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Yugoslavia

In the countries section you find info about the released 7″ and EP records, released in Former Yugoslavia.

(By Bane Kerac)

In former Yugoslavia there were two major companies publishing vinyl records.
The first and bigger was PGP RTB (Production of Gramophone Plates of Radio Television Beograd) in Belgrad.
The second, smaller but better, was Jugoton (Yugo key-tone) in Zagreb.

Smaller towns had smaller companies, respecting the ”federal republics key” (every republic had to have one gramophone company for musical culture). Diskoton (Sarajevo), Diskos (Aleksandrovac), Zalozba Kaset In Plosc (Ljubljana) were a few of them.

The editors in these companies were ”party” men (communist party, not birthday party). They were so far from understanding and appreciating the music. But a number of young enthusiasts were able to recognise the potential of beat and rhytm and blues in the early sixties.
Two major labels shared foreign licences. RTB PGP took the licence from the Dutch branch of Fontana records and became the publishers for The Spencer Davis Group, The Pretty Things and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich.

Jugoton took the Decca, Parlophone, Immediate, Bronze, Island, etc. labels and became publishers for The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies, and more… Jugoton always had a much better catalog for rock music than RTB.

LPs were very rare, as they were rare on the British Isles. The first PGP RTB beat-R’n’B-rock LP was an uncommon compilation of Fontana singles named “Beat Scene Now”, released in 1965.
The sleeve was black with a simple title (written in laaaarge font) and with a set of small pictures from the Italian edition of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich’s ”You Make It Move” single. It was the first appearance of a Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich song in Yugoslavia.

RTB PGP tried to be a good outlet for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich, but without success. Some smart ass at the label thought that it was better to publish their first LP as an EP, so we have a very rare example of a record with the cover of the “Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich” album containing only four songs. Interesting was that the cover was a small (7 inch) replica of the album, printed on the same cardboard sleeve.

The same happened with the “If Music Be The Food For Love” album. A small cover replica with Bend It, Hideaway, Shame and Help Me.
Then came the release of the single Touch Me Touch Me (backed with Nose For Trouble). The cover was almost the same as the Dutch edition.

All this was good enough to promote Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich as a respectable band, but not enough to make them stars as they were in Germany. The explanation is simple: while the German company Star Club literally bombarded the market with every single, in Yugoslavia “old wise men” from PGP RTB handed out Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich in small doses and on weird LPs like ”Top Fifteen Flower Power” (Zabadak) and “Hit History” (The Legend Of Xanadu and Last Night In Soho).
Otherwise, there were NO live shows of foreign groups in Yugoslavia (bar a few exceptions). For rock bands, appearing on official television was “Science Fiction”. TV held its festivals with a view on the Italian and French music scene, and they were very satisfied with that. Rockers were considered a longhaired bunch of youngsters who lost their way from decent music.

” Okay ” and compilation albums by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich (as DDD,B,M&T) were simply missed. So, for Yugoslavian fans, it was a big surprise when the Don Juan single came out. And, Don Juan was the final edition from the Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich portfolio.
The number of sales of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich singles in Yugoslavia was never so big and the editors in RTB thought there was no benefit to be made from the band. And it was so easy to abandon their later singles. Fans in Yugoslavia could only purchase Wreck Of The Anthoinette, Snake in The Grass and Mr. President via mail directly from England.

To put it simply, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich were not so popular in Yugoslavia and the fact is that most of the people (especially radio speakers) had problems with their full name. Even their fans rather called them ”Dave Dee & Co”. Their only real success was “The Legend Of Xanadu”, very popular on the radio. But the main reason for that was probably the Spanish background of the song (much appreciated in Yugoslavia), and not the band itself. Hold Tight, Here’s A Heart and Touch Me, Touch Me were very successful in youngster parties, but never reached any radio hit-parade.

In short:
Yugoslavia had singles, EP’s, but no DDDBM&T albums:

Instead:
You Make It Move and I Can’t Stop appeared as integral part of FONTANA compilation “BEAT SCENE NOW” together with Spencer Davis Group, Ian & The Zodiacs, Lee  Curtis, Wayne Fontana, The Pretty Things and The Rattles. It has also been released in New Zealand. I think that RTB compiled

Zabadak appeared on the weird LP “TOP FIFTEEN FLOWER POWER” (1967) together with The Spencer Davis Group (Time Seller), The Mindbenders (The Letter) and a bunch of Avenue recordings (anonymous studio musicians) covering various hits (The Last Waltz, Flowers In The Rain, Creeque Alley etc). This LP is very rare just as Dutch edition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Legend Of Xanadu and Last Night In Soho appeared on LP “HIT HISTORY Vol. 2″. 1968.

 

Bend It appeared on compilation LP ”A Story of Popular Music, Rockin’ into the ’60′s” 1969. This is a reissue of Bend it, previously realised on EP. And, this LP is not under Fontana licence. Theater Project Recordigs are signed as copyright owners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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