Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & TichFrom: Wiltshire, England

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich were a British pop/rock band from the 1960s. The band was comprised of five friends from Wiltshire; Dave John Harman (Dave Dee), Trevor Leonard Ward-Davies (Dozy), John Dymond (Beaky), Michael Wilson (Mick), and Ian Frederick Stephen Amey (Tich). They formed the group in 1961, originally calling themselves Dave Dee & The Bostons.

In the summer of 1964, British songwriters Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley became interested in recording the band. They set them up in the studio to make recordings with legendary engineer Joe Meek. These sessions failed to get off the ground. In an interview, Dee stated that Meek “had very strange recording techniques. He wanted us to play the song at half speed and then he would speed it up at put all these little tricks on it. We said we couldn’t do it that way. He exploded, threw coffee all over the studio and stormed up to his room. His assistant [Patrick Pink] came in and said, ‘Mr. Meek will not be doing any more recording today.’ That was it. We lugged all our gear out and went back home.” While these sessions were unsuccessful, the band eventually landed a recording contract with Fontana Records.

After signing with Fontana, their name changed. Ken Howard said that: “We changed their name to Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, because they were their actual nicknames and because we wanted to stress their very distinct personalities in a climate which regarded bands as collectives.” A distinctive name, coupled with well produced and catchy songs quickly caught the attention of the UK public. Between 1965 and 1969, the group spent more weeks in the UK Singles Chart than The Beatles.

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich scored a #1 hit in the UK with their 1968 single “The Legend of Xanadu.” The combined sales figures for the song were in excess of one million copies. Other top 10 UK hits included “Hideaway”, “Hold Tight!”, Bend It!”, “Save Me!”, “Touch Me, Touch Me”, “Okay”, “Zabadak!”, and “Last Night In Soho”. The band failed to break out nationally in America, although they did have regional success, particularly in northeastern cities such as Cleveland, Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany, and Boston.

In September 1969, Dee left the group to pursue a short-lived solo career. The rest of the band continued to release records until they broke up in 1972. They would reform in the 1980s without Dee. The band would release one more single with Dee in 1983, “Staying With It”.  Another reunion happened in the 1990s, this time with Dee involved.

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From the 1966 single “Hold Tight!”
Hold Tight

  • Hold Tight!