14 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sure, their name was much more difficult to remember than the Beatles or the Kinks, but the Salisbury, Wiltshire, U.K.-based quintet Dave Dee, Dozy Beaky, Mick & Tich recorded some similarly catchy British Invasion tunes during the ‘60s as this excellent compilation attests. The party starts with the playfully pedaling “Bend It” followed by the Spanish matador-themed “Don Juan” with its barbed melodies grappling underneath rhythmic castanets and the clever implementation of bullfighting horns. The 1966 fuzz-guitar-laden garage-rocker “Hold Tight” may be the band’s most recognizable hit (if not their catchiest), having reached number four on the U.K. singles chart two years before the band revived their Spanish fetish for “The Legend of Xanadu," landing them a number- one hit. “Last Night In Soho” made good use of the violin bow on the electric-guitar strings à la Eddie Phillips from the Creation, though they also incorporated a real string section for dynamic depth. “Snake In the Grass” flirted with minimal psychedelic trappings, but the song’s sunny bubblegum melodies kept things from sounding inaccessibly trippy.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sure, their name was much more difficult to remember than the Beatles or the Kinks, but the Salisbury, Wiltshire, U.K.-based quintet Dave Dee, Dozy Beaky, Mick & Tich recorded some similarly catchy British Invasion tunes during the ‘60s as this excellent compilation attests. The party starts with the playfully pedaling “Bend It” followed by the Spanish matador-themed “Don Juan” with its barbed melodies grappling underneath rhythmic castanets and the clever implementation of bullfighting horns. The 1966 fuzz-guitar-laden garage-rocker “Hold Tight” may be the band’s most recognizable hit (if not their catchiest), having reached number four on the U.K. singles chart two years before the band revived their Spanish fetish for “The Legend of Xanadu," landing them a number- one hit. “Last Night In Soho” made good use of the violin bow on the electric-guitar strings à la Eddie Phillips from the Creation, though they also incorporated a real string section for dynamic depth. “Snake In the Grass” flirted with minimal psychedelic trappings, but the song’s sunny bubblegum melodies kept things from sounding inaccessibly trippy.

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About Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Hook-laden tunes transformed Salisbury, Wiltshire, England-based quintet Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich into one the United Kingdom's top pop bands of the mid-'60s. Performing songs by their managers Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, the group scored with such Top Ten U.K. hits as "Hold Tight," "Hideaway," "Bend It," "Save Me," "Okay," "Zabadak," "Last Night in Soho," and the chart-topper, "Legend of Xanadu." Formed as Dave Dee & the Bostons, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich were led by vocalist Dee (born: David Harman), an ex-policeman who had been at the scene of the automobile accident that took the life of American rocker Eddie Cochran and injured Gene Vincent in April 1960. Dee had taken Cochran's guitar from the accident and held it until it could be returned to his family. Although they were among the many British bands who honed their skills while performing in Hamburg, Germany, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich were one of the first to tour the United Kingdom with established acts. Shortly after moving to London in 1965, the group hooked up with Howard and Blaikley. With the group disbanding in 1969, Dee recorded a minor hit as a soloist before turning his attention to producing. He briefly reunited with the band in 1974 and again in the early '80s. He recorded a single, "Staying with It" b/w "Sure Thing" in 1983. ~ Craig Harris

  • ORIGIN
    Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
  • GENRE
    Pop
  • FORMED
    1964

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