, and a harpoon of a hit.
Cast off the mizzen mast, fore, aft and ift, and restitute your position in the Med!

Sat 14/09/68    
NME n°1131 page 6: single reviews by Derek Johnson

Dave Dee electrifies – * The Wreck Of The Antoinette (Fontana).
I never cease to be fascinated and absorbed by Dave Dee’s output. Every one of his records is totally different from the last and they all have a good yarn to relate and an appealing tune to whistle.
This latest story-in-song tells of a chap who sets out to sail a ketch single-handed to Sydney, in the path of Chichester and Rose, mainly to impress his girl friend, after whom the boat is named. But he doesn’t make it !
Two tiny faults struck me – I wasn’t very keen on the sombre monologue opening, and the routine is taken at such a frantic pace that, occasionally, one gets the impression of too many words being crammed into each line.
But these are relatively small details. In the main, this is fast moving, punchy and electrifying.
I suppose, of all Dave Dee records it comes closer to ” Xanadu ” than any other. I like it better than “Last Night In Soho.” Top Five, I would think.

Sat 14/09/68   
Disc and Music Echo: DAVE DEE

The Wreck Of The “Antoinette”
(Philips) – it’s very sexy, and seeing as Dave Dee’s whole bit is, sort of . . . you know . . . hee! hee! . . . this seems a very strange product.
I think Dave Dee should go back to thrunching great heavy sexy lungings on wax!

Sat 14/09/68    
Radio Show: Saturday Club, BBC Radio One, London, England (10:00 am-12:00 noon)
Presented by Keith Skues with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, The Tremeloes

Sat 14/09/68    
TV Performance: Beat-Club 35, ARD Radio Bremen, Bremen, Deutschland (Lip-Sync)
Hosted by Uschi Nerke & Dave Lee Travis (4:05-5:05 pm)
Amen Corner: High in the Sky; John Walker: Kentucky Woman; The Equals: Laurel & Hardy; Ben E. King: It‘s amazing; The Nice: America; Britain’s Top 7;  Madeline Bell: I‘m gonna make you love me; Status Quo: Ice in the Sun; Beat-Club/BFBS Poll – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Last Night in Soho (Repeat); Canned Heat: On the Road again; The Beach Boys: Do it again (On Film); Arthur Conley: Sweet Soul Music; Leapy Lee: Little Arrows; The Hollies: Do the Best you can; The Move: Wild Tiger Woman; Ben E. King: What is Soul.

Beat-Club was expanded from 30 minutes to a 1-hour Teen magazine with music, news and reports. The monthly poll was won this time by Dave Dee & Co, who beat the Rolling Stones (3rd) and especially The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (2nd) even though they had achieved a brilliant performance with “Fire”.

Sat 14/09/68    
California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich plus supporting groups

Cleopatra Club, Newport, Wales doubling with Cleopatra Club, Pilning, Bristol, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Tue 17/09/68    
BBC Radio Session: David Symonds Show [Broadcast on 7/10/68] [No DDDBMT involvement]
The Herd: Love Letters, Miss Jones, Sunshine Cottage, The Purple God (Live Performance)

Wed 18/09/68    
BBC Radio Session: Pete’s People [Broadcast on 29/09/68] [No DDDBMT involvement]
Marmalade: I Can’t Explain, Wait For Me Mary-Anne, Hush, Mess Around (Live Performance)

Thu 19/09/68   
TV Performance: Top Of The Pops, BBC Television, London, England (7:30-8:00 pm)
Introduced by Jimmy Savile with The Beatles – Revolution Promo (Hey Jude was #1) • Canned Heat (On The Road Again #9) • Leapy Lee (Little Arrows #14) • Status Quo (Ice In The Sun #15) • Otis Redding (Hard To Handle #15) [two records tied at n°15] • Mason Williams (Classical Gas #17) • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (The Wreck Of The Antoinette – New Release Spot) • Dusty Springfield (I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten – New Release)  

Fri 20/09/68   
Single release: Marmalade – Wait For Me Mary-Anne / Mess Around (CBS 3708) 
Dean Ford (Thomas McAleese, vo), Alan Whitehead (dr), Junior Campbell (gt), Pat Fairley (rh) & Graham Knight (bs) are given a Howard Blaikley song, not unlike “I Don’t Want Our Lovin’ To Die”

Record Mirror (21/09/68): CHART CERTAINTY
“Lovin’ Things” established this group from Scotland – and quite rightly, too. And, good for them, the follow-up is equally strong. Would you believe stronger ? Written by Howard and Blaikley, which is your guarantee of commercialism, it seems to me. Lovely brass backing and the boys sing extremely well. Grabs one quick. Flip: Change of rhythm and really not so impact-y.

Sat 21/09/68    
NME n°1132 page 9: Pilot Dave Dee Rescue Standby 
As a member of the National Air Guard – a voluntary organisation of amateur pilots which assist in air rescue work – Dave Dee was asked to stand by this week because of bad weather off the coasts of Britain. Qualified pilot Dave, who is appearing with the group at Newport, Mon. Cleopatra’s Club, has been advised he may need to assist the RAF and Coast Guard operations.

Sat 21/09/68    
Melody Maker: The Wreck Of The ‘Antoinette’ Review

DAVE DEE: ” The Wreck Of The `Antoinette’ ” (Fontana).
No. I don’t like that. I’m a very bad person to have pick out rock and roll singles. I guess that it will he a hit. It’s a good commercial record.

Sat 21/09/68    
Disc & Music Echo: Herd’s new LP will be released in November
The projected album (with cover of Dylan’s “I Want You”) was not to be

Sat 21/09/68    
Travel to Bern (Switzerland)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich are going to attend a Pop Festival

Sun 22/09/68    
Pop Festival, Bern, Switzerland
Swiss Festival of Pop with Deep Purple, The Flirtations, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, The Small Faces
In Bern, Swiss riot police stormed the stadium to quell a riot during the headliners’ set

23-27 Sep. 68    
Radio Show: David Symonds Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (5:30-6:30 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich appear throughout the week

Thu 26/09/68    
Wiener Stadthalle, Wien, Österreich (26-29 September)
Pop Festival with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, Ray Charles, Diana Ross & The Supremes
Meeting two of the acts featured in their “I’ll Love You” Coca-Cola Go-Go Party from January
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich performed there on Sunday 29

Fri 27/09/68    
News: Hair premieres in London, Shaftesbury Theatre
American hippy musical “Hair” opened in London, the day after the abolition of theatre censorship

Sat 28/09/68    
NME n°1133 page 10: Dave Dee Extra Panto

Dave Dee’s Xanadu strikes gold
DAVE Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich have won a Gold Disc for 1,000,000 world sales of “Legend Of Xanadu”. The manager of the Stockton ABC, where the group appear in this year’s Dick Whittington panto, reports that advance ticket sales have been the best ever.

Sat 28/09/68    
Record Mirror: Few People Ever Ask Me About Anything
says Mick of Dave Dee and Co. (by Lon Goddard)

This is my first interview in about 18 months! Few people ever ask me about anything because Dave and Dozy do most of the talking for the group.” It’s true you know. How often do you read an opinion by Mick of Dave Dee and Company? He just grooves back there doing some fantastic drumwork and helping, along with Beaky and Tich, to keep a background together so Dave and Dozy can handle the visual side of the act. To refresh readers, RM tunnelled into the five man network and sifted out Mick, drumsticks and all. We wanted to get his chapter in the Dave Dee chronicles.
“It’s all too amazing this constant stream of hits we’ve had. Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley never seem to fail when we need a new song. We write some ourselves, but so far they’ve been released only as “B” sides. So long as this constant supply of good quality numbers continues, we’ll have no reason to interfere.
                                                                        One Man Orchestra
“I have no idea how Ken and Alan keep turning up with such good songs about such odd subjects. Whenever we need a new single, they skip off to Brighton or somewhere and return with a couple of great demos which they make themselves. We have to cancel out most of the R & B influences (they’re rock addicts; we get a few Presleys here and there) and re-work the number adding our own styles and improvisations. Sometimes you can hardly tell it was the same song when we’ve finished. Tich is a marvellous guitarist, and Beaky is one of the most versatile musicians I’ve ever seen. He can play anything minutes after he picks it up. If he wasn’t so lazy he’d be a one man orchestra by now.
“We’ve had such success with Howard & Blaikley writing for us that it would be foolish to endanger such a workable team. Perhaps we’ll consider putting one of our own compositions on an “A” side if a future H & B fails to make it. But I doubt if that will happen.”
                                                                        Foxy Horseplay
Fans probably wonder what Mick likes to do when he manages to elude the hordes of interview hungry reporters . . . “I fish a lot. Nothing like sitting by a stream relaxing. I also do a lot of fox hunting. Ride horses quite a bit. In fact I play the horses quite a bit. But I’m foxy about it.”
Since Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich are tops in buoyant carefree pop, I asked what Mick thought of dark secluded images of the so-called underground groups.
“What is underground? It’s a lot of noise by some people and some very clever stuff by others. I’m an ardent blues fan, but some groups can really ruin it. I suppose this underground label means they haven’t really made it yet. But then that doesn’t always apply. The Doors aren’t underground are they?
I said it was generally considered they were . . .
“I didn’t make the Roundhouse Middle Earth appearance, so I have to judge on their TV spots. And they weren’t much. I don’t think Morrison is doing anything Jagger hasn’t done already. I can’t see, though, how such a highly paid group can be classed as underground.”
With that, Mick had to rush off to a photo session. But I don’t think he went by underground . . .

Sun 29/09/68    
Radio Show: Pete’s People, BBC Radio One, London, England (10:00 am-12:00 noon) [No DDDBMT involvement]
Marmalade: I Can’t Explain, Wait For Me Mary-Anne, Hush, Mess Around (Live Performance)
Presented by Pete Murray [Recorded on 18/09/68]

Sun 29/09/68    
Wiener Stadthalle, Wien, Österreich (26-29 September)
Pop Festival with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, Ray Charles, Diana Ross & The Supremes
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich performed there on Sunday 29 

Mon 30/09/68   
Vienna, Austria
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich also played that day, according to some paper, which is doubtful as the Festival lasted over the whole weekend, and festivals don’t stretch into the following Monday

Mon 30/09/68   
TV Performance: Time For Blackburn, Southern Television, Southampton, England (7:00-7:30 pm)
The programme includes Dusty Springfield, Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich

September 68   
Japanese single release: Hold Tight / The Wreck Of The Antoinette (Philips SFL 1191)
A strange release, with a 2 year-old track as the A-side. But it was as yet unissued in Japan





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