TO THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON…
DAVE DEE R.I.P. 17 Dec 1941 – 9 Jan 2009
We are all in deep grief & need courage. A friend & a totally unique & gifted person has sadly now left this world. Since the age of fourteen & 1967 then Dave Dee has been a main hero…probably second to my father.
Loved his voice & DDDBM&T’s songs during the 60s which gave me then so much joy. So many great numbers & notwithstanding the obvious hits, there were great LP and B side tracks like ‘Love Is A Drum’, ‘Please’, ‘Shame’, ‘Mountains Of The Moon’, ‘Tide Is Turning’, ‘The Sun Goes Down’ etc.
Then when Dave split from the others remembering now back then that I was quite devastated. Life continues on (you soon learn) and Dave picked himself up & (though some may disagree) released some really excellent solo singles which in my opinion deserved to have far greater success: He therefore remained a hero.
Then Dave’s story continued over the next 35 years with various reunions with DBM&T, sporadic album, single & odd track releases…each being eagerly anticipated. Highlights being the ‘Jean Musy/Few & Far Between’ and ‘Unfinished Business’ albums with even his Xmas songs having something special.
The last was in fact a really great version of ‘Stairway To Heaven’. Also my parents coming all the way from Australia got to see DDDBM&T back in 1985 in Luton. They were impressed.
Then there was his record company Double D venture in the early 80s which also loved and followed closely all those acts…the 12 singles & 4 LPs were treasures…bless the Dance Band, Sweat, Features, Marianne Chase, Fatal Charm, Zed etc. For me Dave deserved much greater recognition than what he ever received and that perhaps via the Zabadak magazine…that Dave would finally get some wider appreciation.
To be honest it never really quite happened, though in his last year quite a few things did began (to happen) – ‘Hold Tight’ played a key part in the film Death Proof; the release of the book ‘Hold Tight! The Sarum Sound’; the release of the DDDBM&T BBC Recordings; ‘Bend It’; appearing in a Kellogg’s ITV TV advert; the Salisbury Blue Plaque Award for DDDBM&T – a fine achievement & recognition for the band; the Universal The Very Best Of release which saw the band back in the studio doing versions of six of their live favourites– the album reached no.24 in the UK charts (after unbelievably almost 42 years of absence in the album charts); and finally hearing ‘Hold Tight’ played now twice on the main French TV channel TF1.
I spoke to Dave many times over the years – beginning from 1976 & when he was semi-managing AC/DC.He was always very sharp, clever, an honest person & with a keen sense of humour and who got my respect. He also enjoyed his sport & seemed to follow soccer, rugby & even cricket and could talk about a wide range of topics.
In recent years a number of their B sides have been gathering much respect in psychedelic circles & this had not passed the observation of Dave such that in a recent interview (he said with a twinkle in his eye) “We should have really carried on more in that vein & become sort of like another Pink Floyd & released ‘On The Light Side Of The Moon’ (a clever play & quite a double meaning but how true – also perhaps a slight regret on Dave’s part).
At the end it was not such a shock because Dave had sadly been suffering from ill health for now a number of years but being the trooper he was you could never tell this from what was happening on stage…and also his final recordings showed he still was in really fine voice. It was a big pity that he had to suffer at the end though.
I wish now that I’d kept a bit closer contact in those last final 5 months but my own personal work situation was quite difficult. The last exchange I had with Dave really being back in September that he was quite proud & pleased to finally make the UK album charts again.
First heard the devastating news from Alan Clayson and then rang Tich & Dozy who were both seemingly quite destroyed. Condolence/tribute emails were in the mean time flooding including (from amongst many) Alan Blaikley, Peter Daltrey, Marianne Chase, Dianne Finnegan, Peter Mason, Mario Sienknecht, Herman van Gaal, Olaf Owre, Ken Howard etc.
My wife & myself shed quite a few tears. She along with my son saw the band now almost 6 years ago in Salisbury in a night to remember. Dave Dee has been so very important to our lives. Our sympathy goes out to Dave’s family plus Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich. Again life goes on & DBM&T will pick themselves up, the show will go on & the spirit of Dave Dee will continue via them. He will be sorely missed but his music & image will live on & believe that he will now become better appreciated/remembered in the future generations. God bless you Dave.
Ron Cooper (Zabadak Magazine)
If no-one sang and the only sounds
were the wind and the waves of the sea
If no voice rang, with a song of joy
Then what would this whole life mean to me
With no way to express how it feels
Loving and living, seeking and giving
What would this world be if nobody would sang
The sixties. The first names that spring to mind are ‘The Beatles’, ‘The Rolling Stones’ and ‘The Kinks’ to name a few. Wrong of course.
Lots of excellent Beat groups started in those days, often making their apprenticeship in Germany (Star Club), before securing a record contract.
That was the story of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.
On this website are displayed [almost] all the releases the group made. Lyrics, music sheets, picture sleeves (from various countries), or scans of the vinyl itself.
In short: take a walk through the Sixties (and the Seventies, Eighties, etc.), with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.
On You Tube we found two cllips with an interview with Dave Dee:
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