Despite the brightly cheerful pop sound of the records by Dave Dee and company -overseen by producer Steve Rowland- they failed to find a following in America, allthough a number of their records were issued there.
But the band had a huge following in England, playing to sold-out audiences.
True, they had a reputation as something of a teenybopper band, but the kids bought their records and filled the concert halls featuring Dave Dee and his cohorts.
The hist continued in 1967. “Touch Me Touch Me”(Fontana 798) just missed the British top 10 in March. And, they were back in the Top 10 late that spring with “Okay” (Fontana 830) and “Zabadak” (Fontana 873).
While the group continued to do well in England, the American wing of Fontana continued trying to break them in the USA.
Tracks like “No Time”, “Hold Tight”, “Bend It” and others were issued to generate much interest from radio program directors. In early 1968, Imperial Records began issuing the group’s records in this country and they got a minor hit with “Zabadak” (Imperial 66270), which went to No. 52 in January.
Meanwhile, Dave Dee and the guys opened ’68 at home with their first No 1 single, the driving “Legend Of Xanadu” (Fontana 903). A cleverly produced record, complete with sound effects -and issued in the USA as Imperial 66287- it didn’t score overthere.
Also released in the USA on 7″ vinyl: Break Out.
“Snake In The Grass” marked the departure of Dave Dee, he went solo. He had one minor hit on his own -”My Woman’s Man” (Fontana 1074) – in the spring of 1970. He cut other songs, including Annabella, which came out in America as Bell 906, but they didn’t chart.
While Dave Dee tried his hand at solo succes, the rest of the group carried on as Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.
Their singles included “Bad News”, issued in America on the Cotillion division of Atlantic Records. The group broke shortly after “Bad News”, allthough they did occasionally get back together in the 70′s and 80′s for musical reunions in England.
Adapted from CD-inlay of “Hold Tight! The Best Of The Fontana Years”, Collectable label, COL-5650, written by Mark Marymont.
The popularity of DDDBM&T in the USA reached it’s highlight when the song “Hold Tight” was used by Quentin Tarantino in the film Death Proof in 2007.
Quentin Tarantino continues to assert his influence with movie soundtracks. Much like when he generated loads of attention for Dick Dale with Pulp Fiction, Quentin has unearthed Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, an obscure sixties group that was better known for “Zabadak” and a number of great overlooked performances. “Hold Tight” is featured prominently in the film “Death Proof”
adapted from: http://powerpopaholic.blogspot.com/2007/04/dave-dee-dozy-beaky-mick-tich-hold.html